It’s quite a trek from the Caribbean to Waterloo, Ontario, but last week a documentary film crew found its way here to capture some views of community-building.
They filmed Paul in his office during the day, and in the evening they hung out with Paul and his neighbours as they enjoyed a potluck meal together and sat around a fire chatting with each other.
The filmmakers are exploring the attributes of a strong community and how people benefit from social connection. But that wasn’t their original premise – early on, their theme took an unexpected turn.
Tamer Soliman, director, originally planned to do a documentary about a Rastafarian community in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. But after going there and meeting the people, Tamer was impressed by the happiness they derived from living in a tightly knit community. He started wondering: How can people create similarly strong communities in different environments?
Their film is set to be released in 2017.