Islands of Life, a feature-length documentary film released in late 2011 that took 3 years in production and was a cooperative effort by Bo Boudart
Productions and the Bahamas National Trust, as well as other Bahamian
conservation groups my well be
one of the most important films of our time when it comes to conservation, economy, tourism and sustainability in The Bahamas.
The film, narrated by Learie Peter Callender (from Tobago) and sound scored by Tony Silva
shows the beauty and wildlife diversity of the
Bahamas archipelago, and ongoing conservation efforts by citizens,
scientists, and volunteers. It documents peoples efforts to study,
educate and protect flamingos, turtles, parrots, conch, lobster, crab,
grouper, and other wildlife not only for the benefit of Bahamians, but
for all visitors to appreciate. This film is a must for our schools, not only in The Bahamas, but throughout the world.
"We especially hope this film will
inspire others around the world to take better care of the natural
resources that surround us all, as earth itself is just an island in
space," said Bo Boudart, Producer who told TheBahamasWeekly.com that the Bahamas National
Trust is planning a country-wide screening tour to various park
locations on the family islands. There will be a Summer Video Tour of
Islands of Life that the Bahamas National Trust staff will be taking to the family Islands that will show the film on the big screen including Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros, Grand Bahama, Cat Island, Exuma, Long Island and New Providence. Details will be announced soon on the BNT website www.bnt.bs.
Stay tuned to The Bahamas Weekly as more information unfolds.
"Islands of Life highlights the remarkable and unique biodiversity protected in the Bahamas National Park system and creates and awareness of the the beauty and sensitivity of island life." Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director, BNT
"This documentary is a powerful reminder of our eco responsibilities as Bahamians and Bahamian corporations." Sarkis Izmirlian, CEO Baha Mar
Islands of Life was screened last year at the inaugural FLIFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island component of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival where it won an Independent Spirit Award. It also screened at last year's Bahamas International Film Festival in Nassau, and the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival in the United States.
"A stunningly beautiful film that offers hope for the future." Greg von Hausch, Director, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF)
People featured in the film:
Eric Carey and Lynn Gape, Co-Executive Directors of the Bahamas National Trust
Pamela Poitier, daughter of Sir Sidney Poitier, co-founder of Rake 'n Scrape Festival
Peter Douglas, of the Andros Conservancy and Trust
Dr Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Sea Explorer
Pericles Maillis, past BNT president
Lynn Holowesko, past BNT president & executive director
Gary Larson, past executive director,BNT
Allannah Vellacott, marine biology student, College of Bahamas
Vanessa Haley, PhD student
Caroline Stahala, parrot researcher, Abaco National Park
David Knowles, BNT warden, Abaco National Park
Henry Nixon, BNT warden, Inagua National Park
Charles Bethell, Flamingo Cay Club
Images from the film. "Islands of Life" documents peoples efforts to study, educate and protect flamingos, turtles, parrots, conch, lobster, crab, grouper, and other wildlife not only for the benefit of Bahamians, but for all visitors to appreciate.
Islands of Life plot outline: With its glittering seas and brilliant
white sands, the Bahamas has long been recognized as a top vacation
destination for travelers from all over the world. But thanks to the
vision and dedication of many citizens and organizations, this island
nation is also becoming recognized as a leader in conservation.
"Visually stunning! Watching
Islands of Life is like viewing a history lesson in the ecology of The Bahamas. Any Bahamian who watches it should most certainly feel proud of their country and hopefully compelled to do their part to keep it majestically beautiful." Robbin Whachell, Editor, TheBahamasWeekly.com