Poet, playwright, author and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott (1930) is a Caribbean son from St. Lucia. His work embodies the beauty of the island and its inhabitants. The awarding of the Nobel Prize was seen by many as recognition for Creole and Caribbean cultures.
Filmmaker Ida Does, who previously shot films about the prominent Surinamese Anton de Kom and Henri Frans de Ziel, alias Trefossa, composed a careful, intimate portrait of the boy from St. Lucia. His studio, his current home and the house where he was born are the backdrop for open-hearted interviews with friends, family and staff.
The moving speech he delivered in 1992 upon receipt of the Nobel Prize is a recurring theme in the film. However, its true lead is of course the poetry, the art and their importance for every community: ‘Poetry is an island that breaks away from the main.’