NDT Forum on Anti-Discrimination

NDT Forum on Anti-Discrimination

Welcome to the NDTFAD

The NDT Forum on Anti-Discrimination (NDTFAD) is an employee-run platform that offers intentional space and time to read, listen, and view cultural material concerning inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Our goal is to catalyze a more inclusive, nuanced conversation about experiences in our world by generating personal reflection through the content. The NDTFAD will illuminate various mediums (i.e., novels, films, podcasts) to engage critical and intersectional voices. We commit to creating a forum to share knowledge to empower All people in their fight for social and racial justice while bringing sexism, ableism, ageism, and sanism to light.

The inspiration behind this work has come from close colleagues who have also created their own interactive spaces, and my direct interactions with the NDT on various projects since May 2020. As a result, many of these titles recently disseminated knowledge on unequal power relations in the arts and culture and are valuable for our organization.

“The merits, pitfalls and purposes of the “anti-racist reading list”—and whom such lists are written by and for—have been hotly debated!” [Time Magazine]

Nevertheless, the NDTFAD aims to be a space to exchange ideas, moving beyond the reading list format. I hope this platform can be curated by your voice and constantly change with your ideas, and recommendations! Thanks to NDT colleagues Judith, Anne, Willemijn and Emily for their support, and a special thanks to Anthony Heidweiller, the African Studies Center – University of Leiden, and the University of Amsterdam Press.

Prince Credell (he,him/hij,hem)
Policy Advisor Diversity & Inclusion

How does it work?

It’s easy! All the material below is sourced by NDT-employees for you to read, study, and watch. However, this is an ongoing and open platform, so we strongly encourage you to add any material you deem important! Tips can be sent to marketing@ndt.nl. Ideally you provide us with a link to the material in question, but if that’s not available, we will do our best to source it in other ways.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at marketing@ndt.nl with any questions or concerns.

The list of content is divided into the following subjects:
  • Anti-Discrimination & Feminism
    Books / Articles / YouTube / Film, Series & Documentaries / Podcasts / Open-source guides & rescources for parents
  • Dance
  • Asian Authors
  • Indigenous Authors
  • On Asylum Seekers and Immigration
  • On Disability
  • Dutch Language Content and National Slavery Content

In the spotlight: Anthony Heidweiller

Mark your calendar: on Monday June 17, Anthony Heidweiller will host a keynote at NDT. 

Join us for the brief lecture given by Anthony Heidweiller, What makes you move, on June 17 at 18:00 in the NDT Blackbox to conclude this seasons Speaker Series: Anthony will give a brief 1-hour keynote presentation on various interwoven themes such as regenerative art (education), social justice and ecology. 

Anthony forms part of the two-member direction at the Amsterdam Academy of Theatre and Dance. As a deputy director of the academy, he is responsible for inclusion & education in connection with society and has established a long track record in national and international professional practice. As artistic director/founder of the Yo Opera Festival and Vocal Statements, he focused on collaborating with new target groups to develop art projects that bridge the gap between the performing arts and multicultural communities and societies. For his work he received the Cultural Price, Cultuurprijs Utrecht and in 2022 he was appointed as Officier in de Orde van Orange-Nassau. Several seasons ago, Anthony also piloted the NDT Book Club focused on examining intersectional authors and content (such as Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, Toni Morrison, Gloria Wekker and James Baldwin).

We hope the event will be thought provoking for NDT staff and other organizations housed at Amare (such as the Royal Conservatory students and staff, Holland Dance Festival Staff, and Amare’s staff members). We hope to find you there!

What: What makes you move, keynote by Anthony Heidweiller
When: Monday June 17, 18.00h
Where: NDT Blackbox

Photo: Sjoerd Derine

Anti-Discrimination & Feminism


Newly added to NDTFAD: author S.A. Crosby.

Crosby is an American author who  writes crime thrillers on racism and homophobia in the US south. He takes the imagination a step further with his crime investigative works that explore fantastical stories of discrimination.



Newly added to NDTFAD:

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it has been faced. History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. If we pretend otherwise, we literally are criminals.

James Baldwin
From: I Am Not Your Negro

Films, Series & Documentaries

by Chinonye Chukwu
by Victor Hsu
by Barry Jenkins
More Films, Series & Documentaries:
  • Tangerine (Sean Baker)
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) 
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (Göran Olsson)
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) 
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) 
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (David France)
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) 
  • The Pieces I Am (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) 
  • Daughters of the Dust (Julie Nash)
  • Una Mujer Fantastica (Sebastian Lelio)
  • Pariah (Dees Rees)
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol)
  • Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero)
  • Pose (Canals, Falchuk & Murphy)
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) 
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Stanley Nelson Jr.)
  • 13th (Ava DuVernay)
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)
  • Girl (Lukas Dhont)


Open-source guides & resources for parents

If you don’t define yourself for yourself, then you’ll be crushed into other’s fantasies of you and eaten alive

Audre Lorde



Websites, Vimeo

Newly added to NDTFAD: https://www.mujeresdelsur.org/en/about-us

  • https://visualaids.org/
    Visual AIDS utilizes contemporary art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy through a large archive of art works, events and expos.
  • https://stonewallforever.org/
    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the pivotal gay rights movement in history, the LGBTQIA+ Community Center of New York City (The Center) and Google Lab spearheaded the creation of Stonewall Forever, an interactive “living monument” to 50 years of Pride connecting diverse voices from the Stonewall era to the millions of voices in today’s LGBTQ community. (colorful pieces, digitized historical artifacts, oral histories from the movement, interviews with new voices of LGBTQIA+ equality, photos and messages from around the world.
  • ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is a short-film which is the 28th annual iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.


More on Dutch language content and National slavery content:
English content:

Selected Web Resources

(powered by African Studies Center – University of Leiden, and NDT colleagues)

  • Middelburgsche Commercie Compagnie (MCC) [Dutch]
    The archives of the MCC (Trade Company of Middelburg) consist of 100 metres of documentary heritage on the so-called triangle trade in slaves from Middelburg, capital of the province of Zeeland  in the Netherlands, via West Africa, across the Atlantic in the 18th century. An inventory of the archives by W.S. Unger was first published in 1951. It was put online on the website of the Zeeuws Archief in 2000. The archive was inscribed  in the UNESCO International Register ‘Memory of the World’ in 2011.
  • The Black Archives
    The Black Archives consists of unique book collections, archives and artifacts that are the legacy of Black Dutch writers and scientists. The more than 10.000 books in the collections focus on racism and race issues, slavery and (the) colonization, gender and feminism, social sciences and development, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles, South America, Africa and more (managed by the New Urban Collective).
  • NiNsee
    The National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (Nationaal Instituut Nederlands slavernijverleden en erfenis) promotes  research and the dissemination of information on the Dutch slaving past and its consequences for contemporary society. Every year, on the 1st of July, NiNsee organizes a celebration in the Oosterpark to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the Dutch colonies on 1 July 1863.
  • De Slavernij [Dutch]
    Five-part documentary series on  Dutch participation in the slave trade, first broadcast on Dutch public  television in 2011 and  currently being rerun. It can also be viewed online.
  • Slavernij verbeeld
    Exhibition on the history of slavery in the Dutch colonies, at the Special Collections Department of the University of Amsterdam,  from 16 June through 22 September 2013.
  • Historical Museum of Den Haag
    Ongoing exhibitions at the Historical Museum of The Hague  are ongoing and address decolonizing their collections by naming and providing context of depictions of enslaved individuals and their stories.
  • Historiek (slavernij)
    History is an online history magazine for a wide audience. Motto: “We want to connect history and current events in an accessible way”. There are a wealth of articles on slavery and current events, and amazing articles on various historio-politically oriented events (Dutch).
  • De Zwarte Bladzijde = The Dark Chapter
    Opening in the Dutch National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum) in Amsterdam on 27 June 2013, the Dark Chapter is an exhibition about the slave trade which  takes you step by step through the dramatic story of the slave ship ‘Leusden’.
  • The Abolition Project
    This site, hosted by the East of England Broadband Network,  looks at the transatlantic slave trade and Thomas Clarkson and his fellow abolitionists who fought for the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the British colonies.
  • H-Slavery
    Moderated discussion list “to promote interaction and exchange among scholars engaged in research on slavery, the slave trade, abolition, and emancipation….dedicated to the dissemination of information about the history of slavery and antislavery in all time periods and parts of the world.”
  • International Slavery Museum
    The International Slavery Museum opened in Liverpool, England, in August 2007,  the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade. It focuses on aspects of historical and contemporary slavery, and on the history of the transatlantic slave trade (the trade triangle, European traders, life on board, slave ship arrival in the Americas, archaeology).
  • Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 
    Online data archive including raw data and documentation compiled by Philip D. Curtin, University of Wisconsin.
  • Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation
    This website, maintained by Dr. Brycchan Carey, lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, U.K., offers resources for the study of slavery, abolition, and emancipation, including historical, biographical, and bibliographical data. It also contains an extensive slavery chronology.