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Directed by Ian Berry

Portland, St. Lucia 2015 70 mins. In English

In the 1940s, the US military built an airbase on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and brought with them their love of country music. The airbase is long gone, but the country music has never left. Part cinéma vérité documentary, part dreamscape, Berry’s film is contemplation on the common humanity of people from vastly different cultures, played against a background of extreme poverty and disenfranchisement—which even the bluest of country-western balladeers would be hard-pressed to convey.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.