Netherlands Premiere of Ida Does’ “Poetry Is an Island, Derek Walcott”


A unique documentary on the Caribbean poet and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott—Poetry Is an Island, Derek Walcott by Ida Does—will screen on March 30, 2014, at the Bijlmerparktheater, located at Anton de Komplein 240 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. [Also see interview with Ida Does here: Ida Does: A Brief Interview with Repeating Islands.]

Description: The documentary Poetry is an Island has already premiered to great acclaim in Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, St. Lucia, and the United States. Now, finally screening in the Netherlands for the first time, with the participation of director Ida Does, is the festival version of the film–the director’s cut. The screening will take place on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

The evening will include a reception with cocktails and Caribbean live music, a short presentation by well-known Curaçaoan actress Paulette Smith to open the evening, a reading by Antoine de Kom—winner of VSB poetry prize in 2014 and grandson of the Surinamese resistance hero and human rights activist Anton de Kom—and a performance by young violinist Yannick Lutz, providing an impromptu musical interpretation of the poetic recitation. After the screening of the film, there will be a Q & A session where the audience will have the opportunity to engage with the director.

6:30 to 7:00pm—Reception with cocktails and Caribbean steel drum music

7:00 to 7:05pm—Opening by Paulette Smith

7:05 to 7:10pm—Reading by poet Antoine de Kom

7:10 to 7:15pm—Musical interpretation by Yannick Lutz

7:15 to 8:35pm—Screening of Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott (director’s cut)

8:35 to 9:00pm—Q & A with director Ida Does

9:00 to 9:30pm—Post-screening drinks with live music

[There is only a limited number of places available. See below to secure tickets.]

For more information (in Dutch), see

Also see (official website)
Facebook: / PoetryIsAnIsland
Twitter: @ walcottfilm
Vimeo: / idadoes / videos

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