Dawad Philip reads poems, from his recent book by the same name, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of his beloved ‘hometown’ San Fernando. He pays a moving homage to his childhood and lifelong friend Dr. Leroy ‘Black Stalin’ Calliste in ‘Sando Proper’, a poem dedicated to him. This short film sets out to allow Dawad, the poet and masman, to settle comfortably into the source of his inspiration, the city of San Fernando, through his poems. “A Mural by the Sea” simply weaves together indigenous performance and Dawad Philip’s poetry and is a tribute to our cultural traditions.


(20mins) | Trinidad and Tobago





Tony Hall Photograph of Tony Hall Tony Hall is a playwright and filmmaker who was part of an award-winning team at Banyan for many years. In the 1970’s and 80’s they pioneered the making of drama series and documentaries for television in the Caribbean. In 1992 he appeared with Errol Sitahal in the BBC documentary “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon” (Part of a BBC/TVE Series. US Release date: 1994), a multiple award-winning Banyan film which he co-directed with Christopher Laird and was produced by Bruce Paddington. Between 2002 and 2006 Tony taught documentary filmmaking at Trinity College, Hartford, CT.