Digital (hi)stories

Films and Mini-Websites for the more digitally-inclined...


Digital (hi)stories

Films and Mini-Websites for the more digitally-inclined...

What stories will you inherit?

Hello, World!

What stories will you inherit?

Our films are an audio-visual celebration of the people behind a company.

Cargo Consolidators Ltd.

In 1976, Ronald Patience started Cargo Consolidators as a one man show in a small office that was described to us as a "cubby hole."

With his foresight and business acumen, Ronald grew his company into a globally respected player in the shipping industry, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

We were commissioned by his son and Managing Director, Sean Patience, to help capture 40 years of the business' values and legacy in a way that was intimate, and yet corporate. Take a look at the film honouring Cargo Consolidators' Anniversary.

The team at Plantain have the amazing ability to transform the ideas and thoughts in your head into visually appealing productions. They not only captured the storyline accurately, but also managed to effectively relate our story’s emotions to the audience. I definitely recommend working with them!
— Sean Patience - CEO, Cargo Consolidators Ltd.

The Emile Elias Group of Companies


Over 50 years, Emile Elias and his team built a group of companies that today includes the number one indigenous construction company in the Caribbean (NH).

This story starts with his parents who, like many other migrants searching for someplace better, left their home in Lebanon in the 1920s, with little more than their stuffed cardboard suitcases and a will to re-create their life an ocean away. 

Our book captured the intertwined narrative of key players and the historical events that shaped Emile, and by extension, the company. It also looked to the future, and set out the unique culture and values that will help the company strategise for the next 5 decades. 

Our work inspired web content, corporate celebrations and speeches, as well as the following film.


Our dynamic, interactive mini-websites can be edited as your journey evolves.


Paula Williams Madison

Paula’s story is one that typifies our modern global society: born in Harlem, New York, her family history is defined by a mix of African, Chinese, and Jamaican heritage.

In 2011, she left her position as the Executive Vice President of Diversity at NBC to chronicle her exploration of her Chinese ancestry (Finding Samuel Lowe). Paula's search encouraged her to expand her ancestral journey, and Plantain had the pleasure of helping her learn about her Jamaican grandfather. The oral history about him painted a fascinating picture of business savvy, wealth, complex relationships, and obeah (West Indian folk magic).

Our research also informed an innovative, interactive online report that allowed Paula to share these stories with the rest of her family.

 Browsing Paula's Interactive Mini-Site

Browsing Paula's Interactive Mini-Site

Felicia, after so many years of wondering about and seeking more information on my Jamaican grandfather, your Plantain team has successfully located information and provided me with documents and insight into my family’s past. The process has been so satisfying and collegial that I have and will continue to recommend Plantain to my friends and colleagues. Now that you’ve proven to be so skilled in locating my paternal grandfather’s genealogical information, I’m happily anticipating similar results as you look for more records regarding my Chinese grandfather’s life in Jamaica too! You and the Plantain team are The Best!
— Paula Madison - Former Journalist, Businessperson

Syed Abdul Aziz

Read Dr Gabrielle Hosein’s poignant accounts in the Guardian newspaper of our search for traces of her great, great grandfather – Syed Abdul Aziz – who was 21 when he arrived in post-slavery Trinidad in 1883 as an indentured labourer. 

Of Afghan heritage, and literate in Arabic, Urdu and English, he eventually became a prominent Muslim leader. Our search led us to the original copy of his indentureship records, interviews with people who were able to recount incredible stories of Indian social history, and rich information about his journey from archives in the UK.

Like Abdul Aziz’s original indentureship record […], which one day Zi [my daughter] can touch for herself, such dusty papers are a richer inheritance than gold.
— Excerpt from Guardian Newspaper: Gabrielle Hosein - Head of Institute of Gender & Development, University of the West Indies

Popo's Journey

Click on the image to take a look at a short film created by Plantain that was an Official Selection for the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (Toronto, 2015) and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (Port of Spain, 2012).

It is the story of Popo who, at 82, recounts her escape from a war torn village in Guangdong, China to meet her future husband on a small faraway island called Trinidad.

I thought my grand-daughter was crazy when she started this project, but now I’m so happy that my memories have been preserved for the future generations before they disappear. People cared so much about who I am when they saw the film, and that was so unexpected and special!
— Linda 'Popo' Chang