Trinidad and Tobago
|Coming to America
|The City of God
|Man on Fire
|The Harder They Come
|Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
|The Gods Must Be Crazy
Coming to America
I have never laughed so hard. It didn't make me want to become a director – it just made me want to go to America even more.
The City of God
This made me feel like someone had opened up a cinema lens in my neighborhood. Morvant is a tough community very similar to Cidade de Deus – where we say "the baddest men live on the hill, and we come from the tippy top."
My island is predominantly Roman Catholic. My Grenadian grandmother had this on repeat. I don't know how many times I've watched this... but more than any other film, definitely.
The color, the motion. This film opened my eyes up to how entertaining the camera’s exposure can be. How entertaining the image can be. All of my senses peaked while watching it.
Man on Fire
All of the things I love about Tony Scott and all of the things I love about Denzel Washington, all balled up into one film. This was Domino elevated for me. I'm truly thankful for all of Tony's contributions before he left this earth.
The Harder They Come
Whenever I think we are taking ourselves too seriously as island filmmakers I simply love to watch this.
Even my children know the first lines of this film. “This is the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, West Africa. Where enslaved Africans were shipped to the Caribbean.” If they can't recite it… I make them watch the whole thing again. This is their history – but also a window to our culture.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Remember the strainer that was a medical device that would make him forget the pain of his heartbreak? This film made me dream, at a time that my migration to America was at its dullest point. It made my mind come alive, just reimagining simple spaces like the library. It made the mundane spectacular.
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Whoever thought a Coca Cola bottle could cause so much drama? Brilliant on all levels, because it comes from such a small concept.
This one meant we’d finally made a mark on the international film scene. It is truly the first film from our island that we believe truly captures ‘Us’. The emotions bleed through the image like an all night hangout with close friends.
I am a simple Rastaman from a rock in the sea. All of these films, I believe, affected my storytelling in various ways. The vibration of art is inspiration; and each one did just that! Thanks to all the filmmakers out there. Keep inspiring :)