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​Wait Right Here

My name is Simone Pierre and I am a waitress at a restaurant in a luxury Tobago hotel.

I come from Cunupia, real countryside. Girl days was in Penal, the home of doubles, alloo pie, everything. I moved from there to Cunupia. I actually went to Siparia Seventh Day Adventists Primary and then Palo Seco Secondary.

I’m a believer but I believe in God, not religion. I think religion is just to separate people. I also would agree that religions were invented to keep women down.

For me, a woman is an extraordinary individual with the ability to multiply anything. You give her a sperm, she gives you a baby. You give her a house, she gives you a home. Look, we had a female prime minister and now we have a female president and that makes me feel so awesome.

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Dissolve to Montage

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Bruce Paddington, named after the bear or the train station, and I founded the trinidad+tobago film festival.

I started the ttff in 2006. From the next year and until last year, Annabelle Alcazar was my main collaborator and the driving daily force of the festival. I’ve always been at the helm. But now I’m ready to hand it over to the next generation.

I emigrated as a young man and am a Trinidad and Tobago national. But I was born in England and grew up in the seaside resort of Southsea, Portsmouth.

Trinidad couldn’t have been more different than Portsmouth: the sea was warm and there was sand, not pebbles, on the beach. And one can eat bake-and-shark rather than cockles and mussels.

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Beach Girl, Interrupted

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Abigail De Souza and anxiety and panic attacks made last year the worst year of my life.

I was born in Port of Spain General Hospital and have never lived anywhere else in my life but the Woodbrook/St James area. Girl days were, for me, more like boy days. I was a tomboy. When I got older, I started liking makeup and dressing up and that stuff.

My mom was married before and so it’s, like, six of us children, but I’m not close with my brothers and sisters away. I have a lot of cousins because my parents have a lot of siblings.

I don’t have a family yet but I have a boyfriend, Alejandro Ortero. He has Venezuelan roots but he didn’t arrive recently, he was born here. He’s at UWI. Hopefully we’ll have a family of our own soon. I love kids. I always tell him, “I have baby fever.” But he tells me, “No, you have to wait until we’re married. We don’t have money for that yet.”

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Trini Philosophy

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Richard Gordon and I believe Trinidadians are a unique race on to this planet.

My father died of a burst appendix, acute appendicitis, when I was five years of age. So I went to live with my aunt and uncle in Barbados. My mum just couldn’t afford to look after three children. And my aunt and uncle couldn’t have children. My mother said, “Better for them there, than here.” So my aunt and uncle brought my sister and me up.

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The Good, the Bad, the Bold & the Beautiful

My name is Esther Lyons and this year will be 29 years I am working at Argyll Waterfall, Tobago.

I was a tour guide but I’m not anymore, because I damaged my knee. So now I am the cleaner! And I sell memorabilias.

I was born on the boat, the Bird of Paradise, leaving Tobago and going to Trinidad. So I really am a born Trinbagonian, born between the two islands. It was more in the middle [of the voyage] so they couldn’t turn back.I go to school in Trinidad but I always was in Tobago, up and down.

I went to Morvant Market School, they called it locally, Lower Morvant Government School. I liked school but I dropped out before time. I was a dropout. That is something you must regret because, after some time in life, you realise you don’t have papers, you don’t have this subject, don’t have that subject. But that didn’t hold me back.

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​Wait Right Here

My name is Simone Pierre and I am a waitress at a restaurant in a luxury Tobago hotel.

I come from Cunupia, real countryside. Girl days was in Penal, the home of doubles, alloo pie, everything. I moved from there to Cunupia. I actually went to Siparia Seventh Day Adventists Primary and then Palo Seco Secondary.

I’m a believer but I believe in God, not religion. I think religion is just to separate people. I also would agree that religions were invented to keep women down.

For me, a woman is an extraordinary individual with the ability to multiply anything. You give her a sperm, she gives you a baby. You give her a house, she gives you a home. Look, we had a female prime minister and now we have a female president and that makes me feel so awesome.

Read more

Dissolve to Montage

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Bruce Paddington, named after the bear or the train station, and I founded the trinidad+tobago film festival.

I started the ttff in 2006. From the next year and until last year, Annabelle Alcazar was my main collaborator and the driving daily force of the festival. I’ve always been at the helm. But now I’m ready to hand it over to the next generation.

I emigrated as a young man and am a Trinidad and Tobago national. But I was born in England and grew up in the seaside resort of Southsea, Portsmouth.

Trinidad couldn’t have been more different than Portsmouth: the sea was warm and there was sand, not pebbles, on the beach. And one can eat bake-and-shark rather than cockles and mussels.

Read more

Beach Girl, Interrupted

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Abigail De Souza and anxiety and panic attacks made last year the worst year of my life.

I was born in Port of Spain General Hospital and have never lived anywhere else in my life but the Woodbrook/St James area. Girl days were, for me, more like boy days. I was a tomboy. When I got older, I started liking makeup and dressing up and that stuff.

My mom was married before and so it’s, like, six of us children, but I’m not close with my brothers and sisters away. I have a lot of cousins because my parents have a lot of siblings.

I don’t have a family yet but I have a boyfriend, Alejandro Ortero. He has Venezuelan roots but he didn’t arrive recently, he was born here. He’s at UWI. Hopefully we’ll have a family of our own soon. I love kids. I always tell him, “I have baby fever.” But he tells me, “No, you have to wait until we’re married. We don’t have money for that yet.”

Read more

Trini Philosophy

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Richard Gordon and I believe Trinidadians are a unique race on to this planet.

My father died of a burst appendix, acute appendicitis, when I was five years of age. So I went to live with my aunt and uncle in Barbados. My mum just couldn’t afford to look after three children. And my aunt and uncle couldn’t have children. My mother said, “Better for them there, than here.” So my aunt and uncle brought my sister and me up.

Read more

The Good, the Bad, the Bold & the Beautiful

My name is Esther Lyons and this year will be 29 years I am working at Argyll Waterfall, Tobago.

I was a tour guide but I’m not anymore, because I damaged my knee. So now I am the cleaner! And I sell memorabilias.

I was born on the boat, the Bird of Paradise, leaving Tobago and going to Trinidad. So I really am a born Trinbagonian, born between the two islands. It was more in the middle [of the voyage] so they couldn’t turn back.I go to school in Trinidad but I always was in Tobago, up and down.

I went to Morvant Market School, they called it locally, Lower Morvant Government School. I liked school but I dropped out before time. I was a dropout. That is something you must regret because, after some time in life, you realise you don’t have papers, you don’t have this subject, don’t have that subject. But that didn’t hold me back.

Read more

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