Walcott documentary for film festival

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Ida Does' award-winning documentary, Poetry Is an Island, Derek Walcott, will be shown at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, UWI, Mona, on Sunday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m.

The film presents an intimate portrait of Walcott set in St Lucia and is one of the offerings of the E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival which will run at UWI, Mona, from November 5 - 8. The festival is sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship, University of Missouri, St Louis, USA, and is held annually at venues around the globe.

At UWI, Mona, the festival is organised by the Department of Literatures in English, the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, and CARIMAC. Now in its third staging at Mona, the festival seeks to promote knowledge of the life and culture of the people of Africa worldwide through the art of documentary filmmaking. Poetry Is An Island is being screened as a special initiative by the local organisers to bring Caribbean films to local audiences.

The festival is free and open to the public. Screenings begin everyday at 2:00 p.m. except on Thursday, when the festival is being launched with an opening ceremony that begins at 5:45 p.m.

Poetry is an Island has received a number of awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the Piton International Film festival (2014); the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, Toronto (2014); The Golden Award for best editing at the Documentary & Short International and Movie Awards Festival in Jakarta (2015); and Best Documentary Feature, Honolulu Film Awards (2015).