Preview: Dominica: Charting a Future for Paradise at Cinema du Parc
Join filmmaker Wyatt Bardouille for the September 22nd Cinema du Parc screening of her new documentary Dominica: Charting a Future for Paradise, presented by the Montreal International Black Film Festival.
This beautiful documentary is the product of Wyatt leaving her job in the tech industry and, in the good company of her mother and sister, returning to her roots in Dominica. While they were there, the women came to know of the Caribbean island's troubling history. It is one replete with devastating hurricanes, limited resources, and political upheaval. This knowledge defined the direction of the film, resulting in an important exploration of the island nation's continuing struggle for development in a competitive globalized world.
Despite its struggles, Dominica has remarkable potential for full-sustainability. Interviews with organic farmers, historians, and high-level cabinet members, show how Dominicans, both local and abroad, are cooperating to develop industries of ecotourism and green energy, while moving agriculture in a more sustainable direction.
A true labor of love, this exceptional documentary captures the essence of the island and its culture by pairing brilliant imagery with evocative music. This serves as a backdrop to the compelling story being told -a little-known island's inspirational attempt to sustain itself as an independent nation.
"This engaging 35-minute feature with powerful voices, striking visuals and iconic music, tells the Dominica story through those who have lived it," said Mervin Matthew of GIS News, Dominica.
More information about Dominica: Charting a Future for Paradise, including a film synopses, a director's statement, credits, and production photos, can be found at the documentary's official website.
Watch the trailer here.
Bardouille Productions is an independent film production company that also specializes in web-based media production. More information can be found at the official website.
According to their official website, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) seeks "to bring audiences the most beautiful and the most amazing new Black films, while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The MIBFF wants to promote a different kind of cinema, cinema that hails from here and from abroad and that does not necessarily have the opportunity to grace the big screen, groundbreaking cinema that moves us, that raises awareness and that takes us all by surprise." Please visit MIBBF's official website for more information.
The film screens at 7:00 p.m. Cinema du Parc is located at 3575 Avenue du Parc.
Photograph by Michael Welty