Documentary Film, 24 minutes, 2004
The story of the 900 Belizean lumberjacks who in 1942 left the tropical rainforests of British Honduras to help Britain fight fascism by felling trees in Scotland. Sam (93), Eric (87) and Amos (86) were among those who stayed on after the war to make new lives in a country where, for better or worse, the colour of their skin marked them out. Newly discovered archive, long cherished memories and a last reunion are intertwined in this lyrical and moving documentary testament.
Broadcast on STV on ‘This Scotland’ strand, in 2004. Funded by STV, Grampion TV and Scottish Screen.
Nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award for Best Television Documentary in 2004.
Screened at Madrid Experimental Cinema Festival 2005, Spain and International Human Rights Festival 2005, Glasgow, Scotland.
Written and performed by Marcelo de Oliveira
Marcelo de Oliveira