22–28 Sept 2021
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Bim comes to We Beat

Forty-four years since its first release, the highly acclaimed local film Bim, will screen once again at We Beat’s We Film Night, on Wednesday 06 June 2018, at 7pm . The free screening, at the St James Amphitheatre, is presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) in partnership with the St James Community Improvement Committee and  ttff ‘s official technical partner North Eleven Projections.

Described as “the best T&T film ever made” by film critic B.C Pires, Bim is  revered as a West Indian cult classic of Caribbean cinema. The script was written by local playwright and newspaper journalist, Raoul Pantin and co-produced by Susanne Nunez, wife of the director, Hugh A. Robertson.

Bim tells the story of Bheem Singh, who  is sent to live with his aunt in Port of Spain. Bullied at school and abused at home, he runs away and begins a life of petty crime. After returning to the countryside-and taking a new name, Bim-he becomes leader of the sugar workers, and eventually leader of the colony’s opposition party. It isn’t long, however, before his violent past catches up with him.

The role of Bim is played by Ralph Maraj, a politician,  playwright and actor, of both stage and screen. Music for the film was written by the late Andre Tanker who worked with some of the country’s best musicians to fuse African and Indian rhythms.

Shot a decade after our country’s  independence, Bim did not open to much fanfare in 1975. However, it was shown at the  United States Virgin Islands Film Festival in St Thomas in 1975 and at the CARIFESTA Film Festival in Jamaica and Los Angeles Film Festival, both in 1976.

Bruce Paddington, founder and festival director of the ttff described the film  as “one of the most important films to be produced in Trinidad and Tobago and … one of the classics of Caribbean cinema”.

Bim  screens on Wednesday 06 June, 7pm, at the St James Amphitheatre, next door to the St James Police Station on the Western Main Road. Rated PG, admission is free and drinks and refreshments will be on Sale. Patrons should feel free to bring their own blankets and mats.

The trinidad+tobago film festival 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 .

Join our Youth Jury

Once again, BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT)  is teaming up with the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) to give five (5) young people an opportunity of a lifetime, through the bpTT Youth Jury at ttff/18.

Application is open to young people between the ages of 16 to 21 years (inclusive) who are interested in, and wish to develop, a critical appreciation of independent film. Applicants must be  TT citizens, residents, or based in Trinidad and Tobago for at least one year prior to application.

Prospective jury members must  apply by writing an essay of no more than 250 words, saying what their favourite movie is and why. Applicants must  also provide their name, date of birth, gender, citizenship, residence and school or occupation.

Applications should be sent to: submit@ttfilmfestival.com (subject line: Youth Jury Application)   Successful applicants under the age of 18 years will be required to have written consent from a parent or guardian in order to participate in this programme.

The deadline for submission is 12pm on Friday 13 July.  Successful jury members will be notified by Friday 24 August.

The five selected jury members will meet during the ttff/18, under the guidance of experienced film critic B.C. Pires, to view a selection of feature-length fiction films  dealing with themes and issues affecting young people.

After viewing all the films in competition, the bpTT Youth Jury will choose the winning film. The director of this film will receive a trophy to be presented at the ttff/18 awards ceremony on Tuesday 25 September.

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, the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts; supporting sponsorship by The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago and Republic Bank Limited; and contributing sponsorship by FilmTT and The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB).

 

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