22–28 Sept 2021
Save the Date

Orpailleur (The Gold Forest)

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2010
Duration 93 minutes
Type Narrative feature
Country France/French Guiana
Language French, with English subtitles
Director(s) Marc Barrat
Rating PG 13
Contact festivals@widemanagement.com

[divider]

Rod, a native of French Guiana, lives in Paris with his mother. When he receives news that his older brother Myrtho, a gold prospector, has allegedly been shot and killed in the rainforest, Rod returns to the land of his birth for the first time since he left as a boy. Along with his buddy Gonz, he heads via river into the forest, determined to discover the truth about Myrtho’s disappearance.

Arriving at a resort town, Rod and Gonz have a falling out. Gonz joins some gold prospectors, while Myrtho’s former girlfriend, Yann, decides to help Rod in his quest. After an encounter with a shaman, Rod and Yann head further upriver, where they are captured by illegal prospectors and taken to their camp. Here they discover Gonz being held captive, and what really happened to Myrtho. An audacious escape plan is hatched, but will the gold forest have the last word?

Trinidad + Tobago premiere.

Awards: Best Actor, Festival du Film d’Angouleme 2010.

[divider]

The Other Side of Campus

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2010
Duration 14 minutes
Type Dramatic Short
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Language English
Director(s) Steven Taylor
Rating 16 And Over
Contact theartman15@gmail.com

[divider]

University life isn’t just studying, partying and sports. Life on campus often has a darker side, as the two related tales in this disturbingly compelling film show.

World premiere.

[divider]

A Hand Full of Dirt

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

[divider]

Director / writer: Kareem Mortimer
2009, The Bahamas  English
Narrative Feature / 103 minutes

Archie Redman is a middle-aged man chasing a fading dream. In his obsession to hold on to his failing business—a small hotel—he has sacrificed everything. (more…)

Araya

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 1959
Duration 82 minutes
Type Documentary feature
Country Venezuela/France
Language Spanish, with English subtitles
Director(s) Margot Benacerraf
Rating All Ages
Contact http://www.arayafilm.com

[divider]

Synopsis

Araya is a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela. An arid land, the sun beats down implacably upon the salineros, the workers of Araya’s salt marshes. Salt has been mined here for almost 500 years—the ruins of a nearby fortress testify to a time past when salt was as precious as gold, creating wealth for an empire long gone. Yet the salineros toil on, their endeavours carried out in almost exactly the same manner they have been for generations.

Shot in breathtaking black and white, Araya is a lyrical account of a day in the life of the inhabitants of this land. The film follows three families: the Peredas, who work in the marshes, the Ortiz, who are fishermen, and the Salaz, who pile the salt into vast white luminous pyramids for bagging. An exploration of the intimate relationship between humans and their environment, as well as the fraught dialogue between the camera and its subject, Araya is a loving, moving tribute to a people and their ability to endure.

Awards: International Critics Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 1959

Trinidad & Tobago premiere.

[divider]

[youtube 2XgbbioDPzM 620]

[divider]

Born To Be a Purple Dragon Black Belt

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2010
Duration 38 minutes
Type Documentary
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Language English
Director(s) Don Jacob
Rating All Ages
Contact donjitsuryu@gmail.comjovinile@hotmail.com

[divider]

The Purple Dragon Martial Arts School is a unique organisation, led by martial arts guru Don Jacob. This film documents the process of becoming a Purple Dragon black belt, the history of Purple Dragon and the origin of the Don Jitsu Ryu system. It follows students, from seven to 70, and from all over the Caribbean and North America, as they participate in a series of gruelling activities towards attaining their black belts. Behind it all is the charismatic Jacob, a man with a truly inspiring life story.

World premiere.
[divider]
[youtube RYQvsuv728E 620]
[fb-like]
[divider]

Children of God

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2009
Duration ` minutes
Type Dramatic feature
Country Bahamas
Language English
Director(s) Kareem Mortimer
Rating 18 And Over
Contact www.childrenofgodthemovie.com |kareem@mercuryrisingmedia.com

[divider]

Jonny is a young Bahamian, a promising painter on scholarship at an arts college in Nassau. Lena is the wife of a rabidly homophobic pastor. Jonny is troubled: guilt-stricken over his sexuality, the recurring target of attacks by a gang, and alienated from his alcoholic father. Meanwhile, Lena’s apparently perfect family life seems about to fall apart. To try and reconnect with his artistic gift Jonny heads to picturesque Eleuthera, while Lena goes there to collect signatures for an anti-gay rights petition.

On Eleuthera Jonny meets the charming Romeo, as Lena is drawn to the soft-spoken, compassionate Reverend Clyde. Through these life-shifting encounters, Jonny and Lena find themselves coming to a fuller understanding of who they are, a realisation that will have unsettling consequences. As poignant as it is provocative, Children of God is a brave and beautiful exploration of the search for acceptance—of one’s self, of others—in an often brutally intolerant world.

Trinidad & Tobago premiere.

[divider]

[youtube 5ymc2dkNjJg 620]

[fb-like]

[divider]

From a Whisper

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2008
Duration 79 minutes
Type Narrative feature
Country Kenya
Language English
Director(s) Wanuri Kahiu
Rating All Ages
Contact dadainfo@gmail.com

[divider]

Abu is a quiet and hardworking police intelligence officer who keeps to himself. Tamani is a young, rebellious artist just back from high school in the United States. When the two cross paths, Abu decides to help Tamani, who is searching for her mother, who disappeared in the US embassy bomb blast in Nairobi 10 years ago.

Unbeknownst to Tamani, her search for her mother churns up within Abu memories of Fareed, Abu’s best friend who died in the blast. Soon the facts about Tamani’s mother are revealed, as well as the story of Fareed’s involvement in the bomb blast. Everyone involved must learn how to forgive, deal with their own faith, and confront what they fear the most—the truth.

Trinidad & Tobago premiere

Awards: Best Director, Best Picture, Africa Movie Academy Awards 2009; Golden Dhow Award – Best East African Picture, Zanzibar International Film Festival 2009; Best Picture, Best Director, Kenya International Film Festival 2009

[divider]

Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2010
Duration 60 minutes
Type Documentary
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Language English
Director(s) Sonja Dumas
Rating All Ages
Contact aguawaterleau@yahoo.com

[divider]

The dance history of Trinidad and Tobago often remains in the memories of those who executed it, and when they pass on, there is precious little left behind. This film looks at aspects of the local dance world and its impact through the eyes of two dance legends, Julia Edwards and Joyce Kirton, in an attempt to capture some of this history.

Now in their seventies, Julia and Joyce have together contributed over 100 years of dedicated work to the local dance community. They have been instrumental in the preservation of and innovation in countless traditional dance forms, and their commitment is echoed in the accomplishments of the dancers and choreographers who have come after them. This loving portrait is as much a tribute to these two pioneering women as it is a history of dance in T&T.

[divider]

[fb-like]

[divider]

La Soga (The Butcher’s Son)

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2009
Duration 100 minutes
Type Dramatic feature
Country Dominican Republic / USA
Language Spanish and English, with English subtitles
Director(s) Josh Crook
Rating 18 And Over
Contact www.lasogamovie.com |karina@korenblum.com

[divider]

La Soga is an edgy, action-packed thriller set in the Dominican Republic and New York City. In a poor neighborhood where the streets are run by deported drug dealers, a hard-working butcher struggles to raise his sensitive 10-year-old son, Luisito. When Luisito witnesses the murder of his father, his life changes forever. Twenty years later, Luisito becomes chief henchman for General Colon, head of the Dominican secret police. He is an emotionally hollow instrument of justice, perpetually kept in control by Colon’s promise to deliver his father’s killer.

Into Luisito’s world enters Jenny, a childhood sweetheart who left for New York shortly before his family tragedy. Unaware of his occupation, Jenny falls for Luisito and the love she shows him stirs the conscience that had lain dormant since his childhood. This, however, turns him against the ruthless General Colon and his death squad.

Trinidad + Tobago premiere.

[divider]

Live from Trinidad & Tobago

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2009
Duration 60 minutes
Type Documentary
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Language English
Director(s) Walt LovelaceCurtis Popplewell
Rating All Ages
Contact pasqual.mail@gmail.com

[divider]

The musical talent of Trinidad and Tobago is prodigious, not to mention diverse. In 2009 three young local musicians embarked on a tour to take their music to the world, and fly the flag of T&T high.

Filmed across three weeks in Europe, Live from Trinidad &Tobago is a behind-the-scenes view of the Caribbean Invasion tour featuring Maximus Dan, Marlon Asher and Jah Melody. The film follows the artists as they perform in various underground reggae/soca clubs, and shows just how far the phenomenon of Caribbean music has spread. Through candid interviews with the musicians, we get closer to the root of their passion, an understanding of what inspires and drives them, and a taste of where their careers are heading.

[divider]

Orpailleur (The Gold Forest)

The Other Side of Campus

A Hand Full of Dirt

Araya

Born To Be a Purple Dragon Black Belt

Children of God

From a Whisper

Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers

La Soga (The Butcher’s Son)

Live from Trinidad & Tobago

View the #filmmakerfriday Playlist on Youtube

ttff/21 Merchandise

Buy tickets for our screenings.

Invitation to submit your film to ttff/21.

The Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival would like to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors.

Leading Sponsors


Contributing Sponsors


Programming Partners


Venue Partners


In-Kind Partners

Join Our Mailinglist

* indicates required

Contact Us

22 Jerningham Ave,
Belmont, Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago, WI

Tel: 1.868.323.3228