February 7th 2014 will see Grenada celebrate it’s 40th year of independence. As well as an annual dinner which is set to take place at the prestigious Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane, the UK celebrations are set to take place throughout the year.
Director and producer Bruce Paddington, who lived in Grenada two months before the revolution took place felt compelled to make the documentary after seeing the dramatic shift in the spirits of the Grenadian people under democratic rule.
The documentary tells the story of the Grenada revolution as never before. Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution (2013), is a feature length documentary (150 minutes) directed and produced by Paddington. It explores the achievements and shortcomings of the People’s Revolutionary Government (1979-1983) as it attempted to forge a new revolutionary society.
It focuses on the year 1983 through use of archival footage and first hand recollections of persons who witnessed the events of October 19; the execution of Prime Minister Bishop and his close colleagues whose bodies were never recovered. This was followed by the American invasion and over twenty years later the gradual release of the prisoners from jail.
The film, with its the multiple perspectives and different narratives, explores this key event in the history of the Caribbean. The eloquence and passion of Maurice Bishop is apparent as he defends the revolution on such critical issues as human rights and the need for a true peoples’ democracy.
The screening which will take place at the British Library on Friday 17th of January. Tickets can be purchased on the British Library website.