You ever find yourself having some of the most profound conversations when “taking a small lime?” The irony is, big limes and fetes are often full of small talk. It’s in those random little casual gatherings that we really get to have substantial conversation. It’s then we get a sense of how our friends experience the world, and opinions they may have on social issues. And sometimes, we are blown away by the insight.
It’s exactly this experience that Shari Petti captures in her docu-web-series Small Lime, and we absolutely love it. Ambient shots of familiar streets and unlikely scoring capture the vibe and set the tone for good conversation. A tiny window into the world of Shari and her peers. A fly-on-the-wall perspective on the passionate discussions of our generation.
Shari describes the first episode of Small Lime as a “mistake.”
The first episode was just me toying around with my new camera as my friends spoke. After reviewing the footage months later, I realized that an actual conversation happened. I decided to edit it together, similar to some of the videos and series I watch on Youtube (as I consume Youtube videos religiously, especially documentary shorts).
I decided after seeing the response from the first episode, to continue making others. Oftentimes my friends and I would have lengthy discussions about the ills in our society, and they have very strong opinions. Small Lime is an avenue whereby their voice can be heard, and others can be privy to the conversations about problems we have here and hopefully be moved to change their behaviour.
With five episodes to date, Small Lime follows young Trinidadians (and soon other Caribbean youth), as they discuss issues affecting them in their space.
Another reason I chose to continue the series is because, as aforementioned, I consume a lot of YouTube videos. I’ve noticed that there is little Caribbean content on the web. The most I would see are vlogs or music videos.
Starting little, I would like to use my YouTube page as a platform to get more Caribbean content out there on the web, especially since in these times not many people are watching television. We need to see more authentic images of ourselves across all platforms. My platform is the web.
Have a look at some of our favourite episodes of Small Lime!
Shari Petti is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s of Arts in Film at the University of the West Indies, St.Augustine. She has worked both as an actress and as a Production Assistant on television commercials and films such as Bazodee, Play the Devil, The Cutlass and more. She is currently producing, directing and shooting “Small Lime.” Check out her YouTube channel here.
Shari is also a member of DMAD Company, a non profit theatre company in Trinidad and Tobago geared towards stimulating positive change in society, and TogetherWI, another non-profit consisting of a collective of artists using their art for social change.