“A HAND FULL OF DIRT,” a feature length film by Barbadian filmmaker, Russell Watson, was launched on Studio Anansi Tv, today. The film premiered at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Barbados, 2011. It was the winner of the Winner – Reelchoice Audience Award at the Reelworld Film Festival 2011, Toronto, and was nominated for Best First Feature Narrative Director at the Pan African Film Festival 2011, Los Angeles.
Synopsis – Three generations. One plantation. The men of the Redman family – father, grandfather and son – will try desperately to break with the past to pursue their dreams on their own terms.he city streets of Port of Spain, and its varied cast of characters are the backdrop for this Trini-style-neo-noir.
Plot Outline – Archie Redman, is a middle-aged man burdened by the weight of an unfulfilled life. He lives on a beautiful island; the kind of place people dream of visiting, but this brings him no comfort. He rises reluctantly each day to face a large, empty house, his wife having left him and his only son away at university. His sole daily destination is the shabby office at his failing hotel, where he is greeted by piles of bills and bank notices.
Thousands of miles away, Archie’s son, Jay, faces worries of his own. He is stuck in immigration limbo, essentially penniless in a cold, unforgiving city but unable to legally work until his father pays off his substantial debt with the school. Still, he looks for a job, hoping against all hope that his father will come up with the cash in time to resolve things before he is forced to leave the country.
As the year ends and the holiday season arrives, Archie and Jay will find the walls closing in on them. Both will face increasing challenges. Pressures will…
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