A number of films made a big impression at the ttff/11. And we’re happy to report that since then, some of those films have continued to impress elsewhere.
Better Mus’ Come, the debut film of Jamaica’s Storm Saulter, won the audience prize at the ttff/11 for best narrative feature. Since then it has gone on to cop the audience award for best feature at the Bahamas International Film Festival, and next month will make its North American debut, first in Canada at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Bell Lightbox, then in the US and New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center.
We’re also pleased to note that Sing Your Song, the documentary portrait of ttff/11 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Harry Belafonte, was shortlisted for the Academy Award for best documentary, narrowly missing out on a nomination itself.
Finally, the documentary Senna, directed by Asif Kapadia, has been nominated for three BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards, including best documentary and best British film.
We’ll be keeping an eye on the progress of these films, and all the other past ttff selections that meet with success.
UPDATE: Chico & Rita, the heart-stopping opening-night film of the ttff/11, has been nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature.
Photo: Better Mus’ Come
The film ’70: Remembering a Revolution, a documentary about the 1970 Black Power uprising, will be the first screening of this year’s T&T Film Nights, presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), and sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (TTFC) in association with Reel Trini.
The screening takes place on Sunday 29 January, 7pm, at Trevor’s Edge, St John’s Road, St Augustine (opposite Scotiabank). Admission is free, and there will be food and drinks on sale.
Directed by Alex de Verteuil and Elizabeth Topp, ’70 is a comprehensive and incisive look back at the heady events of 1970. The film features revealing interviews with many of the personalities who were part of the uprising, and is interspersed with compelling file footage from the era.
A soundtrack comprising many of the calypsoes of the era—including songs written about the Black Power movement itself—rounds out the film.
Acclaimed by critics, ’70 won the jury prize for best local feature film at the ttff/11, and has screened at various other film festivals abroad.
The trinidad + tobago film festival is held annually in September and is presented by Flow, given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT, and supported by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the National Gas Company, the Tourism Development Company and the Tobago House of Assembly. For more information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.