Rodney Charles, Trinidad and Tobago's Ambassador to the United Nations (right) and Christopher Anthony Din Chong, Film Producer and Chairman of the Forward Ever Foundation
Trini youths star in international short film
TRINIDADIAN film producer Christopher Din Chong was given the opportunity to produce the docudrama
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TRINIDADIAN film producer Christopher Din Chong was given the opportunity to produce the docudrama The Singapore Promise, part of an International Inspirational programme.
The British Council, UK Sport and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) are partners for the programme and it is governed by a charitable organisation.
International Inspiration was conceived as part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games initiative as a legacy promise to enrich the lives of 12 million children in 20 countries through sport.
Football superstar David Beckham is one of the programme’s seven ambassadors.
The Singapore Promise was made possible through collaborations with Din Chong's organisation - The Forward Ever Foundation that was established develop film and television projects for youths. Some assistance was also received from C.R.E.A.T.E. Strategies, a full service communication company.
The name "The Singapore Promise" refers to the "promise" made by London in Singapore eight years ago to empower and motivate youths through sport.
The docudrama was screened on July 22 at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations in New York,USA.
The Trinidad and Tobago edition of International Inspiration will be hosted by six persons. Five minute story segments will feature one several sporting areas-track and field, swimming, cycling, table tennis, archery, martial arts. Each participant will host their own section.
Alette Williams, Forward Ever Foundation’s public relations officer said: "The film is a short inspirational documentary that seeks to inspire young person’s using athletes with stories about challenges and struggles. It was done in collaboration with persons mandated by the British High Commission."
She said:"Now more than ever, Mr. Din Chong feels mandated to make the Forward Ever Foundation a vehicle to empower young aspiring film makers who want to make a difference but experience challenges and lack the resources to allow them to do so."
At the screening in New York Din Chong said: "The mission’s staff said that the docudrama touched on issues that are common to and are dealt with in both countries on a daily basis, such as obesity in children." He said that they also wanted to see more positive films about the youth in Trinidad and Tobago.
Melissa Boissiere, Second Secretary Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations said:"It was indeed a most enlightening and educational experience to view the documentary at the Mission. It showcased a valuable initiative aimed at empowering and improving the lives of the next generation of our country’s leaders."
Key figures in the film are Shaquille Roberts, who was one of 20 persons who took part in the Torch Relay at the Paralympic Games and Anthony Kipps who was selected to run with the Paralympic Torch during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Roberts is the cousin of Olympic gold medalist Keshorn Walcott. Kipps is differently-abled with his right foot being shorter than his left.
The film can be viewed via the internet.
Din Chong’s foundation is set to begin a number of workshops throughout the country with Mayaro being the first community to benefit from the foundation.
Din Chong is also in the pre production phase of a feature length project.