Directors: Tamer Soliman & Rob Tyler
Producers: Tamer Soliman & Rob Tyler
Executive Producers: Jermey Walton & Stephen Price
Written by: Tamer Soliman, Sarah Douglas, Katherine Salter
Story Consultant: George Halvorson
Cinematography: Rob Tyler
Narrated by: Tamer Soliman
Production Coordinator: Sarah Douglas
When Tamer worked as a Holistic Nutritionist in the Cayman Islands, he came across a shocking truth - this Caribbean country, with coconut palms lining the shores, had mostly abandoned cooking with coconut oil and instead had turned to the modern conveniences of vegetable oil. Why was this shocking? Because despite coconut oil being in harmony with traditional dishes and the culture of the island, coconuts were being sent to the local dump and vegetable oils were lining the shelves of Cayman Islands grocery stores and kitchen cupboards.
Through the making of this film, Tamer came to understand that convenience, westernization and 'fake news', played a part in the diminished use of this local food. With modern research claiming that coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and warning people of the harms of highly-processed vegetable oils, Tamer felt there was no better time to educate and inspire people to re-embrace coconut oil.
As much as this documentary is about getting people to change their oil so that they can change their health, its also about, as health expert Sally Fallon states in the film, "Trusting our ancestors" and re-discovering foods that are whole, familiar and nutritious.
Awards & Recognition
Bright Spot Press
The Cayman media followed us along as we made this documentary. Check out the links below to find out more:
- The Tree of Life: The Coconut Makes a comeback
- 'Bright Spot' documentary focuses on precious oil resource
- The benefits of coconut oil and its controversial history in the Cayman Islands
The night of the premiere as it happened in the Cayman Islands: