Dennis Haysbert (right), narrator of The Black Moses, is pictured at Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) with actors Danny Glover and Pamela Poitier.
The Black Moses, a
film on the life of the late Prime Minister Lynden Pindling, has its theatrical
release in New York and Nassau on October 10.
The documentary, written and directed by Bahamian Travolta
Cooper, will also show in several US cities, including Los Angeles and
Atlanta. It stars American actor Dennis
Haysbert as the narrator.
“It was intended to be a little movie,” Cooper said. “Then
bigger names got involved so the investment grew. It progressively grew over
time. Now it is this movie starring Dennis Haysbert and it closed the Bahamas
International Film Festival. It went on to Cannes, where it got distribution,
and now we are opening around the world today. I think that’s pretty exciting.”
The film includes interviews from well-known political
figures such as Jesse Jackson and Thabo Mbeki. Cooper said he was interested in
going beyond the local work of Lynden Pindling and delving into his work as a
“I got a break when Andrew Young pretty much decided to come
on board and give his commentary in the film,” he said. “From Andrew Young, we
ended up travelling to Canada, to London, to South Africa talking to people
that knew the man and his times.”
The New York showing of
Black Moses is supported by the Bahamas Film Commission, a unit of the
Ministry of Tourism. Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods said the Commission
was happy to support a talented filmmaker such as Cooper.
“He has come to us with a lot of skills that he honed in New
York and Miami and of course Los Angeles, where he studied with some of the
best filmmakers in the business,” Woods said.
Woods said his office helped to promote
The Black Moses in
New York. The Film Commission also secured invitations to the premiere for Bahamians
in the New York and surrounding area.