Tin City Voices – Ghetto life in Guyana – documentary

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Tin City Voices – Ghetto life in Guyana – documentary

Published on Aug 6, 2013

The story of rebirth in the confines of poverty! …. in Guyana

‘Tin City Voices’ is the story of survival in a third world slum. Filmmaker Elijah Marchand explores a shantytown in Georgetown, Guyana. We discover an abused woman, a pregnant mother, and a man struggling to find redemption for his violent life. Their lives do not intersect but run parallel. Through a stirring story about rebirth and forgiveness amongst despair and violence, we uncover the psychological environment that confines those in the ghetto.

Thanks to Rosaliene Bacchus for making me aware of this video.

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  • Patricia A Alshabazz  On August 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    this is terrible, i did not had the slightest idea of this is going on in guyana can someone in the government helpppppppppppppppppppppp these people this is a shame i never saw my country to be this way

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On August 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Patricia, I felt the same way when I watched this documentary. It brought me to tears. We faced some tough economic times in the 1980s and 1990s, but it was never like this.

      Are the churches in Guyana calling attention to this neglect and social injustice? Are they working with government authorities to bring about change?

      • Thinker  On August 12, 2013 at 4:10 am

        Lots of these problems are beyond the scope of Church and State. What is to be done (to quote Lenin)?

  • Frank Ferreira  On August 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Another opportunity for comfortable well off diaspora Guyanese – to air there hypocritical comments to feel self important and portray the lovvvvvvveeeee of Guyana A ridiculous lack of real interest to get really involved and deal with the real problems in Guyana logically ??????????.

  • Frank Ferreira  On August 12, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Spelling error = ‘There’ should have been ‘their’ – Sorry!

  • clifford nehaul,  On August 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I am tired of videos showing hard times in Guyana.Anyone with a camera can highlight problems in every third world ountry and many developed countries(including the US) Real Guyana constantly pound this point.I mentioned that,some northern countries are running out of garbage,they are burning it cleanly(catalytic converters have come a long way)and producing electricity. This equipment is available from many companies in the US.Also check out the Vietnam solution.The government should be asked to consider these alternate solutions,in addition to solving the problem there is a possibility of huge return of investment.I have spent some time in Kiel and they were using this method successfully for some time.Conclusion,suggest something useful,everyone is quite aware of these terrible problems.

    • Cliff Thomas  On August 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Clifford. This converter is a good piece of equipment for Guyana. The City Council is responsible for the cleaning up of Georgetown not necessarily the GOG.

  • Cliff Thomas  On August 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Why sacrifice Guyana. I have visited the USA more than once and I have seen in Los Angeles, California and other States as well as in England many such communities. So I do not know what is the BIG DEAL if one is found in Guyana. All parts of the world including the Islands of the West Indies, there are these poverty stricken individuals even in the developed countries. Why castigate Guyana only. Some people are happier living like this.

  • Cliff Thomas  On August 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Guyana is a beautiful place to live regardless what is said of this country. There are some people who are very discontented (very few) with every thing that they perceive to be bad. With the Global ressention, Guyana was not involved. There were lots of thing to purchase and have confortable things to wear and food was and still is in abundance, Sure we have our problems but they are more Political than any thing else. Patricia and Rosaliene do not pay too much heed to what you have seen. Guyana is a blessed country. Many Guyanese should return home to see the advancement of Guyana. Many of you will not even recognise it as there are many changes for the better.Best regards to all.

  • Cliff Thomas  On August 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Guyana is a blessed country to live. Come and see the improvements made to this country and then you will have a better knowledge of it.

  • Brian Campbell  On August 21, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Real propaganda.anyone in any part of world can document tuff times,why castrate Guyana

    • Trevor  On October 5, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Wealthy American & Russian Jewish companies have pillaged the wealth of our natural resources, and now we as Guyanese are to blame that the funds from these exports have not reached every Guyanese?

      What has Trump’s tax cuts and welfare reforms do to the minorities in America? Certain areas like Flint, Michigan don’t have potable water for their hospitals because the city is not getting funding because of a larger African-American population.

      Everyone knows that Guyana is a poor country—until the oil came along and now fancy towers and high rises are under construction all over GT—-BUT NO JOBS FOR US!

  • Cliff Thomas  On August 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Spelling mistake. In my first piece on 17/8 the word recession was incorrectly spelt. Only today after re reading what I had written I saw the mistake.

  • JP  On September 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t think this film castrates Guyana. There are lots of Guyanese who are in denial that these dilemmas exist especially those overseas. These are the type of situations they escaped from. Nevertheless as a first generation American born son of a Guyanese I love the country and wouldn’t want to be nowhere else. Did not know really what to make of the documentary but I found strength and a sense of beauty of Guyana that you can’t really find somewhere else.

  • JP  On September 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Its time for all of Guyanese to start living pon the edge and make a change. Guyana can not hide any more

  • Bettina McLean  On October 3, 2013 at 12:56 am

    That was a reality check for me,thank you

  • Samanthani Singh  On December 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Invitation extended to the Launch of the Loyola Documentary Film Festival 2014, Dec 11, 2013 at 9:30a.m. at De Impeccable Banquet Hall. For more details to participate, please visit our Facebook page and contact us to register. Festival closes with awards on June 2014

  • Suzette robinson  On January 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I am so moved by this story, I especially love the passive nature of Amelia. In spite of her struggles, she still remain confident that God provides for us all and someday life would change for her and her family.

    I would really love to get in touch with the person or persons who is responsible for this documentary. I’ve watched this video over and over and I am so haunted by her story. I would love to help her in whatever way I can. I had a big light bulb that went off in my head.

    I reside in Canada.

  • love Guiana  On January 19, 2014 at 4:58 am

    A group of people need to go to this place and teach them how to farm. How to use a nail and hammer to upkeep a house. And that materialism isn’t all, them Adidas hat and nice new gear on the grown ups, but noting on the kids. The foundation on the homes look solid.. there are poor people everywhere, teach values, don’t make excuses.. and please give them free contraceptives.

    • Trevor  On October 5, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Free contraceptives?! For what? To reduce the population of us (Afro-Guyanese)? The major reason why we have so much poverty is that wealthy East Indians, Jews and Caucasians have taken over the major resources and pillaged the wealth for themselves.

      My sisters are dying at GT public hospital for minor infections and complications during pregnancy but the East Indian elites have money to build Marriott Hotel and Robert Badal plans to construct the tallest hotel (Pegasus Towers) in Guyana.

      Why hasn’t the money trickled down to us working class and poor Guyanese?
      Letting SASOD-omy and Americans like Sherlina Nageer to sterilize my sisters and my African mas is nothing but genocide against us.

  • Leslie Chin  On August 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    The story of Jonestown suggests a solution for the slum dwellers of Georgetown and elsewhere. They should be relocated to settlements in the interior especially
    near the Venezuelan border to establish occupancy rights in the Essequibo region to fight Venezuela’s claim to Guyanese territory. Is the Jonestown site still available?http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/07/28/when-jonestown-was-about-a-south-american-border-dispute-not-mass-death/

    The refugees trying to go to Europe from Africa should also be invited to come to Guyana. Guyana is well placed to receive multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural immigrants. This is our composition. Immigration to Guyana has been negligible after the first waves of immigrants; people have been leaving Guyana in droves since independence. Immigrants from the Middle East, Asia, India, China, Africa, Europe and the Americas would build the country and should be encouraged. The new immigrants can be put to work to build a new capital city on high ground in the interior to counter floods on the coast and to fight Venezuela’s claim to Guyanese territory.

    It had been reported that the former British Guiana, now Guyana was offered as a homeland for the Jews after WW2 by the British administrators of Palestine but they chose to go to Palestine instead for historical and cultural reasons to found the State of Israel which has prospered in spite of the Palestinian problem. https://www.reddit.com/r/HistoryWhatIf/comments/301igg/what_if_british_guiana_was_established_as_a/

    • Trevor  On October 5, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Hey I don’t want any terrorist ISIS scum flooding into my beloved country!

      Canada can take millions of ISIS fighters and give them million dollar cheques and also rescue convicted murderers who happen to be women who murdered their father because Trudeau said that their father was a child molester and pedophile and Guyana should release the murderers because of threat of sanctions.

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