The House on Coco Road

  |  Book Tickets: 24/06/2017
Rated TBC by the BBFC
The House on Coco Road Film Poster


In 1979 the Grenadian people carry out the first successful revolution in the English speaking Caribbean. Maurice Bishop becomes Prime Minister. The Revolution attracts workers from around the world including my mother, Fannie Haughton. In 1982 Angela Davis, her family, and my mother visit Grenada to witness this miraculous Peoples’ Revolution. In 1983 my mother is offered a position in the Ministry of Education and we leave our home in Oakland and move to Grenada. I’d never seen her happier. Grenada was briefly our home. In 1983 the United States led a military invasion following the assassination of the young popular Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop. We hid under the bed for three days as bombs shook our new paradise, and changed its course forever. Sixteen years later, in 1999, I returned to Grenada with my mother, and began shooting a documentary film, searching for her story, one that felt not just untold, but unfinished. In 2014, I discovered a box of family super 8 footage of my great grandmother in rural Louisiana on the land our family sharecropped and my grandmother’s migration west. I started to unravel my mother’s path to activism. I started to understand why my mother, and a group of tireless women, had put their lives on the line, daring to build a better world. You may not know their names, but they have changed the course of history. “If we have 95 percent of predominantly African origin in our country, then we can have a dangerous appeal to 30 million Black people in the United States.” —Maurice Bishop “Grenada was a beacon of light for oppressed people all over the world.” —Angela Davis “I began to be bugged by the teaching of American history, because it seemed that that history had been accomplished without my presence.” —James Baldwin “I’m committed to human life—now it’s called social justice. I’m committed to humanity, to making the world a better place. You know, not just for my family, for everybody’s family.” —Fannie Haughton Join us for an extended post-screening Q&A with Writer/Director Damani Baker!