Barbadians living in North America will have an opportunity between later this month and early December to view Barrow Freedom Fighter, an acclaimed film about the island’s first prime minister, father of Independence and national hero, The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow.
The 74-minute-long docudrama, a production of Step-by-Step productions, portrays the courage of a Caribbean leader who relentlessly preached a gospel of economic self-reliance and self-respect to the people of Barbados and beyond. Narration of the film, produced for Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence last year, was done by former United States attorney general Eric Holder who has Barbadian roots.
Besides a screening planned for November 30, the 51st anniversary of Barbados’ Independence, at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, that will be followed by a discussion of Barrow’s role, the film will be shown at the 25th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, to be held in New York City from November 24 to December 10, 2017.
“We believe that this is the cusp of the discovery of this film and its significance in sphere of global leadership and recognition of our small island state as a leader among leaders,” Step by Step Productions said in a statement.
Barrow, Freedom Fighter was a Gold Award winner in this year’s National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) film competition.