Patrick Baucelin Honored at Caribbean Week

NEW YORK/ — During the Caribbean Week organized in New York by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Patrick Baucelin, author, producer and director from Martinique received the “Lifetime achievement award” in recognition of his dedication, talent and work documenting the Caribbean culture throughout the years.

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Born in Fort-de-France, Patrick Baucelin is part of an exclusive club of film directors from the Caribbean, known not only in this region but internationally as well. With movies such as The cities of the CaribbeanThe Secrets of Caribbean Fortresses and The Traditional dress: from slavery to « Grand Robe », the director has been honored several times at international film festivals.  His last movie documentary, At the time of sugar island has garnered six awards in New YorkHouston and Hollywood for instance. His most recent award, “Prix de l’Association Nord-Sud Développement” was given during the 14th edition of the Festival International du Film PANAFRICAIN (FIFP) in Cannes, this past April.


In his work, Patrick Baucelin showcases the beauty of the Caribbean, highlights its vibrant culture through the prism of its history, while always keeping in mind his native Island, Martinique. “Martinique is a land of rich culture and history, and Patrick Baucelin knows how to bring it to life on the screen.” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas of the Martinique Promotion Bureau. “The colonial past marked by the scars of slavery and our Creole identity, are the essence of his work.”

About Martinique ( – ) 

The Caribbean Island with French FlairThe Isle of FlowersThe Rum Capital of the WorldThe Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of FranceMartinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure all on par with any other part of the European Union. Martinique boasts beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests and other natural wonders that are the equal of neighboring Dominica to the north and St. Lucia to the south, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The official language is French, but Martinique’s character and identity are distinctly Afro-Caribbean and known as Creole. This combination of modernity, pristine nature, and heritage earned Martinique a spot in the Top 16 Places to go in 2016 by Condé Nast Traveler.