Film maker to explore Dominican roots

Richard Etienne
Richard Etienne

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Miss Dominica 2013, designer of the national flag, Dr. Alwin Bully and celebrated historian Dr. Lennox Honychurch, are all expected to feature in a film currently being produced by United Kingdom-based Richard Etienne.

Etienne is an independent film-maker.

The film, named iD My Dominica Story, will be released in 2014.

Etienne’s father is Dominican but he passed away in 2004, and the film is being made in his memory.

“I was very close to my father, he was my best friend, my idol and someone who believed in me unconditionally,” Etienne said in a statement.

“This film will document my virgin journey to the Caribbean island of Dominica as I retrace my father’s steps to discover inspiring home truths and the breath-taking beauty of Dominica first hand,” he said.

Etienne pointed out that the film will document his journey of discovery, his identity and will allow him the opportunity to explore the birthplace of his father.

He said that the film will discover the “real” Dominica and the “people who create the culture of this island.”

“Dominica is a country I so badly want to call ‘home’. However with a mind filled with unconfirmed truths, myths and warnings bestowed upon me by Dominican-born members of my family, I developed dangerous preconceptions of our islands’ history and culture – mournfully deterring me from wanting to visit,” he noted.

He said his intention is to put Dominica on the map through the 45 minutes film.

Dominican cricketer Shane Shillingford is expected to make a special appearance in the film.

iD My Dominica Story is being supported by Invest Dominica and the East Caribbean airliner LIAT and is being funded by public donations.

It will be in English and Creole.

See video below of Etienne talking about the production.

Want to contribute to making the film? CLICK HERE

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16 Comments

  1. Clever
    August 29, 2013

    There is no harm in wanting to know where your roots comes from…if his father has never taken the opportunity of taking him to Dominica then that is problems, the young is taking steps to correct what his father failed to do….i’m sure if young Islanders put themselves forward to do a similar project they would be supported…some people are very negative…he seems a very confident young man, I hope the film is a success…someone is asking why ‘why it is we have to wait on someone from outside the country to come in and highlight or even document anything as it pertains to our country. He is doing his research for his own benefit…well done to him on his quest

  2. DominicanQueen
    August 1, 2013

    All I see is a free ride home. Nice that you would like to make this film and blah, blah, blah. But your father never even thought of his home country enough to have you visit, not once as a young boy?? Now you want us to sponsor your trip to the island? If he never brought you, surely your father never came back. The story should focus in part on the disappointment that we Dominicans feel, when people like your father leave and never return. Never return to contribute in anyway to the homeland that “he so loved”, to the homeland that need strong men like your father to make an impact, a country that need whatever resource we can get. Sad to let you know but you, a young man in the UK, never being brought to the island by your parents, is shameful.

    Economics doesn’t even play a part here. To all Dominicans abroad, I say, if you are so bad off that you cannot visit your homeland, pack up and move back home. Being in Dominica is way better than staying abroad struggling. And that is the truth!!!!

  3. Dominica girl
    July 31, 2013

    Miss Dominica 2012 maybe jealous she not part bahah

  4. Taj
    July 31, 2013

    Looks like its going to be well done.. All the best to you on your career and your journey! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  5. Cumfreda
    July 31, 2013

    he sexy papa.. i would not mind taking him behind seek-a-more tree :lol:

  6. anonymous
    July 31, 2013

    wishing good for this film

  7. T Rex
    July 30, 2013

    I cant help to wonder that with so many talented people in DOMINICA why it is we have to wait on someone from outside the country to come in and highlight or even document anything as it pertains to our country. The same way he can get donations to produce his film the same way others can seek donations to do the same then there wont be any pressure on this gentleman to fit in so much into his 45 minute film which as he says is a story of his roots and country. Just my thoughts.

    • octo
      July 31, 2013

      You see, the film he will be producing will be unique. it will be from his perspective as someone born of Dominican parentage and visiting for the first time to learn about the country he “so badly want to call home”. So, yes we have talented people here who can make good film about Dominica, but only he can tell his story.

  8. pinky
    July 30, 2013

    That’s great. waiting to see

  9. off topic
    July 30, 2013

    he’s hot :wink:

    • concerned
      July 30, 2013

      He’s Etienne, what do you expect?

  10. yeah
    July 30, 2013

    Great initiative, i wish more persons would invest into the Dominica product and create a things that will shine a positive light on this nation despite the current circumstances. Remember to include a mini feature on our own home grown music as well. This too is important sinc there are many regional musicians who have copied the style. Interveiw the old and young and get clips of others, Jeff Joe, Ophelia, Michelle Henderson, Derick Rah Peters, Neijel Nayee Jno Baptiste, Melinda MelC Ulysses, WCK band and more, the list goes on. God Bless and all the best.

  11. St. Joe Massive
    July 30, 2013

    how can this guy be contacted?

  12. Pedro
    July 30, 2013

    Maybe I missed something but i did not notice where/how to make the donation. Admin please provide the relevant link. Thanks

    ADMIN: Link has been provided.

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