His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona O.R.T.T., S.C. President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago received the author, Dr Michael Anthony and the full cast of the film Green Days by the River on Tuesday 3rd October, 2017 at the Office of the President Circular Road, St Ann’s.
The phenomenal Dr Michael Anthony, a native of Mayaro, spoke at length of his early life in the rural district and his transformational voyage to the United Kingdom to further his career and ambitions as a writer and journalist.
This seminal novel centers on fundamental motifs of change and burgeoning maturity, responsibility, friendship, love and infatuation and manhood. It encapsulates a simpler time in Mayaro Trinidad and Tobago highlighting the uncertainty and ambiguity faced by a young man who is confronted by the impending and eventual loss of his father and has to provide for his mother while also absorbing the societal demands of love and marriage.
His Excellency the President, in speaking at the meeting defined the artist as the pulse beat and conscience of a Nation and described the novel as, “A remarkable literary piece that has documented lived experiences of many persons from the country districts in Trinidad and Tobago.” President Carmona further stated, “ Dr Anthony’s life is a phenomenal story that needs to be written and told, from his boyhood days in Mayaro to that long and arduous journey from Trinidad and Tobago to the United Kingdom. His was a simple story with an exceptional message.”
His Excellency is a passionate patron of local and regional culture and the arts especially literature, Calypso and cinema and is pleased that such a literary piece of brilliance has final reached the ‘big screen’.
His Excellency presented Dr Michael Anthony with a copy of Angelo Bissessarsingh’s Virtual Glimpses. His Excellency praised Dr Anthony stating, “He has always been a writer with a mission to save us from ourselves and preserve the good and positive things that define us as a people.” Dr Anthony presented President Carmona with a copy of his novel Green Days by the River.
Among those from the cast in attendance at the Office of the President were Mr Michael Mooleedhar (Director), Mr Sudai Tafari (Main Actor), Ms Nadia Kandhai (Main Actress) and the supporting actors and actresses, Mr Anand Lawkaran, Che Rodriguez, Ms Dara Healy, Ms Stephanie Kalloo, Mr Omar Jarra, Mr Nals Bachan, Mr Kernell Alexander.