ttff to screen Shashamane at UWI
Shashamane: on the trail of the promised land, a documentary directed by Italian-French filmmaker, Giulia Amati, will screen Friday 06 April, 3pm at UWI Film Studio, 12 Carmody Street, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine.
This free screening is presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) in partnership with the University as part of a two-day international workshop called “Local Entanglements of Global Inequalities” at the UWI. The workshop is organised by the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies (LCCS); the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS); Department of Sociology at UWI and Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.
Set in Ethiopia, the documentary investigates the life of the Rastafarian community living on the land donated for their repatriation back to Africa. In 1948, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie donated 500 acres of his own private lands “for the black people of the world” to encourage displaced Africans to repatriate.
A number of rastafarians took up the offer in search of a utopia in the motherland and established one of the oldest Rastafari settlements in the world, in Shashamane, Ethiopia. The dream has not perhaps matched their reality. Their spiritual home is under threat. Much of the land is lost and many Ethiopians view them as outsiders, leaving the community in limbo.
Shashamane, Amati’s second feature-length film, is a compelling look at the seldom highlighted migration of the African diaspora back to the continent in search of a lost identity.
The film screens on Friday 06 April, 3pm, at UWI Film Studio, 12 Carmody Street, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. Dr. Shelene Gomes, UWI Lecturer and Anthropologist who wrote her doctoral dissertation on Shashamane will have a discussion after the film.
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities. The ttff is given leading sponsorship by BP Trinidad and Tobago.
Getting down to the business of film with the British Council
In a move to strengthen the business and entrepreneurial skills of local filmmakers, we are partnering with the British Council, to continue our ongoing film industry development programme.
This stage of training takes place from 23 – 25 March 2018 and will bring together fifteen experienced filmmakers for a three-day workshop on project proposal writing and pitching. The workshop is designed to support filmmakers in developing a clear understanding of what investors are looking for, and the crucial business skills of proposal writing and presentations. In addition, they will get an opportunity to strengthen their delivery and pitching skills. The programme is a continuation of the Festival’s partnership with the British Council, that began in 2017 with training for filmmakers and writers in screenwriting and script development.
The workshop will be led by Peter Ansorge, Head of Short Courses and Part-time Diplomas at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), in the UK. Ansorge has previously worked for the BBC as a Script Editor and Producer in the Drama Department, and for the UK’s Channel 4 as Head of Drama for television series and serials and as a Commissioning Editor for fiction, helping to create the Film On 4 strand. At the NFTS he developed and runs the popular Writing The Pilot and TV Drama: Creating The Bible courses. He has published two books on stage and screenwriting, Disrupting The Spectacle (Pitman) and From Liverpool to Los Angeles, (Faber).
The NFTS is considered to be one of the world’s leading film and TV schools and a recognised centre of excellence. Established in 1971, the School offers post-graduate degrees, diplomas and short courses in specialist disciplines including Animation Direction, Cinematography, Fiction Direction, Documentary Direction, Film Programming and Curation, Digital Effects, Games Design and TV Entertainment.
Also commenting on the project, Josaine Alexander, Country Manager, British Council said: “ We recognize that there is potential for growth in the T&T film industry and are seeking to assist in filling the knowledge gaps. This is why we saw it as integral to extend our partnership with ttff and continue the capacity building programmes with the inclusion of the proposal writing and pitch development workshops.We hope that these workshops will equip the filmmakers to better position their films to distributors in wider markets.”
The participants are:
Christopher Din Chong
Janine Mendes Franco
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities.