New Film: Nana’s Paradise


Nana’s Paradise, Mathurine Emmanuel’s recently released film, is the epic story of a young man beating the odds to emerge triumphantly. It is a testament to the strength, resilience, and triumph of the human spirit over all odds. It has been received with much acclaim in film festivals and screenings this year.

In Nana’s Paradise, a young man overcomes extreme poverty, a dysfunctional home, peer ridicule, and death in his family to embark on an epic journey that takes him to England on an island scholarship. There he overcomes cultural shock, the bitter London cold and homesickness to return home triumphantly and do right by his mother, Nana, who, facing desperate poverty, spousal abuse and infidelity, was single-handedly responsible for holding her family together. Actress, director, and screen writer Mathurine Emmanuel has been praised for a “dramatic flair and mesmerizing performance that glue the movie together and sets it apart as one of a kind.” Emmanuel’s son, Keddy Emmanuel, plays Nana’s oldest child and the hero of the story.

Mathurine Emmanuel is from St. Lucia. A teacher by profession, she has completed four feature films. Her first film, Ribbons of Blue, was selected as Best Documentary by The New York International Film and Video Festival in 2005 and Best Picture by the M&C Fine Arts in 2006.

For full review, see

For more information on Emmanuel’s previous films, see

2 thoughts on “New Film: Nana’s Paradise

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s