After a year of dedication, this short film, our second collaboration with Marq Rodriguez, will blow your mind. Join a young Gombey on a breathtaking journey as he encounters his ancestors in a tale that’s as gripping as it is mystical. Get ready to embark on the most exhilarating six minutes of Bermudian storytelling you’ll witness this year!


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Progress Update: (21/05/24)
Our Premiere screening at Speciality Cinema on Monday May 20th was a success!! Big thanks to everyone that came out to support this project. Over the next few months we will be submitting the film to different film festivals before releasing the full film online. Keep checking back to this page for updates as they become available.


Film Credits

Written By:
Stephan Johnstone

Director / Cinematographer / Editor:
Marquedelle Philip Rodriguez

(@i.marqr)

Executive Producer:

SJD WORLD LTD
(@sjdworld)

Music By:

Derek G. Simmons
(@derekg.bda)


Gombey Troupes
Places gombeys (@placesgombeytroupe)
SMS Gombeys (@sms.gombeys)
H&H Gombeys (@hnh_gombeys)
Warwick Gombeys (@warwickgombeys_bda)
Gombey Evolution (@gombey.evolution.troupe)
Gombey Warriors (@gombey_warriors)

African Ancestors
BDA Donquili (@bermudadonquili)

Native American Ancestors
Antione Lugo (Millet)
Chelsea McNorton (Carlington)
St. David’s Islander & Native Community
(@stdavidsinc)

Photography by
Jayde Gibbons (@lokqul_)

Set Design
Sinead Simmons

Mobylette Supplied by
Mikey Dread from the 2 Stroke legends

Kid Voice
Marcelo Johnstone

Adult Voice
Stephan Johnstone

Sponsored By
Bermuda Arts Council (@bdaartscouncil)
Department of Culture (@bermudaculture)
Margaret & Robert Harvey
Margot Kerry Harvey & Travis Cooper
Harvey Cooper Award (@HarveyCooperAward)
Melrindo Caines
Walk Together Bermuda (@walktogetherbermuda)
King Alpha Productions (@King_Alpha_Way)

Big thank you to everyone that was involved in this project !

Premiere: May 20th 2024!


Bermudian Poet is a collaboration between SJD World and Marquedelle Rodriguez. It was sponsored by the Bermuda Arts Council

On February 10th 2023 at BSoA , we premiered “Bermudian Poet” a short film collaboration with Marq Rodrigeuz , Sponsored by the Bermuda Arts Council. This film has been 7 months in the making and uses Stephan’s original poem, Bermudian Poet ( Librago / 2011) as narration. It remained exclusively at BSoA in the Bredrin show from February 10th – March 7th and premiered on youtube February 18th 2023.