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A compelling and intimate documentary about Derek Walcott. Poet, Nobel Laureate and son of the Caribbean.
Ida Does
The Hague
3 Team Members


Crowd funding succesfull !

Dear friends and supporters,

We have to admit: we  were a bit over ambitious and set our final goal to gather 35.000 USD for our postproduction only by means of a crowdfunding campaign.

After we finished the indiegogo campaign we continued to write to businesses and friends. Some dedicated supporters even helped us to spread the word and introduced our project to new friends!

Today we feel blessed to announce that we have reached 30.000 USD.  Just last week we welcomed two Associate Producers aboard, one from Suriname, Integra Marine & Freights, and one from Trinidad, Shell Trinidad Limited.

We are proud to know that our work to portray the honorable Derek Walcott, son of the Caribbean, has been recognized by many. Give thanks to all of you who are making ‘Poetry is an island’ really happening now!

Contributions are still welcome.. please visit our website:www.walcottfilm.com or write to us: info@walcottfilm.com.

Stay tuned for more updates on our world premier!








A feature documentary film about the life and times of Derek Alton Walcott (1930), a St. Lucian poet, playwright and visual artist. Walcott was the first Caribbean writer of color to win The Nobel Prize for literature (1992). To this day he remains one of the most prominent English-language poets. In this film we meet the man behind the poetry. We visit him in the privacy of his home in St. Lucia where we try to capture some of the poetic mystery that surrounds him. We learn how Walcott's life has been dedicated to his art. Even as a senior citizen, at the age of 83, he keeps working, lecturing, painting and defending unspoiled Caribbean landscapes. 

Derek Walcott


It started with a dream ... the crazy and passionate idea of award winning filmmaker Ida Does to travel to St. Lucia to film Derek Walcott. She approached him with her idea in 2008 in Amsterdam after a lecture at the University, and took the short nod by the poet for a yes! 

Since than Ida kept on dreaming about the film and finally in 2012 she was able to make that dream a reality! Never before a film crew had been able to work this closely with Walcott for a feature documentary film. There, in St. Lucia Ida and her crew spoke with childhood friends, family members and people he has worked closely with. All were so very willing to share precious memories and experiences in front of the camera. It almost seemed as if they had been waiting to tell the story! 

The journey took them to unlikely places and St. Lucia ended up capturing their hearts in a way they could have never predicted. Working with Derek Walcott during their two visits gave them inspiration and food for thought when it comes to excellence in art and daily Caribbean life.

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St. Lucia sunset


Derek Walcott wrote about Caribbean life, landscapes, languages, history and culture in a time almost no serious author or poet did. Therefore his writings hold not only great literary but also great historical value. By making this film, we want to give you, the audience a feel of the poet’s work and passion. We want to inspire young talents to aim high and make way for art. We want to preserve Derek’s being and hold on to the language and verses he gave us. By listening to the voice of Derek Walcott we present a story of excellence, rooted in the Caribbean. And last but not least we want to unite the audience in a poetic experience!


We have already gotten this far with the help of generous donations from individuals, grants and awards. But also: major extensions on our personal credit cards!  Funding independent films has been described as an uphill climb…it sure is!  Still we are committed to this way of working, looking for our own voice, signature and untold stories... With all the footage in our hands it's postproduction time, meaning weeks and weeks in the editing room but still be able to pay all our incoming bills and hire more experts to assist us.We now are on the threshold of entering the editing studio where the magic awaits us! 


When we reach our funding goal, we will be able to finish the film. We aim to premiere in September 2013.

Your support is needed for postproduction: editing, equipment, music design, clearance of audio rights and archive footage. Finally all the technical actions and experts we need to involve in making the film look as enchanting as the energy of the people who are in it. 

If we go beyond our fundraising goal, the additional funds will be used to purchase time at theatres and submit to Film Festivals.


This is more than a fundraiser. We reach out to those out there who believe in poetry and art, to those who feel that beauty can make a difference in our daily life. By donating to this campaign you are making a powerful statement about the widespread enthusiasm that exists for Caribbean culture, for poetry and for Derek Walcott. We feel that a crowdfunding campaign is the best vehicle to deliver this message.




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  • $5USD
    Award Winning Documentaries

    Download of two award-winning documentaries by Ida Does: “Trefossa, I am not I” & “Peace, memories of Anton de Kom”

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10USD
    Eternal Gratitude!

    All the above PLUS: You will receive not only a personal thank you on our Facebook page and on Twitter, but also your name will be listed on our webpage www.walcottfilm.com And of course our eternal gratitude.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    Your name on the big screen!

    All the above PLUS: Your name will be added to the “thank you” section of the end credits of ‘Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott’!

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Digital download

    All the above PLUS: You will get a digital copy of the feature length documentary 'Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott' as soon as it’s released (in HD quality) and has been screened at major Film Festivals!

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $50USD
    Hard copy owner

    All the above PLUS: You will receive a DVD of ‘Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott’ containing exclusive extra footage and signed by Ida Does herself. Also you will receive a hand written thank you card from the director, Ida Does! Additional shipping costs may apply to international orders.

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $75USD
    Collectors Items

    All the above PLUS: Not only will you get a set of 5 postcards with exclusive high quality artwork from the film and a quote by Derek Walcott on them, but you will also be the proud owner of the ‘Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott’ movie poster! Additional shipping costs may apply to international orders.

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $100USD
    The Ultimate Movie Package!

    All the above PLUS: The ultimate ’Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott’ experience with the help of: - Our fashionable and exclusive straw hat to give you that Caribbean feeling - Complete your outfit with our one of a kind T-shirt - Enjoy the movie even more with popcorn All shipped to you in a specially designed 'Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott' tote bag! Never leave home again without it! Additional shipping costs may apply to international orders.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $150USD
    Date with the Director

    All the above PLUS: Go on a Skype date with the director. Get your very own personal Q&A!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $250USD
    Easy advertising!

    All the above PLUS: Your company logo in the movie credits on the big screen! Make your boss happy, make us happy and we make you happy ! Everybody loves advertising.

    3 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $750USD
    The easiest advertising

    All the above PLUS: Your company logo will be printed in full color on the cover of the DVD and Poster as well as featured on our website and in the film credits. What more could you do to promote your business and simultaneously support the arts in the Caribbean!

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Become an Associate Producer!

    All the above PLUS: Become a key-backer of the film! Your name will be included in the headlines of the film and on all publication materials as an Associate Producer. We can’t wait to welcome you aboard!

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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