Rianna Patterson’s ‘Dementia: The Island’ documentary premieres at film festivals in Grenada and Guyana

Rianna Patterson, the founder of the Dominica Dementia Foundation, has created a documentary titled “Dementia: The Island Journey”. The film aims to challenge ageism in the media by celebrating Caribbean elders and offering fresh perspectives and holistic approaches to dementia. The documentary features voices from Dominica, Barbados, and Anguilla.

The film has been selected for screening at the Timehri Film Festival in Guyana and the 1261 Film Festival in Grenada. The Timehri Film Festival offers an online screening option, making the documentary accessible from October 30th to November 3rd on their website

The 1261 Film Festival is a platform that celebrates cultural diversity through film and storytelling. Now in its 5th season, the festival has become a key player in bolstering the Grenadian Film and Creative community. It encourages resource sharing, education, and artistic collaboration, providing creatives with an opportunity to showcase their work and network with others in the field.

The documentary has been submitted to film festivals across the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and the US.

Rianna Patterson expressed her delight at the positive reception of the documentary by the Caribbean diaspora. She said, “I made this film with our community in mind. It is a pleasure to have this screened in the Caribbean and share knowledge of dementia in this way.”

For inquiries about the film, please email Rianna at [email protected].

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1 Comment

  1. Rasta Pasta
    October 2, 2023

    Congratulations Ms. Patterson. Dementia affects us all directly or indirectly, and I applaud your efforts in sharing your knowledge. Someday things will turn around, and works like yours will be given the deserved recognition here in Dominica.

    Our late great Dr. Alwin Bully must be smiling and crying at the same time.
    Film, theater and other performing arts have been replaced by politics, rum, party and siwo.

    I look forward to watching it at the Timehri Film Festival’s online screening.

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