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A Hand Full of Dirt
Written, Directed and Edited by Russell Watson
Produced by Lisa Harewood
Cinematography by Mahmood Patel, Russell Watson, Rashid Johnson and Nigel Scotland
Film Editing by Russell Watson
93 mins – Color – miniDV – Dolby SRD – 2010

A plantation bought to bring the Redman family together, threatens instead to tear it apart as Father, grandfather and son each try desperately to break with the past and dream of a future of their own making.

Archie Redman is a middle aged man chasing a fading dream. Obsessed with holding on to his failing hotel, he has sacrificed everything - his marriage lies broken, his son estranged and the bank is poised to foreclose. Ben, his bitter father, ignores his pleas for help, unable to forgive an act of betrayal committed twenty years ago over a parcel of hard-earned land.

Thousands of miles away, Archie's son Jay struggles with mounting challenges of his own. He is stuck in immigration limbo, jobless in a cold and unforgiving city and involved in a demanding relationship.

Just as an unwelcome piece of news further complicates Jay's situation, he is presented with an opportunity to resolve his problems, but to take it he must choose between securing his own future and repeating the sins of the past.


Nation News - Barbados
Review by Roberta Clark
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