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19-26 September

The Moment Of Truth

Director: Oliver Valente
2011, Tanzania
English
Narrative short 20′ / PG 13

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Cassius is a wanted man. When his pursuers—led a mysterious figure in white leather shoes—catch up with him, he is forced to talk. Cassius then goes into hiding, but for how long can he prolong his fate? This is a stylish mash-up of film noir and blaxploitation, shot through with heaps of African cool.

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Born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania, Oliver Valente studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and pursued postgraduate studies in Film Production in London. He is based in Berlin.

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

Thur 29 Sept 4.30pm, The Little Carib Theatre

The Madonna Murti

Directors: Sharon Syriac, Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade
2011, Trinidad+Tobago
English
Documentary short 50 minutes

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Siparia in southern Trinidad is home to a mysterious spiritual icon: a black female statue venerated by Catholics and Hindus alike. Through interviews with devotees, pilgrims, pundits and priests, the movie explores the obscure origins of Divina Pastora or Siparee Ke Mai and her continuing relevance today.

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Sharon Syriac       

Sharon Syriac is a Communications lecturer at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and a Cultural Studies postgraduate student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad. She has twice won scriptwriting awards from the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, for The Madonna Murti (2008) and From Adam’s Rib (2011).

 

Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade

Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade is a graduate of the BA (Film) programme at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. He has directed three short films: an investigative documentary, Who Let the Dogs Out (2008), an animated narrative film, Suck Meh Soucouyant, Suck Meh (2009) and Shouters and the Control Freak Empire (2010), a documentary that was screened at the ttff/10.

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Thur 22 Sept 2.00pm* + Tue 27 Sept 12.00pm, MovieTowne

 

 

 

 

9 Feet of Rope

Director: Noble Fox
2011, Trinidad+Tobago, UK
English
Documentary short/18 minutes

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Tobago’s annual Easter goat racing event attracts people from all over the world to the small community of Buccoo. The film follows the participants—men and goats—through the training and preparation for the race, up to the big event as they compete for the coveted title, Champ of Champs.

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Noble Fox is a Zimbabwe-born filmmaker based in London. He has worked in the music industry for over eight years, managing successful international groups, including Jamiroquai. He has been a photographer, visual artist and worked in television. His directing credits include a short documentary AfroBeat Rebellion (2010) and Messenger of the Great River (2011).

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Mon 26 Sept 5.00pm, MovieTowne, Port of Spain

Fri 30 Sept  7.00pm, Community Centre, Castara, Tobago

Tue 4 Oct 12.00pm, MovieTowne

Call The Shots

Director: Ernest Che Rodriguez
2011, Trinidad+Tobago
English
Narrative short 53 minutes / PG 13

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Jason is a gang member who wants out. His grandmother, with whom he lives, urges him to follow his passion for taking pictures and do a photography course. Jason’s fellow gang members, however, have other ideas. Made in association with the Ministry of the People and Social Development’s Poverty Reduction

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Ernest Che Rodriguez is a Trinidadian filmmaker, producer and actor with over 40 years’ experience in mass media and theatre production. His body of work encompasses some 21 dramatic and documentary films. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mass Communications at the University of Leicester.

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Fri 23 Sept 2.00pm + Thur 29 Sept 12.00pm*, MovieTowne

Habana Eva

Director: Fina Torres
2010, Venezuela / Cuba / France
Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative feature / 105 minutes / 16 +

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Eva dreams of leaving the Havana factory in which she toils, opening her own dress shop and getting married to her loving but unambitious boyfriend. One day she meets a sophisticated Venezuelan-Cuban photographer and agrees to be his guide to the city. She falls in love and imagines a whole new life with him. But things are not as they seem, and Eva is caught between two men and two worlds. Whom will she choose?

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Venezuelan director Fina Torres studied design, photography and journalism in her native country before moving to Paris to study cinematography. Her directing credits include her award-winning debut feature Oriana (1985), the comedy Celestial Clockwork (1993) and the romantic comedy Woman on Top (2001), starring Penelope Cruz.

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This screening is supported by the Venezuelan Embassy.

Thur 22 Sept 4.30pm* + Thur 29 Sept 7:00pm, MovieTowne, Port of Spain

Ophelia

Directors: Greta Mendez, Mat de Koning
2010, Trinidad+Tobago / Australia
English
Experimental short / 5 minutes

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The universally known image of Shakespeare’s Ophelia by John Millais is used as a metaphor for Kashmir, a country once called “Paradise on Earth”, and its people caught between two countries.

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Trinidadian artist Greta Mendez is an award-winning choreographer, theatre director, producer, performance art artist who has worked in the UK, Greece, Italy, China and India. Mendez is currently working on an intergenerational work entitled AH! Hard Rain.

For 10 years, Mat de Koning has been creating DIY no-budget films that reflect upon his surrounding environments. His work has been screened at over 50 festivals, and he was awarded the 2011 West Australian Young Filmmaker of the Year Award.

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Wed 21 Sept 3.00pm + Fri 30 Sept 7.00pm, MovieTowne, Port of Spain

The Path Less Travelled

Director: Kim Weekes
2011, Barbados
English
Documentary short / 12′ / 16+

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This documentary explores some of the struggles and triumphs of a man who is a true lover of the arts. Nala is an actor, filmmaker, writer and artist who faces economic hardship and deprivation, but yet remains true to his artistic passion and expression.

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Kim Weekes has studied documentary filmmaking at EICTV in Cuba, worked as a camera operator for the reality show Cadet Boot Camp. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Film and Theatre at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) UWI, Cave Hill. The Path Less Travelled is the first student movie filmed and directed by Weekes.

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Sun 25 Sept 2.00pm, MovieTowne

Sat 01 Oct 2.00pm, The Little Carib Theatre

The Nine Muses

Director: John Akomfrah
2010, UK / Ghana
English
Experimental feature 92 minutes

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Using Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, as a narrative starting point, and structured as an allegorical fable, The Nine Muses is a stylised and idiosyncratic retelling of the history of mass migration—particularly from Africa and the Caribbean—to post-war Britain. Divided into nine overlapping chapters and blending archival material with haunting images of snow-blanketed landscapes, this is a genre-defying work, a mystifying (and mythifying) tone poem about journeys, migration, memory and the power of elegy.

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Born in Ghana and raised in the UK, John Akomfrah made his directorial debut with the acclaimed Handsworth Songs in 1986. He has made over a dozen films since then. He is one of the founders of the now-defunct Black Audio Film Collective, which was dedicated to examining issues of black British identity through film and media. [/expand]

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Tues 27 Sept 2.00pm + Fri 30 Sept 2.00pm, The Little Carib Theatre

Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle

Director: Pascale Obolo
2011, Trinidad+Tobago / France
English
Documentary feature / 85 minutes

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Calypso Rose, born McArtha Lewis, is the calypso queen of the world. This is her extraordinary story, a moving tale of triumph over great adversity. We follow Rose from Paris, where she is recording an album, to her native Tobago and Trinidad, then to New York where she lives, and finally to her ancestral homeland, Africa. Along the way we see many facets of Rose and come closer to understanding the woman behind the public persona.

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A native of Cameroon, Pascale Obolo is a graduate of the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and the University of Paris. She was one of the first people to document the Parisian hip-hop and graffiti art scenes on film. Among her other films is the documentary Calypso at Dirty Jim’s (2005).

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Thur 22 Sept 7.15pm*  + Mon 03 Oct 2.00pm, MovieTowne
Sat 24 Sept 7.00pm, T&TEC Panyard, Belle Garden, Tobago

Happy Sad

Director: Diana Wynter
2009, Trinidad+Tobago
English
Narrative feature 98 minutes

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Seventeen-year-old Mandy is a talented high school footballer intent on making her life a success. Her dreams are thwarted, however, when she is forced to leave Trinidad to go and live with her estranged father in Tobago. Mandy must find a way to excel in this new life, even as her personal struggles are intertwined with those of her new family.

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Dianah Wynter was born in New York to Jamaican parents. She holds a first degree from Princeton University and two Masters degrees in directing, from Yale and the American Film Institute. Wynter was nominated for an Emmy award for directing ABC’s Daddy’s Girl, which starred Lauryn Hill. She has also directed episodes of the television series Soul Food and Moesha.

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Wed 28 Sept 2.00pm*, MovieTowne

Fri 30 Sept 7.00pm, Community Centre, Castara, Tobago

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