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Daniel Frota de Abreu

FADE IN

INT. – RECIFE, DUTCH GOVERNOR’S ROOM – MORNING

A meeting between the governor and his committee is suddenly interrupted by the entrance of two interpreters carrying an exotic gift from Maranhão.

Parrot: So many white men around here!

Governor stands up and walks towards the bird cage.

Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen: Who did you belong to?

Parrot: To a Portuguese man.

A man at the table looks around and mocks.

Man: Is it the devil speaking through a bird?

Bird ignores him.
Governor continues.

Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen: So, what did you do there?

Parrot: I looked after his chickens.

Governor laughs looking back.

Parrot: Yes, I looked after them, and I did it really well – Shho-shhho-shho-shhho!

Laughs.
Governor gets back to the table.

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FADE IN

One hour later. Meeting is over.
Men stand up, walk to the door and greet Nassau’s motto before leaving.

Men: As wide as the world extends!

Bird whistles, then replies:

Parrot: Watch out, the only thing that grows indefinitely is cancer.

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Daniel Frota de Abreu

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