Crowd-funding campaign underway for documentary film on Derek Walcott

Crowd-funding campaign underway for documentary film on Derek Walcott

A feature documentary film about the life and times of Derek Alton Walcott (1930) is in the making.

The filmmakers have launched a crowd funding campaign to finance the postproduction.

Walcott is a St. Lucian poet, playwright and visual artist. He was the first Caribbean writer of color to get the Nobel Prize for literature (1992) and to this day he remains one of the most prominent English-language poets.

In this film, the filmmakers visit Walcott in the privacy of his home in St. Lucia. Even as a senior citizen, at the age of 83, Walcott is as dedicated to his art as ever and keeps on working on a daily base. In this documentary the story of the poet unfolds, in conversations with childhood friends, family members and people Walcott has worked closely with. Through the lines of the master, everyday Caribbean life and landscapes have become poetry. Verses that will last for ever.

Award-winning director Ida Does is looking forward to the secluded days in the edit room. After two weeks of filming in St. Lucia, the Walcott film team is ready to move on to the next level. An attractive teaser on Youtube gives a feel of the documentary where Walcott reads his world famous poem “Love after Love”.

The campaign will end on May 28 and the crowd-funders are calling upon all Caribbean art lovers, Derek Walcott fans and documentary film supporters to spread the news and help make it happen.

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