The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Iyanola Pic­tures is set to be­gin work on its fifth movie, Shantaye’s World. The film, set in a ru­ral vil­lage in Saint Lu­cia dur­ing the 1950s, tells the story of young, in­de­pen­dent Shantaye, who is de­ter­mined to live life on her own terms.

Shantaye and the teenaged son of the com­mu­nity’s French doc­tor find each other and fall madly in love. This ro­mance is doomed from the start, tainted by the prej­u­dices that guided racial in­ter­ac­tions of the pe­riod. Shantaye An­der­son (An­to­nia Charles) is sent away to Lon­don, Eng­land to es­cape what her father, Ed­son An­der­son (Carlton Cyril) sees as a fate worse than death, to get in­volved with a young man not in her so­cial class.

The story ex­plores the in­tri­ca­cies of life on the small is­land, in an in­con­se­quen­tial vil­lage, and show­cases sim­ple joys of liv­ing un­com­pli­cated lives in a com­plex so­ci­ety based on mores, val­ues and know­ing your place. Film di­rec­tor and CEO of Iyanola Pic­tures, Mathurine Em­manuel, says she is pas­sion­ate about this project be­cause it chron­i­cles the sto­ries re­lated to her by her mother and other women who lived dur­ing that pe­riod.

“It is our Caribbean his­tory, the story of our lives,” Em­manuel ex­plains. “A pe­riod of time which we can only re­live through the screen in a way which will force us to find joy and love in the past ,love and joy we can, in turn, trans­port to the fu­ture.”

Film­ing is set to be­gin dur­ing the Easter school break, as most of the 50 ac­tors/ ac­tresses are stu­dents. Mrs Em­manuel has also con­tin­ued to tap into the tal­ents of or­di­nary folk us­ing many of her as­so­ci­ates from her com­mu­nity of Des­ruis­seaux, Mi­coud.

The film project was re­cently given much-needed ex­po­sure dur­ing the Caribbean Ex­port EXPOZING event held at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground where the trailer re­ceived rave re­views.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet speaks with Mrs Em­manuel of Iyanola Pic­tures after view­ing the ex­cit­ing Shantaye’s World trailer.

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