Film: Inward Hunger—The Story of Eric Williams


In 2011, we wrote about the screening of Inward Hunger: The Story of Eric Williams [see Film Screening: “Inward Hunger, The Story of Eric Williams”], a moving documentary by Mariel Brown on the life of Dr. Eric Eustace Wlliams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. The film is now available for purchase on DVD (through Savant, Ltd).

Description: This groundbreaking film was produced in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of Williams’ birth on September 25, 2011. It consists of three episodes, each running for approximately one hour. Episode 1, Great Expectations, follows Williams from his birth in the British West Indies in 1911 to his dramatic entry into politics in 1955 as he “Let down his bucket” in Woodford Square, Trinidad. Episode 2, Movement of the People, begins with the emergence of Williams and the PNM as a political force, and the roller-coaster of events that formed part of the West Indies struggle for independence, which came to a head for Trinidad and Tobago in 1962. Episode 3, Power, covers Williams’ public and private life as the leader of a young nation full of expectations, divisions and upheavals, leading up to the dramatic circumstances surrounding his death.

Here is an extract of a review by Louis James (WASAFIRI Issue 74): The film gives new insights into Williams’ personality omitted from his own autobiography, Inward Hunger, and historical studies. His daughter Erica speaks of the warm, humorous and affectionate father Williams himself may have felt too insecure to reveal in public. Totally disregardful of self, and fearing any appearance of weakness, in his last sudden and fatal illness Williams refused all offer of medical help, or the solace of company, and the day after his death was found dead under an African robe in his study. More effectively than could a printed text, the multiple voices of Mariel Brown’s film present a complex, moving portrait of both Williams and the nation he did so much to create.

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