On the island of Chacachacare which borders the Boca Grande on the north-west coast of Trinidad, stands an abandoned leprosarium and the graveyard of the nuns who once served that leper colony. There, on Chacachacare island, our social history stands naked.
The Chacachacare Leprosarium is now isolated and derelict. It is a place of death and a place of beauty, a place governed by silence but rich in the history of service and sacrifice. Today, it is a neglected place. The outside world remains unaware of its secrets, including the knowledge of the happy marriage that occurred there between the sacred and the secular.
This documentary travels rapidly through time to explore how the religious missionaries, aided by the colonial government, served the lepers of Trinidad & Tobago 1926-1955. Utilizing a braided time scheme that entwines the past and the present, this documentary blends historical photographs and newspaper articles with illustrations, video footage and still photography to reveal a bit of the complex social history, which is part of our cultural heritage.
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