Filmmaker Damani Baker speaks with Okayplayer as he recalls his idyllic experiences that inspired his fascinating documentary, The House on Coco Road.
The House on Coco Road is a fascinating, intimate documentary that blends the personal and political. Using archival news footage, home movies shot by his family members, and film he shot in Grenada fresh out of graduate school, filmmaker Damani Baker (Still Bill) examines the time he spent in Grenada before, during, and after the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 1983.
The House on Coco Road, which is the 16th film acquired by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY distribution company, traces the story of the women who shaped Baker’s life while connecting it to the other related threads in history: the Great Migration, the Black Power Movement, and Maurice Bishop’s vision of a socialist government in a majority Black country before it was undermined by the U.S. government.
Baker graciously took the time to speak to Okayplayer about his film and the personal journey that led him to create it.