Call for interviews: Share your stories about Hurricane Janet

Fresh Milk‘s latest international residents, Saada Branker and Powys Dewhurst, share the project they will be working on while on the platform, commemorating and documenting the upcoming 60th anniversary of Hurricane Janet’s landfall in Barbados on September 22, 2015. You can read about their connection to Barbados here, and see below for more information on how to get involved and share your stories about the hurricane:

Rebuilding as part of recovery: Workers in Barbados band together to rebuild stronger homes after thousands of people lost their houses to Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955. PHOTO: UK National Archives/Flickr

Rebuilding as part of recovery: Workers in Barbados band together to rebuild stronger homes after thousands of people lost their houses to Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955. PHOTO: UK National Archives/Flickr

The Project

Saada describes it this way: “We are in beautiful Barbados to record, gather and preserve a collective remembering of Hurricane Janet for generations to come.”

She and Powys believe the hurricane’s Category 3-landfall on September 22, 1955, and the subsequent rebuilding throughout Barbados, are worth telling and worth documenting as part of world history for generations to come. With the help of Fresh Milk and ArtsEtc, they will capture memories of Bajans living in the Caribbean blended with those memories of Bajans living in eastern Canada. What they collect will be an array of details to be shared by website on September 22 this year. Their work will lead up to a short documentary film to be released in celebration of Barbados independence in November 2016.

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Saada and Powys at Centre island, Toronto. Photo Credit: Kara Springer

Throughout June, Saada and Powys will be making contact with Bajans in the country asking: “What do you remember about Hurricane Janet in Barbados?” They’d be honoured to share in an exchange of your memories.

Days to be interviewed at Fresh Milk (please choose one):

Friday, June 12, 2015 from: 10-1pm
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from: 1pm-6pm
Sunday, June 14, 2015 from: 1pm-6pm

If you or someone you know has a connection to Hurricane Janet and would want to contribute those memories to Saada’s and Powys’ collection, please contact them at: hurricanejanet2015@gmail.com or call 246.845.2975 to RSVP on any of the available dates.  Do leave a message with your contact info. They’ll be happy to call back to arrange a day and time for a sit-down talk about this defining moment in Caribbean history.

Fresh Milk welcomes Saada Branker and Powys Dewhurst to the platform

Fresh Milk is pleased to welcome our next artists-in-residence Saada Branker and Powys Dewhurst who will be joining us from June 1 to June 26. The two will spend their time collecting sights of the island and stories from locals about Hurricane Janet which hit Barbados on September 22, 1955. What they gather will be part of a multi-media project and short film presenting an exchange of Bajan and Bajan-Canadian memories about Janet and recovery.

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Saada and Powys at Centre island, Toronto. Photo Credit: Kara Springer

About Saada Branker

Saada Branker is a writer and copy editor born in Montreal. There she grew up hearing stories from her Barbadian parents about their childhood years in St. George. Now living in Toronto, she has worked on various media projects. Saada is a Ryerson University journalism graduate with a BA in Political Science from Concordia University. Her passion for writing and journalism led to opportunities in broadcast news (CBC Newsworld), newsprint (Globe and Mail, Eye Weekly, Toronto Sun), magazines (Sway Magazine, AMOI, Numb, Word). Through Saada STYLO, her home-based copyediting business, she works with emerging writers.

Saada Branker

Her recent copyediting projects include, BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss by Gloria Roheim (2013) and Game Face: The Art of Giving Interviews by Bodine Williams (Fall 2015).

About Powys Dewhurst

Powys Dewhurst is a filmmaker and content producer based in Canada who also holds British and Caribbean citizenship. He was born in Dominica and grew up in Barbados from age 7 to 16 in Fontabelle, Clapham Heights and Chelsea Road. His passion for film and media began in Barbados as a preteen. As a child he spent inordinate amounts of time at Roodals Drive In and Accra Beach, and after hours would liberate old comic strips from the offices of both the Nation and The Advocate newspapers.

Powys Dewhurst

He has filmed in East Africa which took him beneath the plains of Mount Kilimanjaro and in 2010 he was chosen by the Canadian Government, Cirque du Soleil and Canadian Heritage to have his work as one to represent Canada at World Expo 2010 in China, which saw 73 million international visitors. His work has screened at film festivals in Chicago, Toronto, Durban South Africa, Trinidad, Texas, Kenya, Brazil, England and elsewhere. He is currently producing and developing several works including Storm, Crazy Dies and Larger Than Life.

Powys recently wrapped up as a content producer at a Bell Media presented media summit in Canada bringing in notable speakers and media companies like Vice Media, Chris Hadfield, Superchannel, CBC, TIFF, eONE, Globe and Mail, and the biggest hit Canadian TV shows.