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Attica United States of America 2021 documentary feature 115 No Rating On Sept. 9, 1971, over 1,200 inmates at the Attica correctional facility in Attica, NY, seized the yard at the maximum-security prison, took more than three dozen guards and civilian employees hostage, and demanded more humane treatment and better conditions. For five days, the world watched as TV news cameras covered the story from both outside and inside the prison, as journalists and a team of negotiators converged at the scene. But when law enforcement was ordered by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to retake Attica, the resulting massacre by state police left 29 inmates and 10 hostages dead — the deadliest violence Americans had inflicted on each other in a single day since the Civil War. Before the smoke from the tear gas cleared, police tortured inmates behind the walls. No charges were ever brought against authorities for the killings of inmates and guards. It was the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the Attica uprising, Emmy-winning director STANLEY NELSON and producer and co-director TRACI A. CURRY examine one of the most shocking incidents in the nation’s history in the extraordinary, in-depth documentary ATTICA. Through original interviews with former inmates, family members of the hostages, and those who witnessed it first-hand, Nelson (Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple) and Curry (producer of Nelson’s Boss: The Black Experience in Business and ESPN 30 for 30: Vick and a longtime MSNBC producer) bring us back to a moment that resonated for decades, utilizing hundreds of hours of footage and never-before-seen archival tapes from inside the prison. ATTICA captures the personalities, politics, emotions, and tragedy that stands as a wake-up call — then and now — about the need for prison reform and the responsibilities of justice. a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Stanley Nelson Jr.";s:9:"biography";s:947:"Stanley Nelson Jr is today’s leading documentarian of the African-American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to illuminate the under-explored American past. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson has received numerous honours over the course of his career, including five Primetime Emmy Awards for his films, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys, the Peabodys, and IDA. In 2013, Nelson received the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. His latest film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, premiered at Sundance in January 2019. In 2000, Mr Nelson, along with his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to telling underrepresented stories.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool United States of America 2019 documentary feature 115 No Rating Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart. The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star—it also made him incredibly difficult to live with, for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn. a:2:{i:0;s:108:"";i:1;s:115:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Stanley Nelson Jr.";s:9:"biography";s:947:"Stanley Nelson Jr is today’s leading documentarian of the African-American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to illuminate the under-explored American past. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson has received numerous honours over the course of his career, including five Primetime Emmy Awards for his films, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys, the Peabodys, and IDA. In 2013, Nelson received the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. His latest film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, premiered at Sundance in January 2019. In 2000, Mr Nelson, along with his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to telling underrepresented stories.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Mega Unione Suprema (Ultimate Mega Union) Italy 2021 art short 11 No Rating ‘Mega Unione Suprema’ is a grotesque and condensed journey willing to expose the commercial stereotypes and storytelling mechanisms that shape contemporary communication and film industry, to exhibit how the market has taken over the discourse and transformed it into mere communication of so-called “messages”. It is an experimental anti-film in the form of an ad, part of the YAY.RED art project (a brand which only promotes itself, and having as its only product to sell nothing but the advertisement of the brand itself). ‘Mega Unione Suprema’ is realized only using the poorest material one can find in communication: the stock footage. The film is created by combining and editing footage, music, images and graphics, to obtain YAY.RED self-referential advertisements. ‘Mega Unione Suprema’ is therefore a series of such senseless advertisements, which are at the same time the product themselves and the advertisement of the product. a:2:{i:0;s:116:"";i:1;s:116:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andrea Amadei";s:9:"biography";s:681:"Andrea Amadei studied Theoretical Philosophy with prof. Carlo Sini in Milan. He has worked for several years in the documentary world, writing and producing several films, documentaries and series in collaboration with major international broadcasters (ZDF, Arte, RAI). Over the last years, he progressively started to use his visual skills to perpetuate his philosophical research in the art field, focusing mainly on the theoretical perception of the images, through photography, video installation and digital painting. He directed the video installation MEGA UNIONE SUPREMA (REA art fair 2021; Guerriglia Semiologica, 2021; Lisbon Film Rendezvous, 2022; Lecce Film Fest, 2022).";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Riddim France 2022 documentary featurette 52 PG ‘Riddim’ paints a cross portrait of three young Guyanese urban dancers. For them, dance is a vector of integration and social recognition. They symbolise the power of appropriation of an entire generation, the emergence of an identity of its own. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Maël Cabaret";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Mael Cabaret is a director of documentary films and associate producer with the company Les 48° Rugissants. His films include ‘Oyapock’ about border relations between French Guiana and Brazil; ‘Les enfants du fleuve’ on maternity in Guyana. He co-directed the 10-part series, ‘Dans l’oeil du petit écran’, which explores the global relationship with television.";}} 1
Well Wishes My Love, Your Love Sweden 2021 art short 9 No Rating A boy lends his friend a prosthetic arm for the day. As the moon inches closer and closer towards the sun, the friend sees something in the water… a:1:{i:0;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Gabriel Gabriel Garble";s:9:"biography";s:585:"Gabriel Gabriel Garble is a Malaysian animation filmmaker based in Stockholm. Using a combination of 2D and 3D techniques, Gabriel’s animations depart from the absurdist capabilities of the medium and laser in instead on the beauty behind the subtler 'unseen' movements of the everyday.Characterized by pensive pacing no stranger to those within the slow cinema sphere, Gabriel’s films invite the viewer to dive into a dreamlike state of contemplation and live alongside the animism within each frame. Their works have attracted the likes of Adult Swim, The New York Times and BBC.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"";}} 1
With Wonder Canada 2021 documentary feature 73 14+ Born out of Director Sharon Lewis’s own muted struggle with not fitting into neat racial/ Queer/ Christian boxes, ‘With Wonder’ takes an intimate look at the journey of members of the Queer, Christian community of colour and their attempts to answer the question: “Can you be both Christian and Queer?” In this film we hear and see diverse members of the LGBTQI+ community, including high profile queer activists and Queer clerics, in places like Jamaica, New York, London, and Los Angeles. They each have their own unique ways of amplifying their voices and finding their way back to spiritual health, despite the shaming tactics of some Christian institutions. ‘With Wonder’ is a love letter to God from the LGBTQI+ community of colour. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sharon Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:882:"Sharon Lewis' focus in her directing career is to tell entertaining stories with a unique cinematic flavour and heavy-hitting performance. She has been nominated for 8 Canadian Screen Awards and won a CSA for Best Direction of a Factual Series. Sharon is also know for her feature films ‘Brown Girl Begins’, a post-apocalyptic Afro-futurist sci-fi tale, and ‘Disruptor Conductor’, her documentary debut, about the first openly gay black Canadian orchestral conductor. Both films have screened at trinidad+tobago film festival and toured the world festival scene garnering awards and critical acclaim. Although Sharon was born in Toronto, Canada and trained and lived in Los Angeles, she still has ties to her Jamaican/ Trinidadian roots and works hard at giving voice to black people and people of colour in all the projects she has the privilege of directing and producing.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Don’t Think About Earthquakes Haiti 2021 art short 12 No Rating ‘Don’t think about earthquakes’ is a meditation on day-to-day life in Haiti as it is, without the weight of outsiders’ dominating narratives of poverty and destruction from the 2010 earthquake. Shot from a moving vehicle on the artist’s phone, footage of people interacting in the space is framed and slowed down so we can observe their movements and perhaps draw parallels with our own. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nadia Huggins";s:9:"biography";s:371:"Nadia Huggins is a self taught artist who works in photography and, since 2010, has built a body of images that are characterised by her observation of an interest in the everyday. Her work merges documentary and conceptual practices, which explore belonging, identity, and memory through a contemporary approach focused on re-presenting Caribbean landscapes and the sea.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
You Can Always Come Home United States of America 2021 narrative short 6 All Ages ‘You Can Always Come Home’ is a short film that explores the domestic realm through the eyes of young children. It highlights themes such as celebration, ritual, family, and love through Black spatial occupation of the kitchen and front porch. Tangent to the film is a poem written by artists Reginald O’Neal and Arsimmer McCoy that furthers the investigation and liberation of Blackness in the architected environment. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Juan Luis Matos";s:9:"biography";s:586:"Juan Luis Matos is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Miami. He studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany and received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a member of Third Horizon film collective that hosts an annual film festival in Miami, and he is a 2020 + 2021 Suncoast Regional Emmy Award Winner. He is currently an artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, FL. Juan is the top prize recipient for the 2022 Knight Foundation Made in MIA Award at Miami Film Festival for his film 'You can always come home'.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
D’Ocre et de Suie (Smoke and Ocher) France 2021 narrative short 20 All Ages 19,000 years ago… Guilty of a hunting accident which could have cost the life of a child, Py’ro is banned from her tribe and finds shelter in a cave, close to the camp. a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Romain Grésillon";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Romain Grésillon made films in his head long before he had a camera. He studied visual arts, then theatre and cinema at the University of Paris 8. In 2016 he directed ‘Guide's Life’, a comic web series inspired by his own experience as a tour guide in Paris. He is an editor and responsible for the animation on the documentary ‘Et si Babel n'est qu'un mythe?’ (2019).";}} 1
The Moon Child Barbados 2021 narrative short 11 All Ages Ara, a young, bedridden girl, is trapped in her room. The nights are easier for her as the moon gives her comfort and revives her. One night a lunar visitor helps her transcend her physical bonds and find the answers she so desperately needs. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Sanna Allsopp";s:9:"biography";s:848:"Sanna Allsopp is an award-winning British/ Barbadian producer, director and anthropologist. A documentary filmmaker Sanna began her film career at the age of 22 and is recognised for her experience in handling challenging or sensitive subjects such as her work for UNICEF, the BBC and Channel 4. Sanna has been producing award-winning campaigns in fashion, commercials, music videos and film over the last 10 years, through Parachute Film Studios in Barbados. ‘The moon child’ is Sanna’s drama and writing directorial debut; it won best experimental film at the LA International Short Film Festival, making it the first Caribbean film to ever win at the festival, as well as winning the prestigious Jean Rouch award for the American Society for Visual Anthropology. Sanna is currently developing ‘The Bajan detective’, a streaming series.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Borom Taxi Argentina 2021 documentary feature 61 PG Mountakha is a Senegalese migrant and a newcomer to Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Dakar he used to work as a truck driver and he tries to get the same job in this new city too. In the meantime, while working as a street vendor, he wonders if his destiny might be tied to acting. Some of his new friends have a special bond with cinema. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Andrés Guerberoff";s:9:"biography";s:286:"Andrés Guerberoff is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has made experimental short films and some of his works can be found at permanent exhibitions at Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken and Museo Lumiton. His first feature film, ‘Borom Taxi’ premiered at Visions du Réel in 2021.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Plan LMNOP United States of America 2022 narrative short 6 14+ All is fine and dandy on Jo and Rashaad’s first day living together – until a condom breaks. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Halima Lucas";s:9:"biography";s:863:"Halima Lucas is an LA-based writer/director from Stockton, California. Her short, ‘Amelia’s Closet’ was a finalist for the 43rd Student Academy Awards and won the 2017 American Black Film Festival HBO Short Film Award. Following the success of her film, Halima was selected for Ryan Murphy's Half Initiative TV Director Shadowing programme, as well as the Break The Room fellowship, where she helped develop and write the webseries East of La Brea, which was produced by Paul Feig’s Powderkeg, premiered at SXSW in 2019, and won at UrbanWorld Film Festival. She was then selected for the 2018-2019 Nickelodeon Writing Program and ultimately landed a development deal on a live-action multi-cam project. Currently, she’s a story editor/producer on Marvel’s ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,’ and continues to develop shows and make films for all ages.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Perspektiva (Perspective) Curaçao 2022 narrative short 19 PG Unbeknownst to him, a family man’s job is in danger due to his poor performance at work. Will the help of his best friend make the situation better? a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Rovendley Welvaart";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Rovendley Welvaart is a filmmaker from Curaçao. He makes short films that can nspire and encourage human beings. In 2015 his documentary, ‘Press on Marelly’, won best short documentary at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2020 he was assistant director for the Netflix film, ‘Bulado’, which also won the "Gouden Kalf" at the Netherlands International Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
Le Corps de la Ville en Martinique (The Body of the City in Martinique) Martinique 2021 documentary featurette 52 PG-13 A danced documentary stroll within the natural landscapes and architectural heritage of the Martinique. ‘Le corps de la ville en Martinique’ seeks to elucidate Martinique’s profound, rich and complex identity, through the universal dialogue between image and moving bodies in space. a:1:{i:0;s:153:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nicolas Habas";s:9:"biography";s:173:"Nicolas Habas is a scriptwriter and director. He is particularly interested in the tensions between reality and imagination, society and intimacy, geography and territories.";s:10:"photograph";s:150:"";}} 1
Boy Blue United Kingdom 2022 narrative short 14 14+ 1985 Bermondsey. Seated in his Austin Allegro, cassette tape vendor Boy Blue waits to receive the in-demand recording of the Saxon versus Coxone sound system clash which took place the night before at the legendary People’s club venue. His contact Fredrick has promised to deliver the hottest tape of the year. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Richard Thomas";s:9:"biography";s:355:"As a child, Richard Thomas loved the experience of cinema, film, radio and television. As a filmmaker, he has also drawn on his past experiences working for filmmakers such as Thomas Napper, Shane Meadows and Jonas Akerlund. He has a (BA) Hons in animation, communication and media history from Goldsmiths, University of London and University of The Arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Cordialmente Teus (Cordially Yours) Brazil 2022 narrative feature 94 14+ Ten stories or one. Ten moments in the timeline: 1972, 1999, 1550, 2083, 1891, 2012, 1618, and the same reality: violence giving the final face to relations in Brazil. A slave revolt on a coffee plantation, the torture of a Native, the kidnapping of an ambassador, Jews hiding from the Inquisition, a tortured woman who sees her torturer in the audience to whom she tells of the crime committed by him, father and son talking during the second World War, a widow who lost everything in the Encilhada and is forced to marry and lose her freedom. a:1:{i:0;s:110:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Aimar Labaki";s:9:"biography";s:331:"Aimar Labaki is a director, playwright, translator, author of novels and essayist. He wrote the telenovela ‘Paixões Probidas’ (a Portuguese-Brazilian production, RTP /Band) and the script for ‘500 años: Mostra do Redescobrimento’, directed by André Klotzel. ‘Cordially Yours’ is his first feature film as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
Bougie Banton Jamaica 2021 narrative short 7 All Ages Jamaicans may be highly favoured but that doesn’t always make life easy. Web Series ‘Highly Favored’ follows Winter, a Jamaican creative navigating the highs and lows of life as an artist in Los Angeles. In ‘Bougie Banton’, a job interview takes an unexpected turn when Winter’s potential employer turns out to be obsessed with Jamaica. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Summer Eldemire";s:9:"biography";s:327:"Summer Eldemire is a Jamaican actor, director and writer whose work peels back the layers of Jamaica, the world’s favourite island. She wrote, directed and starred in Caribbean webseries ‘Highly Favored’, which encapsulates the Jamaican and diaspora experience from the perspective of Winter, an LA based Jamaican artist.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Camopi One French Guiana 2022 documentary featurette 53 PG ‘Camopi One’ is an island documentary at the crossroads of borders. In Camopi, a village opposite Brazil in French Guiana which is only accessible by the Oyapock River, the low, thick and piercing sounds of tule clarinets – the main musical instruments of the Waypi Amerindians and the foundation of their culture – resonate. Music and image are weaved in a multi-voiced narrative, where generations and civilizations confront each other. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Laure Subreville";s:9:"biography";s:414:"Laure Subreville is a video artist, visual artist and director who lives and works between Bordeaux and Lyon, France. A 2017 graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, she spent a year at Le Pavillon, an international creative residency in Bordeaux where she was able to work with Ange Leccia to develop a project around a collective of men wrestling. ‘Camopi One’ is her documentary directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Da Boca da Noite à Barra do Dia (Dusk Till Dawn) Brazil 2021 documentary short 18 PG-13 In Pernambuco’s Zona da Mata, dreams and reality blend. Among the sugarcane fields, the colour, the dance, the theatre, and the music reveal a not-so-distant past, which raise questions about the present, and shine a light on the future challenges of a game that begins at night and ends at daybreak. a:1:{i:0;s:123:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Tiago Delácio";s:9:"biography";s:484:"Director Tiago Delácio, specialised in documentary filmmaking at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de Santo Antonio de los Baños (Cuba). He has directed several films, including ‘Cinema Na Praça’ (2003); ‘Meio Caminho Andado’ (2003); ‘La espera’ (2003); ‘Aurora’ (2004); ‘Primeiro de Maio’ (2016). He has also worked as an assistant director on features such as ‘Amarelo Manga’ by Claudio Assis and ‘A história da Eternidade’ by Camilo Cavalcante.";s:10:"photograph";s:127:"";}} 1
My Maxi Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 4 No Rating Marcus is inspired to seek a closer relationship with his outspoken mother and oblivious father. He makes several attempts to reach them during their daily routine, looking for the right opportunity to have a needed but casual chat about his sexual-orientation and journey of self-identity. Eventually, he musters the courage and has a breakthrough. However things take a turn when his over-enthusiastic father takes his new relationship with his son to a whole other level… a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andrei Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:197:"Andrei is a fun-loving storyteller from Trinbago. He works on diverse projects and maintains an ethnographic approach to story-telling, paying especially strong tribute to our West-Indian heritage.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
La Otra Naranja (Another Orange) Dominican Republic 2021 narrative short 10 14+ In a Santo Domingo neighbourhood, a man is about to commit an unforgivable crime. Multiple events will collide. A middle-aged woman walks home from the supermarket; a fruit seller chants Christian words as he rides his loaded tricycle; the suspect drives desperately in the direction of his target. a:1:{i:0;s:114:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Johnattan Baez";s:9:"biography";s:765:"Johnattan Baez is a Dominican film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. He studied film and creative writing at Western Michigan University, with additional studies at Charles University in Prague. Baez previously earned a degree in Multimedia from Las Americas Institute of Technology, in the Dominican Republic. His projects in development include both, feature films and short films. As a video producer and editor, Baez has been able to collaborate remotely with a large variety of international clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and P&G, to startups, business leaders and solopreneurs. In 2021 he founded Cinergetik, a production company which aims to develop a sustainable system for mass production of quality short films.";s:10:"photograph";s:112:"";}} 1
Salgá (Salted) Curaçao 2022 narrative short 23 PG-13 It seemed like it would be just another average day, but that quickly changed. Nobody knows who did it, but Jacqueline, a local journalist, is determined to figure it out. Together with her cameraman, they set off to find out who’s behind the scream that was so loud it sounded like it circled the earth at least three times. Jacqueline interviews several witnesses, and they each tell a different story. At the end of the day, gossip is just like salt; it’s in everything! a:2:{i:0;s:89:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:33:"Tittel Del Mar + Aïshah Granviel";s:9:"biography";s:749:"Aïshah Granviel attended Instituto Buena Bista (IBB), Curaçao's centre for contemporary art, and in 2019 she co-directed the film ‘Salgá’ (‘Salted’). This was Aïshah's first experience of filmmaking. She is currently studying both Fine Art and Arts and Culture Studies in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She hopes that the knowledge she gains from her cultural studies course will reinforce her practice as an artist. Tittel Del Mar was born in Curaçao in 1990. Also, an alumna of IBB, she continued her studies at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Tittel is a full-time creative and has been working in the film industry for many years, doing research, producing, and now making her debut as (co)director of ‘Salgá’ (Salted).";s:10:"photograph";s:124:"";}} 1
Meu Nome É Saudade (My Name Is Nostalgia) Brazil 2021 narrative short 4 All Ages The coronavirus pandemic surprises the world. Film students are isolated on a farm in the interior of Cuba because of the virus. ‘My Name Is Nostalgia’ invites us into the experience of quarantine, from the farewells and sadness of an interrupted dream. a:1:{i:0;s:124:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Ana Graziela Aguiar";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Ana Graziela Aguiar has worked as a journalist at TV Brasil for over thirteen years. She holds a postgraduate degree in audiovisual production from the Estácio de Sá University and also in Human Rights and Ethnic-Social issues from the Unyleya University. She holds a master's degree in documentary filmmaking from Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, EICTV, in Cuba.";s:10:"photograph";s:127:"";}} 1
Fragments of Carnival Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary short 4 All Ages Set on a university campus in The Netherlands, a group of students participate in a mask-making workshop In which they are introduced to Carnival in Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago. The masks featured embody their interpretation of Carnival as a form of resistance against systems of oppression. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kristof West";s:9:"biography";s:277:"Kristof West is a recent graduate of The University of Utrecht in The Netherlands where he completed a bachelor's degree in Media and Performance Studies. West is a budding creative director and filmmaker who aims to transport the world to Trinidad and Tobago through his work.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
Flotando en el Río del Tiempo (Floating in the River of Time) Cuba 2022 documentary short 13 All Ages ‘Floating in the river of time’ (‘Flotando en el río del tiempo’) is a meditative observation of the poetry present in the world of Pedrito – an elderly man of the mountains and relic of a time that no longer exists – while he comes to an understanding of his physical mortality and becomes aware of his spiritual immortality. a:1:{i:0;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Amir Aether Valen";s:9:"biography";s:898:"Amir Aether Valen is a writer, director and photographer who works primarily within non-fiction storytelling. While studying at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Amir's student film, ‘Who I say I am’ won the Best Trinidad & Tobago Short Documentary Film award, as well as the United Nations award for Best Emerging Documentary Filmmaker. In 2020 Amir graduated from Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in Cuba after specialising in Documentary Film Direction. He has made over 15 short films across Cuba including, ‘The whisper of the leaves’, which had its world premiere at Sheffield DocFest in 2021. Amir has been a lecturer at the UWI since 2022. He is also an education facilitator at the Living Water Community - Ministry for Migrants and Refugees, and produces commercial creative content through his production company, Elements of Mental Zen Productions Ltd.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
The Heartbeat of the City Jamaica 2021 documentary short 24 PG-13 Downtown Kingston, is the epicentre of trade, commerce and culture in Jamaica’s capital. The city has seen many comings and goings but the one constant has been the push cart! Transporting goods, fruit, food, materials and services, not many think of how important they are; and the men who make them, repair them, rent them and take care of them; and the women who make a living from these said Pushcarts. If they stop, Downtown stops, Kingston stops! a:2:{i:0;s:102:"";i:1;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ryan Eccleston";s:9:"biography";s:603:"Ryan Eccleston is an award winning photographer/ filmmaker from Kingston, Jamaica. He is an alumnus of The Art Institute Of Fort Lauderdale where he studied filmmaking, broadcasting and photography. Eccleston’s work has been shown at the United Nations HQ; in Trinidad & Tobago, Greece, Art Basel Miami, Switzerland and Jamaica. Due to his father's job working with the United Nations, Ryan spent most of his life travelling and living in several countries including the USA , Egypt and Israel. This nomadic childhood allowed him to see and experience different cultures, this bred a curiosity in him.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Eyes and Horns Korea 2021 narrative short 6 14+ ‘Eyes and Horns’ is an exploration of masculinity which begins with the Minotaur, a mythical creature Picasso used to portray himself in his etching print series. The Minotaur goes through a violent struggle between being male and female. Finally, the lines blur and the boundaries of sexes disappear. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Chaerin Im";s:9:"biography";s:463:"Born in Seoul, Korea, Chaerin Im is an experimental filmmaker with a focus on animation. Through craftsmanship and distinctive materials, she explores gender issues and sexual imagery. She is a graduate of Seoul National University’s Visual Communication Design programme and has an MFA from CalArts Experimental Animation. Her films have competed in festivals such as Annecy, Ann Arbor, Animafest Zagreb, DOK Leipzig, Ottawa, Vienna Shorts, Slamdance and GLAS.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Sorrow’s Kitchen Barbados 2021 short 13 PG Sorrow’s Kitchen begins with a sleep deprived creative (Sid), who slips in and out of the same dream over and over again, until he’s unable to differentiate between what is “reality” and what is the “dream”. The concept of the dream being and the blurring of reality portray what it means to the child of the diaspora to have a connection with his ancestors, who speak to him, watch over him and guide him. As real as if they were flesh and blood. The conflict Sid feels about the uncertainty of his dreams mirrors the block, the cultural disconnect, many children of the diaspora experience. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ryan Wilfred";s:9:"biography";s:444:"Ryan Wilfred is a Director, Producer and Writer born in Barbados, to St Lucian and Guyanese parents. He holds an MA in Directing from the London Film School and an associates degree in Literature. His work focuses on the beauty and grace of our collective spiritual Caribbean traditions. "I want to tell stories that may have been forgotten and unearth narratives that may have been buried deeply from our very rich traditions of oral history."";}} sorrowskitchen 1
Espectro (Spectre) Brazil 2022 narrative short 20 PG Fábio, a 12 year old boy, discovers a wishing well in a forest near his house. There he has a series of mysterious encounters with his long dead father. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:37:"Thiago Rosestolato + Raul Paiva Mello";s:9:"biography";s:892:"Thiago Rosestolato is a Brazilian filmmaker, director, screenwriter and film producer. He has worked as an assistant director on the TV series, ‘A Dona da Banca’ and the feature film ‘A Colônia’. In 2019, he was curator of the screenplay contest of ROTA (Audiovisual Screenplay Festival). He directed, produced and scripted the clips ‘Não é Não’ and ‘Nós é Rico’, both by funk artist Mc Vraa, and ‘Ocê Oceano’, by singer Anderson Primo, shown on MTV in 2020. He is passionate about cinema and creating stories that impact human beings and transform the world. Raul Paiva Mello is a Brazilian filmmaker, director and screenwriter. He directed and scripted the clips ‘Não é Não’, by funk artist Mc Vraa, and ‘Ocê Oceano’, by singer Anderson Primo, shown on MTV in 2020. He is also screenwriter at Globo, the biggest television station in Latin America.";s:10:"photograph";s:126:"";}} 1
Hierba la Sangre (Bloodroot) Cuba 2022 documentary short 23 PG-13 In 1961, the disappearance of ancestral medical practices was predicted as a consequence of the profound social and economic changes implemented by the Cuban Revolution. However, the strong economic crisis of the 1990s, known as the Special Period, pushed the Cuban government to consider green medicine to help mitigate the lack of western medicine. In 2021, the source of ancestral knowledge is kept alive through the universe of four characters and their relationship with nature. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Natalia Favre";s:9:"biography";s:606:"Natalia Favre is an Argentinian documentary photographer and filmmaker based between Cuba and Argentina. Her work focuses on social issues through the intersection of community and identity with a very intimate perspective. She worked for several years in the cinema industry where she learnt about the process of storytelling. That background gave her the skills to execute stories with a holistic approach and develop multimedia projects. Her work has been published widely including in Washington Post, National Geographic, Bloomberg News; her films have been shown in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and Spain.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Greta Mattei";s:9:"biography";s:332:"Greta Mattei is an Italian general doctor. She encountered the world of natural healing traditions in Brazil and specialises in Natural Medicine in Havana, Cuba. She believes in the importance of keeping traditional knowledge alive and integrating it into modern medical practice. ‘Bloodroot’ is her first film as a co-director.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}} 1
Crazy Dreams Jamaica 2022 narrative short 21 All Ages ‘Crazy Dreams’ is a moving musical about a young girl’s journey to overcome grief and sorrow in pursuit of her dreams of becoming a Broadway performer. When Liana is presented with the life-changing opportunity to audition for an Off-Broadway play, she must overcome the self-doubt, grief and guilt she has struggled with since the Covid-death of her beloved mother, so that she can earn her spot on stage. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lee-San Gayle";s:9:"biography";s:304:"Lee-San Gayle is in her final year of pursuing a BA in Film Production at CARIMAC, UWI, Mona. In the past three years, she has produced, edited and directed short films, commercials, television interviews and music videos, working closely with local production companies and other creative professionals.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
La Balada de los Cuervos (The Ballad of the Crows) Dominican Republic 2022 narrative feature 95 16+ Pablo is a young priest who, for his revolutionary and rebellious ideals, is sent from Mexico by the Holy See, to a border town between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Desolate, dusty and forgotten. Here Pablo meets a beautiful and young prostitute nicknamed La Puchis. The discovery of a network of human trafficking and corruption unleashes a series of events and conflicts that will cast doubt on his principles, his votes and his credibility, leading him to a life or death fight. a:1:{i:0;s:118:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Tony Bacigaluppe Pérez";s:9:"biography";s:453:"Tony Bacigaluppe Pérez is a graduate of the film school of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. He has produced and directed several commercials and corporate documentaries for well-known brands and companies. He is the producer of the documentary ‘That Spring of 65’, which was awarded the national fund FONPROCINE 2015 and selected by the international project development workshops ISLAB Puerto Rico and Nuevas Miradas 2015, Havana, Cuba.";s:10:"photograph";s:137:"";}} 1
25 Frames United States of America 2022 narrative short 13 All Ages ‘25 Frames’ is the story of a young Haitian girl, Eli, who recently immigrated to the United States and is struggling to integrate into her new community. One day, she meets a fellow broken-hearted-girl, Fatimah, and they explore their neighbourhood and sharpen their photographic voices together. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Lunise Cerin";s:9:"biography";s:896:"Lunise Cerin is a queer, Haitian-American filmmaker. Most of her work resides on the imaginary border between the US and the Caribbean. She loves to tell stories of black people’s pursuit of self expression, liberation and love. After receiving her BS in sociology, with a minor in photography from Saint Joseph’s University, Cerin married her love of people and images by pivoting to film. In 2012 Cerin moved to Los Angeles where she began her career as a content producer at the SVOD platform Black&Sexy TV. In 2019 she worked as a location producer for Le Mancelinier video essay by David Hart funded by the Pew Foundation, and is currently working as Editor and Story producer for her second feature documentary film, The Battle for Haiti. Cerin is an MFA candidate in Columbia University's Screenwriting MFA program, where she was admitted with the Bridges Larson Foundation Fellowship.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Mayok (Bitter Cassava) Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary short 11 All Ages An elderly Creole woman makes cassava flour in a traditional way. With hopes of finding the large, ‘pwelon’ pot her father once used, she journeys into her village, only to find many changes there. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Cassandra Joseph";s:9:"biography";s:97:"Cassandra Joseph is an avid film-maker who is inspired by family, culture, history and tradition.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Vincent Lopez";s:9:"biography";s:92:"Vincent Lopez is A professional videographer and photographer with a natural eye for images.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nnamdi Hodge";s:9:"biography";s:146:"Nnamdi Hodge is a language teacher, researcher and writer who is dedicated to documenting the French Creole/Patois culture in Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"";}} 1
Husek Argentina 2021 narrative feature 90 PG The way in which the territory is inhabited by the indigenous cultures of the Gran Chaco generates community movements close to the forest and the river – sources of life. The government is planning a new territorial order with popular houses and the displacement of wichí families to the new urban periphery. Ana is the architect in charge of the project. Valentino is the chief of his community and with his grandson Leonel they will try to mediate what they consider to be a cultural outrage. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Daniela Seggiaro";s:9:"biography";s:414:"Daniela Seggiaro was born in northern Argentina. She studied film at the University of Buenos Aires, and since then has been working on projects that bring her closer to the indigenous world, documentation, film experimentation and collaborations with other artistic languages. Her first fiction feature film ‘Nosilatiaj. Beauty’ (2012) opened at the Berlinale and received international and local recognition.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Cache-Cache (Hide and Seek) Guadeloupe 2021 narrative short 13 PG Mama starts a game of hide and seek with her grandchildren. But after searching everywhere to find them, she begins to worry. But is it really her grandchildren that Mama is looking for? a:2:{i:0;s:102:"";i:1;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Olivier Kancel";s:9:"biography";s:386:"Olivier Kancel was born in Guadeloupe. He trained as a director in Lyon, returning to Guadeloupe after making his first 52-minute documentary ‘Caribbean’, broadcast by Lyon television. Back in Guadeloupe, he opened his production house KOPROD. He has directed and produced films such as ‘Ah, si j'étais parisien…’ and ‘Ma montagne’ ‘Ma justice’ and ‘Cache-cache’.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
A Brief Record of My Father’s Time at Sea Canada 2021 documentary feature 67 All Ages Canadian filmmaker Jeanette Kong weaves together the strands of her Jamaican-Chinese identity as she recounts her father’s immigration journey—from China to Jamaica—and then eventually to Toronto, Canada. Drawing on her dad Keith Kong’s eloquent journal writing, and connecting with family around the globe, the filmmaker paints a deeply honest portrait of the Hakka migration experience. Why brave the hardships of immigration, not once, but twice in a single lifetime? Part personal memoir and part archival history, this is a story of courage, resilience and sacrifice: a daughter’s loving tribute to her immigrant father and to her Hakka heritage. Central to the film’s artistry are its journal sections: first-person accounts written by Keith Kong during his immigration journey. Narrated in the Hakka dialect, these chapters reveal a richly crafted collage of vintage footage, photos and graphics set to music. Inspired by her father’s words, the filmmaker travels to several far-flung places to reconnect with extended family and the legacy of her father’s choices is revealed. Intricately woven, the film presents a tapestry of history, culture and connections. a:1:{i:0;s:118:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeanette Kong";s:9:"biography";s:1225:"Jeanette Kong is a Jamaican-born, Chinese-Canadian documentary producer and director based in Toronto. Her most recent feature A Brief Record of My Father’s Time at Sea details her dad’s intimate account of his immigrant journey from China to Jamaica in 1949 and then Canada. It had its broadcast premiere in Canada on TVO. Recently, it was nominated for Research at the Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival. This is the fourth film by Kong about the Chinese-Jamaican diaspora and the fourth to screen at ttff. Her feature debut Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China screened at ttff/14. The documentary aired on PBS, The Africa Channel and FLOW. It won the ReelChoice Award at the 2015 ReelWorld Film Festival. Her short films, Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son and The Chiney Shop premiered in the Caribbean at ttff/13 and ttff/12, respectively. In 2014, they were chosen to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Chinese to Jamaica at the Institute of Jamaica. In 2022, she was selected to participate in the inaugural EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) On Demand Program run by the NSI (National Screen Institute). Currently, she has a slate of projects in development.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
AH! Hard Rain United Kingdom 2022 documentary featurette 30 No Rating ‘Come on Fish, sing to me.’ Ah! Hard Rain, an Art film: A story of aspiration, greed and shattered dreams told through the memories of a survivor [a fisherman]. The film takes us on a visually stunning journey into the ebb and flow of daily lives of a tiny [imagined] coastal village. The film travels through various stunning landscapes, Oceans and timelines, laces it with mesmeric cultural myth and costumes which emanates out of the characters and fills the air and screen with pure profound beauty to reveal the villagers in the fullness of their life; life before disaster. In the film we used Trinidad & Tobago traditional Mas characters, these characters were used in a new context to drive the visual narrative; they are the Moko Jumbie, Sailor, La Diablesse and Jab. Every day, we see images of people in the desolateness and the tragedy of their lives, as they flee poverty, war and environmental devastation in tiny boats on the vast Ocean. This is not an isolated incident, all through history people have taken and continue to take to the Ocean fleeing poverty, wars, religious persecution from all parts of the world, including Europe. Ah! Hard Rain explores this ongoing tragedy using film, dance and digital technology to create a powerful and evocative Art-film. ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna fall.’ -Bob Dylan. ‘It is better to die trying than not try at all.’ a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Greta Mendez";s:9:"biography";s:1505:"Greta Mendez is an international award-winning director, producer, choreographer, former dancer and carnivalist who has shaped contemporary British performance for over forty years. She was the first Trinidadian to dance with the Scottish Ballet and the first black woman to direct a contemporary dance company in the UK. Based in London, Greta specialises in performance art, movement and theatre that embodies a strong social agenda. Recurrent themes throughout her work include migration, diaspora, identity, otherness, common ground and the relationship between ‘developed’ nations and the so-called ‘third world’. Greta has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career. In 2012, Greta was recognised by the Trinidad and Tobago government for outstanding Achievement in Arts. Her last film, Kashmir’s Ophelia (2012), a sharp allegory that provided a commentary on the violation of human rights in Kashmir’s most heavily militarised zones, won an honourable mention at the 2013 International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration & Equality, as well as a Platinum Award at the 2013 Documentary & Short International Movie Award. Greta’s individual and collaborative work has taken her to Germany, Italy, Greece, Indonesia, China, India, Kashmir, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA. In the UK, her work has been shown and performed in leading British arts institutions such as The Royal Opera House, National Theatre, The Lyceum, Hackney Empire, Bristol Old Vic and the Arnolfini.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Shantaye’s World Saint Lucia 2022 narrative feature 120 PG-13 Shantaye Anderson is bold, black, beautiful, intelligent, and passionate about love. Born in rural St. Lucia during post-colonial times, she struggles to process the loss of a mother who passed away hours after bringing her into the world. She finds consolation in her loving grandmother, Mam Lucess, who tries to equip her for the world and her father, Edson Anderson, does his best to care for Shantaye after the passing of his wife. However, when he remarries, the young girl is suddenly exposed to the jealous wrath of an unreasonable stepmother. Her life changes forever when she falls in love with Jean Claude Le Marche. He is the handsome son of the community’s white doctor, a charismatic young man who promises to love her ‘til death. All hell breaks loose when Shantaye’s family and the community folk realise the pair are in love. To save Shantaye from making what he believes is a grave mistake, Edson sends her an England, still reeling from World War II. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Mathurine Emmanuel";s:9:"biography";s:833:"One of twelve children, Mathurine Emmanuel was born and raised in St. Lucia. She began her acting career when she was eight years old. She would write short scripts and perform in the yards of the sick and aged to entertain. Her performances were always rewarded with coins which she would take home to her hardworking mother. When she turned sixteen, Mathurine started teaching in her hometown and began exploring the possibility of using drama as a tool for teaching kids who were afraid of subjects such as Mathematics. After teaching in the public school system for several years, she was asked to produce a short film in collaboration with the Substance Abuse Secretariat in St. Lucia as part of an HIV Prevention programme. The films have received acclaim within the Caribbean region, the United Kingdom, and the United States.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Crossing Over Trinidad and Tobago 58 No Rating Trinidadian Calypso musician, Lancelot Layne, visits Ghana in Africa, the land of his ancestors, for the first time. Together with Ghanaian Highlife musician, Koo Nimo, they explore the roots of Highlife. The rhythms of the people in the villages, of Koo Nimo and his musicians, the music, the markets, the brass bands and masqueraders, set up reverberations for the Trinidadian that reach far back into his New World experience. When Koo Nimo visits Lance in Trinidad to experience the music of Trinidad and particularly the Calypso, he meets the legendary Lord Kitchener, Grandmaster of the Calypso, sings and plays with the world’s greatest steelpan player, is welcomed by practitioners of the ancient West African Orisha religion and explores the influence of East Indian music on modern Trinidadian music. Directed by Trinidadian, Christopher Laird, and Ghanaian, Nii Bampoe Addo, this unique South-South co-production, Crossing Over, begins to bridge a gap of history between Africa and the Caribbean which has never before been explored. 1
#BlackBoyJoyGone United Kingdom 2022 documentary short 25 14+ #BlackBoyJoyGone (#BBJG) is a BFI Doc Society funded hybrid documentary by and for black men. It explores mental health, sexual trauma and finding strength through brotherhood. Blending interviews, poetry, dance and storytelling, the film captures the lives, realities, and the hopeful perspectives of men in the North, the Midlands and London in the United Kingdom. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ashley Karrell";s:9:"biography";s:604:"Ashley Karrell is an award-winning artist in film, photography, theatre and visual art with a career spanning over 20 years. He has produced a broad spectrum of work that includes visual art, commercial and experimental video productions and mass participation pieces across and outside of the UK. His name is well known for the film and documentary of Geraldine Connor’s epic masterpiece ‘Carnival Messiah’, which debuted at the Leeds International Film Festival 2017. Its West Indies premier was at the trinidad+tobago film festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:121:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Isaac Ouro-Gnao";s:9:"biography";s:891:"Isaac Ouro-Gnao is a Togolese-British multidisciplinary artist and freelance journalist. He creates empathetic and thought-provoking work rooted in traditional African realism, magical realism, and Africanfuturism. His impact in the dance world has been multifaceted; working as a performer, voice artist, scriptwriter, and marketer for esteemed dance theatre artists and companies. Credits include award-winning ‘Family Honour’ (2018) by Spoken Movement; Olivier award-winning ‘BLKDOG’ (2018) by Far From The Norm; sold-out solo ‘The Oreo Complex’ (2018). His writing has appeared in the form of features, reviews, and poetry in publications such as Lolwe, The Stage, A Younger Theatre, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, and more. Isaac is a member of Body Politic’s board of directors and is a mental health advocate through Mind charity’s Young Black Men steering group.";}} 1
Irmãos de Tinta (Ink brothers) Brazil 2022 documentary short 8 PG To confront the extreme right wing in Brazil, Atelier Arte Livre uses art for political activations in the outskirts of São Paulo. From this work a duo was born; they paint with four hands, in a process of reciprocal learning through the exchange of life and art experiences. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Marta Nehring";s:9:"biography";s:338:"Marta Nehring has a master’s in literary theory and doctorate in cinema (University of São Paulo); professor of screenwriting at Unicamp, AIC and FAAP. She has won awards multiple awards for her documentaries and screenplays. She has collaborated on the soap operas ‘Ti-ti-ti’ ; ‘Sangue Bom’ and ‘A Lei do Amor’ (TV Globo).";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
Ajenos a la Paz (Strangers to Peace) Colombia 2021 87 PG-13 Three former child soldiers face retribution, anxiety, and danger as they attempt to rebuild their lives after leaving the FARC guerrilla army and the bloody Colombian conflict. ‘Strangers to Peace’ intimately captures the personal stories of Dayana, the market vendor navigating her new identity as a trans woman; Ricardo, the young father secretly clinging to his communist ideology; and Alexandra, the indigenous child soldier, who was forced to leave her family behind in the Amazon. Their stories are told through the lens of filmmaker Laura Angel, who herself was a victim of FARC violence. a:1:{i:0;s:111:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:34:"Laura Angel Rengifo + Noah DeBonis";s:9:"biography";s:248:"Laura Angel Rengifo and Noah DeBonis are husband and wife filmmakers. Their work has been supported by the Television Academy, Sundance Institute, Bogotá Audiovisual Market, and film festivals. ‘Strangers to peace’ is their first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:139:"";}} 1
Depois Quando (Later When) Brazil 2022 narrative short 14 No Rating “Scientists warn Bluetooth headphones may carry cancer risks”. This headline sends a young, middle-class man from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil into a moral dilemma. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Johnny Massaro";s:9:"biography";s:401:"With extensive experience as an actor, Johnny Massaro has acted in feature films, telenovelas, several tv series and plays in Brazil. He has worked with notorious Brazilian directors and performers such as Selton Mello, Luiz Fernando Carvalho, José Eduardo Belmonte, Monique Gardenberg, Carol Jabor and Jeferson De. As a producer and director, he will soon debut his first feature, ‘The Kitchen’.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}} 1
Wozo Haiti 2021 narrative feature 62 14+ Boris is a journalist who lives alone with his daughter, Lina. When his boss asks him to go to Haiti to report on the elections, he is driven back into his past life – which he will try to share with his daughter to help explain to her where she comes from. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Thibaut Monnier";s:9:"biography";s:735:"After completing a master's degree in journalism at the University of Brussels, Thibaut Monnier worked as a reporter for local TV stations in Belgium. He trained in editing in the film company 'Four Corners' in The Netherlands. In 2013, he was hired as a visual communications officer by the United Nations Development Program in Haiti. He developed the visual identity of the organisation by producing video/photo reports of projects in the field. He won the 1st innovation prize awarded by the United Nations for reports highlighting the impact of innovative projects on the ground. Shocked by the repeated failures of the UN in Haiti, he quit the UN at the end of 2015 to share this experience by making his first movie, ‘Wozo’.";}} 1
Race Today United Kingdom 2021 documentary feature 65 PG ‘Race Today’ tells the untold story of Black Britain’s political journal, featuring the members behind it. Produced by Wayne G Saunders, a filmmaker who was born at when the Race Today journal was establishing itself as a serious political voice in the black community. The film features heroes such as the late Darcus Howe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Farrukh Dhondy, Leila Hassan, Jean Ambrose and many more who speak candidly about their lives and what the future looks like for the youth of today. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Wayne G Saunders";s:9:"biography";s:518:"Wayne G Saunders is an award winning filmmaker (ProductionBase, BBC & ITN, PAFF, African Movie Academy Awards Finalist) who has been focusing on social transformation through media forms such as film television and photography since 1995. Saunders has worked on several pioneering movies, such as ‘Greatness’, ‘The Perfect Girl’, ‘Caught Up The System’ and ‘Nothing less’. He features in the British Film Institute book Teaching Black Cinema as well as The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Chee$e Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative feature 105 16+ Way down the island countryside (or “Behind God’s Back”, as the locals call it)… Tired of monotonous village life, Skimma dreams of seeing something different. But notwithstanding his constant complaints about his small village, after receiving the news that he has gotten Rebecca pregnant, Skimma comes up with a plan. Taking advantage of skills honed alongside a tourist man cheesemaker, Skimma embraces a new profession: the village weed supplier. It quickly becomes evident that everyone wants what he’s selling – even local Rastaman Osiris. Skimma is faced with making some money to provide for his new child and keeping his business out of reach of the law. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Damian Marcano ";s:9:"biography";s:400:"Damian Marcano’s career began shooting shorts in the islands: 'The Little Boy and the Ball', 'Giants’, and ‘Heart of a monster’. His feature, award-winning film, ‘God loves the fighter’ racked up numerous prizes worldwide, which set him on a path to directing Hollywood titles including HBO’s ‘Winning Time: The Rise of The Lakers Dynasty’, and FX’s ‘Snowfall’, to name a few.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Ras Shorty I Special Trinidad and Tobago 1988 30 No Rating On the 9 June 1988 a gayelle team of Director, Christopher Laird, interviewer, Mark Lyndersay, and a crew of Suzanne Wood, Walt Lovelace, Karen Martinez and Edward Arthur, supported by music producer, Joe Brown, travelled to Piparo in central Trinidad to spend the day with Ras Shorty I and his family on their land. The result was a revelation to all present. Ras Shorty I spoke of his invention of Soca and his subsequent musical journey. The family joined him in demonstrating the Jamoo songs that they would be presenting at the subsequent Queen’s Hall Concert. This Gayelle Special presented by Christopher Pinheiro is a unique portrait of Ras Shorty I and a fascinating snapshot of ‘The Love Circle’ caught in 1988. 1
Islam Island Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 6 No Rating The attempted coup d’etat of July 27, 1990 represents a deep rupture for the filmmaker along with many of the children who belonged to the Jamaat Al Muslimeen community. It signalled an end to life as they knew it. Nimah wrote ‘Islam island’ in January 2021 and decided to create a visual for the poem as a way to bring it to life. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Nimah Muwakil-Zakuri";s:9:"biography";s:572:"Nimah Muwakil-Zakuri is an art historian by profession. Her studies and professional path have led to the field of museum management and curation. Nimah held the post of curator of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, before moving to her current role as curator of the Central Bank Museum. In addition to her work with museums, Nimah's other interests revolve around exploring aspects of her childhood, history, and past, through visual practices such as painting, writing, and film in an effort to confront and heal personal and community traumas.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Engage Earth United States of America 2021 art short 2 No Rating Animation piece developed for Engage Earth, a short documentary that takes a look inside Brazilian artist, Denise Milan and her ongoing work with stones leading to an impactful art programme in Heliópolis, one of the largest favelas in the Americas located outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Yijun Wang";s:9:"biography";s:517:"Yijun Wang graduated from Zhejiang University of Media and Communication with a bachelor's degree, and then got a master's degree at Pratt Institute, New York. She is committed to expressing the splendour of traditional Chinese culture and the spiritual meaning behind it through visual, dynamic art and animation. Her graduate work of Master's degree, Pangu, has won awards at several international film festivals. She later collaborated with director James Choi to complete the animation part of ‘Engage Earth’.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Plexus Barbados 2021 art short 2 No Rating The limitations we have all experienced over the course of 2020 and 2021 added another layer to what it means to be confined, not only by shorelines and external expectations, but to the very narrow scope of our homes, minds and physical beings. ‘Plexus’ draws on intricately branching internal networks of vessels or nerves that connect to keep us operative and aligned. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Katherine Kennedy";s:9:"biography";s:1140:"Katherine Kennedy is a Barbadian cultural practitioner. She graduated with a BA in Creative Arts from Lancaster University, UK, and has exhibited locally, regionally and internationally. She currently works for the Fresh Milk Art Platform in Barbados as the communications and operations manager. Katherine's visual practice is heavily tied to a sense of place, using interplay between organic and inorganic materials and imagery to interrogate the spectrum of belonging and displacement in different environments or cultural contexts. She has undertaken projects and residencies at the Insituto Buena Bista, Curaçao; The Vermont Studio Center, USA; Casa Tomada, Brazil; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany; and Punch Creative Arena, Barbados. Her written work has been published with platforms such as Sugarcane Magazine and in Robert & Christopher Publishers’ A-Z of Caribbean Art. Her curatorial credits include the exhibition ‘Social Geometry: Expanded Drawing Practices by Barbadian Artists’ at the Queen’s Park Gallery, Barbados, and in 2021 she was selected as a fellow in the CCCADI Afro-Caribbean Art Curatorial Fellowship.";}} 1
And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Trinidad and Tobago 1992 47 No Rating Produced as part of the BBC/TVE Developing World series, Dish is a lively and entertaining sweep through the Caribbean looking at the effect of US television programming on local culture. Hosted by Gayelle hosts, Tony Hall and Errol Sitahal, Dish visits St. Lucia, Cuba and Miami. 1
The Rig Trinidad and Tobago 1983 narrative feature 83 No Rating The Anglophone Caribbean’s first ‘made for TV movie’. Written and directed by Derek Walcott, The Rig explores the impact of the oil discoveries off the East Coast of Trinidad on the village life of the area and the society of Trinidad & Tobago in general through a story of international intrigue and local fantasy. The main character, played by Maurice Brash, confused do-gooder and unwitting agent of multinational interests, finds himself in love and in conflict with Mayaro village girl – Joanne Kilgour – and her ‘ sort of ‘ boyfriend – John Isaacs – when he returns to Mayaro from University. 1
Every Other Week United States of America 2021 narrative short 11 PG Despite entering the session with an agenda, therapy doesn’t go as planned for Kevin when his counsellor announces their time together has run its course. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ryan Wagner";s:9:"biography";s:397:"Ryan Wagner is an award-winning writer/director from Chicago, USA. Ryan was semifinalist in the Screencraft Film Fund and most recently made it to the second round of the Sundance Writer's Lab. His work has been featured in film festivals around the world, and his most recent short film ‘Willy Goes Way Back!’ won 2nd Place for Best Short Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Grief, Loss and Bereavement United Kingdom 2022 documentary short 9 14+ ‘Grief, Loss and Bereavement’ spotlights the experiences of black, middle-aged women who have experienced grief and loss in the UK. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nicola Cross";s:9:"biography";s:446:"Nicola Zawadi Cross is a multi-award-winning, self-shooting feminist filmmaker with a lens on women. She was born in Tanzania, raised in Trinidad and Tobago and attended university in the UK. Since 2012, she has made films with and about women in Trinidad, the UK, Kenya, Tanzania and Myanmar. Nicola uses filmmaking as a tool for facilitating the women who tell their stories to empower themselves and to shift the dominant hegemonic narratives.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Egúngún (Masquerade) Nigeria 2021 narrative short 14 PG-13 In search of healing, a young woman returns home to Nigeria, the country of her birth. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Olive Nwosu";s:9:"biography";s:1047:"Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olive Nwosu is a BAFTA Pigott 2020 Scholar, Alex Sichel 2020 Fellow at Columbia University School of the Arts, and one of four ‘African Promises 2020’ directors selected by the Institut Français. Olive has written and directed two award-winning short films. ‘Troublemaker’ (2019), set in eastern Nigeria and featuring entirely non-actors, played in over 20 film festivals worldwide. The film received a 2020 National Board of Review Student Award, was nominated for ‘Best Short Film’ at Raindance, and toured France as a collection of African films curated by Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival. Olive’s second film, ‘Egúngún’ (‘Masquerade’) (2021) was commissioned by the British Council and British Film Institute for their MoreFilms4Freedom programme. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before going on to play at Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand and Hamptons International Film Festival, where it won Best Narrative Short 2021.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"";}} 1
Por Eso Vengo al Rio (That’s Why I Come to the River) Dominican Republic 2022 documentary feature 76 PG In the summer of 1982, Sintia flees the economic crisis in the Dominican Republic for the Middle East, looking for opportunity. Despite cultural and language barriers she meets Bashir, the love of her life to whom she marries and has a son, Ghassan. Despite the countless attacks in Syria, her family manages to survive in the midst of the bloodiest war in history. But they pay a high price – they get separated. 33 years later, seeking to reunite with her family, Sintia returns to the Dominican Republic. But it’s difficult for her to obtain the necessary papers for her husband (who is in Syria) and son (who is in Lebanon). Still, Sintia will not rest until her family is reunited. a:1:{i:0;s:127:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Fernando Blanco";s:9:"biography";s:391:"Fernando Blanco is Dominican director, producer and screenwriter. He is a graduate of the UASD Film School (Dominican Republic) and has a Master's degree in Script, Narrative and Audiovisual Creativity from the University of Seville (Spain). ¨That´s Why I Come to The River’ won the FONPROCINE Fund of Dominican Republic and the Primera Mirada Work In Progress competition at IFF Panama.";s:10:"photograph";s:120:"";}} 1
Madhu India 2022 narrative short 14 All Ages After years of being apart, Satakshi and Madhu – who went to school together – reunite on a night of festivities during the ‘Durga Pujo’ in Kolkata. As the night progresses, we find out that both of them have feelings for each other that they aren’t able to express. Their secrets are preserved in a notebook entry by Madhu from her school days, and a postcard that Satakshi sends Madhu six years from this night. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Tanmay Chowdhary";s:9:"biography";s:443:"Tanmay is a director and cinematographer whose work has been featured in MoMA, Rolling Stone and Vogue. He is a BAFTA Newcomer and he holds a MFA in Film and TV Production from the University of Southern California. His music video for Madam Gandhi received the Grand Jury at SXSW in 2020. His films have garnered recognition at IFFR, Slamdance, Camerimage, Palm Springs and Festival Du Nouveau Cinema among other international film festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Tanvi Chowdhary";s:9:"biography";s:320:"Tanvi is a writer and director best known for her award winning short ‘Binimoy’. Her films have played at international film festivals like KIFF, Trinidad+Tobago, COSAFF and Breakthroughs. She was awarded the best emerging filmmaker award at Through Women’s Eyes in Florida as well as at the Phoenix Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Ñaños Ecuador 2020 narrative short 15 18+ In the heart of Corona, Queens, two Ecuadorian siblings are placed at odds with each other when one reveals a sudden urge to leave their home. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emilio Subía";s:9:"biography";s:579:"Emilio Subía is an Ecuadorian writer, director and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. At 11 years old he received a DV camera as a birthday present and has been making films since then. He attended Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Boston University for film production. Now based in the USA, Emilio works as a freelance editor for documentaries and commercials. His work has received two Telly Awards, a Vimeo Staff Pick selection, and been nominated for an Imagen Award. In 2020 he was awarded the Emerging Creators scholarship by the National Association of Latino Producers.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
O Elemento Tinta (The Ink Element) Brazil 2022 documentary short 9 PG-13 The death of a graffiti tagger from covid-19 is the trigger for a group of graffiti taggers to unite to protest the federal government’s mismanagement of the pandemic. a:2:{i:0;s:116:"";i:1;s:116:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:29:"Luiz Maudonnnet + Iuri Salles";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Luiz Maudonnet is a photographer, cinematographer and director who seeks to explore the present and past of Brazilian territory to stimulate discussion about local culture and the construction of Brazilian cultural identity. Iuri Salles is a documentary filmmaker and producer whose work focuses on challenging themes, such as Cracolândia, pixação, organised crime and institutional violence.";s:10:"photograph";s:128:"";}} 1
Home Movie Tape Dominica 2022 art short 5 No Rating ‘Home Movie Tape’ is a short collage piece made in the tradition of home movies. It combines a collection of footage taken through the Covid pandemic in Dominica, with audio from interviews of the filmmaker’s friends on life, love, death, and having kids in these trying times. Loose in form, with the filmmaker’s own voice absent, the film invites the audience to draw their own conclusions. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Michael Lees";s:9:"biography";s:1174:"Michael Lees is a Dominican filmmaker and photographer whose work explores themes of connection – to nature, through time, between people and different studies of interest – in a search of the unified “whole”. Michael attended UNC Chapel Hill, where he spent the first half of his college career studying business at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, later switching his major from business to communication studies with a focus in media production. In 2020, Michael released his debut documentary, ‘Uncivilized’, which led him into the forests of Dominica, where he would face Hurricane Maria alone in a palm leaf and bamboo hut. The film premiered at ttff/19 and went on to screen at festivals including the Brooklyn Film Festival and The Pan-African Film Festival in LA. It won the Caribbean Spirit award in 2020 at the Barbados Independent Film Festival. Lees has written, shot, and edited for clients ranging from Billboard to UNICEF. He has exhibited his photography work at national exhibitions and was recently featured in the OECS exhibition Climate Change: An Eastern Caribbean Journey. Michael is a proud member of the Waitukubuli Artist Association.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Breathe the Night Canada 2022 narrative short 18 PG-13 Elisa finds herself in a challenging position: a new chapter of her life begins, but she must find her way through uncertainty. In a way she feels alone in Toronto, a city that although seemingly welcoming, she barely knows. But Elisa is also determined to take a daunting step, that of proving you can take care of something bigger than yourself. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Álvaro Girón";s:9:"biography";s:664:"Álvaro Girón is a Colombian/Canadian filmmaker. His work in film includes the writing and direction of the narrative short "Breathe the Night" (20), the documentary "The Names of Solidarity" (13), and the shorts "Still Life with Echo" (08) and "Bleiben" (06). Not only does he still believe there are yet-to-be-heard sounds in the plane most of us inhabit, he sets out to find them encroaching the daily cacophony, or alternatively tries to create them in a small makeshift lab where time always seems to look back. As Salvaged Media, he does freelance conceptualization, videography and sound recording for audiovisual promotional videos in Canada and Colombia.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
The Wound Is a Portal Trinidad and Tobago 2022 art short 11 No Rating In ‘The wound is a portal’, Gesiye uses Afro-diasporic healing modalities to address generational trauma and weave a mythology of land and personhood. Eight Black Trinidadians were invited to participate in a series of tattoos and conversations about connection to the island. Each tattoo correlates to a larger story, facilitating a reclamation of agency and acting as a portal to reconnection with self, each other and the land. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} 1
Beneath Us Canada 2022 narrative short 15 PG Rosa is an undocumented garment worker who spends her days stitching designer clothing. But an immigration raid of her factory sends her and her co-workers into hiding in the basement of the sweatshop. Complicating matters, Rosa’s five year old daughter Clara was with her, and the little girl’s asthma is becoming serious in the poorly ventilated underground space. As the authorities close in, Rosa tries to find a way to escape with her daughter. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Faisal Lutchmedial";s:9:"biography";s:695:"Faisal is a writer and director whose work has explored the themes of identity, the immigrant experience, and loss. Faisal directed the short “Useless Things” (2009) which won the Writers Guild of Canada English Script Prize at the Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal, the short Caribbean flavoured drama Mr. Crab (TTFF 2012), and the labour rights feature documentary My Cultural Divide (2006). As a screenwriter Faisal most recently wrote on Endlings (CBC / Hulu) and Ransom (CBS / Global). Faisal is an alum of the CFC / Netflix Accelerator, the TIFF Writers Studio, the WarnerMedia Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program, and a winner of the WGC Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Kumina Queen United States of America, Jamaica 2022 documentary featurette 58 PG Imogene “Queenie” Kennedy was a contemporary priestess in post-colonial Jamaica who catapulted her African spiritual practice into renown. But after centuries of erasure, what remains of the dance between the living and the dead? In the wake of the loss of her mother, filmmaker Nyasha Laing travels into the heart of Jamaican countryside to research kumina, an ancestral ritual. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nyasha Laing";s:9:"biography";s:322:"Nyasha Laing is a Belizean-American documentarian, writer, producer and lawyer focused on stories of diverse cultures, leaders and global communities. Her work – written and produced – has been featured in and on the Pan-African Film Festival, WOMEX, Yes Magazine, BBC World Service and the Art Museum of the Americas.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
This is National Wake South Africa 2022 documentary feature 64 PG-13 ‘This is National Wake’ traces the wild rise of a multiracial South African punk band, dubbed “the band that defied apartheid”, whose members risked everything to taste freedom. In 1979, South Africa’s fascist regime kept blacks and whites separate and unequal. But three young men dared to launch National Wake. In a time and place where it was illegal for them to play or live together, their band and its fans fought back with music, smashing every law to rebel – and filmed themselves doing so in astonishing Super 8. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mirissa Neff";s:9:"biography";s:421:"Mirissa Neff is an African-American first-time filmmaker with a rich background in journalism and photography. Her work centres around themes of race, music, and the power of images to help people imagine new collective futures. She has worked as a producer and correspondent for PBS’s ‘Sound Tracks’ and ‘Quick Hits’, National Geographic’s ‘Voyager’, and has reported for various public radio programmes.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Un Fils (A Son) Tunesia 2019 narrative feature 96 PG-13 Tunisia, summer 2011. A holiday to Southern country ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year old son Aziz when he is accidentally shot in an ambush. Aziz’s injury will change their lives as he needs a liver transplant, which leads to the discovery of a long-buried secret. Will Aziz and their relationship survive? a:2:{i:0;s:90:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Mehdi Barsaoui";s:9:"biography";s:471:"Born in 1984 and raised in Tunisia, Mehdi M. Barsaoui is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Multimedia Arts of Tunis and holds a degree in film direction from DAMS in Bologna, Italy. He has directed three short-films to date. His most recent, ‘We’re just fine like this’, won the Golden Muhr for Best Film in Dubai in 2016. His international career begins with ‘A Son’, his debut feature-length film, selected for the 76th Venice International Film Festival.";}} 1
Healing of the Nation: Ganja in Jamaica United States of America 2022 documentary featurette 59 PG-13 ‘Healing of the nation’ explores the potential of ganja to be a source of healing for Jamaica. This is a story of ganja in a country where it’s been part of the culture for a century and where the herb is part of everyday life. The film explores ganja culture and connects with a cross-section of Jamaican voices, including Rastafarians, ganja farmers and a human rights lawyer. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Kim Holmes + Steve Holmes";s:9:"biography";s:357:"Kim + Steve Holmes are a wife/ husband production team who first vacationed in Jamaica in 2002 when they became fascinated by the integration of ganja into Jamaica's culture. Previous documentary projects include a history of the Ute Indian People of Utah and Colorado (‘Spirit of the Nuche’) and a profile of a 1907 steam locomotive (‘Engine 618’).";}} 1
Vaychiletik Mexico 2021 documentary feature 83 PG Through dreams, the gods revealed to José his vocation to be a musician as well as the responsibility of playing in the sacred festivities of Zinacantán in Chiapas. These ceremonies play a central role in preserving collective harmony, and the select few who hold the position of traditional musician are appointed for life. But José suffers harsh consequences for taking on the role, but he fears punishment from the gods if he quits prematurely. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Juan Javier Pérez";s:9:"biography";s:668:"Juan Javier Pérez was born in 1989 in Chiapas, Mexico, in the Tzotzil Mayan village of Zinacantán. Since he was a child, he has participated in the ceremonies of his community with his father, a renowned traditional musician in Zinacantán. Over time and alongside cousins and friends, he began an exploration of sounds typical of Zinacantán culture. He has a degree in Intercultural Communication at the Intercultural University of Chiapas, and Documentary Film from the Escuela de Cine Documental de San Cristóbal de las Casas where he directed the short documentary film ‘Nichimal Son – Blooming Music’. ‘Vaychiletik’ is his first documentary feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse United States of America 2020 documentary feature 60 PG ‘Stalking Chernobyl’ examines the underground culture of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine. Three decades after the world’s most infamous nuclear disaster, wildlife has returned in the absence of human settlements. Meanwhile, illegal hiking adventurers known as “stalkers,” tour companies and others have begun to explore anew the ghostly, post-apocalyptic landscape. a:1:{i:0;s:126:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Iara Lee";s:9:"biography";s:632:"Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder/director of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organisation that promotes global solidarity and supports agitators, educators, farmers, and artists to build a more just and peaceful world through creative resistance and nonviolent action. Her films address topics that are often overlooked by the mainstream media – including indigenous rights, food sovereignty, and environmental justice. They have shown across the world at events ranging from screenings in refugee camps and community centres to debuts at the Berlinale and Sundance festivals.";}} 1
Enmeshment Barbados art short 2 No Rating 1
Venerable: The Pioneering Achievements of Tobago Teacher, Norman McNeil Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 15 No Rating Norman McNeil was born on July 3, 1821 in Tobago as an enslaved person, but rose to become a famous educator. In his 50-year career in teaching, he contributed extensively to pre-school education – especially in the area of Whim. The United Nations declared 2015-2024 the International Decade of People of African Descent. In the spirit of this decade and of family heritage, his descendants, which include the filmmaker, honour his achievements with this short tribute. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sonja Dumas";s:9:"biography";s:914:"Sonja Dumas is a performer, choreographer, writer, filmmaker, teacher and arts development consultant who lives and works in Trinidad and Tobago. Her films include the documentary, ‘Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers’ (winner of the Best Local Film at the 2010 trinidad+tobago film festival), ‘Tickle Me Rich’ (nominee, 2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards), and ‘Avocado and Zaboca’ (2014), a short stop-motion/ live-action film for children. She is currently in post-production for ‘Excellent Women: 100 Years of Bishop Anstey High School’, an experimental documentary about her alma mater – one of the leading girls’ high schools in the region. Sonja is also a co-founder and co-director of COCO Dance Festival, the largest contemporary dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean. Most recently, she founded Zum-Zum Museum, a Caribbean heritage activity space for children.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
3 Points Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 8 16+ Darius is about to enter the gangster life with his cousin, Crazy Eddie. Upon meeting the head of the gang, he and his cousin are sent on a mission that doesn’t go according to plan and he’s faced with the gravity of his decisions. As he fights for his life in a violent showdown with the would-be-target, it might just be too late for Crazy Eddy and Darius. a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Keegan Taylor";s:9:"biography";s:561:"Keegan Taylor is a Trinidadian filmmaker and music video director. An avid storyteller, he is the founder and creative director of Ten Global Media, a production company based in Trinidad and Tobago which aims to go beyond the limits of the imagination in the realm of storytelling and filmmaking. With over 20 years of experience in the Caribbean music and entertainment industry, he aims to broaden his horizons in filmmaking through his unique stories and looks forward to spreading his brand of storytelling throughout the world as a proud Caribbean native.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
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The Role of the Sales Agent 90 No Rating 1
Film Archives as Repositories of History 90 No Rating 1
See Yuhself: Our Stories as a Conduit to Change 45 No Rating 1
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives 90 No Rating 1
Movie-Making 101: Drone Videography 90 No Rating 1
Making the Indie Film 90 No Rating 1
The Brave New World of NFTs 90 No Rating 1
Bringing Historical Figures of Colour to Life through Documentary (Part 1) 90 No Rating 1
Bringing Historical Figures of Colour to Life through Documentary (Part 2) 90 No Rating 1
ttff/22 Awards No Rating 1
NALIS Heritage Library: Researching Historical Stories at the Heritage Library 90 No Rating 1
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Movie-Making 101: Intro to Cinematography (Part 2) (Youth-Friendly) 90 No Rating 1
ABCs of Why and How: Having a Career as a Filmmaker 90 No Rating 1
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Movie-Making 101: Building Your First Filmmaking Kit (Youth-Friendly) 90 No Rating 1
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The Inner View Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 9 PG-13 Joshua Anthony is a well-educated, ambitious young man. He is a model citizen who lives in a marginalised community. Despite his qualifications, he fails to gain employment because of the stigma attached to the community he lives in. At yet another job interview, he faces a personal test – to maintain his principles or deviate from it in order to secure employment. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Eric Barry";s:9:"biography";s:528:"An actor, director, writer and producer, Barry writes for stage, screen, radio and online. In 2000, he launched Tête-À-Tête Théâtre, a theatre production company that he co-founded and has been the writer of the shows staged by the company. His work has earned him seven Cacique Awards. He was the regional winner (Caribbean) of the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020, and in 2021 he placed 2nd in the Prime Minister’s Playwriting Competition (full length). ‘The inner view’ is his third short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Launch of Banyan Retrospective No Rating 1
Telling Our Stories: Directing the Caribbean Narrative Feature 90 No Rating 1
Spotlight on the Dominican Republic Film Industry 75 No Rating 1
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Los Niños de Esta Casa (The Kids from This House) Dominican Republic 2021 narrative featurette 25 PG After a long time apart, friends Enrique, Pedro, Camila and Alfredo gather for a night of catching up. Each is at a turning point in their lives and there is mistrust among the group. The pressures of confronting adulthood, the fear of loneliness, resentment and gossip end up turning a fun night into a night of drama and conflict. a:1:{i:0;s:124:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Eduardo Ceballos";s:9:"biography";s:284:"Born in the Dominican Republic, Eduardo Ceballos was raised within the walls of the colonial city and surrounded by the underground artistic and cultural scene of the country. He studied acting when he was young, and later graduated from CHAVON, the School of Design of Santo Domingo.";s:10:"photograph";s:132:"";}} 1
Take Care Japan 2022 narrative feature 66 All Ages Koharu Kuno is looking for a new job. Koharu has an older brother named Taichi who has taken care of her ever since their mother died in an accident when they were kids. One day, Taichi vanishes and his family can’t find him. Koharu heads for Kamakura, where her mother grew up, to find Taichi. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Shun Tachizono";s:9:"biography";s:108:"Shun Tachizono is a recent graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Inter-media Arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Oya Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 32 16+ When 17 year old Oya becomes the victim of her vile father, the traumatic experience takes her on a rollercoaster ride of discovery about the people closest to her. Oya tries to reach out to her mother and brother for help, but they choose ignorance when faced with the unpleasant truth. Whilst Oya struggles to find a way out, an unexpected path emerges. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Hira Hosein";s:9:"biography";s:511:"Hira Hosein is a Pakistani-Trinidadian producer and director. Having worked in television and film for over a decade, she went back to the basics and has recently graduated from the University of the West Indies film programme. Hira has worked with some of the biggest productions coming out of Pakistan, including two feature films, over a dozen series and a few format shows. She has also worked in collaboration with Zee Zindagi (India) on projects meant to bring the artists of the Indo-Pak region together.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ais Rutherford";s:9:"biography";s:364:"Ais Rutherford is a new filmmaker who recently graduated from the University of the West Indies film programme. He also has a background in visual arts. He aspires to tell his nation’s stories, starting with those about the average trinbagonian. He believes everyone has a unique and interesting story – it’s all about perspective and how that story is told.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
No Entry United Kingdom 2021 narrative short 12 PG Against the backdrop of the Windrush scandal, a Jamaican mother, Valerie Powell, struggles to keep her relationship with her son, Eli, intact. She suffers in silence as she battles with the government’s hostile environment policy; she keeps the threat of deportation a secret, and her psychological state begins to deteriorate as she grapples with the fear of losing her son and the country she calls home. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Kaleb D'Aguilar";s:9:"biography";s:549:"Kaleb D’Aguilar is a multidisciplinary filmmaker and writer from Jamaica. He holds an MA in directing from Goldsmiths University and a BSc in anthropology from the University of the West Indies. His films have been showcased at the National Gallery of Jamaica as well as regional and international film festivals. Kaleb is keen to use his work to reflect the lived realities of Black and Caribbean people while exploring recurring themes of gender, sexuality, migration, familiar bonds, and the intersectional identities found between the margins.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
My Friend Alexander Grigorievich Russian Federation 2022 narrative short 25 All Ages Alexander Grigorievich is a lonely man. Both his sons emigrated abroad many years ago: each has his own family and spares no thought for his father. His relationship with his ex-wife has gone sour: they are not interested in each other’s lives. He collects scrap metal at garbage dumps and hands it over at drop-offs, and only his cat waits for him at home. a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Pavel Zelenov";s:9:"biography";s:293:"He was born in Murmansk, Russia in 1987. In 2006, he graduated from the Tula Railway College as a diesel locomotive assistant driver. He recently began a two-year Higher Directing Course at the Faculty of Additional Education of St. Petersburg State Institute of Cinematography and Television.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
Mami Dominican Republic 2021 narrative short 11 All Ages While waiting for her mother to come back for her, Isaida must learn to cope with the fact that she may not return. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jeure Tavare";s:9:"biography";s:105:"Jeure Tavare is a Dominican filmmaker and animator who studied film at the Altos de Chavon Design School.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Meet the Guptas Canada 2022 narrative short 11 All Ages Mrs Gupta has been looking forward to having lunch with her cherished only son, Krish, for a long time now. She has made him all his favourite dishes and she’s dying to know which of the many beautiful South Asian girls whose pictures she has been sending him he would most like to meet. But when Krish introduces her and her husband to the “Canadian girl” he has been seeing, all Mrs Gupta’s carefully laid plans fly out the window. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Pranav Nayak";s:9:"biography";s:211:"Pranav Nayak is a film enthusiast who migrated from India to Canada to follow his dreams and make movies that can be remembered for a lifetime. He has travelled across seven seas to fulfil his filmmaking dreams!";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Hide! Canada 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"animation";} narrative short 3 All Ages A group of bugs find themselves in a tight spot when they are finishing their big project. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Shaochen Wang";s:9:"biography";s:215:"Shaochen Wang, or Alex, graduated from Sheridan College in Ontario in 2022, with a bachelor degree in animation. He moved to Canada from China in 2014, and has always wanted to pursue a career in film and animation.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
El Río Encantado (The Enchanted River) Mexico 2022 narrative short 4 All Ages The flow of an enchanted river beckons to the innocent with adventure, excitement and an unsettling danger, all hidden in the unclear waters of love. a:1:{i:0;s:114:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Marina Santana De la Torre";s:9:"biography";s:497:"Marina Santana is a multidisciplinary artist from Mexico. She works with sound, moving image and performance. Her work explores dreams and fear of the unknown. Her films have been screened at Ann Arbor, Shorts México, Festival Internacional de Cine de Hidalgo, Austin Arthouse, ICDOCS, Pantalla de Cristal, New York City International Film Festival and trinidad+tobago film festival. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and is an alumni of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.";s:10:"photograph";s:131:"";}} 1
Cracked United States of America 2020 narrative short 15 16+ When a feisty young girl falls in love for the first time, she’s compelled to face her traumatic past. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Lin Que Ayoung";s:9:"biography";s:807:"Lin Que Ayoung is an award-winning writer/ director/ producer who started her career as a hip hop artist. Upon obtaining an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film Program, Lin Que’s a two-time winner of the BAFTA-NY Scholarship, the winner of a New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) Scholarship, and the recipient of NYU’s First Run Film Festival Craft Award for the Directing of her sophomore year film, The Dreamer. Lin Que's thesis film, ‘Cracked’, which won The Spike Lee Production Fund Grant and is based on her childhood, had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival; the film garnered a licence agreement with WarnerMedia and is currently streaming on HBO. Most recently, Lin Que was selected to be one of the four filmmakers for the 2022 Gotham Marcie Bloom Fellowship Program.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
The Sound of the Time Venezuela 2021 documentary short 14 PG-13 Nico is a sound man who listens to and records conversations with soldiers from the past, but when he hears the voice of Andrés, a soldier who has survived several wars, he discovers a new empathy and decides to reach Andrés. Despite his efforts, Nico doesn’t succeed, however, listening to the death of Andrés, he experiences the inhumanity and pain of war. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jeissy Trompiz";s:9:"biography";s:564:"Born in Venezuela in1986, Jeissy Trompiz is a director, screenwriter and graduate of Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV). He is passionate about experimenting with various genres and cinematographic forms, leading him to make hybrid films, fictions, documentaries and experimental works. He has participated in Berlinale Talents (2020) as director. His first feature film, ‘La Imagen del Tiempo’ (‘Timeless Havana’), premiered n at FIDMarseille in 2019 (winner of the Prix des Lycées award), and screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival.";}} 1
One Hand Don’t Clap Trinidad and Tobago 1988 documentary feature 92 PG-13 ‘One Hand Don’t Clap’ captures the vibrant story of calypso and the emergence of soca through the eyes of two legendary artists, Lord Kitchener and Calypso Rose. Its infectious rhythms and exhilarating irreverence illuminate topical themes that continue to resonate. A delightful film that reflects the legacy of a vast West Indian population, the impressive entrepreneurial growth of their music industry in the US, and the ongoing ties of this global community to the traditions that flourish in the Caribbean. a:2:{i:0;s:96:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Kavery Dutta Kaul";s:9:"biography";s:812:"Kavery Dutta Kaul is an award-winning director, producer, and writer. The founder of riverfilms, her documentaries have been featured at DOC NYC, Telluride, London, Rotterdam, and Sydney film festivals, among others. ‘The Bengali’ picked up the Special Jury Award at the Roxbury Film Festival and the International Humanitarian Award at the Rhode Island Film Festival. Her other credits include ‘Cuban Canvas’, an Imagen Award Nominee which premiered at the Kennedy Center and screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival; and ‘Long Way from Home’, a Time Out Critic’s Pick. Kavery’s TEDx talk speaks to the power of storytelling across divides. An India-born American, she is a member of New York Women in Film & Television, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Film Fatales, and Women Independent Producers.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
The Incident Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 10 All Ages A little girl who can see the supernatural is rescued by her grandmother from a dangerous situation. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Emily Smart";s:9:"biography";s:752:"Emily Smart has been working in the film industry for almost 19 years in the roles of editor, assistant director, consulting producer, and production manager / coordinator. This film represents her decades-long dream of being a writer/ director. Emily grew up in a small town in Michigan but fell in love with the Caribbean and its culture in 2003, moving to the region in 2006. She has worked with independent filmmakers and corporate clients on a wide variety of film and video projects. Her clients include: UNICEF, CARICOM, Avon, Caribbean Export Development Agency, and Caribbean Tourism Organisation. Emily also a TV series in development about Caribbean vampires and its pilot script was a finalist at the Oaxaca FilmFest Screenplay Competition.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Sins of the Father Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 13 14+ A priest has his devotion put to the test as he listens to the confession of an ex-convict who had been incarcerated at a prison he visited years ago. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Azriel Bahadoor";s:9:"biography";s:346:"Azriel Bahadoor was director of photography on ‘6 Feet Apart’, a documentary about the ongoing Covid pandemic. With a passion for film and cinematography he wrote and directed his first short film, ‘Sins of the Father’. In his spare time, he works on his photographic book that tells the story of the lives of socially displaced citizens.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"";}} 1
Mangoes from the Valley Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 22 14+ Inspired by the migrant experience of Venezuelan women in Trinidad and Tobago, ‘Mangoes from the valley’ is an intimate look into a young woman’s reliving of a night she desperately wants to forget. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Aryana Mohammed";s:9:"biography";s:413:"As a practitioner of the arts, Aryana Mohammed wears many hats: educator, director, performing artist and freelance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s BFA in Performing Arts (Acting) programme and has worked in theatre and film in various capacities. She believes that art in its myriad of forms, has the ability to depict the human condition, spur reflection and spark change.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}} 1
The Journey and Impact of Pan on the Move Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary featurette 47 All Ages ‘The Journey and Impact of Pan on the Move’ marks the 50th anniversary of the pioneering work of Ray Holman whose composition of “Pan on the Move” was the first “own tune” composed by a steelpan arranger back in 1972. This move presented the idea that pannists/ arrangers could compose their own music for the instrument, and caused a ripple effect in the pan world which gave rise to the likes of Dr. Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and others composing and arranging their own music. a:1:{i:0;s:169:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Gerelle Forbes";s:9:"biography";s:573:"Gerelle Forbes is a creative arts specialist with over two decades of practical experience. A classically trained musician, she has composed and performed for the the steelpan. As a musical director, she led the Success Stars Pan Sounds to several wins at Jr level at national competitions/ festivals, as well as her own Neo-Soul band Gerelle & The Gentlemen, where she was also the song writer. Her voice can be heard as background vocals for several recording artists, in jingles, advertisements, house announcements, animation and as a presenter on radio and television.";s:10:"photograph";s:173:"";}} 1
Scarborough Canada 2021 narrative feature 136 No Rating ‘Scarborough’ is the film adaptation of the award-winning novel by Catherine Hernandez. Over the course of a school year, 3 kids in a low-income neighbourhood find community and friendship at a drop-in reading programme. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:31:"Rich Williamson + Shasha Nakhai";s:9:"biography";s:468:"Filmmakers Rich Williamson and Shasha Nakhai have successfully collaborated on many award-winning projects over the last decade. Their work has screened at festivals worldwide; aired on the BBC, CBC, ZDF and Arte; been named TIFF's Top 10; shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); gone viral and been awarded Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week; nominated for 16 Canadian Screen Awards, with eight wins including Best Picture; and shortlisted for an Academy Award.";s:10:"photograph";s:113:"";}} 1
Talia’s Journey Belgium 2022 narrative feature 77 PG Talia is a 19-year-old Belgian girl, with Senegalese roots, visiting her country of origin for the first time. In Dakar she hopes to meet her grandmother, but she is nowhere to be found and the villa quickly becomes a “golden prison”. Until Talia meets Malika, a mysterious bird street seller. a:2:{i:0;s:91:"";i:1;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Christophe Rolin";s:9:"biography";s:564:"Director and Cinematographer, Christophe Rolin makes his films outside of traditional production circuits. He enjoys filming in natural light, favors natural settings and discovering new talents, His favorite themes are the quest for identity and migration, which is also the subject of his next feature film "Le voyage de Talia", between Belgium and Senegal. He co-directed the short film Dem-Dem! who won the Silver Tanit at the 2017 Carthage Film Festival. In 2012, he founded the production company "Bande de Ciné" with Marc Recchia and Giuseppe Di Francisca.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Strictly Two Wheel Jamaica 2022 documentary short 10 All Ages ‘Strictly two wheel’ is an intimate portrait of a family-owned mechanic shop in rural Jamaica and a father’s love for his children and community. Bobo uses minimal resources to provide a medium for mobility and independence and imbues his children with the skills to maintain the craft of bicycle-building. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Ania Freer";s:9:"biography";s:736:"Ania Freer is an Australian-Jamaican artist, filmmaker, cultural researcher, and curator based in Kingston, Jamaica. Through installation and video portraiture, as well as her curatorial work, Ania addresses themes central to the Jamaican experience such as Black empowerment, resistance, feminism, environmental justice, and spirituality. Ania has exhibited in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Summer Exhibition, she is an AIRIE (Artist in Residence in Everglades) Fellow, an Art Omi: Artist in Residence Fellow, a Caribbean Film Academy Fellow, recipient of the Black Creative Endeavours Grant, the inaugural Curatorial and Art Writing Fellow at New Local Space Kingston and a recipient of the Filmed by Bike BIPOC Filmmaker Grant.";}} 1
Still We Thrive United Kingdom 2021 documentary short 6 PG-13 Speaking to the lion and the joy that lives inside every Black person, ‘Still we thrive’ is a film about resilience and self-care in the face of global anti-blackness. Using a blend of archival footage and pieces to camera – from different times and geographical locations – Still We Thrive is a counterpoint to the traumatic and painful imagery which has dominated screens in recent times. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Campbell X";s:9:"biography";s:349:"Campbell X is a writer/director who directed the award-winning queer urban romantic comedy feature film STUD LIFE. His film Stud Life was voted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films ever made. Campbell's latest film Still We Thrive is a call for Black joy in the face of images of Black trauma affecting our mental health.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Pam’s Kitchen United States of America 2022 documentary short 20 PG A Trinidadian restaurant owner in Seattle battles mounting mental health struggles, racial tension and financial insolvency to try and keep her community-oriented restaurant alive during Covid’s rise. a:2:{i:0;s:97:"";i:1;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"David Gwynn";s:9:"biography";s:739:"David Gwynn is an Emmy-winning Seattle-based documentary filmmaker. He cold-called Pam at some point in 2020 and sat, mystified, as her entire life story spilled out. The ups and downs of Covid, how she came to be an American, and what it means to be Trinidadian. He then met her for a beer at her own restaurant and they talked, him, nervous – having little idea what he was doing – her, sceptical. Over the next year, as they filmed, Pam would always insist he take dinners home for him and his wife – all while her business was falling apart around her. This alarming and foreign sense of generosity felt distinctly un-American and quite touching. They became friends, and through the ups and downs, ‘Pam’s kitchen’ emerged.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
King David Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary short 24 All Ages Nearly 40 years after Calypsonian David Rudder created history by winning every major title in one Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season – a feat that has never been matched – he talks about the five songs he considers the most impactful of his career. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walt Lovelace";s:9:"biography";s:482:"Walt Lovelace is a director and cinematographer who made his mark creating visually innovative music videos for a range of Trinbagonian artists. The first feature film he shot was ‘Joebell and America’, a family project directed by his sister Asha, based on the eponymous short story written by his father, novelist Earl Lovelace. Walt has shot and directed documentaries throughout the Caribbean, as well as in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Mexico and Turkey.";}} 1
Danaé Canada 2019 documentary short 6 All Ages International Urban street artist, Danae Brissonnet, recently went to Puerto Rico to paint a mural at Santurce es Ley Urban Street Art Festival. Creating imagined worlds for the viewer, her work invites a deeper consideration into the power of symbolism, myth, and metaphor. Brissonnet’s art enforces connections between her work, herself, and the public in which it engages. Most importantly, her process is about becoming involved with kids in communities where she can tell stories of peoples, their land, and their culture. Wherever Brissonnet is creating there is likely to be a kid workshop, where she can share her experience and learn from the community to develop her particular art mural for each community location. She seeks locations where art is not accessible and finds importance in working with children to empower them to paint their stories with whatever materials they have. Brissonnet’s professional work is what enables her to travel to these conflict zones and rural communities. Leaving a colourful trace, her art has a feeling of accessibility as she visually translates her story, and that of others. Brissonnet’s work exists as an imprint. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Julio Benito Cabrera";s:9:"biography";s:89:"Writer, producer & director. Born in Manila, Philippines currently living in Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
From Trash to Treasure: Turning Negatives into Positives United States of America 2020 documentary short 25 PG In Lesotho – a highland country surrounded by South Africa – an artist named Nthabiseng TeReo Mohanela takes discarded materials and transforms them into unique clothing and accessories. Teaching young people the benefits of recycling and re-creation, she calls her project “From Trash to Treasure”. With TeReo’s work as a starting point, this film showcases a broader spirit of reimagination among artists in Lesotho, who use creativity to respond to entrenched social problems, and encourages us to take lessons from those who rethink, reuse, and reinvent in order to promote positive change. a:1:{i:0;s:133:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Lara Lee";s:9:"biography";s:632:"Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder/director of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organisation that promotes global solidarity and supports agitators, educators, farmers, and artists to build a more just and peaceful world through creative resistance and nonviolent action. Her films address topics that are often overlooked by the mainstream media – including indigenous rights, food sovereignty, and environmental justice. They have shown across the world at events ranging from screenings in refugee camps and community centres to debuts at the Berlinale and Sundance festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:133:"";}} 1
Mafifa Cuba 2021 documentary feature 77 PG Filmmaker Daniela Muñoz Barroso, who is almost completely deaf, takes a road trip in Cuba to learn more about a remarkable musician who died four decades ago, Mafifa. Barroso’s quest leads her on the trail of this enigmatic woman, and also makes her question her own head and heart. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Daniela Muñoz Barroso";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Documentary filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer, Daniela Muñoz Barroso is a cinematography graduate of Cuba’s Universidad de las Artes. She co-founded Havana-based indie production company Estudio ST. She has produced and/ or directed several short films. Her documentary “¿Qué remedio? La Parranda” (2018), premiered at Havana Film Festival. ‘Mafifa’, her debut feature-length documentary, premiered at IDFA in 2021.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Twa Fèy (Three Leaves) Haiti 2020 narrative short 25 All Ages Esther is 6 years old and lives a carefree life until her father abuses her. A small metal box appears in her life and it does not leave. While trying to get rid of it, she discovers her mother’s music box. But her mother doesn’t seem to see her daughter’s metal box, nor hers… until she meets Farah. Three Leaves: three women’s stories that explore the roots of identity, resistance and sisterhood. a:2:{i:0;s:106:"èy-Three-Leaves-production-still-1-scaled.jpg";i:1;s:106:"èy-Three-Leaves-production-still-2-scaled.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Eléonore Coyette";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Eléonore Coyette and Sephora Monteau met in 2018 in Port-au-Prince during a documentary workshop entitled "Women and Cinema" organised by the association SineNouvèl (co-founded by Sephora). They became friends and haven’t stopped sharing their common fight: feminism. They were looking for a way to give a form to this fight and that's how this film was born.";s:10:"photograph";s:127:"èy-Three-Leaves-Directors-Eléonore-Coyette-_-Sephora-Monteau.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Sephora Monteau";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Eléonore Coyette and Sephora Monteau met in 2018 in Port-au-Prince during a documentary workshop entitled "Women and Cinema" organised by the association SineNouvèl (co-founded by Sephora). They became friends and haven’t stopped sharing their common fight: feminism. They were looking for a way to give a form to this fight and that's how this film was born.";s:10:"photograph";s:127:"èy-Three-Leaves-Directors-Eléonore-Coyette-_-Sephora-Monteau.jpg";}} 1
Tabanca Canada 2022 narrative short 13 All Ages Dampened by office life during a wet Vancouver winter, a genderqueer Trinidadian woman, Marlinn, misses out on the chance to celebrate Carnival season back home. Until, one night, they discover that the power of masquerade is within them no matter where they are. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Lauren Marsden";s:9:"biography";s:365:"Lauren Marsden is a queer Canadian filmmaker and media artist of European and Trinidadian descent. She is currently based in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. As a storyteller, she focuses on narrative and experimental works that revolve around gender, Caribbean identity, and human impact on the land.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Sugarcake Jamaica 2021 narrative short 12 14+ Damian Walker is mourning the recent death of his only child to cancer. Unwilling to carry on, he parks at the side of a desolate road, readying to shoot himself in the head. As he’s about to pull the trigger, there is a knock on his window – a prostitute named Sugarcake appears mistaking the car as another potential client. She is faced with an unexpected dilemma: should she save this stranger’s life? a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Joshua Paul";s:9:"biography";s:444:"Joshua Paul has a strong interest in culturally and socially impactful stories, usually including themes of realism and conflict based on intra-personal or societal issues. His award-winning films include ‘The Misadventures of Brian and Sachin’ (2015); ‘Kinto (2018); ‘For My Daughter’ (2019) completed as his master’s degree graduation project; and “Sugarcake” (2020). He is currently working on his first feature film project.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Lilian United Kingdom 2021 narrative short 16 All Ages The first black woman in the Royal Air Force, Lilian Bader challenges the history books. Both she and her husband fought in WW2 yet there aren’t any pictures or acknowledgement of the contribution of black servicemen and women. Fifteen years after the war, Edith, a person Lilian had tried to help, arrives at her door and brings new challenges. During the war years, Edith was trouble. Now, she stands before Lilian in a twin set and pearls. Why is she there? And why now? a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Cathy Tyson";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Ici s’Achève le Monde Connu (Here Ends the World We’ve Known) France 2022 narrative short 25 14+ 1645, Guadeloupe. Ibátali, a Native Kalinago (one of the Caribbean’s first nations), is married to a French settler. She takes Olaudah, a Yoruba man, on a journey during which he could lose not only his freedom, but also his life. Will they manage to restore their humanity and escape their colonial fate? a:2:{i:0;s:137:"ève-le-Monde-Connu-Here-Ends-the-World-We_ve-Known-production-still-2.jpg";i:1;s:137:"ève-le-Monde-Connu-Here-Ends-the-World-We_ve-Known-production-still-3.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Anne-Sophie Nanki";s:9:"biography";s:502:"Afro-Caribbean director and screenwriter Anne-Sophie Nanki was born in Guadeloupe. ‘Ici s’achève le Monde Connu’, a historical drama, is her first short. Anne-Sophie is currently developing ‘Here the New World Begins’, the feature film stemming from the same world as her short. Her dream is to direct the feature-length films she’s been conjuring: ‘The Raft of the Medusa’, a queer afro-futuristic lesbian love story, and a biopic on the African American opera singer, Leontyne Price.";s:10:"photograph";s:145:"ève-le-Monde-Connu-Here-Ends-the-World-We_ve-Known-Director-Anne-Sophie-Nanki.jpg";}} 1
Gemini Cuba 2021 narrative short 19 14+ A brilliant countertenor prepares to compete in a life-changing audition. When his musical idol arrives from Europe to select the best singer of the company, he faces his twin brother in a fight that goes beyond the physical dimension. The demands of the singing teacher, the pressure from his mother, and the rivalry with a talented soprano, deeply shake him. The young performer has to find his voice, but he will not succeed without his brother. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Orlando Mora Cabrera";s:9:"biography";s:444:"Orlando Mora Cabrera is a graduate of the University of the Arts of Cuba. He also studied New York University: TISCH School of the Arts, and is currently continues his film studies at the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV). His work has been selected for international festivals and film markets in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, France and other countries.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Una Pelicula Sobre Parejas (A Film about Couples) Dominican Republic 2022 narrative feature 90 PG-13 Natalia and Oriol, a couple of filmmakers in their thirties, have a little daughter called Lia. One day they receive an offer to direct a documentary and they decide to make a film about couples in love. Natalia and Oriol interview many couples, always wanting to know how they get along and what their most typical problems are. But as filming progresses, wounds in their own relationship begin to open, fights and doubts seem to be endless. But finishing the film will be their opportunity to reformulate their love for each other and their love for cinema. a:1:{i:0;s:124:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Natalia Cabral";s:9:"biography";s:578:"Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada are filmmakers whose work moves between fiction and non-fiction. Graduates of the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, they have directed ‘Tú y Yo’, which premiered at Visions du Réel, and won awards at Cartagena, Havana and Márgenes; "El Sitio de los Sitios" screened at IDFA, Malaga etc; ‘Miriam Miente’ and won awards at Karlovy Vary, Huelva, Gijón, Toulouse, Havana, Punta del Este and Sydney. Their most recent project, ‘Una Película Sobre Parejas", premiered in Rome and won awards at Gijón and Biarritz.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Oriol Estrada";s:9:"biography";s:578:"Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada are filmmakers whose work moves between fiction and non-fiction. Graduates of the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, they have directed ‘Tú y Yo’, which premiered at Visions du Réel, and won awards at Cartagena, Havana and Márgenes; "El Sitio de los Sitios" screened at IDFA, Malaga etc; ‘Miriam Miente’ and won awards at Karlovy Vary, Huelva, Gijón, Toulouse, Havana, Punta del Este and Sydney. Their most recent project, ‘Una Película Sobre Parejas", premiered in Rome and won awards at Gijón and Biarritz.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Receta No Incluida (Without Prescription) Puerto Rico 2022 narrative feature 82 PG-13 Olivia is getting ready for her family’s Christmas Eve party. But her OCD, which has been under control, suddenly returns, prompting a desperate search for the pills that have helped her in the past. But as she doesn’t have health insurance, she reaches out to her friend Jessica – who she met years ago in a mental institution – who introduces her to David, the town’s pharmacist’s son, who agrees to sell her the pills. Trapped inside David’s apartment by a rainstorm, two strangers start uncovering truths about each other and begin a healing process that doesn’t necessarily involve pills. a:1:{i:0;s:116:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Juliana Maité";s:9:"biography";s:762:"Juliana Maité completed her studies in drama and film at the University of Puerto Rico; in 2012 she graduated from the EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba). Her short films ‘Queso de Cabra’ (2011), ‘Agón’ (2012), ‘La Llave de mi Corazón’ (2017), ¨Preach’ and ‘El Paso’ (2019) have traveled the world and won multiple awards on the international film circuit and. Her first feature film ‘A Punto de Llegar’ (2019), a comedy, is available on Amazon Prime Video. Juliana's second feature, ‘Without Prescription’ (Receta no Incluida), premiered at SXSW 2022, winning the audience award in the global category. Juliana currently lives in Miami, where she is developing her next projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"é.jpg";}} 1
Perejil (Parsley) Dominican Republic 2021 narrative feature 85 No Rating In 1937, near the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Marie, a young Haitian woman, is expecting her first child with Frank, her doting Dominican husband. Despite rising racial tensions in the area, Marie and Frank are living a peaceful life as they prepare for the baby. One night, she is awakened by distant screams and Frank rushes out to investigate. The immediate execution of all Haitians on Dominican soil has been ordered – the so-called “Cut” – by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and what seals a victim’s fate is how they pronounce the word “perejil” (parsley), an indicator of where they are from. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Marie takes off to find Frank in the next town over. Alone in the mountains, nine months pregnant, and with nowhere to hide, she must make her way through the dense hinterland before the Parsley Massacre catches up with her. a:2:{i:0;s:92:"";i:1;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"José María Cabral";s:9:"biography";s:803:"José Maria Cabral is a Dominican film director,screenwriter, and producer. He started making films when he was 16 years old, giving private screenings of his work to family and friends at local movie theatres. One of his short films, ‘Excexos’, got national distribution. His first feature film, ‘Jaque Mate’ (2011), was screened at a number of film festivals and selected as the Dominican entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. ‘Arrob’, ‘Despertar’ and ‘Detective Willy’ followed. Cabral premiered ‘Carpinteros’, a film about the realities and relationships of prisoners in Dominican jails, at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He also represented the Dominican Republic’s Oscar submission with his following film ‘The Projectionist’ (2019).";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"é-María-Cabral-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Ludi United States of America 2020 narrative feature 80 PG Ludi, a hardworking and exhausted nurse, battles coworkers, clients and one impatient bus driver to learn her self worth as she chases the American Dream in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Edson Jean";s:9:"biography";s:544:"Edson Jean is a Haitian-American actor, writer, director and Gotham Narrative Lab alum, who’s debut feature film, ‘Ludi’, premiered at SXSW (2021). Most recently, he was nominated for a Streamy and Mipcom award for directing all eight (23 minute) episodes of his dramedy, ‘Grown’, for Complex Networks. Edson also wrote, directed, and starred in "The Adventures of Edson Jean," which aired on HBO. As an actor, he has appeared in A24's “Moonlight,” Warner Bros. Pictures' “War Dogs,” HBO's "Ballers" and Netflix's "Bloodline."";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Cette Maison (This House) Haiti 2022 narrative feature 90 PG Bridgeport, 2008: a teenage girl is found hanged in her room. While everything points to suicide, the autopsy report reveals something else. Ten years later, director Miryam Chalres – cousin of the teenager – examines the past causes and future consequences of this unsolved crime. Like an imagined biography, the film explores the relationship between the security of the living space and the violence that can jeopardise it. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Miryam Charles";s:9:"biography";s:722:"Miryam Charles is a writer, producer, filmmaker, and director of photography based in Montréal, Quebec. She has directed several short and feature films, including ‘Fly, fly sadness’ (2016); ‘To the colonies’ (2016); ‘Three Atlas’ (2017); ‘The red album or A poetic intention’ (2019); and ‘Cette maison’ (2022) – which have screened at festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Berlinale, Third Horizon Film Festival and Hot Docs. Charles is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and residencies, including IndieLisboa International Film Festival’s Silvestre Award for best feature film (2022). Her feature-length fiction film, ‘La marabout’ is currently in production.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"";}} 1
Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes Jamaica 2019 documentary feature 85 All Ages A treasure trove of rescued tapes revives the golden age of reggae and reveals the fascinating story behind one of Jamaica’s most legendary recording studios, Randy’s Studio 17. Randy’s was a small, family record store in downtown Kingston that expanded when ‘Studio 17’ was added: studio and store became a hub for the music revolution that followed Jamaican independence in 1962. In its prime, artists who recorded there included Bob Marley & the Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and many more. But during Jamaica’s political turmoil of the late 1970s, the Chin family fled to the USA and the studio was abandoned. 40 years later, a collection of original studio tapes has been salvaged, revealing many unheard, stunning recordings from the ‘golden age’ of reggae. a:1:{i:0;s:116:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Mark James";s:9:"biography";s:733:"Mark James is an award-winning director, editor, and cinematographer. He studied fine art at Goldsmiths College and film production at the Royal College of Art. He went on to direct a number of films for television including ‘Freeze’, the controversial first film on artist Damien Hirst and the new wave of YBAs (Young British Artists) for BBC 1. Since then, he has filmed, directed, and edited many films for television on music and the arts, including on Bryan Ferry, Dave Stewart and Phil Collins. His first feature film ‘Vampire Diary’ won 4 awards at the Milan International Film Festival, including ‘best film’. Mark has several new documentary projects in development, as well as feature films that he has written.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"";}} 1
Paroles de Nègres (Words of Negroes) France 2020 documentary feature 78 PG In Marie Galante, an island off Guadeloupe, the past speaks. The island is covered with sugar cane fields which still shape the destiny of men; sugar is made from their sweat in the groaning and roaring machines. The workers and planters devote their strength to the survival of their old sugar factory: Grand Anse. It’s a cathedral of rusty iron where the past resurfaces, in the timeless landscapes, the anachronistic shape of the factory, the unchanged gestures of labour and the endurance it requires. In Paroles de Nègres, director Sylvaine DampierreI shares – with today’s sugar workers – transcripts from the 1842 trial of the Grand Anse plantation master, bringing back a part of their heritage. They seize and embody these words of Negroes, thus enlivening a memory that still forges their present. The cane has been the instrument of their fathers’ damnation, and remains, against all odds, the instrument of their dignity. a:1:{i:0;s:111:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Sylvaine Dampierre";s:9:"biography";s:353:"Sylvaine Dampierre is a director, screenwriter and script doctor. She works and lives in Paris, France. Her films have screened at many festivals, including Cinema du Réel in Paris, DOKLeipzig, IDFA Amsterdametc. In 2010, Dampierre founded Varan Caraïbe in Guadeloupe, where she supervises training in filmmaking, editing and documentary film writing.";}} 1
Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story Canada 2020 documentary feature 62 All Ages ‘Mr. Emancipation’ explores the life of Walter L. Perry and his progressive ideas for a festival in one of the most significant places and times in North American history. Perry usually sold newspapers at the Windsor/ Detroit tunnel, but in his spare time – for 30 plus years – he transformed his home town of Windsor, Ontario in Canada into the most exciting place to be. He staged an Emancipation Day festival which transcended divisions of race and class. Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Owens all headed there because, as civil rights activist Dick Gregory said, “The largest Juneteenth celebration was not in America, it was in Windsor, Canada.” a:2:{i:0;s:124:"";i:1;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Preston Chase";s:9:"biography";s:641:"Preston Chase is a seventh generation African Canadian and a descendant of William Parker. Parker escaped American slavery in Maryland, and went on to play a key role in the Christiana Riots in Pennsylvania. Born to a single mother in the Black community of downtown Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Chase went on to become a high school teacher. He is also the family historian and a passionate advocate for greater awareness of a historic Black community, time has forgotten. It was a desire for everyone to know the story of his great uncle Walter Perry that led Chase to pick up a camera and make ‘Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story’.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Lo Que Se Hereda (It Runs in the Family) Dominican Republic 2022 documentary feature 84 PG-13 A revelation about Oscar Torres, her unknown and once world-famous queer filmmaker cousin, sends Victoria down a path of self-discovery through reconstructions of his intimate memories of living in 1950s authoritarian Caribbean, as Victoria leads re-enactments of his unproduced screenplays with the family who erased him. a:1:{i:0;s:115:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Victoria Linares Villegas";s:9:"biography";s:604:"Victoria Linares is a queer filmmaker based in the Dominican Republic. She studied film production at The New School. Her shorts have screened at New Orleans Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Shorts México and AMOR Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT+ which got her the Audience Award in 2019. Her latest short film ‘My Mother Resents Me’ won an Honorable Mention at Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and Best Short Doc jury prize at Bushwick Film Festival (2019). Her debut non fiction film It Runs in the Family’ has been an official selection at True/False, BFI Flare and other festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Soca in She Samba David Rudder in search of his Bahia Gyal 1987 documentary featurette 47 All Ages 1986 Calypso monarch, Young King and road march champion, David Rudder, travels to Bahia in Brazil in search of the ‘Bahia Gyal’ the subject of his winning road march. The programme examines African roots and traditions shared by Brazilians, Trinidadians and Tobagonians and most New World people. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:6:"Banyan";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Too Young to Soca 1986 documentary featurette 36 All Ages In 1986 an eleven year old boy and his family band caught the imagination of the public with a calypso “Too Young To Soca”. While sitting the common entrance examination for Secondary School he sang in the calypso tents and won the Junior Monarch crown. He was obviously destined for great things. Banyan filmed this documentary on the young singer, Machel Montano, who today is the leading exponent of Soca music in the world and is still setting the pace for the younger artists. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Bacchanal Time About an island wide stick-fight competition on Carnival Sunday, and two fighters in particular who have to travel great distances through treacherous, often hilarious circumstances to participate in this traditional event. 1977 narrative feature 108 PG-13 “Bacchanal Time” is a wildly hilarious Caribbean comedy set at Carnival time in Trinidad and crammed with the music of the season. The story is centered around an island wide stickfight competition on Carnival Sunday. It bubbles with the Carnival weekend excitement, culminating with the first bands on J’ouvert morning. It stars Gregory Ballantine and Kamalo Deen as stickfighters and features the acting skills of Calypso Rose, the Mighty Shadow, Crazy, Count Robin, Trinidad Rio, Mighty Wanderer, Stork St. Hill and a host of others. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kamalo Deen";}} 1
The Insatiable Season The Insatiable Season is a fun and intimate look at the creations, crises and passion of the Mac Farlane camp as they produce a beautiful costumed band for Trinidad’s Carnival. 2007 featurette 52 No Rating It’s January 2006 and Brian Mac Farlane’s carnival workshop is quiet and practically empty – littered with left-over costumes and a couple of hangers-on from last year’s carnival. As the days pass the atmosphere starts to change. One by one, carnival costume makers begin arriving at the workshop (mas camp) anticipating the release of designs for the 2006 band. So we meet the characters one at a time. Bogart is grumbling about everything being so late. Robby has been in a state of sustained carnival wonder since the early 80s. Paul is jammin’ in Trinidad with Mac Farlane for the first time, lookin’ forward to the party. Jhawhan is a folk dancer with dreams of being the king of carnival. Brian is ambitious and determined and Jenette is a first-time costume maker with stars in her eyes and memories of the good old days of playing carnival. What happens when all of these people come together is nothing short of wonderful. At times it is hilarious. At times it is nothing but stress. Always, it is suffused with the knowledge that wearable and mobile works of art are being made. And towards the end of the season, the monotony of having to produce yet another costume is starting to weigh on everyone. But into this mix comes the drive to produce a beautiful carnival king costume for Jhawhan to wear. And for a while, everyone’s energies are diverted, heightened and focused on making this magnificent king. When it comes time to perform, Jhawhan wears the costume well and everyone’s spirits are soaring, which makes the disappointment of his loss far greater. But the news gets worse. Because everyone’s energies have been so diverted, they’ve lost sight of the need to produce the carnival band, and so it’s a mad and frantic dash to what everyone is hoping will be a stunning finish line: Carnival Tuesday. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mariel Brown";}} 1
This is Home 'This is Home'—The Pan; The Midnight Robber; The Fancy Sailor; The Fancy Indian; The Jab Molassie / Blue Devil. Trinidad and Tobago 2020 a:1:{i:0;s:11:"educational";} documentary No Rating English Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago—the greatest show on Earth. We proclaim this as an absolute. But we have to celebrate very differently this year (for obvious reasons). Just as we did for Seasons 1 and 2 of ‘This is Home’ to commemorate NGC’s 45th Anniversary and celebrate Christmas, we invite you to celebrate our local culture and history, live vicariously and revel virtually through this beautifully curated ‘This is Home’, Carnival series. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Pan’ performed by Mia Gormandy. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Midnight Robber’ portrayed by Curtis Gross. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Fancy Sailor’ portrayed by Keith Simpson. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Fancy Indian’. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Jab Molassie or Blue Devil’. a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walt Lovelace";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Matthew Dasent";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Wendell Manwarren";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walt Lovelace";}} 1
Calypso at Dirty Jim’s The most famous calypso artists invite you to return to the roots of Caribbean music. Trinidad and Tobago 2005 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary feature 87 No Rating English Calypso is the soul of Trinidad. For three centuries, Calypsonians have been the folk singers of the Creole world, the griots of the Caribbean. Outstanding improvisers, poets allergic to all censorship, Calypsonians have told the story of slavery, freedom, world wars, independence and emigration, without forgetting love with a heavy dose of humour and sex. Lord Pretender, Lord Beginner and Lord Kitchener, many of the legendary Lords of Calypso have left us recently. But in Trinidad, some masters still exist such as Mighty Sparrow, Mighty Terror, Bomber, Calypso Rose, Lord Superior. In ‘Calypso at Dirty Jim’s’, the last great stars are still shining but a new generation is taking over: soca singers and rapso poets. ‘Calypso at Dirty Jim’s’ is the coming together of this generation of artists. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Pascale Obolo";}} 1
Arts of Conflict The discourse of Notting Hill Carnival. United Kingdom 2019 documentary feature 67 No Rating English London’s Notting Hill Carnival is coming under increasing pressure and attacks from the British press, politicians, police and local residents who consider it an event of conflict. This is the story of the controversial event, from its inception out of the 1950s London race riots, to its present-day controversies that see it perceived as a Carnival of violence. Focusing on its arts and the darker past from which it emerged, Arts of Conflict seeks to open up the conversation about Carnival’s significance and its origins. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} Trinidad & Tobago Carifesta Edition 2019, Portobello Film festival 2019 1
Salt of the Earth When parang was born in Trinidad, it was played by workers in the cocoa plantations as entertainment for their families and friends after a hard day’s labour. "Salt of the Earth" explores this ancient music tradition called parang and the ones who made it survive. Trinidad and Tobago 2005 documentary short 52 No Rating English ‘Salt of the Earth’ explores one facet of Trinidad’s culture through the music tradition of parang and the performers responsible for its survival—the parranderos as well as beloved television presenter, Holly Betaudier. The music sets the pace for the discovery of the island’s beauty, its history, its landscape and its people. This is a journey into Trinidad’s past to better understand how an English-speaking country has managed to keep and continue a centuries-old Spanish tradition. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sophie Meyer";s:9:"biography";s:307:"Originally from France, resident in London (where she is an independent media producer), Sophie has been coming to T&T for over a decade. During that time she has made several films, including Salt of the Earth (2006, and a trinidad+tobago film festival selection in 2008), a documentary about parang music.";}} 1
La Gaita A story of two very different brothers. 2012 documentary feature 105 No Rating This film is the story of two very different brothers. Willy’s the difficult one consumed by his own impatience and Tito is the tireless believer and visionary. Despite their differences, Willy and Tito agreed on one thing: that their quest in life is to use their music to help the down-and-outers, the lonely and the broken to accept themselves during what some consider to be the loneliest and most vulnerable time of the year… Christmas. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Stephen Cadiz";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Janine Fung";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Janine Fung";}} FILMCO , 'Peoples' Choice Award: Best Feature Documentary Film'—trinidad+tobago film festival (2012), 'Special Mention Jury Award Best T&T Film'—trinidad+tobago film festival (2012), 1
The Solitary Alchemist The Solitary Alchemist is a moving and intimate portrait of a life in art in the Caribbean. 2009 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary No Rating What happens when talent isn’t enough? When, in spite of a life of work, you look around in the autumn of your life and discover that your world is not what you thought it would be. This is where we meet Trinidadian jeweller, Barbie Jardine. Trained at England’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Jardine moved back to her native Trinidad in 1974 where she developed new techniques in working with traditional and indigenous materials, and evolved a personal narrative style for making wearable works of art. But 30 years on from returning to the Caribbean, and in spite of having her work purchased by a major metropolitan museum, there are nagging questions she just can’t shake: Why isn’t my work more recognised? Have I made a crucial mistake? She is resentful and angry. And she wants something more. An opportunity to create a new piece for an exhibition in Scotland presents itself and Barbie is both nervous and hopeful. Will this be the chance to finally carve out her own space in the world? a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mariel Brown";}} Barbara Jardine 1
Hinkson Trinidadian Donald 'Jackie' Hinkson talks about his life's work and demonstrates his techniques. Trinidad and Tobago 2013 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary feature 97 PG English Trinidadian Donald ‘Jackie’ Hinkson, in his 70th year and on the occasion of a massive retrospective in four exhibition spaces talks about his life’s work and demonstrates his techniques in expressing his intention while creating a watercolor from the blank page to completion and work on a number of sculptures, public murals and drawings. His obvious skill expressed with candor and humility imbue this uniquely structured film with charm and ease while stunning the viewer with an unusual insight into the creative process of one of the country’s greatest living artists. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Coolie Pink and Green An experimental documentary exploring the aesthetics of an Indo-Caribbean population through colour, song and dance. Trinidad and Tobago 2009 documentary short 25 PG English Coolie Pink and Green is an experimental documentary, referencing Bollywood which takes the form of a narrative. Despite the significant presence of East Indians in the Caribbean, Indian culture has yet to be seen as being truly indigenous. This film projects a new way of seeing Caribbean Indian culture, through the story of a young Hindu girl who is learning the beauty of her culture, even as an elder in her community attempts to hold her in a traditional mould. While the girl is sympathetic to the elder’s views, she already lives in a hybrid culture and must celebrate both. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Rex Dixon";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nazma Muller";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Patricia Mohammed";s:9:"biography";s:389:"Patricia Mohammed is a professor of gender and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad. Among her publications is Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation (2010). She has made a number of short films including Sign of the Loa (2007) and Coolie Pink and Green (2009), which won the People's Choice Award for Best Short Film at the ttff/09.";s:10:"photograph";s:75:"";}} Anisa Ali 1
A Story about Wendy 1+2 Trinidad and Tobago 2012 + 2014 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 103 PG English A Story about Wendy Wendy Phillips’ life spirals out of control after the sudden departure of her fiance. Forced to move back in with her parents, Wendy’s Mother and childhood best friend, Giselle are concerned that Wendy is hanging out with a deviant, Sylvia. Wendy hopes that landing a job with Television Presenter Simone Davies, will help get her back on her feet, but Simone has other plans for Wendy. A Story about Wendy 2 Following on from A Story about Wendy (2012), when she was dumped by her fiancé and sought to get her life back together, Wendy Phillips returns in this hilarious second chapter of her adventures. Excited to start work at Quirky TV as Simone Davies’ personal assistant, Wendy proves that she is dedicated and efficient. But when she inadvertently discovers information that reveals what really happened to Simone’s previous assistants, Wendy realises that her life is in danger. a:2:{i:0;s:108:"";i:1;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Sean Hodgkinson";s:9:"biography";s:360:"Sean Hodgkinson is a writer, director and producer from Trinidad and Tobago. His debut film, A Story About Wendy, premiered at the ttff/12 and screened internationally at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. A Story About Wendy 2 is his most recent film. Currently, Sean is directing the dramatic film Trafficked, which is expected to be released in 2015.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} Yvette Adams, Damian Archie, Ayanna Cezanne, Catherine Emmanuel, Alan Ferreira, Ian Gill, Marcia Henville, Samantha John, Ricardo Jute, Jennifer Hay Kalloo, Pauline Mark, Karisse Montano, Natalie Purvis, Heidi Walcott 1
Musgo (Moss) Portugal 2021 short 11 PG A little girl is drawn to the inside of a chestnut tree where she embarks on a mystical voyage through the imaginarium of Trás-os-Montes. Her curiosity guides the viewer between rituals, geographies and customs specific to each one of Trás-os-Montes’ phases of life, like the baptism in Mizarela or the disquieting rite of passage of the “caretos”. Between fantasy and ethnography, emerges an affecting portrait of a people and their land. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Alexandra Guimarães";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Alexandra Guimarães and Gonçalo L. Almeida finished their degrees in Cinema and Audiovisual at ESAP (Porto) in 2020. Their first collaboration, “Musgo” was their final year film. Both have been Portuguese ambassadors for the LUX Film Prize.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"ães-scaled.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Gonçalo L. Almeida";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Alexandra Guimarães and Gonçalo L. Almeida finished their degrees in Cinema and Audiovisual at ESAP (Porto) in 2020. Their first collaboration, “Musgo” was their final year film. Both have been Portuguese ambassadors for the LUX Film Prize.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"çalo-Almeida.png";}} 1
O Último Gás (The Last Stand) Brazil 2020 short 6 All Ages I must apply for the emergency artist relief fund. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Duda Gambogi";s:9:"biography";s:457:"Duda Gambogi is a filmmaker, screenwriter, actress and film critic. She has been working with film since 2014, having directed video clips and short films. Her graduation project was the docufiction "Endless Love" (2020), a portrait of karaoke singers from Rio de Janeiro. During the Pandemic, she directed two hybrid works that explore self-fiction and are currently in distribution: "The Last Stand" (2020), and "This February I'll Go To The Moon" (2021).";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Once More With Feeling United States of America 2021 short 6 PG An actress and her director make a scene. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Rachel Chin";s:9:"biography";s:294:"Rachel Chin is a filmmaker and researcher from Kingston, Jamaica. In 2019, she was selected for the second cohort of the JAFTA-JAMPRO-British Council Feature Film Lab. Her first feature screenplay is an official selection of the 2021 Bahamas International Film Festival Screenwriters Residency.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Plant Speech Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 3 No Rating They’re part of our everyday lives and even though we can talk to them, they can’t directly converse with us. However, if we could understand them, what stories would they have to tell? We went to the fields to find out what they had to say. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Lee Anna Maharaj";s:9:"biography";s:340:"Lee Anna Maharaj is a filmmaker who studied at UWI, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Film Studies. She has a deep love and appreciation for film. Lee Anna finds joy in capturing reality and reflecting life. She aspires to tell stories that can spark discussions. She also has a love for nature, especially plants and trees.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jovan Lalla";s:9:"biography";s:51:"Jovan Lalla studies film at the UWI Film Programme.";}} 1
Sisters Jamaica 2021 short 2 All Ages “Sisters” is a short film that shows the inner workings of a frustrated and grieving young music composer. When she tries to finish composing a specific song from her past, she is flooded with memories of a day she’d rather forget – the day she lost her sister. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lee-San Gayle";s:9:"biography";s:445:"Lee-San Gayle is a young filmmaker from St. Andrew, Jamaica. She is in her final year of Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film Production at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. In the past three years, she has produced, edited and directed short films, television interviews and music videos, working closely with local production companies and other known creative professionals.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back to Ourselves United Kingdom 2021 short 8 All Ages A hybrid blend of documentary and experimental film, “To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back To Ourselves” is a spiritual exploration of connection to one’s ancestors, environment and by extension one another. Guided by voices, the activism for Black liberation becomes increasingly intertwined with aspects of the Spirit. a:1:{i:0;s:129:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:129:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhiana Bonterre";s:9:"biography";s:386:"Rhiana Bonterre is a UK based filmmaker, who's work draws inspiration from Caribbean life and culture, and the ways its complex and traumatic past affects and shapes thought, identity and perception in the present, both at home and amongst the Diaspora. Having grown up in Trinidad, the rich art forms of the region are intentionally intertwined and integrated within many of her works.";s:10:"photograph";s:134:"";}} 1
The Interview United States of America 2020 short 4 All Ages A budding documentary filmmaker struggles to find the right interviewee for her film school project. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ayana Harper";s:9:"biography";s:261:"An editor by trade, “The Interview” is Ayana's directorial debut. A graduate of the International Film School of Paris (2014), Ayana currently resides in Toronto and is the lead editor for Story Play Media, a production company based in Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Scolopendres et Papillons (Centipedes and Butterflies) France, Martinique 2019 documentary featurette 52 No Rating In Martinique, three women survivors of incest are trying to rebuild their lives. Confronted by strong taboos on the island, they dare to speak out to break the silence around these crimes and explore their deep wounds. “Scolopendres et papillons” is an intimate look at the womens’ resilience: Fabienne, association manager, Agnès, artist and Daniely, actress and director. Like butterflies, bruised by ferocious centipede bites, each tries to spread their wings again… a:1:{i:0;s:132:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:132:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Laure Martin Hernandez";s:9:"biography";s:457:"A radio and print journalist for more than 20 years, Laure Martin Hernandez is an author and director of documentary films. Born in Auvergne in 1970, she lives and works in Martinique where she is interested in social issues, artistic creations and environmental themes in the Caribbean. She works regularly with Vianney Sotès with whom they have co-directed seven films including "Amazones, Art de revivre" in 2017 and "Scolopendres et Papillons" in 2019.";s:10:"photograph";s:148:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Vianney Sotes";s:9:"biography";s:1305:"I was born in Nantes (France) on October 16, 1978. Passionate about photography and video, I went to Paris in 1997 to do an audiovisual training in two years (a BTS Audiovisual in image option). I worked very quickly in the field of television and web tv since I was entrusted with the production of tv programs in Toulouse on Occitanià Télévision then for the multimedia group of the Dépêche du Midi. At the same time, I also make video clips and try my hand at staging fiction. I then moved to Martinique in 2002 and became part of the show as a director, cameraman-editor. From then on, I multiply the projects of programs, clips, pubs and the documentary genre. I personally equip myself with shooting and post-production equipment to develop personal projects. For my apprenticeship in the documentary genre, I partnered with author journalist Laure Martin Hernandez and co-directed several films that often address cultural and artistic themes. I am also increasing my collaborations with different producers (Poischiches Films, BCI, 1.Ctwo, Bérénice Médias Corp.…). In 2017, still with Laure Martin Hernandez, I signed the film "Amazons the art of reviving", a very personal film that addresses the subject of post-breast cancer reconstruction by following my partner over several months.";s:10:"photograph";s:138:"";}} 1
Ghost of Hing King Estate Trinidad and Tobago 2009 narrative feature 120 PG-13 After six people mysteriously die over a five-month period on the Hing King Estate in Las Cuevas, Trinidad, all fingers point to the plantation owner’s wife, Carmelle Dauphin. This supernatural thriller is based on actual events. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
Baldwin’s Nigger Trinidad and Tobago + UK 1973 documentary feature 60 PG In his first film, Horace Ové directs a striking, verité snapshot of writer, James Baldwin, at his sharp-witted best: conversing with civil rights activist, Dick Gregory, as they address a group of radical Caribbean students in 1960s London. The two discuss the Civil Rights Movement and black experience and identity in both Britain and the USA. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
Recoger El Viento (Pick Up The Wind) Cuba 2019 short 13 All Ages “Pick Up The Wind” follows Anthony, a young child from the small, rural town of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. We experience the quotidien rituals of his daily life. While Anthony displays contradictory traits of creativity, destruction, rigidity, and tenderness, a story emerges from the multidimensionality of Anthony’s layered personality. a:1:{i:0;s:112:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:112:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Amir Aether Valen";s:9:"biography";s:532:"Amir Aether Valen is an audiovisual storyteller who likes to explore the reflections of man’s being which are found in nature, and reflect on the psychospiritual nature of the self through poetic, meditative, and contemplative pictures that follow human relationships with both their internal and external worlds. Amir studied at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Artemisa, Cuba where he specialised in documentary direction. His work has screened at Sheffield DocFest and ttff.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"";}} 1
Black Safari UK 1972 narrative feature 60 All Ages A spoof documentary, made as part of the BBC2 “World About” series, ‘Black Safari’ tells the story of an expedition to deepest, darkest Lancashire (UK), “the black man’s grave”, by a group of black African explorers and anthropologists in an attempt to locate the centre of Britain “whose whereabouts are still to be determined”. Ové narrates the film and appears onscreen as a member of the expedition. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Colin Luke";}} 1
Pressure UK 1976 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 120 14+ With a screenplay written by Trinidadian writer, Samuel Selvon, “Pressure” follows three generations of a Trinidadian family living in West London’s Ladbroke Grove. Herbert Norville stars as the family’s youngest son, British born Tony, who grows more and more disillusioned as he faces unemployment. Alienated from his white friends, he follows his older brother into the Black Power Movement. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
King Carnival Trinidad and Tobago + UK 1973 documentary feature 60 PG The highly acclaimed 1970s documentary, “King Carnival”, stands after all this time, as a love letter to T&T. Made for the BBC in 1973, by legendary Trinidadian-British director, Horace Ové, the film is still acclaimed as one of the best ever made about the history of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. The UK’s Times newspaper had this to say at the time: “…beneath the fantastic spectacle there lies a history of cultural struggle. The influences of Europe, of India, and above all Africa are reflected in customs and ceremonies still alive in Trinidad today. The insistent, joyful music, stunning costumes and immense crowds make it a perfect TV spectacle; Horace Ove’s film shows it to be that, and much more.” a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
La Revolucion y los Artistas Mexico 2018 feature 110 16+ In the 1920s, the golden age of Mexican art, romance brews between the painters and writers Dr. Atl and Nahui Olin. José Vasconcelos has founded the Ministry of Education and called on every intellectual in the country to support his project. President Álvaro Obregón, devoted to intellectuals, allows one of the most important cultural crusades in Mexican history. During this transition stage, in which a liberal atmosphere allows acceptance of homosexuality, divorce and women’s sufferage, love affairs blossom in a whirl of ideas, passions, politics and ideology. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Gabriel Retes";s:9:"biography";s:303:"Gabriel Retes was a filmmaker and theatre director. He is one of the most prolific and nationally/ internationally recognised Mexican directors. He made 20 feature films, and “El Bulto”, “Welcome Welcome”, and “The City to the Nude” are considered among the 100 best films of Mexican cinema.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Lavway Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative feature 61 PG From the visionary Creative Director of The Lost Tribe, LAVWAY is an experimental film based on traditions of Trinidad’s unique Carnival. The film harnesses the energy of the mas and is a rousing ode to the origins and rituals of the festival; awash in mysticism, vibrant colour and pulsating soca music. a:2:{i:0;s:73:"";i:1;s:73:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ryan Gibbons";s:9:"biography";s:633:"Ryan Gibbons has always been passionate about his craft, honing his skills over the past fifteen years primarily as a cinematographer working on commercials, corporate features and music videos all over the English speaking Caribbean. In his own words he states, “I love being behind a camera and that ability to capture beautiful imagery; that gets me excited to wake up and do this every day.” In recent years Ryan has been exploring his skills as a director on various projects. In 2020, Ryan helmed the massively successful One Yard Caribbean Virtual Concert paving the way for his feature film directorial debut with Lavway.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Maybe One Day Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 2 All Ages For some, this past year has been the hardest of their lives. Stuck indoors, no contact with friends, constant sanitizing with the fear of the virus always present. So many things we take for granted that we normally forget, but we must always remember to ask ourselves the question: What are we thankful for? a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:243:"Riyadh Rahaman is award winning 22-year-old Trinidadian filmmaker with a passion for creating high quality, local films and is most known for his unique and creative abilities in storytelling including the genres of comedy, drama and thriller.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Untɨ les Origines (Untɨ, the Origins) French Guiana 2018 documentary featurette 56 No Rating Filmmaker Christophe Yanuwana Pierre’s journey to Talwakem (“the one who reflects” in the Wayana language) was a search for his identity. One of the Kali’na people, he grew up on the banks of the Maroni river in French Guiana. From Yalimapo beach, the place of the first meeting between his people and Europeans, to Tumuc Humac, which remains the home of Kaïlawa, a great Wayana warrior, his journey highlights his people’s connection to these lands. a:1:{i:0;s:114:"Ɨ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;s:114:"Ɨ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Christophe Yanuwana Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:840:"Born in French Guiana, Christophe Yanuwana Pierre grew up in the village Terre-Rouge in a family of 4 children. He began his studies, in the planning of territory but turns to communication. At the same time, he was introduced to audiovisual practice with the Image Pole of Maroni. He recently directed his first film “Unti, les origins” and also acted in the second season of the Guyana series (Shine Films, Canal +). Pierre is committed to the indigenous cause, he is co-founder and spokesperson for the Autochthonous Youth movement of Guyana. In June 2018 he was elected vice-president of the Grand Customary Council of the Amerindian and Bushinengé Peoples. He initiated the launch of the traveling cinema “Kuwenejaï” (“I see you, I look at you,” in Wayana language) which organises film screenings in indigenous villages.";s:10:"photograph";s:130:"Ɨ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Director-Christophe-Yanuwana-Pierre.jpg";}} 1
This Ain’t Normal United States of America 2019 documentary feature 109 PG-13 “This Ain’t Normal” follows the lives of gang-involved youth and young adults in the high impact crime neighborhoods of inner city Boston, the youth advocacy street and social workers tasked with helping transform their lives, and the organisations attempting to provide the bridges to opportunity. Told primarily through the point of view of gang involved youth/young adults, entangled in the intractable violence of inner city Boston, the film examines the individual motives behind those perpetrating violence, the culture and circumstances that precipitate these behaviors and the staff of StreetSafe Boston, who are on the frontline, delivering interventions in an effort to prevent violence and ultimately provide opportunities that stabilize the lives of the young men responsible for the majority of the gun violence. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Rudy Hypolite";s:9:"biography";s:655:"Trinidadian born and Boston-bred, Rudy Hypolite is a director and producer. He is an American Film Institute (AFI) Robert M. Bennett short film award and Henry Hampton feature length documentary award recipient. Previous films include, "PUSH: Madison v Madison", the acclaimed inner city sports documentary, currently in distribution on ESPN Classics and PBS' World's America Reframed and American Graduate series. Hypolite manages Harvard University's Science Center Media and Technology Services and is the former director, editor and producer for the Harvard@Home multimedia website. He is a graduate of Boston University's Television and Film Program.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Juana Dominican Republic 2021 short 19 PG-13 A young domestic worker has to raise money to improve her father’s health, while she is forced to endure all kinds of sexual harassment from her boss’s son. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"José Antonio Martínez";s:9:"biography";s:379:"Dominican José Antonio Martínez Lizardo resides in Santo Domingo. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the School of Cinema and Audiovisual Communication at INTEC in Santo Domingo. José has been a director, writer, photographer, and editor on various academic and professional projects. His work is rooted in the pursuit of exploring Caribbean culture through the cinematic lens.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"é-Antonio-Martínez.jpeg";}} 1
Grief Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 4 No Rating “Grief”, loosely based on real life experiences, explores a character’s journey to closure. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Corinna Sequea";s:9:"biography";s:324:"Corinna Sequea is a student of the Film Programme at UWI St Augustine. She places a lot of value in learning, both through life and within the classroom. She has a great interest in cinematography and World Cinema – both go hand in hand in helping her learn to create images that tell stories and potentially impact lives.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Going Knowhere Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 20 PG-13 In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Trinidad and Tobago, causing panic and forcing us into isolation. “Going Knowhere” is an experimental record of this time which references the diary I kept and footage collected from my home. It is a study of the effects of isolation on the mind and soul. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Darielle Allard";s:9:"biography";s:178:"Darielle is a young filmmaker from Trinidad. She is interested in deconstructing colonial identities and structures and uninterested in writing about herself in the third person.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Clash Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 4 No Rating Ever wondered what it may feel like for a bipolar patient who is going through a manic episode? “Clash” combines several creative elements in order to explore that reality. The idea itself was born out of the understanding that there is so much stigma around mental health conditions in the West Indies and there ought to be ways in which these conversations can be sparked. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kwame E. Boatswain";s:9:"biography";s:498:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain is a photographer who found a passion for filmmaking which grew stronger when he chose to pursue it on a tertiary level. Aside from leaning his intellectual lens on social topics, he uses his photography background to influence the way he creates his brand of films. He believes that when it comes to the Caribbean narrative, there is much to be explored and there’s nothing like the power of cinema to tap into that untouched well of stories that are waiting to be told.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Xavier Kistow- Davis";s:9:"biography";s:355:"Xavier Kistow-Davis is a practicing visual artist with a passion for painting and chess. He majors in Visual Arts at the University of the West Indies. His involvement in the film programme was brief but worthwhile, having learnt about the different audio and visual dynamics of film as well as its social implications and how important representation is.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Caught in the Net Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 28 PG-13 Illegal poaching was once a major threat to the survival of turtles. Today, incidental bycatch by fishermen has taken over as the largest threat to sea turtles globally. Yet the two are more related than we might think. “Caught in the Net” jumps into the heart of Trinidad and Tobago, following the people who protect the endangered turtles—and those who kill them. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kaaria Quash";s:9:"biography";s:236:"Kaaria Quash is an environmental journalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on topics concerning climate change, wildlife, and Indigenous issues. He grew up in Trinidad & Tobago and France, and is currently based in Montreal, Canada.";s:10:"photograph";s:104:"";}} 1
Suriname Veteran Suriname 2021 art short 3 No Rating Although Suriname’s Civil War (1986-1992) was a modern conflict, it has largely evaded the grasp of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide. And of the Civil War stories that permeate South America’s smallest country, few focus on the everyday Maroon foot-soldiers who fought, tooth-and-nail, against Suriname’s Marxist regime. “Suriname Veteran” captures the transformation that occurred when Romeo donned his red beret and became a Corporal once again. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Keoni K. Wright";s:9:"biography";s:511:"Keoni K. Wright is a Suriname based experimental filmmaker, documentarian, visual artist, and television producer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts to an Irish mother and a Filipino/African American father from Hawai'i, Keoni graduated from Boston's Emmanuel College before serving ten years in the United States Navy.To date, he is best known for his non-linear, experimental film "ReleaseD", which was nominated for Virginia Tech’s "2020 Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts Awards for Decolonizing Films and Media".";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Rhythms of Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 10 No Rating “Rhythms of Trinidad” is made of a found archive in collaboration with the National Archive of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a study of history through movement and production of space. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Andreas Antonopoulos";s:9:"biography";s:311:"Andreas Antonopoulos is a filmmaker who works across fiction, documentary, experimental, and animation film. He has produced film work in Greece, UK and in Trinidad and Tobago. Antonopoulos is a film lecturer who has taught at Napier Edinburgh University, UK; Leeds Beckett University, UK, and UWI St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:126:"";}} 1
Reconquête de Tintin United Kingdom 2018 art short 7 No Rating The Dadaists embodied absurdity. Absurdity in the context of art exploration has the close ‘pumpkin vine’ cousins humour, ritual, repetition, play, endurance, failure, irony, sarcasm and of course, rebellion and resistance. How long will I be able to brush this patch of hair with its natural curl? How long will it take for me to get its point straight or rather get straight to the point that it (my little Tintin coiff) has a mind of its own and won’t become straight? a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:722:"Richard Mark Rawlins is a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019). His research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism, and black identity and diaspora politics. Rawlins’ work has been shown at “Drawn Out”, Drawing Room, London (2021); “The Human Touch”, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2021); “Get Up Stand Up Now”, Somerset House, London, UK (2019), among others. Rawlins' work has been acquired by the Wedge Curatorial Collection, Toronto; AMBA Collection, London; the Soho House art collection, and the collection of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"";}} 1
Moscow Dominican Republic 2021 art short 6 No Rating Moscow, cold as her gaze. A girl recounts her life and how she grew up around the ideal of being beautiful to be perfect. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Leonela GardeMont";s:9:"biography";s:260:"Born in Dominican Republic, Leonela GardeMont is an architect, producer, director and actor. Among her most notable works are, ''Stagioni'', which won an official mention at FashionFilmRD, and was an official selection of the Dominican Film Festival DFFNY2019.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
FreeFormed Jamaica 2020 art short 1 No Rating The idea for this project came to me when I was criticised for my hair and my overall image – the CFO of the company I used to work for asked: “Aren’t you afraid opportunities will pass you because of the way you look?” At the time my head was wrapped in a turban. I proceeded to let him know how I looked had nothing to do with my work ethic. This behavior wasn’t new to me because I have also been rejected for jobs because of my hair. I’ve always wondered what the true meaning of freedom is. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Kim Friez";s:9:"biography";s:50:"QUILTAN |ACTRESS | PERFORMER | CREATIVE | WANDERER";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Fouyé Zétwal (Plowing the Stars) Guadeloupe 2021 art short 14 No Rating On her way to meet her dad, a woman reflects on her life. Along the way, the country looks empty to her and, slowly, memories of past lives are coming back to her. Is it real? Or is it only a dream? a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Wally Fall";s:9:"biography";s:369:"Wally Fall is a filmmaker from Martinique. In 2016, along with fellow filmmakers and film professionals he founded Cinemawon, a film collective dedicated to creating new spaces to screen overlooked films from the Caribbean and the African Diasporas. “Plowing the Stars” was shot in Guadeloupe and is a project he started with friend and actress-writer, Anyès Noel.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
Flight Path Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 4 No Rating A video narrative made in the isolated months of the first London Lockdown, “Flight Path” is a work that interrogates the notion of ‘reaching’ – of attainment and accomplishment – in regards to both the physical act of movement and attempting to advance oneself, and in examination of the concessions and negotiations involved in making advancements towards one’s final destination. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Lisa-Marie Harris";s:9:"biography";s:753:"Lisa-Marie Harris is an artist from Trinidad & Tobago, living and working in London, UK. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, London UK, with an MA distinction in Contemporary Photography: Practices and Philosophies, Lisa-Marie was selected as the 2021/ 2022 recipient of the Helen Scott Lidgett Award, and is the 2021 winner of the Jane Carole Clarke Memorial Award. Her hybrid process investigates the idea of body as an object. It considers the absence of bodies alongside a breaking-apart and putting-together of form. Reproduction, lineage, and personal histories inform her work, with the body viewed as a thing to rearrange, depart and remove as notions around how we dehumanise, machine, and commoditise the body are examined, and reconstituted.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Errantry Jamaica 2021 art short 11 No Rating “Errantry” is a multi-channel video installation that centres the polyphonic rhythms of the coastal space, the surrounding Caribbean Sea, and the life sustained by them. Shot on location on the south coast of Jamaica with Fisherman and Painter, Tommy Wong. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Simon Benjamin ";s:9:"biography";s:640:"Simon Benjamin is a Jamaican artist and filmmaker living in New York, whose work includes experiential installations, photography, film, and sculpture. Through research, oral history, and critical fabulation, he calls attention to the contradictions entangled in the enduring myths and images of the Caribbean as tropical paradise – a carefully constructed imaginary that replaced the harsh reality of the exploitative plantation. Rethinking the relationship of margin to centre in archival representation, vernacular materials, such as cornmeal and fish traps, become sculptural elements, embedding multiple temporalities and narratives.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"";}} 1
Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond: Women in Resistance Shall Not Be Moved United States of America 2020 art short 17 No Rating “Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond” is a dance film that combines biography, poetry, and ritual with the energy of live performance to bridge stories of resistance and liberation between Puerto Rico and Richmond, VA, USA. The film honours Black women tobacco workers in Richmond and Puerto Rican tobacco factory, readers and activists, Dominga de La Cruz Becerril (1909-1981) and Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922). a:1:{i:0;s:146:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alicia Díaz";s:9:"biography";s:532:"Originally from Puerto Rico, Alicia Díaz is co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater. As a Puerto Rican contemporary dance artist in the diaspora her choreographic work speaks to issues of migration, colonialism, and the legacy of slavery. Her artistic research is rooted in the premise that the body is a site of knowledge, and on questions of memory and identity.Her choreographic work has been presented in the United States, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Alicia is dance faculty at The University of Richmond.";s:10:"photograph";s:147:"";}} 1
Digital Love (remix) Germany 2020 art short 5 No Rating “digital love (remix)” is the result of an online collaboration with the musical collective Lovemusic from Strasbourg (France). A neonwave audiovisual poem about love, desire and death bringing together an ambient remix of Daft Punk’s, “Digital Love”, with fragments of William Shakespeare’s erotic poem, “Venus and Adonis”.     a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Raphaël Languillat";s:9:"biography";s:366:"Born in Morocco, Raphaël Languillat is a French composer and multimedia artist. Merging acoustic instruments with electronic sounds, dealing with art history and the re-imagination of narratives, his works use extensively the “photographic” (still and moving images), as well as text and color as central elements. He lives and works in Offenbach/Main, Germany.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Berlin Loops: Savignyplatz United States of America 2021 art short 3 No Rating This short experimental film explores the visual architecture of the moving image. Using the special case of continuous lateral movement created from filming from a moving train, the film trails and loops across the screen, revealing the passing landscape. Filmed from the passenger compartment of the Berlin Ring-Bahn, the extended vision of the scenery includes surreptitious graffiti, elongated buildings, and a spatially compressed, passing train. The musical accompaniment is constructed from the original audio and created through the manipulation of delay-effect frequencies. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeffrey Moser";s:9:"biography";s:481:"Jeffrey Moser is an experimental filmmaker and researcher of the visual dynamics of time-based media. He is an assistant professor of Interactive Design at West Virginia University. He holds an associate’s degree in Graphic Design, a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and an MFA in Studio Art. His video art has been exhibited internationally, including at the US National Gallery of Art, in the GBiennale Underground Film Festival in Geelong, Australia, and at On Art - Poland.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Back in the Island Dominican Republic 2021 art short 4 No Rating “Back in the Island” explored the creative journey of artist, Amanda Valle, as she returns to her home in the Dominican Republic. Following an emotionally draining period, Amanda seeks comfort in the local culture by immersing herself in the colours and textures that were once so familiar. A journey of self discovery, the film becomes the main source of inspiration for the artist’s new series of paintings. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Amanda Valle";s:9:"biography";s:276:"Amanda Valle lives and works between the Dominican Republic and Miami, USA. dedicating her time to painting and art experimentation. She filled her time by drawing the worlds and colours living in her mind with the views from the window becoming muses for her self-expression.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
An Affirmation Barbados 2021 art short 2 No Rating “an affirmation” shares an experience of receiving gender-affirming care, by way of HRT (hormone replacement therapy). In a world that can be hostile to trans* bodies, life can feel like a survival below the surface. Offering a slower, softer and subtler way of feeling closer to the vision of oneself, the experience of this care is likened to the ability of breathing underwater, where bodies shift and bend in the refraction of light and liquid. It is an experience of making a difference below the surface. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
// Current state = true; United States of America 2021 art short 3 No Rating Some memories are password-protected. Others always run without asking. Phantom sound bytes loop around the kitchen table, inside a house, in space. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Laura Iancu";s:9:"biography";s:176:"Iancu is a visual artist working primarily in hybrid video forms and immersive 3D animation and gaming. She is currently teaching film production classes at Virginia Tech, USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Variety Canada 2021 documentary featurette 45 All Ages “Variety” is a documentary about choice, or more accurately, the lack of choice when faced with the reality of having too much choice. The over-abundance of variety in any given consumer product has negative effects on both the consumer and the world at large. Motivated by frustration, filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi attempts to understand variety and find a way to navigate the pitfalls of excessive choice. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi";s:9:"biography";s:288:"Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi is an award-winning Canadian BIPOC filmmaker. With over 17 years of experience, Ramin has produced works from narrative drama and comedy to documentary and everything in between. Ramin is inspired by all that is visually stunning, and engaging stories not often told.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
The Soul of a Cyclist Portugal 2020 documentary feature 73 All Ages Through a group of “classic” cyclists and their common interest in the classic bicycle, “The Soul of a Cyclist” discovers values that are being lost in our modern society, such as the importance of friendship, ecology, valuing the old, minimalism and, other important premises to achieve a happier, simpler and more fulfilled life with what really matters. As in life, in this documentary, bicycles transport us in our discovery, in our reflection. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nuno Tavares";s:9:"biography";s:605:"Nuno Tavares’ professional life started as an electrotechnical engineer in Portuguese telecommunication companies from 1999 to 2003. At a young age, he became an entrepreneur, founding at age of 27, his first company in Portugal. In 2019, founded a new company, which will pursue several sectors of activity, primarily, cinema, arts, and sustainability. Free minded, ecologist, pragmatic, creative, outsider (the word that he believes defines him the best), Tavares has started to develop his own path through creativity and art, with the tranquility, trust, and wisdom which come with being in his 40s.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}} 1
Sapelo Switzerland 2020 documentary feature 91 All Ages “Sapelo” journeys within a unique American island to tell the story of its matriarchal griot, Cornelia Walker Bailey, and her adopted sons coming of age in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Nick Brandestini";s:9:"biography";s:452:"Nick Brandestini is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Zurich. His film “Children of the Arctic” (2014) won numerous awards at international film festivals before airing on PBS World Channel. His previous film, “Darwin” (2011), screened theatrically in Canada, New York and Los Angeles, garnering praise in The New York Times, Variety, and the LA Times. His latest film, “Sapelo”, (2020) was awarded Best Feature Film at Visions du Réel.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
You Can’t Stop Spirit United States of America 2021 documentary short 15 14+ ‘You Can’t Stop Spirit’ centres on the Baby Doll Mardi Gras masking tradition. Mardi Gras is the only day where social rank is abolished and everyone is equal. Against this backdrop, Black women experience a new freedom; one in which they are able to participate in nontraditional behaviors and practices without fear of critique. The Baby Dolls fearlessly pull a thread throughout time to reclaim culture, tradition and freedom while challenging society’s perception of how Black women are to act and exist in the world. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Vashni Korin";s:9:"biography";s:729:"Vashni Korin is a Caribbean-American journalist, filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles. Born in New York with roots in Barbados, Puerto Rico and the West Indies, her cultural background has influenced much of her research as she connects the larger diaspora through folklore, spirituality and celebration. Her first documentary short, “You Can’t Stop Spirit” explores themes of identity, sexual liberation and the freedom that carnival lends in New Orleans amongst Black women. She's worked alongside Lizzo as a cinematographer for her upcoming documentary and produces shorts that highlight Black history in the US. She is an awarded 2019/2020 New Orleans Film Society Emerging Voices and Antenna Works Platforms Fund.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Wendy Nanan Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 24 PG “Wendy Nanan” is a rare glimpse into the life and work of the groundbreaking Trinidadian artist, told in her own words. Sensitive to the artist’s reticence, the film follows Nanan’s creation of the sculptural work, “Breath”, as she recounts key moments in the development of her life and four-decades-plus practice in Port of Spain, Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andil Gosine";s:9:"biography";s:449:"Andil Gosine is Professor of Environmental Art and Justice at York University in Toronto, Canada, and author of Nature's Wild: Love, Sex and Law in the Caribbean. He is also curator of the forthcoming exhibition "everything slackens in a wreck-" at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York. Gosine's companion short film, "Breath", will premiere as part of Nanan's solo exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas, in Washington DC, later this year.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
UXO Puerto Rico 2020 documentary short 3 PG An island’s microcosm shaken by the constant detonations of UXOs is captured in a brief composition of sublime yet forceful sound and image. For over 60 years, the island of Vieques, which is part of Puerto Rico, was used as a bombing range and testing ground by the United States Navy. People have always lived on the island. Years of massive protests and acts of civil disobedience led to the Navy’s departure in 2003. Vieques was constantly in the news and part of the conversation. Now its inhabitants are left to cope with the aftermath of war, the years of cleanup by routinely detonating unexploded munitions in the open air. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Margaret Mair ";s:9:"biography";s:717:"Margaret Mair is a Puerto Rican documentary filmmaker interested in the creation of art that contributes to intercultural dialogues. She is a documentary film graduate of Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) in Cuba. Mair holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University. Her two most recent documentary projects were selected to participate at Filma AFRO Cartagena 2020: International DocLab and at Firelight Media Groundwork Regional Lab 2019. Her short documentary films have been screened at many festivals: True / False Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, European Film Festival of Puerto Rico, and San Juan Cinemafest. She lives in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
The 1938 Unrest Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 6 PG-13 “The 1938 Unrest” is based on the labour disturbances which took place in Jamaica in May 1938. These spontaneous labour riots and strikes spread islandwide from the sugarcane fields of Frome, Westmoreland to the wharves at the waterfront of Kingston. The film captures the emotions of the protagonist, an extremely angry and highly frustrated labourer. He is determined to create significant change by advocating on behalf of other workers for the improvement of working conditions, increased wages and the removal of colonial oppression. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Justin-Paul Williams";s:9:"biography";s:272:"Justin-Paul Williams is a self taught content creator who continues to offer a fresh perspective in his storytelling. With “The 1938 Unrest”, JP hopes to bring awareness to Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean about the importance of the historical events of that period.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"";}} 1
Port of Spain, A Writer’s Heaven Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 27 PG Trinidadian actor and performer, Wendell Manwarren, leads a walking tour of Port of Spain from a literary perspective. The city comes alive in new and unexpected ways when viewed through the lens of both classic and new works of Caribbean literature. This film was made as part of the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest. a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dion Boucaud";s:9:"biography";s:448:"Dion Boucaud is a cinematographer and editor with 20-plus years of industry experience, both locally and regionally, as well as in the Americas and Europe. He graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Film from the University of the West Indies, where he earned several academic awards. His portfolio includes news features, entertainment programmes, live broadcasts, magazine-format shows, several corporate and personality videos, and feature length movies.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Over-Flow Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 18 PG In 2018 a succession of floods plagues Trinidad and Tobago. “Over-Flow” is a firsthand account by filmmaker Elizabeth Ramjit, of the devastation from overbank floods and flash-floods in T&T. Ramjit interviews activists on a quest for revival who advise that by refraining from littering and enacting recycling, citizens will no longer be deemed instigators of ‘natural’ disasters and environmental anarchy. The documentary explores accountability in T&T, where a lack of environmental regulations and a culture of littering exacerbates natural disasters. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Elizabeth Ramjit";s:9:"biography";s:81:"Elizabeth Ramjit is an American-Trinidadian filmmaker and Verizon media producer.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Little Moko Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 15 All Ages Due to the global pandemic, Trinidad and Tobago had to cancel ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. In 2021, we had no Carnival, but culture can’t be canceled. Featuring music by Freetown Collective, “Little Moko” follows Adianka’s journey to learn the art of stilt-walking. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Miquel Galofré ";s:9:"biography";s:481:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad and Tobago. With broad experience in documentary film production, television and commercials, he has filmed around the world. His work strives for empathy and sensitivity around social justice issues, to help to reduce the negative impact of stigma. Miquel finds hope and magic even in the darkest places. His acclaimed films “Songs Of Redemption” and “Art Connect” received more than 20 international awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Junior Haiti 2020 documentary short 11 No Rating Gifted as a teenager, Jérôme “Junior” Simeon was recruited by top Haitian roots music group Racine Mapou de Azor and spent 20 years touring the world. When the lead singer of his band dies unexpectedly, Junior’s high-profile career comes to a shocking halt and he suddenly faces an uncertain future. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"A.J. Wilhelm";s:9:"biography";s:259:"AJ Wilhelm attended the University of Michigan where he studied politics, music and film. Following graduation, AJ worked at National Geographic Society in Washington DC while also performing as a touring musician. “Junior” is AJ's first film as director.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
IntranQu’îllités United Kingdom 2019 documentary short 20 PG-13 Lyrically narrated by award-winning Haitian poet, James Noël, “IntranQu’îllités” interweaves the work of several Haitian artists who want to redefine how their nation is perceived. It portrays the polyphony and energy of the contemporary Haitian art scene, presenting a more nuanced, complex and local perspective than is often heard or seen in mainstream media. “IntranQu’îllités” explores the role of art in society and the timeless importance of creativity. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ed Owles";s:9:"biography";s:425:"Ed Owles is a self-shooting producer/ director based in London. He's shot and directed films in over 20 countries for broadcast, festivals and online. His debut feature doc, “The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers”, was described by The Hollywood Reporter as “tremendously vivid and expertly entertaining” and screened in over 25 countries. Ed is an associate tutor in ethnographic film at various UK universities.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon (or) the Stillness of a Wound United States of America 2021 documentary short 8 PG Born in the Dominican Republic and working in New York City, artist Firelei Báez’s paintings of dramatically shapeshifting figures assert the power of the female form, challenging fundamental ideas around beauty and Caribbean history. Produced by the Peabody Award-winning nonprofit organisation Art21, the film features original dance choreography and follows the prolific Firelei as she creates new paintings in her Bronx studio and travels through the surrounding neighborhood. a:1:{i:0;s:136:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Souki Mehdaoui";s:9:"biography";s:323:"Souki Mehdaoui is a French-Moroccan director, writer, cinematographer and subject relations consultant for documentaries. Her work can be seen on Netflix, HBO, New York Times, A+E, Yahoo, Refinery29 and Topic, as well as in the Sundance-premiering documentaries “The Great Hack,” “Mucho Mucho Amor,” and “Cusp”.";s:10:"photograph";s:140:"";}} 1
Écoutez Le Battement de Nos Images (Listen to the Beat of Our Images) French Guiana 2021 documentary short 15 PG 60 years ago, the French government decided to establish its space center in Kourou, French Guiana. 600 Guianese people were expropriated to allow France to realise its dream of space conquest. Combining field investigation and archival video-editing processes, “Listen to the Beat of Our Images” gives a voice to an invisibilized and silenced population. a:1:{i:0;s:152:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Maxime Jean-Baptiste";s:9:"biography";s:498:"Maxime Jean-Baptiste is a filmmaker based between Brussels and Paris. He was born and raised in the Guyanese and Antillean diaspora in France, to a French mother and a Guyanese father. His interest as an artist is to dig inside the complexity of Western colonial history by excavating surviving traumas from the past in the present. “Listen to the Beat of Our Images”, co-directed with his sister Audrey Jean-Baptiste, was selected for CPH:DOX, Hotdocs, and ISFF Clermont-Ferrrand among others.";s:10:"photograph";s:165:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Audrey Jean-Baptiste";s:9:"biography";s:343:"Audrey Jean-Baptiste is a documentary and narrative filmmaker. She works between France and French Guiana. Her films address issues of race, gender and sexuality. Her first documentary, “Fabulous” (2019) screened in numerous international festivals including IDFA. Her film, “Goodbye Childhood” (2021), is currently in post-production.";s:10:"photograph";s:158:"";}} 1
Buscando Ana Veldford (Searching for Ana Veldford) United States of America 2021 documentary short 5 PG-13 A middle-aged mother of two reflects on her emotional decision to immigrate to the United States some 30 years earlier, in this reflective documentary short that borrows its title from a uniquely powerful poem by the legendary exiled Cuban writer, Lourdes Casal. a:1:{i:0;s:126:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ronald Baez";s:9:"biography";s:443:"Ronald Baez is an award-winning Afro-Latinx filmmaker and immersive media artist from Miami, USA. Baez has exhibited work at HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and the Oscar-Qualifying Florida and Short Shorts (Tokyo) Film Festivals. His work has also been screened and exhibited at prestigious arts and culture institutions such as the Norton Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History.";s:10:"photograph";s:129:"";}} 1
Becky Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 13 PG-13 “Becky” is an unexpectedly uplifting story about a Kenyan woman’s resilience on her journey to feeling complete. a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nicola Cross";s:9:"biography";s:362:"Nicola Zawadi Cross is a self-shooting filmmaker with a focus on women and girls. She was born in Tanzania, raised in Trinidad and Tobago and attended university in the UK. Since 2012, Nicola has been using filmmaking as a tool for women's empowerment, shifting the dominant narratives, and to support the work being done to improve the lives of women and girls.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
A Pasi Fu Romeo (Romeo’s Road) Suriname 2021 documentary short 22 PG-13 From the local Surinamese tongue, “A Pasi Fu Romeo” can be translated into either “Romeo’s Road” or “Romeo’s Passion”. In either case, the double meaning is appropriate when describing the passionate road the film’s main subject, Romeo Koffymaga, has taken to become an emerging Maroon voice in the fight against logging transportation practices in Suriname. As the film portrays, Romeo is a man who developed his righteous mentality as a fearless soldier fighting against a leftist military regime during Suriname’s Civil War (1986-1992). Today, Romeo has put down his rifle, but continues to fight using the power of his voice. a:1:{i:0;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Keoni K. Wright";s:9:"biography";s:511:"Keoni K. Wright is a Suriname based experimental filmmaker, documentarian, visual artist, and television producer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts to an Irish mother and a Filipino/African American father from Hawai'i, Keoni graduated from Boston's Emmanuel College before serving ten years in the United States Navy.To date, he is best known for his non-linear, experimental film "ReleaseD", which was nominated for Virginia Tech’s "2020 Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts Awards for Decolonizing Films and Media".";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Madame Pipi United States of America 2021 documentary short 25 14+ “Madame Pipi” follows the lives of Haitian women bathroom attendants working in the nightclubs in Miami. Relatively invisible, underpaid and underappreciated, their stories are a journey of triumph as they navigate their patron’s personalities for tips. Despite the rising cost of living and the uncertainty of COVID-19 shutting down nightlife in Miami, their remittances – earned through tips – coupled with larger contributions from the Haitian diaspora fuel more than one third of the GDP in Haiti. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Rachelle Salnave";s:9:"biography";s:459:"For the past 20 years, Rachelle Salnave has focused her lens on the Global Black experience. She is a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive Fellow. Her second feature documentary, “La Belle Vie” (“The Good Life”) landed her an Emmy nomination in 2016, and in 2017, Knight Foundation honored Rachelle as a “Knight Arts Champion” for her cinematic programming. Rachelle’s goal is to change the narrative around Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Dibujos contra las Balas (Drawings against Bullets) Mexico 2020 feature 91 PG Women who live in Ciudad Juarez organise safe havens for children in some of the most violent neighborhoods in Mexico. There, Diana, Joseph and Gael seek out the freedom that they once had on the streets, and try to heal the wounds that the violence of organised crime has inflicted on them. “Drawings Against Bullets” is a loving depiction of the search for peace in Mexico. a:1:{i:0;s:131:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:131:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alicia Calderón";s:9:"biography";s:423:"Alicia Calderón was shaped on the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico until she decided to direct her own film projects from a feminist and Human Rights perspective. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques from the UNIVA, and a Master’s Degree in Communication, Social Change and Development, from the Complutense University of Madrid. She lives in Barcelona, where she studied Documentary 3.0.";s:10:"photograph";s:131:"ón.jpg";}} 1
Al-Sit Sudan 2020 short 20 All Ages In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother, Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. But can Nafisa choose for herself? a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Suzannah Mirghani";s:9:"biography";s:548:"Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate and publishes creative and scholarly work on a variety of cultural issues. Mixed race Sudanese and Russian, she is most interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity. Suzannah is the writer, director, and producer of “Al-Sit” (2020), which has won several awards, including the Grand Prix at the 2021 Tampere Film Festival and the Canal+ Award at the 2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Ahlan wa Sahlan France 2020 feature 93 All Ages In 2009, Lucas Vernier left for Syria accompanied by his camera and the photographs taken by his grandfather when he was a member of the Camel Corps during the French Mandate. As a diligent young filmmaker, he generously records his journey, reconstructs his grandfather’s route and connects to the descendants of his friends. In 2011, Lucas returned to continue his quest as the Bashar al-Assad regime changes from insurgency turns to civil war. The film changes course, and the quest to find a vanished ancestor becomes a race towards what will soon disappear. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lucas Vernier";s:9:"biography";s:485:"After studying history and cinema, Lucas Vernier devoted himself to documentary creation. His films, which always start from something that comes to him, are composed over time from research and meetings. His first feature, “Behind the Yellow Door” plays with imagining a post-mortem encounter with his former neighbor Lutz Dille, a damned photographer trapped in the history of art. In 2020, Vernier directed “Ahlan wa sahlan”, testimony to a journey started in Syria in 2009.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
¡La Macha! Costa Rica 2021 featurette 55 All Ages “¡La Macha!” introduces Nadia on a stretch of her journey, cycling with her partner Sébastien around the world, trading their art in exchange for their livelihood. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"¡-La-Macha-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"¡-La-Macha-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Claudia Chabot";s:9:"biography";s:236:"Claudia Chabot is a director/ producer. Art allows her to express herself, and through her films, she communicates her values, social and human concerns. Her latest short films have been screened in Canada, the United States and France.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"¡-La-Macha-Director-Claudia-Chabot.jpg";}} 1
Climate Exodus Spain 2020 featurette 63 All Ages Having lost all because of climate change, three women from different countries and continents, Kenya, India and the Caribbean – have to migrate to start new lives. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"David Baute";s:9:"biography";s:376:"David Baute has trained in several film schools such as the Official Institute and Spanish Radio Television (Madrid), the Higher School of Arts and Entertainment in Madrid and the International Film School of Havana (Cuba). He complements his activity as a film director, with his role as artistic director of the MIRADASDOC International Documentary Film Festival (Tenerife).";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Deux Options (Two Options) France 2020 narrative short 9 16+ In France, the country of Freedom, Equality and Fraternity; in this new Europe without borders, besieged by fear and intolerance, a Polish immigrant will have to face the reality of racism. “Two Options” was written, shot and edited in just five days at an International Filmmakers Laboratory in France. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Gon Caride";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Born in a small village in rural Galicia, Spain, Gon Caride has always been in love with stories, travelling and meeting weird, passionate people. After getting his degree in Audiovisual Communication, he moved to New York where he studied Film Directing and Cinematography. Since then, he has worked on way too many projects as screenwriter, director, cinematographer etc. These days he's back in Galicia working on new film projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Elder’s Corner Nigeria 2020 feature 96 All Ages From the colorful, celebratory sounds of Juju to the politicised urgency of Afrobeat, Nigerian musicians have spearheaded some of Africa’s most prominent musical movements. Oftentimes, their work formed the backdrop against which the nation blossomed. So what happened to these pioneering artists who rose to prominence during the country’s halcyon years, and continued to endure when it faltered? “Elder’s Corner” is a voyage of return and discovery, an epic tale of survival, using music to reconnect the past to the present. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:91:"";i:1;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Siji Awoyinka";s:9:"biography";s:757:"Siji Awoyinka is a multidisciplinary aural and visual storyteller. Born in the UK to Nigerian parents, he spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before moving to the US to pursue his musical ambitions. His music fuses elements of Soul, Jazz, Highlife, Afrobeat and Gospel music with traditional Yoruba rhythms drawn from his rich ancestral background. To further broaden his creative vision, Siji took to directing and producing videos and documentaries to help bring his musical compositions to life and to share part of his cultural history with a wider audience. His feature length documentary,”Elder’s Corner” (2020) screened at Sheffield Docs in the UK, DOC NYC, as well as the RAI Film festival where it won a Commendation award.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Wrecked Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 9 PG “Wrecked” explores the various stages of grief through a young man’s eyes. Trying to save his car which was recently damaged in an accident, he dives into dealing with a much deeper loss. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Marc Beepath";s:9:"biography";s:469:"Marc Beepath grew up in southern, rural Trinidad. He began making films at the age of 10 on an old handheld camcorder with the help of his younger brother. Having directed numerous amateur films, he began posting them on YouTube to share with friends and family for a quick laugh. Marc has won numerous awards for his work, including a film internship with Montage Productions through Republic Bank. He is presently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
The Passenger Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 4 PG What happens when a passenger refuses to wear a mask in a taxi during the COVID-19 pandemic? a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kirk Budhooram";s:9:"biography";s:529:"Husband and wife team, Kirk Budhooram and Kavita Ganness, are graduates of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. They pursued the MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction). They are published authors and have been making movies, separately and together, for over 15 years. Kirk Budhooram won the People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film at the trinidad+tobago film festival (2007) for “Herman’s Tales: Kidnapped”. He was awarded the David Hough Literary Award (2016) for his short story “The Last Day of School”.";s:10:"photograph";s:125:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kavita Ganness";s:9:"biography";s:375:"Kavita Ganness has been published in The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, She SEX Prose & Poetry Sex and The Caribbean Writer to name a few publications. She participated in the Cropper Foundation’s 8th Residential Creative Writers Workshop and was mentored by renowned Caribbean writer, Earl Lovelace and workshopped with writer, Monique Roffey and poet, Mervyn Morris.";}} 1
Sweet Rind Jamaica 2020 narrative short 26 PG Elsie holds Algie captive in the basement of her father’s unfinished church. Elsie administers heavy-handed punishment, juxtaposed with a lesson in Jamaican history while she sews a quilt. She struggles with the notion of forgiveness. Ending his life seems easier. Furthermore, justice may not be served to her satisfaction by the penal system. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andre Wynter";s:9:"biography";s:556:"Andre Wynter brings compelling, creative stories to life and is on a mission to tell multi-layered, authentic Jamaican stories while focusing on improving the financial viability of Jamaican cinema, thus, creating a robust, self-sufficient industry for the island's future creatives. Andre won best director at the LA Sun and Brazilian Independent Film Festival for “Sweet Rind”. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from UWI, Mona and is pursuing his Master’s in Film and Television at Savannah College of Arts and Design in the USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Projet H (Project H) Martinique 2021 narrative short 5 All Ages To rebuild Haiti, three soldiers put together a plan of crazy audacity. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Maharaki";s:9:"biography";s:344:"Maharaki is a screenwriter and director from Martinique. Building on the extraordinary journey of her short film, “Vivre”, and the success of her first documentary feature, “Jocelyne Mi Tche Mwen”, Maharaki is working on the production of her first two feature films, a romantic comedy and a political satire, both set in the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Pavement Poets Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 All Ages “What is home to you? In the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s “Pavement Poets”, a few of Trinidad and Tobago’s top performance poets share their thoughts on what home and family mean to them. From their virtual pavements to yours! a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Elechi Todd";s:9:"biography";s:371:"Elechi Todd is a filmmaker with experience in documentary and experimental filmmaking. His 2017 directorial debut project, “Studio Archives”, chronicled the studio practices of Trinbagonian visual artists. Since then he has been working in various roles on local and international productions. He continues to collaborate with local artists on experimental art films.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}} 1
Murphy’s Law Barbados 2019 narrative short 11 No Rating Two Filmmakers, one actor, 48 hours to make a film. What could possibly go wrong? Follow the journey of two quick-witted filmmakers defying the odds while trying to overcome each challenging situation. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Vonley Smith";s:9:"biography";s:323:"Vonley Smith is a filmmaker, editor and director. His films have been screened at regional and international film festivals, including trinidad+tobago film festival (2017), Hairouna Film Festival (2021) and Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (2021). Vonley is currently working towards his first major film series.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Mano Santa Puerto Rico 2020 narrative short 13 All Ages Don Isidoro, better known as “Mano santa” in his hometown, shelters his grandson for a few days after he ran away from his home. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Stephanie Camacho Casillas";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Stephanie Camacho (they/ them), is filmmaker and photographer from Puerto Rico. Camacho completed a BA in Cinematography with a concentration in Graphic Design from Atlantic University College in Puerto Rico. Steph is known for writing and directing the multi-award winning LGBTQ+ short, “Sam” (2017). Their work has been recognised and awarded locally and internationally.";s:10:"photograph";s:104:"";}} 1
Lovena French Guiana 2020 narrative short 28 PG-13 Lovena has become French Guiana’s chess champion – a double-edged sword for a teenaged illegal Haitian immigrant. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Olivier Sagne";s:9:"biography";s:227:"Olivier Sagne has worked as an assistant director in feature films and as a television production assistant. His Haitian origins and his imagination converge in “Lovena”, his first socially engaged, experimental short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Love in Seven Movements Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 12 PG Boy meets girl. They fall in love. But will what has brought them together, tear them apart? One love story told by two couples. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Juliette McCawley";s:9:"biography";s:502:"Juliette's McCawley’s short films have been screened in film festivals worldwide. Having lived and worked in the US and China, she returned to Trinidad where she has written/ directed/ produced several award-winning short films. Juliette has also collaborated with several production companies on feature films and documentaries. Her last short film, "Sampson's Heart", won People's Choice at the trinidad+tobago film festival. Juliette studied Advanced Film Directing at Central Film School, London.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
L’enfant Orange (The Orange Child) France 2020 narrative short 12 All Ages An actor seeks answers when he finds his childhood computer, and discovers a video game he started creating when he was 11. In the game, he portrays himself as orange instead of Black. a:1:{i:0;s:110:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:110:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexandre Desane";s:9:"biography";s:462:"Alexandre Desane is an actor, photographer, filmmaker and web developer. As an actor, he has performed in several independent films including, “To Repel Ghosts” (2013 TIFF); and “Run” by Philippe Lacôte (2014 Un Certain Regard). In 2015, he was selected as a Berlinale Talent in the actor’s workshop. As a filmmaker, he has produced and co-directed a documentary series on self taught artists in France. “The Orange Child” is his debut short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:117:"";}} 1
Hang Jack Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 PG-13 Lucia, a Venezuelan immigrant, works at Jack’s Guest house, a private brothel in Trinidad. Sam, a frequent client, finds out that Lucia has become pregnant for him. When Sam learns that Jack the pimp will never allow them to keep the baby, he begins to plan their escape – which revolves around a make or break game of All Fours. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Shane Lee Kit";s:9:"biography";s:330:"Shane Lee Kit is a film director, writer, editor, and producer who lives and works in Trinidad and Tobago. Shane has multiple film credits, mostly from his days attending the University of the West Indies Film Programme. His short films and documentaries made during his study have earned him several academic and festival awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Galavant Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 2 All Ages While self-quarantined at home, a young man is sent a link to a glitchy supernatural app. He tries to use it as a way to escape lockdown. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Alexander Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:218:"Alexander Johnson is a writer who loves a little pun, fun or fanciful phrase, possibly filled with alliteration. He is also a calypsonian who has worked on many quirky Caribbean creative projects throughout his career.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Dorlis Martinique 2021 narrative short 23 14+ Nora, a 15-year-old teenager from Martinique, is forced to follow her mother Laure and her little sister Melissa to the north of the island to live for a while with Henri, her grandfather who is paralyzed from a stroke. They move in with the old man to help him. But very quickly, the atmosphere of the house and the presence of Henri will awaken in Nora childhood memories that will be embodied in the fear of the attack of an evil spirit… a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Enricka Moutou";s:9:"biography";s:263:"Enricka Moutou wrote and directed her first short film “La K-Z”, in 2019, a production which won several prizes in festivals. “Dorlis”, her second movie, was written at La Ruche de Gindou Residency, shot in Martinique and produced by Caïmans Productions.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Cheesecake Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 10 PG Brian Francis, a well-dressed man with stylish dreadlocks, tries to charm his way into an exclusive, yet mysterious brotherhood called, ‘The Alpha Society’. With impressive charisma and social charm, Brian holds a conversation with the Society’s two leaders over a slice of cheesecake. He is almost sure to have one foot in the door – that is, until he’s faced with two major obstacles – the admission fee and its next-day deadline. Internally hesitant but externally confident, Brian makes the brotherhood a shaky but bold guarantee of meeting their requirements. “Everything’s Cheesecake!” he says, as he now has to figure out how to make this money by tomorrow. But is everything as “cheesecake” as Brian thinks it might be? a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jabari Daniel";s:9:"biography";s:350:"Jabari Daniel has a bachelor's in Visual Arts (Design) and years of experience as a digital content producer. He has produced projects for Major Lazer and many international companies. His main career goal is to direct, produce and act in blockbuster films with major studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. “Cheesecake” is his directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Blue Hour Cuba 2020 narrative short 15 18+ Mariano visits the hospital for a prostate exam. China is waiting for the body of her dead husband. They have seen each other in the neighbourhood before. She is craving a shot of rum to forget, and he has been waiting for an opportunity to get closer to her. They spend the afternoon together, and as the night falls, Mariano makes a proposal that lets them imagine a different life. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Zoe Miranda";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Zoe Miranda is a Cuban filmmaker based between New York City and Havana. Her works are mostly focused on documentary cinema and her films have been exhibited at IDFA, Sundance, Sheffield Doc Fest and Doc Leipzig among others. She has received fellowships and grants from IDFA Bertha Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, Ibermedia and Cinergia.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Beguiling Visions Belize 2021 narrative short 5 All Ages William is writing a novel, but he is having trouble figuring out how to end it. He looks up and notices a good looking girl walking by. William gazes at her and this introduces a dream sequence. The girl’s name is Elaine. William tells her about the writing problem he is having and she is interested and tells him to follow her, but where? a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emile A. Mena";s:9:"biography";s:265:"When Emile A. Mena was 12 years old, he started making mini trailers and videos with his friends and family, and that’s when his love for filmmaking started. He has many upcoming projects, and he continues to work to help expand the filmmaking industry in Belize.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Uncontrol United States of America 2020 narrative short 6 PG A woman deep in the throes of psychosis has to face her inner demon. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Manon de Reeper";s:9:"biography";s:309:"After making her mark on film criticism as founder and Editor-in-Chief of film magazine, Film Inquiry, Manon de Reeper moved into the filmmaking space as a genre writer/ director/ producer. Her directorial debut, a psychological horror short film called “Uncontrol”, was shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Rafameia (Riff-Raff) Brazil 2020 narrative short 24 PG After feeling threatened by an appliance company delivery man, Carmen’s daily life becomes overrun by conflict and violence when she notices the other beings that inhabit her surroundings. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Mariah Teixeira";s:9:"biography";s:262:"Mariah Teixeira is an actress, director and producer. She has been acting since 2006 in feature films, shorts, miniseries and plays, including performance in the films “Baixio das Bestas” and “Sol Alegria”. “Rafameia” is her first work as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nanda Félix ";s:9:"biography";s:307:"With an extensive career as an actress and director in theatre, Nanda Félix is also a writer. She has been published in magazines such as Folha de São Paulo and Hysteria and released her first book, A Country In The Middle Of The Sea in 2017. She’s currently writing her second book, A Reasonable Woman.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Mal Nonm (Tuff Guy) Martinique 2021 narrative short 24 14+ Following an inappropriate remark towards a woman, a young man finds himself plunged into a parallel world where he faces a series of cat-calls and micro-attacks – the kind usually reserved for women! a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Yannis Sainte-Rose";s:9:"biography";s:359:"Born in Martinique, Yannis Sainte-Rose grew up in downtown Fort-de-France. During his studies in advertising in Paris, he discovered film production as an assistant on different shoots. After making several music videos, he made his first documentary in Haiti in 2015. Several short fiction projects followed, as well as documentaries and video installations.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Ikarus United States of America 2020 narrative short 17 16+ Teenage scavengers, Queen and her older brother, Birdie, are on their usual hustle of hunting down cargo drones. However, unbeknownst to Birdie, Queen has navigated the pair onto new paths, with the hopes of landing the ultimate payload, Nano-biotics. Queen’s plans go awry when her home-made honing device accidentally sounds, attracting unwanted attention. The siblings narrowly escape capture but, during the chaos, Birdie is shot in the stomach. With Birdie unconscious and consumed by a high fever, Queen must now attempt to hunt these very Nano-biotics on her own, if she’s to save her brother’s life. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Shaun Escayg";s:9:"biography";s:347:"Shaun Escayg is a Trinidadian/ American writer and director with an extensive background in visual effects and animation in film, music videos and video games. Escayg is best known for his work on films such as, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” and short films, “Fish” and “Noka: Keeper of worlds”.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Alma Puerto Rico 2021 narrative short 15 PG-13 Inspired by true events, “Alma” is the story of a single mother who works as a cock fight trainer and is caught in the throes of an abusive relationship. One morning she goes out for a run, never to return. As someone prays for her, life and death converge through memories. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Lorraine Jones Molina";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Raising awareness about issues pertaining to women, sexuality and spirituality within the Caribbean, Lorraine Jones Molina is a Puerto Rican filmmaker who strives to use the medium as a tool for activism and healing. Winner of two Suncoast EMMY awards, she has also produced several award winning short films throughout the Caribbean and New York. Most recently, she co-wrote and produced a 10 episode web series as well as a pilot for a children’s show.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
La Dama Blanca Curaçao 2021 narrative featurette 30 No Rating La Dama’s longing for her lost love is what keeps this once famous and grand actress going. What is life worth without these memories? They are the only place where she can find him everyday. But her butler Sancho, who cares deeply for her, is troubled over this daily ritual and thinks it’s time for change. Will he be able to chase this ghost of the past out of La Dama’s mansion? a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Guus de Sain";s:9:"biography";s:217:"Guus de Sain is a Dutch theatre director who emigrated to Curaçao five years ago. Once in Curaçao, he was inspired to make a film version of a play he wrote in the 1980s. La Dama Blanca is his first film production.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Killing Columbus Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative featurette 30 PG Donny, a middle aged struggling and defeated painter returns to Trinidad sponsored by Anya, a young, highly successful former protégé after failing to find success abroad. Donny is offered work by an anonymous client to paint a portrait of Christopher Columbus for a powerful political entity. Against his values and a need for financial independence from Anya, he accepts the job offer only to be paid more than money as Christopher Columbus is reborn from the painting in human form. Hunted by the political entity, Donny and Anya seek refuge remotely only for Anya to be betrayed by her former mentor. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Yasha Hanoomansingh";s:9:"biography";s:433:"Yasha Hanoomansingh is a filmmaker who is soon to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies as well as Film Production from the UWI, St Augustine. She has worked on various student film projects as writer, director, actor, editor and videographer, and also works as a freelance creator in the local media. Yasha’s work, “Jai” about the late Cpt. Kemraj Singh, was screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Parris";s:9:"biography";s:440:"David Parris is a graduate of the UWI Film Programme with a double major in Film Production and Film Studies. He has starred in, written and directed several short films for the university. His documentary, “Tattoo’d” (2019) screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival as well as his experimental film, “Palindrome” (2020). He runs his film production company, Redakted Artists, with his friends Rebekah Guillen and Kirk Garner.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}} 1
Batchack Man: The Power Of The Herbalist Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative featurette 54 PG-13 The action film “Batchack Man” is Trinidad’s unique answer to the Bat-Man. The un-caped (but often masked) crusader from the Land of Calypso fights crime and injustice using super powers derived from some form of super-powered batchack, the large ferocious ant found in Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Keyon Byron";s:9:"biography";s:176:"Keyon Byron has written four short films. “Filmmaking is a passion of mine, bringing ideas to reality,” he says. Keyon also works as a stuntman and a professional wrestler.";s:10:"photograph";s:118:"";}} 1
Right Near the Beach Jamaica 2020 narrative feature 79 No Rating When prominent Jamaican sprinter, Jeffrey Jacobs, is brutally murdered, rumours about the secret life he may have lived create public uproar, causing problems for the murder investigation and for Jeffrey’s father, who simply wants justice for his son. Filmed on location with a Jamaican cast, “Right Near the Beach” is an authentic case study of a country that continues to face the consequences of its turbulent past while trying to confront the new realities of sexuality and equality. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Gibrey Allen";s:9:"biography";s:554:"Gibrey Allen is an award-winning filmmaker who was born in Jamaica and currently resides in New York City. Gibrey made his debut as writer and director of the short film, “Excuse For Jeff” which was screened at festivals domestically and internationally. Gibrey wrote and directed three other short films: “Volition”, “Max and Marco”, and “Back to Alaska”, most of which explore stories based on black and minority experiences. His feature film, “Right Near the Beach”, recently won an Audience Award at the New Orleans Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"";}} 1
Hoy El Salvador 2020 narrative feature 68 No Rating In the capital of El Salvador, the drivers of a bus, a taxi, a minibus and a private car confront the ravages of 12 years of civil war that continue to torment the country. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ricardo B'atz'";s:9:"biography";s:337:"Born in El Salvador, Ricardo B'atz' has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and a Master's Degree in Intercultural Relations. “Hoy” is his first feature film as a director. He acted in the short series, "El Sindrome de Piter Pan”, and in the movie “La Travesía". He also produced and co-wrote the short film, "La Partida".";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Candela Dominican Republic 2020 narrative feature 81 No Rating A hurricane threatens the Caribbean. As if driven by its coils, the lives of three strangers become intertwined in the streets of Santo Domingo: Sera Penablanca, a girl from Dominican high society who goes to the slums every night to interact with strangers; Lieutenant Perez, a corrupt policeman who investigates a case in an attempt to repair the broken relationship with his daughter; and Candela, a performer from a poor cabaret seeking justice. The three are united by the mysterious death of Renato Castrate, poet and drug dealer. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Andrés Farías";s:9:"biography";s:695:"Andrés Farías Cintrón is a filmmaker and video-artist from the Dominican Republic. In 2014, he was selected for the XXV Eduardo León Jimenez Art Biennial Competition with his video-installation “Honey Pot” for which he won the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection Award. In 2015, his research project: “The representation of the Caribbean woman in Film – from sexual exoticism to auto-representation” was selected for Concordia’s University Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP). His first feature film, “Candela” won the Dominican Fund for Cinematographic Promotion and was selected for Sundance Writers Lab, Sundance Edit Residency and Sundance Music Residency.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"és-Farías.jpeg";}} 1
Bantú Mama Dominican Republic 2020 narrative feature 77 No Rating A French woman of African descent manages to escape after being arrested in the Dominican Republic. She finds shelter in the most dangerous district of Santo Domingo, where she is taken in by a group of children. By becoming their protégée and maternal figure, she will see her destiny change. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ivan Herrera";s:9:"biography";s:360:"Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Ivan Herrera is a Dominican director, producer, and screenwriter. Passionate about photography, it is by observing the world through the lens of his camera that he finds inspiration and interprets humanity. His short film, “La Pasión Original”, received the Judge's Choice award at TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival in 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"ú-Mama-Director-Ivan-Herrera.jpeg";}} 1
Akilla’s Escape Canada 2020 narrative feature 90 No Rating “Akilla’s Escape” weaves the present and past in a crime-noir about the urban child-soldier. Set in Toronto and New York where over 450,000 Jamaicans reside, the story speaks to the historical criminalization of black boys that modern society overlooks. Akilla Brown is forty-years-old and for the first time in his life, the clandestine cannabis grow operation he runs is legit. Only one year into government approved legalization, the pendulum of hypocrisy takes a toll and Akilla decides to cash out. While making a routine delivery on a cool, summer night, destiny takes an unexpected turn when Akilla confronts a firestorm of masked youths in an armed robbery. Upon learning the bandits are affiliated with the Garrison Army, a Jamaican crime syndicate his grandfather founded, Akilla is forced to reckon with a cycle of violence he thought he’d escaped. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Charles Officer";s:9:"biography";s:505:"Charles Officer is a writer, director, producer and founder of Canesugar Mediaworks. A former creative director and graphic designer, his film works include the crime-noir “Akilla’s Escape” (TIFF 2020). His feature documentary film, “Mighty Jerome”, earned him his first Emmy. “Unarmed Verses” received Best Feature awards at Hot Docs, Vancouver International Festival and TIFF Top Ten Festival. Officer is committed to realising work that amplifies people of colour and integrates the arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Perfume de Gardenias (Perfume of Gardenias) Puerto Rico 2021 narrative feature 103 No Rating A dark comedy, “Perfume de Gardenias” (“Perfume of Gardenias”) tells the story of Isabel, an elderly woman living in a middle-class neighborhood in Puerto Rico. She has just become a widow after having cared for her husband until his last breath. But her recent loss becomes a blessing when she crafts a beautiful, custom-made funeral for him that catches the attention of Toña, a pious but domineering woman who involves herself in local funerals. Toña is the self-appointed leader of a coterie of elderly church ladies, and she enlists Isabel to put her unusual talents to good use and design custom, idiosyncratic funerals for her ailing neighbors. Isabel agrees to perform this strange line of work, and finds renewed purpose in her own life. Along the way, however, Isabel is forced to question her own beliefs, as well as her relationship with both life and death. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Macha Colón";s:9:"biography";s:659:"Gisela Rosario Ramos is Macha Colón, an undisciplined puertorrican artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her award-winning short documentary, “El Hijo de Ruby”, has been shown in international festivals. She’s also a cultural events producer and worked as Artistic and Programming Director at Casa de Cultura Ruth Hernández. She’s an Art Matters Foundation and NALAC grantee, and in 2020, she received the William Greaves Fund from Firelight Media. She’s a 2021 United States Artist Fellow and is part of the Puerto Rican Artist Initiative from Northwestern University for the next two years. “Perfume de Gardenias” is her first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"ón-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Le Lien Qui Nous Unit (The Tie That Binds Us) French Guiana 2021 narrative feature 109 No Rating Somewhere on a road in Guyana, Solange and her father Paul are hitchhiking. They are trying to reconnect after many years of silence, but the road is difficult. a:1:{i:0;s:121:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:121:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Pélagie Serge Poyotte";s:9:"biography";s:387:"Born in Cayenne, French Guiana, Pélagie Serge Poyotte started making amateur short films in Super 8 and HI8 when he was a teenager. He worked as a TV and radio host for RFO Guyane in the early 1990s, directing reports and short films for the channel. He has directed several short films and series – “Le Lien Qui Nous Unit” (“The Tie That Binds Us”) is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:135:"élagie-Serge-Poyotte.jpeg";}} 1
Liborio Dominican Republic 2021 narrative feature 98 No Rating In the early 20th century, Liborio, a peasant, disappears in a hurricane and returns as a prophet. He says he’s been given a mission: to bring the good and take away the evil, curing the sick and teaching by example. People begin to congregate by his side and they move to the mountains to have total freedom and develop the dream of an independent community. Everything changes when the invading US Marines want to disarm and disband the community. Liborio wants to avoid a confrontation but knows that they can’t run forever. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Nino Martinez Sosa";s:9:"biography";s:419:"After studying film at Santo Domingo University, Nino Martinez Sosa won a scholarship to specialise in editing at the EICTV of San Antonio de Los Baños in Cuba, where he later became the coordinator of the editing department. He moved to Spain and began a prolific career as an editor, working on several award-winning feature films and documentaries, such as: “The Hours of the Day” and “Solitary Fragments”.";s:10:"photograph";s:118:"";}} 1
Elena Dominican Republic, Haiti 2021 documentary short 29 PG Because of their Haitian ancestry, Elena and her family have lost their Dominican citizenship. She must negotiate an opaque bureaucracy in a racist, hostile society, or else remain stateless in a country intent on deporting its darker-skinned citizens. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michèle Stephenson";s:9:"biography";s:428:"Filmmaker, artist, Michèle Stephenson, pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots to think radically about storytelling and disrupt the imaginary in non-fiction spaces. She tells deeply personal stories created by, for and about communities of color that reimagine and provoke. She is the recipient of three Emmys and Sundance Jury Prize and an NAACP Image Award. She is also a Guggenheim Fellow and a Creative Capital artist.";s:10:"photograph";s:115:"èle-Stephenson-scaled-e1630351249538.jpg";}} 1
Custódia (Custody) Brazil 2021 documentary short 25 PG Icaro and Valesca are arrested after being caught selling chocolate bonbons. After being imprisoned for months, they try to get some control over their fates. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Vinicius Sassine";s:9:"biography";s:426:"Brazilian Vinicius Sassine is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. He holds a postgraduate degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His films “Escape” (53’, 2018, Brazil/ Spain) and “Exu matou um pássaro” (24min, 2020, Brazil) have been on the festival circuit and he has won four international journalism prizes, including the King of Spain Award.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"ódia-Custody-Director-Vinicius-Sassine.jpg";}} 1
407 Jou (407 Days) Haiti 2020 documentary short 7 PG Lintho’s life merges with that of his puppets. The puppet of a story he did not write, but of which he was the toy. With grace, he makes his paper characters move to tell of the inhumanity of Haitian jails. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Éléonore Coyette";s:9:"biography";s:219:"Éléonore Coyette captures, in her videos, the indocile heartbeat of the world. Her visual grammar is that of a poetess. Her portraits, dreamlike and organic, connect us to powerful narratives and to the soul of Haiti.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"éonore-Coyette-scaled.jpg";}} 1
The Forgotten Boys Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 43 PG-13 “The Forgotten Boys” follows the stories of three strangers, Darrem, Cornelius and Jahmai, who collectively depict the realities and struggles of the various stages of incarceration. Each journey is an exploration of the intergenerational impacts of mass incarceration. The common thread between these young men is a prison-based English class and debate team taught and developed by Trinidadian journalist, Debbie Jacob. “The Forgotten Boys” follows the stories of three young men connected by a prison-based debate team, and takes you behind and beyond the bars seeking to humanise a sector of society that is often isolated. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexandra Warner";s:9:"biography";s:568:"Alexandra Warner graduated from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Studies with a BA in Documentary Production & International Relations. Her senior thesis explored storytelling as a tool for social and political change. She is the founder and director of Untold Docuseries Limited, a documentary series created to challenge stigmas, empower the misrepresented and influence social change. The pilot episode, “The Forgotten Boys”, is an official selection in Lift Off Global Network Showcase, Caribbean Tales IFF, and a semi-finalist at the Dumbo Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
Party Done Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 47 PG-13 For over a decade, murders, robberies and other violent crimes have soared in Trinidad leading to a massive change in the way that ordinary citizens live their lives. When a shocking daytime shooting happens, television personality Ian Alleyne uses anonymous tips from his audience to track down the suspect. Alleyne’s TV show, “Crime Watch”, is the most watched crime programme in Trinidad & Tobago. The show is also watched throughout the Caribbean and streamed to large audiences worldwide on Facebook and Youtube. With police corruption leading to a distrust among citizens, the public would rather give their information to Alleyne anonymously, who then works with the police to apprehend the suspects – sometimes to his own detriment. With unprecedented access to Alleyne, his crew and studio, a portrait of a complicated man and a troubled nation is revealed in “Party Done”. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ian Harnarine";s:9:"biography";s:807:"Ian Harnarine was born in Canada to Trinidadian immigrants. After earning a Bachelor’s in Physics & Astronomy and a Master’s in Nuclear Physics, he eventually became bored with Physics research, moved to Brooklyn and became a filmmaker. Harnarine has since earned an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School. He is a member of the National Board of Review, The Television Academy and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. His short film “Doubles With Slight Pepper”, won the Best Short Film Award at the TIFF and the Canadian Academy Award. “Caroni” premiered at TIFF and continues to screen at festivals worldwide. Harnarine’s work for “Sesame Street” garnered an Emmy nomination. He has been profiled in Filmmaker Magazine, The New York Times, Caribbean Beat and Playback Magazine.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Nieuw Licht: het Rijksmuseum en de Slavernij (New Light: the Rijksmuseum and Slavery) Netherlands 2021 documentary featurette 57 All Ages What happens when the leading national museum focuses its gaze on the history of slavery and the Netherlands? “Nieuw Licht” is a highly topical documentary about the genesis of the slavery exhibition in the Rijksmuseum. This film shows – up close and personal – how painful and bitter, but at the same time healing and liberating, compiling the exhibition was. In “Nieuw Licht” we can see what it means when a museum reinvents itself. a:1:{i:0;s:159:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:159:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ida Does";s:9:"biography";s:640:"Ida Does is a documentary maker and producer whose work focuses on (colonial) history, art and culture, social justice and (Caribbean) literary pioneers. Her work has won multiple prizes at film festivals. Her documentary, “Amsterdam, Traces of Sugar” won best documentary at the Caribbean Tales IFF, where she was also honoured as the best female director of colour (2017). Her prizewinning film, “Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott”, has been screened worldwide at over 40 festivals and theatres. She is currently working on a film portrait of professor Philomena Essed, a pioneering thinker on everyday racism in the Netherlands.";s:10:"photograph";s:157:"";}} 1
Near-Death Experience Martinique 2020 documentary featurette 45 All Ages 20 years of making documentary films: the opportunity to have a party, to celebrate a huge career, mine. Pure happiness, that of making films about French West Indies for so many years, and also of realising that it is perhaps time to turn the page. A life of images and sweat. Years of sweating in the West Indies is the summary of my life as a director. Of course, there are the sea and the beaches, but it was not easy. What was it for? Really, what was the point in hindsight? Who got interested? Living mainly in France and filming mainly in Martinique: was it possible to link them? Is it because an island is too small, too limited? So many like me wanted to do it, and so many gave up. 20 years of questions, 20 years of strange answers, 20 years to come up with a new film. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jil Servant";s:9:"biography";s:277:"Jil Servant has been making documentary films for over 20 years. His work mixes identity issues, societal facts, historical research and cultural practices. His films have been shown at festivals around the world, and been broadcast on France O, RFO, ATV, TV5, Trace TV or KTO.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"";}} 1
Born To Be Great Jamaica 2021 documentary featurette 37 PG “Born To Be Great” reveals how the lives of 12 young men and women from underserved communities across Jamaica were transformed under the Citizen Security & Justice Programme (CSJP), a social intervention programme carried out between 2000 and 2020. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Oliver Hill";s:9:"biography";s:427:"Raised between the USA and Spain and resident in Jamaica, for Oliver Hill, the beaches and cultural patchwork of Latin America and the Caribbean beckoned from an early age. After graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree, Oliver earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. He has explored the theme of identity among people of Latin America and the Caribbean in his three films.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
1979, Hmong from Javouhey French Guiana 2020 documentary featurette 52 All Ages Having hastily left their Laotian mountains to take refuge in camps in Thailand and flee the communist regime, the Hmong were welcomed in French Guiana by the French state in order to populate and cultivate the lands in the western area of the country. When they arrived on the tarmac at Félix Éboué Airport in Cayenne, French Guiana, in November 1979, a wind of freedom blew over them. Finally, after all these years of waiting, they could live their lives and start building something, far from their homeland in Laos. Now, 40 years later, how have the Hmong fared in their small village in western French Guiana? And how do they see the future? a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"François Gruson";s:9:"biography";s:327:"After completing a Masters in Directing and Documentary Production at Lyon 2 University in France, François Gruson worked in production, first in Lyon then in Cambodia, before landing in French Guiana. In addition to developing documentary productions, he directs some of them. “1979, Hmong de Javouhey” is his first film.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"çois-Gruson.jpg";}} 1
It’s Just a Lil’ Wine? Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 55 PG When dance is life, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep moving. You see dancers on stage, but what goes on when the lights go down and the crowds are gone? Hear their stories, in their own words. “It’s Just A Lil Wine?” gives an unfiltered look into the dance world in Trinidad and Tobago. It explores the boundless passion and perseverance of dancers, as they attempt to navigate the shortcomings of the dance industry and overcome obstacles in pursuit of their passions. a:2:{i:0;s:96:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ryan Lee";s:9:"biography";s:574:"Born into a family of photography enthusiasts, Ryan Lee is a graduate of the UWI St Augustine film programme and holds a BA in Film Production. His films “Popo’s Journey”, “Cubes” and “Flying the Coup” have all been programmed by ttff, with “Flying the Coup” – his final year film – winning the People’s Choice Award for best short film at ttff/14. “Popo’s Journey” also screened at the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto. Ryan has directed commercials for clients such as Stag and Courts with Youtube views in the millions.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"";}} 1
Disruptor Conductor Canada 2019 documentary featurette 42 All Ages In this award winning documentary, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is an unlikely hero on a mission to create live orchestral shows that aren’t just for the rich and fancy. Bartholomew-Poyser is one of the first openly gay black conductors in Canada. The child of a working-class Caribbean single mother, he was raised in Calgary, Alberta and he understands what it is to be an ‘other’. As he struggled with his sexuality, he turned to music for solace, and finally found his voice as a conductor. He believes that the beauty and grace of music can unite and uplift all of us beyond race, class and gender barriers. In “Disruptor Conductor”, we see Bartholomew-Poyser on a mission to break down institutional walls and bring live orchestral music to millennials, people of colour, young people, LGBTQ, prisoners, refugees, students; anyone who identifies as ‘other’. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sharon Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:808:"Sharon Lewis has been nominated for 3 Canadian Screen Awards and recently won a CSA for Best Direction for a Factual Series. Her feature film debut, “Brown Girl Begins”, is an Afro-futurist sci-fi tale of a young black woman who saves her community through her connection to Caribbean spirits. The film has toured the world, garnering awards and recognition, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Lewis for Best Screenplay. Her next feature documentary, about the LGBTQ+ community's thriving after conversion therapy, “With Wonder”, will be released in Fall 2021. Although Sharon was born in Toronto, she still has ties to her Jamaican/ Trinidadian roots and works hard to give voice to black people and people of color in all the projects she has the privilege of directing and producing.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Vals de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Waltz) Dominican Republic 2021 documentary feature 76 All Ages Three teen ballet students – Raymundo, Angel and Victor – are the only boys in a class of twenty. In a country where dance is mostly considered an activity for women, they are determined to follow their dreams and challenge traditional gender roles. Like a waltz, music played in triple time, the three boys move through Santo Domingo while confronting, and sometimes abiding by, the Dominican machismo culture. a:1:{i:0;s:119:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:119:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Tatiana Fernández Geara";s:9:"biography";s:691:"Tatiana Fernández Geara is a freelance photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. She earned a Fulbright scholarship to get her Master’s degree in Photojournalism at the University of Missouri, and while there, she started a multimedia project about the lives of Dominican nannies who leave their children behind to go care for other people’s kids. This would later become her first documentary feature, "Nana", motivating her to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker. She currently works as a director and DoP for documentary films touching gender and human rights, and as a freelance photojournalist for international media outlets. "Vals de Santo Domingo" is her second feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:132:"";}} 1
The Mali-Cuba Connection France 2019 documentary feature 81 No Rating In the midst of the Cold War, ten young promising musicians from Mali were sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they developed a revolutionary new sound and became the iconic ensemble, ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000: Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Richard Minier";s:9:"biography";s:414:"Richard Minier is an author and director of documentaries and series like “Unknown Capitals”. He has developed several projects around music and travel, such as the series, "Mythiques Studios" and "Africa With Attitude”. He is also a composer and music producer: he produced albums for Jehro, Marathonians, and Pauline Croze, as well as the new versions of the album "Africa Mia" by the Maravillas from Mali.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Édouard Salier";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Édouard Salier is a French director, designer and photographer. His projects, in particular his short films "Flesh" and “Empire”, have been presented and awarded around the world. His last short film "Habana" received the Grand Prize at the Festival Gerardmer in 2015. He directed the feature film “Cabeza Madre”, shot in Havana, produced by Iconoclast and Studio Canal, as well as several episodes of the Netflix series "Mortal" and "Revolution".";s:10:"photograph";s:113:"";}} 1
Negra Mexico 2020 documentary feature 71 PG I was about seven years old the first time someone called me “black” on the street. I turned around to see who they were talking to, then I realised it was me. That day I understood I was black, and the laughter it caused among the people nearby made me think being a black person wasn’t that great. Was this only happening to me? Or did it happen to other black women? “Negra” explores what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico, exposing racism, resistance and processes of self-acceptance, strategies for transcending stereotypes, and the celebration of their identity. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Medhin Tewolde Serrano";s:9:"biography";s:603:"Medhin Tewolde Serrano is an Eritrean-Mexican woman originally from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, who has lived in Chiapas, Mexico for over 10 years. After her training in documentary filmmaking, she became concerned with telling the stories of Others. She has dedicated herself to participatory video processes and community communication in Spain, Tunisia, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. This has revealed her own process of constructing identity as an Afro-descendant woman, which motivated her to create a documentary that speaks to the significance and implication of being a Black woman in Mexico.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Monchoachi, La Parole Sovaj (Monchoachi, An Untamed Wor(l)d) Martinique 2020 documentary feature 69 All Ages Retired from the world and living in the foothills of the Vauclin mountain (Martinique), Monchoachi writes every afternoon after his morning walk in forests of the island. Poet (he says that one should pronounce this word while trembling), philosopher and essayist, he tries to build a thought that he claims to be wild. A thought detached from the occident, therefore eminently free. Many have drawn from his work a strength of resistance, creation and survival in the face of the violence of contemporary society. A journey with Monchoachi is a way to find echoes of our inquiries about our place in the world, in relation to Nature, the Word and the Sacred. a:1:{i:0;s:131:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:131:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Arlette Pacquit ";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Arlette Pacquit is a journalist and director based in Martinique. She has written and directed several films on Caribbean culture. Her documentary feature “Sons and Daughters of Vietnam” (2015) produced by SaNoSi Productions, was awarded Best Caribbean Film at RCM Martinique and Best Diaspora Film at Africlap Festival in Toulouse.";s:10:"photograph";s:137:"";}} 1
Entre Perro y Lobo (Between Dog and Wolf) Spain 2021 documentary feature 75 PG In the climate of change in today’s Cuba, three forgotten veterans of the Angolan War are reluctant to abandon the revolutionary spirit which brought them together as comrades. Marching to the top of the mountains, they continue to train, dressed in their old uniforms, just as they did over thirty years ago. Day after day, they take part in this ritual, as they attempt to return to a time when they felt young, strong and respected. They are the last Samurai of the Cuban Revolution. a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Irene Gutiérrez";s:9:"biography";s:677:"Irene Gutierrez is a filmmaker from Ceuta, a Spanish city located in Northern Africa. She earned a BA in documentary from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV, Havana, Cuba) before receiving her MFA in fine arts & cinema studies with high honors. She has directed “Border Diaries” (2012), “Hotel Nueva Isla” (2014), “Exile Diaries” (2019) and “Entre Perro y Lobo” (2020). Her films have received funding from the Tribeca TFI programme and the Sundance Institute, among others, and have been screened in more than fifty international film festivals and art venues such as the Berlinale, Rotterdam IFFR and MoMA Documentary Fortnight.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Dentro da Minha Pele (In My Skin) Brazil 2020 documentary feature 86 PG A doctor mistaken for a thief. A cleaning lady treated as a slave. A mother who lost her son was murdered by the police. A trans employee who is never promoted. What do they have in common? The colour of their skin. “Dentro da Minha Pele” (“In My Skin”) is an exploration of Brazil’s deep-rooted racism. a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Toni Venturi";s:9:"biography";s:569:"Toni Venturi is a Brazilian filmmaker known for works of a social and political nature. He is the founding Partner of Olhar Imaginário production company, and has directed and produced nine feature films which won numerous awards at national and international film festivals. His work has been screened at the Berlinale, Kerala Film Festival, IDFA and many others. "In My Skin”, premiered at the 25th It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival (2020) and had its international premiere at the 33rd IDFA: International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Val Gomes";s:9:"biography";s:524:"Val Gomes wrote, directed, and edited the short documentary “Weaving Stories and Embroidering New Paths” (2005), a project that later prompted exchange between women on the periphery of the city of São Paulo and Paris (2009 and 2011). Val was the head researcher on the documentary series “Restless Scene” (2018), a 26 episode series about blackness, gender, and political theatre, launched on SescTV in July 2020. She also directed the short fiction film, “Adelia’s Voice”, at the International Film Academy.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Between Fire and Water Columbia 2020 documentary feature 92 PG Camilo is the adopted son of an indigenous couple of the Quillasinga tribe in the southwest of Colombia. He is the only black person in his community and has always felt different. For years he has wondered who his biological parents are. He leaves school due to racism and bullying. The indigenous governor takes him under his wing and gives him Ayahuasca, a sacred remedy for spiritual guidance. During this transcendent experience, Camilo has visions of his biological mother, after which he decides to embark on a journey in search of his origins. For the first time in his life, Camilo discovers his afro heritage and meets the black community. a:1:{i:0;s:107:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:107:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Viviana Gomez Echeverry";s:9:"biography";s:341:"Viviana Gómez Echeverry is a Colombian director, producer and cinematographer. She studied Social Communication at Javeriana University, where she is a professor. She wrote and directed two short films, “Exotice Tropical” and “16th Birthday”. Her first feature film, “Keyla” was selected in competition for Warsaw Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"ómez-Echeverry-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Atardi | The Life of Curaçao’s Musical Genius Rudy Plaate Curaçao 2020 documentary feature 120 All Ages Filmmaker Selwyn de Wind is on a journey to find out all that he can about Rudy Plaate, Curaçao’s most popular singer/ songwriter of all time. But what happens when the subject suffers from dementia and is no longer able to retell his own story? Filmed over a four-year period, the documentary traces the highs and lows of the life and work of music legend Rudy Plaate. Extensive archival footage is combined with reflective interviews from family, friends and other artists. “Atardi” is a music-driven documentary that taps into the styles and heritage of Curaçao’s musical evolution, and illustrates how Plaate helped build the foundation with his unique sounds and melodies while living an interesting life. a:1:{i:0;s:134:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:134:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Selwyn de Wind";s:9:"biography";s:514:"Selwyn de Wind is a Curaçaoan photographer and filmmaker. After completing his BA at the University of the Arts Utrecht, where he graduated cum laude in direction, camera, and editing, he returned to Curaçao. In 2014, De Wind gained international acclaim with the taboo breaking documentary, “Sombra di Koló” (“The Shadow of Color”). The film, which explored the meaning of race and skin color in Curaçao, was co-produced with director/ producer Angela Roe. “Atardi” is his most recent documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:140:"çaos-musical-genius-Rudy-Plaate-Director-Selwyn-de-Wind.jpg";}} 1
African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey United States of America 2021 documentary feature 86 All Ages Known as the ‘Negro Moses’, Marcus Mosiah Garvey arrived on the scene on August 17, 1887 in the tiny seaside town of St. Ann’s Bay on the northern coast of Jamaica, fifty-three years after slavery was abolished in that country. In his short life he would become the world’s foremost Pan-Africanist and, in some eyes, the greatest civil-rights leader of the twentieth century. He dedicated his life to the project of redeeming Africa, which he saw as the home to civilization. In “African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey” award-winning director, Roy T. Anderson, peels back all the layers in his presentation of this often misunderstood and controversial figure. Filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, and Central America over the course of three years, the film features interviews and conversations with world-renowned leaders, scholars, and personalities, as well as present-day followers of Marcus Garvey’s teachings, such as the group known as Rastafari, perhaps the most ardent disciples of this iconic figure. a:1:{i:0;s:134:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:134:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Roy T. Anderson";s:9:"biography";s:396:"Roy T. Anderson is writer, director and producer of the award-winning films "Akwantu: the Journey" (2012), on the history of the Jamaican Maroons; and "Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess" (2015), his sophomore film which expands on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom fighters, by shedding light on one of the leading figures in that struggle – Nanny of the Maroons.";s:10:"photograph";s:139:"";}} 1
SteelPan Now! Notes on Where Pan Gone United States of America 2021 documentary feature 60 All Ages “SteelPan Now! Notes on Where Pan Gone” peers into the current world of the steelpan – its players, its innovators, and the music that reverberates from this versatile instrument – to find answers to the question that many in Trinidad often ask, “Where pan gone?” The documentary follows several steelpan pioneers, inventors, players, composers, arrangers, and pan makers across several cities in the United States to present both a musical experience and historical document that reveals the personal stories of these practitioners, sharing the determination, skill, and virtuosity of the pannist wherever the instrument is found. a:1:{i:0;s:113:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ryan Saunders";s:9:"biography";s:696:"Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ryan Saunders’ work includes short films and videos that explore his and others' experiences as Caribbean immigrants in North America. One such project, 'Look Ma Dese Streets Not Paved with Gold' screened at several festivals and galleries in the Baltimore/Washington region. In 2003, he released his feature-length documentary, “Bacchanal Time: The People’s Carnival”, which explored the initial history and spread of the Trinidad-styled Carnival to North America. The film won Best Caribbean Themed Film at the 5th Annual Jamerican Film Festival. For the past ten years, he has held the technical director position at Philadelphia Public Access Corporation.";s:10:"photograph";s:120:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Aaron Astillero";s:9:"biography";s:578:"Aaron R. Astillero is an American writer, director, and producer. A native of Philadelphia, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in engineering. Astillero co-wrote, “Changing the Game” (2012), a film that was distributed by Barnholtz Entertainment and Lions Gate Entertainment. He wrote, directed, and produced “Skullz” (2014), a children’s television show that aired on the Comcast and Verizon networks, serving the Philadelphia area. Astillero also worked in production and camera crew roles for several local public access television shows.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Option Zero Cuba 2020 documentary feature 80 PG The journey of a group of Cuban migrants stalls in Panama City. Stranded in a Caritas camp, the memory of the difficult passage through the Darien Jungle comes to life on their cell phones. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Marcel Beltrán";s:9:"biography";s:284:"Marcel Beltrán is a Cuban artist, filmmaker and editor based in São Paulo,Brazil. Working with analog cinematographic processes, Beltrán's work combines image degradation, memory and life experience creating a dialogue between the poetic and political, the intimate and the public.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
El Último Out (The Last Out) United States of America 2020 documentary feature 87 PG A small raft crosses the Suchiate River between Guatemala and Mexico, ferrying migrants onward on their journey. A smuggler yells at a mother to quiet her crying baby. For one of the men on the boat, a young Cuban baseball player, this isn’t the dream he imagined. Ten months earlier, in a quiet corner of San José, Costa Rica, three Cuban baseball players train: Happy, Carlos, and Victor. Here at the rundown Estadio Antonio Escarre, they have spent the past year training long and hard, thousands of miles away from their families in Cuba. They left with dreams of signing multi-million dollar contracts and becoming famous baseball superstars. But as the months advance with no Major League Baseball (MLB) offers on the table for Happy, his Cuban American agent, Gus Dominguez, no longer feels like he can afford the expense of supporting him. Happy may be cut and must decide whether to stay in Costa Rica or join other migrants and take the perilous trip north to the US by land. For Carlos and Victor, two elite pitchers, the future is equally uncertain. As mistrust grows between the players and Gus, the Houston Astros dangle a tantalising offer but Gus holds out for more money, setting up a series of tense final showcases. Set against the backdrop of the dangerous Central American migrant trail, “The Last Out” offers a rare window into the dark side of professional sports. a:1:{i:0;s:111:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:111:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Sami Khan";s:9:"biography";s:540:"Sami Khan (director/ producer) is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work has been supported by the Sundance and Tribeca Film Institutes, Impact Partners, Rooftop Films, IFP, the Berlinale, and NBC/Universal’s Directors Fellowship. His films have screened at leading festivals including Tribeca, TIFF, Hot Docs, and Mumbai. Sami’s most recent film, the short documentary “St Louis Superman” (with Smriti Mundhra), was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award and won prizes at festivals including Tribeca, Hot Docs, Big Sky, and AFI Docs.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"Último-Out-The-Last-Out-Co-Director-Sami-Khan.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Michael Gassert";s:9:"biography";s:430:"Michael Gassert (director/ producer) is an immersive producer, director, sound artist, and musician who revels in the diversity of our global treasures while working at the intersections of film and music. His documentary and archival work is supported by IFP, Sundance Institute, UNESCO, and The Kennedy Center. Notable sound mixing credits include “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Another Earth”, and “Circumstance”.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"Último-Out-The-Last-Out-Co-Director-Michael-Gassert.jpg";}} 1
Subjects of Desire Canada 2021 documentary feature 102 PG “Subjects of Desire” explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics, and features – while exposing – the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. Told from the POV of women who aren’t afraid to challenge conventional beauty standards, the film is partially set at the 50th Anniversary of the Miss Black America Pageant, a beauty pageant that was created as a political protest. “Subjects of Desire” deconstructs what we understand about race and the power behind beauty. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Jennifer Holness";s:9:"biography";s:559:"Jennifer Holness writes, produces, and directs. She is the only Black woman in Canada to win a Canadian Screen Award for best writing and is the 2021 Indiescreen Producer of the Year award-winner. She recently co-produced “Stateless” (2020 Hot Docs Special Jury Prize). Narrative feature films that she produced include “Home Again” and “Love, Sex and Eating the Bones”. Both films have won numerous festival awards, including the Best Canadian First Feature Film award at TIFF for Bones. “Subjects of Desire” is her feature directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
Dominica: Three Years After Hurricane Maria Dominica 2020 documentary short 7 All Ages 3 years after the devastating hurricane, Dominica looks refreshed, and in some places, better than before, surprising many with the speed of nature’s recovery and the resilience of its people. a:2:{i:0;s:120:"";i:1;s:120:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Derek Galon";s:9:"biography";s:397:"Derek Galon arrived in Dominica, which he now considers home, via a circuitous route which included Poland and Canada. He has earned several prestigious titles and distinctions such as Fellow of Royal Photographic Society (UK), and won dozens of international awards. His work is his passion. He keeps photographing and filming, documenting nature at its most beautiful and most difficult moments.";s:10:"photograph";s:121:"";}} 1
Fires of Hope Trinidad and Tobago 1983 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary feature 61 No Rating English ‘Fires of Hope’ was filmed in 1983 to commemorate the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago, and features artists, bankers, businessmen, fishermen and agriculturalists, economists, workers—citizens all—from Port of Spain to Charlotteville, who reveal their hopes and criticisms of Trinidad and Tobago after many years of Independence. Seen against the expectations expressed through our national anthem and contextualized in the push for separation from the British Empire and the physical reality of the islands, with the music of our people ringing throughout. a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Hugh Robertson";}} 1
Moving Parts Zhenzhen is smuggled to the island of Trinidad where her brother Wei works construction. Trinidad and Tobago 2017 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 77 15+ English, Mandarin Zhenzhen is smuggled into Trinidad and is threatened upon her arrival—she has to pay more money to enter into the country. Her brother Wei, who is working on the island in construction, intervenes and promises to pay her debt. Wei finds Zhenzhen a job at a Chinese restaurant where she crosses paths with Evelyn, a well educated, upper middle class Afro-Trinidadian, who has recently moved back to Port of Spain and runs an art gallery next to the restaurant. Wei tries to get an advance from his employer, Logan, but is unsuccessful. Zhenzhen becomes desperate and asks her employer, Mrs. Liu for the money, who agrees to give her an advance, but makes Zhenzhen promise she will work it off. Help comes unexpectedly from Evelyn—but the contrast of the dark rooms above the restaurant and the white gallery walls, calls everyone’s innocence into question. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhonda Chan Soo";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emilie Upczak";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emilie Upczak";s:9:"biography";s:538:"Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker, originally from Boulder, she spent ten years developing her practice while living in Trinidad and Tobago, where she also worked in the local film industry as the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival in charge of developing the Caribbean Film Database and the Caribbean Film Mart. Emilie returned to Colorado to release her debut narrative feature, Moving Parts, which premiered at the Denver Film Festival in 2017 and has gone on to play to receptive audiences internationally.";}} Valerie Tian, Kandyse McClure, Jacqueline Chan, Jay Wong, Godfrey Wei, Keevan Chang On, Nickolai Salcedo, Stephen Hadeed Jr, Arnold Goindhan, Conrad Parris, Sanjiv Boodhu, Kongshiek Achong Low, Nicholas Emery, Dru Castiglione, Yussuff Clarke, Rachelle Hay, Peter Louis, Juliet Beresford. 1
Tickle Me Rich a:1:{i:0;s:6:"comedy";} narrative short PG English Got horned? Get even. In the comedic short, ‘Tickle Me Rich’ a distraught bride-to-be is comforted by three of her girlfriends who offer irreverent advice on sex, love, money and revenge. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sonja Dumas";s:9:"biography";s:159:"Sonja Dumas is a writer and producer, known for 'Tickle Me Rich' (2012), 'Life and Death' (2019) and 'Julia & Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers' (2010).";}} 1
Joebell and America "Joebell catching hell in Trinidad so he make up his mind to go. The place he choose is America..." Trinidad and Tobago 2004 narrative feature 83 PG English A poignant tale of love, ambition and self-discovery, ‘Joebell and America’ is a movie adaptation of a short story by Trinidadian author, Earl Lovelace. Brian Green has the lead role as Joebell, a gambler who takes a risky path to fulfilling his dream of going to America. When things don’t go the way he plans, the young man is forced to examine and consider his true identity. Gabrielle Gellineau plays the beautiful Alicia, the love of his life. Directed by Asha Lovelace, the cast includes acclaimed actors Eunice Alleyne, Errol Roberts and Grace Maharaj, and cameos by Earl Lovelace and the real-life character on which the movie is based. The movie features music by 3Canal, Ataklan and the late rapso pioneer, Lancelot Layne. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Earl Lovelace";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Asha Lovelace";s:9:"biography";s:636:"Filmmaker Asha Lovelace made her debut with the short film George and the Bicycle Pump at the Toronto International Film Festival, an official selection for Planet Africa. This short won Best Short Film at the Decibel Short Film competition Trinidad 2002. Asha co-wrote, produced and directed her first feature film Joebell and America which copped the award for Best International Narrative Feature Film at the Women’s International Film Festival, Miami. Asha is also the founder and festival director of Africa Film Trinidad and Tobago (AFTT), the only festival of its kind in the Caribbean dedicated solely to African cinema.";}} Brian Green, Eunice Alleyne, Hasani Wattley, Grace Maharaj Best International Narrative Feature—Women’s International Film Festival, Miami, Florida 2008 1
Yatra: The Journey of the Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago 1995 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary featurette 66 No Rating English Anita Chandradath Singh, through an engaging narrative and sensitive visualization, traces the history, sociology, religions, cultural practices and traditions of the people of Indian decent in Trinidad and Tobago. The documentary establishes the lasting legacy, vibrant even today, of the shiploads of Indian indentured workers, brought to the islands during British colonial rule. Their toil and hard work saved a failing sugar cane industry. ‘Yatra: The Journey of the Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago’ was created in 1995 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Indian Arrival Day. Indian Arrival Day is a national holiday and falls on May 30th, each year. This is a compilation of the 25 part documentary series. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Anita Chandradath Singh";s:9:"biography";s:1080:"Anita Chandradath Singh is a pioneer in Trinidad & Tobago television. She began her career in India, the land of her birth, on nationally syndicated channel Door Darshan. In Trinidad & Tobago Anita has authored, directed and anchored several landmark productions for TV, Stage and Radio. Wife of accomplished Trinidadian Ambassador Chandradath Singh, she has contributed substantially to the promotion of T&T culture while on diplomatic missions abroad. Host of TTT’s ‘Evening Magazine’ in the 1980s, her landmark productions ‘Mehefil’ and ‘Humsafar’ garnered her critical acclaim. In the late 1990s Anita scripted, directed and anchored ‘Yatra – The Journey of the Indian Presence in Trinidad & Tobago’: a 25-part Documentary series created to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of ‘Indian Arrival Day’ in T&T. The series traces the history, sociology, culture, festivals, cuisine and traditions of Indo-Trinidadians over 150 years. Now re-released as an hour-long compilation, ‘Yatra’ is the definitive documentary on the history of Indo-Trinidadians.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
After Mas | Dying Swan | Paradise Lost Trinidad and Tobago a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary short 64 No Rating English After Mas (20′) Directed by Karen Martinez and shot in Trinidad in February 2013 during Carnival, we experience the charge of this bacchanalian drama before following the characters return to their separate lives. In the cold light of day, can these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires? Dying Swan (10′) After ten years, internationally acclaimed mas artist, Peter Minshall, reinterprets Mikhail Fokine’s classic ballet The Dying Swan for a ‘Moko Jumbie’ (a stilt dancer) in drag. Directed by Christopher Laird, this film chronicles the assemblage and performance of this mas at the King of Carnival competition in February 2016. Paradise Lost (34′) Carnival artist Peter Minshall tells the story of the design and construction of Paradise Lost, his first masquerade band for the Trinidad and Tobago carnival in 1976. Directed by Christopher Laird,‘Paradise Lost’ documents Peter Minshall’s recollection of the first band he ever designed under Stephen Lee Heung. The veteran producer of masquerade bands for Trinidad Carnival, Stephen Lee Heung, invited Peter Minshall to design his presentation for 1976 Carnival in Trinidad. 1
Soca Power Trinidad and Tobago documentary No Rating English Directed by Claude Santiago, the film’s powerful soca figures are Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, and Isaac Blackman. Through the interwoven portraits of these four stars, Soca Power is an energetic immersion into the world of soca. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claude Santiago";}} 1
Jab! The Blue Devils of Paramin The district of Paramin, at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of bluepainted ‘jabs’ or devils. 2006 documentary short 47 No Rating English Isolated in the mountains of Trinidad, the district of Paramin, once a year at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of bluepainted ‘jabs’ or devils. Kootoo, King Devil, prepares with his three brothers to once again win the village competition for the most convincing devil band. Known for his athletic prowess, and given to extraordinary feats like ripping up trees and scaling tall buildings, the charismatic Kootoo must still work hard with his band of devils to win the prize in the face of serious competition from a new generation of ‘jabs’. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alex De Verteuil";}} 1
Mystic Fighters "Mystic Fighters" is the contemplative journey of a warrior paced by the beat of Trinidadian drums and rituals. Trinidad and Tobago 2011 documentary short 51 No Rating English with subtitles “Mystic Fighters” is a documentary-based story on the ritual of stick fighting in Trinidad & Tobago and the power of the ancestral drum. Mystic Fighters takes the spectator to the heart of Trinidad’s African heritage with testimonies of respected elders and well-established artists. The film’s tension revolves around the stick-fighting competition, the preparation, the fights leading to the finals where the winner is declared. The history behind the tradition is the story of Trinidad brushed over the past century and also portrayed by the reconstruction of the burning of the sugar canes from which the Canboulay celebrations were born. The rhythm of the film is constructed around the ‘chantuel’ and the calinda songs with drum being one of the main characters of the film; how its spirit is mastered is key to stick-fighting and transforming the sport into a ritual. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} 1
New Media art short 480 No Rating New Media comprises avant garde and experimental film and video works from artists and filmmakers in the Caribbean and diaspora. The physical iteration of the new media works, curated by Melanie Archer, will take place at Medulla Art Gallery, 09–15 September, giving viewers the chance to better engage with the works. All health and social distancing protocols will be in effect, with only five attendees at a time being allowed into the viewing space. Please wear masks as directed. Alternative Facts Centella (Firefly) Displaced El Dúo de las Hermanas Gato (The Cat Sister’s Duet) Goodbye to the Things (Adeus às Coisas) Hijo del Mar (Son of the Sea) Howler Monkey Sex Noises at Lunchtime How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue I am Sugar I Cried so Much I Felt the Universe Pass Through my Eyes Island State of Mine Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’ Murciélago (Bat) Palindrome Shade Silent Truths The Whole World is Turning Untitled Wake Up 1
Build Your Film’s Website with WordPress with Shaun Rambaran 120 No Rating 1
The Role of the DP with Gabrielle Blackwood 180 No Rating 1
Getting Ready for Distribution 120 No Rating 1
Social Media Marketing for Filmmakers 90 No Rating 1
Navigating Contracts and Clearances 120 No Rating 1
Cost-Effective Lighting with Robert Macfarlane 180 No Rating 1
Creative Producing with Lee Thomas No Rating 1
La Promesa (The Promise) Mexico 2018 narrative feature 103 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Leo is a rebellious but very intelligent child who makes life impossible for Professor Cruz and his schoolmates. Despite his behavior, Leo’s talent distinguishes him from other students, and Leo’s mom has high expectations that her son will go far with that talent. But Leo doesn’t want to listen to Professor Cruz, who tries to teach him to read classic novels, as he believes that through reading, his students can aspire to a better future. Professor Cruz falls into depression when his wife flees with the school’s PE coach. Leo, pitiful of his master, visits him at home. It is now the student who forces the teacher to go to school. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Oscar Blancarte ";s:9:"biography";s:259:"Producer, writer and director with 8 feature films and several TV series and documentaries under his belt. His films tend to showcase his country, Mexico in an unusual way and its complex reality. He has won national and international awards and recognitions.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Winter Moth United States 2019 short 10 No Rating English A young homeless couple living on the shores of the Mississippi River during spring, summer, fall and winter in Saint Paul, Minnesota become part of the cycle of the life and death of nature around them. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Lange";s:9:"biography";s:523:"Christopher Lange’s eye for the image brings a sense of the painterly to his cinematic work, providing emotional, dream-like, and sensory experiences within the lives of characters. His films have screened at the Walker Art Center and Wexner Center for the Arts, and at the Athens International, Minneapolis St. Paul International, Charlotte, Buffalo Niagara, Chicago Underground, UFVA, AmDocs, Maryland, and many other festivals. He resides in Minnesota, USA, where he has been working as a cinematographer and director.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Palanteer M’bedd (The Window’s Muse) Brazil, Senegal 2020 narrative short 13 No Rating Wolof with subtitles A painter who lacks inspiration, Moussa cannot understand her neighbour from across the street. In the day she appears to him veiled, and in the night she reveals herself completely. But she may well be his new muse. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:73:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mamadou Diop";s:9:"biography";s:404:"Filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Mamadou Diop lives and works in Dakar, Senegal. After earning a Master’s degree in film and audiovisual in Cape Verde in 2011, he directed his first short film which has participated in several festivals in Senegal, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Canada among others. Today he works as a reporter/videojournalist while continuing to develop his film projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
The Last Tree United Kingdom, Nigeria 2019 feature 98 No Rating Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take in this tender coming-of-age story. a:2:{i:0;s:72:"";i:1;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Shola Amoo";s:9:"biography";s:683:"A graduate of The National Film and Television School in the UK, Shola Amoo's debut feature was a multimedia film called "A Moving Image". It had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival 2016 in competition for the World Fiction prize and received The Special Recognition Award at The Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia. It had its European Premiere at The BFI London Film Festival and was released theatrically in the UK in April 2017 through Verve Pictures. Shola was commissioned by The British Council to direct a reinterpretation of Othello, called "Dear Mr. Shakespeare", which was selected in competition for The Sundance Film Festival 2017 and featured on BBC iPlayer.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
The Esmeraldas Beach Ecuador, France 2019 featurette 58 No Rating In today’s Ecuador, the black population, the descendants of slaves, continue to experience strong social discrimination. Yet people in the community still strive to value their specific culture and transmit the rebellious memory of their ancestors who fought for freedom. On arriving in Esmeraldas in Ecuador, Patrice Raynal finds himself immersed in the tumult of a carnival. The music and dancing – part of this culture, but a more ambi­guous phenomena than first appears – provide the through-line for his first-person narrative. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Patrice Raynal";s:9:"biography";s:693:"After studying social sciences and music composition, Patrice Raynal turned to documentary creation. Following an immersive film shoot in Burkina Faso, his first film raises awareness among rural populations about AIDS. Following this experience, he continued his training at the Créadoc d'Angoulème and obtained a Master's degree in documentary production in Bordeaux. Reynal co-founded the association, Tourné Monté Films, which works to promote and educate on the documentary and the image. Winner of Archi'doc of the Fémis, he began writing what became "Esméraldas Beach". Today, Patrice Raynal works as a sound engineer and regularly works in an audiovisual school for young people.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
One Word Germany 2020 documentary feature 83 No Rating English “One Word” is a documentary about the impacts of climate change on the Republic of the Marshall Islands and its people. Most parts of the Marshall Islands are less than 5.9 feet above sea level. Forecasts predict the uninhabitability of the country by 2050. The movie was developed and filmed with the inclusion of Marshallese people through film workshops run over a period of nine months. The filmmakers trusted the Marshallese to be the only reliable experts on the story of their land. a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Viviana Uriona";s:9:"biography";s:801:"Born in Argentina in 1973, Viviana Uriona has lived in Germany since 1996. She has a degree in political science, studying first at the University of Cologne, later at the Free University of Berlin. She is currently finishing her doctorate in social movements and community radios in Latin America. In 2015, Viviana and Mark Uriona released the full feature documentary, "No Rest. No Haste." – a movie about the battle over the land between the indigenous population of Argentina and transnational agribusinesses. In 2012, they released the full feature documentary, "Sachamanta", which deals with community radio stations in northern Argentina and their role in defending the land of the indigenous communities against land grabbing. Both of these films were produced with a participatory approach.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Mogra India 2020 short 20 No Rating Thirteen-year-old Santosh sells flowers for a living, helping to support his family. He lives with his uncle in Mumbai, the ‘City of Dreams’, but his life is one of deprivation, a daily struggle for survival. As a result, he seeks solace in a world of fantasy where all of his adolescent needs—physical, mental and sexual—are satisfied. A unique and troubling story unfolds as a consequence of this world of fantasy and imagination. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Mayur Dhamapurkar";s:9:"biography";s:533:"Mayur Dhamapurkar has a post graduate degree film and television from Mumbai University, prior to which he was associated with renowned theatre groups and wrote and directed several plays. He has written a short film based on unemployment, "Seat Down" which was officially selected for MAMI (2013) and other national film festivals. Dhamapurkar's diploma film, "MinKeen", also participated in national and international film festivals. "Filmmaking is not only my passion but I assimilate this craft that represents my personal life."";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Miracle Fishing Colombia, United States 2020 feature 104 No Rating On September 23, 1994, an American journalist named Tom Hargrove was kidnapped outside his home in Cali, Colombia by armed men in ski masks. His wife Susan and two adult sons Miles and Geddie had no choice but to take matters into their own hands and negotiate directly for his release. As a coping mechanism, Tom’s eldest son Miles began a video diary capturing the negotiations, creating home video for his father in the hope that he would return. Twenty five years later he revisits the footage as a celebration of the people who came together to help his family. a:2:{i:0;s:87:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Miles Hargrove";s:9:"biography";s:311:"Miles has worked as a BTS documentarian on productions like "Proof of Life" and the "Harry Potter" franchise. His feature work includes co-directing and editing "The Starck Club", and editing "Torey’s Distraction". Recently he has shot for the Emmy nominated 6DOF, live-streaming VR for events like Coachella.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
La Vendedora de Liros (The Lillies’ Seller) Argentina 2020 short 18 No Rating Jacinta and her granddaughter Indira are Bolivian migrants. During the spring they work collecting flowers on the bank of the river, which they then sell in the Magdalena town cemetery. Their daily tasks are hampered by the racial problems that still exist in Argentina in relation to the ancestral cultures of Latin America. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"ÓSTER_La-Vendedora-de-Lirios.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:65:"";i:1;s:65:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Igor Galuk";s:9:"biography";s:882:"Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Igor Galuk has a degree in audiovisual communication from the National University of La Plata (UNLP). He is a screenwriter and audiovisual producer at Riocine and worked at TV Universidad, Untref Media and Panorama. With his short films "Tunnels on the river" (2009), "Sabaleros" (2013), "Palo Blanco" (2014), he has participated in several national and international festivals, among them the Festival of San Sebastián, Locarno and Viña del Mar. He made several documentary series including: "Olvidados del Río" (2011) and "Paisanos" (2012), which were premiered on Public TV and on the Encuentro Channel and awarded in the Nueva Miradas competitions on Television (UNQ). He has just completed his new short film, "La Vendedora de Lirios" (2019), and is finishing post-production of his first documentary feature, "Silencio en la ribera" (2020).";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
El Oro de Cajamarca (Gold of Cajamarca) Colombia 2019 short 16 No Rating A short handcrafted 16mm documentary about the fight against one of Colombia’s biggest open-sky gold mine projects. A black and white ballad sounding through the green mountains of Tolima in the Colombian Andes, talking to Cajamarca’s valley inhabitants. On the surface are green fertile lands and peaceful agriculture, but hidden underground are invisible fields of gold coveted by a multinational company which could reshape this whole world. Sometimes with just their voices, sometimes allowing their faces to be shown, Cajamarca’s workers reveal different aspects of their lives and the threat they face from the open-sky gold mine project. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Alexandre Regol";s:9:"biography";s:534:"After studying cinema production and audiovisual techniques in university, Alexandre started to work as an assistant director on fiction films. Having always been attracted to photography, he experimented with analog and alternative processes in his free time, and recently joined a pair of collaborative artist-run labs in Paris, where he has learned how to make movies with analog film, in an autonomous way. After a few experiments, he soon started to work on projects with the idea of linking the film’s matter with the subject.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Future of the Internet Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States 2020 feature 86 No Rating English Five years after his first documentary, award-winning producer/director Torsten Hoffmann revisits Bitcoin and sets out to explore the evolution of the blockchain industry and its new promise, meeting with the big brains and big egos behind this controversial industry. Can this technology, designed to operate independent of trust and within a decentralized network, really provide a robust alternative to the Internet as we know it? a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:91:"";i:1;s:92:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Torsten Hoffmann";s:9:"biography";s:905:"In many ways, Torsten has been working on this story for 10 years: in 2009, during his MBA studies University of Oxford, he published a paper on alternative (paper) currencies; In 2013 he discovered Bitcoin and went down the rabbit hole; In 2014 he started work as co-director, producer and writer for his debut film, “Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It“. The film was released in 2015 and won 4 international film festival awards. The film became a viral hit and was one of the most pirated documentaries of 2015; Since 2012, Torsten has founded several start-ups and is a frequent speaker about technology trends at conferences such as MIPTV & MIPCOM (9 times), AIDC and Medientage. He also conducts 4k and VR workshops (Discovery Asia & NHK) and often speaks about blockchain-related innovation. His global media clients include Netflix, Deutsche Telekom, DirecTV, NBC Universal and many more.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michael Watchulonis";s:9:"biography";s:1021:"From biographies to nuclear submarines, Michael’s storytelling experience crosses a broad range of subjects that have earned twenty-nine regional Emmy Awards and two national Emmy nominations. His works span award-winning science and nature documentaries, adventure programming, entertainment specials, video games and VR. To date, Michael has produced and directed more than 300 long-form narratives for television, six stereo 3D HD documentaries and he has been working in 4k since 2014. He is currently directing a 3D Virtual Reality series. Michael ‘s factual and entertainment content has been featured on TBS, History Channel, CNN, NatGeo, Sky, Amazon, CCTV and many other international broadcasters. Since 2011, Michael and Torsten have jointly worked on ten projects. They both co-directed “Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It“ in 2014/15. As director of “CRYPTOPIA“, Michael’s role in the creative process is to craft Torsten’s vision and subject-matter expertise into a compelling narrative.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Because We Are Girls Canada 2019 feature 83 No Rating “Because We Are Girls” is the story of a conservative South Asian family in small-town British Columbia who must come to terms with a devastating secret: Three sisters were sexually abused by a cousin over a period of almost two and a half decades, beginning in their early childhood. The sisters had planned to keep the abuse secret forever, but when they begin to suspect their cousin of abusing other family members, they courageously decide to come forward and pursue justice through the police and the courts. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:96:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Baljit Sangra";s:9:"biography";s:716:"Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver based filmmaker who has been working on documentaries, corporate videos, feature films and factual entertainment. Her passion is exploring social and cross-cultural issues. Most recently, she directed/produced "Many Rivers Home", a personal story that focuses on seniors in assisted care and looks at the end story of life, for OmniTV. She has directed/ produced the documentary "Warrior Boyz" in association with NFB and Canwest which examines the long-running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of the Lower Mainland. "Warrior Boyz" premiered at Doxa and was nominated for three Leos. Baljit also directed an A&E for CityTV and Channel M called "VIVA!" for several seasons.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Wicket India 2020 narrative short 4 No Rating A young boy dreams of being a cricketer but, like almost everyone else, ends up having an ordinary job. Nevertheless, his passion never dies and he lives his dream every day for the rest of his life. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Harsh Khurana";s:9:"biography";s:937:"Harsh Khurana is a media student pursuing his passion for filmmaking and photography alongside his academics in Mumbai, India. He made his directorial debut in 2019 with the short film ‘Ekaki’ and has now written, directed, and shot 4 short films along with 3 short ad films. His latest short films - Wicket and Punarnav - won the ‘Short Film of The Day’ appreciation by Shorted and stood as semi-finalists in MOIFF and Lisbon Film Rendevouz. He was also awarded the ‘Best Cinematographer’ for Punarnav by MFP2020. Being very new to the field filmmaking, he is always looking for opportunities to brush-up his skills. Apart from being a promising filmmaker, he excels in academics and has been topping his university for 2 years. His hobbies include playing instruments like flute, keyboard, and guitar; traveling, exploring new places, fantasizing about things that are never going to happen, and of course, watching movies.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Waiting in Strange Times Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 4 No Rating Set in Trinidad during the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, “Waiting In Strange Times” explores space and time during a period of boredom, uncertainty, confusion and fear. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kristof West";s:9:"biography";s:402:""Waiting in Strange Times" is Kristof West's debut film. West is a Liberal Arts student studying Media and Performance in Holland. The film is an amalgamation of media techniques learned in his first year. His cultured upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago in addition to his extensive international travel and a two year residency in Hong Kong has greatly shaped the lens through which he views the world.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Velare United States 2020 narrative short 6 No Rating Velare is a special girl: she is invisible to the people who love her. As she starts a new relationship, she is afraid that the boy will fall in love and thus lose sight of her. She decides to do everything she can to delay his love, but the inevitable happens. She remains optimistic about continuing the relationship, but what awaits her ahead? a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Kayla Sun";s:9:"biography";s:440:"Kayla Sun is one of the recipients of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant, and is currently a student at University of Southern California in film and television production. She wrote and directed the narrative “Shop”(2017), which screened at several festivals internationally, the experimental film “Awake”(2017) which exhibited at MUST’s Todd Art Gallery, and “Hail The Goer”(2015) at Vanderbilt Art Centre.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"";}} 1
Unexpected Suspect Trinidad and Tobago 2018 art short 10 No Rating When a student who is constantly bullied reaches his breaking point, he decides that something needs to be done to get back at his bullies and embarks on a plan that puts him on a path of darkness. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:65:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Sai Saidu";s:9:"biography";s:584:"Sai Saidu is a 19 year old amateur photographer and filmmaker. He uses film as a means of self-expression, and also as a way to document the goings-on in the complex world around him. Each film tells its own story in its own way, and that is what makes filmmaking such an infinitely interesting hobby. His interest in film started at quite a young age when his dad first bought a digital camcorder to immortalize special moments in his life, with the only confines being the limit of the memory stick. Over time, he began to learn, and more importantly, understand, the rules of film.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Unconditional United States 2020 narrative short 3 No Rating After his mother leaves him home alone, Cameron can explore his true self and his interest in femininity. Although young, he is aware of society’s expectations for boys and must face his own insecurities. Dealing with gender expression, queerness and innocence, “Unconditional” explores the defining moment in a mother and son’s relationship. a:2:{i:0;s:72:"";i:1;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Austin Jaye Braddock";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Austin Jaye Braddock is a graduate of the Pratt Institute, (New York, USA) with a BFA in 3D Animation. Having spent all his energy the last year and a half on his thesis film, he is excited to begin new projects and expand his portfolio and reel.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Timeout Martinique 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating In a not-too-distant future, Alice must survive a chase to the death on a post-apocalyptic island formerly called Martinique. a:2:{i:0;s:76:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Laura Bucher";s:9:"biography";s:350:"With a Master's in History and Caribbean Cultural Heritage, Laura Bucher is first a lover of theatre, photography, cinema and art. Through the workshops of "Passeurs d’Images", she now has the opportunity to learn and put into practice her knowledge with a first short film entitled "Timeout", which she produced with a team of 30 young art lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
La Última Fiesta (The Last Celebration) Mexico 2020 narrative short 17 No Rating Spanish with subtitles The Patron Saint’s Festival is the most important celebration of the year. Esther knows it and wants to attend but her husband Esteban doesn’t. The past reemerges for this elderly couple who must decide whether to attend a celebration which will allow them to recapture something in their relationship for the last time. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Adrián Ramos";s:9:"biography";s:460:"Born in Mexico, Adrián Ramos studied filmmaking at the University of Guadalajara and at the University of Audiovisual Media. He has worked as a director, producer, cinematographer, camera assistant and production assistant. He has collaborated with brands such as Audi, Urrea, Gran Via among others. The projects in which he has participated have been screened at festivals in Mexico and North America. "The Last Celebration" is his first foray as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
The Interview Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative short 7 No Rating A confident young man meets with unforeseen complications at a job interview where things are not quite what they seem. a:2:{i:0;s:90:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Louris Martin Lee-Sing";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Louris Martin Lee-Sing is a multi-skilled professional creative from Trinidad and Tobago. She began her career as an actor and has grown to become a theatre and film producer and director. Her career as a comedian has influenced her approach to directing and she is always looking for visual ways to connect to audiences through humour.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Ten Rupee Note India 2016 narrative short 27 No Rating English A young woman is thrown back into the past when her fiancé finds a message written on a ten rupee note. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sagnik Bhattacharya";s:9:"biography";s:277:"Sagnik Bhattacharya is an Indian filmmaker. He has made over 10 short films and has been awarded best director and best story awards from several festivals, namely Kolkata Short Film Festival, Nexgn Film Festival and Goa International Film Festival. Film making is his passion.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Tabula Rasa Martinique 2019 narrative short 16 No Rating Amina is a gothic teenager who’s failing at school. An unexpected discovery gives her the chance to change all of her grades to A+ by solving four puzzles. Amina decides to take up the challenge, but will she succeed? a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sarah Carmen Marlin";s:9:"biography";s:573:"Sarah-Carmen Marlin is a student at the Victor Schœlcher high school, specialising in literature and theatre. She discovered the world of cinema in 2017 when she worked as a volunteer with the C.A.D.I.C.E Ciné Woulé association, then she joined the "Passeurs d'IImages" workshops to learn how to create films. She was able to wear several hats such as production designer, assistant, clapman. In 2019, she worked as an assistant cinematographer then made her directorial debut with her first short film "Tabula Rasa", produced thanks to a team of 30 young cinema lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Susana United States 2020 documentary short 4 No Rating Widespread injury and abuse of migrant workers led Human Rights Watch to dub slaughterhouse work “the most dangerous factory job in America.” In the last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the largest raids in modern history at slaughterhouses, arresting and deporting undocumented workers. Despite the danger to herself and her family, former slaughterhouse worker Susana returns to the scene at night to care for animals on their way to the kill floor. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Laura Gamse";s:9:"biography";s:495:"Director/producer Laura Gamse's work has been featured on NPR, the National Geographic Channel and Netflix, and covered in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her first documentary, "The Creators: South Africa Through the Eyes of Its Artists", was named Best Documentary at the National Geographic Society’s All Roads Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on "Brigidy Bram", a feature documentary whose shorter incarnation was named Best Short Film at the Bahamian Oscars.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"";}} 1
Sa Ou Pa Sav Gran Paséw (What You Don’t Know is Bigger than You) Martinique 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating French with subtitles Michel’s life is a dream, but for this dream to continue he must regularly update his wristband. One day the device stops working and he realises that his entire life has been an illusion. Now he’s ready to do anything to return to his dreamworld. a:2:{i:0;s:77:"";i:1;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Laury Granville";s:9:"biography";s:393:"Laury Granville is a young director of short films and music videos from Martinique. She made her first film "I ja le" in 2016 and won the first prize at the Festival Rencontres Cinéma de Martinique. In 2018, she became an assistant director on two short films and directed her second film "An Laria". Then in 2019, she co-directed the film "Sa ou pas av gran pasé’w" with Paul Rémi Leti.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Paul-Rémi Leti";s:9:"biography";s:353:"Paul-Rémi Leti, 20 years old, graduated with a scientific high school degree in computer science and digital science, has worked as a boom operator since Passeurs 2013, where he was able to learn and acquire all the skills and techniques used to make his first short footage entitled "Sa ou pas av gran pasé'w" and shot with fifteen young enthusiasts.";}} 1
No Se Aceptan Prostitutas (No Hookers Allowed) Dominican Republic 2019 narrative short 15 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Sela is a young woman who has always had the support and love of her father, but when she starts exploring her sexuality, secrets come to light that may endanger their relationship. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"C. M. Cots";s:9:"biography";s:1149:"Cristina Marie Cots is a writer and filmmaker Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She has worked in several fiction and documentary projects. Her short film "Juntos" was a finalist in the Red Film Festival" for AIDS prevention and awareness. She got a scholarship at the Alliance Française of Santiago to study French in 2015, after four years she got the professional diploma of a DELF B2. She studies Film at Intec (Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo) since 2017, with a scholarship from the university and the Dgcine (Dirección General de cine the Dominican film commission). She is a fan of black and white movies, specially Truffaut films, even though (admits) she didn't like to watch them; and feels grateful to her college professor and filmmaker J. J. Namnun for having taught her how to appreciate the beauty of black and white films. Among the non black and white films, her favorites are Prenon Carmen by Jean Luc Godard and F for fake by Orson Welles. Her favorite Latin-American films from the past 10 years are Nostalgia for the Light by Patricio Guzmán and Miriam Lies by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
La Pieza de Casseus (The Raging Dance of Casseus) Dominican Republic 2020 narrative short 16 No Rating Casseus is a young Haitian man who decides to enroll in a ballet academy in order to accomplish his dream of being a dancer, but his job as a bodega delivery guy in the Dominican Republic gets in the way of his goal. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:65:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Camilo Mejía";s:9:"biography";s:672:"I was born on February 21st, 1997, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Since I was little I had the intention to communicate, no matter how, and it was at the age of 10 that I had my first encounter with a camera. Since then, cinema has accompanied me in my development as a person and as an artist. I studied Film and Audiovisual Communication at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). I took workshops offered by the Dirección General de Cine (DGCINE) and Instituto Tecnológico de Las Américas (ITLA) on cinema with a focus on filmmaking. As an artist I am curious about the internal processes of people and how these are projected in our environment.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"ÍA.jpg";}} 1
Isla Sirena (Mermaid Island) Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 narrative short 15 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Vivi, a young inhabitant of a fishing village, takes a trip by road and sea with her friend Vale to get to an island where, according to the stories of her dead mother, the mermaids live. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Leonel González";s:9:"biography";s:362:"Leonel González is a filmmaker from Margarita Island, Venezuela, and it is the warmth and rural life of the island that he seeks to capture in his stories. He studied at ESCINETV - Escuela de Cine y Televisión de Caracas. He has several student and amateur short films. Isla Sirena (Mermaid Island) is his first professional short film and also is his thesis.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Inexorable Martinique 2018 narrative short 13 No Rating A young woman and her dying father struggle to survive on a devastated island destroyed by poisonous seaweed that they are now forced to collect for an evil mega-corporation called Sunryse. a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Philippe Lugsor";s:9:"biography";s:376:"At the age of 17, with a High School degree in cinema, Philippe Lugsor is a young Caribbean who has worked as a cameraman and an editor at LUMINA TV before joining the Youth workshop Passeurs d'Image 2018, where he now has the opportunity to learn and put into practice his knowledge with a first short film entitled "Inexorable" and filmed with a team of 30 young art lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Filadelphia Brazil 2018 documentary short 7 No Rating “Man here can take two weeks. When you have a whole month, they’re already gone ”. In a wooden shed on the east side of São Paulo, 16 women work at Cooperativa Filadelphia, which has been working for a decade sorting recyclable material. The women’s hands quickly separate the products, collected by the cooperative members in the city of São Paulo and received through a partnership with the City Hall. As they work, one issue inevitably comes up: why don’t men last as workers at the cooperative? a:2:{i:0;s:97:"";i:1;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dani Drumond";s:9:"biography";s:859:"Born in Belo Horizonte / MG, Dani Drumond has a degree in Social Communication from the University of São Paulo and a student of Arts at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. He works as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. Under the guidance of Ateliers Varan in the H2O Cine Recife workshop, he made the short film Carne e Casca (2016, 16 '), shown in festivals and exhibitions in Brazil and France. He directed, photographed and edited Banzo (2018, 3 '); Filadelphia (2017, 8 '), winner of the best film award by the FAVERA 2018 popular jury; Dollmaker (2018, 3 '), awarded as best film by the popular jury of the 5th Super OFF; and I want to do with you what spring does to the cherry trees (2020, 13 '). He directed the photography of the short films Cantareira (2019, 26 '), by Rodrigo Ribeiro, and Handala (2020, 20'), by Khaled Aldeek.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Endless Love Brazil 2020 documentary short 20 No Rating A series of characters experience the joy of performance, demonstrating that it is better to live than to dream. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Duda Gambogi";s:9:"biography";s:452:"Duda Gambogi is a filmmaker and film critic. Over the last eight years she has worked as an assistant director, art director and producer in several independent films and music videos that were screened nationally and internationally. She has also integrated the body of traditional film festivals in Brazil as a Youth Jury, such as the Tiradentes Film Show and Janela de Cinema do Recife - Int’l Film Festival. Endless Love is her debut documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
El Monte (The Woodland) Cuba 2018 documentary short 13 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In Sierra Maestra, Cuba, José Manuel shares his vision of the world with his granddaughter Malena through his deep knowledge of nature’s mysteries. Plants and people have great similarities and must respect each other. José Manuel hopes that Malena will inherit the knowledge that he obtained from his father and will become a great mountain tree. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:698:"Claudia Claremi is a graduate in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as "Centella" (Firefly), "Murciélago" (Bat), "El Monte" (The Woodland) and "Patio de Butacas" (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Diving for Balance Curaçao 2020 documentary short 26 No Rating With 50 per cent of the Caribbean’s coral reefs already lost, young diver Katie Leeper is putting all her energy and effort into rebuilding the coral reefs of Curaçao. Following this determined environmentalist, “Diving for Balance” is the story of Leeper and the Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao (CRFC), a non-profit organisation working on restoring the country’s shallow-water coral reefs through a process of growing baby corals and replanting them in the sea. An inspiring portrait of people devoting their lives to saving the dying reefs. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:34:"Steff Donkers and Sara Cornelissen";s:9:"biography";s:649:"As filmmakers, Steff Donkers and Sara Cornelissen are passionate about the passion of others, "We want to dedicate a film to the people who put all their effort into saving and restoring coral, that is 'overlooked' by so many others," they have said. Steff grew up in Curacao and has been diving since she was 11 years old. She loves the Island and its beautiful reefs, however, she never knew how important those reefs were until she met Katie. Sara grew up in the Netherlands and has never dived, but she loves to contribute to a better world and hopes that one day everybody will know as much about coral and its uniqueness as she does right now.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Choosing Destiny Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative featurette 35 No Rating Two high school students are faced with life-changing choices as they try to navigate their love and the difficult circumstances that surround them. Tackling the contemporary issues of teenage pregnancy, abortion, suicide and illegal drugs, “Choosing Destiny” follows young people at a crossroads in their lives. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Angelo Berkeley";s:9:"biography";s:663:"Angelo Berkeley is an Upper Sixth student at Signal Hill Secondary School with a passion for film and theatre. He was the main camera man, one of the supporting actors and the director of "Choosing Destiny", which highlighted various social issues such as suicide, teenage pregnancy, broken homes and financial instability. He was also strongly involved in his school’s drama club S.H.A.P.E Up Productions and has been an active member and actor for the past five years. Angelo is also a musician and songwriter with training in seven instruments with key focus on the guitar and drums. Angelo’s current goal is to pursue film and theatre at university level.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Shemaiah Trotman";s:9:"biography";s:671:"Shemaiah Trotman is a fifth form student of Signal Hill Secondary. She is multitalented both on and offstage. She has training in cultural dance, performed at Music Festival before joining SHAPE Up Productions, her school's drama club where she blossomed on stage. She auditioned for the lead role and took on the character Jayde in the film "Choosing Destiny". As she became invested in the project, her role widened to director – her knowledge of the film made her an asset in the editing of the film. Trotman's future goals are to pursue writing for film and theatre as well as costume design, another skill she developed as co-designer of her costumes for the film.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Carne e Casca (Meat and Shell) Brazil 2016 narrative short 16 No Rating In the bowels of the Recife mangrove is Ilha de Deus (God’s Island). There, José Joaquim Francisco Filho, known as “Mosquito”, the oldest sururu (mussel) fisherman of the region, battles on. In the Capibaribe river, one of the most polluted in Brazil, Mosquito fights for the survival and future of his grandchildren. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dani Drumond";s:9:"biography";s:858:"Born in Belo Horizonte / MG, Dani Drumond has a degree in social communication from the University of São Paulo and was a student of Arts at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. He works as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. Under the guidance of Ateliers Varan in the H2O Cine Recife workshop, he made the short film "Carne e Casca" (2016), which has been shown in festivals and exhibitions in Brazil and France. He directed, photographed and edited "Banzo" (2018); "Filadelphia" (2017), winner of the best film award by the FAVERA 2018 popular jury; "Dollmaker" (2018), awarded as best film by the popular jury of the 5th Super OFF; and "I want to do with you what spring does to the cherry trees" (2020). Drumond directed the photography of the short films "Cantareira" (2019) by Rodrigo Ribeiro, and "Handala" (2020), by Khaled Aldeek.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Carmencita Dominican Republic 2020 documentary short 27 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In this documentary short, filmmaker Nayibe Tavares-Abel sets out to make a film based on her great grandmother’s diary entries written in 1918. Incorporating stop motion animation and a silent film shot in 16mm, the filmmaker begins with the aim of poking fun at her great grandmother’s jealousy and conceit, but ends up revealing much about herself in the process. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Nayibe Tavares-Abel";s:9:"biography";s:682:"Nayibe Tavares-Abel is Dominican of Palestinian and Lebanese origin. She studied French and political science in Michigan and Paris before completing a Filmmaking Conservatory at Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, DR (2019). Actress-ethnographer for independent theatre groups of Santo Domingo, Tavares-Abel has field experience in the film industry as 2nd and 3rd assistant director, and key production assistant in Dominican and international productions. Her short films as director, "365DAA" (2019) and producer, "Pasajero" (2016) have been showcased at the Premio Joven del Centro de la Imagen and the Muestra Nacional de Cine in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Binimoy India 2019 narrative short 18 No Rating Gauri and Amal are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in their little home in North Calcutta. While Gauri wishes to find her husband a special gift, this isn’t quite as simple as it seems. A portrait of a young couple navigating their socio-economic struggles to make their first anniversary special. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Tanvi Chowdhary";s:9:"biography";s:470:"Born and raised in Calcutta, Tanvi Chowdhary earned her BFAs in film from the Srishti School of Art and Design in Bangalore, India. She has won various awards for her audio-visual and photographic works. She has worked with a renowned wedding film company, The Wedding Filmer, and has also worked internationally with Los Angeles based production house, Veyra. She seeks to explore and tell stories about human dynamics, identity and gender through her personal artwork.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Atlas Martinique 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating French with subtitles Tired of their precarious social environment, Lucas and Alex decide to change their lives. After a catastrophic and deadly robbery, they run away in opposite directions. Lucas has to deal with his guilt while Alex takes care of getting the money. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Anthony Chambeau";s:9:"biography";s:102:"Anthony Chambeau was born and raised in Martinique, and is currently studying cinema in Paris, France.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
A La’Diablesse Curse Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 14 No Rating English A womanising absentee father is hunted by La Diablesse, a powerful shape-shifting Caribbean spirit, who demands his soul in exchange for his son’s freedom. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jared Prima";s:9:"biography";s:626:"Jared Prima is a Trinidad and Tobago cultural activist, teacher, dramatist, and performer whose mind constantly dwells in huge fantasy worlds. Since realising that the stage was too small a canvas for the worlds his mind creates, he transitioned to film as it had plenty of real estate for building huge fantasy worlds out of his island’s culture. After successfully completing his Masters in Film Directing and Production (a programme made affordable by winning the 2018 Fulbright Scholarship) Jared has embarked on his lifelong goal: to expose the world to the immense potential of Caribbean cultural stories and folklore.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Zanmi Martinique 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating New Year’s Eve, 2019, Martinique. Like every year at this time, Alex and Samuel share a moment with family and friends. As every year, laughter flies to the rhythm of the champagne bottles opening but between teasing and good-natured play, who will still be at the table to hear the twelve strokes of midnight? a:1:{i:0;s:70:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadia Charlery";s:9:"biography";s:1110:"Nadia Charlery is a Martiniquaise director who, after studying at ESRA Paris (Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle), decided to return to her country of origin to live her passion for the image. For several years, she worked as a director's assistant, production manager and casting director on TV films, commercials and TV magazine programmes with various production companies. Charlery directed her first short film, "Le pense bête", which won an award at an ecological festival. At the same time she directed video clips, commercials and institutional films. Her second short film, "Entre deux", received the "Prix de court", "le prix du scénario" at the Festival Prix de court Antilles-guyane 2013, and the "prix spécial du Jury" at FEMI. Full of ideas for projects and passionate about writing, Charlery's screenplay for her short film "Ti Coq", was awarded in Cannes as part of the HOHOHA competition. "Ti Coq" went on to win prizes at various Caribbean and international festivals. At the moment, Charlery is working on documentary projects, short films and writing her first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Yellow Girl and Me United States 2019 narrative short 19 No Rating English Set in the Jamaican countryside, a young child named Nicole waits for her sister, Yellow Girl, to teach her how to swim. Like the water, Nicole does not resist; she flows, and nothing can stand in her way. Circumstances escalate when Yellow Girl breaks her promise and Nicole realizes that she is next in line for a lifestyle of sexual abuse. Nicole is forced to decide how far she will go in order to protect herself and her sister. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Isabella Issa";s:9:"biography";s:449:"Isabella Issa was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, where she developed a curiosity for the relationship between human beings and their surroundings. She received her MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory and a BA in Film Production from Pepperdine University. Born of Lebanese descent, Isabella yearns to tell stories which are not included in the master narrative. Her passion lies in the outliers - in human beings and their differences.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"";}} 1
Waters of March United States 2020 narrative short 16 No Rating English Grandmothers are the protectors of a child’s imagination; they ward off evil spirits and have a remedy for any illness. In “Waters of March”, illness and grief transform a young boy’s life as he grapples with the loss of his grandmother in this exploration of grief and how it affects a family. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Chase Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:574:"Chase Johnson is an up and coming director based in Los Angeles, CA, with Waters of March being his debut short. Chase's work is based on the cultural significance of the West African "Griot”, one who is tasked with preserving oral tradition carried by storytellers of all walks of life. Chase wishes to tell tales of humans that exist today and reimagine the futures of those who will exist tomorrow. In these narratives, he has dedicated himself to exploring the complex nuisances and "grey areas" embedded within our own concepts of identity politics and ways of being.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Timoun Aw (Your Kid) Guadeloupe 2020 narrative short 25 No Rating While being chased, Chris discovers a baby on his stair landing who seems to be intended for him. Doubtful of his paternity, he sets out to find the mother of the child. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Nelson Foix";s:9:"biography";s:489:"Nelson Foix is a young talented scriptwriter and film director, on the way to share his universe, between Caribbean and Urbanstyle. After two years studying Light and Camera at school in Paris, he learned by doing. The Kid is his third short movie over those past three years and the first time he works with a production and professional materials. He is the kind of director who knows precisely what he wants. Always in a mood for creation, he is already thinking about his next project.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Trois Machettes (Three Blades) Haiti 2019 narrative short 29 No Rating French/ Haitian Creole with subtitles A day in the life of a family of three in contemporary Haiti. Child, adolescent, man – each with his dreams and frustrations and each finding a way to live. A day like every other day and everywhere, in every hand, there is a machete. So what will happen when night falls and dreams and frustrations collide? a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:89:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Matthieu Maunier-Rossi";s:9:"biography";s:415:"Matthieu Maunier-Rossi is a screenwriter and director. Geography and travels are at the core of all his projects. From 2014 to 2017, he wandered across the Caribbean, looking for new stories. His journey became a book (« Les îles buissonnières », Ed. Rudbeckias, 2018). After more than one year spent in Haiti working with NGOs, he went back to the island during the summer of 2018 to direct « Three blades ».";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Sweetness Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 1 No Rating English Five young people think about making the decision to have sex, while access to sex education is limited or skewed. A film about the challenges youth experience when they begin exploring and expressing their sexuality; experimenting and sometimes making risky sexual decisions. a:2:{i:0;s:86:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Deneka Thomas";s:9:"biography";s:691:"Deneka Thomas is an award-winning Spoken Word Poet, writer, arts educator and activist from Trinidad and Tobago. She is passionate about working to empower and advance the rights of girls and women and of LGBTQI rights. Deneka is the Founder and Creative Director of On-Word Creative. She was the 2018 First Citizens National Poetry Slam Champion and is the 2nd runner up of the competition in 2019. She is Nominated to revive an award for Best Female Spoken Word Artist of Trinidad and Tobago by Trinidad and Tobago's Youth Government. Deneka is a 2018 Woman Deliver young Leader. She is a Professional Spoken Word Artist and Teaching Artist with youth empowerment NGO the 2 Cents Movement.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Sinceramente, Candy (Sincerely, Candy) Curaçao, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 narrative short 28 No Rating Carolina writes a letter in which she explains how her world was transformed forever. As a refugee she boarded an overloaded boat with people in search of a better life. They experienced trauma at sea, but the real nightmare started in the place of possibilities. The story of Venezuelan refugees who must resort to prostitution in order to survive and provide for their families. a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Chantal Anthonia";s:9:"biography";s:1689:"Chantal Anthonia (1989) has been interested in film from a young age. She used to watch and evaluate films every day. As a young adult, she started to create her own projects under the name of Ciann Line. She is an honours alumni from Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She has lived, worked and studied in several parts of the world including Mexico, Australia and Hong Kong, where she had the opportunity to develop herself into a better storyteller. She worked on a couple of films including her very recent "Sinceramente, Candy", which she wrote, directed, produced, for her graduation. "One Decision" which she wrote and directed and premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2017. She was also the producer for her first film “Submerged” about somebody dealing with loneliness after the death of her loved one. This film won “Best Film” and “Best Cinematography” at a NHTV Film Festival in 2014. After that she produced other films like “Headlines” about a news reporter doing everything to get a good story, inspirational video “My Move Matters” about taking care of the earth, and as a director of photography for “Spotlight” in which famous Dutch individuals are exchanging places with students and sharing their world. Furthermore, she has worked as assistant producer, assistant director and casting director for brands such as Adidas, NBC Universal, Amnesty International, Julio, Spectrum, Soft Dreams and so on. She also produced segments for a live TV show in England and helped with filming for the feature film Incipit in Germany. Her personal projects always contain content that can enhance the life of individuals.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Reflexion Martinique 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating English Created during quarantine, an animated short about what happens when social distancing goes wrong. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:780:"Alan Bidard is an award-winning animation film director in Martinique who has been creating animation films since 2000 after graduating from SUPINFOCOM, one of the best 3D animation schools in Europe. Between 2000 and 2015, he has directed several short films, documentaries and live-action films which were nominated internationally and received several awards. In 2015, Bidard released the first animation feature film ever made in the Caribbean, “Battledream Chronicle”, awarded by 24 awards and 70 nominations worldwide. Then in 2018, he created the first Caribbean animated TV series awarded by 25 awards and 105 nominations worldwide. As for now, Bidard is the only Caribbean animated film director who has won more than 60 awards and 250 nominations through his career.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Red Alert: Crime In Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating Your paranoia is someone else’s reality. A loved one leaves the house, insisting that they will be home at a certain time. The time passes and fear grows as they don’t return. In times like this, it’s not far-fetched to think the worst, but the voice in your head keeps going back and forth. Is something wrong, or are you being paranoid? a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:68:"";i:1;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:993:"Riyadh Rahaman is 20-year-old Trinidadian filmmaker with a passion for creating high quality, local films and is most known for his unique and creative abilities in storytelling including the genres of comedy, drama and thriller. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College in 2018 and completed a 2 month intensive filmmaking course at Maine Media Workshops + College in the fall 2019 and is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a full time filmmaker. He has amassed an audience of over 20,000 followers among his various social media platforms following his work in film and he’s been twice officially selected in the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. His 2019 submission ‘The Lagahoo’ was aired twice on local TV station TTT as part of their 'Live for Local’ series also gaining him an interview on the TTT Now Morning Show with Lisa Wickham. He was also interviewed by the Trinidad Express newspaper in 2019 for his crime short film ‘Red Alert’ which is one of his best works.";}} 1
Pure Service Barbados 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating “Pure Service” is a humorous glimpse into the minds of two characters on opposite sides of the service counter. What happens when the manager isn’t available and the customer doesn’t have their receipt? Sometimes the solution is right in front of you. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Reyda Gay";s:9:"biography";s:762:"Enamoured by the creative world, Reyda Gay has been pursuing an artistic career from a young age. Her path has led her from theatre arts at Christ Church Foundation to Mass Communication at the Barbados Community College (BCC) and then cinematic arts at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Arts (EBCCI). At EBCCI, she developed a love for screenwriting and editing and her most noted works thus far are Beneath the Dock (2016), a fantasy film involving the Barbados Landship, and COVID Comic (2020), a digital comic series published by the NCF. Reyda continues to work in the film industry, gaining experience on local and international film productions and further specialized in screenwriting with a MA in Writing for Script and Screen at Falmouth University.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Mortenol Guadeloupe 2019 narrative short 28 PG Eleven-year-old Dwayne wants to avenge his older brother who was killed by an enemy gang. a:2:{i:0;s:87:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Julien Silloray";s:9:"biography";s:855:"Julien Silloray is a very promising french director, actually preparing his first feature. His previous shorts, Féfé Limbé (2016), Mommy Water (2014) and A home for these old bones (2013) have been very well received in prestigious festivals worldwide as Clermont Ferrand FF (Special prize of the Jury for Féfé Limbé), BFI London film festival (Special Prize of the jury), FIFAM Amiens (Best short film), Namur film festival, Filmets Badalona, Kuki interfilm Berlin, Tanger, Vues d'Afrique Montréal, Black film festival Montreal, Busan BISFF, Edinburgh Short film festival, Fémi Guadeloupe, TTFF Trinidad & Tobago, Third horizon Caribbean FF Miami, Timehri FF, etc. Julien Silloray's films take a humanistic look at a Creole people and culture that is not well represented in world cinema. Like all his films, Mortenol has been shot in Guadeloupe.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Ma Justice (My Justice) Guadeloupe 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating The story of a man who is persuaded to avenge his daughter who was hit by a car. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Olivier Kancel";s:9:"biography";s:689:"Olivier Kancel was born in Guadeloupe. He trained as a director in Lyon. He returned to Guadeloupe after making his first 52-minute documentary «Antillais» broadcast by Lyon television. Back in Guadeloupe, he opened his production KOPROD. He makes and produces films like “Ah, si j 'étais pauvre…” and «Ma montagne» and he also works with other production as for the production of the documentary «Les coqs de Dolorès» broadcast by France television and produced by Ext-jour and Poichiche film. Today, Olivier Kancel and his team produce short films such as, «Du côté d 'Abraham», the web series «Samantha» and the series «Shaman» while preparing their next projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Ma Dame au Camélia (My Lady of the Camellia) French Guiana 2019 narrative short 15 No Rating French with subtitles Patrice, a black actor in his forties, powdered and dressed as a 19th century courtesan, comes to the audition organised by the powerful casting director Selena Meyer. Assisted by Betty, she is looking for the female lead for a new cinematographic adaptation of “Camille – the Lady of the Camellias”. Among the young and pretty contenders, Patrice will have a hard time legitimizing his presence. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Edouard Montoute";s:9:"biography";s:1518:"Edouard Montoute was born in Cayenne, French Guiana, an Oversea French Territory. He is an actor known for Femme fatale (Brian de Palma), Taxi (Luc Besson) and La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz). Attracted by acting, Edouard Montoute was enrolled in a free class at Cours Florent. He first appeared on screen in 1989 in "Jean Galmot", a film shot in French Guiana. His first roles came from a new generation of filmmakers, including Olivier Assayas, who directed "Paris S'éveille/Paris Awakens", "J'irai Au Paradis/I’ll go to Heaven" by Xavier Durringer, and "La Haine/Hate" directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. He gained popularity by playing in the football series "Goal" in 1992 where he met Frédéric Diefenthal, an actor with whom he shared many shoots in his career. He played the character Alain as the cop friend in the four-series “Taxi” saga. He is particularly famous in comic book register such as “Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cléopâtre”. He appeared in the buddy movies "La Voie est Libre/The Coast is Clear" by Stéphane Clavier, “Our Friends the Cops” directed by Bob Swaim and “Before it is too late” by Laurent Dussaux. He also makes appearances on television series like “Flics/Cops” and “Les Toqués/The Goofs”. More recently, we have seen Edouard Montoute in "Les Petits Mouchoirs/Little White Lies" by Guillaume Canet. In 2018, Edouard Montoute made his directorial debut with a classic but revisited "Ma Dame au Camelia/The Lady of the Camelia" in which he also played.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
La Amante (The Mistress) Puerto Rico 2019 narrative short 11 No Rating During her husband’s funeral, 70-year-old Maritere receives an unexpected visit from Angela, whose presence re-awakens feelings from the past. Maritere must decide whether to continue her life as a widow or give herself the chance to feel love again. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Pati Cruz";s:9:"biography";s:401:"Born in Puerto Rico in 1990, Pati Cruz studied Film Directing at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (International School of Film and Television) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2015-2018). She obtained a Bachelor of Arts at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York (2012). Since 2012, she works as a Screenwriter and Freelance Filmmaker in audiovisual productions in New York and Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
Kara Guadeloupe 2020 narrative short 20 No Rating English When Marc brings home an intelligent home management system called Kara for his fiancee, Cindy is unnerved by her increasingly intrusive presence and becomes convinced the device is spying on them. Kara begins to frighten Cindy while Marc is out at work, but he thinks she’s imagining it. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Catherine Kerr-Phillips";s:9:"biography";s:932:"Catherine is a multilingual writer, director, photographer, translator and assistant director. She lived abroad for several years, travelling and working, before studying languages, economics and theatre at Nice University graduating in 2009. While in the South of France, she initially started acting in various French television series (Les Toques, Section de Recherches) before deciding to pursue a career behind the camera in 2015. Since then, she has worked as an Assistant Director on numerous British and foreign productions, including Goldfinch Studio’s World War II film, Waiting for Anya, That Good Night, and popular dramas such as Casualty, East Enders and Death in Paradise. She has written and directed three award winning short films and two short animations, and her short screenplay The Wedding Car was produced for BBC 2 in 2016. She has written three feature screenplays and published a memoir, Hoping for Rain.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
K.I.N.G United States 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating English In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, a troubled boy is sent to Connecticut from the Virgin Islands to temporarily stay with his paternal aunt. In hopes of seeing his deadbeat father after broken promises, he ventures out into an unfamiliar city to find him. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Rashad Frett";s:9:"biography";s:1409:"A first generation American from a Caribbean background, Rashad Frett was taught from a young age to work hard for his goals. He was always fascinated in the arts but started pursuing it seriously after joining the U.S. Army. Experiencing 9/11 first hand when his Army unit was sent to NYC to help with rescue/ evacuation, Frett wanted to make a positive impact on society. Telling stories through the power of the media became his passion. Frett furthered his education and honed his filmmaking skills which got him accepted into the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program.He's an MFA Candidate with a Writer/Director concentration at NYU Tisch and is a recipient of the 2018 BAFTA - HBO scholarship, the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers scholarship, a 2019 BET Blackhouse Foundation Fellowship at Sundance, a King Wasserman Award Winner at 2019 NYU's First Run Film Festival, Winner of the 2018 DGA Student Film Award in the Eastern Region African American category, Best Student Film at 2019 Bronzelens Film Festival, 2019's national winner for Gentleman Jack's Real to Reel film competition with Omari Hardwick, and a 2019/20 recipient of the Spike Lee Production Fellowship. Additionally, Frett is a Cinematographer with work that has screened in Prestigious festivals including SXSW, LA Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival, and Berlinale.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Traytown (JAFTA Block) Jamaica 2020 narrative short 14 No Rating English Newly-married Aria Sawyer is a charismatic and attractive young woman who is after one thing – a seat in Parliament – and she gets it. However, the sweet taste of victory quickly grows sour when her power-hungry husband, Dimitri, finds out about her on-and-off affair with Janelle Rose, a spunky female journalist. He offers a trade: his silence for her seat in Parliament. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadean Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:609:"Nadean Rawlins is the Founder and Managing Director of RAW Management, a Talent Management Agency and Production Co. Nadean has produced five stage plays to include the award-winning play The Black That I Am in 2015. An emerging film producer and director, she co-directed and produced her first short film Traytown written by Letay Williams in 2020, and is currently involved in developing other feature film projects. Rawlins also has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning actress and firmly believes in developing and promoting all kinds of talents through advancement and international exposure.";s:10:"photograph";s:123:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Gareth Cobran";s:9:"biography";s:744:"Gareth started off directing and shooting a myriad of music videos for international recording artistes, gaining exposure and familiarity within the industry. As his journey progressed, he decided to sharpen his skills specifically as a Director of Photography, telling unique stories and ultimately syncing himself with a completely different side of production. He started Image Development Studios as a cornerstone for quality local and regional production, which further enhanced his portfolio allowing him to shoot, direct, and edit. He branched off into the commercial avenue, shooting adverts for many prominent companies including Digicel, Coke Zero and KFC to name a few. In 2012 co-directed the documentary OnePeople: The Celebration.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
Out of Many (JAFTA Block) Jamaica 2020 narrative short 15 No Rating English The bubble of Asha’s privilege is popped when she sees the dead body of a street cleaner while out with her driver, GT. To Asha the body represents a side of Jamaica that she has, up until that point, only seen on the news. She sees a part of GT in that body and maybe even a part of herself. From this point on Asha’s world seems tainted, and she is thrust into deep introspection. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Rebecca Williams";s:9:"biography";s:215:"Rebecca Williams is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based in Kingston, Jamaica. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a B.F.A in Film and TV Production.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Irma United Kingdom 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating Set on a French Caribbean island threatened by Hurricane Irma in 2017, in the calm before the storm, a little girl is excited to meet the mysterious Irma everyone is talking about. a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:74:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Lisa Cruz";s:9:"biography";s:472:"Lisa Cruz is a French Artist and 2D animator based in London. She did her BA in Fine Art and Stage Design at ESAP, Monaco, then she went to the Atelier de Sèvres in Paris to study animation followed by an MA at Royal College of Art in London where she graduated in 2019 in Narrative Animation. From her background in Stage Design she draws special attention to Space and Perspective. Her films are staged in a theatrical way to highlight her character’s point of view.";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"";}} 1
Immune United Kingdom 2020 narrative short 15 No Rating English In a world scourged by a terrible disease, a healthy mother-to-be must escape the clutches of an authoritarian government or risk losing her life and that of her unborn child. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Robert Macfarlane";s:9:"biography";s:1076:"Robert Macfarlane is a narrative Director with over 15 years’ experience in the Film, TV and commercial sectors in the UK and Caribbean. After completing his BA at London South Bank University, he started his production company, focusing his attention on directing narrative music videos, producing over 40 in a three-year period for various artists across genres. He then moved to Trinidad and Tobago and in his quest to become a better director, he worked in a variety of roles on feature films, commercials, and corporate films. After returning to the UK, Robert worked as a creative director at a boutique production house directing over many high end corporate and educational films before he chose to focus solely on narrative directing. His credits range from directing award-winning shorts to editing the multi-award-winning feature film Sally's Way released in North America and the Caribbean. Broadcast credits include editor on TV shows for CTV in Trinidad & Tobago and the BBC as well as director of music videos which have aired on MTV Base, VH1 and the Box.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Ici c’est Paris (Paris is Here) French Guiana 2020 narrative short 16 No Rating French with subtitles The peaceful life of Georges, an introverted Guyanese teenager, becomes complicated when he falls in love with Gisèle, a dreamy girl who hopes more than anything to see Paris. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:90:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:33:"Léa Magnien and Quentin Chantrel";s:9:"biography";s:1483:"Léa Magnien & Quentin Chantrel form a duo of photographic directors, the collective Lova Lova. Together, they combine their skills for the production of short films and photographs almost always anchored in French Guyana where they both grew up. Léa Magnien did the fine arts of Aix en Provence and was then admitted to the National School of Arts and Techniques of Theater (ENSATT) in Lyon in the field of costume. Quentin Chantrel embarked on self-directed filmmaking with his first short film "A heart on the canvas" awarded at the Palmists Canvas Festival (French Guyana) before becoming a graduate by integrating DU Creations and Audiovisual and Cinematographic Techniques from Corsica where he directed the short film "Secondary residence", produced by the Cinematographic Research and Essay Group. Thanks to their technical experiences on the French Guyana series (canal +) in particular and Maroni (Arte), they decide to create a duo, the Collective Lova Lova, and direct their first very short film in 2017 "Je suis un vélo" . They then directed in 2018 the short film "Ici, c'est Paris" produced by Palaviré Production.In parallel with their achievements, the duo encountered colorful characters on stage through offbeat photographs that tackle the concept of exoticism and question the representation of the Other. The duo did an artist residency in Bélem (Brazil) and Oaxaca (Mexico). They also exhibited their photographs in Alsace, Marseille and Hanover (Germany).";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"éa-Magnien-and-Quentin-Chantrel.jpg";}} 1
Home Sweet Home United States 2020 narrative short 13 No Rating When the ghost of a far removed Jamaican past shows up at her humble Brooklyn apartment, 60-year-old Esmerelda, a kindly illegal immigrant who works as a home health aide, is dumbfounded. The proverbial ghost, her estranged ex-husband, has flown from Jamaica, eager to find her, and bears news of their terminally ill son; the child he denied her when she was forced to flee Jamaica some 30 years prior. The son’s dying wish is to meet the mother he’s never known. But Esmerelda is torn; America is home. If she leaves, there is no going back, but she has long yearned to be reunited with her only child, and going back now is her only chance. a:2:{i:0;s:86:"";i:1;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Natasha Griffiths";s:9:"biography";s:1548:"Natasha Griffiths is a screenwriter-director and educator from Manchester, Jamaica. She has a commendable background in Theatre (acting), which was the pursuit of her undergraduate studies. After her undergraduate tenure, a joint programme between the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and The University of the West Indies, Ms. Griffiths pursued filmmaking. While serving as a high school Theatre Arts teacher, she undertook several film training, and more specifically, screenwriting programmes. After eight years as a high school educator, while moonlighting as a writer and production assistant, Ms. Griffiths pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting. In May 2018 she concluded her MFA at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. To date, Ms. Griffiths has written a number of screenplays; shorts, features, one-hour television episodes and web-series episodes. A Fire and a Funeral, the pilot episode of her television drama series Showa was short-listed for the 2018 Sundance Episodic Lab, and her feature screenplay Lukewarm, which won a place in the British Council/JAMPRO/JAFTA Feature Film Lab is now in development. Ms. Griffiths has served as an adjunct screenwriting professor at Hofstra University, Brooklyn College (Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema), New York University (TISCH School of the Arts) and The University of the West Indies (CARIMAC). Currently Ms. Griffiths is a full-time faculty member at The University of Technology, Jamaica, where she lectures in screenwriting.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
A Day at the Beach Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 2 No Rating English Marcy is having a relaxing day at the beach when a nationwide catastrophe occurs in this sci-fi horror short set in South Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Jeremy Ramberran";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Jeremy Ramberran is a Trinidadian freelance writer, poet, and published author. He holds a B.Sc in Sociology from the University of the West Indies where he also studied creative writing under Dr Merle Hodge. His work is heavily influenced by William Shakesapeare, Charles Dickens, Hans Andersen and Stephen King, usually carrying strong fairy-tale-like elements.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Zeen? Canada 2019 narrative featurette 30 PG-13 English Chad is a pretentious white Jamaican film director. With his ragtag Caribbean cast and crew, he aims to shoot a highbrow social drama called “Brothers in Babylon” in this comedy mockumentary about filmmaking, culture and privilege. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Calyx Passailaigue";s:9:"biography";s:1372:"Calyx Passailaigue is an award winning writer, director, producer and editor. His projects are Official Selections at many international film festivals including Beijing, Adana, Oakville, the Montreal Black Film Festival, the Toronto Black Film Festival, the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the International Film Festival of South Asia. Calyx is a winner of the Jeff Young Drama Award, the Jack Kuper Film Award, the Universal Studios Canada Scholarship in Filmmaking, the Merit Award at the Canada Shorts Film Festival and Best Film / Screenplay at the Miami 4 Social Change Film Festival. In 2017, Calyx earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree for Film Production from Ryerson University. His latest projects include “Men at War,” a comedic drama starring Eric Osborne and Richard Walters from the Netflix series Degrassi, a horror series pilot called “The Injustices,” featuring the music of Grammy nominated / Juno winning composer Michael Hanson (Glass Tiger, #NoJoke) and “Zeen?,” a comedy mockumentary produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Currently, he is working with producers Sander Shalinsky (Beatriz at Dinner, The Red Sea Diving Resort) and Michael Bien (Billionaire Boys Club, The Clapper) to develop and write feature film scripts for a new production company.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Mightier dan de Sun Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative featurette 37 No Rating English Ten years in the making and filmed in Trinidad and Tobago with a team of home-grown professionals, “Mightier dan de Sun” is the story of an Indian couple with nothing to lose. In combination with mental illness and supernatural forces, alcohol becomes a catalyst for unfortunate events. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:111:"";i:1;s:111:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Trevon C. Jugmohan";s:9:"biography";s:1068:"My name is Trevon C. Jugmohan, I am an actor, producer and director. I have been a member of the theatre fraternity since 2006, a registered artiste with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts of Trinidad and Tobago and recently I completed my first short film, ‘Mightier dan de Sun’, premiering this year. First Instinct, my production company, collaborated with JCS Entertainment between the years 2012 to 2016, producing musicals such as; ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Mahalia: A Gospel Musical’, just to name a few. November 2019, we, John H. Smith and I were honoured with the award for achievements in Musical Theatre from the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), at the ten year anniversary gala. April 2019 marked my thirteenth year as apprentice and producer for Raymond Choo Kong. Studying the art forms from one of our local masters, everything from front of house to staging plays, from script selection to character development, passing on knowledge that will ensure the continuation of quality productions in T&T.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Get Free! Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative featurette 37 No Rating English Twenty-one-year-old Iris’ life is endangered as her ex-boyfriend returns to seek unwanted closure. A series of events unfold as we see what was, and what still is, between them. A raw, realist exploration of violence against women. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Akkel Charles";s:9:"biography";s:540:"Akkel "Lee" Charles is a 22 year old filmmaker who is from Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago. This is the second time a film of his has been selected for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. His previous submission was 'Life In Kolour' in 2019. Akkel's drive to create content comes from the immediate reality around him. The "Lee" in his name is to signify the Lee in the names of his inspirations Spike and Stan Lee. His near term goal is to further his studies in film and go to countries in Africa and Europe and continue making films..";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
YAFA Le Pardon (YAFA Forgiveness) France 2019 narrative feature 85 No Rating Demba is an African who has fled an oppressive regime in his own country and is seeking asylum in Paris. One night he encounters Lucien, a policeman from the Caribbean, who speaks to him in the voice of the dominant class. But in his country Demba is a professor of History and Geography while Lucien left school early to help his mother, a cleaning lady. “YAFA Le Pardon” explores the social and economic dynamics at work in their relationship as they seek to understand each other, aided by Welcome, a Baule Komian who does not hesitate to officiate as the parties meet on the Quai de l’Oise, in the centre of Paris. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Christian Lara";s:9:"biography";s:397:"Christian Lara was born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe and is known as the “Father of West Indian Cinema.” Formerly a journalist (based in France) he has directed over twenty films since 1971, including Coco-La-Fleur, candidat (1978), Bitter Sugar (1998), 1802 freedom now (2004) and Lost Heritage (2009). His last films are Slave and Courtesan and Summer in Provence, shot in the south of France.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
No Place Like Home Jamaica 2019 narrative feature 90 No Rating English When Susan, a film producer from NYC, goes to Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial, she finds herself, through a series of unforeseen circumstances, drifting further and further away from the world she knows and into the life of the island, a strange alternative reality that turns many of her previously held assumptions upside down. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Perry Henzell";s:9:"biography";s:1161:"Perry Henzell was a film director and writer. Born in Port Maria, Jamaica on March 7th, 1936, he was married with three children, and died in Treasure Beach, Jamaica on November 30th, 2006. Henzell was a man who exuded an almost supernatural calm; he was always effortlessly congenial company, with a permanent twinkle of humour in his enquiring eyes. Both his parents were of old Caribbean stock, his father managing a sugar estate on the Jamaican north coast, where his only son and two daughters were born. After attending Shrewsbury School and McGill University in Montreal, Perry Henzell became a floor manager for BBC television in London. In 1959, learning that television was about to start up in Jamaica, he returned to the island. There he set up Vista Productions, which over the next decade made hundreds of commercials, honing his directing skills. English commercials directors like Ridley Scott would use Vista’s facilities. By 1969 Henzell was ready to begin filming his first feature. Funded by relatives, as well as by Chris Blackwell, The Harder They Come was not finally completed until 1972, shot at weekends or in one or two-week bursts.";}} 1
Malpaso Dominican Republic, Haiti 2019 narrative feature 80 PG-13 Candido and Braulio are twin brothers growing up near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While Candido stays home secluded due to his albinism, Braulio helps his grandfather sell coal in the market. Their life takes a turn for the worst after the unexpected death of their grandfather. Now Braulio will need to look after his brother while attempting to make ends meet in the border town market. All the while, Candido dreams of the eventual return of their absent father. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Héctor M. Valdez";s:9:"biography";s:1316:"Hector M. Valdez (Santo Domingo, 1989) began making short films as a teenager and throughout his university years, at McGill University. His studies include courses in Film Directing, Acting and Performance in Film and an Overview of the Film Industry at UCLA. In 2015, he directed the documentary feature-length film República del Color: a film that explores how the depiction of Caribbean identity has evolved in the country’s rich history in visual arts. His follow up film, Melocotones, was a Yellow Robin nominee at the IFFR-Curaçao and held its North American premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2017. Melocotones was then selected as the ‘Film of the Festival’ at the Raindance Film Festival. This distinction granted him the opportunity to write and direct the official trailer for the ‘26th Raindance Film Festival’ in 2018 which received wide media exposure in the UK. Malpaso is his most personal film to date; made to give a voice to the youth in the most neglected region of his country: the Haitian-Dominican border. During its post-production, the film was one of the five films featured in the work-in-progress lab Primera Mirada at the IFF Panama in 2019. Malpaso will hold its World Premiere as part of the Official Selection of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
La Imagen del Tiempo (Timeless Havana) Cuba 2019 narrative feature 70 No Rating Shot through the eyes of Felipe, a tortured film director trying in vain to create the authentic portrayal of love that his grandfather so easily captured in his amateur films of decades prior, his lens follows Edel and May, actors playing the characters Alejandro and Rita, strangers with different motives looking for the same girl. Their search meanders through a chaotic Havana that gets them simultaneously nowhere and entangled. Likewise, Felipe’s film meanders from scene to scene lacking a coherent thread and conclusion and leaving him unsatisfied. He is incapable of capturing the compassion in his takes that his grandfather did until he realizes that – unlike himself – his grandfather had the capacity for love. With his new-found awareness, he sets his characters free from their hopeless search. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:100:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jeissy Trompiz";s:9:"biography";s:1334:"Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, 1986. Direction and Scriptwriting degree, Escuela Internacional de cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV). His artistic formation started in theater as an actor and writer. He has directed the short films: Me dicen Drupi ... (Fiction, 2008) I live in the downtown (Documentary, 2009) Bolivar, the liberator of souls (Documentary 2015) Two feet (Documentary, 2016) Child fish (Fiction, 2016), The Flood (Fiction, 2018), Autumn of Socialist Nation (the collapse of the Soviet Union) (2019) . His short films have been screened in deferents festivals like the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Cuba); Huesca Film Festival (Spain); Dresden filmfest, Germany, Videoteca del Sur (New York, EEUU), United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, (New Jersey, EEUU); Dresden International Film festival (Germany); Festival de cine universitario Eureka (Colombia); Panalandia (Panamá); Festival de cine Manuel Trujillo Durán (Venezuela), Margarita Film Festival and Documenta (Venezuela), Muestra Cine Joven (Cuba). He has directed the feature film La Imagen del Tiempo (Timeless Havana), an official selection in FID Marseille 2019. He’s currently working on the short film I Suoni del tempo (Italian-Cuba-Venezuela co-production, Premio Zavattini 2018 for development project with archive films).";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
Secrets de Famille (Family Secrets) France 2019 narrative feature 60 No Rating French with subtitles Paul is a young Caribbean man living in London. While being a brilliant financial executive in the City, he gradually self-destructs by rejecting his roots and his family and trampling on his wife and daughter. Everyone suspects that a terrible family drama is the cause of this change of behavior. However, Paul can only break out of his silence by facing his past and its hidden secrets. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Julien Dalle";s:9:"biography";s:1696:"Julien Dalle is today recognized as an essential representative of the new generation of Caribbean directors. His first two feature films are screened multiple times in the West Indies each year, after making festivals around the world. « Retour au pays », also with Firmine Richard, was screened 240 times (09/2019) in Guadeloupe, which constitutes a record for a West Indian film. His writing focus is around contemporary Creole journey where he mixes Caribbean characters and universal narrative themes. Thus his films have both the authenticity of Caribbean characters, while allowing other viewers around the world to also identify themselves. For example, "Retour au Pays" was distributed throughout French-speaking Africa where it met with great success. Its leitmotif is to show images of the rest of the world to the West Indies and to show images of the West Indies to the rest of the world. Thus “Family Secrets” was filmed in London where 30 technicians and actors came mainly from Guadeloupe for the shooting. Today, after having lived and shot in London, Paris and Barcelona, he returned to live in his native Guadeloupe, where in parallel with his audiovisual business where he directs TV commercials, documentaries and institutional films, he works actively to promote West Indian cinema to a large audience with the help of its association ALMA (Association du Long-Metrage Antillo-guyanais). His three feature films to date all have their French exploitation visa. As an SACD member (French company of dramatic authors and composers) with screenplays for other feature films already registered, Julien Dalle will continue to develop new feature films in the years to come.";}} 1
Code R.E.D.D Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative feature 90 No Rating English A man with a briefcase is more dangerous than a man with a gun. Two struggling private detectives hired to find a briefcase instead find themselves running for their lives. Now they must find the businessman who set them up and thwart his plans to set up a human trafficking ring in Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Joel Moss";s:9:"biography";s:309:"Joel Moss was born and raised in San Fernando,Trinidad. He has been a writer for the past 13 years spending most of his efforts on short stories and poetry. He took an interest in videography in 2018 after writing his first script. Code R.E.D.D. is his second script that he turned into a full length feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Wake Up Trinidad and Tobago 2020 art short 4 No Rating English As the Spirit of Death roams around looking for its next victim, a young couple out celebrating their anniversary is viciously attacked, leaving the man severely injured. As he slowly fades away from the physical realm, it is revealed to him why he must fight to stay alive. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Shinelle Ambris";s:9:"biography";s:326:"Shinelle Ambris is a graphic designer and filmmaker with 5 years of experience. Her film practice is focused on the production of music videos, that thematically challenge Caribbean femininity. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production and Film Studies at the University of the West, St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Untitled Jamaica 2020 art short 3 No Rating An animated film built on fragments. Each frame is a composite fragment using hand-drawn illustrations that are typically minimal and void of color, echoing the way memory can be ever shifting. The narrative is non-linear and focuses on themes of absence, short-term memory, traumatic memory and the quirks/tropes of memory that permeate childhood. They are representations of the everyday that expose the extraordinary nature of the quotidian by reflecting the incoherent intrusions, recollections and imaginary representations of truth (memory). a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Kelley-Ann Lindo";s:9:"biography";s:1057:"Born Kingston, Jamaica Kelley-Ann Lindo has been educated at the Edna College of the Visual and Performing Art (BFA in Painting, 2015). She worked as a gallery assistant at the CAGE Gallery, as a curatorial assistant at the National Gallery of Jamaica all in Kingston, Jamaica. She lectured at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University under a Fulbright Scholarship. She has been artist-in-residence at Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad (2016), at NLS, Kingston, Jamaica (2017) and at Blaqmango Consultancy, Kingston, Jamaica (2018). Her work has also been exhibited at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society (Arrivants Exhibition, 2018), the National Gallery of Jamaica (Jamaica Biennial 2017), Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts (Final Year exhibition, 2015), and the College’s CAG[e] Gallery (2014). Lindo produces large, mixed media installations, but also works in drawing and print media, and in video.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
The Whole World is Turning Netherlands 2019 art short 21 No Rating English A group of lovers is visited by a familiar guest. They remark on how this guest has turned, how they have turned and how the whole world keeps turning. How will they receive this turn of events? a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
El Dúo de las Hermanas Gato (The Cat Sister’s Duet) Mexico 2019 art short 3 No Rating Two sisters struggle to play without fighting. a:2:{i:0;s:97:"";i:1;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Marina Santana De la Torre";s:9:"biography";s:1576:"Born in Mexico City, Marina’s early interest in arts led her to painting. After graduating from High School she became more interested in social research and human behavior and received a major in Social Sciences at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. (Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology, ITAM). During this time she was also interested in theatre and participated as an actress in ITAM’s theatre company. While still enrolled at ITAM she was accepted in Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes (Mexican Association of Independent Filmmakers, AMCI). Her first short documentary film, La Paradoja del Muay Thai, “Muay Thai Paradox”, a reflection of the desire for violence; premiered at the acclaimed Festival Pantalla de Cristal 2008 and was nominated for Best Short Documentary and at the International University Film Festival, FICU LANTERNA 2009. She later became Director and Cinematographer of most of her films. Her thesis project from AMCI La Fortuna en un día de Sol y lluvia, “The fortune of a Day with Sun and Rain” premiered at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2013 and won the award of Best Director in a Short Film. In 2015 she was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend California Institute of the Arts, CalArts. Her thesis project Fenestram Window Phobia (2020) was inspired by the uncertainty of the political scenario and a period of isolation and sadness after receiving the news of a tragedy in her family. She is currently working in her feature film Alma Rosa, “The Soul of a Rose”.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"";}} 1
Hijo del Mar (Son of the Sea) Dominican Republic 2019 art short 9 No Rating Spanish with subtitles On a remote beach in the Caribbean, a fisherman, trapped in the monotony of his daily life, wakes up to the call of Yemayá, the goddess of the sea. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:32:"Candido Junior Bienvenido Castro";s:9:"biography";s:494:"Candido Bienvenido Castro was born on the 29th of June of 1998 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Film student at Instituto Tecnologico Santo Domingo (INTEC). He has worked on short movie projects which have been awarded in national and international film festivals. Currently working on his directorial debut "Hijos del Mar", which has participated in national film labs. He aspires to make films that explore the collective and social imaginary of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Silent Truths United Kingdom 2019 art short 4 No Rating An experimental look at the effects of colonialism, shot on Super 8 and digital film. Showing the contrasts between old and new, it uses contemporary dance movements to express the psychological effects of colonialism, specifically within the Caribbean. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhiana Bonterre";s:9:"biography";s:520:"Rhiana Bonterre is a BA film student at Kingston School of Art, London. Her films focus on themes involving the Caribbean and it’s diaspora, as well as personal, social and cultural identity. Her work has been screened at the British Film Institute, and as she continues to produce films, she intends to draw much of her inspiration from her own experiences in Trinidad where she grew up, past and present ideologies that shape its culture, and the vast and differing experiences of people who come from the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Shade United States 2019 art short 3 No Rating English Trees as the spirit of our ancestors; talking stink about us. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Analise Cleopatra";s:9:"biography";s:82:"Analise Cleopatra is a Trinidadian-American artist & filmmaker based in Miami, Fl.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Palindrome Trinidad and Tobago art short No Rating English An experiment based on time manipulation and what it does in film. The filmmaker takes the first half and flips it to the end so that watched backwards or forwards the same film would be played.     a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Parris";s:9:"biography";s:353:"David Parris is a student at the University of the West Indies pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production. He has starred in, written and directed several short films for the university such as The Smiling Man(2017) and Grey (2018). His documentary Tattoo’d (2019) also premiered in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2019 Carifesta Edition.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Lee-Anna Boyce ";s:9:"biography";s:379:"Lee-Anna Shirlin Boyce is a theater arts teacher at the Moruga Secondary School. She is the founder of the Artistic Dance theater, Creator of the Mourga folk character haunted house, Rouge Masquerade and a mas designer. She is passionate about the preservation of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. She is presently pursuing her BA in Dance at the University of the West Indies.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kwame E. Boatswain";s:9:"biography";s:286:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain is a young cinematographer from Trinidad & Tobago aspiring to raise mental health awareness by using the art of Cinema and Caribbean Story Telling. Kwame believes that great filmmaking can be used to help others heal as it challenges their mind, body, and soul.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’ Barbados, Netherlands 2018 art short 16 No Rating A performative video work in search of Isaac Julien’s “Looking for Langston” (1989). A captain dreams of setting sail, in search of a mysterious, intangible, comforting vision that rests at the edge of the horizon. An exploration of desire and distance, pleasure and disappointment, secrets and surprise, “Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’” is a cruise of poetic correspondence, queering sailors and transgressing horizons. a:2:{i:0;s:77:"";i:1;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Island State of Mine Trinidad and Tobago 2017 art short 1 No Rating This idea of “paradise” is sometimes the furthest from the truth. We are constantly trying to keep our heads above water and stay afloat, presenting idyllic faces to the world all the while struggling with the global realities of climate change, refugee crises, and Belt and Road Initiatives. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Richard Mark Rawlins (b.1967), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. He currently lives and works in Hastings, UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics.";}} 1
I Cried so Much I Felt the Universe Pass Through my Eyes Trinidad and Tobago 2020 art short 5 No Rating A collection of phrases from 2013–2016 that talk about blackness, failure, hopelessness, and death; thoughts about water and how it gives life and takes life. a:1:{i:0;s:67:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Luis Vasquez La Roche";s:9:"biography";s:749:"Luis Vasquez La Roche was born in Venezuela. In 2002 migrated to Trinidad and Tobago. They have been actively producing and exhibiting work since 2009. They have exhibited work in Trinidad, Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Scotland, Germany, and the US. They were selected to be part of the residency program OAZO AIR in The Netherlands in 2013 and Beta Local’s 2016 Itinerant Seminar in Puerto Rico. In 2013, co-founded See You on Sunday, an artist collective committed to arts education. They lecture at The University of Trinidad and Tobago and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Fulbright Scholar 2018-2020, MFA Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University. BA Special Visual Arts, University of the West Indies";s:10:"photograph";s:136:"";}} 1
I Am Sugar United Kingdom 2018 art short 1 No Rating English A redactive moving image poem created from bubbling sugar, that takes as its starting point Stuart Hall’s analogy of the contested history of the Atlantic Slave trade, its consequences (colonialism), sugar and English identity. Hall writes: “I am the sugar at the bottom of the English cup of tea. I am the sweet tooth, the sugar plantations that rotted generations of English children’s teeth.” Hall speaks not only as a Jamaican descendant of enslaved Africans transported to the British colonies but as all diasporic Africans whose legacy is rooted/routed in the transpontine consequence of sugar manufacture, thereby establishing a position of power and right to be/exist – in defiance of Otherness. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Richard Mark Rawlins (b.1967), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. He currently lives and works in Hastings, UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics.";}} 1
Howler Monkey Sex Noises at Lunchtime Trinidad and Tobago 2019 art short 2 No Rating English An experiment in visual and auditory cacophony which dives deep into trauma and personal healing and coming to terms with one’s inner demons. Inspired by traditions of masquerade and the carnivalesque as spaces of healing. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Rachel Lee";s:9:"biography";s:261:"Rachel Lee is an artist and writer whose work is highly introspective and attempts to reconcile trauma and identity. Her written work spans from journalism to playwriting. She is currently a literature student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Christopher Lou-Hing";s:9:"biography";s:355:"Christopher Lou-Hing is an artist and researcher based in Trinidad and Tobago. Their practice is centered on issues of post-coloniality, queer identity, and its relation to the image. Lou-Hing’s current research project is based at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine and investigates lens-based artistic practices in the Caribbean diaspora.";}} 1
How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue United States 2019 art short 5 No Rating English “How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue” is part of a sculptural installation that considers the future of the queer Caribbean diaspora in the face of impending ecological and social collapse. The installation in its entirety can be viewed at a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kearra Amaya Gopee";s:9:"biography";s:889:"Kearra Amaya Gopee is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago based in Los Angeles, California. Their research based practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of those that are inflicted on the Caribbean and its diasporas by the global north. While complicating the viewer's understanding of economic and social marginalization in the region, their practice also desires to test the mettle of these frameworks. Through their interventions, they aim to temper what we have known to be true with the potential of intuitive knowledge that have been historically cast aside in favour of Western assimilation. They hold a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University and are an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently, they are a MFA candidate at University of California, Los Angeles.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Goodbye To The Things Brazil 2019 art short 17 No Rating A short musical film in a spiral rhythm, featuring objects found on the “shopping floor” of Glória, and in the antiques fair in Praça XV, in Rio de Janeiro. A still life of a certain material production from different eras. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:98:"";i:1;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ian Schuler";s:9:"biography";s:709:"Filmmaker, PhD student in Visual Arts at UERJ and Master in Communication at ECO-UFRJ, Ian Schuler exhibited his short film "Goodbye to Things" (2019) at "21º Festival Brasileiro de Cinema Universitário" (FBCU), winning the Language Research Award, and in the 3rd Echo Brics Film Festival, in Moscow. He also exhibited the documentary "Cópia Própria" (2017) at "É Tudo Verdade - Festival Internacional de Documentários" in his competitive show (2017, RJ-SP) and Cine Fronteira (2017, BH). Since 2012, he has presented video works at Largo das Artes (RJ, 2016), Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (2013-2014, RJ), Fosso (2018, RJ), A Mesa (2016, RJ), Galeria Alfinete (2013, DF) and in other spaces.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Centella (Firefly) Cuba 2019 art short 17 No Rating In Cuba the flight of fireflies, in the night, is said to be like a meeting of miniature spectres, weakened fires or wandering souls. Isabel invokes them and triggers the dance. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:670:"She graduated in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as Centella (Firefly), Murciélago (Bat), El Monte (The Woodland) and Patio de Butacas (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Displaced Greece, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Spain, United States 2019 art short 14 No Rating English More than 80 years ago Franco pushed half of my family out of Spain. They found refuge in Venezuela. Now I belong to the Venezuelan diaspora: an immigrant; descendant of immigrants. This is my lament. My attempt at understanding. Absurd historic recurrence. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Alex Mendez Giner";s:9:"biography";s:1444:"Alex Mendez Giner is a filmmaker whose works defy the boundaries of storytelling, exploring complex characters at the intersection of subjective experience, reality and the marvelous real. His meticulously designed images, redolent of an allegorical atmosphere, create a visual experience capable to subsume other senses. He has screened in major international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Viña del Mar International Film Festival, Sapporo International Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Bilbao International Film Festival, and Durban International Film Festival. He is recipient of the Audience Choice Award from the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Grand Prize from the Snowtown Film Festival, the Best Film and Best Directing Awards from the Caracas City Hall Film Awards, the Best Story Award from the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival, and a production grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. He is founder artist of the Multimedia Center for the Arts at the Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas and has been guest speaker at Santa Maria Della Scala Museum in Siena, University of the Andes in Colombia, State University of New York at Oswego, the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg and the National University of Laos, among others. His professional practice combines constant film production with film teaching at Syracuse University.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Murciélago (Bat) Cuba 2018 art short 12 No Rating A sensory essay told through body and sound. A composition made from the trance and the vibration of macroscopic figures seen at a millimetric distance from the skin of eight people in Cuba. Inside a black hole, rapid movements fill the void. Macroscopic corporal landscapes follow one after the other to percussion in crescendo. White skin pulsates serenely and black skin wiggles, showing a face. Bright discharges explode in the air. In a slow, swaying trance, a shining eyelid reveals and then hides a liquid eye. The swelling and contracting skin of an abdomen makes deep sounds to an unrelenting beat. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:670:"She graduated in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as Centella (Firefly), Murciélago (Bat), El Monte (The Woodland) and Patio de Butacas (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Alternative Facts Mexico 2020 art short 1 No Rating A reflection on the phrase “Alternative Facts” used during a press conference on January 22, 2017. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Marina Santana De la Torre";s:9:"biography";s:1576:"Born in Mexico City, Marina’s early interest in arts led her to painting. After graduating from High School she became more interested in social research and human behavior and received a major in Social Sciences at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. (Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology, ITAM). During this time she was also interested in theatre and participated as an actress in ITAM’s theatre company. While still enrolled at ITAM she was accepted in Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes (Mexican Association of Independent Filmmakers, AMCI). Her first short documentary film, La Paradoja del Muay Thai, “Muay Thai Paradox”, a reflection of the desire for violence; premiered at the acclaimed Festival Pantalla de Cristal 2008 and was nominated for Best Short Documentary and at the International University Film Festival, FICU LANTERNA 2009. She later became Director and Cinematographer of most of her films. Her thesis project from AMCI La Fortuna en un día de Sol y lluvia, “The fortune of a Day with Sun and Rain” premiered at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2013 and won the award of Best Director in a Short Film. In 2015 she was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend California Institute of the Arts, CalArts. Her thesis project Fenestram Window Phobia (2020) was inspired by the uncertainty of the political scenario and a period of isolation and sadness after receiving the news of a tragedy in her family. She is currently working in her feature film Alma Rosa, “The Soul of a Rose”.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
Yves & Variation Haiti, United States 2019 documentary short 15 No Rating In this inspiring documentary, a New York City doorman wears many hats—father, art curator, and violinist—as he works tirelessly to give back to his community in Haiti. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lydia Cornett";s:9:"biography";s:615:"Lydia Cornett is a documentary filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland based in Brooklyn, NY. She was the Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, a CoLab Fellow at UnionDocs, and a two-time recipient of the NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre. In 2019, her film Narmin's Birthday won the Festival Jury Runner-Up Award at the Nitehawk Shorts Festival and premiered online with NoBudge. Her subsequent film Yves & Variation premiered at BAMcinemaFest and went on to screen at the Hamptons International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Big Sky Documentary Festival, and Aspen Shorts Fest.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
What Are You? Canada 2019 documentary short 20 No Rating In this revealing short documentary, 11 people from a range of backgrounds discuss what it’s like being of mixed racial heritage within the context of North America. Each presents their unique outlook on growing up mixed and the challenges they’ve faced living in a racially divided world. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Richard B. Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:932:"Richard B. Pierre is a multiracial filmmaker who has written and directed over a dozen short films that have screened in festivals worldwide. Richard's goal is to tell stories that depict the lives of diverse individuals and their cultures while making films that are deeply personal. Richard’s first feature length screenplay 'Crooked' was selected as a quarter-finalist for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Emerging Filmmaker at the Toronto Urban Film Festival. His first dramatic 35 mm short film ‘The Toboggan,’ funded by the Ontario Arts Council, premiered at the 2011 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2012 his first interactive short film ‘Far From The Heart’ was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award and he was named a ReelWorld Film Festival 2012 Emerging 20 Filmmaker. He received the 2015 Curtíssima Award for Best Short Under Five Minutes for his film ’The Toboggan.’";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Unpacking Puerto Rico 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating Moved by the need to support their families, a group of Dominican women embark on an uncertain and dangerous journey on a “yola” to Puerto Rico. Far from being a dream country, they face the worst abuse and discrimination. However, they are strong and stubborn women, who keep fighting for a better life. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Annabelle Mullen";s:9:"biography";s:998:"A lawyer by profession, a producer by vocation, since 2009, Annabelle has produced fiction and documentary films. On March of 2013, she was accepted to the Directors’ Guild of America as Unit Production Manager. Under her company, Belle Films (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Spain), she develops content in an artisanal way that touch upon social and political issues to be told through film. Her most recent projects include documentaries such as “The Last Colony” (2014) and fiction films such as “El Hombre que Cuida” (PR-Dom. Rep. -Brazil co-production, 2017) and “El Chata” (Puerto Rico, 2018). In 2017, she won the Movistar+ Development Award at Conecta Fiction, with her comedy series “Love in Times of Tinder.” Recently, she completed the MPXA, a Masters Program in Executive Production by the University of A Coruña, the Amancio Ortega Foundation and the Santiago Rey Fernández-Latorre Foundation. Her first attempt at directing is the short documentary "Unpacking."";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Unbroken Jamaica 2020 documentary short 12 All Ages Jamaican amputee Laron Williamson takes up rowing with the aim of competing in the Paralympic Games. When he learns that the nature of his amputation means that he doesn’t qualify his choices are to give up rowing or compete against able-bodied rowers. “Unbroken” is the inspiring story of how Williamson defies the odds to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic Rowing Team. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Gabrielle Blackwood";s:9:"biography";s:1517:"Gabrielle is an award winning Jamaican Director and Director of Photography who has written, directed and shot short films, documentaries and commercials in both Jamaica and New Zealand. Her films have been screened at: the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in LA, Diversity in Cannes (Audience Award, Best Short), The American Black Film Festival, Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes (Best Short), LA Film & Script Film Festival (Best Short Doc), Bentonville Film Festival (Audience Award), Impact Doc Awards, DOC LA Festival, the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (Best Doc Feature nominee), the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, the Havana International Film Festival, the Festival Ile Courts, the Bermuda International Film Festival and the Caribbean Film Academy Brooklyn, New York, amongst others. Gabrielle is also a recipient of the Geoff Evans Award for Excellence in Screen Production in New Zealand. Her feature screenplay 'Kendal' has also been shortlisted for a Sundance Lab, the Screencraft Drama Feature Writing Competition and is the winner of the Caribbean Tales 2019 Big Pitch Competition. Born in Jamaica, Gabrielle who has her Masters (Hons) and Post Grad Dip. in Screen Production from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a BA (Hons) in Media & Communication from the University of the West Indies, is the immediate past President of the Jamaica Film & Television Association (JAFTA), a Co-Convenor of Women In Film Jamaica and resides in Kingston as an independent filmmaker.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Those Who Have Eyes To See Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 19 No Rating English The Spiritual Baptists of Trinidad have a common saying – “Those who have eyes to see, shall see”. It refers to their ability to see and access both the physical and spiritual realms. This film explores this way of seeing by comparing the physical, spiritual and ethnographic eye. a:1:{i:0;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Melanie Grant";s:9:"biography";s:908:"Melanie Grant is an award-winning Barbadian filmmaker, lecturer and visual ethnographer. Her short films have been screened at local, regional and international film festivals and cultural events. At the 2017 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), Melanie was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s scholarship for her two gold award winning films. Although she considers herself first and foremost an artist she also sees herself as an academic. Her passion for gender and queer studies has shaped her purpose as a filmmaker and she endeavours to use cinema to educate, to advocate for positive social change and to document the stories of women and sexual minorities in the Caribbean. Her most recent films explore the themes of gender, sexuality and spirituality. Melanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Arts and a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
El Mundo Que Nos Rodea (The Surrounding World) Dominican Republic 2019 documentary short 29 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In the heart of a Caribbean island, images, words and sounds create a rural symphony. When the long expected progress comes, it offers more questions than answers. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Wendy P. Espinal";s:9:"biography";s:1934:"Dominican producer and documentary filmmaker based between Santo Domingo and Madrid, Spain. Her work as a filmmaker is built on research, process and meaning. She has worked in multiple cultural and film projects, actively participating in their production, including feature films like “Holy Beasts” (L.A. Guzmán & I. Cárdenas, 2019), “Cocote” (N.C. de los Santos – Locarno Film Festival Signs of Life Best Feature Film 2017), “Petra” (J. Rosales, 2018), “El Rey de la Habana” (A. Villaronga, 2015), “El Cosmonauta” (N. Alcalá, 2013). With the short films "The Harvest", “Food”, “Mujeres Tierra” and “The Surrounding World” (to be premiered at Havana International Film Festival 2019), her work as a director has been supported by Programa Ibermedia, Fonprocine Dominican Republic, Berlinale Talents Guadalajara, Iberdoc, UN Women, MiradasDoc, Directed by Women Spain, and other international organizations and film festivals. She graduated from UNAPEC's School of Arts and Communications, the National Theatre School of Santo Domingo, and has a MFA from Université Sorbonne Paris 1 / Universidade de Évora / Universitá degli Studi di Padova as part of an Erasmus Mundus Master Program. She’s also trained in international workshops with Susana Barriga, María José Díez, Marcos Pimentel, Pedro Loeb, Belkis Vega, Eduardo Milewicz, Bob McAndrew, Hernán Musaluppi, Lucrecia Martel, Tanya Valette, Eliseo Altunaga, among other renowned filmmakers. Together with associate producer Carla Jovine (Candela, El Rey de la Habana, María Montéz, Los Fabulosos), she started the 1981 Cinema Collective, an independent film production company based in Santo Domingo, which aims to develop and produce narrative and documentary films with an important cultural quest and artistic sense to rethink Caribbean film languages, while building coproduction bridges throughout the iberoamerican region.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
The Onyx Butterfly Canada 2019 documentary short 6 No Rating An exploration of the life of a black male ballet dancer, “The Onyx Butterfly” follows Jordan as he grapples with the pressures of being a black male in a traditionally white feminine landscape, while also struggling against the gender expectations placed upon black men. Incorporating dance performance, the film explores the psychological impact of stereotypes on a black male attempting to redefine black masculinity. a:1:{i:0;s:70:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Yasmin Evering-Kerr";s:9:"biography";s:380:"Yasmin is a proud Toronto native. Born and raised in the cultural mosaic of the GTA, she uses her roots to inspire her artistry. A recent graduate of Film Studies at Brock University, she has finished her post-graduate diploma at Sheridan College in the Advanced Film and Television. She is a passionate storyteller who frequently addresses issues of race and gender in her films.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
The International King Conference and Show Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 15 No Rating English In 2019, I Am One (a Trinidad and Tobago gender and LGBTQI organisation) hosted its first International King Conference and Show, with participants from the Caribbean, South America and the African continent. This documentary is a record of a conference and show celebrating the diversity of trans men and masculine-presenting lesbian, bisexual and queer women. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Melanie Grant";s:9:"biography";s:908:"Melanie Grant is an award-winning Barbadian filmmaker, lecturer and visual ethnographer. Her short films have been screened at local, regional and international film festivals and cultural events. At the 2017 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), Melanie was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s scholarship for her two gold award winning films. Although she considers herself first and foremost an artist she also sees herself as an academic. Her passion for gender and queer studies has shaped her purpose as a filmmaker and she endeavours to use cinema to educate, to advocate for positive social change and to document the stories of women and sexual minorities in the Caribbean. Her most recent films explore the themes of gender, sexuality and spirituality. Melanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Arts and a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
The Grass Men II St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2020 documentary short 17 No Rating English A follow-up to Roudette’s 2018 documentary about a groundbreaking prison rehabilitation project in St Vincent and the Grenadines, showing the power of nature to transform lives. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Aiko Roudette";s:9:"biography";s:689:"Aiko Maya Roudette is a Vincentian documentary filmmaker who has been based in New York for the past 9 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production and Master’s Degree in Media Studies. For the past five years she has worked as a documentary cinematographer and editor, archival researcher, sound tech on narrative film shoots, director, producer, and production assistant. Roudette’s work spans a wide range of short films and videos produced for a variety of clients. She has been employed in New York, London, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Kitts and Uganda. She is currently working on establishing the first film courses to be offered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.";}} 1
Sonje Lapli Ki Leve Mayi Ou (Remember The Rain That Made Your Corn Grow) Canada 2019 documentary short 12 No Rating Montreal’s Haitian community now makes up the largest non-European ethnic group in Canada and the increasing influence of Haitian Canadians on Montreal’s creative culture is undeniable. The first film about the vibrant Haitian culture of Montreal, “Sonje Lapli Ke Leve Mayi Ou” follows the path of three first-generation immigrants through their experience of music, food and culture. A personal story about the strong Haitian community making its mark in Montreal. a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Xavier Girard Lachaîne ";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Photographer and director Xavier Girard Lachaîne is a Montreal born and raised lifestyle photographer who’s lived and worked in London, New York and now based in Tokyo. Xavier’s editorial, documentary and commercial work is blended into a vivid form of image making. Published in Conde Nast Traveller, Bloomberg, Vogue, The Guardian, Vice, Wall Street Journal among many other publications.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"îne.jpg";}} 1
Regeneration Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 20 No Rating English Two NGOs, IAMOVEMENT and Sustrust, partner in the attempt to rehabilitate five acres of National Quarries’ Sand and Gravel division in Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago. a:2:{i:0;s:105:"";i:1;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Dylan Quesnel";s:9:"biography";s:503:"Dylan Quesnel is a freelance Director of Photography. Dylan has honed his skills primarily as a documentary filmmaker with proficiencies in the Camera Department. His first independent documentary film ‘Small Change’ has been to six film festivals, two of which were in Seattle and Toronto respectively. He has worked on many narrative, documentary, corporate and commercial productions for clients such as BP,Scotia Bank and independent productions such as “The Cutlass” and “She Paradise.”";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Plastic Warriors Bahamas 2019 documentary short 10 No Rating English “Plastic Warriors” is a profile of Kristal Ambrose, a young Bahamian environmental scientist also known as “Kristal Ocean”, following her fight to battle plastic pollution in The Bahamas. The film aims to raise awareness of the need to protect the Bahamas from the effects of pollution through this portrait of the woman who sparked a plastic pollution revolution in her native country. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lavado Stubbs";s:9:"biography";s:1315:"Lavado Stubbs is an award-winning director and producer, born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. He harnessed his talents early on in his hometown before branching out to the United States via Los Angeles and Canada via Toronto. Over the years, Lavado has developed a cinematic style rooted in Bahamian culture to bring the world a visual style that has yet to be seen before. In 2014, he would receive the Bahamian Icon Award and firmly establish his place in his country’s history while providing inspiration to the younger generation to follow their creative pursuits with all of their heart. Lavado would go on to form his own production company, Conchboy Films. Over the years he has progressed the brand from a small startup to a budding creative organization, nailing work for criti- cally acclaimed short documentaries like “AFTER: The Kellie Greene Story,” which aired on Direct TV while winning first place at the Enzian Film Slam competition, and music videos for major label artists, such as Sony Records Grammy award-winning group, Baha Men. In addition to these achievements, Lavado and the company have seen great success through their work on short films and music videos along with commercials, documentaries, and many other multimedia projects with Bahamian companies and international artists.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey Jamaica 2019 documentary short 27 No Rating English “Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey” tells the inspiring story of the re-discovery and completion of “No Place Like Home” – the late great Perry Henzell’s follow-up to his Jamaican classic “The Harder They Come” – tracing the long journey it took to bring the film to the big screen. “No Place Like Home” is also being screened at ttff/20. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"David Garonzik";s:9:"biography";s:2071:"David Garonzik was born in Queens, New York, and studied film at Brooks Institute of Photography, U.C.S.B., and U.C.L.A. Working from his current base in Los Angeles, he has become an important participant in the world of independent film. Fascinated by film, David studied to be a skilled projectionist. His first job as a projection was in Washington, DC at the age of 17. He would eventually move on to film festivals, operating dozens of highly regarded events such as the Hamptons IFF and Palm Springs IFF. It was at Palm Springs that he was invited by Miramax to manage their new screening room built for Quentin Tarantino. While running Miramax’s screening room, David screened The Harder They Come for the first time and it became a cinema mantra for him. He in turn set out to write and direct a children’s musical set on the island of Jamaica using the best reggae music. While doing research in Jamaica for this project, David had the opportunity to meet Perry Henzell, the filmmaker who had changed his life, and in the process was soon to learn about No Place Like Home, Henzell’s long lost follow-up feature to 'The Harder They Come'. David was determined to help locate the film’s negative that had been missing for 30 years. He succeeded, and then went on to organized the restoration and finishing with Henzell of No Place Like Home. Through his efforts, the film was finally completed and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. David followed No Place Like Home with the documentary, Man Free. Directed by Kinsey Beck, the film teamed Garonzik once again with editor Alexis Chavez, who also edited No Place Like Home. He produced and directed the documentary Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey, co-directed and produced with noted filmmaker Arthur Gorson. He has just completed work on the documentary Girl for director Kandeyce Jorden, which chronicles several of the most important female DJ’s in the EDM community. David Garonzik currently works with Dick Clark Productions, managing their screening and DI facilities.";s:10:"photograph";s:124:"’s-Odyssey_David-Garonzik-Arthur-Gorson.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Arthur Gorson";s:9:"biography";s:2090:"Arthur Gorson was born and raised in New York City where he established a career in film and music production. He was lured to his current home in Los Angeles to take a position as feature film producer for Dreamstreet, Inc., with offices at Universal and Paramount Studios. He developed projects with prominent directors such as Taylor Hackford, Colin Bucksey, and Tony Scott. Mr. Gorson’s extensive feature film screen-credits, as producer, include: “Cronos” by Guillermo Del Toro; “Better Watch Out” and “Road to Nowhere” by Monte Hellman; “Cabeza de Vaca” by Nicolas Echevarria; “Night Watch” by Timur Bekmambetov; and “No Place Like Home” (2019) by Perry Henzell. Among his recent short film creditsare: “The Silent Children”, “Roots of Reggae”, and “A Filmmaker’s Odyssey.” He is currently active in the development of TV series, including: “High & Outside” based on tales of the underbelly of sports by Ned Colletti, and written by Paul Eckstein (creator/writer of “Narcos” and “Godfather of Harlem”); and “Seek to Know No More” directed by Alejandro Toledo and written by Michael Thomas (“Countryman”, “Scandal”, “The Devil’s Double” and “The 33”). In addition to film, Mr. Gorson has produced over 100 national broadcast commercials and music videos, working with innovative directors such as Dean Karr, Zack Snyder, Patricia Riggen, Timur Bekmambetov, Alejandro Toledo and Paul Boyd. As of Summer 2020, Mr. Gorson’s music video productions with Dean Karr have received over 650 Million combined views on YouTube. His work has received numerous awards, including: Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la Critique (Gold); Saturn Film Award; Telly Award; Much Music Award; Billboard Awards; MTV Europe; and Kodak Award. He was a producer, with David Garonzik, of the 3 disc compilation for Shout!Factory “The Harder They Come: Collector’s Edition” which was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as among the “10 Best of 2019.” He is currently president and executive producer at Wild Indigo, LLC.";}} 1
Our Own House Belize 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating The locals in Punta Gorda, a small remote town in Southern Belize, remember a time without electricity, roads and plastics. Amidst the influx of single-use plastics, an activist and his neighbours confront the threat to their piece of paradise. a:2:{i:0;s:102:"";i:1;s:102:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Vanessa Bergonzoli";s:9:"biography";s:1549:"Vanessa Bergonzoli is a multicultural, award-winning filmmaker, experienced at all stages of production for film, TV, news media, and contemporary art. Her directorial documentary debut was commissioned and screened by The Shed (NYC) in their 2019 inaugural year’s programming for Collision/Coalition. Committed to bring real life stories to the big screen, her producing work has garnered significant award recognition including the HBO, Academy Award-nominated documentary Mondays at Racine (2013); the viral and CLIO-winning commercial Selfie (2014) for DOVE; the Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street special, Growing Hope Against Hunger (2012). In addition to producing for award winning filmmakers like Whitney Dow, Cynthia Wade and Amei Wallach, Vanessa captained contemporary art productions for renowned international artists Melik Ohanian, Joan Jonas, Alfredo Jaar, and Mateo Lopez for decades. Vanessa continues to gravitate towards stories of the underdog and her dynamic filmmaking style stems from training in social theater traditions as a puppeteer and thespian. She is a multilingual communicator who excels at international field production and promotes cross-cultural awareness in her everyday practice. Currently Vanessa is also producing a documentary on the artist Robert Rauschenberg by Amei Wallach and writing her first script about a real life American, female scientist and pioneer violin maker. She holds BA degrees in theater and literature from Emerson College and a master’s degree in media studies from the New School.";s:10:"photograph";s:133:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeremy Kaplan";s:9:"biography";s:777:"Jeremy Kaplan received his B.A. from Boston College in Film and Philosophy and his M.A. in Documentary/Media Studies at The New School. His documentary work has brought him across the globe with topics ranging from the environmental impact of American corporations in Costa Rica to a portrait of a progressive New York orthodox Jewish community. His first feature length documentary, A Will for the Woods, played at over 80 film festivals, winning two awards (audience and environmental) at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, along with awards at New Orleans Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, San Francisco Indie Fest, Kansas City Filmfest. A Will for the Woods was distributed by First Run features and played on PBS World Channel documentary series, America Reframed.";}i:2;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Tyler Robinson";s:9:"biography";s:678:"Tyler Robinson attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Film Studies. Driven by a passion for environmental topics, Tyler has executive produced several films that aim for environmental impact, notably Grit (2018) and Born Sweet (2008) by Cynthia Wade, both documentaries which won many accolades including an honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival and top awards at Atlanta Film Festival, Aspen Shortfest, Ashland International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston and Palm Springs Shortfest. Tyler knows Punta Gorda like the back of his hand having traveled to Belize repeatedly over the past 10 years, drawn by the town’s beautiful nature and people";}} 1
My Watershed, My Home Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating In Fondes Amandes, St Anns, on the outskirts of the capital in Trinidad and Tobago, diverse members of the community come together to work at reforesting their watershed and bringing back its biodiversity. But they must also get creative to address the underlying issues fueling the persistent threat of forest fires. Taking us on this journey into their community and into nature, through the issues and their work, they make a case for why they do what they do, and what’s at stake if we do nothing. We hear the traditional Carnival character the Midnight Robber, who performs “robber talk” as a form of resistance against oppression and explore ideas of home and questions around development, and witness examples of how communities can begin to take charge of the environments in which they live. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhonda Chan Soo";s:9:"biography";s:1513:"Rhonda Chan Soo is a Trinidadian documentary filmmaker who is working to develop a body of work dealing with contemporary issues of Caribbean identity, aimed at examining where we are, where we’ve come from and where we’re headed. A combination of merit-based scholarships allowed her to pursue her tertiary studies in the United States, where she earned an MA in documentary filmmaking from Wake Forest University and a BSc in Environmental Science from Furman University. She worked as a multimedia fellow with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, Alabama in 2013 before returning home to Trinidad. Within the narrative realm, she worked as co-producer of Moving Parts, a drama directed by Emilie Upczak and set in Trinidad and Tobago, which explores the realities of immigration and human trafficking. Rhonda’s previous notable documentary film works include: Riding Bull Cart a documentary portrait which won best local documentary short at the trinidad + tobago film festival in 2015; Quiet Revolution, which took home the jury award at Green Screen 2016; and Nearest Neighbours (2019), a short documentary film which has been screened at film festivals internationally, contributing an intimate look at the experiences of Venezuelan refugees and asylum-seekers in Trinidad and Tobago. 'My Watershed, My Home' is her most recently completed documentary film, which highlights the problem of fires in the Port of Spain Watershed, as well as the community’s response at preservation.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Ganga Dhaara: Sacred Spaces Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 30 No Rating The Ganga Dhaara festival, a one-day pilgrimage of Hindus to the Marianne River along the north coast of Trinidad, originated in 1993 and continues to this day. It was inspired by a Hindu festival in India which commemorates the descent of the Ganges River from the Heavens to Earth. “Ganga Dhaara” examines how and why the festival came to be, based on accounts from the key founders and participants. It addresses how religious and cultural practices persist in modern societies and how spaces are shared, used and made sacred. It also looks at how philosophical and cosmological beliefs echo in other religions, such as the Trinidad Orisha religion. a:2:{i:0;s:89:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Dr. Sharda Patasar";s:9:"biography";s:1130:"Dr. Sharda Patasar is a freelance musician and researcher and writes a weekly column on arts and culture for the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Her main academic interests are folk music cultures, religion and religious iconography. Her work includes a study of the Ganesh Festival inTrinidad, published in the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill, 2016) and a chapter on Pichkaaree music published in the essay collection Shabd Aur Sangeet: Unravelling Song Texts in India (Three Essays Collective/Flame University, India, 2019). As a musician, she has given concerts at home and abroad. Her main musical work has been experimental in nature and she has given her music to artistic and written work in experiments with sound, light and words. She has also worked on soundtracks for two local films, Coolie Pink and Green (2009) as musical director. Her most recent work is a joint production with GISL Channel 4, where she served as Producer along with photographer Nyla Singh, and Music Director for the documentary “Voices of a Century” (2017), brief oral histories of six East Indian centenarians.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Dr. Perry Polar";s:9:"biography";s:404:"Dr. Perry Polar has worked extensively in several areas including agriculture, environment, history and the urban sector. An urban sector project he worked on led to the creation of the film ‘City on the Hill’ (2015) which examined leveraging built and cultural heritage in East Port of Spain, Trinidad. As an Actor, he has had roles in The Hummingbird Tree (1992) and Green Days by the River (2017).";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Dominica Forest: A Virtual Journey in 4K Dominica 2020 documentary short 7 No Rating Dominica – the Nature Island – is among the most mountainous of the Eastern Caribbean islands. It is also covered with a dense tropical forest which results in magical nooks, picturesque rivers and a maze of beautiful hikes waiting to be discovered. Dominica’s nature is breathtaking but the country has endured many disasters, most recently Hurricane Maria in 2017, which shattered the island and its forests. Yet nature bounces back quickly. Three years on from Maria, filmed in 4K with drones and static cameras, and using slow motion and time-lapse techniques, this film gives you an immersive experience of Dominica’s resurgent tropical forest – offering a moment of relaxation, pleasure and healing vibes in these difficult times. a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Derek Galon";s:9:"biography";s:830:"Born in Poland, I studied there music, arts and photography. My first photo job came at age of 14, and my first solo exhibition at age of 16. I have vast photography experience supported by knowledge of arts and decades of creative work. After living for 30 years in Canada, I decided to relocate to Dominica, Eastern Caribbean, which I now call my home. I earned several prestigious titles and distinctions such as Fellowship of Royal Photographic Society (UK), won dozens of international awards, sat as a juror of top photography competitions, co-managed photography books publishing house Ozone Zone Books, created 3-D animated holograms, organized workshops and competitions. To say it simply - my work is my passion. I keep photographing and filming, documenting nature at its most beautiful and also most difficult moments.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"";}} 1
Coast Land Guyana 2020 documentary short 26 No Rating Set in Guyana, “Coast Land” speaks to the vulnerability of the country’s coastal region, home to the majority of its population, and examines the effects of rising sea levels and cyclical erosion including massive overtopping and the disruption of livelihoods. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexander Arjoon";s:9:"biography";s:1676:"Alexander Arjoon is a 27 year old Guyanese environmental filmmaker. He started filmmaking later in his professional career. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in 2015 and having worked in the United States for a year then decided to return home and contribute to his home country's development. He always had a keen interest in the environment from a young age. His mother, an environmentalist by profession, always made sure that he was aware of the natural environment in Guyana and was encouraged to be a steward in its protection. However, he was also interested in fostering his creative ambitions. With that in mind he decided to get involved in videography so that videos could be made to educate Guyanese nationals on the different cultural, social and environmental aspects of the country. His first entry into film was making content for the local television company E-Networks where he produced my own show called Round Town. After two years of working at E-Networks he formed his company Reel Guyana which specifically focused on the environment and Guyana's hinterland region. Reel Guyana has gone on to produce a number of videos promoting the country's eco-tourism product as well as a full length documentary on our coastal region. The company is committed to ensuring every Guyanese national has access to the content so that they can understand their country outside the bounds of the coastal plains. His film company has also collaborated with NGO's, both in the private and public sector as well as foreign based film production companies and studios with the intention of promoting more global awareness and putting Guyana on the map.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Canada’s Unchecked Racism Canada 2019 documentary short 6 No Rating Growing up as a non-white Canadian, you experience racism every day. What makes Toronto’s racism so unique, is that you almost don’t notice it. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Zoë Davidson";s:9:"biography";s:703:"Zoë Davidson is a cinematographer and director from Toronto, Canada. A graduate of both Howard University and Oberlin College, Zoë’s focus has always been on the arts. Her films have been featured in two dozen film festivals worldwide and have earned her accolades such as the Juror’s Choice Award at the Women of African Descent Film Festival and the Paul Robeson Award for Excellence in MFA Documentary Film Production from Howard University’s School of Communications. As a cinematographer, Zoë has shot over a dozen short films, some of which can be found on her website, Zoë is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of the District of Columbia.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
But You’re Not Black Canada, Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 19 No Rating A Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian woman, driven by people’s inability to separate her skin colour from her culture, tries to embrace her parents’ Trinidadian identity. Filmmaker Danielle Ayow struggles with how people see, and how she should see herself. Using humour and heart, she tries to anchor herself to the culture she knows should feel like hers, speaking to her Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian peers, to Trinidadian locals, and to experts. The film challenges perceived correlations between race and culture, asking the audience to examine their own assumptions about cultural identity as Ayow navigates her own. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Danielle Ayow";s:9:"biography";s:1210:"Danielle is a Toronto-based writer, actor, and comedian. After theatre school, she understudied on the prestigious Second City Mainstage in Toronto and acted alongside 49 of Canada’s leading actresses in the English adaptation of Tout Comme Elle (directed by Brigitte Haentjens, Artistic Director at Canada's National Arts Centre French Theatre). She’s appeared in many commercials and TV shows including The Handmaid’s Tale, Spinning Out, and Shadowhunters. From her time on set, she developed a keen interest in the other side of the camera. As a frequent guest co-host on the popular Royal Canadian Movie Podcast, she’s picked the brains of numerous film greats and made it onto the CBC/Radio-Canada Playlist. As a writer, she focuses primarily on stand-up and sketch comedy, drawing from her personal life. Her dry wit and comedy played an integral role in writing But You’re Not Black. In 2017, with the help of the Toronto Reel Asian International FIlm Festival’s program Been Here So Long, Danielle developed an 8-minute proof of concept version of But You’re Not Black to secure funding for the 20-minute version. This is her first time directing and her first time writing a documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Banwari Man and The Canoe Makers Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 9 No Rating English “Banwari Man and The Canoe Makers” describes the seminal find, in Trinidad in 1971, of human remains indicating the earliest dates of human settlement in the Caribbean, as told by the head of the Banwari Man excavation team, Peter Harris. a:1:{i:0;s:70:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Neisha Agostini-Irlacher";s:9:"biography";s:638:"Independent filmmaker Neisha Agostini-Irlacher resides in Trinidad &Tobago and has worked with an array of local media agencies producing cultural interest television programmes. Educated at Boston University and Goldsmiths College, London she has received a BA in TV and Film Production and an MA in Documentary Filmmaking. She has produced and directed 5 independent short films analyzing multicultural patterns in T&T society, exploring the diversity which exists and what it is to be uniquely Caribbean. She is currently looking for finishing funds for her most recent documentary Upside Down that explores the history of Dragon Mas.";s:10:"photograph";s:115:"";}} 1
Avatara Israel 2020 documentary short 25 No Rating Hindi with subtitles Set in the cultural frontier zone of the Hindu Himalaya, “Avatara” (from the Sanskrit, ‘descent’) explores the lived religion of goddess worship (Shaktism) in a remote pastoral valley. For her farmer and herder followers, the goddess’s presence is all too real; quick to anger and ever-thirsty for sacrifices, she haunts them in their dreams and rituals, demanding complete submission as both child-like friend and motherly-punisher. In this enchanted world of magical creativity, the encounters with the goddess are transient, intuitive events that hold the key to creation and, for those lucky enough to see her, a short-lived salvation. a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Nadav Harel";s:9:"biography";s:390:"Nadav is documentary filmmaker, based in Tel Aviv where he founded the production house Noprocess films. His films specialise in wildlife, philosophy, medicine, hunting and Hinduism. Nadav’s work was screened world wide in venues such as BBC World, Museum of Natural History NYC, Harvard Medical School, Berlinale, Sheffield, SBS, YLE, CH8, and the Museum of Modern Art NYC and many more.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Atordoado, Eu Permaneço Atento (Stunned, I Remain Alert) Brazil 2020 documentary short 15 No Rating Portuguese with subtitles Journalist Dermi Azevedo has never stopped fighting for human rights and now, three decades after the end of the military dictatorship in Brazil, he’s witnessing the return of those same practices. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Henrique Amud";s:9:"biography";s:359:"Henrique Amud is a screenwriter and image researcher working in Rio de Janeiro. His first feature debut as a writer is the documentary "Como Você Me Vê?" (Canal Brazil, 2017), and his next documentary as a writer and researcher will be the upcoming "Othelo, O Grande", by Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos. "Stunned, I Remain Alert" is his debut film as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:143:"ço-Atento_Henrique-Amud-and-Lucas-H-Rossi.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos ";s:9:"biography";s:508:"Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos is a producer on feature films such as "Kabadio", "Canastra Suja" and "Death Inhabits at Night" (Premiering at the 2020 Rotterdam Film Festival), as well as award-winning short films "Ao Final da Conversa Eles se Despedem com um Abraço" and "Repulsa". "O Vestido de Myriam"", his first narrative short as a director, has been selected to more than 90 international festivals. He's currently in editing his first feature, a documentary about legendary Brazilian actor Grande Othelo.";}} 1
Pasión Amerindia (Amerindian Passion) Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 documentary short 16 No Rating “Amerindian Passion” is a record of five years of experimental archeology in Venezuela. In the first ever expedition of its type, the team researches the pre-Hispanic navigational routes of the Amerindians of the region, building replicas of their indigenous curiaras in which to navigate them. The film is a summary of the expeditions from their beginning, revealing the pre-Hispanic period to be one of the richest, most beautiful and unjustly forgotten stages of our history. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"David Bottome";s:9:"biography";s:404:"David Bottome: Adventurer, Expeditionary, Filmmaker. Trained as a Professional Pilot and Sailor, he has traveled in his kayak the entire coast between Venezuela and Panama, capturing his adventures in short documentaries. He has led several Expeditions of Experimental Archeology that rescue Pre-Hispanic navigation routes. His new project, "Reto Guaiquerí", seeks to rescue the Piragua Margariteña.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Men Sa Lanmè Di (Thus Spoke the Sea) Haiti 2020 documentary featurette 49 No Rating French with subtitles The Haitian Sea, as you’ve never seen or heard it before: the sea tells the story of its relationship with the Haitian people, showcases its riches, reveals its mysteries and raises the alarm. From the excessive use of its resources to the consequences of climate change and pollution, all is revealed in different shades of blue. Haiti’s fate will be linked to the coasts and the children of Haiti – voodoo priestesses, fishermen, merchants, entrepreneurs, urban planners, historians, biologists and climate experts – help to tell the tale. A candid depiction of the challenges and the opportunities that must be seized before it’s too late. a:2:{i:0;s:96:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Arnold Antonin";s:9:"biography";s:945:"Through a multi-faceted career, Arnold Antonin is well-known for his social, political and cultural commitment, nationally and internationally. With more than 60 films done, he directed the very first haitian full-length feature film. He’s been honoured for his career achievements, receiving the Prix Djibril Diop Mambety at the Cannes International Cinema Festival in 2002. He’s a three-time award winner of the Prix Paul Robeson du meilleur film de la Diaspora africaine at the FESPACO in Ouagadougou in 2007, 2009 and 2011, and received many other distinctions in various festivals for his documentaries and feature films. He has been President of the Association Haïtienne des Cinéastes (AHC) from 2005 to 2009.He founded in 1986 the Pétion-Bolivar Centre, primarily to foster democratization in the TV and filmmaking industry in Haiti. Through this organization, Arnold Antonin also produces his own documentaries and feature films.";}} 1
There All Along Trinidad and Tobago, United States 2020 documentary featurette 34 No Rating The untold story of the women who participated in the 1970 Black Power Revolution in Trinidad and Tobago. “There All Along” is a record of the impact of female participation in the events of 1970, told through the first-person accounts of women revolutionaries, their male counterparts and scholars in the fields of sociology and gender. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Keisha V. Thompson";s:9:"biography";s:847:"Keisha V. Thompson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York. She is also the co-creator and co-director of the Historically Underrepresented Faculty & Staff Resource Center at Kingsborough . Dr. Thompson holds her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. A Native of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Thompson grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Communication at Baruch College, CUNY, and her master’s degree in School Counseling at Hunter College, CUNY. Dr. Thompson enjoys spending time in the classroom and community empowering individuals through expanding their knowledge base and encouraging them to be change agents in society. There All Along: The Women of Trinidad & Tobago 1970 Black Power is her first film project.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
The Covid Chronicles Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 55 No Rating English Filmed during two weeks in March, “The COVID Chronicles” is an intimate, candid portrait of our strange new times, seen through the eyes of a group of friends spanning Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Tracy J. Hutchings";s:9:"biography";s:1078:"Tracy J Hutchings is an ideator, content creator, voice/character actor, editor, producer and an Addy Award winning copywriter with nineteen years industry experience. He’s a nerd who uses any excuse to cosplay and has a deep love for film scores and soundtracks. A long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away, Tracy received his certificate in Television and Film Production at the Institute for Broadcasting Careers (IBC) and is finally pursuing his Bachelor’s in Film at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT). For a time, Tracy was a contributing writer for the online magazine, Draconian Switch and has edited and co-produced several art related shorts for his friend’s brand, Artzpub Films. He is currently co-writing for a new animated tv project called, HOWZATT [which marries the love of cricket, anime and science fiction] with creator, Rene Holder while also working on a writing a series of young adult folk/fantasy novels and plotting what’s next. The Covid Chronicles, is Tracy’s first major documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Sweet Tassa: Music of the Indian Caribbean Diaspora Trinidad and Tobago 2019 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary featurette 58 No Rating English Brought to Trinidad by indentured labourers from India who first arrived in 1845, tassa drumming has become an important marker of Indian Trinidadian cultural identity. “Sweet Tassa” explores both musical and socio-political elements of tassa performance, focusing on the life and family of noted drummer Lenny Kumar. As the story unfolds, tassa emerges as a metaphor for Indian Caribbean culture, rooted in India while also thoroughly Caribbean. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Chris Ballengee";s:9:"biography";s:739:"Christopher L. Ballengee is an ethnomusicologist and Associate Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland, USA). Dr. Ballengee’s research on tassa drumming is based on fieldwork in Trinidad and the Trinidadian community in Florida since 2007. He was the inaugural Diego Carpitella Visual Ethnomusicology fellow at the Giorgio Cini Foundation (Venice, Italy) which supported post-production of the documentary film "Sweet Tassa: Music of the Indian Caribbean Diaspora" (2019). His current work includes co-editing a collection of essays on Indian-Caribbean visual and performing arts and developing a comparative project researching dhol-tasha drumming and related genres throughout the Indian post-indenture diaspora.";s:10:"photograph";s:133:"";}} 1
No Island Like Home United Kingdom 2019 documentary featurette 45 No Rating After a devastating volcanic eruption in 1995, Montserrat experienced a mass exodus. But many refused to leave, despite the social and economic destruction the volcano caused. Celeste vividly remembers the eruption. She lost her life’s work: the shop she owned in the island’s capital. Today an ash-coated ghost town lies where her shop once stood. However, much like the regrowth of vegetation across the island, the community has a new-found vitality. Even as the volcano, under observation by scientists, lurks menacingly in the background, Montserratians refuse to let it determine their fate. “No Island Like Home” is a celebration of their resilience, and love for their home. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:97:"";i:1;s:97:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Giulio Gobbetti";s:9:"biography";s:337:"Giulio Gobbetti is a producer, director and editor. He has a broad experience in producing and editing commercial projects, which he put at the service of his documentary work. He worked as a cinematographer and editor in several shorts and feature documentaries, including the award-winning Poshida, that premiered at BFI Flare in 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"öckel.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jan Stöckel";s:9:"biography";s:276:"Jan Stöckel is a director and cinematographer. He has a background in visual anthropology and an interest in human stories and how to depict them on screen. He has worked as a cinematographer on various short- and feature documentaries as well as video-ethnographic projects.";}} 1
Jump! Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 67 No Rating English “Jump!” follows the three-month journey of the JumpTT programme which used parkour and physical theatre as an aesthetic to tell the stories of young people transitioning from childhood to adulthood. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Shari Petti";s:9:"biography";s:587:"Shari Petti has worked on numerous film productions in her country and abroad. Her film Sorf Hair, which explores the natural hair experience in Trinidad and Tobago, has screened at several film festivals across the globe, including the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Canada, The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, The Pan African Film Festival and was nominated for & won several awards. She currently curates the platform "Scene" (@sceneproductions) which produces contemporary Caribbean video content focused on youth culture. Jump is her most recent documentary work.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"";}} 1
I Don’t Call it Ghetto Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary featurette 42 All Ages Single, divorced, mother-of-three, police officer Onika James-Turner has had a life filled with challenges, obstacles and heartache. In “I Don’t Call it Ghetto”, we see how her difficult past has only made her stronger, impelling her to reach for a different life, one in which she could help her community. We witness the great pride she takes in the work that she does, and how she is driven by the desire to be ‘part of the solution and not part of the problem’. Her three children are the centre of her life and a new husband gives her strength. But she still faces the challenge of raising a teenage son in an area known for crime and must work hard to build trust in her role as a police officer. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:525:"Miquel is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in T&T. With broad experience in documentary film production, television and commercials, he has filmed around the world.His works show empathy and sensitivity about social justice topics helping to reduce the negative impact of stigma. Miquel finds hope and magic even in the darkest places. His acclaimed films ’Songs Of Redemption’ and ‘Art connect’ got more than 20 international awards. With ten Caribbean films in ten years, he works as creative director at T&T Rocks.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"é.jpg";}} 1
Haiti Speaks Haiti 2020 documentary featurette 44 No Rating English “Haiti Speaks” follows a team of doctors from The Gift of Sight, an American non-profit that takes an annual medical mission trip to Haiti, to document their work operating on hundreds of patients in the span of a week. This trip, however, is different. It comes just 100 days after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that wiped out so much of the nation and its people in 2010. Now everyone has a story to tell. Talking to Haitians writers, journalists and historians, in addition to doctors and students, the filmmakers reveal personal stories intertwined with that of Haiti itself, exploring not only the story of the earthquake but of the historic racism and injustice which have resulted in chronic economic and political instability. The film pans across ruined buildings and vast tent cities but reveals a growing optimism and faith. It becomes evident that the thing that held Haiti together through the earthquake is the very thing that has got the country through years of injustice and struggle. Call it pride. Call it spirit. Call it hope. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ashley Ellis";s:9:"biography";s:941:"Ashley Ellis is a writer and filmmaker who tells stories to inspire empathy and agency for a global audience. In 2010, she founded Emerald City Arts, a visual media studio where like-minded artists create independent films and original content. Ashley’s films have screened internationally at festivals, exhibitions, and arts programs. She previously worked at the Los Angeles based storytelling company Wondros, where she co-created short films for some of the world’s most progressive institutions such as TED, XPrize, The American Heart Association, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and more. Ashley attended the University of Southern California. She obtained a B.A. and a master’s degree focused on screenwriting. She’s currently pursuing a PhD in Film Studies and Education at The University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she also teaches and works to give youth access to storytelling through film and media.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana Cuba 2018 documentary featurette 50 No Rating In the 1940s and ’50s Havana boasted more movie theatres than even New York City. Almost all of them showed Hollywood films. “Errol Flynn’s Ghost” chronicles this phenomenon, while recalling the last great real-life adventure of the legendary Hollywood swashbuckler: the Cuban Revolution. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Gaspar González";s:9:"biography";s:522:"Gaspar González has produced documentary programming for PBS, the BBC, ESPN, TV One, and others. His credits include the national PBS release Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami, the Grantland short doc Gay Talese’s Address Book, the ESPN 30 for 30 Short The Guerrilla Fighter, and Havana House, a selection of AFI Docs and winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 Miami Film Festival. His work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Cinematheque, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.";s:10:"photograph";s:113:"ález.jpg";}} 1
A People’s Art—The Genesis of Freedom United Kingdom 2019 documentary featurette 58 No Rating English Ayesha, is a young mixed race British girl on a journey to find out the truth about what Notting Hill Carnival really represents. From its genesis in the 1958 race riots and a young man’s murder, to its contemporary perception as a Carnival of violence, Ayesha discovers that this vibrant, colourful carnival, represents something much deeper in British history. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";s:9:"biography";s:766:"Tony studied for his film degree at the University of West London and is co-founder of a small London based film production company Blackstone Valentine Films. Tony's first love was cinematography and he is a self-shooting Producer/ Director. During 2016 he made his directorial debuts with his fiction feature The Last Kill, and documentary Diva, which competed for Best Documentary at TTFF 2016 . Both were made on micro budgets with minimal crews. In May 2019, Tony also completed his second carnival documentary examining Notting Hill Carnival, with the current working title A People’s Art (Jump Up). He is presently completing a Masters of Research examining Cinema in the Anglophone Caribbean, with Guyana and Trinidad forming his two central case studies.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}} 1
Stateless Canada 2020 documentary feature 95 No Rating In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army, on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013 and the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court strips the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless. Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows the grassroots campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris, as she challenges electoral corruption and fights to protect the right to citizenship for all people. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michèle Stephenson";s:9:"biography";s:1415:"As co-founding member of the Rada Film Group, filmmaker, artist, and author Michèle Stephenson draws from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and international experience as a human-rights attorney to tell provocative stories in a variety of media that speak to personal and systemic liberation. Her work has appeared on numerous broadcast and web platforms, including PBS, Showtime, and MTV. Her most recent film, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys, including Best Documentary and Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story. The film also won the Jury Prize at Sundance, and was selected for the New York Film Festivals’ Main Slate Program. Stephenson was recently awarded the Creative Capital Fellowship and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, as well as the inaugural Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. She is also a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her current feature-documentary work in progress is supported by the National Film Board of Canada and the Sundance Documentary Fund. Her community-engagement accomplishments include the PUMA BritDoc Impact Award for a Film with the Greatest Impact on Society and a Revere Award nomination from the Association of American Publishers, and she is a fellow of the Skoll Stories of Change initiative. Her recent book, Promises Kept, written with co-authors Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Servidão (Servitude) Brazil 2019 documentary feature 72 All Ages Portuguese with subtitles A feature-length documentary about contemporary slave labor focusing on the Brazilian Amazon, “Servidão” follows the work of the Special Mobile Inspection Group of the Ministry of Labour. Through the testimony of modern abolitionists and rural workers it explores the links between contemporary slavery and a cruel slave-holding mentality that has existed in Brazil for five centuries. With narration by Negra Li, it is an important record of one of Brazil’s greatest ills. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Renato Barbieri";s:9:"biography";s:759:"Renato Barbieri is the Creative Director in GAYA Films, a production company located in Brasília. He is a film director, producer and screenwriter. His directorial debut was in 1983, in the production company “Olhar Eletrônico”, in São Paulo. Renato was also the director of Jornal de Vanguarda, in the television network Band. His award-winning works include Cora Coralina – Todas as Vidas, Atlântico Negro – na Rota dos Orixás, Do Outro Lado da Sua Casa, As Vidas de Maria, Lendas Animadas, A Invenção de Brasília, Malagrida, Bianchetti, and others. He is a curator in the project Teste de Audiência and a director in CONNE (an association of production companies and producers from the Central-West, North and Northeast regions in Brazil).";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Ouvertures Haiti, France 2019 documentary feature 132 No Rating French/ Haitian Creole with subtitles Made by a collective from Haiti, France and the UK, “Ouvertures” moves from the frozen landscapes of the Jura mountains to the urban centres of Port-au-Prince, bringing the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture back to life. In France a Haitian researcher attempts to read the past within the stratigraphic layers of Jurassic limestone, while in Haiti a group of young actors translate and rehearse scenes from “Monsieur Toussaint”, a play written by Édouard Glissant that recounts Louverture’s final days, as he lay dying in exile in a prison cell in the Jura in 1803. Ghosts from the pantheon of Haitian history visit Louverture on his deathbed and put him on trial and as the play proceeds the actors become possessed by their characters. Eventually the ghost of Louverture joins the group and takes them on a voyage for a new kind of exile. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Louis Henderson";s:9:"biography";s:910:"Louis Henderson is a filmmaker and writer who experiments with different ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racial capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. Since 2017, Henderson has been working within the artist group The Living and the Dead Ensemble. Consisting of Mackenson Bijou, Rossi Jacques Casimir, Dieuvela Cherestal, James Desiris, Louis Henderson, Léonard Jean Baptiste, Cynthia Maignan, Sophonie Maignan, Olivier Marboeuf, Mimétik Nèg, the Ensemble are based between Haiti and France. Their first feature film Ouvertures was awarded a FIPRESCI special mention at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival 2020. Henderson's work has been shown in various international film festivals, art museums and biennials and is distributed by LUX, Video Data Bank and Phantom. He lives and works in Paris and Berlin.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Olivier Marboeuf";s:9:"biography";s:891:"Olivier Marboeuf is a writer, storyteller and curator. He founded the independent art centre Espace Khiasma which he ran from 2004 to 2018 in Les Lilas, on the outskirts of Paris. In 2017, Khiasma merged into an experimental platform, exploring ways of collectively creating a place and developing an online radiophonic tool, R22 Tout-Monde. Interested in the different modalities of transmission of knowledge, Olivier Marboeuf’s proposals, at Khiasma and elsewhere, broadly inscribe themselves in practices of conversation and speculative narratives, attempting to create ephemeral situations of culture. His interest for narrative forms in art led him to develop a specific practice of accompaniment for artists inscribed in film practices. He currently produces films within Spectre productions, based in Rennes, and contributes to the cinematic distribution and research unit, Phantom.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Our Dance of Revolution Canada 2019 documentary feature 102 No Rating English This untold history of Toronto’s Black queer community spans four decades of passionate activist rebellion. Refusing to be silenced and raging with love, the featured trailblazers demanded a city where they could all live their truths free from the threat of violence. In the spaces they found for loud laughter and sweaty block parties, they also found themselves. Each bit of revolutionary ground was gained collaboratively, whether protesting police brutality, forming feminist collectives or making room for grief and healing in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Their transformative creativity and visionary organising made Toronto more livable for generations to follow. “Our Dance of Revolution” celebrates the living legends among us by unearthing what has been made invisible. Come honour this hidden chapter of Toronto’s history and witness the courage it took to dance in the street for the struggle. a:2:{i:0;s:98:"";i:1;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Phillip Pike";s:9:"biography";s:1014:"Phillip Pike is an emerging documentary filmmaker. As a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Phillip’s journey of personal and professional discovery has taken him from a career creating change as a community activist and human rights lawyer to a career creating change through storytelling as a documentary filmmaker. He is a graduate of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute (School of Creative Arts & Animation, Seneca College, Toronto). He also received intensive training in video production at Trinity Square Video in Toronto and the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. Completed in 2003, his first documentary, Songs of Freedom, tells compelling stories of courage and hope of gays and lesbians living in Jamaica. Critically acclaimed and well received by audiences, Songs of Freedom was an official selection at several film festivals and was acquired for broadcast across North America on a specialty TV channel. Our Dance of Revolution is Phillip’s third film and second feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica United Kingdom 2018 documentary feature 99 No Rating A portrait of a group of pioneering reggae musicians gathered together to record a new album, “Inna De Yard” captures the ongoing relevance of reggae and its social values, and the musicians’ passion to revitalize an older generation while passing the music on to younger listeners. a:2:{i:0;s:90:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Peter Webber";s:9:"biography";s:665:"Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, marked Peter Webber's feature film debut. The film has received numerous accolades, including three Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and 10 BAFTA Award nominations. Dino De Laurentiis tapped Webber to direct Hannibal Rising. Based on Thomas Harris' book, and starring Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li and Rhys Ifans, this prequel depicts a young Hannibal Lecter as he gradually becomes a serial killer. In 2012, Webber returned to the big screen with the World War II drama Emperor, starring Tommy Lee Jones. He is currently shooting a film in Colombia called “Pickpockets.”";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Dear Child Brazil 2020 documentary feature 76 No Rating Shot in Brazil, “Dear Child” follows the stories of a group of children rescued from the drug war. Mixing documentary and narrative it introduces us to Father Renato Chinera, an Italian missionary working with children in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Set in the rehabilitation centre he founded on the edge of the jungle, it is the story of a community’s fight against poverty and violence. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Luca Ammendola";s:9:"biography";s:328:"Luca started as a music video and advertising director in Paris. He worked in Cinecittà, Rome, on many projects as an Assistant Director. Then he began making documentaries in 2014. He has made a short documentary AKAMASOA in Madagascar following the plight of young children in the slums. DEAR CHILD is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"";}} dearchildfilm 1
A Media Voz (In a Whisper) Cuba, France, Spain, Switzerland 2019 documentary feature 80 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Two childhood friends entering their forties, facing the challenges of emigration, try to rebuild their lives far away from Cuba. An intimate and revealing auto-ethnographic documentary about uprootedness, motherhood, love of film, and freedom. Told through the audiovisual correspondence between two filmmakers and Cuban emigrants, it is a story of friendship and exile. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:69:"";i:1;s:69:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Patricia Pérez Fernández";s:9:"biography";s:651:"After getting a degree in Drama from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), she continued her training at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where she got her diploma in Film Directing in 2002. In 2003 she got a scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies at the Film and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC) and migrated to Spain. Since then, she has made several fiction short films and documentaries. Currently, she is a staff member of DOCMA (Spain’s Documentary Producers Association). A MEDIA VOZ (In a whisper) is her debut as a full-length documentary director, made in collaboration with Heidi Hassan.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Heidi Hassan";s:9:"biography";s:680:"After getting a degree in Cinematography from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba in 2002, she emigrated to Switzerland where she continued her professional training at the Haute Ecole d’Art et Design in Geneva (HEAD). She got her diploma in Film Directing in 2008. Nowadays she reconciles her personal work as a filmmaker and visual artist with numerous collaborations as a director of photography. Her work has been presented in prestigious international film festivals where they received several awards and critical acclaim. A MEDIA VOZ (In a whisper) is her second full-length documentary, made in collaboration with Patricia Pérez Fernández.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
501 Not Out Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom 2019 documentary feature 108 No Rating English Over 25 years on from Brian Lara’s world-record-breaking innings for Warwickshire at Edgbaston in the UK, brand-new documentary “501 Not Out” tells the story of cricket’s first global superstar. Exploring Lara’s remarkable ascent in 1994, the film celebrates his development in Trinidad and features interviews with iconic names from the world of cricket. These include his former international and county teammates from the historic treble-winning season, his friends and coaches in the Caribbean, fans who witnessed the marathon knock first hand and those inspired by his heroics. Notable contributions come from Sir Curtly Ambrose, Allan Donald, Dermot Reeve, Gladstone Small, Dennis Amiss, Jonathan Agnew, Ian Bell, Deryck Murray, Bryan Davis and Trini Posse Group co-founders Niki Borde and Nigel Camacho. Featuring rarely seen archive footage and stills, the film also examines the wider impact of Lara’s arrival and success at Warwickshire, coming so soon after his test record 375. “501 Not Out” brings an amazing story to life on the big screen for the very first time. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:89:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sam Lockyer";s:9:"biography";s:610:"Sam Lockyer is an RTS award nominated director from the UK. In 2014, Sam worked as Archive Researcher on the feature documentary ‘Bicycle’ which screened successfully at independent cinemas around the world. In 2015 Sam made ‘Rugby: A Midlands Story’ – a short documentary celebrating the origins of the sport that screened at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Sam is a lifelong cricket fan, and having grown up in the 1990's, Brian Lara is his childhood hero. '501 Not Out' is Sam's debut feature documentary and it is set for a UK Q & A cinema tour and global digital release in 2020.’";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Rain A young Bahamian girl, Rain, boards a local mail boat from Ragged Island and sets sail for Nassau. Stranded in an unfamiliar environment that fills her with dread and confronted by a mother she has never known, Rain searches desperately to find her own place in the world. Bahamas 2008 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 93 R English When Rain’s beloved grandmother dies she is forced to trade her simple but happy life on Ragged Island for the uncertainties of living in the capital with her mother, Glory, who abandoned her while a baby. Home becomes a two-room Nassau shack and Glory proves unfit for parental duties, being a drug addict, a prostitute, and quite possibly HIV positive. Rain seems destined for a bleak future, but for one thing: she is a promising sprinter. Her school’s track teacher, Trinidadian Ms Adams, becomes coach and mother figure to Rain, who is determined, almost literally, to outrun her fate. a:1:{i:0;s:69:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:76:"Gerald Brunskill, Nate Kohn, Pamela Kohn, Francis J. Kuzler, Molly M. Mayeux";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Govan";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Govan";}} Renel Naomi Brown, Irma P. Hall, Nicki Micheaux, CCH Pounder. FILMCO 1
Carmen and Geoffrey Carmen & Geoffrey features interviews and performance footage of friends and colleagues: dancers Judith Jamison, Gus Solomons, Jr., Dudley Williams, Ulysses Dove and Alvin Ailey. USA 2005 documentary feature 80 No Rating English The award-winning “Carmen and Geoffrey” is an intimate documentary which follows the careers of two remarkable personalities: Carmen de Lavallade and her husband Geoffrey Holder. Carmen, a dynamic dancer and choreographer from California, moved to New York with Alvin Ailey and began a legacy of modern dance in America. Geoffrey, a Trinidad-born choreographer, was also a set and costume designer, painter and man about town with productions such as The Wiz. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Linda Atkinson";}} FILMCO , Best Film- trinidad+tobago film festival 09, 1
I Woke up in the Mud and Picked up a Camera because of Jonas USA 2019 15 No Rating No Dialogue From August to March, I kept relapsing and trying to make this film. In January, Jonas died and it felt like NYC had become haunted by his ghost. The experimental film world had been a safe haven during my struggles and now it seemed to reflect my rocky recovery. Friends relapse and decided not to be sober, I get sober again, and then Carolee and Barbara dies. Ghostly presences, longing, uncertainty and hope sing in unison and this film is the result of this push and pull. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Devon Narine-Singh";s:9:"biography";s:285:"Devon Narine-Singh (b.1997) is a filmmaker, scholar, and curator based in NY. He has presented lectures and programs at NYU Cinema Studies, Maysles Cinemas and The Film-Makers Coop. His works have screened at Microscope Gallery, UltraCinema, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and more.";}} 1
SCROLLS between S P A C E S Trinidad and Tobago 2019 11 No Rating English Scrolls are the various epochs of existence and experience in this magical Universe that were being summoned through gesture, gait, sound, and Light in collusion with the elements in our natural world. It is imagined and wished that this walk of Life reinvigorates the depth of field in our collective consciousness. – A k u z u r u  a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Alan Chan";s:9:"biography";s:424:"Born in 1996, Alan currently studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and pursuing a double major in Film and Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management. His debut experimental film, ​Stay (2018)​ shot in Kingston, Canada made its premiere at the Hyperfest International Student Film Festival. The interconnectivity between the themes of man and environment are explored in his short films.";}} 1
Now Cuba 1965 6 PG A documentary that uses file footage, both moving pictures and stills, to trace the long struggle of African Americans in the United Stated to gain equal rights. Major incidents in the struggles are shown. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Santiago Álvarez";s:9:"biography";s:505:"Santiago Álvarez was born on March 18, 1919 in Cuba as Santiago Alvarez Roman. He was a prolific Cuba filmmaker who wrote and directed many documentaries and short films about Cuba after the revolution. He developed a unique style of using found materials, including Hollywood clips, cations and photographs, and incorporating them into his innovative films. He was known for 79 primaveras (1969), Hanoi, Tuesday 13th (1968) and El sueño del pongo (1970). He died on May 20, 1998 in Havana, Cuba.  ";}} 1
NGC Shooting Stars Films Trinidad and Tobago 41 All Ages Shooting Stars is a secondary school film production project sponsored by the National Gas Company and coordinated and managed by the trinidad+tobago film festival. Four schools were selected to each produce a 5-10 minute short film on a social issue affecting young people. These first time filmmakers were provided with the necessary film equipment, received intensive training and completed four entertaining yet thought provoking films. The schools were: San Juan North Secondary, Holy Faith Convent Penal, Signal Hill Secondary School and Couva East Secondary School. 1
Central do Brasil (Central Station) Brazil 1998 112 No Rating Portuguese with subtitles A bitter former schoolteacher supports herself by taking dictation from illiterate people in Rio de Janeiro, who want to write letters to their families, and then pocketing their money without ever mailing their envelopes. The film tells the story of a young boy’s friendship with this jaded middle-aged woman. It is a profoundly moving tale of the human spirit, a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walter Salles";s:9:"biography";s:281:"Walter Salles is a celebrated award winning Brazilian film director. His films include Centrol do Brasil(Central Station) winner of the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival (1998) and the Motorcycle Diaries (2005) that won the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. ";}} 1
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The Sound of Pan Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua 2019 42 PG English ‘The Sound of Pan’ is a short drama about steel pan music. Pan music in a huge part of Trinidad’s culture. From its inception, pan has been surrounded by controversy as to it usefulness in society. However, the playing of pan has been changing, as it is now accepted in just about all parts of T&T society. ‘The Sound of Pan’ highlights how the pan music can help young people deal with issues they face on a daily basis. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Noel Howell";s:9:"biography";s:668:"Noel Howell M.D. is an Antiguan paediatrician, filmmaker, producer and director based in New York, USA. Howell received his M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1994 and also graduated from the Film School of New York University. His 2009 film, 'Redemption of Paradise', was named Best Caribbean film at the 2010 Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival. Dr. Howell is the President of the Antigua Film Academy, the educational arm of the Motion Picture Association of Antigua and Barbuda. Dr. Howell also has to his directing and producing credit a number of movies, TV series and documentaries, including 'Book of Songs' and 'Once in an Island'.";}} 1
You Can Read, Can’t You? Suriname 2018 49 No Rating Dutch with English subtitles Ananta Khemradj is a young Surinamese journalist who has been living in the Netherlands for a few years now. The news coming from Suriname is dominated by a trial against the President, regarding the murder of political opponents in 1982. Despite her education and profession, Ananta knows very little about that period. She knows almost nothing about the domestic war, but a little about the “December 8th”  murders and even less about the financial crisis. Ananta decides to fly to Suriname to find out why she and her generation have learned nothing about this. Her very personal search takes Ananta past her history teacher; a minister; a Jungle Command warrior; an ex-president and politically inspired youth. Ananta and the interviewees are regularly overwhelmed by emotions; at night Ananta pours her heart on her iPhone. She hears of a history textbook that was ordered by the government to be withdrawn before distribution, and decides to find it. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Ananta Khemradj";s:9:"biography";s:717:"Ananta Khemradj, born in the Netherlands, grew up in Suriname. After high school she left for the Netherlands to study public administration. Her curiosity and urge to develop further outside the school frameworks, brought her back to Suriname. She worked there for 2.5 years as a journalist for the ABC radio and television station. Faced with the economic crisis and due to a lack of financial knowledge, she decided to move back to the Netherlands for a degree in economics. She is guided by her curiosity, but especially inquisitiveness. She has found her way in the financial world and is now at Rabobank where she can fulfill her personal mission "Growing A Better World Together" with all the given challenges.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Yochi Belize, USA 2017 25 PG English, Creole, Mayan, Spanish with English subtitles Yochi, a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi  learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course. Awards: Best Short, Belize International Film Festival; Best Film, 2018 Universal Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ilana Lapid";s:9:"biography";s:676:"Ilana Lapid is a filmmaker and educator interested in using stories to put a human face on global conflicts. She holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of Southern California. Lapid received a Fulbright in Romania to work with visual stories of Roma children, and was an Artist in Residence at Slifka Center at Yale. She has directed multiple short films that won awards at international film festivals. Her short "La Catrina" is a selection of the Women in Film and Television International Showcase, and the binational Femme Frontera Showcase. Her film “Yochi,” a US-Belize coproduction, is currently in its festival run and was Oscar-qualified by ShortsTV.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Who Shall Save Me USA 2019 2 No Rating English My great-grandfather gave my father a book on spirituality. This film is intended to be a filmic prayer from the past for the future. Tenuous but calming serenity. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Devon Narine-Singh";s:9:"biography";s:289:"Devon Narine-Singh is a filmmaker, scholar, and curator based in New York, USA. He has presented lectures and programmes at NYU Cinema Studies, Maysles Cinemas and The Film-Makers Coop. His works have screened at Microscope Gallery, UltraCinema, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and more.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
We Are All Migrants UK 2019 20 No Rating English Some say carnival isn’t political, but for one troupe in Leeds, it’s a call to action. In 2017, Harrison Bundey Mama Dread’s Masqueraders declared proudly that we are all migrants, flooding the streets with a sea of colour. But beneath this vibrant city there lies a darker story of migration when, for one Nigerian man, the promise of new life in England turned into an untimely death. “We Are All Migrants” carries a message of remembrance and solidarity with all migrants who have suffered injustice in the world and celebrates the joy of diversity. Awards: Best Short Film, Hebden Bridge Film Festival, 2019 a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Rowenna J. Baldwin";s:9:"biography";s:498:"Rowenna is an emerging director/ producer from Burnley, Lancashire, UK. She recently won 'Best Female Director' for her first film 'Goodnight, Friend'. Before becoming a filmmaker, Rowenna obtained a PhD in Sociology and spent several years working as a social researcher. Her research has covered numerous topics and taken her as far as Russia. Rowenna has previously worked on several other short documentaries, “Goodnight, Friend” (as director/ producer), and “Fracktured” (as producer).";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Voices Trinidad and Tobago 2019 19 No Rating English In a small fishing village on the island of Trinidad a young fisherman, Marcus, leads a quiet but frustrated life. A strained relationship with his father causes him to rebel in an effort to prove himself a man. His life is turned upside down when he meets a shady character who promises him an escape from his rural beginnings. This leads him down a dark path that may threaten his very existence. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Kenderson Noray";s:9:"biography";s:602:"Trinidadian artist, Kenderson Noray, has held more than 30 successful art exhibitions in Trinidad since 2007. He always dreamed of pursuing film and began his projects in earnest in 2016. He has since explored mini documentaries and cultural videos, exploring Jab Jab origins in Paramin, documenting the annual Jab Jab carnival competitions among adults and children, and covering various Carnival projects including a music video for Dynamite’s “Ring D’ Bell”. He has also documented art gallery openings for Shawn and Sherlann Peters. “Voices” is Kenderson’s first narrative short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"";}} 1
The Visitation Trinidad and Tobago 2019 6 No Rating English “The Visitation” is a Trinidadian Science-Fiction Thriller-Horror film that tells the story of a carefree artist who is not concerned with the world around her. Her male friend calls to warn her of an imminent extraterrestrial threat but she pays him no heed. This short film is a fusion of art, spectacle and extraterrestrial life in a Caribbean context. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kavita Ganness";s:9:"biography";s:735:"Kavita Ganness is a literary and visual artist, who has a BA Degree in Communication Studies and Literatures in English (Double Major) from the University of the West Indies. She is presently studying for a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She is also an English/Literature teacher with nineteen years experience at the secondary school level. She has a YouTube channel – see ‘Kav Ganness’ and ‘The Kirk and Kav Channel’ – a channel in which she shares film projects which were done with her husband, Kirk Budhooram. Last year her one-minute short film ‘Litterbug Goes To The Beach’ was a finalist in the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
21 Days St. Lucia 2014 40 PG English “21 Days” is the story of 6 fishermen from the village of Gros Islet in St Lucia who went on a routine fishing expedition in 1985. One simple mishap lead to a drift which lasted three weeks. Their days were punctuated by sickness and suicide, while some clung to the hope of survival. “21 Days” is set in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and produced by UNTOLD STORIES & AllBiz Ltd.  Awards: Best Actor, Piton Film Festival; Most Innovative Filmmaker, Piton Film Festival; People Choice Award, ArtReach Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Dale C. Elliott";s:9:"biography";s:1037:"Daring, relentless and unequivocally passionate about changing lives through creative multimedia storytelling,  Dale C. Elliott is a Saint Lucian, founder and managing director of The Independent Film Company, Inc. The Company’s pièce de résistance is a social transition and behavioural change documentary series entitled “Untold Stories”, which is now into its 8th Season. There are currently approximately 130 documentaries covering an extensive range of topics that include, but are not limited to health, finance, crime, agriculture, environment, arts, and culture. Over the years Elliott has received several awards for his work, the most notable of which are the Prime Minister’s Award for Innovation from the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce (2016), Most Outstanding Journalist from the Caribbean Congress of Community Practitioners in Barbados (2016 and 2015), Idea of the Year Award from the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce (2015), and the Most Innovative Filmmaker from the Piton Film Festival in Saint Lucia (2014).";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"";}} 1
The Traditional Brazilian Family KATU Brazil 2019 25 All Ages Portuguese with English subtitles In 2007, twelve adolescents from Eleutério do Katu RN, Brazil, were photographed in recognition of their indigenous roots. Twelve years later the photographer returns to Katu in search of these protagonists, now adults, to know about their personal trajectories and their worldviews. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Rodrigo Sena";s:9:"biography";s:362:"In addition to work in independent audiovisual production, Rodrigo Sena works as a freelancer in advertising and journalism. In 2014, he participated in a residency in Montevidéo, Uruguay, developing a multimedia work for Iberische edict. Between 2003 and 2010, Sena worked as a photojournalist in the print press and was a correspondent for national magazines.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Toco Tim and the Turtles Trinidad and Tobago 2018 3 No Rating English An original Caribbean story told through an original Caribbean character. “Toco Tim and the Turtles” uses comedy to convey a serious message as Tim shares advice on how human behaviour affects the lives of leatherback turtles. Awards: People Choice Award, Green Screen Film Festival, 2018; The Great Message International Film Festival, India, 2018 (Best Smartphone film award); Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, India 2018 (Best Smartphone film award) a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Steven Edwards";s:9:"biography";s:340:"Steven Edwards is blessed to be able to write, direct, produce and act within different mediums. By themselves, these are all phenomenal skills to possess, but it's the combination that makes Edwards stand out from his peers. He capitalises on his unique Caribbean experiences to make stories for all audiences utilising today's technology.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Stephen Edwards";s:9:"biography";s:362:"At the age of just sixteen years old, Stephen Edwards is already an award-winning director. Since the tender age of six, Stephen has worked along with his father in several capacities. One of which is directing films. He has been trained in many aspects of theatre both the technical (such as sound engineering) and practical (acting for stage sound and screen).";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Tobago at Carifesta 1981 Trinidad and Tobago 1981 15 All Ages English Highlights of Tobago’s contingent at CARIFESTA 1981 in Barbados. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Bruce Paddington";s:9:"biography";s:387:"Bruce Paddington (Ph.D.) co-founded the film programme at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, where he worked as a senior lecturer.  He is the founder and festival director of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and a founder/director of Banyan Productions. He is an award-winning filmmaker, having made over 500 films and television programmes, mainly on Caribbean culture.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Titixe Mexico 2018 62 All Ages Spanish with English subtitles A mourning tree, dancing sprouts, ghosts, stories and forgotten seeds. This is a Mexican family’s very last attempt to cultivate their land. Awards: FICUNAM, Ahora México (TV UNAM Selection Award, Estímulo Churubusco Award); Festival de Málaga, Documentary Features Competition (Special Jury Mention); Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Charles C. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Tania Hernández Velasco";s:9:"biography";s:67:"Tania Hernández Velasco is a Mexican film director and programmer.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Third Space Trinidad and Tobago 2019 9 No Rating English “Third Space” is an experimental film, which begins in a bowl of callaloo soup and progresses into an amalgam of shape-shifting surrealism, Caribbean landscapes/ seascapes, animal symbolism, prose poetry, the ebbing of overcranking and undercranking; as well as the juxtaposition of nature sounds – with a special emphasis on the visual and aural aspects of the five elements of the universe, namely Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Ether/Space. “Third Space” explores the yin and yang of love in a Caribbean context. The viewer is invited to explore emotion as a cinematic destination. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kavita Ganness";s:9:"biography";s:759:"Kavita Ganness is a literary and visual artist, who has a BA Degree in Communication Studies and Literatures in English (Double Major) from the University of the West Indies. She is presently studying for a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She is also an English/ Literature teacher with nineteen years experience at the secondary school level. She has a YouTube channel – see ‘Kav Ganness’ and ‘The Kirk and Kav Channel’ – a channel in which she shares film projects which were done with her husband, Kirk Budhooram. Last year, her one-minute short film ‘Litterbug Goes To The Beach’ was a finalist in the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Their Story: Panerrifix Steelband Belize 2018 5 No Rating English “Their Story: Panerrifix Steelband” highlights the power of music and how it has been transforming the lives of the members of the Panerrifix Steelband. Panerrifix hails from the city of Belmopan, Cayo District in Belize, Central America. The main thrust of the band is to expose its members to music and the music of the world, and to expose them to the world through music. The band boasts a wide repertoire of Belizean music, such as Brukdown and Paranda, as well as regional and international styles in the likes of Soca, Calypso, Reggae and Classical genres. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Julietta Burrowes-Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:680:"Julietta Burrowes-Lewis is the director of the Panerrifix Steelband which hails from the capital City of Belmopan, Belize. She is a classical pianist, holds a first degree in Music Education, and teaches music at a local high school. She founded the school based Panerrifix Steelband fifteen years ago. The Panerrifix Steelband performs extensively throughout Belize as well as internationally with Julietta as its leader. She arranges music for the band, organises concerts, and coordinates workshops and training for band members with regional pan arrangers and pan makers. Julietta is the proud daughter of Belize’s most prominent baritone singer, the late Ted Burrowes Sr. ";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Joel Evans";s:9:"biography";s:360:"Joel Evans is a renowned video producer with a deep desire to add cinematic storytelling to his productions. He graduated with a BSc from Middle Tennessee State University majoring in television production, and since 2007 has been steadfast at going that extra mile to ensure each he works on project satisfies both his client, but also his personal standards.";}} 1
Tattoo’d Trinidad and Tobago 2019 21 No Rating English Tattoos were a very rare sight years ago. Recently, however, there has been a boom in the industry. In Trinidad and Tobago, it has turned from a taboo thing to an almost mainstream fashion statement, to the point that almost every person you see has one. This boom will be investigated in Tattoo’d, which includes interviews with 3 tattoo artists from different generations who explore whether the ideologies and conceptions behind the tattoo culture in Trinidad and Tobago has changed. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Parris";s:9:"biography";s:556:"David Parris is a student at the University of the West Indies pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Film Production. He has starred in, written and directed several short films for the university such as “The Smiling Man” (2017) and “Grey” (2018). His favorite genre is horror. The tension and adrenaline rush of a well-executed scare, and not a typical "jumpscare", is an addicting thing for him. Creating a coherent and interesting narrative with his own "Caribbean" flair is his goal and he intends to create these ideas with all the help he can get.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Taking Root in Canaries St. Lucia 2019 10 All Ages English In September 2018, members of the coastal town of Canaries in St Lucia participated in a short training programme to learn about how to use the humble vetiver plant as a simple, green and cost effective tool to tackle many land and water related challenges. This is possible through the deep and fibrous root system of vetiver grass which can grow to 10 feet in 2 years, making it effective to help with slope stabilization and erosion control, soil and water conservation, infrastructure and riverbank protection. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Lawrence Dupuis";s:9:"biography";s:458:"Coming from the experimental film art scene and a graduate in film production at Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Lawrence Dupuis has since created his own artistic signature now recognised by his peers. His work has been shown  in several local and international film festivals around the globe. When he directs fiction films, Lawrence Dupuis' work is greatly influenced by the work of Todd Haynes, Darren Aronofsky and Tarsem Singh.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"";}} 1
Syba Curaçao 2019 7 No Rating No dialogue “Syba” tells the story of a fisherboy who catches a mysterious object while out fishing. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"S.C. van Heijningen";s:9:"biography";s:911:"Born on Curaçao to a family of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, S.C. van Heijningen often found herself between places and ideologies. Growing up, she learned that opposing belief systems, though tending to clash, can dynamically complement each other. It’s from this dynamic and her adversities that she draws inspiration for her expressive storytelling. As a child she always found herself juggling between islands, never entirely rooting herself in one community, which made her more of an observer than anything else. Having developed a keen interest in everything related to human expression and creation, she developed a consistent interest in the social and behavioral sciences. She obtained her degree in psychology at Leiden University shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia, after which she decided to take a break from academic life and redirect her focus on her creative endeavors.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
The Sweetest Mango Antigua and Barbuda 2001 105 No Rating English Based on a true story, “The Sweetest Mango” is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Lovelyanne ‘Luv’ Davies who moves to Antigua, and while adjusting to island life finds true love. This simply told story is based on the real life romance of the film’s husband and wife producing team. It is the first indigenous feature film for the Eastern Caribbean and has been archived at the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox Film Reference Library. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Howard Allen";s:9:"biography";s:1045:"Howard Allen is a film and television director/producer and the founder of HAMA Productions. While his career in television spans more than 30 years, he made his feature film directorial debut in 2001 with the release of “The Sweetest Mango”, a romantic comedy based on how he and his wife met and fell in love. It became Antigua and Barbuda’s first locally produced feature film and the first indigenous feature film for the Eastern Caribbean. Howard’s film directorial credits also include “No Seed” (2002) and”Diablesse” (2005). He wrote the screenplay for his fourth film “The Skin” (2011) a supernatural thriller which received critical acclaim in the Huffington Post and at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA. Howard’s work as a filmmaker has been recognized by the Department of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College in New York, for his innovative approach to filmmaking in a developing country. He has conducted Master Classes at Ithaca College on “Feature Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget.”";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Douvan jou ka leve (The Sun Will Rise) Haiti 2017 51 No Rating French Creole with English subtitles What is this “illness of the soul” that is slowly killing the Haitian people? Through “Douvan jou ka leve”, Gessica Généus seeks to understand this form of cultural bi-polarity expressed mainly through their spirituality by relying on her personal journey, marked by the mental illness of her mother – a disease that she believes is a curse of the voodoo spirits. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Gessica Généus";s:9:"biography";s:680:"Gessica Généus started her acting career at 17, playing in “Barikad”, a feature by Richard Sénécal. She then collaborated with various Haitian and international film directors. Recently, she acted in a TV movie on Toussaint Louverture, directed by Philippe Niang and produced by France 2. In 2011, Gessica won a scholarship from Acting International de Paris. Back in Haiti, she founded her own production company, Ayizian Productions. In 2014, in partnership with Télévision Caraïbes, she directed “Vizaj Nou”, a biography series of contemporary Haitian figures. “Douvan jou ka leve” (“The Sun Will Rise”) is her first documentary for France Télévisions.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Roble de Olor Cuba, Spain, France 2004 135 14+ Spanish with English subtitles Set in Havana at the beginning of the 19th century, “Roble de Olor” is a love story between a young woman from Haití and a German man. They build a successful coffee plantation in Cuba, one with a special philosophy in regards to the work of enslaved people and community. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rigoberto Lopez";s:9:"biography";s:1119:"Rigoberto Lopez is a Cuban film director, born in 1947, and is well known for his documentaries on cultural and historical themes such as: "El Mensajero de los Dioses" ("The Messenger of the Gods"),  "Yo Soy, Del Son a la Salsa" 1996 (From Son to Salsa) and "Grenada: the Take off of a Dream", 1983 during the production of which he was the last filmmaker to interview Maurice Bishop before he was assassinated. In 2004, he directed his first narrative feature film "Roble de Alor" ("Scent of Oak") based on the story of a slave planter who established a classical string ensemble  on his estate. Lopez was also a major advocate of Caribbean cinema and established the Muestra Itinerante del Cine del Caribe (Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase) in 2006 that screened Caribbean films annually throughout the region. He was its president until his death in 2019. While in his later years he was working on making more feature films such as "Forbidden Flights" (2015) he  will always be remembered for his passionate support of Caribbean films and filmmakers from the wider Caribbean and its diaspora. He will be missed.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
MIrelande French Guiana 2018 23 No Rating French, Creole with English subtitles Mirelande is a conscientious and straightforward teenager who hasn’t had anything upsetting happen in her life. She lives with her grand-mother, her sister and her little brother in a very poor part of French Guiana. One day, an unfortunate event takes place and she is awakened to a sense of injustice which pushes her to rebel, upsetting her relationship with authority. Awards: Best Actress and Audience prize, Prix de Court, Cayenne, 2018 a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Philippe Passon";s:9:"biography";s:754:"Philippe Passon started off with photography. Thanks to his contacts with comedians, script writing slowly emerged. Along with that, friends repeatedly asked him to perform in their films. He had the opportunity to play with professional actors in "Theatre de la Main d'or" in Paris. He acted in theatre and advertising with directors who brought to light other facets of his personality. He played other roles in TV movies and feature films and shot two films. He was offered an important role in a franco-georgian feature film "13 Tzameti". Then he decided to come and live in French Guiana. Since moving, he has acted less but written and made more short films, like “Mirelande”. He is writing other projects, often related to teenagers’ issues.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
She Paradise Trinidad and Tobago 2019 75 No Rating English Sparkle is a teenager on the brink of adulthood with few prospects, friends or motivation after graduating from high school. She faces pressure to provide for herself and her household as her Papa’s jewelry business dwindles. In the bustling Port-of-Spain market one afternoon, she finds a collective of talented Soca back-up dancers recruiting for the next season. Seeing an opportunity for an escape, Sparkle goes against her Papa’s wishes and joins the dancers, who in turn give her a dizzying glimpse of wealth, glamour and nightlife in Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maya Cozier";s:9:"biography";s:567:"After being awarded a national academic scholarship, Maya Cozier enrolled at the School of Visual Arts, NY, to pursue a degree in film. Her thesis film, "Short Drop", won the NYWIFT student award and has shown at over 20 film festivals worldwide winning best Caribbean short film at Curacao Film Festival and best short film at trinidad +tobago film festival. Since returning home, Maya has made short documentaries, music videos and works as an art director on commercials. The proof of concept for "She Paradise" premiered at BAM’s 5th Caribbean Film Series NY. ";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Soluble Trinidad and Tobago 2018 2 All Ages English “Soluble” is a very short short made to raise awareness of our daily impact on the environment by our use of soluble pollutants introduced to the natural water cycle. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Shane D. Hosein";s:9:"biography";s:357:"Shane D. Hosein started his career as a filmmaker in 2001 on the set of “Westwood Park”. His keen desire to progress in the industry motivated him to move quickly through the ranks, producing work alongside many top Trinibagonian and international industry professionals. He is currently working on a short film by Oliver Milne, “Not Now Never Now”.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Sampson’s Heart Trinidad and Tobago 2019 16 PG English A young widower lives in self imposed exile deep in the country, haunted by the death of his wife. An unexpected visitor from his past forces him to confront his shattered life. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Juliette McCawley";s:9:"biography";s:635:"An award winning writer, director and producer for 14 years, Juliette McCawley’s films have been screened at festivals in China, England, Trinidad, Australia, Cuba and Canada. She has been producing, writing and directing short and feature films and documentaries as well as corporate videos in Shanghai, London and Trinidad. Her clients include several Fortune 500 companies such as Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, Everlast and JCB. Most recently she was a co-producer on the feature film “The Cutlass” which won awards for People’s Choice and Best Feature Film at the trinidad+tobago film festival and is now on Amazon Prime.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Round Pegs in Square Holes Trinidad and Tobago 2019 18 No Rating English Dyslexia is a learning disability that often is forgotten. Take a look into what dyslexia really feels like from real dyslexics who debunk assumptions and shed light on what this disability is truly about. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Rebekah Guillen ";s:9:"biography";s:523:"Rebekah Guillen was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 6 and ADHD soon after. After repeating twice during primary school, she was often the eldest in her class, graduating St Joseph Convent POS at the age of 20. At times she felt like an outsider and struggled to get over life’s roadblocks. Journey with her as she takes a peak into living with this learning disability, feeling invisible or like a “Round Peg in a Square Hole”. She is a second year film student and this is her first entry into a film festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
ReleaseD Suriname 2019 13 No Rating No dialogue The experimental short film “ReleaseD” highlights six young women of Afro-Surinamese descent who passionately express themselves through the traditional performance arts, martial arts, and visual arts. Their modes of creative self-expression contradict the original intent of the colonisers who brought Africans to Suriname’s shores centuries ago. The film’s depictions of strength, independence, and liberation directly counter the portraits of slaves from Suriname that were distributed throughout Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries; fueling stereotypes that linger still today. The cutting or ripping of paper shackles throughout the film was inspired by Suriname’s annual Keti Koti (Chain Cut) Emancipation Day celebrations.    a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Keoni K. Wright";s:9:"biography";s:556:"Born in Boston to an Irish mother and an African-American/Filipino father from Hawai’i, Keoni K. Wright is a freelance writer and storyteller adept at capturing the essence of mystical people and places. In 2018, Keoni spent 10 months living on the edge of the extended Amazon rainforest in Suriname. During his stay, he balanced a multitude of writing projects and found time to create two short films as well as develop a web series highlighting Surinamese athletes. Keoni currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he works in film/television production.";s:10:"photograph";s:75:"";}} 1
Rattlesnakes USA, UK, Haiti 2019 86 16+ English A neo-noir psychological thriller adapted from the acclaimed stage-play, award-winning writer/director Julius Amedume’s “Rattlesnakes” tells the story of family man Robert McQueen. McQueen’s typical day takes a turn for the worst when he’s ambushed by three masked men who accuse him of sleeping with their wives. He pleads his innocence, but faced with being beaten and tortured, what he reveals will change all of their lives forever – but will it be enough to save his? Awards: Pan African Film Festival Audience Award; Screen Nation Film and Television Awards – Best Production Awards a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Julius Amedume";s:9:"biography";s:1062:"Julius’ film education began with the black and white film noirs, comedies and musicals screened on BBC2 and Channel 4 each afternoon while he was home schooled as a youngster due to illness. Years later he was awarded a Toledo scholarship to study a masters in directing fiction at the National Film & Television School. During his time there, Julius wrote and directed four short films. "Mary and John" was nominated for Best Short at the 2009 Rushes Soho Film Festival and a Golden Lion at the 2010 Taipei county film festival in Taiwan. "Lorraine" premiered at the 2009 Edinburgh Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short at the 2010 Rushes Soho Film Festival. His graduation film, "Precipice", won Best Short at the 19th Pan African film festival 2011, and a African Oscar for Best Diaspora Short at the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria. Julius has since directed for "Doctors", developed a content driven application for the BBC and currently has a feature film, "Riding The Whitey", and others at different stages of development.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Playing Mas Trinidad and Tobago 2019 14 No Rating English T&T’s Carnival is described as ’The Greatest Show on Earth’. One of the main events of the week is MAS. This film tries to describe what it feels like to play mas at carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:300:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad & Tobago. He spent the last decade filming Caribbean documentaries about social issues. His trilogy of Jamaican documentaries travelled all around the world. He is also a photographer and produces commercials with his company T&T ROCKS.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Porro Hecho en Colombia Colombia 2017 77 All Ages Spanish with English subtitles Grammy nominated artist Adriana Lucia narrates and directs this fantastic film that dives into the world of the Porro, the traditional musical style from the Caribbean region of Colombia. Adriana Lucia will take you through a journey that celebrates its indigenous, European and African origins, the music styles of the region and the revived interest and future of a rhythm that will have you tapping your feet. Awards: Audience Award, Colombian Film Festival of New York, USA, 2015. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Adriana Lucia";s:9:"biography";s:350:"Singer, songwriter and one of the top Colombian artists with a 15-year musical career, Adriana Lucia is the screenwriter and director of “Porro Hecho en Colombia” which shows the history of Porro and the musical culture of Córdoba and the Caribbean Colombian region. “Porro Hecho en Colombia” is her first movie as director and screenwriter.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Oseyi and the Masqueraders Dominica 2018 27 No Rating English Oseyi, (age 10) lives in Colihaut, a remote village in Dominica where an ancient carnival/masquerade art form called “Bann Mové” (Bad Band) is still practiced. But Oseyi has a great fear of these masqueraders due to his mother’s constant repetition that “Bann Mové kill your father”. When, with his uncle’s insistence and his friend Tamika’s assistance, he forces himself into the costume, he discovers an astonishing truth about his mother, the actual circumstances surrounding his father’s death and his uncle’s role in it. With this new knowledge he overcomes his fear, begins to understand his world and starts becoming a man. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Alwin Bully";s:9:"biography";s:1102:"Alwin Bully was born and raised in Dominica where he established and developed the Department of Culture and was its first director. Apart from gaining a BA from the University of the West Indies, he has received numerous awards for his work as playwright and director, graphic artist, set designer, poet and short story writer, carnival designer and composer. From 1986 to 2006 he was resident in Jamaica where he worked as UNESCO’s Caribbean Culture Advisor. He was inducted into Jamaica’s Culture for Development Hall of Fame, received the University of Technology’s 2006 Arts Award and was honoured with the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2007 Cacique Award for Regional Theatre. In 2011 the University of the West Indies conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in recognition of his work in arts and culture. He also received Dominica’s Sisserou Award of Honour for his cultural and artistic leadership and for his design of the national flag. His work focuses on issues of social transformation and the preservation and promotion of Caribbean culture.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Le Mystère de Bwa Yen Yen (The Mystery of Bwa Yen Yen) Martinique 2019 26 14+ French and Creole with English subtitles On Sundays, there is never much going on in Bwa Yen Yen.
 Except today. Because today, Jamal and Maëlys meet for the first time. Meaning the first step in a series of misunderstandings that will lead a bunch of neurotic characters to cross paths in this place in the middle of nowhere… Awards: Best screenplay at Prix de Court, 2019, Guadeloupe; Special Mention of the Youth Jury at Nouveaux Regards Festival, 2019, Guadeloupe; Special Mention for the Best Movie at Nouveaux Regards Festival, 2019, Guadeloupe a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Amingo Thora";s:9:"biography";s:362:"In order to study computer science, Amingo Thora paid his university expanses writing and making graphics. That’s how he gradually integrated the world of audiovisual production and cinema. He then started writing short-movies and series in Paris, but decided to go back to Martinique in 2009 to launch a career which includes an increasing share of directing.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
My Mother Resents Me Dominican Republic 2019 7 16+ Spanish with English subtitles Victoria, the only daughter from a family of three, tries to decipher her mother’s resentment towards her by looking through old photographs and new footage. Awards: Honorable Mention at Milwaukee Underground Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Victoria Linares Villegas";s:9:"biography";s:584:"Victoria Linares is a queer filmmaker based in the Dominican Republic. She studied film in The New School in New York City. Her short film "Stay Quiet" (2018), was premiered at the International Film Festival in Quito (2018) and has been an official selection in Trinidad & Tobago, Bushwick Film Festival, and other remarkable queer festivals in Latin America. Victoria recently won the Ibermedia Development Fund with her feature film “El Ruido de Las Cosas”. Her latest work, “My Mother Resents Me” premiered at Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and won Honorable Mention.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
My Father Belize Belize, USA 2019 30 No Rating English, Belizean Kriol A US born Belizean man travels to Belize to scatter the ashes of his deceased father, only to discover that he himself conceived a son during a past visit to the country. He must now face his own conflicted feelings about fatherhood caused by the estranged relationship he had with the man who gave him life. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Leon Lozano";s:9:"biography";s:557:"“My Father Belize” marks a return to the director’s chair for writer/ director/ producer Leon Lozano. In 2008, Lozano made his feature film debut with “Something is Killing Tate”, winner of 12 “Best of” film festival awards. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in film and television production from the University of Southern California, Lozano has made a career out of combining social advocacy and film. His work has screened on Showtime, Netflix, BET, and Starz.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
A Mural by the Sea Trinidad and Tobago 2018 20 PG-13 English Dawad Philip reads poems, from his recent book by the same name, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of his beloved ‘hometown’ San Fernando. He pays a moving homage to his childhood and lifelong friend Dr. Leroy ‘Black Stalin’ Calliste in ‘Sando Proper’, a poem dedicated to him. This short film sets out to allow Dawad, the poet and masman, to settle comfortably into the source of his inspiration, the city of San Fernando, through his poems. “A Mural by the Sea” simply weaves together indigenous performance and Dawad Philip’s poetry and is a tribute to our cultural traditions. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Tony Hall";s:9:"biography";s:589:"Tony Hall is a playwright and filmmaker who was part of an award-winning team at Banyan for many years. In the 1970’s and 80’s they pioneered the making of drama series and documentaries for television in the Caribbean. In 1992 he appeared with Errol Sitahal in the BBC documentary “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon” (Part of a BBC/TVE Series. US Release date: 1994), a multiple award-winning Banyan film which he co-directed with Christopher Laird and was produced by Bruce Paddington. Between 2002 and 2006 Tony taught documentary filmmaking at Trinity College, Hartford, CT.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
Ms. Sugga Jamaica 2019 58 PG English “As Freedom Fighters we never give up!” On a wonderful journey Ms. Sugga, a strong, feisty animated sugar cane stalk, travels with two kids (Tamika and Omar), and a wise African Chief (Tacky), in a magical bubble back in time, in search of ancient sugar cane molasses that she must find in order to make her bulla cakes. But on the way they get caught in Jamaica’s turbulent sugar cane history and discover that ‘the spirit to survive never dies’ when you’re determined to fight for a future you want. As the four make their way through history in search of ‘sweetness’, they meet bittersweet characters of the past and identify the new elements needed to change the balance of power to make the sugar cane industry work for its people. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Mary Wells";s:9:"biography";s:813:"An award winning independent film director/ writer and producer, Mary Wells has nearly thirty years of experience in television and film production in Jamaica/ the Caribbean and internationally. Her work is varied, but has consisted of many documentaries and dramas for young adults and children. In 1999, her documentary short “Now Jimmy!” was awarded “Outstanding Documentary from the Caribbean” in the Sheryl Lee Ralph Film & Music Festival and was also accepted in the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, 2002. In 2014, her first narrative feature, “Kingston Paradise”, was awarded ‘Best Diaspora Feature’ from the African Movie Academy Awards. Wells studied Television Production and the Theatre Arts in Washington DC and continues to do Film and TV production work of all kinds.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Monk by the Sea Trinidad and Tobago 2019 16 No Rating English Asta, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, moves to Los Angeles, USA to start a new life, but upon arriving there, she loses a bit of her own identity in the form of her swimming ability. Desperate, she turns to her sister for advice. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Elenie Chung";s:9:"biography";s:614:"Elenie is a film director/writer born in Trinidad and Tobago. As a semi-nomad, Elenie had lived in several states in the US before moving to Los Angeles where she is currently based. She is interested in films that stretch the boundaries of contemporary narrative cinema, bringing the everyday into sublimity and the unfamiliar to everyday. Her first film, Goldfish was screened in 2015 at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. When she’s not at the cinema, you can find her in an art museum or gallery. She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television MFA Film Directing/Production program.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Mikayla’s Adventures Guyana 2019 4 All Ages English Mikayla is on school break and decides to spend the day with her cousin Noah and their Grandma but, the children can’t seem to find anything to do. Mikayla finds a book filled with old stories from Grandma’s childhood. She asks Grandma to tell them to her and Noah and they gather around Grandma to hear the story. Grandma adds her own little exciting twist to the story in the process transforming the story from a regular old scary tale to something right out of a comedy.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Precious Barrow";s:9:"biography";s:477:"Born in Guyana, Precious Barrow is a young aspiring animator and designer. She has just recently completed her studies in Animation and Game Design for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations 2019 and is also a volunteer at the Guyana Animation Network. Her love for children and animations is what led her to create the series, “Mikayla’s Adventures”. Precious hopes to one day create an animation school where she can pass the love of what she does onto others.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
Luna’s Ring Cayman Islands 2018 20 PG-13 English An American writer searches for his lost lover in Cuba. Awards: A Remi Platinum Award Winner at Worldlfest (Houston) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Badir Awe";s:9:"biography";s:61:"Badir Awe is a producer and director from the Cayman Islands.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Lupe USA 2019 77 16+ English “Lupe” follows Rafael, a young Cuban immigrant searching for their long-lost sister Isabel in New York City. Believing Isabel to have fallen into a life of prostitution, Rafael seeks to find and liberate her. Rafael is a trained boxer, and searching New York City’s gritty underworld often turns bloody. During a violent encounter in a brothel, Rafael comes face to face with Elsa, a woman from their shared past in rural, poverty-stricken Cuba. Pulling Elsa from her wretched environment, Rafael hopes that she can help in the search for Isabel. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"André Phillips";s:9:"biography";s:562:"André grew up in a small, diverse, working-class city outside of Boston, USA. While art and writing (and for many years, kickboxing) had been a part of his life since childhood, André was introduced to filmmaking in high school and never turned back. Most of André's work is heavily focused on imbalances in socioeconomic opportunity and the conflicts those imbalances cause. André is passionate to showcase those who are excluded from the wider conversation, while also celebrating and examining the resilience and grace it requires to make it on the edges.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"é-e1564691667699.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Charles Vuolo";s:9:"biography";s:445:"Originally from Philadelphia, Charles now resides in Boston where he works as a multimedia director and producer. Since embarking in film in 2007, Charles has sought creative collaborators to find, develop, and showcase unique and heartfelt stories. Charles specifically has an interest in exploring stories that tackle social issues and believes that filmmaking can be a powerful way to explore and study the complex fabric of the modern world.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Life and Death Trinidad and Tobago 2019 4 No Rating English As the world continues to consume single-use plastic at alarming rates, this atmospheric film imagines a world where plastic replaces water – our singular life force – and other key aspects of natural life. An elegiac dystopia set in the Caribbean, the film explores various scenarios, transforming the idyllic into the undesirable. It is a Caribbean call to action, and a message to all of us who share the planet. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sonja Dumas";s:9:"biography";s:393:"Sonja is a performer, choreographer, writer, filmmaker, teacher and arts development consultant.  An award-winning filmmaker, she has written, directed and produced several films that speak to the Caribbean experience. Sonja is also the founder of Continuum Dance Project and co-founder and co-director of COCO Dance Festival, one of the largest contemporary dance festivals in the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Hanoi, Martes 13 (Hanoi, Tuesday 13th) Cuba 1969 38 PG-13 Spanish with English subtitles With a poetic narrative structure, “Hanoi, Martes 13” shows how the Vietnamese people lived and fought for their freedom during the Vietnam War, from the day the bombing of the city of Hanoi began. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Santiago Álvarez ";s:9:"biography";s:235:"Santiago Álvarez was born Santiago Alvarez Roman in Cuba in 1919. He was a director and writer, known for “79 primaveras” (1969), “Hanoi, Tuesday 13th” (1968) and “El sueño del pongo” (1970). He died 1998 in Havana, Cuba.";}} 1
Clandestinos Cuba 1987 98 14+ Spanish with English subtitles Before the military coup in Cuba, a group of people have a clandestine printing press, used to print subversive pamphlets against the government. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Fernando Pérez";s:9:"biography";s:157:"Fernando Pérez is a director and writer, known for “La vie, c'est siffler” (1998), “Últimos días en La Habana” (2016) and “Madagascar” (1995).";}} 1
Cicatrix USA 2019 46 No Rating English An amateur angel is sent from heaven to guide a modern-day Samson, a loner who has lost faith in God. The unlikely duo is tasked with missions to seek out and save a mishmash of characters who are at the crosswords of their lives and seem to be searching for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Natalia Elizabeth Paul";s:9:"biography";s:735:"Since an early age, Natalia has been enthralled with the desire to inspire. After working in casting/production for projects at (ABC Studios, HBO, Disney, etc.) and as an actress on NBC Universal, TV One and Flow TV.  Natalia has developed a well-rounded understating for various industries. She has two master’s degrees, the first in Organizational Leadership and the second in Communication Arts, and recently became a Ph.D. candidate in Health and Society. As an award-winning producer/ actress/ director, Natalia has discovered a unique way to connect her life events into heart-wrenching and amusing stories. Natalia's ultimate goal is to provoke honesty and vulnerability through the lens and in her surrounding world.   ";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Deval Mistry";s:9:"biography";s:1499:"Born in India, from a very young age, Deval Mistry (Dev) was obsessed with arts and craft, which lead to formal education in traditional and digital animation and visual effects. He started his creative career in 2012, as a visualizer in India. During this time he partnered with successful media agencies, as a creative spearhead and a consultant. While creating media campaigns (digital and print), art installations, commercials and documentaries for clients national and international. Seeking a bigger challenge and intense international experience, he decided to return to academics and pursued an MA in communications arts and media management at New York Institute of Technology, New York in 2016. Armed with modern mantras for social media savvy environment and a refined set of skills, in the past 3 years, Dev has produced visual dialogues for entrepreneurs, corporations, musicians, and artists. For consecutive years he has worked with the Lincoln Square - Winter's Eve, Community Partnership Charter School (Brooklyn), the Animation and Film Fest - NYIT and Be Your Craft INC. Along with several production and post-production projects, Dev has also embarked on directorial ventures. Bride Con, a 3-part American web-series, No De De, a narrative music video and Cicatrix, a dramedy television pilot are some of the featured feathers in his director's hat. Currently, Dev is producing new content that engages and connects with a larger audience through autobiographical documentaries.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Lee Milby";s:9:"biography";s:1183:"Lee Milby is a graduate of the exclusive Cooper Union School of Art, having earned a BFA while specializing in large scale oil paintings. After graduating she developed a serious allergy to oil paint and was forced to abandon her original passion and seek out new creative outlets. She stumbled upon video making as a means of paying her rent, filming raves and shows as a freelancer. This gave her a crash course in camera work and direction and led to Lee discovering a new passion for videography. When she first started out, Lee believed that directing was not something meant for her, as being a 5-foot-tall trans-racially adopted asian woman with a background in oil painting did not fit the traditional mold of a film director. But with perseverance and a bit of luck, she realized that she had a talent for directing, and that her unconventional background gave her a unique vision, one she implemented in projects like the Sci-Fi short Forge. Today, Lee uses her non-traditional background to her advantage, both as a source of passion and creativity, but also to keep her focused on what really matters in every project, which is exploring the common humanity in all of us.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Home Birth in Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2019 9 All Ages English Birth is a normal physiological event. But in Trinidad and Tobago, as in much of the world, we find unnecessary medical interventions creeping into healthy deliveries. Homebirth is available in TT for low-risk mothers, though most families don’t know about this option. At home, a mother is free to labour and deliver however she chooses with a midwife and loved ones to support her. The baby goes on the mother’s chest right away instead of into an incubator. And when it’s all over, the family rests in their own home, supported by the midwives who come back to check on them. What a difference from delivering in a hospital!   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Tammy Kremer";s:9:"biography";s:203:"Tammy Kremer is an American multimedia artist and educator. In 2018 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Trinidad and Tobago where she produced “Birth Stories of Trinidad and Tobago,” a storytelling series.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Jerk UK 2018 10 PG English Winston arrived in London from Jamaica back when the streets were paved with promise. A lifetime later, he’s become the smiling face around the neighbourhood that everyone knows – the friendly local jerk chicken shop owner. Today, the mask is beginning to slip. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Raine Allen-Miller";s:9:"biography";s:909:"Raine Allen-Miller’s passion for filmmaking started at the Brit school, led to studying illustration at Camberwell and eventually made tracks into advertising, landing her jobs with Saatchi & Saatchi, Anomaly, and finally the coveted position of creative director at London-based agency, Mother. It didn’t take long before Raine got the urge to direct her own work. Her first music video for Salute’s track ‘Storm’ was inspired by Brexit and is a celebration of immigration and made her one of It’s Nice That’s ‘one-to-watch’.  She’s since helmed projects for recording artist Georgia and Nike x Riposte. Raine crafts intricate worlds around her subjects, using her background as an art director to balance setting and emotion. Most recently Raine’s ‘Go Play!’ for ASOS was picked up as Campaign’s ‘Pick of the Week’ an incredible accolade for a director’s first commercial.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"";}} 1
Hurricane Antigua and Barbuda, USA 2019 26 PG English Land is the only thing worth killing, worth fighting, worth lying, and worth dying for. After a devastating hurricane lays waste to their homes, Barbudans must overcome a second and potentially even greater threat—the sale of their island to foreign interests in the name of rebuilding, upending 300 years of communal land ownership. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nick Fitzhugh";s:9:"biography";s:548:"Nick Fitzhugh is an award-winning director, producer and writer and founder of redfitz, a Brooklyn-based production company specializing in cinematic documentary video production. Nick’s first three films have all been licensed by Netflix. The most recent of these is Conflict, a Webby-award-winning documentary series that goes behind the lens of the world's best conflict photographers. Conflict was funded by the Nat Geo Channel and was acquired by Netflix in 2016. It took home the Webby for Best Documentary Series of the year in 2016.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Sugar Cane: Recycling Sweetness and Power in Modern Jamaica Jamaica 2018 81 PG English The story of “Sugar Cane” is an epic one which speaks of the struggle for a society and political economy capable of supporting sustainable profits and innovative production processes. “Sugar Cane: Recycling Sweetness and Power in Modern Jamaica”, was made to mark the impact of sugar on the society, politics and economy of Jamaica, from colonial rule to Independence. This story is told with emphasis on the struggles of the workers and the Jamaican state for freedom, development and justice given their entanglement with major sugar industry players. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Franklyn St.Juste";s:9:"biography";s:749:"Franklyn St.Juste has been engaged in the production of motion pictures for many years in all areas of production activity, which includes scripting, directing, photography, editing and sound. He has worked as director of photography on the films “The Harder They Come” and “Children of Babylon”. He is currently Adjunct Senior lecturer at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) – University of the West Indies, in the areas of Broadcast Media Management, Film and Television Production. Franklyn St.Juste is the recipient of several Jamaican National Honours – Order of Distinction (OD); Silver Musgrave Medal for achievement in Cinematic Arts; Caribbean Tales Film Festival, Life Achievement Award as well as others.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"";}} 1
Uncivilized England, Dominica 2019 75 PG English Disenchanted by the modern world, filmmaker Michael Lees heads into the forest of Dominica with some basic survival gear, religious texts and a camera. “Why did man ever leave the forest? And what makes for a good life?” Just as he starts to acclimatise to his new life, the catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Maria (one of the top ten strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history) makes a direct landfall on Dominica. Michael is caught out in the open in a palm leaf and bamboo hut. With the nation in ruins, the forest destroyed, and essential services knocked out islandwide, the entire country must now return to a past way of life if they hope to survive. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Michael Lees";s:9:"biography";s:757:"Michael Lees is a Caribbean-British filmmaker whose films aim to explore the relationship between the private “spiritual” world and the public shared world of society, culture and the environment. This UNC Chapel Hill graduate has already made his mark as an emerging director. In 2014, he made his directorial and editorial debut film, "Letting Go", premiering at the UNC Swain Lot Film Festival – a short experimental doc exploring the filmmaker's shifting philosophy towards life, death and suffering through the lens of illness. Lees has written, shot, and edited for numerous clients including Billboard, Agile Films, and UNICEF. “Uncivilized” is his debut feature documentary. Much of his inspiration is drawn from his home island, Dominica.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Reggae Boyz USA, Germany, Jamaica 2019 73 PG-13 English Plagued with one of the highest murder rates in the world, Jamaica tries to reinvigorate its populace by qualifying their national soccer team – the “Reggae Boyz” – for the 2014 World Cup. When their efforts start to fall short, Winnie Schäfer, a colourful German coach, enters the scene and forms an unlikely alliance with a Rastafarian factory worker named “Tuffy” Anderson and legendary reggae musicians including Bunny Wailer and The NoMaddz to unite Jamaica beyond the soccer pitch. “Reggae Boyz” uses pop cultures’ most transcendent forces – sports and music – to delve into the heart and soul of Jamaica. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Till Schauder";s:9:"biography";s:1159:"Till Schauder, originally from Germany, is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and cinematographer. His feature debut, “Santa Smokes” – which Schauder wrote, codirected, and starred in – won several awards, including Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. In 2012, Schauder completed his critically acclaimed first documentary “The Iran Job”, which was released worldwide, mentioned as an Oscar contender, and shortlisted for a German Academy Award. His 2017 documentary “When God Sleeps” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, won Most Valuable Documentary of the Year from Cinema for Peace during Berlinale, and the Golden Heynal Award at the Krakow Film Festival, along with several other international recognitions. It was also shortlisted for a German Academy Award in 2018 and is currently in consideration for an Emmy. Schauder’s latest film “Reggae Boyz” was called “one of the funniest and most entertaining documentaries to come out in years” by The film’s broadcast version was again a nominee for the German Television Academy Awards (2018). ";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Queen of Soca Trinidad and Tobago 2019 75 PG-13 English Olivia is a young woman with a natural gift for singing. She wants to escape her life of lesser means and believes her passion for singing Soca music can change her life. However, her religious mother abhors anything that’s not related to the church, especially Soca music. Olivia must decide whether to pursue her dream of becoming a Soca star and risk the relationship with her mother, the only family she knows. Awards: Take One Film Grant / Script in Development a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kevin Adams";s:9:"biography";s:579:"Born in Trinidad & Tobago, Kevin Adams migrated to the USA at an early age. He attended Brooklyn College where he studied screenwriting, producing and directing. His internship at Sony / BMG music in New York City opened doors to becoming a production assistant on scores of music videos, commercials, reality shows and independent films. In 2011, Kevin Adams won the prominent Trinidad & Tobago Production Grant for his 37 min short No Soca No Life.  He is currently working on his second feature which has been sought after by Promenade films, a France production company.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Pigs of Paradise The Bahamas 2018 70 All Ages English “Pigs of Paradise” is the real story behind the Swimming Pigs of Exuma in The Bahamas: how they got there, who put them there and how they learned to swim. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Charlie Smith";s:9:"biography";s:382:"Charlie Smith or ‘Charlie Bahama’ as he is frequently called, is a multi award-winning filmmaker and photographer with more than twenty five years of experience as a producer, director, creative director and on-air talent. He has participated in almost every aspect of media including print, television and film, working equally well behind the scenes and in front of the camera";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Mañana no te olvides (Tomorrow Don’t Forget) Dominican Republic 2017 118 PG Spanish with English subtitles Roberto has Alzheimer’s. After his wife dies, someone has to take care of him. Ruth, his daughter, decides to take him to live in her family, even though her husband, Alfredo, argues that he already has enough problems at home with the care of Jan, their only son who suffers from Down Syndrome. With Roberto’s arrival at the house, the relationship between grandpa and grandson begins to get closer and closer, discovering that they both have many dreams in common… which they will be able to realise together. Awards: Best Film, Cinema Castelli Romano, Italy; Best Film, Festival de Cine Mariposa, Cuba. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Jose Enrique Pintor";s:9:"biography";s:253:"Jose Enrique (Pinky) Pintor, is a renowned film, and TV producer/ director. With more than 25 years of experience, his company “J.Pintor Films” has participated in some of the most important and recent audiovisual projects in the Dominican Republic.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Lo Que Siento Por Ti (What I Feel For You) Dominican Republic 2019 90 No Rating Spanish with English subtitles Three simultaneous stories of social inclusion, led by a single mother of two austistic teenagers, a married couple trying unsuccessfully to have a child, and a father of a Special Oylmpics athlete. “Lo Que Siento Por Ti” is inspired by true stories. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Raúl Camilo";s:9:"biography";s:101:"Raúl Camilo has been a TV producer since 1989. “Lo que siento por ti” is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Judgment Day: Jason Jones v the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2018 13 PG English Jason Jones, a gay rights activist, sues the state of Trinidad and Tobago over colonial-era anti-homosexual laws. He must face his opponents outside the Hall of Justice and inside the courtroom the day of the landmark verdict. This is the story of the first-ever case in the Caribbean that successfully overturned laws that criminalized homosexuality. The case was subsequently cited at the Indian Supreme Court when LGBTQIA activists in India overturned similar colonial-era laws in that country. This story is a record of the fight for equality and LGBTQIA rights in Trinidad and Tobago, across the Caribbean and in Commonwealth nations. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Francesca Hawkins";s:9:"biography";s:576:"Francesca Hawkins is a broadcast journalist and filmmaker in Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated from the UWI Film Programme, St Augustine and has lectured in film (part-time) after graduation. She won the BPTT Graduation Prize and other academic awards while studying at UWI. Producer of numerous television features and winner of People's Choice for the documentary “Siege”, which tells the story of journalists held hostage at TTT during the attempted coup of 1990. She was one of 3 awardees of the Canadian High Commission’s Human Rights script competition in 2018. ";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"";}} 1
Island Strong Barbados 2018 24 All Ages English ‘Island Strong’ explores the dawn of a new Caribbean in the aftermath of climate change. Scientists have stated there will be stronger, more frequent hurricanes in the future. The 2017 hurricane season brought with it, hurricanes Maria and Irma which saw the region sitting on the front-lines of the climate battle. ‘Island Strong’ is told through the eyes of most vulnerable, exposed to vagaries of climate and natural disasters. What do we as Caribbean people do? Do we give up hope? Are we going to abandon our shores in hope of a safe haven?  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Clish A. Gittens";s:9:"biography";s:329:"Clish Gittens is a visual anthropologist who realized the lived experiences and stories of Caribbean people are unique. Livelihoods, culture, habitats and environmental impacts vary from island to island – the lens allows him to share those stories and celebrate Caribbean sustainability and culture from an island perspective.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Keeping it Together Trinidad and Tobago 2015 15 No Rating English A temporary magnifying glass in the mind of a bipolar person, ‘Keeping it Together’ visually explores the condition in a form of consciousness as a form as opposed to just numbers and statistics, with the ultimate goal of starting a discussion and painting a picture of what it means to be bipolar. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain";s:9:"biography";s:280:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain is a part-time student at the University of The West Indies and a full-time photographer and videographer. He was always in love with taking pictures since he was a teenager, but his love for film developed as he progressed in his tertiary film programme.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Life in Kolour Trinidad and Tobago 2019 19 No Rating English Questions arise on why Trinidad and Tobago has greeted the topic of LGBT with such hostility. Increasingly, ordinary people are supporting and accepting the LGBT community. Some might say, “Everywhere except Trinidad and Tobago.” ‘Life in Kolor’ explores the perspective of a gender illusionist, Miss Queen of Queens 2018 winner, Sapphire Adia Negasi. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Akkel Charles";s:9:"biography";s:335:"Akkel Charles is a 21 year old filmmaker from Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently pursuing his BA in Film Production and Film studies. His near term goal is to further his studies in film and go to countries in Africa and Europe and continue making films. All Akkel's inspiration from film comes from the world around him.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
Liquid Gold: The Story of Rum in Barbados Barbados 2019 10 No Rating English This documentary takes a brief look at the creation and history of one of the world’s most popular alcoholic beverages, rum. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Rommel Hall";s:9:"biography";s:64:"Rommel Hall is a multiple award-winning filmmaker from Barbados.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Hit for Six A cricket player battles demons from his past while trying to make it to a world tournament. Barbados 2007 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 99 No Rating English ‘Hit for Six’ is a captivating fictional story of a playboy West Indies cricketer who fights the demons of his past, including a match-fixing charge, and learns about love while struggling for his last chance to play in a major global tournament and earn the respect of his estranged father, a former great West Indies player. Alex Nelson, a talented but inconsistent cricketer, has been sidelined from the WI team for scuffling with his coach, Amir Misra of India. Now out of the team for three years, he pursues an unlikely quest to get back on the team for the last chance to play in the Global One Day Series. He is fueled by a burning desire to regain the respect of his estranged and critical father, a former great West Indies player, who was unfairly denied a chance to play in the first Global One Day Series. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Alison Saunders-Franklyn";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Alison Saunders-Franklyn";s:9:"biography";s:891:"Alison Saunders is a Barbadian/Trinidadian who has written and produced corporate and public education television programming over the last 20 years. A graduate of Syracuse University with a Masters in Television Production and the University of the West Indies with an MBA, she wrote the script for her first feature film to fulfill her dream of over a decade, to produce a commercially viable feature film. With a strong background in local theatre, Alison produced one of the most successful local pay-per-view concerts ever shown in Barbados – The Square One 10th Anniversary Concert. In previous roles as a consultant to the West Indies Cricket Board, she gained close insight into the little known inner world of Caribbean cricket. She has gone onto produce/direct three seasons of the entrepreneurial reality show, Bank On ME,  and “Home Sweet Home” a Makeover TV Series.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} Andrew Pilgrim, Rudolph Walker, Jeanille Bonterre, Alison Sealy-Smith , Best Barbadian Film, Bridgetown Film Festival (2007), Best Actress, Jeanille Bonterre;, Best Cinematographer, Richard Lannaman;, Redemptive Storyteller Award, Redemptive Film Festival (2008), 1
The Lagahoo Trinidad and Tobago 2018 9 PG English According to Caribbean folklore, the Lagahoo is a mythical, shapeshifting monster that is said to roam lonely areas at night while stalking their prey. Many people tell the tale of hearing the sound of heavy chains dragging in the bushes while they walked home, as the Lagahoo stalked them… a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:749:"19-year-old Riyadh Rahaman is a Trinidadian filmmaker with a passion for creating quality, local content that ranges from a variety of different genres, and is most notably known for his work in comedy. He graduated from St. Stephen's College in 2018 and is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a fulltime filmmaker, hoping to produce local TV shows and feature-length movies in the coming years. He has gained an internet presence and substantial fanbase with his Youtube channel "Riyality Studio" and is the Writer, Director & Host of the TV sketch comedy series "The Riyality Show". His short film "Paranoia: Crime In Trinidad and Tobago" screened at The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2018 and was nominated for The People's Choice Award.";}} 1
Langston Dreams of Fancy Sailors Trinidad and Tobago 2019 7 14+ English Before he was a poet, Langston Hughes was a sailor who crossed boundaries in more ways than one. ‘Langston Dreams of Fancy Sailors’ is a film poem in five parts which explores questions surrounding Hughes’ sexuality as well as his ties to the Black Diaspora outside of the US. It is not well-known that Hughes had links to countries such as Trinidad—with its Fancy Sailor Carnival tradition inspired by the influx of US navy figures after World War II—and Nigeria, where he experienced gay sex for the first time, according to his biographer. Building upon accounts of Hughes’ dealings with seamen and key figures of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as his travels in Italy, this experimental film aims to mirror how fraught questions surrounding Hughes’ queerness have come to be sidelined, and the story of his life conveniently reconstructed in order to fit a heteronormative narrative. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Andre Bagoo";s:9:"biography";s:65:"Andre Bagoo is a poet, writer and journalist working in Trinidad.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
Last Street Jamaica, Spain 2019 62 No Rating English After the controversial extradition to the USA of the infamous druglord, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, chaos reigns in his former areas of control in West Kingston, Jamaica. Bands of teenagers kill each other for any little reason. Although violence in Jamaica is always portrayed as drug-related, ‘Last Street’ unveils a real truth which links a culture of violence to masculinity and shooting guns. Most of the young people from the ghetto don’t even know why they kill each other, but they are trapped in this cycle of violence. Former gangsters from Denham Town, Dudu´s previous stronghold, have become violence interrupters, a type of mediator, attempting to put an end to this nonsense situation. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Amanda Sans Pantling";s:9:"biography";s:606:"Amanda Sans Pantling is a director, screenwriter and producer working in the field of creative documentary. With a background in journalism, her work has taken her across the globe. She has written and directed a number of films, both for cinema and TV, among them “Songs of Redemption”, awarded at several international film festivals. Based between Barcelona (Spain) and Jamaica, her films address a wide range of topics, with a special focus on social, cultural and artistic issues. She also enjoys exploring the Jamaican culture and society. “Last Street” is her fourth film shot in the island.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Lifted Trinidad and Tobago 2019 featurette 25 No Rating English and Spanish with subtitles Trinidad and Tobago is home to over 7,000 asylum-seekers and refugees, including parents who have fled to protect themselves and their children. Set against a frank conversation about diversity in Trinidad and Tobago, ‘Lifted’ follows a day in the lives of a refugee family as they journey to a Moko Jumbie lesson. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:300:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad & Tobago. He spent the last decade filming Caribbean documentaries about social issues. His trilogy of Jamaican documentaries travelled all around the world. He is also a photographer and produces commercials with his company T&T ROCKS.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
The Dead Zone Trinidad and Tobago 2019 20 No Rating English Allison thought that her trip to her best friend Tracey’s home for her bridal shower was going to be a blast. But when her car shuts down on the way there is a remote forest area, what began as a fun, relaxing trip quickly turns into a real-life nightmare as she finds herself in a fight for her life.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Clint Onassis";s:9:"biography";s:401:"Clint Onassis is an enthusiast filmmaker from Trinidad and Tobago. He has written, directed and acted as camera operator on all of his films. His passion for film started at an early age, and he has been seriously pursuing it for the last several years now. He enjoys working with others to create something fresh and exciting and loves the opportunity to work on new projects with like-minded people.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Jill Walker: An Artistic Life Barbados 2017 55 No Rating English The renowned artist, Jill Walker, has made a unique contribution to her adopted island of Barbados through a magnificent outpouring of artistic work over seven decades – oil paintings, water colors, prints, graphic design and illustrated books. “Jill Walker: An Artistic Life” traces her early years in England as a budding artist and her successful career as a portrait painter and theatre costume designer for, among others, the Stratford and National Theatres. A chance visit in the 1950s to Guyana (then British Guiana) started her on a romantic and exciting life in the Caribbean and her eventual residence on the island of Barbados with architect husband Jimmy Walker. Her paintings of the rich and colorful life and architecture of her adopted home have become hugely popular and people around the world treasure their Jill Walker paintings. Jill says in the film, “I have always thought I had a rather quiet life, rarely looking back, seldom looking forward. However, since I was persuaded by my family to produce my book and this film, I realize it has been the most fabulous life, and I have been extremely lucky.” Awards: Best Director, Best Sound and Best Long Doc, Barbados Visual Media Festival 2018(VIMAS) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Penelope Hynam";s:9:"biography";s:1269:"Penny Hynam is managing director of Sea Weaver Productions Inc. She has had a 25-year career in Canada in film and television at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and CITY television, co-founded the documentary production company Mobius Productions which produced a variety of documentaries for clients, and worked as a script supervisor/ continuity on the set of over 40 movies and television dramas. She was the founding assistant director of Norman Jewison’s world-class Centre for Advanced Film Studies in Toronto. In Barbados from 1992, she was director of the Barbados National Trust and project director on George Washington House and Museum, and continued to work in filmmaking, writing, producing, co-producing and/or directing several films: “Chattel House” with Gladstone Yearwood, “George Washington in Barbados”, “A Day in a Bajan Life”, a series of 10 short film portraits directed and shot by Pelle Hybbinette and “Barbados Surfer Girl” an award-winning documentary on the Barbadian champion surfer Chelsea Tuach. She recently co-directed a workshop on television production for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and runs workshops on film producing. She was the founding president of the Barbados Film and Video Association.    ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Jai Trinidad and Tobago 2019 23 No Rating English The eldest of 10 children, Kemraj Singh served as the father figure of the Singh household. The first commercial airline pilot in the village, the BWIA Captain and entrepreneur was well-loved in Kelly Village by all, and devoutly admired by his young sister, Prematie, whom he would go on to groom into adulthood through teaching her values, supporting her education, and assisting her in becoming a qualified pharmacist. They led what seemed like the perfect life, until one night in 1988 when there was a break-in at the Singh house, and Kemraj was tragically murdered.    a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Yasha Hanoomansingh";s:9:"biography";s:512:"Yasha Hanoomansingh is a 21-year-old filmmaker who is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. She has worked on various film projects as a writer, director, actor, editor, and videographer.  Early exposure to cameras and the art of filmmaking via Yasha's father has had a lasting effect on her interests. She has chosen to also pursue film at a tertiary level, where she hopes to learn even more about the field and hone her craft. ";s:10:"photograph";s:70:"";}} 1
Jab Molassie Trinidad and Tobago 2018 7 No Rating English ‘Jab Molassie’ was conceptualized and composed by Etienne Charles as part of his latest album, ‘Carnival: The Sound of a People’. The film shows Charles as he is exposed to the sights, sounds, and movements of Jab Molassie in Paramin and Port of Spain, highlighting the myriad influences that inspired this composition. Initially, the footage was only used by the composer to inspire sounds. The idea for the film came after the music had been composed and recorded to increase awareness and impact. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Nunes";s:9:"biography";s:391:"Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with a special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and performing artists through both still images and film making.  A significant part of her work is the photography of the work of carnival artists. Her first book "In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers", was published by Robert and Christopher Publishers in 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Iron Trinidad and Tobago 2019 5 No Rating English ‘Jab Molassie’ was conceptualized and composed by Etienne Charles as part of his latest album, “Carnival: The Sound of a People”. “Iron” shows Charles as he is exposed to the sights, sounds and movements of Jab Molassie in Paramin and Port of Spain, highlighting the myriad influences that inspired this composition. Initially, the footage was only used by the composer to inspire sounds. The idea for the film came after the music had been composed and recorded to increase awareness and impact.    a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Nunes";s:9:"biography";s:393:"Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with a special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and performing artists through both still images and film making.  A significant part of her work is the photography of the work of carnival artists. Her first book "In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers", was published by Robert and Christopher Publishers in 2018. ";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
No Me Olvidaré de Ti (I Will Not Forget You) USA 2019 12 No Rating English Still struggling with loss, a caring father and his daughter are moved by the Christmas spirit to connect with their Puerto Rican roots by reaching out to victims of the hurricane. Awards: Inspirational Award, Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Laila Petrone";s:9:"biography";s:955:"Laila Petrone is an Italian/Dominican filmmaker. Born in the UK, she was raised between Rome and Los Angeles. As a child of an actress, she spent most of her youth on Italian film sets. Laila went on to study International Affairs (John Cabot University) and Media and Communications (University of Florence). In 2007, she appeared as Pina in Spike Lee's “Miracle at St. Anna”. The experience inspired her to pursue a career behind the camera. In the following years, Laila worked as an assistant director and producer. In 2014, Laila's directorial debut, “Your Love”, premiered at Urban World Film Festival in NYC. The short was awarded "Best of Festival" at the Black Women Film Network Summit in Atlanta and was selected to screen on Aspire TV as part of the ABFF Independent series’ short films program. She recently completed her second short film, “No me olvidaré de ti”, conceived in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"é-de-ti_director.jpg";}} 1
Gade! (Look!) Haiti-France 2014 57 No Rating French and Creole with English subtitles Through the work of the artist and photographer Paolo Woods, settled in Haiti since 2010, “Gade!” questions the vision of foreigners in Haiti, as well as the way Haitians see themselves.  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Hermane Desorme";s:9:"biography";s:378:"Cinematographer, poet, musician and fashion designer, Hermane Desorme was born in Jacmel, South-East of Haiti, in 1988. He graduated from Cine Institute, Haiti’s school of cinematography, in 2010. Since then, he has directed short films, taken part in various art exhibitions, participated in slam and poetry workshops and founded Zantray, a theatre company, in Jacmel, Haiti.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"";}} 1
Hidden World Suriname 2018 32 No Rating Auccaans with subtitles Father Amoksi has the gift of seeing – he can tap into the spirit world – in the remote Maroon village of ‘Akuyutu Kondre’. The spiritual rituals must be strictly adhered to in order to avoid conflict with the ancestors. But Amoksi is old, and the Maroons fear that without him, contact with the ancestors will be broken and disaster will strike the village. Amoksi knows it’s time to transfer his knowledge onto his son, Michael, but he is only interested in his iPhone. Although Michael is not the desired successor, there is unexpected hope for the preservation of this unique culture.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Kenrich Cairo";s:9:"biography";s:737:"The fifth child in a family of eight, Kenrich Cairo was born in 1972 in the town of Moengo, Suriname. At a relatively young age, he moved to Paramaribo with his parents, where he received a secondary education and successfully completed studies in dental technology. Far from his Maroon roots, he has nevertheless developed the love and urge to know more about his origins and culture. Because of the beauty, depth, and mystery within Maroon culture, he studied the winti teachings and lifestyle. The urge to archive his culture led him, as a layman, to 8mm video and photography. He saw Doculab 8 for 40 as an opportunity to be taught the intricacies of filmmaking. Thanks to that new knowledge, the film "Hidden World" is a fact today.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Guavas for the Road Martinique 2018 47 All Ages French with English subtitles Back in the 1960s, Pierrette left Martinique to seek a new life in Paris. She participated in the making of a TV documentary about the city’s community of Caribbean residents – a film she never saw. Now an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s, Pierrette returns to her homeland, with her adult son, for the last time. Awards: 2018: Best documentary (RCM ATRIUM/ Martinique) 2018: Memorial Acte Prize (CINESTAR/ Guadeloupe) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jil Servant";s:9:"biography";s:689:"From Martinique and Djibouti, Jil Servant has been making documentary films for over 15 years. His work mixes identity and societal issues, historical research, and cultural practices. In 2002, he directed "A strange arrival" bought by Forum des Images (Paris), in 2004 "Seasickness", selected at Vues d'Afrique (Montreal) and FIFIG (Groix), in 2005, "The pride of being a Negro woman", selected at Fémi (Guadeloupe), in 2006, "Nation, place des Antilles", in 2009, "Chinese immigration to West Indies-Guyana", in 2014, "Eda's Choice". All these films have been broadcast on RFO, ATV, TV5, Trace TV or KTO."Guavas for the Road", completed in 2017, is his latest documentary project.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
A Creative’s Story Trinidad and Tobago 2019 20 No Rating English ‘A Creative’s Story’ explores Trinidad & Tobago society’s views about non-traditional career choices. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Antonio Wallace";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Antonio Wallace is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production & Film Studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Inspired by many, Antonio has decided he would like to further his interests as a photographer and videographer, so he can tell a different story with great perspective. He also aims to create more documentaries in his future.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Grace and Saleem Trinidad and Tobago 2019 95 14+ English An unintended road trip, a comical first dinner and an awkward meeting of families on Christmas day all encompass Grace and Saleem’s story of an unlikely couple told via three distinctive chapters of their relationship together.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jian Hennings ";s:9:"biography";s:596:"A writer/director from Trinidad and Tobago, Jian Hennings first explored his interest in the divergent cultural identities that make up his country within his feature-length student film Back to Freeport (2017). He continues this exploration into personal connections via individuals from significantly different cultural backgrounds, now encompassed within the romantic story of Grace & Saleem (2019). Jian hopes to continue his exploration of social/cultural connection within his beautifully distinctive island home of Trinidad and Tobago via continued experimentation and a deep love of film.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Goyave Martinique 2018 28 PG French with English subtitles Grégory Beauville is a 40-year-old ‘Goyave (Guava) béké seeking his place in society and living a tense relationship with his father. Everything gets complicated when Grégory develops suspicions towards his father as a general strike is occurring in Martinique. Awards: Best Cinematography, Chelsea Film Festival 2018 (New York) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:29:"Nènèb and Christophe Agelan";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Nènèb and Christophe Agelan are Martinican filmmakers. Loving words and poetry since forever (Neneb is a SLAM Champion in Martinique), they have been writing for TV shows, virtual reality content, and movies for the last five years.  Professional screenwriters, Nènèb and Christophe use humorous or dramatic situations and different genres to serve Caribbean stories with universal potential. “Goyave” is their fourth short film.      ";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"";}} 1
Welterusten Papa (Goodnight Daddy) Curaçao 2018 65 PG Papiamentu, Dutch with English subtitles ‘Welterusten Papa’ (Goodnight Daddy) provides several perspectives and unique insights of fathers that live on an island that has been characterized as having a macho culture, where mothers have a say, whereas fathers are not always around to take care of their kids. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sharelly Emanuelson";s:9:"biography";s:703:"Sharelly Emanuelson (1986) is a filmmaker based in the Dutch Caribbean. She acquired her B.A. in Audiovisual Media from the School of Arts, Utrecht, followed by an M.A. in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Her early documentary film “Su Solo I Playanan” (2010) won an audience award at the 'Africa in the Picture' film festival (2012) and was screened at several film festivals and public debate platforms. In addition to her films and video installations she founded “Uniarte”, a non-profit, artists led organization on Curacao and the Netherlands that works to contribute to a fertile and sustainable environment for art to flourish in a contemporary Caribbean context.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Ghett’a Life Jamaica 2011 104 16+ A ghetto teenager battles against the odds to become a boxing champion. Awards: The Hartley-Merrill Int. Screenwriting Award, Cannes Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Chris Browne";s:9:"biography";s:999:"Born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Christopher Browne grew up living the simple life; no telephones, and no television until he was twelve. He was schooled at De Carteret College, Mandeville, Jamaica and later in England and the United States. Upon finishing his studies in 1984, he returned to Jamaica to work for various foreign film companies which used Jamaica as a location. He was the 2nd assistant editor on “Club Paradise” (1985) and assistant art director on “Cocktail” (1988). Browne directed his first feature film, “Third World Cop”, in 1999 (which he also co-wrote for Palm Pictures) and it premiered at TIFF. Browne’s second feature, “Ghett’a Life”, was the Grand Prize Winner of The Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2006. “Ghett’a Life” was released in 2011. Browne is currently in development on his next film, “The Tenth and Final’ a rural love story set in the turbulent world of horse racing in Jamaica.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Zo Vrij als een Vogel (Free as a bird) Curaçao 2018 27 All Ages Dutch with English subtitles For more than 50 years, 82-year-old artist, Rotterdam born, Geerdine Kuijpers has been living and working in a self-designed and built creative paradise: the Art & Nature Inn. The once flourishing apartment complex has become a beautiful, magical garden, full of mosaics and paintings – a place where spirituality can be felt. Geerdine doesn’t want to think about stopping, but what does the future hold for the Art & Nature Inn? Will her philosophy behind the spiritual work of art stand the test of time?  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sharelly Emanuelson";s:9:"biography";s:759:"Born and raised in the Dutch Caribbean, Sharelly Emanuelson studied film in the Netherlands and returned home to tell universal and intimate stories from the Dutch Caribbean islands and the larger Caribbean region. Her films and film installations have been screened at different festivals and events internationally. Apart from winning the audience award in 2011 at Africa in the Picture film festival, she received the Master award at KABK in 2014 and just recently received the encouragement spotlight Award of 2018. Emanuelson is also the founder of Uniarte, a non-profit, artists-led organization in Curaçao and The Netherlands, that works to contribute to a fertile and sustainable environment for art to flourish in a contemporary Caribbean context. ";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
From South Korea to T&T Trinidad and Tobago 2019 36 PG From South Korea to T&T is a 2018 documentary film about the Korean presence in Trinidad and Tobago as well as its fan culture. It highlights the existence of the fandom and its growth in the country; bringing about more knowledge on the culture through various interviews and talks about the challenges the fandom faces in trying to fit into society. At the time of filming, the members were criticised and experienced cyberbullying through social media due to the ignorance of fellow citizens who simply didn’t understand and/or refused to. The documentary attempts to pinpoint the reasons for the rejection of the culture in order to address it. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Sarah Sobrian";s:9:"biography";s:220:"Graduating Film Production and Film Studies Student from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. She is passionate about storytelling, learning new cultures and learning more about people and society.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Umar Nobbee";s:9:"biography";s:248:"Graduating Film Production and Film Studies Student from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. Writing and Cinematography are his two favorite aspects of the filmmaking process and he hopes to be a best-selling author one day.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
From Gangsta to Pastor Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary featurette 51 No Rating English ‘From Gangsta to Pastor’ chronicles the life of Gary Grant, a one-time gangster turned pastor who works to help the community he once hurt. Born and raised in Laventille his troubled childhood led him down the path of crime.  Abandoned by his father he found protection and power in the strength of a gang. After years of living on the wrong side of the law, doing jail time and seeing many of his friends die too young – he made the choice to turn his life around.  Now working hard to help hot spot communities, he also seeks to keep young offenders from going down a similar path, by telling his story he hopes to keep others from making the mistakes he did. Having many unresolved questions about his father’s absence – he decides to get some answers and closure from his father. While involved in crime he himself was unable to be a good husband or father to his three daughters.  Now that his life has turned around he is trying to be a better father – especially to his youngest son Elijah. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:299:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad & Tobago. He spent the last decade filming Caribbean documentaries about social issues. His trilogy of Jamaican documentaries traveled all around the world. He is also a photographer and produces commercials with his company T&T ROCKS.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
The Flight Martinique 2018 4 PG ‘The Flight’ tells the story of the journey of a climate refugee after hurricane Maria. Awards: Best Caribbean Animation Short Film (Kingston); Achievement in animation Awards, Silicon Valley African Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:58:"Alain Bidard is an award-winning director from Martinique.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Dominica: Experience an Island Reborn Dominica 2019 5 No Rating An exploration of the devastation wrought to Dominica by Hurricane Maria and nature’s recovery. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Derek Galon";s:9:"biography";s:891:"Derek Galon studied classical music, arts, and photography, also filming with an 8mm camera. He requisitioned the family bathroom to serve as darkroom! Already in his teens, he was winning awards and exhibiting works, while simultaneously continuing his education and giving concerts. With university studies completed, he further pursued his professional career in the arts. After arriving in Canada from Europe, he expanded his professional interests to include multimedia and holography and collaborated on a production of animated 3D holograms. But photography and filming still remain his strongest passion. And, he keeps photographing… and then, filming… and photographing... (now for over forty years!) Derek has made his mark during the last four decades as an internationally recognized architecture and commercial photographer while creating his own art images along the way. ";s:10:"photograph";s:112:"";}} 1
De Fisheries Barbados 2018 15 All Ages English Fishing is more than an occupation, it’s a way of life. Barbados, a nation fueled by the passion and hard work of fisherfolk, is home to a rich fishing culture. In recent times, the industry continues to be threatened by many issues including the impact of climate change. This thought-provoking short film amplifies the voices of local fisherfolk and tells the story of declines in catches and observations of environmental change as well as the passion to support sustainable livelihood and hopes for the future. ‘De Fisheries’, a cry from the lips of the most vulnerable, is the beginning of a movement that will facilitate change. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Clish A. Gittens";s:9:"biography";s:338:"Clish Gittens is a visual anthropologist who realized the lived experiences and stories of Caribbean people are quite unique. Livelihoods, culture, habitats and environmental impacts vary from island to island, and the lens allows him to share those stories and celebrate Caribbean sustainability and culture from an island perspective. ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Cuban Canvas Usa, Cuba 2018 15 All Ages Spanish with English subtitles ‘Cuban Canvas’ is an intriguing intergenerational story of artists in Havana whose works hang in museums and galleries worldwide. They experiment with form, content, and bold visions. The film traces the enduring lines between art and life.    a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kavery Kaul";s:9:"biography";s:760:"Kavery Kaul is an award-winning documentary director whose projects have been screened in theaters and on television. Her work has been screened at numerous international festivals, including Telluride, Rotterdam, London, DOC NYC, Sydney, in India, Japan, Burkina Faso, and Italy. Born in India and brought up in the USA, Kaul’s cultural background is unbounded. Her credits include “Back Walking Forward”, “Long Way from Home” a Time Out, Booklist, and Film Threat Critic’s Pick; and the critically acclaimed “One Hand Don’t Clap”. A TEDx speaker on the importance of stories that connect people, Kaul received a Fulbright Fellowship, the Best Cultural Film Award (Havana), and a Proclamation of Excellence from New York City for her work. ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Cry Trinidad and Tobago 2017 1 All Ages English A young girl experiences a life-changing encounter with nature. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ayesha Jordan";s:9:"biography";s:334:"Ayesha Jordan is a Trinidad and Tobago filmmaker with a number of short films under her belt, including “Domestic Disturbance”, “Outdated”, “Last Night”, “Raindrops on my Head” and “Trash to Treasure”. Jordan also won first place in the TT Smartphone Film Festival (2015) with her film “Good Ole Days”.   ";s:10:"photograph";s:70:"";}} 1
Clair Obscur Martinique 2018 5 PG The journey of a man from the light to the darkness. Awards Best Animation, Sweet as Film Festival; Best Short Film, 12 Months Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:58:"Alain Bidard is an award-winning director from Martinique.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Carnival: The Sound of the People Trinidad and Tobago 2018 5 All Ages English Carnival: The Sound of the People explores the inspiration behind musician Etienne Charles’ latest album. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Nunes";s:9:"biography";s:381:"Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with a special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and performing artists through both still images and filmmaking. A significant part of her work is photographing the work of carnival artists. Her first book In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers, was published by Robert and Christopher Publishers in 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Calcutta to the Caribbean: An Indian Journey Trinidad and Tobago 2014 29 No Rating English An exploration of the Indian presence in Trinidad and Tobago. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Gideon Hanoomansingh";s:9:"biography";s:90:"Gideon Hanoomansingh is a senior TV producer, journalist, and former CNN News contributor.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Botoman: Métier Piroguier (Botoman: Pirogue Driver) French Guiana 2017 53 PG-13 French and Sranan Tongo with English subtitles The film, like a road movie, follows Seke’s departure from Saint-Laurent du Maroni (French Guiana). He travels more than 300km and three days to get to the village of Antecume-Pata, in Native American territory. Once the deliveries have been made, the region of Maroni is revealed little by little, a micro country, often traditional, which runs into illegal prospecting for gold.  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Didier Urbain";s:9:"biography";s:442:"Born in Paris, Didier Urbain lives in French Guiana for 20 years. Journalist, reporter, film director, and producer, he is the chair of the Pôle Image du Maroni (Centre for education in the visual image and training in audiovisual disciplines). He is currently organizing the 1st edition of the Fifac, the Amazonia-Carib International documentary Film Festival, which be held on October 14-18, 2019 in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"";}} 1
Charlie’s Records USA 2019 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary feature 110 PG English Rawlston Charles emigrated from Tobago to the USA in December 1967. Living in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NY, Charles had a vision to promote calypso and soca music and its artists to the world through his record store, Charlie’s Calypso City, and music label, Charlie’s Records. “Charlie’s Records” reveals the American immigrant story of an unsung hero. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Tina Charles";s:9:"biography";s:294:"First-time filmmaker, Tina Charles, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and six-time WNBA All Star for the New York Liberty. Charles is the founder of Hopey’s Heart Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest through the placement of Automated External Defibrillators.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Enjaulados (Caged) Mexico 2019 12 No Rating Spanish with English subtitles An elderly couple, with faith as their engine, live in forgotten rural Mexico. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Pamela Velazquez";s:9:"biography";s:331:"A lover of nature, different cultures, and social studies, Pamela Velazquez is a filmmaker who is dedicated to exposing current affairs and social issues in her films. She has written and directed several short films that have been praised at festivals around the world. She is currently working on her feature film "The no-place."";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"";}} 1
La Isla Rota (Broken Island) Dominican Republic 2018 98 18+ Spanish and French Creole with English subtitles Guy, a Haitian boy escaping from poverty, witnesses the assassination of his parents while crossing the Dominican border. Years later, entangled in a vortex of revenge, love, racial hate, and an uncertain future, he confronts the murderers. Alex North Award for Best Original Music; San Cristobal de la Laguna Historical Accesit; Best Historical Movie Award   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Félix Germán";s:9:"biography";s:767:"In 1983, he studied directing at NY's HB studio, being a student of figures such as Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine Page, and Sandy Dennis, among others. In 2005, he studied Film Screenplay at the Maine Media Photographic Workshop. He made several documentaries and short films, among them is "El Fufu," winner of the award for best short film at the Ibero-American Short Film Festival in Valencia, Spain; as well as several of Juan Bosch's short stories, "Luis Pie", "En un Bohío", "El Alma Bella de Don Damian", "A Todo un Hombre" and two half films, "El Trabucazo" and the "Grito de Capotillo". In 2005, he made his first feature film, "The Curse of Father Cardona", starring Zoe Saldaña. He is currently the General Director of Fine Arts in the Dominican Republic. ";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
Breakthrough USA 2018 104 PG English ‘Breakthrough’, tells the story of a young aspiring ballet dancer (Heaven) who is destined for greatness. Her mother (Faith) is a single parent; facing many challenges of her own as she supports her daughter’s passion. Her father (Jared) financially supports her; however (Jared) has found new love and is engaged to be married. Her grandmother (Grace) is the glue that keeps the family together. Heaven’s journey takes a turn for the worse when she is forced to call the police on her mother’s abusive boyfriend (William). Despite the circumstance, Heaven must cope with the reality of her family’s struggles while pursuing her dreams. This is a very sensitive subject in our society that women are faced with every single day. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Charmin Lee";s:9:"biography";s:637:""Bread and buttered" in Denver Colorado, Charmin Lee is most known for her role as "Maya’s mom, Jeanette," on Girlfriends. Since then, her career has continued to soar with big-screen credits such as “Alvin and the Chipmunks (road trip)”, “5th Wave”, “Extra-Curricular Activities”, and “Curve Ball”. Ms. Lee has numerous television credits and she can currently be found on CBS every Saturday morning as crime lab director, Dr. Georgia Darby in “The Inspectors”. She is the CEO of Total Package Entertainment (TPE), a production company making anything from demo reels, music videos, commercials, and feature films.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Black Indians France, USA 2018 92 PG Fench with English subtitles For more than 150 years a culture from both natives and black slaves full of energies and colors takes place in New Orleans each year for Mardi Gras: the Black Indians Carnival. With the Whashitaw Nation and his « Big Chief » David Montana, we travel through a particular History of the USA during the preparation of this event. “The black Indians are the most poetic form of resistance to segregation and slavery of the African Americans. “ a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jo Béranger";s:9:"biography";s:140:"Director Jo Béranger has filmed the human being through the world and time. She passed away in 2015. “Black Indians” was her last film.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Hugues Poulain";s:9:"biography";s:332:"Hugues Poulain was born in 1965 into a family of artists. He studied at the art school of Angers, then the Louis Lumière School and became a cinematographer. He works for Lardux Films as well as noted directors, Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern. In 2017, he released his first film as a director, “Itinéraire d'un braqueur. "";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Edith Patrouilleau";s:9:"biography";s:244:"Edith Patrouilleau is an activist with a focus on the natives' cause. In the 1970s, she fought with the American Indian Movement, then contributed to the creation of the CSIA-Nitassinan in 1977. She continues to defend Amerindians rights today.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
The Business of Carnival Trinidad and Tobago 2019 24 All Ages English The Business Of Carnival™ is a web-based series created by Entertainment & Sports Lawyer Carla Parris and it is the first Caribbean entertainment law & business web product. It has been designed to educate persons based in the Caribbean and across the world about the Intellectual Property law and business matters associated with the creative sector and carnival industry. It has also been created to stimulate entrepreneurship and support innovation by providing persons with the tools to create long term revenue and sustainable business ventures. The series also demystifies some of the common misconceptions concerning copyright law and the ownership of creative products such as carnival designs, costumes, and events in an attempt to minimize the exploitation that is rampant within the creative industry. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Juliette McCawley";s:9:"biography";s:644:"An award-winning writer, director, and producer for 14 years, Juliette McCawley’s films have been screened at festivals in China, England, Trinidad, Australia, Cuba, and Canada. She has been producing writing and directing short and feature films and documentaries as well as corporate videos in Shanghai, London, and Trinidad. Her clients included several Fortune 500 companies such as Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, Everlast, and JCB.   Most recently she was a co-producer on the feature film “The Cutlass” which won awards for People’s Choice and Best Feature Film at the trinidad+tobago film festival and is now on Amazon Prime. ";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Brasil Dominican Republic 2018 14 PG Spanish with English subtitles A woman in her fifties who works as a maid in a motel awaits news from her daughter, who lives in Brazil.  Cinalfama 2nd City In Film Award; IFFIC Best National Short Film a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Erik Alfredo Martínez";s:9:"biography";s:181:"Born in Santiago de los Caballeros in 1996, Erik Alfredo Martínez is a filmmaker and animator. In 2019, he graduated from the film program at the Altos De Chavón School Of Design.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Black Echo III: Bamboo Trinidad and Tobago 2018 6 All Ages English ‘Black Echo III: Bamboo’ is the third movement of a composition by Etienne Charles as part of his newest album “Carnival: The Sound of a People”. The suite highlights the evolution of sonic identity in Trinidad & Tobago due to suppression by the British Colonial Authorities in the 19th century. In this movement, Charles goes to Claxton Bay to record the legendary group Claxton Bay Tamboo Bamboo. The footage was recorded for Charles to work with during his composition process. The film was constructed to showcase the inspirations and research behind the musical creation.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Nunes";s:9:"biography";s:388:"Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with a special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and performing artists through both still images and filmmaking.  A significant part of her work is the photography of the work of carnival artists. Her first book In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers, was published by Robert and Christopher Publishers in 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Big Man Dan Trinidad and Tobago 2019 4 All Ages English Sheila calls on her brave husband, Dan, for help when she spots a cockroach in their bathroom. But when the roach flies, Dan loses all sense and imagines that the roach is a kung-fu master who he must fight with all his might to protect his defenceless wife. After observing Dan’s approach to tackling the roach problem, Sheila decides to handle the pest herself.  a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kafi Kareem";s:9:"biography";s:642:"Kafi Kareem is an emerging writer/director with two family-friendly shorts under her belt. She won the trinidad+tobago film festival’s (ttff) Caribbean Film Mart where her feature film pitch was selected by a panel of Hollywood industry professionals as the strongest for development and production. Having gained script development experience as a reader at boutique literary management companies Radmin Company and Madhouse Entertainment, Kafi’s career background includes positions in family content programming, curation and online video publishing for kids’ content powerhouses Disney and PBS, in addition to Pluto TV.        -";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Shane Young Sing";s:9:"biography";s:332:"Shane Young Sing is a passionate animator with a love for bringing Great characters to life. Having animated for some of the most prominent animation companies in Trinidad & Tobago, he is the recipient of the 2012 Animae Caribe award for Best Caribbean Animation. He has animated for the Disney Channel series, “LoliRock”.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Battledream Chronicles: A New Beginning Martinique 2018 24 All Ages Syanna, a young female slave, must escape from a Caribbean cyber-plantation. 23 awards including Golden Galaxy Award, Virgin Spring Cinefest and Golden Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:58:"Alain Bidard is an award-winning director from Martinique.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba Cuba 2019 49 No Rating Spanish with English subtitles What do “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They all high-jacked AfroBeats without giving the genre’s origin its props. “Bakosó” follows DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from new sounds. While there, Jigüe finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called, Bakosó, which makes beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film shows the technology, culture, and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion. Audience Award at the 2019 KA Pan African Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi";s:9:"biography";s:492:"Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is graduate of UC Berkeley, he received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Eli is an award-winning filmmaker and currently directs FistUp.TV. His work has circulated through the National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel and PBS. He is the co-founder of the multimedia project "Defend Puerto Rico. " His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film.    ";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"";}} 1
Arts of Conflict: The Discourse of Notting Hill United Kingdom 2019 66 PG English London’s Notting Hill Carnival is coming under increasing pressure and attacks from the British press, politicians, police and local residents who consider it an event of a conflict. “Arts of Conflict” is the story of the controversial event, from its birth out of the 1950s London race riots, to its present-day controversies that see it perceived as a Carnival of violence, the film focuses on its arts and the dark past from which it emerged, and seeks to open up the discourse into Carnival’s significance and meaning.  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";s:9:"biography";s:714:"Tony studied for his film degree at the University of West London and is the co-founder of a small London-based film production company, Blackstone Valentine Films. Tony's first love was cinematography and he is a self-shooting Producer/ Director. During 2016, he made his directorial debuts with his fiction feature “The Last Kill”, and the documentary “Diva”, which competed for Best Documentary at ttff/16. Both were made on micro budgets with minimal crews. In May 2019, Tony completed his second documentary examining Notting Hill Carnival. He is presently completing a Masters of Research, examining Cinema in the Anglophone Caribbean, with Guyana and Trinidad forming his two central case studies. ";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Amazones: L’Art de Revivre (Amazons: The Art of Coming Alive Again) Martinique 2017 27 No Rating French with English subtitles How to live after cancer? With a group of Amazon women in Martinique, Alexandra is conducting a double reconstruction, physical and moral. She alternates surgical operations and the realization of portraits of Amazona made by photographic artists. Art becomes a kind of therapy and a way of breaking taboos. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Vianney Sotes ";s:9:"biography";s:619:"Vianney Sotes is passionate about photography and video. She moved to Martinique in 2002 where she teamed up with Laure Martin Hernandez and co-directed several films that address cultural and artistic themes. In 2017, she co-directed the film, "Amazones, The Art of Coming Alive Again", a very personal film that addresses the subject of post-breast cancer rebuilding, by following her companion over several months. In 2018, she co-directed a 52 min documentary, "L'Homme Droit", with journalist William Zébina, and is currently co-directing the documentary, "Scolopendres et papillons", with Laure Martin Hernandez.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Laure Martin Hernandez";s:9:"biography";s:526:"Laure Martin Hernandez is a director, documentary filmmaker and journalist. She lives in Martinique where she is interested in artistic expressions, questions of Creole societies and ecology. Several of her films have been selected for festivals in the Caribbean (Terra Festival, Guadeloupe; Cinécolo Haiti; Documentary Month of Martinique). She regularly works with Vianney Sotès with whom she has co-directed six films, including "Amazones, the Art of Coming Alive Again" in 2017 and "Scolopendres et Papillons" in 2019.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Between Us USA, South Korea 2018 11 No Rating English, Korean On a sunny summer’s day, an engaged Korean woman reconnects with her former beau – a charming Afro-Caribbean man – in the streets of Insadong, South Korea. After spending a glorious day catching up on old times, tensions surface when he seeks answers to the question of why they broke up. Even after dredging up past hurts that derailed their romance, he begs her to give their love a second chance, leaving her to reconsider her chosen path. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Hyojin Park";s:9:"biography";s:454:"Hyojin Park was born and raised in South Korea. Her theatrical career began with Kimkapsoo's The World of Actors on Korean Broadway. Her credits include “My Mom”, “The Curtain Call for Her”, “White Wind” and “Seoul Terror”. Her film career includes “3,000”, and other notable works such as “Homework”, “Two Faces” and “My First Love”. Hyojin Park is an Acting MFA ‘19 candidate at The New School of Drama, New York, USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Y Castigo (And Punishment) Dominican Republic 2016 10 No Rating Spanish with English subtitles Based on the first chapter of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel, Crime and Punishment, Raddy is a young man who is trying to win the heart of Daniela, an even younger girl. To do this, Raddy thinks that he needs money, so he goes to Sequia, a middle aged man, to sell him a cellphone for a big sum of money. But Sequia, who doesn’t like Raddy, has a different plan. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:27:"Juan José Namnún Tavárez";s:9:"biography";s:560:"Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1979, writer and director Juan José Namnun got his Bachelor’s degree in film studies at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in 2005. In 2013, he got his postgraduate diploma in Complex Thinking and Chaos Theory at Iglobal. Since 2016, he has been a professor of film studies at Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo. Namnun has been nominated as a best writer at Premios La Silla 2019 and Premios Iris Dominicana 2019. Has written two books on film, El tiempo del cine (2015) and Exodo tras la imagen (2016).";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Después de Lucía (After Lucia) Mexico 2012 103 16+ Spanish with English subtitles Alejandra and her dad, Roberto, have just moved to town. She is new at school and he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated, when you’ve left so much behind. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Michel Franco";s:9:"biography";s:882:"Michel Franco was born in Mexico City in 1979. He is a director, screenwriter and producer. His filmography is highlighted in the films "Chronic" (nominated for the Palme d'Or and winner of Best Screenplay at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival) and "After Lucia" (winner of Best Film in Certain Regard, Cannes Festival 2012). As a producer, his work in the film "600 Miles" stands out (directed by Gabriel Ripstein and winner of Best Ópera Prima at the Berlin Festival 2015), as well as in the film "From There" (directed by Lorenzo Vigas, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival 2015). His most recent film “April’s Daughters” was part of the 2017 Cannes International Festival and won the Judges Award, Un Certain Regard. Lucia Films is his production house. Michel was part of the judging committee at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, Biennale Cinema 2017.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Reel Human Rights Films No Rating Each year since it’s inception in 2006, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has been consciously highlighting human rights through films, panels and presentations. On Sunday, September 23, ttff will partner with Grundlos Kollektiv to present ‘Activism Day’, dedicated to discussions and screenings related to LGBQTI, gender, domestic and social issues. (Read more ») Judgement Day Documentary Short / Director: Francesca Hawkins In 2017, Jason Jones, a human rights activist sued the state over colonial-era laws that criminalise sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex. Judgement day is a short documentary that follows emotive events on the day of Justice Devindra Rampersad’s landmark ruling in the legal case, Jason Jones v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago. April 12, 2018, was D-Day for Jason, the LGBTQIA coalition and the supporters of these laws gather outside the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain to await the judgment. I Choose You Narrative Short / Director: Siobhan Millette Seven-year-old Taylor is a child of divorced parents once living comfortably between their two homes. A breakdown in the dynamics of the relationship between his parents results in Taylor now being tasked with choosing the household he wants to live in permanently; a monumental responsibility for such a young child. Please See Attached Narrative Short / Director Andrei Pierre Young and noble Maurice is a Shoe-in to be St. Lucille’s next Vice Principal, however, when the school board steps in to make changes, his alliances come into question and he’s left to make some bold decisions. The film is meant to be a conversation piece; a door opening on little mentioned issues of civil injustice and basic human dignity; of what real friendship means, and the hypocrisy of the well-intentioned and also funny. a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Francesca Hawkins";s:9:"biography";s:286:"Francesca Hawkins works in television news and audiovisual production. She studied film at UWI St Augustine and worked on Seige, the student documentary about hostages held at TTT during 1990’s attempted coup in Trinidad and Tobago, winner of the ttff/09 People’s Choice Award.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Siobhan Millette";s:9:"biography";s:136:"'I Choose You' is Siobhan Milette’s sophomore short film. Her many filmmaking attributes including directing, producing and writing.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andrei Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:279:"Andrei Pierre graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2015 with a BA in Film Production and one in Communication Studies. He is a head writer and content developer on video campaigns for a local social media firm. Bringing drama to the screen is his life’s purpose.";s:10:"photograph";s:59:"";}} 1
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Acting Workshop No Rating 1
Filmco Game Night No Rating 1
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Heart Therapy Exhibition No Rating 1
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Buscando al Zorro (Looking For Zorro) Dominican Republic 2018 80 PG-13 Spanish, with English subtitles Looking for Zorro tells the story of Pablo, who raises his nine-year-old son, Rafael, without the support of his absent wife. Pablo and Rafael must go on a long journey through high mountains searching for ‘Zorro’, their last hope of making a living. During the journey, they encounter situations that test their own turbulent relationship. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Wigner Duarte";s:9:"biography";s:352:"Born in the Dominican Republic, actor and director Wigner Duarte  got his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film production and  Masters degree in Film and Video production with a concentration in directing at City College Of New York. His first short films were Life On Wheels and The Man In The Black Suit.  Buscando Al Zorro is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Y de Pronto el Amanceer (And Suddenly the Dawn) Chile 2017 188 14+ Spanish, with English subtitles After 40 years, Pancho returns to his hometown of Chilean Patagonia, where century-old trees rise above abandoned tombs and the sea, drunk with rain, conceals the roots of men. He draws inspiration from his past for an article that he is writing. He recalls his childhood, the love of his life and the reason he had to flee the town. Sponsored by The Embassy of Chile a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Silvio Caiozzi";s:9:"biography";s:634:"Chilean director Silvio Caiozzi’s first feature film was 1979’s Julio Comienza en Julio (Jules Begins in July). It has been voted Best Chilean Film of the 20th  Century.  Caiozzione of Latin America’s most celebrated directors and has produced and directed La Luna en el Espejo (The Moon in the Mirror) 1990; the first Chilean film chosen and awarded in Official Competition in a Class A Festival (Venice). Caiozzi developed the script for this film together with the world-famous writer José Donoso. Later Caiozzi made the movies Coronación (Coronation) and Cachimba, both based on literary works of the same author.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Una Noche de Calypso (A Night of Calypso) Panama 2017 83 All Ages English + Spanish, with English subtitles Members of the Amistad Group, one of the last active calypso groups in Panama, recount the origins, history and heritage of the genre which originated in Trinidad + Tobago. They recall all of the past Panamanian calypsonians who left their legacy. In the end, they come together for a night of calypso. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Fernando Muñoz";s:9:"biography";s:236:"Fernando Muñoz is from Argentina. He studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. Munoz moved to Panama in 2009, where he has been working in various capacities as a filmmaker. A Night of Calypso is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Pather Panchali India 1955 125 No Rating Hindi, with English subtitles Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreams of a better life for himself and his family and leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. Alone, his wife, looks after her rebellious daughter, Durga, and her young son, Apu, as well as Harihar’s elderly aunt Indir. The children enjoy the small pleasures of their difficult life, while their parents suffer the daily indignities heaped upon them. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Satyajit Ray";s:9:"biography";s:927:"Satyajit Ray directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic.  Pather Panchali (1955), his first film won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar(The World of Apu) (1959) form The Apu Trilogy. Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, a number of additional awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Mamá Colombia 2017 78 16+ Spanish, with English subtitles Victoria is a reserved and independent woman who enjoys her solitude. She has an unexpected visit from her long-lost daughter Sara, who asks her to take care of her 7-year-old granddaughter for a couple of days. This favour will totally change her life. After a shocking event and unforeseen news, Sara comes back home to make things right with her mother. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Phillippe van Hissenhoven";s:9:"biography";s:545:"Phillippe van Hissenhoven studied Film Direction at the Escuela Séptima Ars in Madrid.Today, he is Creative Director at Cine Posible Productions where he has produced pieces for television, advertisement, the internet and recognized multinationals enterprises. Since 2007, he is the Director of the International Independent Film Festival of Villa de Leyva and creator of “Cine Posible” methodology in which more than 1,500 people have been trained in filmmaking. MAMÁ is his debut full-length film as scriptwriter, director and editor.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughters) Mexico 2017 103 16+ Spanish, with English subtitles Seventeen-year-old Valeria, does not want to tell her long-absent mother about her pregnancy but due to the economic strain and overwhelming responsibility, her half-sister, Clara, decides to call their mother. April arrives almost immediately, and her maternal instinct is reignited. Sponsored by The Embassy of Mexico a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Michel Franco";s:9:"biography";s:257:"Michel Franco is a Mexican film director and producer. He founded Lucía Films, where he wrote, directed and produced films like After Lucia, Chronic and April’s Daughter, which have respectively won prizes at the 2012, 2015 and 2017 Cannes Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Johnny 100 Pesos: Twenty Years and a Day Chile 2018 120 18+ Spanish, with English subtitles Johnny is released from jail after serving twenty years and one day for a heist and double murder. Despite trying to turn over a new leaf he ends up participating in a kidnapping plot to recover a large ransom. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Gustavo Graef Marino";s:9:"biography";s:706:"Gustavo Graef Marino is one of Chile’s most acclaimed filmmakers. His original and highly acclaimed take on post-Pinochet Chile, Johnny 100 Pesos, became Chile's highest grossing movie and was selected as its official candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film category in the 1993 Academy Awards, as well as the Spanish Goya Awards that same year. Following international success, it won the Chilean film critics' Best Movie of the Year and went on to obtain worldwide distribution.Gustavo has also directed, wrote and produced big budget movies for Chilean TV like Balmaceda, for which he won the Best Drama Award in the Altazor Television awards. His next T V movie, Prat, reached a record audience.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Carnival Messiah: The Film & Documentary UK 2017 128 PG English Carnival Messiah: The Film & Documentary presents this incredible theatrical production in full. It includes exclusive behind the scenes interviews, from then and now, with Carnival Messiah’s visionary creatives, cast members, the artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Jude Kelly, and also features additional filmed content from Danielle Dieffenthaller. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ashley Karrell";s:9:"biography";s:408:"Ashley Karrell works as a director, filmmaker and photographer in Leeds. His professional career spans over 17 years. As the director of production company Panoptical, his work showcases a broad spectrum including visual art, commercial and experimental video productions, and mass participation pieces. His creativity pursues and explores ideas of community, is socially engaging and internationally minded.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Brown Girl Begins It’s 2049 and a druglord owns the streets of The Burn. Young Ti-Jeanne must choose between her fear of dying like her mother, or harnessing the power of the Caribbean spirits to save her people. Canada 2017 a:2:{i:0;s:7:"fantasy";i:1;s:14:"sciencefiction";} narrative feature 84 PG-13 English It’s 2049 and Toronto the Good has been taken over by the wealthy. A wall has been built around the city and the poor are expelled to an island off the coast, known as The Burn. The segregated Burndwellers have been forced to scrape out a living by bartering, recycling, and farming. Mami is the unspoken leader of the Burn, sharing her Caribbean herb lore and leading her followers in an ancient spiritual practice. Ti-Jeanne turns 19 and the time has come for her to succeed her grandmother and become a Priestess. When Mami tries to prepare her to take part in the same possession ritual that killed her mother, Ti-Jeanne refuses. She flees with her young love Tony to the other side of the Burn in hopes of leaving the spirit business behind. Until – out of the ashes of The Burn, a drug lord rises to take control of the remaining population and uses his right hand, Crack, to torment the Burn dwellers and prepare them for sale to mainlanders as smart slaves. When Crack begins torturing the children of the Burn, Ti-Jeanne can no longer refuse her other-worldly powers as a priestess. She is the only hope to save them. Can Ti-Jeanne handle the power of the spirits she has been so afraid of and save her people, or will her fear kill her? a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sharon Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:342:"Sharon Lewis is a Canadian television personality and film Director from Toronto, Canada. She has also acted in a number of films, including Degrassi: The Next Generation, where she was the mother of Jimmy Brooks, played by the rapper Drake. In 2017, she directed her afrofuturist feature film, Brown Girl Begins, which features David Rudder.";s:10:"photograph";s:70:"";}} Allison Augustin; Danielle Ayow; Measha Brueggergosman; Hannah Chantée; Alli Chung; Rachael Crawford; Joey DeCarle; Sonia Dhillon Tully; Leon Elkaim; Dorett Emanuei; Charles Fowler; Franckie Francois; Howard Gord; Elijha Hammill; Kiki Hammill; Brittany Johnson; Amrit Kaur; Keeya King; Sy Jin Lee; Andy McQueen; Nadin Rizk; David Rudder; Peter Sacco; Ryan Singh; Patrick Sue-Chan; Cameron Switzer; Ronald Tang; Allen Zarnett. browngirlbegins browngirlbegins 1
Bigger than Africa USA 2018 90 All Ages English The most pronounced African Culture of the Diasporas remains the culture of the Yorubas. From Brazil to Trinidad, United States to Cuba, Haiti and across the entire Caribbean. Bigger Than Africa follows the trans-Atlantic slave trade route from West Africa to six different countries – USA, Nigeria, Brazil, Republic of Benin, Trinidad + Tobago and Cuba to explore and find reasons for the survival of this particular West African Culture. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Oluwatoyin Ibrahim Adekeye";s:9:"biography";s:309:"Oluwatoyin Ibrahim Adekeye, originally from Nigeria is now based in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of LACC and the Los Angeles Film School, an artist with an eye for detail & passion for perfection. He was the executive producer of Whole 'Nother Level, a short film that went to Cannes Film Festival in France.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"";}} 1
The Strange Luck of V.S. Naipaul United Kingdom 2008 78 PG-13 English When Sir Vidia Naipaul agreed to have a film made about him he said he wanted it to be “as personal as possible”.  This is indeed a candid personal portrait, presenting the 2001 Nobel Laureate for Literature in the three places that have been most influential to his writing career: his native Trinidad, his ancestral home of India, and Wiltshire in england, where he lived for many years.  A moving and touching documentary being shown as a tribute to the late author. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Adam Low";s:9:"biography";s:128:"Adam Low is a director and producer, known for Alan Bennett's Diaries (2016), Arena (1975) and Voices from Robben Island (1994).";}} 1
Tribute to a Native Son Trinidad & Tobago 2007 38 PG-13 As part of a tribute to the late V S Naipaul, Bhoe Tewarie in conversation with Trinidad+Tobago’s most illustrious author on the occasion of the 2007 UWI Laureate celebrations. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Bhoe Tewarie ";}} 1
From Steelpan, the National Instrument to Steelpan, the Industry Trinidad and Tobago 2018 20 All Ages English This documentary film features the novel implementation of a Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) Steelpan Manufacturing pilot programme in secondary schools across Trinidad + Tobago. This is a vision of the Pan in Schools Coordinating Council (PSCC). It highlights the vast potential of the nation’s youth to help develop the industry and contribute to the economic and cultural landscape of T + T. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Ann-Marie Harry";s:9:"biography";s:427:"Documentary filmmaker, thespian, retired teacher, member of the Pan in Schools Coordinating Council (PSCC), Ann-Marie Harry, first became involved in film in 2010, when she played the character Mother Alfie in the short film, The Blood And The Bois (Sigmond Cromwell). Despite having some experience in stage play directing while at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, this is her first attempt at film directing.";}} 1
Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 02 Martinique/France 2017 90 16+ French with English Subtitles In the 60s, the French Government encouraged islanders to leave the French West Indies to escape poverty that resulted from the closure of sugar mills. Lured by the idea of a ‘dream country’, and although they were citizens of France, they found life in Europe was not what they had imagined. Sponsored by the Alliance Française Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 01 a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Christian Faure ";}} 1
Anthony and Cleopatra UK No Rating English After the murder of her lover Caesar, queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius. A humourous look at the classic love story based on an original English stage production. 1
Cymberline 14+ English Cymbeline is the King of Britain. He marries an unpleasant woman who has an arrogant son called Cloten. Cymbeline arranges the marriage of his beautiful daughter, Imogen, to Cloten but she defies him and marries the poor but worthy Posthumus Leonatus. Several plot lines follow, involving disguises, mistaken identity, deceit, treachery and poison. The villain of the play is Iachimo, who bets a large sum of money against Postumus’ ring that he can seduce Imogen. 1
Mommy Canada 2014 140 16+ English Mommy is a tremendously acted, heartfelt, inventive black comedy about a widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, who finds new hope when a mysterious neighbour inserts herself into their household. Sponsored by The High Commission for Canada a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:" Xavier Dolan";s:9:"biography";s:669:"Xavier Dolan-Tadros  is a Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, editor, costume designer, and voice actor. He first received international acclaim in 2009 for his feature film directorial debut, I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director's Fortnight section. Since 2009, he has written and directed eight feature films.Dolan has won many awards for his work, including the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Mommie and the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for It's Only The End of the World. He has also won several Canadian Screen Awards and César Awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Please See Attached Trinidad & Tobago No Rating English a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andrei Pierre";}} 1
Doubout Martinique 2018 20 16+ French with English Subtitles Eight year old Joseph in Martinique, refuses to accept the departure of his older brother to the mainland France. Influenced by the traditional stories of his grandfather, he is convinced that Lentikri, an ancient Martinican monster, prowls around the house to attack his family. Joseph decides to confront it. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Pierre le Gall";s:9:"biography";s:346:"Pierre graduated as a screenwriter at the CEEA in 2015. The same year, he directed Évasion , a self-produced short film bought by France 3. Currently he has two feature films in development.. One to be broadcast on tv, Les Bernard L'Hermite with Astharté et Compagnie, and the other one for the cinema. Doubout is his first produced short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Sarah Malléon";s:9:"biography";s:351:"After receiving a university degree in Martinique, Sarah Malleon obtained the CEEA scriptwriter diploma in 2015. Since then, she writes and develops projects for television and cinema including, T’as pas changé at Storner Prod and The Magnificent Gégé (2016 Sopadin Junior Jury Award) at TS productions . Doubout is her first produced short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"";}} 1
Three Women: About Slavery and Freedom Suriname 2018 50 14+ English From late 16th century until 1863, the Dutch sold an estimated 600,000 African people into slavery. This documentary follows three women who are each involved in the heritage of slavery in their respective roles. When researcher Ellen-Rose Kambel discovers a photograph of a man who owned her ancestors in slavery, she decides to locate his descendants. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Ida Does ";s:9:"biography";s:515:"Ida Does is an award winning documentary filmmaker. She was born in Suriname and worked in the Netherlands, Surinam and Aruba as a teacher, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her work contains themes from (colonial) history, art, culture and social justice. In 2017, Does received the CineFam Award at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival in Toronto (Canada) as the best female director of color. Her latest film 'Amsterdam, traces of sugar' (2017) received the award for 'best documentary' in Toronto.";s:10:"photograph";s:69:"";}} 1
Black Doll St. Vincent & The Grenadines 2018 4 All Ages English A little black girl plays with her white dolls until her grandmother reminds her what it means to be a woman. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Akley Olton";s:9:"biography";s:460:"Akley Olton is a young man dedicated to the development of Caribbean cinema, trained in visual arts, graphic design and audiovisual production. Since 2011 he began to work as Director of Photography for Film Fiction, Documentary and Advertising. He studied Cinema (CINEMATOGRAPHY) at the International School of Cinema and TV EICTV, CUBA. He has worked on projects in St. Vincent and the Grenades, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, London, Canada and Ghana.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
JAFTA Propella Jamaica 2018 50 PG-13 English New Shorts from Jamaica. Agwe Director: Ina Sotirova Disaster strikes when a young, Afro-Caribbean high Priestess goes against her intuition. This unorthodox coming of age story explores Afro-Caribbean ancestry, history and spirituality. Flight Directors: Kia Moses + Adrian McDonald From the little island of big dreams comes a little boy from an inner city community with the larger-than-life dream of becoming a Jamaican astronaut. On a deeper level, this film is also a story about space. A lack of space, a longing for space and what happens when various life paths, moving in different directions, interact in the same space. Lovers Director: Mezan Akoya When two couples are trapped in an elevator, being forced to examine themselves and their relationships may be the only way out. Safe Harbour Director: Kaiel Eytle A girl is pulled from the brink of death by a mysterious young boy. Discovering his amazing abilities, the two form a bond that is tested as they uncover the dark secrets that dwell within. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:7:"Various";s:9:"biography";s:2309:"Ina Sotirova: Ina Sotirova is a storyteller and explorer with a passion for the world's diverse cultures, their unique traditions and expressions. Her path of international journalism and photography led her to documentary filmmaking during her time in New York City. Kia Moses: Kia Moses graduated with Honours, multiple awards in Advertising at The School Of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.  After working at ad agencies in New York and London, plus interning for music video director ‘X’, she returned home with a passion to pour everything back into the Jamaican creative industry.  Flight is her first short film. Adrian McDonald: Adrian McDonald is a fine arts photographer and film director . He currently has one award winning short film, Cozenage which won 4 of 5b eligible awards at the UWI GATFFEST in 2014. He has spent the past four years developing his photography brand whilst amassing the necessary tools to stimulate his film career. During that time he has released over three short films, Still Human, New Slaves and The Universe to his niche audience on various platforms. Mezan Akoya: Mezan Ayoka is a writer and filmmaker.  She attended the Los Angeles Film School in 2008. On returning to Jamaica, Mezan co-directed the short film Grow Jamaica Grow that placed second in the RBC Make a film in 24 Hours Competition held at the 2012 Reggae Film Festival. She wrote and directed Ding, a short film that screened at the Kingston on the Edge Urban Art Festival (2013) and at GATFFEST in June (2017). Summer School, a TV pilot written by Mezan, was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the nationally recognized Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Creative Writing Competition. Kaiel Eytle: Kaiel  Eytle has been involved in creative production for over 15 years.   He founded Reelvibez Studios alongside David Mullings, through which he has produced a variety of productions for the screen in his role as Chief Creative Officer. When not actively in production with Reelvibez, Kaiel also works as the Technical Manager at the UWI Community Film Project, where he also teaches filmmaking skills to people from at risk and underprivileged communities from across Jamaica. Safe Harbour marks Kaiel’s first steps into directing fictional narratives.";}} 1
Yuh Too Sweet Barbados 2018 4 PG-13 English A poetic rumination on the ruins of the lost sugar industry that is replaced by another, not so savoury industry. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
In the Fade Germany/France 2017 106 16+ German with English Subtitles Katja’s life falls apart in the blink of an eye when two neo-Nazis kill her husband and six-year-old son in a bomb attack. Her quest for justice soon pushes her to the edge as the two suspects stand trial for murder. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Fatih Akin";s:9:"biography";s:881:"Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage and Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994.  In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, Sensin - You're The One! (Sensin - Du bist es!), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, Weed (Getürkt), 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlo), 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: In July (Im Juli), 2000, Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren (2001), Solino (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards Head-On(Gegen die Wand), 2003, and Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (2005).";s:10:"photograph";s:60:"";}} 1
El Chata (The Sparring Partner) Dominican Republic 2018 75 16+ Spanish, with English subtitles Although Samuel has the potential to be a boxing champion, he seems destined to fail. At thirty and just out of prison, he has to become a sparring partner because nobody will give him the chance at a fight. Unable to feed his family and exposed to temptation, Samuel is determined to get back in the ring and prove he has changed. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Gustavo Ramos Perales";s:9:"biography";s:577:"Gustavo began his career in theatre at 22, as a student of the University of Puerto Rico. He then moved to Madrid to study film direction and production at Septima Ars. In Madrid he directed two short films, Negro and Frame. On his return to Puerto Rico, Gustavo produced En la Malla, a TV mini series for public television. The series was also aired in the United States. In recent years he has produced sports documentaries, and has directed TV commercials. In 2016, he won the Puerto Rico Film Commission´s competition to produce and direct his first feature film El Chata.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"";}} 1
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Kinto Jamaica 2018 16 PG-13 English A young homeless Jamaican boy survives a brutal life with the little money he makes cleaning car windscreens on the roadsides of Kingston. Beaten, bruised and broken, he witnesses a car crash and is faced with a choice that may destroy his humanity and change his life forever.     a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Joshua Paul";s:9:"biography";s:795:"Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Joshua Paul is a film-maker entrepreneur. On receiving his Bachelors in Film Production at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad in 2015, Joshua  has produced a variety of productions including local secondary school football features, an internationally distributed cooking show, and various other features for television and the internet. In his film inventory, Joshua’s first major work was his final year university production, producing the short film The Misadventures of Brian and Sachin in 2015 which won best indigenous short at the World Festival of Emerging Cinema. After university, he directed Enhanced, the Jamaican superhero short film which was nominated for Best Short at the Urban Action International Film Festival at HBO, New York in 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
La Dieta (The Diet) Cuba 2018 111 PG-13 Spanish, with English subtitles Lacking in self-confidence, Carlos finally gets the courage to ask his crush Sofia out for lunch. When she surprisingly agrees, he is sent into a panic as he realises his bank account is empty. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Omar Camilo";s:9:"biography";s:559:"Omar Camilo has worked as a director, producer and editor of television, advertising and film projects. His most recent project, Wonder Woman on Wheels, represents Puerto Rico in the DOCTV Latin America series. He recently received two Emmy Suncoast Chapter 2017 Awards as Director for his documentary Wonder Woman on Wheels and as editor for the series Ismael Cala in Puerto Rico. He also received two additional nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards; One as director of the Mundo Breve web series and one additional for the Ismael Cala series in Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Lalo’s House USA/ Haiti 2018 26 14+ Haitian Creole, with English subtitles Eleven-year-old Manouchka and her younger sister Phara are on their way to school when they are kidnapped. They awake in a girl’s orphanage surrounded by nuns but this is no safe place. Tortured, starved and forced to perform unspeakable acts, Manouchka will do all she can to save her little sister’s innocence. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:27:" Kelley “Kali” Chatman";s:9:"biography";s:474:"Kelley Kali, a Howard University & USC School of Cinematic Arts Alum. She has produced and directed award-winning films in Belize, Haiti, China, and locally in the USA. She was fortunate to have her more recent film, Lalo’s House, win the Programmers’ Award at the Oscar Qualifying Pan African Film Festival. Kelley was also featured at the 2018 American Black Film Festival in the Emerging Directors category and is a Finalist in the 45th Annual Student Academy Awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 01 Martinique/France 2017 90 16+ French with English Subtitles In the 60s, the French Government encouraged islanders to leave the French West Indies to escape poverty that resulted from the closure of sugar mills. Lured by the idea of a “dream country”, and although they were citizens of France, they found life in Europe was not what they had imagined. Sponsored by the Alliance Française Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 02 » a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Christian Faure Copie";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Mangroves A man goes in search of something mysterious in the Trinidadian mangroves, unraveling a supernatural world as he races back to safety, before the sun sets. Trinidad and Tobago 2018 a:1:{i:0;s:7:"fantasy";} narrative short 16 14+ English A desperate man embarks on a journey into the intimidating mangroves in search of something mysterious. Lost and hopeless he’s not sure where to go. While there he faces surprises that cause him to question his surroundings, and he soon learns that he must race back to safety before sundown or risk encountering the terror that lurks in the mangroves at night. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:76:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Oliver Milne";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Anthony Fung";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:33:"Janine Mendes-Franco, Jamil Agard";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Teneille Newallo";s:9:"biography";s:849:"Teneille Newallo is an award winning filmmaker who started her career at Florida Atlantic University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance. She has over 15 years experience on stage and on screen as a host and as an actor, both in T&T and the US in major productions like Bazodee and Play The Devil; and eventually also merged into screenwriting, producing and directing. The Cutlass, which made the shortlist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2012, is Teneille's debut feature-length film as a screenwriter, producer and casting director. It won multiple awards including both People's Choice and Best Feature Film at TTFF, 2016 and at PBCFF 2018. Her screenplay, Soucouyant, now being turned into a TV series, also made the shortlist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2015. "Mangroves" is her debut short film as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Joel Burke";}} Stephen Hadeed Jr, Teneille Newallo, Anand Lawkaran, Joshua Dowlth, Adrianne Eligon. 1
Manumission Venezuela 2018 8 PG-13 Spanish with English Subtitles Keiber a hitman tormented by guilt enters an Epiphany which leads us to a journey through his life and the reasons for his bad behavior, this seeks redemption to try to free his being from all guilt, though already it can be late for. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jorge Márquez";s:9:"biography";s:353:"Born in Venezuela, his passion for Film making began at 22 while working as Projectionist in a local Cinema. His dream came true when enrolled in the Cinematography School of University of the Andes in Merida, Venezuela (ULA), getting his film degree and specialization in Sound Design, with an experience of over 15 years, now an independent filmmaker.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
March of the Mokos Trinidad and Tobago 2017 21 PG English This documentary on the stilt walking Carnival art in Trinidad + Tobago centres on head of Keylemanjahro cultural group and “King of the Moko Jumbies” Glen “Dragon” DeSouza. He not only helps to revive the art form but his talent and teaching of the craft inspires youths, encourages other groups to emerge across the country and attracts students from across the globe. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kim Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:374:"Kim Johnson is currently the Director of the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago. His films, which were all screened at the TT Film Festival are The Audacity of the Creole Imagination, The Radical Innocence of Jackie Hinkson  which he wrote and directed. He also wrote PAN! Our Music Odyssey, Re-Percussions: Our African Odyssey, and Our Soul Turned Inside Out.";s:10:"photograph";s:69:"";}} 1
Mas Guadeloupe 2017 56 PG French with English Subtitles Carnival, one word, many traditions; beyond dreamful landscapes and relaxing moments, the Caribbean islands also share one common culture: the celebration of carnival. Although carnival shares similar historical roots throughout the Caribbean, the difference often lies in the manifestation of the celebration. Discover how the island of Guadeloupe is linked to Trinidad and Tobago through the history of carnival and how this modern celebration acts as a bridge between the two. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jessy Schuster";s:9:"biography";s:488:"Jessy Schuster is a French American journalist and producer who lives between Miami, USA, and the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. After 8 years of experience in reporting, news writing and digital producing, she produced her first national documentary with America's #1 public television PBS in 2011 on the Caribbean and African Art scene in Miami. Her second documentary "Kriol Jazz Festival", featured the International Jazz Festival of Cabo Verde an its creole influences.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
The Wind Journeys (Los Viajes del Viento) Columbia 2009 116 All Ages Spanish, with English subtitles Ignacio Carrillo spent much of his life travelling through northern Colombia singing vallenato, a popular form of folk music. He accompanied himself on his legendary accordion, said to be cursed by the devil. Eventually Ignacio got married and gave up his itinerant ways, settling in a small town. When years later his wife suddenly dies, Ignacio decides to make a trek to the coast, to return his accordion to its previous owner, his former teacher and mentor. Accompanying Ignacio is Fermin, a boy with romantic notions of becoming a juglar—a wandering musician—as Ignacio once was. Ignacio tries to discourage Fermin, as the life of a juglar brings only solitude and sadness. As they travel the awesome landscape—through savannah, desert and forest, and over mist-wreathed mountains—man and boy share a series of almost mystical adventures. These adventures not only bring them closer together, but also closer to their journey’s haunting, unexpected end. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ciro Guerra";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Ciro Guerra was born in 1981, and studied film at National University of Columbia. After directing a number of short films, Guerra wrote, directed and produced The Wandering Shadows (La sombra del carminante), his award-winning feature debut, in 2004. The Wind Journeys, his second feature-length film, was Columbia's official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards.";}} 1
Live Bait Trinidad and Tobago 2018 24 16+ English Mervyn is a seemingly innocent fisherman living off his catch in Trinidad. When the brother of a local drug lord makes an offer he can’t refuse, Mervyn’s past demons come back to haunt him and a sacrifice must be made to ensure that he survives his decision. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dominic Boos";s:9:"biography";s:389:"Dominic Boos was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago and attended St. Mary’s College.  Whilst still in secondary school, he got involved in Film, Television and Photography and have been actively involved in creating documentaries, commercials, films and educational videos for the past eight years.   In 2017, he graduated from the University of Sussex with a Masters in Filmmaking.";s:10:"photograph";s:65:"";}} 1
Lady in the River Trinidad & Tobago 2018 11 PG English Set in the near future, Lee, a retired soldier struggles to recover from the loss of a loved one. He finds himself having to choose between his past and his future. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:32:"Soraya Moolchan + Israel Ramjohn";}} 1
Vwé Kafé (Real Coffee) Trinidad & Tobago 2018 16 All Ages English An elderly villager makes coffee the traditional way. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Cassandra Joseph";s:9:"biography";s:111:"Cassandra Joseph is  an avid film-maker who is inspired by family, culture, history and tradition.    ";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:" Vincent Lopez";s:9:"biography";s:109:"Vincent is a  professional videographer and photographer with a