Barbados | 2013 | 17 mins
“AUNTIE,” is a middle-aged seamstress and respected caregiver in her rural Barbadian community. Raising children whose parents are unwilling or unable, Auntie instills discipline, traditional values and a strong moral code. Twelve-year-old KERA is her latest ward and a special child to whom she has grown uncharacteristically close.
Seven years after Kera’s mother emigrates to England in search of a better life, Auntie is confronted with the day she has long dreaded. The day the plane ticket which will reunite Kera with her mother, arrives. Unable to accept the inevitable, Auntie makes a hasty decision, which goes against everything she claims to stand for. She risks damaging the special bond between them on the eve of the child’s departure.
Lisa Harewood is a lifelong and passionate film fan from the island of Barbados. AUNTIE, is Lisa’s debut effort as a writer and director entered into the Commonwealth Foundation’s Short Film competition. The short explores her interest in the effect of migration on those who leave their home countries and those who are left behind. These are issues she is exploring in-depth with a feature length narrative project currently in development.
After working mostly in the fields of advertising, marketing and development communication, she decided to pursue her long-held ambition of making a film. She first joined writer/director Russell Watson’s micro-budget feature project, A Hand Full of Dirt, as Producer.
On its release in 2011, the film was nominated for Best First Feature Narrative Director at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and won the Audience Award at the Reelworld Film Festival in Toronto. That year Lisa was also selected to participate in an incubator programme in Toronto for emerging Caribbean film producers. In 2012 she was tipped as one of Reelworld’s Emerging 20 filmmakers.
Her production company, Gate House Media, is dedicated to making work that accurately reflects the Caribbean experience and to broadening access for the Caribbean Diaspora to their own stories.