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All the World’s a Film Stage

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Mikayla Almandoz and I am a volunteer with the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival which ends tomorrow, Tuesday 15 September.


I come from Palmiste, San Fernando. Born and bred a South girl. I’ve lived in the same house all my entire life and all my family is, like, two minutes away.

I’m the youngest of three siblings, an older twin, Rebecca, and an older brother, Michael. Rebecca and I are not alike in any way. She does football & sciences, I’ve always done arts, dance & theatre. My dad is Alex. My mom was born Rachael Weston.


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​All o’ we left out of one family

My name is Darius Carmino and my five-month-old son, Luka, has not met his grandmother yet, because I’ve been stuck in Gainesville, Florida, since lockdown.


There’s this TV show, “Locked Up Abroad”. But my wife, Andrea, and I have been joking that we’re locked OUT abroad!

I’m a Diego Martin man, through-and-through, from up Richplain Road. I live in Maraval now but I categorise it as “Diego Martin East”.

Richplain Road was perhaps not one of the nicest neighbourhoods in the world but it was real community. Of the 14 houses in our cul-de-sac, Unity Gardens, 12 of them had children. Everybody was by everybody, all the children, all the time. You left the house when you woke up and your parents didn’t see you until it was almost time to go to sleep. And, even then, we used to push the envelope.
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The Catcher of the Why

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Sunity Maharaj and the new normal is also my old normal.


I’ve been working from home for years. I have the “virtual” life down pat.

The seamless existence suits me. I don’t like putting off joy, so I’ve mastered the art of writing in a hammock, turning a pot, staying in touch with my networks and jumping to whatever exciting thing comes along. All at the same time. There are not enough hours in the day, so I squeeze them out of the night as well.
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Explains a Lot

My name is Merlene Samlalsingh and my natural hair colour is finally in fashion.


I’m definitely from St Joseph Village, San Fernando, and pretty much grew up with the Kangaloos [the family which produced an acting Chief Justice, the late Wendell, and the last Senate President, Christine].Wendell actually gave me math lessons when I was doing O’Levels. I was secretly in love with him. I had such a crush on him.
I come from a very small family: just my sister, Simone and me. But my father came from a family of 12 and my mother, eight! LOTS of cousins on both sides!
I was raised Catholic, made my First Communion, did confirmation, all of the above, but just don’t have any connection with the Church. When you look at history, they’ve sort of gone away from the teachings of Christ.
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​Pan in a Major Way

My name is Liam Teague and the steelpan made me whatever I am today.

I’m originally from San Fernando. I grew up in an extremely humble background in a very problematic area, Navet Road, near Pleasantville. Only as a teenager did I realise my family was “different’ from many others. I must admit I was somewhat naïve about a number of things. Though we didn’t have very much, financially, we were very close-knit. My late parents, Russell and Pearl, did their very best to make sure my sister, Audra-Marie, and I were happy. I have an older sister, Angela, but we have different mothers.
I met my wife, Lorena, in Panama, when I was a guest steelpan soloist and she was the principal violist with the Panama National Symphony years ago. No doubt, I was enamoured with the beautiful flow of her… viola technique! Honestly, after one concert, female orchestra members gave me “well done” kisses on my cheek. But Lorena had this not-so-subtle look in her eyes: her congratulatory kiss was not obligatory. I tell people she was unable to resist the Liam Teague effect. And she tells me, “Callate la boca!” Our Panama-born son, Jaden,, is 12 and our USA-born daughter, Jeida, is seven. We’ve been together for 15 years.
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All the World’s a Film Stage

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Mikayla Almandoz and I am a volunteer with the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival which ends tomorrow, Tuesday 15 September.


I come from Palmiste, San Fernando. Born and bred a South girl. I’ve lived in the same house all my entire life and all my family is, like, two minutes away.

I’m the youngest of three siblings, an older twin, Rebecca, and an older brother, Michael. Rebecca and I are not alike in any way. She does football & sciences, I’ve always done arts, dance & theatre. My dad is Alex. My mom was born Rachael Weston.


Read more

​All o’ we left out of one family

My name is Darius Carmino and my five-month-old son, Luka, has not met his grandmother yet, because I’ve been stuck in Gainesville, Florida, since lockdown.


There’s this TV show, “Locked Up Abroad”. But my wife, Andrea, and I have been joking that we’re locked OUT abroad!

I’m a Diego Martin man, through-and-through, from up Richplain Road. I live in Maraval now but I categorise it as “Diego Martin East”.

Richplain Road was perhaps not one of the nicest neighbourhoods in the world but it was real community. Of the 14 houses in our cul-de-sac, Unity Gardens, 12 of them had children. Everybody was by everybody, all the children, all the time. You left the house when you woke up and your parents didn’t see you until it was almost time to go to sleep. And, even then, we used to push the envelope.
Read more

The Catcher of the Why

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Sunity Maharaj and the new normal is also my old normal.


I’ve been working from home for years. I have the “virtual” life down pat.

The seamless existence suits me. I don’t like putting off joy, so I’ve mastered the art of writing in a hammock, turning a pot, staying in touch with my networks and jumping to whatever exciting thing comes along. All at the same time. There are not enough hours in the day, so I squeeze them out of the night as well.
Read more

Explains a Lot

My name is Merlene Samlalsingh and my natural hair colour is finally in fashion.


I’m definitely from St Joseph Village, San Fernando, and pretty much grew up with the Kangaloos [the family which produced an acting Chief Justice, the late Wendell, and the last Senate President, Christine].Wendell actually gave me math lessons when I was doing O’Levels. I was secretly in love with him. I had such a crush on him.
I come from a very small family: just my sister, Simone and me. But my father came from a family of 12 and my mother, eight! LOTS of cousins on both sides!
I was raised Catholic, made my First Communion, did confirmation, all of the above, but just don’t have any connection with the Church. When you look at history, they’ve sort of gone away from the teachings of Christ.
Read more

​Pan in a Major Way

My name is Liam Teague and the steelpan made me whatever I am today.

I’m originally from San Fernando. I grew up in an extremely humble background in a very problematic area, Navet Road, near Pleasantville. Only as a teenager did I realise my family was “different’ from many others. I must admit I was somewhat naïve about a number of things. Though we didn’t have very much, financially, we were very close-knit. My late parents, Russell and Pearl, did their very best to make sure my sister, Audra-Marie, and I were happy. I have an older sister, Angela, but we have different mothers.
I met my wife, Lorena, in Panama, when I was a guest steelpan soloist and she was the principal violist with the Panama National Symphony years ago. No doubt, I was enamoured with the beautiful flow of her… viola technique! Honestly, after one concert, female orchestra members gave me “well done” kisses on my cheek. But Lorena had this not-so-subtle look in her eyes: her congratulatory kiss was not obligatory. I tell people she was unable to resist the Liam Teague effect. And she tells me, “Callate la boca!” Our Panama-born son, Jaden,, is 12 and our USA-born daughter, Jeida, is seven. We’ve been together for 15 years.
Read more

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