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Merikins documentary premieres in POS

Merikins documentary

Ambassador Beatrice W. Welters with actors in the Merikins Documentary


Ambassador Beatrice W. Welters with Judy Chong-Dennision; Dahlia Dennison and Anthony Dennison

March 22, 2012: The United States Embassy in collaboration with the High Commissions of Canada and Britain hosted the premiere of the Merikins Documentary at the Digicel Imax Theatre, One Wookbrook Place, Port of Spain on March 21, 2012.

The documentary tells the story of the arrival of the Merikins – freed slaves who fought in the War of 1812 who settled and built a new life in the Company Villages, Moruga, Southern Trinidad. 

The project is one that is close to the heart of Ambassador Beatrice W. Welters who in her remarks at the premiere pointed to the shared long, deep cultural and commercial ties between the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago which stretch back nearly 300 years.

The Ambassador underscored the importance of people’s lives joining both countries and applauded the work of the production house, JCD and Associates who took on the task of filming and interviewing subjects for “hours and then compared their statements, often calling to follow up and ensure that what you see on film tonight is as accurate and complete as we could make it”.

The Documentary will next be shown in Moruga in a couple months before making it available to the wider community for viewing through partnerships other organisations.

See Ambassador’s remarks at