Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 11th 2015 Contents The films Sally s Way and On My Way
to School, which were shown at the
recently concluded Trinidad and Tobago
Film Festival from September 15-29, left
a lasting impression on the minds of the
secondary school children who viewed
Speyside High School teacher Brettney
Romeo said the children loved the 2013 film
On the Way to School, adding after viewing
they now had "a greater appreciation for the
academic opportunities they enjoy and the
comfort in which they live".
"The children saw the film and it touched
them and they now understand, a little more,
how easy their lives are," the Spanish teacher
told Tobago Today.
The film shows how children in three coun-
tries manoeuvered their way to school. A child
from Kenya had to walk through an area with
wild animals, a Moroccan girl walked long
distances and an Argentinian child rode a sim-
ilar distance to class.
Commenting on the French-produced 75-
minute film, the teacher said, "Besides exposing
the students to social issues in other countries,
its language component engaged them as it
was in English, Spanish, Berber and Tamil,
with English subtitles."
A Bishop s High School teacher expressed
similar sentiments as her Speyside counterpart
about Sally s Way.
Debbie Charles-Jordan told Tobago Today
the 80 Bishop s students who saw the film
were also touched by it.
Of the 87-minute film produced in Trinidad
and Tobago, the teacher said, "The students
were really interested and learnt of the hardship
children can face on a daily basis."
In the film, 12-year old Sally dealt with
being the sole person to look after her sick
grandmother, while at the same time fighting
off bullies at school and eventually having to
move in with her grandmother s former
"The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
(TTFF) chooses films for students so that they
will have the opportunity to see interesting
places and subjects with local and foreign set-
tings," TTFF s Tobago House manager Susan
Ramrattan said the films generate so much
interest that some children "get an appreciation
for the value of film making and others inter-
ests are peaked."
One such individual was Kyle Walcott, a
former Bishop s High school student who is
in his final year at the University of the West
Indies (UWI) pursuing a Bachelor s Degree in
While at Bishop s he researched and pro-
duced the film Glass Bottom Boat as a class
assignment. He said while doing the research
he found the story so interesting that he decid-
ed to make it a larger project.
It is that decision which propelled him to
national and regional acclaim, having been
nominated for three top prizes and the privilege
of screening the film at the Havana Interna-
Those acts have opened numerous net-
working opportunities within the film industry
as far as Miami, Walcott said.
Alluding to the money he has earned while
in the secondary school system and now at
the tertiary level, he said he was able to invest
in purchasing equipment to further his film
career. Asked about his plans after graduation
from the UWI he said he has "many exciting
Walcott added that while he has "nothing
against T&T" he plans to head abroad.
One could hear the joy in his voice when
he declared, "No THA wuk fuh me, I want
to be an entrepreneur!"
He, however, said he plans to return, at
some point, to assist in the development of
the industry in Tobago.
Bishop's High School students and
teachers pose before taking in one
of the T&T Film Festival entrants
at MovieTowne, Lowlands.
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Speyside High School students, l-
r (back row), Kareem Braithwaite,
Ronaldo Maynard, Shakeem John,
Aaliyah Farmer; (front row)
Aaliyah Dickson, Latoya Joseph,
Olym Richards, Aaliyah Brooks,
Meguel Quashie, Asher Chami
and Rachel Duncan share a
moment with teacher Bretteny
Romeo at the recent T&T Film
Festival screenings at
Besides exposing the
students to social issues
in other countries, its
engaged them as it was
in English, Spanish,
Berber and Tamil, with
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