Michael Lees is a British-Dominican filmmaker and photographer whose vast portfolio explores human connection, nature and Caribbean identity. Drawing inspiration from his home island, Dominica, Lees captures pure moments from Carnival celebrations, stylised shoots to more candid portraits and lushes jungles to climate change, all centring around the theme of Dominica’s evolving landscape and communities, documenting and confronting to socio-environmental issues such as global warming and neo colonialism.
In 2020, Lees released his debut documentary, Uncivilized, which led him into the forests of Dominica, where he would face Hurricane Maria alone in a palm leaf and bamboo hut. The film has screened at festivals around the Caribbean and at international festivals such as the Brooklyn Film Festival and The Pan-African Film Festival in LA. It won the Caribbean Spirit Award in 2020 at the Barbados Independent Film Festival, He’s written, shot, and edited for clients ranging from Billboard to UNICEF, and exhibited in Dominica, regionally & in the UK.