AFAR travel magazine follows one journalist on a trip to Amsterdam, where she discovers the complicated politics of the Dutch capital.
The animation starts with her describing her adventures in the city, with her sampling Amsterdam’s love for good cheese and trendy bikes. She also gets to hear about the city’s love for tolerance and acceptance of different ideas. Amsterdam has a reputation for being one of the most progressive countries in Europe. They’re often ahead of the curve on social policies, they have forward-thinking views on sexuality and have a liberal approach to drug use, with cannabis being totally legal across The Netherlands.
But she also finds out about the more complicated ideas of Dutch society. Despite being an open country, she hears locals on her trip saying offensive things about Muslims and learns about the annual “Black Pete” festival, where people don controversial blackface makeup to resemble a festive folk character. It’s an interesting video that reminds us of the nuances of cultures. It reminds us that things might not always be as rosy as they first seem in places that pride themselves on their open-mindedness.
AFAR Magazine|Katy Wang|2D Animation
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