The Montserrat Tourism Division, in partnership with the Government Information Unit, Office of the Premier, and the Montserrat Arts Council, is delighted to announce the successful premiere of the Channel 5 documentary "Ben Fogle and the Buried City" on May 23, 2023. The highly anticipated film, which is part of the Lost Worlds series, chronicles the experiences of Montserratians during and in the aftermath of the devastating volcanic crisis.
The premiere, held at the Montserrat Cultural Center, drew a large crowd of locals who were eager to see the film. The event began with a heartfelt message of gratitude from internationally acclaimed actor Ben Fogle, who expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to tell the story of Montserrat and its people.
The ninety-minute documentary was both informative and emotional, with many viewers moved to tears as they revisited their personal experiences of the disaster and the ways in which they have adapted to life on the island following the eruptions. The premiere was a true community event, which drew a wide cross-section of the public from primary school children to young adults and mature persons. Many of the participants in the documentary were also in attendance.
"We are thrilled with the success of the premiere of 'Ben Fogle and the Buried City'," said Rosetta West-Gerald, Director of the Montserrat Tourism Division. "This documentary is a powerful tribute to Montserratians all over the world and the resilience of our people in adverse disaster, a testament to the natural beauty and unique culture of our island. We are grateful to Ben Fogle and the team at Renegade Pictures for bringing this project to fruition which in many ways has helped to put the Buried City’ into context for visitors and others who did not witness the eruptions." She added.
The documentary was also broadcasted on Channel 5 in the UK to millions of viewers. The Montserrat Tourism Division hopes that the film will inspire visitors to come and experience the island's beauty and culture for themselves.
"We invite everyone to come and see for themselves what makes our island so special," said Mrs. West Gerald. "Montserrat is a hidden gem in the Caribbean, and we are excited to share our story with the world."
For more information about Montserrat and/or to plan a holiday, please visit www.visitmontserrat.com.