The Film

Auntie is a 16 minute film written and directed by Lisa Harewood, a filmmaker from Barbados.

“Auntie” (Marcia Burrowes) is a middle­-aged seamstress and respected caregiver in her rural Barbadian community. Twelve­ year ­old Kera (Che-­Annika Mayers) is her latest ward, left in Auntie’s care when her mother migrated to England in search of a better life. Seven years later, the two have grown close and Auntie is confronted with the day she has long dreaded when the plane ticket arrives that will reunite Kera with her mother.

Auntie was one of five short films selected for development by the Commonwealth Foundation under its Commonwealth Shorts programme, a capacity building scheme to give emerging writers/directors the opportunity to make a film which highlights issues affecting them and their communities on the theme of inter-generational relationships.

Screenings and Media

Media coverage


  • Caribbean Women Telling Stories For Social Good, New York
  • Guyana Cultural Association, New York
  • Weeksville Heritage Centre, New York
  • Virgin Islands Literary Festival, St Croix
  • CaFA Caribbean Film Series, BAM Rose Cinemas, New York
  • St John’s University, New York
  • NYU Black Portraitures Conference, Italy
  • Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles
  • Pan African Film Festival, Atlanta
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Women’s International Film Festival, Miami
  • Muestra Joven Youth Film Festival, Cuba
  • Black Harvest Film Festival, Chicago
  • Belize International Film Festival
  • Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
  • University of Indiana Cinema
  • Embassy of Barbados reception, Beijing
  • Groundation Grenada Community Film Series
  • Cine Caraibes Community Film Series, Brooklyn
  • Global Studies Association Conference, Glasgow
  • Caribbean Studies Association Conference, Mexico
  • NYU-Abu Dhabi Migration Conference
  • Government Industrial School (facility for at-risk teen girls)
  • National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, Barbados


  • Best Short Film – National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, Barbados
  • Special Prize for Film – National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, Barbados