The following is a message from Cayman Current editor and founder Patrick Brendel:
We are thrilled to announce that the Cayman Current’s TVET/STEM education documentary project, titled ‘Island Jobs’, has joined the lineup of the Cayman Documentary Festival, taking place at the Camana Bay Cinema.
On Friday, 18 March, the first episode of Island Jobs will be shown at the Festival, right after a North American film ‘The Great Disconnect’ and preceding a panel discussion on mental health, which will intersect with education. Current journalist Kayla Young, who has spearheaded the Island Jobs documentary, will moderate the panel.
“This series is the result of months of interviews with young people, educators and employers about the state of the job market and professional training in Cayman. We sought to centre this series around young Caymanians, who face the islands’ highest levels of unemployment,” Young said.
Consider this a ‘sneak preview’ of the Island Jobs project, which when complete will comprise 5 episodes, as well as a 90-minute feature-length cut.
“We are excited to bring their experiences to the big screen for the Cayman Documentary Festival and hope this series contributes to a larger conversation about empowering young Caymanians in the workforce,” Young said.
In addition to the Current’s local film, the Festival is showcasing 5 international documentaries over 5 days. Each ticket is $25, with proceeds benefitting charities such as Plastic Free Cayman, Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, Alex Panton Foundation, NCVO and Cayman Arts Festival.
As always, we extend our warmest gratitude to our Project Sponsors, including Dart, Health City Cayman Islands, Enterprise Cayman and Silver Palm Studios, as well as to our Media Partner Cayman Life TV. Their support is what makes our documentary project possible.
If you can’t make it to the Festival, and you want to see Islands Jobs anyway … Too bad. I’m afraid you’re just going to have to wait.
The remainder of the Island Jobs series is in post-production with Silver Palm. When it’s finished we will air the documentary online, on Cayman Life TV and other avenues.
We look forward to holding a standalone event where we will premiere the 90-minute version of the documentary. But we’re still pulling those details together.
Until then … Stay tuned …
If you’re interested in supporting the project or the Current in general, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Donations Page.
As a non-profit public service journalism organisation, the Current relies on donations from individuals and groups, and does not sell advertising or offer ‘paid content’.
Sponsors and supporters do not exercise influence over our journalism, which is aimed at furthering our mission to improve education in the Cayman Islands, for the betterment of Cayman’s children and future generations.
We are grateful to all of our donors — and you, the reader — because without your support the Cayman Current simply would not exist.
Patrick Brendel, Founder and Editor