Documentary | 24 minutes | 2017 | Jamaica | English



In May 2010, the Jamaican government carried out a controversial military operation in downtown Kingston’s notorious inner city communities of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town, where the area don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke ruled a state of his own. The Tivoli Incursion, as the operation came to be known, left many dead and many more scarred for life, especially the children. Seven years later, now in their late teens and early twenties, they reflect on the traumatic experience and how it continues to affect their lives. Children of the Incursion is a poetic journey through memories, realities and universal truths seen through the eyes of inner-city youths that attempts to understand the rampant and increasing violence in Jamaica.


Ina Sotirova is a journalist with over 10 years of experience and a solid background in photography. She became a documentary filmmaker while pursuing her Master’s at Columbia University’s Journalism School in 2011 and her debut doc, freedom2dance, won the 2012 duPont/Judy F. Crichton Award for visual storytelling. She has since worked on various indie docs and at HBO Documentaries. Born in Bulgaria, she is currently based in Kingston, Jamaica, where she teaches, mentors and makes films at the UWI Community Film Project.