director Charlie Smith to attend screenings in Nassau and Harbour Island for
Bahamas International Film Festival
Canada – An authentically Bahamian film is set to make it
debut at the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) next month before
hitting the worldwide circuit.
Pigs Swim”, an entertaining documentary produced by GIV Bahamas Inc. and
directed by Charlie Smith, tells the story of Exuma’s famous swimming swine. For
the last several years, these animals have grown from a cult favourite to
indeed a global phenomenon, sparking thousands of videos, photos and stories
from people all around the world.
the popularity of the pigs is undisputed, “When Pigs Swim”, with tongue firmly
in cheek, attempts to answer the question: how did they get here?
through the eyes of historians, tourists and long-time residents in Exuma, the
film dissects the prevailing theories of how swimming pigs arrived at this
archipelago of 365 islands, which represents more than half of those found in
the entire Bahamas.
pigs are the real stars here,” said Smith, who has worked with well-known
celebrities such as Sidney Poitier, Beyonce and Michael Jackson.
is a fun story that I think people will enjoy. I think a lot of people just
want to see more of the swimming pigs, and I know Exumians are excited that the
eyes of the world will now be on the beauty of this land.”
film will be shown at BIFF at 11am on December 5 and 6, according to Smith. It
will also have a screening at BIFF’s event in Harbour Island, Eleuthera, on
noted that the film has also been accepted at other film festivals in North
America and beyond, with formal announcements expected soon.
Nicholson, the President of GIV Bahamas Inc., said that the response from the
film has been overwhelming.
pigs’ popularity is simply astounding,” he added. “It never ceases to amaze me
and I love how this is an authentically and uniquely Bahamian story. Only in
Exuma. Only in the Bahamas. I hope it helps put Exuma on the map as the pigs
become our very own Mickey Mouse.”
short, 5-minute version of “When Pigs Swim” can be viewed on the film’s new
. You can also visit the
film’s Facebook page for more information at