Bataca native takes talent to the big screen

Catherine Fingal

When director and writer Walter Rodriquez approached Catherine Fingal, a native of Bataca in the Kalinago Territory and now living in the United States, with a script for a movie, she was captivated by the first line and immediately jumped aboard the project.

The movie turned out to be an independent featured film called ‘Decalogue – 1 City, 5 stories, 10 commandments.’ It tells the story of the choices people make and commandments broken in order to survive. The movie is brutally honest and candidly looks into the lives of the each of the characters.

As Producer of the film, Catherine had a major role to play in making the movie a reality. “Working on a movie set for me is a dream come true, quite literally too!” she told Dominica News Online. “Any image, setting, environment, lighting, story, music that you can imagine- you can create for the screen!”

She described her experience in working with the crew members, which included another Dominican Miguel Grell, as ‘awesome.’ “We all work together as a team,” Catherine stated. “Each crew member wears many hats during the production. Working and playing with so many talented, creative, sensitive and beautiful artists,cast and crew is magical and the biggest payoff.”

However it was not all an easy road. “Challenges come along at every step of the way, but its amazing how these challenges usually turn into incredible creative opportunities,” she said.

Decalogue will be completed this month and will premiere shortly aftwards but Catherine is already looking to the future. “For the next film, we’re currently considering a few scripts as well as a documentary in Dominica,” she said.



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  1. homegirl
    June 22, 2011


    • homegirl
      July 10, 2011

      absolutely!! looking forward to more from you guys

  2. Caddy
    May 10, 2011

    Fantastic job as usual. Congratulations!!

  3. Jade Princess
    May 10, 2011

    Shes an amazing director ! She did another documentary where she interviewed the homeless. This by far was THE MOST heart touching thing ive ever seen. She reached out to people who ‘the media’ would never even consider. Most influencial woman ive ever met… Heart of Gold. She has such a future ahead of her… <3

  4. Peeping Man!
    May 10, 2011

    Cool! Great Job!.. My daughter wants to be an actress,,,she is 11

  5. KAYA
    May 10, 2011

    congratulations. keep going

  6. De unexpected
    May 10, 2011

    8) :) Thats very good….. keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Catherine Fingal
    May 10, 2011

    Thank You so much for the encouragement my dear friends!!!! This means a lot <3
    We are one people <3 One Love <3 I'm very happy and blessed to be able to do that which I love and my wish for everyone is that they love their work.

    for the record: FAKE email address in previous posting ~
    someone's playing games…

  8. Danny Archer Archer
    May 10, 2011

    8) great job young lady….may this be your 1 great stepping stone to many more wonders to come…. :wink:

    • Bow Arrow
      May 10, 2011

      Danny Archer x2 !! Nice try pleasant words to Ms Catherine Fingal.This is not her first great stepping stone to many wonders she had her “first wonder” before this………………
      okay Danny Archer Archer Archer. e-mail her @[email protected]’ll happily tell you her first stepping stone.

  9. American Dominican
    May 10, 2011

    Congratulations my Lady!!!

  10. Cal Fawin
    May 10, 2011

    Excellent Job! I really hope you make it big in the Movie industry!!. Despite the Racism that exists in Dominica on the Kalinago people, The Kalinago people continue to prove them wrong, Just like Adam Sanford did and other prominent Kalingo people continue to do.

    It’s VERY pathetic and sad that Black people who are hated by every race in the world, looked down upon and descriminated against in every part of the world, continue to be racist against both their own race and minorites where they are the majority.

    Stop the racism in Dominica because its a very very stupid mentality.

    • Ha HA!!!
      May 10, 2011


    • Bow Arrow
      May 10, 2011

      I know picho around the cal head and farwin around the cal head too same thing I guess. nice one for you Ha HA!!!

    • Tee
      May 10, 2011

      Kalinagos are a brilliant race of people.

  11. james bond
    May 10, 2011

    wow, show them duminicans what your made of, i am happy that you have made it… regardless of the racism shown to your people by native negro Duminicans

  12. Confused
    May 10, 2011

    Someone keeps leaving thumbs down for all the comments and the comments are only congratulating the young lady. Whats wrong with congratulating someone on their achievements? I don’t understand..I’m rather confused.

  13. wawww WAWW
    May 10, 2011

    as if i doh understand where all the thumbs down coming from..the woman doing something positive..give her a chance a-a…jealous much?

    • Expressive
      May 11, 2011

      That thumbs-down person must be jealous, we have a lot of that too in DA. Sad. They probably have a grudge, never achieved much in their own lives, or have an evil spirit!

  14. Shan
    May 10, 2011

    Congratulations Cathy!! You go Girl!!!

  15. friends
    May 10, 2011

    do your thing ma dad and your dad were best of friends u go girl

  16. Dee
    May 10, 2011


    • Anti- bogus DLP
      May 10, 2011

      Stuff like that is what takes DA to the NEXT LEVEL not the jokes that this BOGUS DLP-regime want us to beleive is serious stuff.

      • Ha HA!!!
        May 10, 2011

        Trust you to have brought in politics in this wee!! What an idiot you are!! Go rest under a tree to regain some sense of worth and sanity!!!!

        • Bow Arrow.
          May 10, 2011

          great to see you can thank & complement to yourself for telling us who you are and what you need to do . :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  17. Anonymous
    May 10, 2011

    Daughter of Clem Fingal surveyor not sure who her mom is, i think she passed. Congratulation Kathy!

  18. Yow
    May 10, 2011


    • zandoli
      May 10, 2011

      You like too much roro

  19. My 2 cents
    May 10, 2011

    Good Job Ms. Fingal. I can’t wait for the release! Continue to reach for the stars and to be an ambassador to our country!

  20. Dee Kalinago Empress
    May 10, 2011

    Catherine I’m so proud of u girlfriend!
    Do ur thing girl!! Keep on making yourself and the Kalinago Nation proud!

    God Bless!!

  21. Vanessa W B
    May 10, 2011

    Congratulations, Hard Work Pays Off.
    We look forward to your future works and may they bring you back to the land you love so.

  22. Fifi Seales
    May 10, 2011

    Congrats Aunty Cathy!! You are a blessed woman!

  23. Homeboy
    May 10, 2011

    Good luck for your future aspirations

  24. Me.
    May 10, 2011

    Great job katherine, help promote our beautiful island…

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