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The Nurses

Personalised website for our youngest clients ever.

In December 2017, our youngest clients ever approached us for a project about their parents and the generations before them.

Our Team immediately set out to tailor an atypical package; a deviation from our beloved bespoke books and films…

Regions Covered: U.K., Trinidad and Tobago.

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Zaake De Coninck
Harts: A Collection of Short Stories

Charming short-stories capturing the personalities of an extended family.

We helped him transform the colourful stories of his ancestors into this unique package that combines family art with hilarious stories, and fascinating historical context.

Regions Covered: Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago.

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Zaake De Coninck
Lennie & Popo

Short film chronicling Toyna's incredible quest to find her father's sister.

Between the 1880s and the 1940s, thousands of Chinese free migrants made their way to the West Indies in search of a better life. One of these was William Chin, who departed from Guangdong in 1931, and left behind a one-year-old daughter, Linda. He was never to return.

Regions Covered: The U.S., Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago.

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Do Right & Prosper: The Emile Elias Group of Companies.

Multidimensional business memoir celebrating a legacy.

This story starts with Emile's parents who, like many other migrants searching for some place 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. 

Regions Covered: Lebanon, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Scotland, United Kingdom, the U.S.

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Emma

Short film spearheaded by Emma's grandson

Emma, now 84 years old, recalls the period of communist nationalisation, and how her family lost everything...

Regions Covered: Romania.

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Rafael Lugo

Project spearheaded by Rafael Lugo’s granddaughter.

Rafael Lugo remembers what it was like living (and fighting) politics in Venezuela in the 1960s.

Regions Covered: Venezuela.

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Zaake De Coninck
Paula Madison

Dynamic and interactive mini-website celebrating Paula Williams Madison's family story.

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 ancestry (Finding Samuel Lowe)…

Regions Covered: China, Jamaica, the U.S.

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Goffe

A short film gifted for Father’s Day recounting incredible family history.

Family histories are beautifully complex, connecting us to the rest of the world through people, places, and time. When Tao and Gaia sent us files with some insights into their family’s story, the challenge lay in identifying that one simple narrative thread. In the end, we created a short film narrating their incredible family history, going back to the days of Slavery and Emancipation in Jamaica, and of competitive Banana Boats connecting Jamaica and the United States.

Regions Covered: Jamaica, the U.S., the U.K.

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Mrs Lee Fook

Short film celebrating the life of Mrs Marjorie Lee Fook.

In the late 1940’s, Mrs Marjorie Lee Fook would enter the Public Service of the then-British colony, Trinidad and Tobago. Such was her skill that, in 1961 at the cusp of the twin island’s Independence, she would be selected to become the Personal Secretary for a Dr Eric Williams. Dr Williams would go on to become the country’s first Prime Minister, leading the country for over 20 years. Marjorie was at his side throughout. She tells her story.

Regions Covered: China, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.K.

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Mariana

Short Film chronicling one's experience of living through a revolution.

Mariana recalls what it was like living through Portugal's 'Carnation Revolution' back in 1974, and what it means to her still.

Regions Covered: Portugal.

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Zaake De Coninck
Tobias Kinsale

A Family Legacy Project Celebrating a Grand Family Reunion

This book is a chronicle of how we managed to connect two branches of the Kinsale Family, who always knew they were family but did not fully understand how.

Regions Covered: West Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Ireland.

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Edrisse

Bespoke memoir commissioned for one individual.

Sandra Perkins approached us in 2013 to document her mother-in-law's story, a brave woman who came into her own when many countries were gaining their independence from the UK.

Regions Covered: Antigua, Montserrat, the U.K., Trinidad and Tobago.

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Gloria

As a teacher, Gloria played a large role in grooming future leaders. But alongside this profession, she nurtured a passion for art. Here she recounts her career as a teacher and as an artist.

Regions Covered: Trinidad and Tobago

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Zaake De Coninck
Cargo Consolidators Ltd.

Capturing 40 years of a business through an intimate, yet corporate film.

In 1976, Ronald Patience started Cargo Consolidators Agency Ltd. as a one man show, in a small office described as a "cubby hole." With his foresight and business savvy, he grew the company into an internationally respected player and has undisputedly impacted the shipping industry in the Caribbean.

REGIONS COVERED: The U.S. and the Caribbean.

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Evelin

Short Film chronicling one's love for her home.

Evelin tells of why Choroni, Venezuela, remains the one constant in her life.

Regions Covered: Venezuela.

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Zaake De Coninck
Popo's Journey

Our very first project and the short film that birthed Plantain.

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

The film was an Official Selection for the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (Toronto, 2015) and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (Port of Spain, 2012).

Regions Covered: China, Trinidad and Tobago.

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