Emerald Movies to premier locally made documentary: Uncivilized

Emerald Movies will be premiering locally-made documentary, Uncivilized to audiences on September 18th, the anniversary of Hurricane Maria.

Uncivilizedby film maker Michael Lees, is the story of a young man who sets off to the forest in search of the simple life of “uncivilized” man; but when Hurricane Maria strikes, his project takes on new meaning as the entire country is sent back to primitive living.

With the nation in ruins, the forest destroyed, and essential services knocked out island-wide, the entire country must now return to a past way of life if they hope to survive.

One of the most-talked about points of the documentary is Lees’ miraculous survival of the category 5 hurricane in a palm leaf and bamboo hut in the forest.

With camera equipment in tact he was able to chronicle a personal experience of life before, during and after the devastating hurricane.

Lees says he is looking forward to being able to premiere the film in Dominica on the big screen.

“Just a year ago, this wouldn’t have been possible. We haven’t had a movie theatre since I was a kid, so I’m very excited to be able to share this with everyone in a great setting.

We’re thankful that Emerald Movies has partnered with us to showcase our film and to support local film makers. Hopefully this will be the first of many local and Caribbean films to be shown.”

The management at Emerald Movies said they are thrilled to showcase a local film.

“It’s a privilege to be able to support the local arts and see films getting made in Dominica. This is definitely an exciting film for us, and we’re expecting a great turnout by the public.”

When asked why he embarked on this project Lees explained the ideology behind his mission.

“The idea of progress is something I wanted to challenge. We’ve been sold a mythology that things are always getting better as we “develop”, essentially becoming more Westernized.

But now that we’ve hit this crisis of global warming, we’re seeing that that narrative of more equaling better may not be correct. And if development isn’t the answer, then what is?”


Uncivilized is Lees’ debut feature length documentary. The film was co-produced by Ghanaian-American film maker Nikki Abban; the  Executive Producer is Sheldon Casimir.

Michael will be present at both showings on the 18th for a Q&A. The film will play for a week following its premiere.

To stay up to date on tickets and other matters related to the film follow @uncivilizedfilm on Facebook and Instagram.

Link to trailer: https://www.facebook.com/uncivilizedfilm/videos/371278856880089/

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  1. B.N
    September 6, 2019

    Congratulations to all. We need to develop a movie industry in Dominica. This is a great first step. The Jamaicans have one, the Nigerians have one, then there is BollyWood and Hollywood. Why not, locally made films to record our culture and leave documentation for future generations?

  2. September 5, 2019

    Please advise the screenig times

    ADMIN: The new schedule is released every week on DNO and the Emerald Movies page on Facebook.

    • Pipo
      September 7, 2019

      That is a problem for Emerald Movies, is their press release not DNO. They are promoting this movie to have is premiere on 18 Sept. But they don’t say where it will be shown at what time. Get professional guys and fix that if you are serious.
      PS. How can you call it a much talked
      about movie if you have not shown it yet?
      I hope it is not just talk. Good luck.

      ADMIN: The release came from the team behind the movie not directly from Emerald Movies.

  3. Support Local
    September 5, 2019

    Big up to Mike and the crew!! Can’t wait to see this on the big screen!!!!

  4. PRO
    September 5, 2019

    Congrats on your premier!! I’m sure the Dominican Diaspora would love to see this as well .

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