The Photograph

The black sailor Juan de Jesus, grandfather of director Sherman De Jesus had a portrait made by the now famous African-American photographer James VanderZee in Harlem, where a “Black Mecca” flourished in 1917. A hundred years later, the director in modern day Harlem searches for recognition of the black identity in a world that equates dark skin with inferiority. A challenging personal quest for a positive image of black people.


Director & scenario Sherman De Jesus
Camera Milton Kam
Sound Gautam Choudhury
Editor Caitlin Hulscher
Sound design Mark Glynne
Broadcaster AVROTROS
Distributor Amstelfilm BV