POETRY IS AN ISLAND
2013 St. Lucia
SYNOPSIS: Derek Walcott, Literature Nobel Laureate has travelled the world while remaining closely connected to his beloved island St. Lucia. As a poet, playwright, painter and even filmmaker, Derek Walcott has been hymning the Caribbean for over 60 years. This documentary presents an intimate portrait of him, set in his beloved native island St. Lucia. The place he always longs for, when he is taken to far away places by his universally acclaimed work. What moves and inspires this great poet? Who are the people whose lives became poetry through his writings? And how do they experience the gift of language of their friend, their mentor, and their father? This film explores the poetry of Derek Walcott, the landscapes and people that inspire it. It observes Walcott in places essential to his work and life, and gathers the thoughts of some of his closest childhood friends. Most importantly, this documentary is a celebration of the greatest gift Walcott has given the world: his poetry.
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About the Director
Originally from Suriname, Ida Does is an independent documentary filmmaker and producer who resides in the Netherlands and Aruba. She has a long history in media and has directed several TV series. Her films include Trefossa: I Am not I (ttff/09) and Peace: Memories of Anton de Kom (ttff/12; Jury Prize for Best Short Film).