Julien Neaves, Caribbean Head Writer
Here at Red Mango Reviews we mostly review narrative content but are not averse to checking out documentary content as well. And in that vein for this article we will be checking out 2020 documentary short Kalinago by our friends at GT Caribbean Network.
Directed by Ancil Harris the film centres on the titular first people of Dominica. It begins with a historical approach before moving to modern-day members of the Kalinago and some of their traditions. My favourite aspect was seeing the traditional dancing, some very shaky camera work notwithstanding.
I also enjoyed the interviews—it is always great hearing young people talking about celebrating and preserving their culture— and the gorgeous shots of Dominica’s natural beauty.
At just over eight minutes it is a very short documentary, and there is not much room to dive deeper into the history or culture of the Kalinago. But what there was I found interesting, and I am definitely inspired to learn more.
Editor Jules’s Score: 6 out of 10
You can check out Kalinago for yourself by clicking here. And you can check out more Caribbean documentary content below:
Julien “Editor Jules” Neaves is a TARDIS-flying, Force-using Trekkie whose bedroom stories were by Freddy Krueger, learned to be a superhero from Marvel, but dreams of being Batman. I love promoting Caribbean film (Cariwood), creating board games and I am an aspiring author. I say things like “12 flavours of awesome sauce”. Read more.