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19-26 September

Women In Hats

Director/writer: Brandi Brown
2010, Trinidad+Tobago / USA
English
Dramatic short 33 minutes

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A free-spirited woman runs afoul of some members of her community because she owns a jazz club and declines all invitations to attend church. When she does agree to go, she brings with her a shocking idea that threatens to turn things upside down.

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Brandi Brown recently received her MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in Directing from Chapman University, and holds a BA in History and M.Ed in Elementary Education from Howard University in Washington DC. Her career in film combines these two interests—the art form of movie-making and her passion for education.

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Sat 24 Sept 12.00pm, MovieTowne

Tue 04 Oct 7.00pm, San Fernando Hill

3 Line

Director: Christopher Din Chong
2011, Trinidad+Tobago
English
Narrative feature 87′ / 16+

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Six friends head to a quiet fishing village to make an investigative documentary. What starts out as a routine film shoot in a supposed paradise quickly turns to hell, however, as the friends find themselves preyed upon by a demented family of sadists. Blending classic Hollywood genre conventions with Caribbean folklore, 3 Line promises a cinematic experience that will leave you shocked in your seat.

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A graduate of the UWI Film Programme, St Augustine, Christopher Din Chong has directed several short dramatic and documentary films. 3 Line is his first feature.

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Tue 27 Sept 7.00pm*, The Little Carib Theatre
Mon 03 Oct 4.30pm, MovieTowne

Bos Gerard

Director: Bayard Jean Bernard
2010, Haiti
English and Haitian Creole, with English subtitles
Documentary short 9 minutes

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In Jacmel, Haiti, the schoolchildren drink canned water donated by foreign agencies. Since there is no formal recycling scheme, innovative ways must be found to re-use the aluminium cans. Enter Bòs Gérard, a local tradesman who turns the cans into cooking pots.

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Born in Jacmel, Haiti, Bayard Jean Bernard has studied broadcasting and filmmaking in Haiti and France, respectively. He has made a number of short films as well as video installation works.

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Fri 23 Sep 2.30pm, Centre for Language Learning, UWI
Wed 28 Sept 2.00pm, The Little Carib Theatre

Fire In Babylon

Director: Stevan Riley
2011, UK
English
Documentary feature 87 minutes

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From the late 1970s right through the 1980s, the West Indies cricket team did not lose a single Test series—and thus became one of the greatest teams in sporting history. This is the electrifying story of how they did it, in their own words. During a politically and socially turbulent era, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and the players they led combined skill, discipline and a fearless spirit to dominate the game on their own terms. In the process they struck a blow at the forces of prejudice worldwide, and lifted the pride of a region.

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A graduate of Oxford University, Stevan Riley worked in advertising before becoming a documentary filmmaker. His first film, Rave Against the Machine (2002), tells the story of a group of musicians during the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s, while his second, Blue Blood (2006), follows the fortunes of five Oxford students who join the university’s boxing club.

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Maxi-Taxi Madness

Director: Dane John
2011, Trinidad+Tobago
English
Narrative short 12 minutes

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A maxi-taxi heading into Port of Spain, filled with a ragtag assortment of passengers, finds itself snarled up in traffic. A hilarious slice-of-Trini-life film.

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Dane John was born in Trinidad in 1987. At the age of 17 he became a videographer and editor for his local church, and has worked on a number of religious and social-issue programmes that have aired on local TV. He is a student of the School of Business and Computer Science and the Caribbean Travelling Film School.

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Fri 23 Sept 7.15pm + Tue 27 Sept 4.30pm*, MovieTowne, Port of Spain

The Legend Of Ngong Hills

Director: Kwame Nyong’o
2011, Kenya
English
Animated short / 10 minutes

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Based on a Maasai folktale, this is the story of a giant cave-dwelling ogre who frequently raids a nearby village, carrying away its inhabitants for food. One day, however, he falls in love with a beautiful maiden—and finally meets his match!

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Kwame Nyong’o is an animator and illustrator from Nairobi, Kenya. He has been involved in several animation training and production initiatives, including UNESCO’s Africa Animated! project, and the Tinga Tinga Tales children’s TV series, which screened at the ttff/10. He also directs and produces short films and commercials.

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This film is presented in association with the Zanzibar International Film Festival and supported by the Commonwealth Foundation.

Sat 01 Oct 7.00pm, Community Centre, Calder Hall, Tobago

Y-Ning?

Director/writer: Emilie Upczak
2010, Trinidad+Tobago / USA
English
Documentary short / 13 minutes / PG 13

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This academic music video explores “wining” as a dance language with a history and identity born out of the Caribbean experience. In particular, it looks at the body in motion as well as elements of Trinidadian society that are represented in the way people dance and the various ethnic influences on the dance itself.

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US-born director, Emilie Upczak, has worked primarily in the ethnographic and experimental short film form. She is currently working on a narrative film that blends film noir with blaxploitation, which will be shot in Trinidad and Tobago next year. Upczak makes her home in Port of Spain.

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Sun 25 Sept 2.00pm* + Thur 29 Sept 2.00pm, The Little Carib Theatre

’70: Remembering A Revolution

Directors: Alex de Verteuil, Elizabeth Topp
2010, Trinidad+Tobago
English
Documentary feature/114 minutes

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A revealing, riveting chronicle of the Black Power uprising that took place in Trinidad and Tobago in 1970. Featuring interviews with various activists, politicians, military officers and others who were caught up in the events, the film evokes those heady months when “Power to the people!” was the popular cry. Generous use of archive material and calypsoes from the period rounds out this document of one of the most important—and most misunderstood—periods in the country’s modern history.

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Alex de Verteuil is an award-winning Trinidadian documentary filmmaker. Among his films are Wild T&T, a nature documentary, and Alabaster Moon, a collaboration with artist Sarah Beckett that was a ttff/08 selection.

Elizabeth Topp, a Trinidadian living in Toronto, Canada, has collaborated with Alex de Verteuil on two previous films, C’est Quitte: The French Creoles of Trinidad and Jab: The Blue Devils of Paramin, which had its premiere at the ttff/06.

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Wed 28 Sept 7.00pm*, The Little Carib Theatre

Sun 2 Oct 4.30pm, MovieTowne, Port of Spain

Boys Of Summer

Director: Keith Aumont
2010, Curaçao / USA
English and Papiamentu, with English subtitles
Documentary feature 93 minutes

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It’s the eighth year running that Curaçao’s young baseball heroes have qualified for the Little League World Series. In order to reach that far, the team from the tiny Caribbean island have had to defeat regional giants like Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. But they are up against their nemesis, the powerful Team Japan. Manager Vernon Isabella must use all his talent as a coach and counsellor to prepare the underdogs for their big day.

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Keith Aumont is the director of two previous short films, American Exquisite and Joint Custody. Boys of Summer is his first feature.

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Fri 23 Sept 12.00pm + Sun 02 Oct 12.00pm, MovieTowne

Ghett’a Life

Director: Chris Browne
2011, Jamaica
English
Narrative feature 88 minutes / 16+

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Derrick is an inner-city teenager who dreams of being Jamaica’s next world boxing champion. However, it is an election year and politics divides the country and Derrick’s community. His father, a loyal party supporter, and Sin, the community’s no-nonsense don, forbid Derrick from going to the boxing gym, as to do so he has to cross party lines. Derrick defiantly follows his heart—and is confronted with the serious repercussions of his decision. An inspiring tale of overcoming adversity and ignorance in the name of unity.

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Chris Browne is one of Jamaica’s best-known filmmakers. He wrote and directed Third World Cop, the highest-grossing film in the country’s history. He was the cinematographer on No Place Like Home (2006), the final film of Perry Henzell, who made The Harder They Come (1972), on which Browne also worked.

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Fri 23 Sept 6.30pm*, 12 Carmody Street, St Augustine (UWI)

Fri 23 Sept 7.00pm, Community Centre, Charlotteville, Tobago

Sun 25 Sept 7.00pm*, The Little Carib Theatre

Tues 04 Oct 7.30pm, MovieTowne

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