Yorke, Shaka Hislop and Russell Latapy embrace following
the Soca Warriors victory in Bahrain.
of the large group of local fans that went to Piarco
International Airport to welcome home the Soca Warriors.
little cutie was among the thousands who welcomed the Soca
Warriors back home.
Boldon engages in a healthy banter with a Bahrani man. The
man, whom Boldon met in Manama, downtown Bahrain, was sure
of their victory. History would later prove him wrong.
Photos courtesy CNC3
Two days after it premiered on CNC 3, Warriors in Bahrain,
a video diary by world champion sprinter Ato Boldon profiling
his journey with the Soca Warriors to Bahrain, returned
to the airwaves, by public demand.
To say that the show was a success would be an understatement.
It aired six times in as many weeks, and was the topic of
local talk radio shows and, on the internet, was the buzz
in chat rooms and message boards.
Shot by CNC3s Mano Ragbir in Bahrain, the video diary
captured not only the sights and sounds of a country few
in T&T knew about, but it also took viewers along the
ride to the Soca Warriors eventual victory.
Produced, directed, written and narrated by Boldon, with
executive production by CNC3, the DVD contains scenes found
in the television version along with many never-before-seen
bits of footage and bonus features.
we first did the DVD I dont think anybody knew how
much in demand it would be, including me, Boldon said.
It was CNC3s sport editor Roger Sant who convinced
management to let Boldon go to Bahrain to capture the event.
And, with the blessings of the stations general manager,
Boldon in Bahrain evolved from a one-time television special
into a highly-anticipated DVD.
have to give CNC3 a lot of credit, Boldon said with
they allowed me, someone who has limited experience in broadcasting
and who has never done anything near the scope of this film,
the opportunity to do something like this, and aired it
on their network, confident that it was worthy of even being
Fine-tuning the discs content would prove the challenging
was leaving the CNC3 studio at 2 am for days on end, working
on it with Jason Pereira, the editor of the DVD, and Hank
Williams, who did all the art and graphics.
Record producer Richard Char Su Ahong got involved when
Boldon felt the need to add some original music to the disc.
Ahongs original compositions, Bahrain Nights and Camels
in the Desert, replaced the arbitrary instrumentals that
were featured in the original television version.
Music by Ninjitsu, Bunji Garlin, Dawg E Slaughter and Maximus
Dan also featured in the film.
Su is one of this countrys most talented producers.
And I wanted him involved. He was more than willing and
the result was brilliant.
It was finished at the beginning of March.
The Web site Boldoninbahrain.com was launched at the beginning
of March to accommodate foreign buyers.
Already the disc has generated thousands of pre-orders.
Telecom giant bmobile and Toyota came on board as the discs
sponsors and now the 32-year-old Independent Senator Boldon
is also in talks with Movietowne to have it shown there.
Derek Fernandes, the cinemas general manager of operations,
confirmed that MovieTowne was in talks to have the film
shown to the team on the big screen just before the Warriors
warm-up game against Peru on May 10, and during MovieTownes
airings of the World Cup games.
Fernandes, who viewed the DVD immediately after it was completed,
said he was excited by what he had seen.
am a football fanatic and I like that this DVD gets the
fan up close and personal to the players.
camera never shows us the field from the stands. Instead
we see it as if we, too, are on the field.
The scene of a crying Russell Latapy embracing his colleagues
after the final whistle was blown, was particularly touching
am talking about it and the hair on my hands raising,
MovieTowne is expecting to sell the DVDs at its store, but
again Fernandes wanted to wait until the deal was sealed
Boldon said he was happy not just for the DVDs successful
debut but the fact that Trinis were involved in every
facet of the project. It is the best of us, made by us.
It was also a personal triumph for the former Olympic sprinter.
meant me stepping out of my comfort zone and not being afraid
Boldon wants to do a Germany version of the DVD but is approaching
that with much trepidation.
feel with that one I would need much more help.
has not been easy, but the work is over and now people can
own it, forever.