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FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda

  • Milton Raposo
    Hometown Hero, Osbourne's Day Out and Old School/New School
  • Milton Raposo
    Hometown Hero, Osbourne's Day Out and Old School/New School
  • Milton Raposo
    Hometown Hero, Osbourne's Day Out and Old School/New School
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    1 hour 47 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
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  • Milton Raposo
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  • Milton Raposo
    Country: Bermuda
Director Biography - Milton Raposo

Milton Raposo has been in film, media and television production since 2004. He has worked for Bermuda Broadcasting Ltd, Panatel VDS Ltd and LookBermuda/LookTV. He usually works alone performing the writing, producing, directing, filming and editing roles solo.

His Bermuda television production credits include “The Learnalots” (a children’s information programme) and “Treasures” (a seniors’ profile show). In 2006, he directed and co-wrote “Save The South Shore”, a film about Bermuda’s fragile natural environment. In 2008, he directed the short film, “Old School/New School” a music documentary which also entered into the Bermuda Internatinal Film Festival.

In 2011, he started Method Media Bermuda. Feeling stagnant while working on material that was limited in scope and content, out of necessity he branched out and created a production house that embodied everything he loves about the industry: stories, and in particular, stories that you might not know about. Bermuda is full of them and that's why the tag line is "Tell The Whole Story". MMB believes that film-making should begin with the heart & the head and not just be an instrument of commerce. 

MMB has produced video content on a range of clients and topics; everything from Bermuda's new hospital project, the last three Bermuda election year campaigns, tourism campaigns, the oceanic Exclusive Economic Zone, international sports and much more.
On the flip side, MMB has produced a wide range of short creative films about declining shark populations, heroin addiction in Bermuda, history and biography films. With this in mind, the in-house series BDA EVRYDY was created so that enlightening stories about Bermuda and her people could be shown. The most recent “passion project” was Hometown Hero, a film about the Minneapolis reaction to the passing of music icon Prince.

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Director Statement

FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda is the definitive story of this community. This film is the telling of all my ancestors who made it to Bermuda over 170 years and helped to build it into the country that it is today.

The Portuguese story in Bermuda has usually been confined to sporadic articles in newspapers and magazines usually involving farming, manual labour and tumultuous immigration matters. Not since 1991 when a 100 year history book was written has there been a deep dive into the Portuguese-Bermudian story. It is thought that approximately 25% - 30% of Bermuda's population (nearly 64,000) has Portuguese ancestry. The community is akin to the Latino community in the US or the South Asian population in the United Kingdom.

I began working on FABRIC back in 2008/09 and finally completed it at the end of 2019. Originally scheduled to premiere in March 2020 at the Bermuda International Film Festival, it was decided to cancel the festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite 4 small screenings in a local cinema, it has yet to have a national premiere.