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Nom Tew (Man of the Soil)| 7mins
Director: Pierre Deschamps | Producer: Etta Deschamps
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: United Kingdom
Subject Tags: americas, culture, dominica, ecology, environment
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
This film is set on the diminutive Caribbean island of Dominica and is the portrait of a man called Jerry Maka West. He is a simple man, a “Nom Tew”, a man of the soil. Juxtaposed to the hustle and bustle of city life, Jerry works his garden in the island's lush interior, his Zion, growing and preparing his food just as his grandparents once taught him. The complexities of the modern world pass him by as he skips in and out of it, circling around it, never really being drawn into it - preferring instead to live close to nature, and to work hard putting just as much in as he takes out. In harmony with a living earth, an island of nature, Jerry Maka West lives the kind of life most of his contemporaries have forsaken; yet many would no doubt envy in a world that has become a confusion of questionable priorities and trivia.

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