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Library Screened Derek Walcott Documentary “Poetry is an Island” directed by Ida Does

— June 10, 2016

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The featured film “Poetry is an island” about the life and work of the Nobel Laureate poet Derek Alton Walcott, produced and directed by Surinamese Independent Documentary film maker and producer Ida Does, was well received on Monday May 30th 2016
Library Screened Derek Walcott Documentary “Poetry is an Island” directed by Ida Does
Ida Does documented an honest portrayal of Derek Walcott’s life. The film “Poetry is an Island, Derek Walcott,” captured an intimate portrait of his hometown and beloved island of St. Lucia. It was a celebration of his work, his life, of his country people, closest friends, playwright, visual art and the art of written and spoken words. Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott, by Ida Does received four awards for Best Feature Documentary at the Honolulu Film Award, Best Documentary at the Piton Film Festival 2014, Saint Lucia; The Golden Award for Best Editing at the Documentary & Short International and Movie Award Festival in Jakarta Indonesia, and the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival 2014 in Toronto was received by persons who could relate to the similarities of St. Lucia here on our island of St. Maarten.

Ida Does presented a copy of the award-winning documentary for the archive of the representatives of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library: Monique Alberts and her staff; President of the University of St. Maarten: Dhr. Francio Guadeloupe; Secretary of St. Maarten National Commission for UNESCO: Marcellia Henry; and the House of Nehesi Publishers & Conscious Lyrics Foundation Book fair Committee: Shujah Reiph.

The film was also shown to St. Maarten Academy Academic section Literature students to discuss her work, experience with producing a documentary film and an interactive session in creative thinking.

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