Grenadian experiences of the homeland and of migration need to be observed for the world to know the island’s history and global impact. We're excited to share these struggles and triumphs with the rest of the Caribbean and international communities that may identify with a history of resistance.
Mission Statement"My Mother, Mary" is a film that captures an authentic intergenerational conversation about a suppressed and repainted history around the discourse of Black Liberation. Through this documentary series, Caribbeans near and far will have access to reclaiming an integral part of their history.
About The Project
My Mother, Mary is a story of Liberty, Revolution, and Migration through the eyes of the Grenadian people near and far.
Oftentimes, history can feel like it should only be told in acedemic settings and istituions but we believe that the people should tell their own stories. Through its plot, My Mother, Mary presents audiences with an authentic intergenerational conversation that details a forgotten history surrounding the discourse of Black liberation. Although the documentary film is based upon the island of Grenada's particular history i.e. the island pre and post 1983 U.S. occupation, the story Donald seeks to tell is one that will be familiar to Caribbeans near and far. My Mother, Mary is strung together by Mary’s narration, various interviews, archives, and animation which combine to paint a picture of an underrepresented Grenada- a Grenada in which an African diaspora was actually free. Audiences will then discover how this 'free' Grenada was disrupted first by American influence then invasion, and how this has impacted generation after generation of Grenadians. It is our hope that by the end of the documentary film that the Caribbean and its diaspora will reign in their deserved appreciation, and that a gap between the old and young will be bridged by putting their testimonies in conversation with one another.
The world needs to see Caribbean people and the story of Black liberation authentically represented through animation and documentary film, but because of the financial block to make such a successful film possible; we ask people who believe in our mission to help fund our project. The crowdfunding campaign will also be a great gauge for us to see how the film is received by investors and viewers.
We have created a visualizer to prop up our crowdfunding campaign and show the world Grenada’s beauty as well as its past. People of Grenada and the Caribbean will receive the opportunity to understand the triumphs and crises of their past to then understand the possibilities of their future. First-generation Caribbean migrants will also be given the chance to connect and find reasons for the migration of their culture.
The overall look of the film will be dramatic, imbued with deep greens and blues as well as warm earth tones to create a feeling among the audiences of actually being in Grenada. While we aim to emphasize Grenada’s natural beauty, we will also incorporate dreaminess during moments of sentimentality in the main interviewee’s narration.
The film will include intercuts of archival footage paired with an original score from our sound designer setting us back to the 1980s. Inspired by Biggie: I Got A Story to Tell, the director will have the film emulate an 80s aesthetic of nostalgia. What is essential for us to showcase in our documentary is resilience among Grenadians as this story about Grenada is not one of tragedy. Ten minutes of animation will be integrated into the narration in order to avoid putting a spotlight on Black trauma and at the same time expose the talent of the Grenadian artists with who we will be collaborating through Animated Ecologies.
We are crowdfunding for $20k in order to pay for our crew’s hard work and the equipment cost to achieve the highly stylized vision for our film. Additionally, the proposed budget will pay for travel costs, marketing costs, event costs, and distribution costs, which will all help towards achieving our mission of having our documentary film reach a global community of Caribbeans.
In order to raise funds, build community and keep our momentum going, we plan to continue hosting events that include; panel discussions, live performances, virtual events and interviews, and as well as a premiere launch party where all proceeds go directly to our overall budget.
We are conducting raffles with the company @kidsofthediaspora in order to welcome attendees from the Caribbean, The United States, and Europe to our virtual events that we must carry out due to the surge of COVID-19 cases.
We are partnering up with organizations like Animated Ecologies to hold international screenings while distributing our work to film festivals and online streaming services with our marketing and event budgets. Distribution cost will help us find press to cover our documentary film as we are serious about the impact it will have, allowing Caribbean peoples near and far to reclaim their history forever since a large portion has been robbed.
I am devoted to learning my country’s history and how it has shaped my life and the America that I live in. As a Grenadian-American woman, I realized there was a lack of caribbean representation in the America that I live in and benefit from today. I would like Grenada to be credited as more than just a tourist destination in an industry run by foreign enterprises.
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- The Team