Did you know that our own Soca superstar Machel Montano is the first ever recipient of the Barbados Independent Film Festival Digicel Award? Yes, he was honoured on January 11th at the opening gala of the inaugural Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF) for his work in the 2016 indie film, Bazodee.
The award was presented by Stephen Lang, US actor and screenwriter, who said the artiste artiste had a bright future ahead in film:“He’s got it in him to have as surprising, as stunning, as creative a career as an actor as he has had up ‘til now as a songwriter, as a producer and as an artist.”
Noting that it was important to nurture young talent in the film industry, Montano also highlighted the importance of Caribbean unity and seeing Caribbean stories on the big screen.
“This is a time when technology is on the rise – young people love to create,” Montano observed. “But most importantly, we have to tell Caribbean stories.”
“We hardly see our stories on the silver screen. Telling stories is about sharing – sharing who we are. People from the Caribbean have an important role and story to share with the world. We were brought here from all over the place and crammed into these… small spaces to exist. And we have found some way to love each other’s traditions equally as much as we love our own…”
Congratulations on the win!! Enjoy this clip of one his songs from the movie.
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