Before The Trees Was Strange  Bahamas / USA / 2016 / 85 mins

Before the Trees Was Strange is a film about one man's journey from the Bahamas where he grew up white to the United States where he was embraced as black. It takes us on a complex family exploration into identity, love, race and forgiveness.

Through interviews, song, storytelling and poetry, the film presents a unusual and evocative style as  an eldest son challenges the stories of his ancestry, the mother who fiercely tried to protect him and his five siblings from the effects of racism and the notion that race exits beyond a social construct. As he seeks to confirm his identity, his family learns to understand and forgive a devoted mother whose driving goal was to treat all people with kindness but not at the cost of  protecting her children


Monday, December 5 / 8:00pm

Romora Bay, Harbour Island

Thursday, December 8 / 6:30pm

Rawson Square, Bay Street

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Derek Burrows


Derek Burrows


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