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.
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