Seek Films, in association with The Caribbean Film Academy and with support from the Dutch Consulate, will host a screening of the 2012 Audience Award winner at the Aruba International Film Festival, and 2012 Best Documentary winner at the Antigua & Barbuda Film Festival, Children of the Wind (COTW). The screening will be held on Sunday, Apr 28, at 6 pm, at the Dolby 88 Studios, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, Ground Floor, NY, NY. Use this link to purchase tickets.
Children of the Wind tells the story of two brothers and a cousin who journey from poor fishing families on a tiny Caribbean island to become three of the best freestyle windsurfers in history. Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Windsurfing World Cup on Bonaire, the film follows the boys over 15 years as they transform not only their island but the face of the sport worldwide.
The film focuses on brothers Tonky and Taty Frans and their cousin Kiri who come from a poor fishing family and began windsurfing before the age of ten, using whatever broken or discarded equipment they could scrounge, and who are now, twenty years later, global superstars.
Tonky, Taty and Kiri burst onto the international scene in 2001 when, along with thirty or so other Bonaire sailors, they attended windsurfing’s North American Championship in Florida. Given the island’s economic status, just getting to Florida was an achievement in itself. Once there, they caused a sensation, taking home twenty trophies between them. Given that Bonaire has a population of under 15,000 and had, at the time, no way to fund formal training facilities, provide equipment or pay for travel to events, this accomplishment was simply astonishing.
The Frans brothers and Kiri are now among the top five freestyle windsurfers in the world and have become local heroes
on their island. More remarkable: Bonaire continues to produce young champions at every age category of the ProKids World Championship, which started on the island. Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Freestyle Windsurfing World Cup on Bonaire, ‘Children of the Wind’ is an exciting tale of kids who refused to be defined by the limits of their circumstance, and consequently transformed a sport.
For more information, check out the film’s website and FB page.
Watch the trailer here:
About Seek Films:
In May of 2009, father and daughter Daphne Schmon and Robert McCormick (both avid windsurfers and artists) founded Seek Films in New York with the vision of producing original and bold documentaries that inspire social change.
DAPHNE SCHMON, Co-Creator, Editor, & Director
Children of the Wind marks Daphne’s feature directorial debut. Born in New York City, Daphne received her BA in film production from Wesleyan University in 2009, where her thesis film Fearless received University Honors. Daphne’s short films and documentaries have garnered a handful of awards including a Gold Palm at Mexico International Film Festival for her short Say Something. Daphne filmed a short documentary for the Quebec Labrador Foundation in 2006, which screened at their national conference in Budapest. From 2008-2010, Daphne worked as a director and editor at Ringo Films in New York, covering large-scale corporate events and music videos. Out of a desire to bring together artists from around the world and make films that inspire social change, Daphne founded Seek Films in 2009. Along with her collaborators, Daphne has a profound love for windsurfing. She has traveled to Bonaire many times and has developed great affection for the island’s people and their story.
ROBERT McCORMICK, Co-Creator & Producer
Robert is a Canadian born actor and singer who lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters. He is also an avid windsurfer, cyclist, mountaineer and writer. Robert discovered Bonaire 10 years ago and it was love at first sight. He has since returned twice every year and has developed a strong friendship with many of the principals in this documentary, and a great affection for the island and its people. Not a stranger to international sport at its highest level, from 1968 to 1972, Robert participated in the sport of rowing with a crew that won two U.S. National Championships, two Canadian Championships, and the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. A graduate of Princeton University, for over thirty years, Robert has performed leading roles in major theaters in New York, across the U.S., Canada and the UK. Robert’s films include Superman II and the major supporting role of Trickett opposite Nicolas Cage in The Boy in Blue. His knowledge, love of the island and artistic eye make him a tremendous asset to the team.
Bonaire is a small Caribbean island located just 50 miles north of Venezuela. The island is 24 miles long by 3-7 miles wide (112 square miles) and has a population of only 13,000 and NO traffic lights!
Bonaire is known for its love for nature. It has become a tradition for many generations to understand the importance of nature and the unique position Bonaire has to conserve it. With this said, Bonaire developed a master plan to control the development of the island without harming its natural wonders, such as the beautiful Marine Park and Washington Slagbaai National Park.
There are four languages spoken on Bonaire today. While Dutch is the official one used in government and legal transactions, Papiamentu is used in daily exchanges and has wide acceptance. English and Spanish are also common. Papiamentu, a Creole language indigenous to the Dutch Antilles, particularly Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba, has its roots in West Africa as early as the mid-1400s. The Portuguese colonization prompted the evolution of a new language, one containing elements of African language structures and Portuguese vocabulary that allowed the people to communicate with each other. With the slave trade, the language grew and spread among the general population.
Bonaire is part of the Netherlands Antilles which forms part of the Dutch Kingdom. Although Bonaire is part of one country it still holds its own flag which can be seen on the right. The yellow and the upper triangle represents the sun and the bright yellow flowers that bloom after a rain. The white field represents the purity of the Bonerian people, while the blue reminds the people of the ocean that surrounds the island. The star represents the six traditional neighborhoods of Bonaire, while the navigators compass pays homage to the brave sailors and navigators who helped the Dutch marine during the second world war. The color red represents the fighting spirit of the Bonerian people!
The culture of Bonaire can be seen in the faces of its people. The different features and hues tell the story of dozens of ethnic and racial influences. Indian, African, Asian and European inhabitants have all contributed to who Bonaire is today. Two of the most unmistakable features are the smiles that break out when greetings are made and the soft yet firm handshakes that pass between old and new friends.
Information courtesy of Tourism Corporation Bonaire.