In celebration of St. Lucia’s 35th year of independence, the Consulate General of St. Lucia in New York, will be hosting the New York Premiere of “Poetry is an Island,” a documentary film on St. Lucia’s nobel prize winning poet, Derek Walcott. The screening will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm, at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Theater, 1 East 42nd St, New York, NY. Admission is free, although an RSVP is strongly recommended. To RSVP, call 212-697-9360 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derek Walcott, Poetry is an island, is a feature documentary film about Nobel laureate, poet, playwright, and visual artist, Derek Alton Walcott (1930). The film depicts an intimate portrait of Walcott, as we visit his art studio, his childhood home, and his current residence in St. Lucia. It also includes exclusive archive material from the Nobel Prize Festivities in 1992. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this film is about Walcott’s poetry.
When asked what inspired her to make the film, Does responded: “[My inspiration] started years ago when I met Derek in Amsterdam. He was reading poetry there and I had read his Nobel lecture and I was very impressed, in particular by the [part] in the lecture about Caribbean culture. So I approached him and I asked him if he would be ok with me making a documentary on him. “He didn’t say yes but he didn’t say no, so I took that as a yes. My main interest was showing the Caribbean connection, making a Caribbean film, a Caribbean story, so I wanted to catch a bit of his poetic atmosphere and interview people who have worked closely with him and also his friends. I wanted to get closer to him.”
The film premiered at the 2013 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, and Derek Walcott and his family were in attendance. When asked about his thoughts on the film, Walcott described it as “very beautiful.” He went on: “I was very struck by the use of the Nobel lecture as well as the imagery which confirmed the lecture. [Ida] did a very beautiful and gentle job.”
Ida Does – Director. Ida Does, was born in Suriname, and is of French, Chinese, and Dutch-Creole descent. She has worked as a journalist, researcher, writer, and documentary filmmaker for the past two decades and resides in Aruba and the Netherlands. She studied documentary filmmaking at the Media Academy in Hilversum and the Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam.
Rebecca Roos – Producer. Rebecca Roos, is an Aruban producer/director with over 20 years of experience in film production. Since establishing her production company in 1998, Rebecca has amassed a body of work of over 40 productions, which include documentaries, corporate videos, commercials and PSAs.
Ingmar Maduro – Director of Photography. Ingmar Maduro, has worked for almost 23 years in the video production business. He was part of major production crews on events, like HBO-Concerts, MGM Production, Paramount Picture Production Crew, BE-TV(black entertainment TV), FOX-TV, History Channel Latin, Sony Entertainment Latin. Ingmar has also been involved in various documentary films on Aruba.
This screening promises to be a real treat. Come join our St. Lucian compadres as they celebrate the life of this Caribbean icon.