Shantaye’s World

Shantaye Anderson is bold, black, beautiful, intelligent, and passionate about love. Born in rural St. Lucia during post-colonial times, she struggles to process the loss of a mother who passed away hours after bringing her into the world. She finds consolation in her loving grandmother, Mam Lucess, who tries to equip her for the world and her father, Edson Anderson, does his best to care for Shantaye after the passing of his wife. However, when he remarries, the young girl is suddenly exposed to the jealous wrath of an unreasonable stepmother. Her life changes forever when she falls in love with Jean Claude Le Marche. He is the handsome son of the community’s white doctor, a charismatic young man who promises to love her ‘til death. All hell breaks loose when Shantaye’s family and the community folk realise the pair are in love. To save Shantaye from making what he believes is a grave mistake, Edson sends her an England, still reeling from World War II.


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Shantaye’s World (2022)

Feature (120mins) Narrative


Saint Lucia




Mathurine Emmanuel


Mon 26 Sep 2022, 3.00pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 09

Caribbean Premiere

Mathurine Emmanuel

Mathurine Emmanuel

One of twelve children, Mathurine Emmanuel was born and raised in St. Lucia. She began her acting career when she was eight years old. She would write short scripts and perform in the yards of the sick and aged to entertain. Her performances were always rewarded with coins which she would take home to her hardworking mother. When she turned sixteen, Mathurine started teaching in her hometown and began exploring the possibility of using drama as a tool for teaching kids who were afraid of subjects such as Mathematics. After teaching in the public school system for several years, she was asked to produce a short film in collaboration with the Substance Abuse Secretariat in St. Lucia as part of an HIV Prevention programme. The films have received acclaim within the Caribbean region, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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