If you’re one of those movie buffs who love gritty drama with a very real twist, you may want to take a look at a hit called Time is Money. You won’t find it online to stream or download, and you won’t find it at Ron-G to buy, even in a bootleg version. That’s because it’s a Belizean movie, set for release this weekend. Three of the foundation members of the local street-centered production visited our studios to give us a first look.

Aaron Lauriano, Producer, Time is Money

Aaron Lauriano

“It’s a movie about Belize City streets based on an inmate that got a life sentence, did fifteen years and got paroled. He came to the streets to try to look for a better life and a better future, but didn’t find one. Instead he ran into some gangsters who told him they adore what he did in the past and they want to involve him in the crime scene.”

Gildon Rowland

Gildon Rowland, Played the Antagonist

“This is the reality. There are a lot of movies that try to tell you certain things and try to come as close as possible to what’s real. But the real truth is that life is like a chain reaction. To every action there is a reaction. Everything that you see happening in front of you right now may have started a long time ago. Like all those “old beef,” sudden one you see somebody drop in front of you and you want to know why that person was killed and why anybody would want to kill that person and that person was so nice to you. But in the past you don’t know what that person could have done. But what we really seek to achieve with this movie is to try to engage the youth to make them start to use the talent that they have, because right now we don’t have much employment going on and I believe this is one way we can start to relieve ourselves of some of the poverty problems that we have.”

M.I.K., Played Street Hustler


“The youths right now can see this movie and motivate themselves, that what they’re going through on the streets they know that they can make a life in doing something like poetry, music or acting. Whatever negativity they have faced or come up in like they can pull through a regional tunnel that will provide for them and take them to success and give them money to maintain themselves on a perfect path, you understand, rather than just a street path that can lead to destruction and jail time.”

Aaron Lauriano

“The movie is a Belizean movie that is strictly Belizean actors. You won’t see any Americans, just Belizean people. The soundtrack on the movie is all Belizean music, Belizean artists rapping, doing dancehall. It’s strictly about Belize.”

The official release date for the movie is Saturday in San Ignacio at the Welcome Center. You can get your copy there or you can contact Aaron Lauriano at 602-6171.

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