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Jun 17, 2010

Local entrepreneurs make a movie about “Chino”

francis "chino" eiley

The harsh reality of life is visible every day on the streets of Belize City.  One man’s struggle, including his trial, imprisonment, and subsequent release has reached the ears of enterprising individuals who want to see the growth of a movie industry in Belize.  The story of Chino, now a movie, will be launched at the upcoming film festival at the Bliss. Earlier today News Five spoke to the writer and Chino about the production.

Michael Flores, Executive Producer, Belize Liberator Productions

michael flores

“Belize Liberator Production is an evolution the Liberator Newspaper of which I was the owner and publisher. We are now evolved from doing newspaper into producing movies. We started off last year with the advent of the Belize International Film festival 2009 in which we attended all the workshops because we understood that we wanted to contribute into the film industry that we see sort of new and busting out into the country. We ended up producing two movies—Chino’s story being the second one. The first one we started shooting last year was a short film about twenty-two minutes called “Amina, the powerful”—shot in Hopkins and Georgetown. It deals really with the sexist attitudes of Belizean mentors and women and the second one being Chino’s story which we finished first and we are working on finishing “Amina” for Monday. I think Belizean people in general have a tendency to want to see images of themselves, reflections of themselves, stories that relate to their day to day lives that they can identify with. Chino’s story is just one of those stories. He’s a Belizean citizen that just went through a particular experience in his life but it is not isolated experience and it’s not only related to him.”

Francis “Chino” Eiley, Life Story made into a Movie

November the fourth, 2009 I was released from prison after being exonerated by the Privy Council. While I was in prison I was doing a lot of writing, I was putting my words together. I didn’t know I was gonna come out of prison. But I did a book and after I came out I published my book. I am into music. I want my story to be told. I want people to hear my story and hopefully they don’t have to deal with what I dealt with. It’s like a warning, it’s an omen, it’s an enigma, it’s life in Belize as we know it. It talks about what we going through as a people and what’s causing all this fuss. Why are we like this right now? Why?”

The films will be shown at the Belize International Film Festival 2010 on July sixteenth.

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7 Responses for “Local entrepreneurs make a movie about “Chino””

  1. maddyvandijk says:

    Good idea, Belize need to have good influences like this, from Belizeans for the Belizeans.

  2. scubamom says:

    Chino, you make me proud, I know its hard and after 8 years of being in prison nothing is the same everyone changed and the years went by,…….but we all still got love for you……..This is how the justice system in Belize works for Belizean Men, The guilty is found inocent and released back to the streets to continue killing…….While the inocent are found Guilty and sent to prison for 8 years where the justice system hopes they come out as criminals. Show them Chino that you are way better than all of this………….

  3. DJ Massive says:

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  4. BELIZEAN PRIDE says:

    congrats chino, nice to hear your doing something positive, keep filming your movies can reach international attention later.

  5. EarlGray says:

    Next we may even try to do some narrative films, eventually leading to dramas, and love stories and maybe even action movies.

  6. rastaforever says:

    Iam truly glad Chino has turned his life around, I have known him for so many years and prayed this brother would see the path of righteousness and follow it. I warned him so many times about the company he had and the life he at that time preferred to live, but like many of us human as we are, had to touch rock bottom to make a complete turn around of our life. I’ll reserve my comment on this brother’s innocence, what’s important is that he is a new man and can serve as an inspiration for many of our brethren!!! Perhaps it’s far more important what he changed his life than what made him change. Congratulations Francis!!!

  7. judgment says:

    chino rastaforever noh soun tu right, bless up g

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