Caribbean in focus at Latin American film festival
Past selections from the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) will form part of the lineup at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Film Festival, which takes place from 29 May to 01 June in Washington, DC.
LASA is the largest professional organisation in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. It has over 7000 members, and its mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America and the Caribbean throughout the Americas.
The LASA Film Festival, which began in 1983, takes place in connection with the annual LASA Congress. This year, for the first time, films from the Caribbean will be in focus, with the ttff as an official programme partner of the festival.
Five previous ttff selections, all documentaries, will be screened at the festival. They are Curaçao, Goudougoudou, Journey to Hope and Nothing like Chocolate—all ttff/12 picks—and the ttff/11 selection Hit Me with Music.
“The repeated absence from the cinematographic register of the Caribbean (with the exception, of course, of Cuba) saw us partner the trinidad+tobago film festival in order to present a group of films from and about the region,” said Claudia Ferman, Director of the LASA Film Festival.
“This selection ventures into gastro-criticism, environmental preservation and fair trade in Nothing like Chocolate; it presents Jamaican dancehall, and the society and culture with which it is associated, in Hit Me With Music; it investigates the grief of Haitians who, after a devastating earthquake, had also to suffer the notorious failure to provide aid to victims, in Goudougoudou; and it reveals a harrowing manifestation of coloniality in Curaçao.”
Dr Bruce Paddington, Founder and Festival Director of the ttff, will attend LASA as the ttff’s official representative, and will introduce a number of the screenings.
Image: still from Goudougoudou
EFF nights at Drink Lounge & Bistro
The 17th European Film Festival (EFF) of T&T has kicked off, and runs until 28 May. The newly reopened Drink Lounge & Bistro, on Rosalino Street in Port-of-Spain, is marking the occasion with a series of “EFF nights”, featuring country-themed drink specials for all patrons, starting at 7pm. Each of these nights celebrates a different country represented in the festival.
Thursday 16 May, The Gang of Oss, (The Netherlands, 8pm): Specials on Heineken beer
Friday 17 May, The Angels’ Share (UK, 8.30pm): 2 for 1 special on Dewar’s Scotch whisky
Sat 18 May, 2 Days in Paris (France, 8pm): Specials on Châteauneuf-du-Pape and JP Chenet wines
Thur 23 May, Chinese Take-Away (Spain, 8pm): Specials on sangria and Tapena wine
Fri 24 May, Winter Sleepers (Germany, 8pm): Specials on Riesling wine
For more information, contact Drink at 223-7243.
European Film Festival brochure now available
The European Film Festival (EFF) of Trinidad and Tobago is now two weeks away. The EFF, which is presented in association with the trinidad+tobago film festival, runs from May 15–28 at MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain and May 22–28 at MovieTowne, Tobago.
Brochures for the EFF containing the list of films in this year’s programme, plus the screening dates and times, as well as a special pull-out sheet with the ratings of the films, are now available free of charge at the following locations:
Alliance française, 17 Alcazar Street, St Clair
The French & Spanish embassies, Tatil Building, Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain
The UK high commission & German embassy, 19 St Clair Avenue, St Clair
Office of the EU Delegation, Sagicor Financial Centre, Queen’s Park West 16, Port-of-Spain
The Reader’s Bookshop, 1 Middle Street, St James
Drink Lounge and Bistro, 63 Rosalino Street, Woodbrook
Paper Based Bookshop, Hotel Normandie, St Ann’s
Martin’s Piano Bar, Woodford Street, Newtown
Malabar Farms, Long Circular Road, Maraval
Medulla Art Gallery, 37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook
Interior Harmony, 13 Patna Street, St James
Brauhaus Restaurant and Beer Garden, 16 Rust Street, St Clair
The Alma Jordan Library & the office of the film programme, University of the West Indies, St Augustine
Golden Bell Korean Restaurant, Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain
Humzinger Cafe, Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain
Nigel R Khan Booksellers, Grand Bazaar and Trincity Mall