Derek Walcott, Literature Nobel Laureate has traveled the world while remaining closely connected to his beloved island St. Lucia. As a poet, playwright, painter and even filmmaker, Derek Walcott has been hymning the Caribbean for over 60 years. This documentary presents an intimate portrait of him, set in his beloved native island St. Lucia. The place he always longs for, when he is taken to far away places by his universally acclaimed work. What moves and inspires this great poet? Who are the people whose lives became poetry through his writings? And how do they experience the gift of language of their friend, their mentor, and their father? This film explores the poetry of Derek Walcott, the landscapes and people that inspire it. It observes Walcott in places essential to his work and life and gathers the thoughts of some of his closest childhood friends. Most importantly, this documentary is a celebration of the greatest gift Walcott has given the world: his poetry.
Ida Does is an award-winning film director who was born in Suriname and is of French, Chinese and Dutch Creole descent. She has worked as an independent journalist, researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker for the past two decades and resides both in Aruba and the Netherlands. She is the founder and owner of Ida Does Productions. She has directed numerous TV series and received awards for her documentaries about national figures of Suriname-freedom fighter Anton de Kom –Peace, memories of Anton de Kom- and poet Trefossa (Henri Frans de Ziel- Trefossa-I Am Not I).
SATURDAY Jan 13, 2018
10:00 AM POETRY IS AN ISLAND: DEREK WALCOTT (Documentary)
12:00 PM BRUNCH
Daphne Joseph-Hackett Theatre, Queens Park, Bridgetown
$30 (film + brunch)
$50 (includes Jill Walker: An Artistic Life screening + brunch)