The British Virgin Islands’ story of resilience and recovery will hit the international scene through a newly-released 18-minute video documentary this month.
The documentary dubbed ‘BVI Strong: A Story of Resilience and Recovery’, features a comprehensive outlook on the aftermath of the territory shortly after the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria – the two category 5 hurricanes that destroyed the territory last September.
It also features the hurricane survivors, and officials such as the Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, Dr Kedrick Pickering, Governor Agustus Jaspert, along with other movers and shakers of the tourism and local business sectors.
The documentary ushers viewers from the immediate aftermath of the hurricane to when the territory launches into the disaster response phase; then to a show of resiliency and strength in relation to rebuilding the territory.
The heart-tugging documentary also gives an overview of a broken BVI and the progress that it made four months after the disasters.
British billionaire and owner of two of the territory’s outer islands, Sir Richard Branson, were among those who were interviewed during the documentary.
“It’s one of the most distressing situations I have ever personally witnessed. Homes, schools, hospitals and infrastructure have been lost and families have been left with nothing,” Branson said during his feature on the documentary.
“The BVI is the most beautiful place on earth and tourism is the lifeblood of the economy,” he also said.
According to Aerial Produced, a multimedia company based in the United States, the goal of the documentary is to “aid in the recovery of BVI by showing the world the reality of what happened with Irma, the progression of recovery, and how they can be involved in rebuilding a stronger, smarter, greener, and better BVI.”
The company stated in a release that following the hurricanes, the last message the media gave the world about the BVI was that it was devastated. This resulted in rumours that the BVI would potentially never recover, Aerial Produced said.
“We are telling the true story, one of great bravery, fortitude and resilience. By sharing the current status and the plan for recovery those who want to continue to believe in, invest in, and vacation in the BVI will know how to move forward.”
The company’s representatives spent more than 40 days in BVI since Hurricane Irma.
CNN and a United Kingdom press are also scheduled to do an article on the documentary that is slated to be featured on Friday.
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