Caribbean Studies Association Film and Performance Track presents:
Norman De Palm
AVA AND GABRIEL : A love story
The screening of Ava and Gabriel on Tuesday 31st May in the CSA film and performance track was a fitting tribute to this film maker who is by birth Curacaon and whose films are among the classic in the region, joining films such as Rue Cas Negres (Euzhan Palcy – Martinique) and The Harder they come (Perry Henzell - Jamaica) as one of the classics produce in and of the region.
Curacao-born Norman de Palm is a poet, playwright and writer of film scenarios, as well as a prolific producer of films and theatrical plays, many of which centered on Curacao. De Palm graduated as clinical psychologist at the Rijksuniversteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and obtained his M.A. degree in Educational Theatre at the University of New York. Together with Felix de Rooy he initiated the artists’ collective Cosmic Illusion in Amsterdam. This allowed de Palm to play a substantial role in the development of the multicultural theater in the Netherlands. In 2002 de Palm built his successful theater Teatro Luna Blou in Curacao of which he is currently the director. His films, Almacita de Desolato and Ava and Gabriel, which he produced together with Felix de Rooy, as well as Zulaika and Papa’s Song, continue to be celebrated both in Curacao and abroad. Currently residing in Curacao de Palm thus exerts a significant influence on the development of Caribbean film and theater.