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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 N 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.

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La Gaita A story of two very different brothers. 2012 documentary feature 105 N

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.

68314 68315 https://player.vimeo.com/video/55565964 https://vimeo.com/janinefung '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 documentary N

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?

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Hinkson Trinidadian Donald 'Jackie' Hinkson talks about his life's work and demonstrates his techniques. Trinidad and Tobago 2013 documentary feature 97 P 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.

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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 P 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.

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A Story about Wendy 1+2 Trinidad and Tobago 2012 + 2014 narrative feature 103 P 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.

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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.

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ttff/21 winners—youth | student | new media films: ‘Rhythms of Trinidad’ + ‘Becky’ + ‘Juana’ + ‘Lovena’ N 1
ttff/21 winners—narrative films: ‘Rafameia’ + ‘Perfume de Gardenias’ N 1
ttff/21 winners—documentary films: ‘Écoutez Le Battement de Nos Images’ + ‘Option Zero’ N 1
Misogyny and the Male Gaze 90 N

Thurs 23 Sept, ​​1.00–2.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: BC Pires
panellists: Nicola Cross, Ryan Lee, Sue Ann Barratt
Please click here to view the panellists.

For almost all of its history, men have dominated the film and TV industry. The representation of women on screen and behind the scenes is a direct corollary of that domination. But the global MeToo movement has brought these inequalities into sharp focus. This notwithstanding, the famed Bechdel test is still consistently failed, as women are presented through the lens of the male gaze. In this 90-minute session, panellists will take an in-depth look into the problematics of the ubiquitous male gaze in contemporary and Caribbean cinema; they’ll discuss how this shapes societal perception and the possible routes to transformation.

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Cultural Appropriation and the Caribbean Space 90 N

Sun 26 Sept, ​​10.00–11.30 a.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Franka Philip
panellists: Alpha Obika, Abeo Jackson
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Because of our multicultural history, the Caribbean has evolved to become a region overflowing with diversity and creativity. While there are similarities between the nations, each country has its own uniquely expressed culture and entanglement of traditions and practices brought by different settlers, whether free, enslaved or indentured. We can be protective of the artistic forms and practices that we’ve developed over the years because they tell a story of our roots, evolution and possible future. But, given that we are a region built on “appropriation”, whether forced or organic, can we argue against cultural appropriation? In this 90-minute conversation, journalist Franka Philip will delve into the effects of cultural appropriation across the Caribbean while giving her own insight into the topic.

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Understanding Risk in Filmmaking 90 N

Thurs 23 Sept, ​​10.00–11.30 a.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Jason Lindsay
panellists: Kareem Mortimer, Lorraine O’Connor, Michael Mooleedhar
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Understanding the creative side of producing a great film is not always enough to ensure success. Investors need to feel confident in the filmmaker’s ability to return a profit. Understanding the business side of filmmaking is a valuable asset when approaching investors for your film. This knowledge can also help to secure you a continued career in the industry. This 90-minute discussion will address both the filmmaker and the investor’s point of view on “risk in filmmaking”. The experienced panel will give insights from these different perspectives on how successful filmmakers turn investments into profit and explain why it’s so important to take the risk and invest.

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The Caribbean Gaze: Authenticity versus Universality 90 N

Wed 22 Sept, ​​5.00pm-6.30pm (est)
location:  Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Mariel Brown
panellists: Asha Lovelace, Gabrielle Blackwood, Ian Harnarine, Justine Henzell
Please click here to view the panellists.

Creating a unique and authentic story that connects with audiences across the globe is a challenge for any filmmaker. If your desire is to produce an original yet honest film you must develop a new and interesting world and, at the same time, tell a story that your and other cultures can relate to and that feels authentic. Panellists from across the region will go in-depth in this 90-minute discussion on how to remain authentic in your work as a Caribbean storyteller while creating material that resonates with an international audience.

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New Media Panel 90 N

Wed 22 September, ​​3.00–4.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Melanie Archer
panellists: Lisa-Marie Harris, Ada M. Patterson, Alicia Diaz, Keoni K. Wright, Laura Iancu, Richard Mark Rawlins
Please click here to view the new media panellists.

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Documentary Filmmakers Panel 90 N

Sat 25 Sept, ​​5.00–6.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Janine Mendes-Franco
panellists: Alexandra Warner, Eleonore Coyette, François Gruson, Nicola Cross, Rudy Hypolite, Ian Harnarine
Please click here to view the documentary filmmakers.

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Narrative Filmmakers Panel 90 N

Sun 26 Sept, ​​3.00–4.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Teneille Newallo
panellists: Andrés Farías, Ayana Harper, Juliette McCawley, Macha Colón, Yannis Sainte-Rose
Please click here to view the narrative filmmakers.

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ttff talk with Michèle Stephenson 60 N

Sat 25 Sept, ​​3.00–4.00 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Georgia Popplewell

Three-time Emmy-nominated Canadian filmmaker and artist Michèle Stephenson draws on her Panamanian and Haitian roots to tell stories. In this in-depth discussion, we will plumb her mission to elucidate the experiences of marginalised communities of colour, and explore her creative routes to creating compelling films.

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ttff talk with Zak Ové 60 N

Fri 24 Sept, ​​3.00–4.00 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube
Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderators: Marsha Pearce + Atillah Springer

Visual artist, filmmaker and curator, Zak Ové has built a career around a visual iconography that is both recognisably Caribbean and seems at home in a variety of international spaces. Elder son of filmmaker Horace Ové, Zak is also actively involved in documenting and preserving his father’s legacy. In this ttff talk, art writer and educator, Marsha Pearce, and cultural activist, Atillah Springer will delve into Ové’s creative practice as well as his role in preserving his father’s substantial legacy.

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RBL Digital Banking Solutions for the Creative Sector 60 N

Sat 25 Sept, 10.00–11.00 a.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free

In the digital age, and especially during pandemic times, creatives are increasingly looking for simpler ways to earn revenue in the online space and to minimise time spent doing mundane yet necessary tasks. Republic Bank Ltd’s new digital banking platform can provide the solutions you need as a creative to operate your business more efficiently. In this one-hour session, a team member from Republic Bank Ltd will explain the new digital banking solutions: Republic Online and Republic Mobile. The presenter will touch on multiple features, including the easily accessible third party transfers to local and international banks, Cardless Cash and ENDCASH.

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Music Clearances in Film 60 N

Mon 27 Sept, 3.00–4.00 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free

How is the term Intellectual Property applicable to music? When it comes to legalese, do you know the difference between protected music and music in the public domain? How about the difference between using an original musical score, pre-existing musical compositions, or sound recordings? Among the plethora of details, a filmmaker must remember when producing a film, legal requirements for music licensing have proven to be one of the more tricky areas for local producers to grasp. There are various types of music licences used in film production, and in this one-hour presentation, IP Specialist Fabien Alfonso will clarify the details of music clearances in film and further highlight the adverse effects of not obtaining such clearances.

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The Role of the Sound Recordist 90 N

Sun 26 Sept, 1.00–2.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube
Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free

Sound: what would a film or TV series be without it? It’s the narrative element that moves audiences and transports them to another world. Yet until you work with a sound recordist, it’s difficult to fully appreciate the intricacies of this craft. In this live online event, veteran sound recordist Cedric Smart will teach participants about successful sound recording. Smart will go through topics and areas such as hybrid pre-production, equipment knowledge, kit basics, budget, working with the sound department and production. Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions during the presentation and benefit from Smart’s extensive knowledge and experience.

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Distributing Your Work with FILMCO 90 N

Tues 28 Sept, 10.00–11.30 a.m. (est)
location:  Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free

Distribution is a key element of filmmaking, providing an avenue for films to be seen by an audience and to earn revenue. In today’s ever-changing industry, it’s important for filmmakers and producers alike to stay up to date with the latest opportunities. FILMCO currently distributes upwards of 150 film and television titles and has brokered deals with regional and international companies such as TTT, ShortsTV and PAVILION+, not to mention having launched their own platform, FILMCO2GO, in February 2021. In this presentation, FILMCO’s interim executive director and co-founder, Mariel Brown, will delve into the distribution workings of FILMCO, discuss distribution in the online space, deliverables and promotional materials, as well as answering questions from filmmakers about the opportunities and options in today’s film distribution landscape.

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Understanding Copyright 60 N

Mon 27 Sept, 10.00–11.00 a.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free

Filmmaking is a complex, collaborative undertaking. It involves many different layers of rights that relate to different elements of production, all of which need to be licenced, documented and transferred for a producer to claim ownership of a film. Having creative rights to literary or artistic work is necessary if you aim to prevent others from using your work without permission. In this one-hour presentation, lawyer Cindy F. Daniel will answer important questions about why copyright is important to filmmakers; how copyright permissions impact budget and how filmmakers can protect and enforce copyright. She will also provide case studies on copyright conflict in film and television.

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Infosession: Introducing Locarno Film Festival’s ‘Open Doors’ Programme 60 N

We’re delighted to be facilitating an InfoSession with the renowned Locarno Film Festival on their upcoming ‘Open Doors’ programme, a development initiative that shines a light on emerging filmmaking countries and contributes to their sustainable growth. For the next cycle of the ‘Open Doors’ programme, the focus will be on Latin America and the Caribbean. With 22 countries ready to be part of the section, Locarno’s Sophie Bourdon notes: “20 years after the launch of Open Doors and its first focus on Cuba, we are excited to explore today’s vibrant cinematographic scene of such a diverse region.”

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FILMCO Info Session: TT Production Rebate N

There are many reasons productions choose to shoot their films in Trinidad and Tobago, but one of the most beneficial elements of filming in T&T is the Production Expenditure Rebate Programme, offered by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (FilmTT). This programme can save producers money by offering significant “cash back” percentages to both local and international producers. In this one-hour session, FilmTT’s facilitation officer, Regina Seabrun, will explain the different rebate programme tiers; which types of productions qualify; which production expenses qualify; how to calculate rebates; how to apply for the rebate and everything in between.

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Production Design Fundamentals 136 N

production design fundamentals

with Alexis Johnston-Benamou

 

Fri 24 Sept, 5.00–7.00 p.m. (est)
location: online via Zoom
tickets: TT$300/ US$45, click here to buy your ticket; early registration required

Seasoned narrative filmmakers know the tremendous amount of value a talented production designer adds to the team. These creatives may not be as well known as directors, producers and writers but the role a production designer fills is essential to a well-produced film. But what exactly does a production designer do? And could it possibly be another career option for artists? In this two-hour workshop, production designer Alexis Johnston-Benamou will break down exactly what it takes to fill this leading role. She will touch on topics such as dissecting a script; collaborating with the director to understand their vision and inspiration; creating a visual language environment and gathering inspiration (a mood board); constructing a team; interdepartmental cohesion and creating a complete environment; and working within specific expectations.

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Click here to view Alexis Johnston-Benamou’s bio.

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Using Screenwriting Competitions to ‘Break In’ 120 N

using screenwriting competitions to ‘break in’

with Kyra Jones

 

Fri 24 Sept, 10.00–12.00 p.m. (est)
location: online via Zoom
tickets: TT$300/ US$45, click here to buy your ticket; early registration required

As all screenwriters know, there is no easy path to breaking into the film and TV industry. While there are many talented writers across the globe, what usually sets the successful apart is insider knowledge and endless hard work. Knowing and utilising the many different paths to ‘breaking in’ can give a screenwriter the edge needed to actually create a sustainable career, whether you’re from the Caribbean or anywhere else. Screenwriter/actress, Kyra Jones, has a wealth of information to share with motivated screenwriters who would like to take their careers to the next level. After winning multiple competitions over the last few years, she has secured herself representation by the well-regarded Echo Lake Entertainment and has recently been staffed on two TV shows. In this workshop, Kyra will share her wealth of experience, focusing on the fundamentals required to win a screenwriting or pitch competition, insight into what readers and judges may look for, and essential strategies for submitting to festivals.

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Click here to view Kyra Jones’ bio.

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Developing the Entrepreneurial Filmmaker 120 N 1
Designing Your Film Festival Strategy 90 N 1
Music + Meaning: Telling Your Story through Music 120 N 1
Documentary Editing 150 N 1
Directing the Caribbean Narrative Feature 90 N 1
Ask the Veteran: Producer / Publicist, Kathleen McInnis 90 N 1
Ask the Veteran: Composer, Miriam Cutler 120 N 1
ttff/21 Student Film Package Trinidad and Tobago, Portugal, USA, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, UK, Brazil 2019–2021 125 N

Programmed as a separate category for the first time in 2020, Student films are narrative and documentary films made by student filmmakers (whether secondary or tertiary) from the Caribbean and its diaspora.

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Musgo (Moss) Portugal 2021 short 11 P

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.

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O Último Gás (The Last Stand) Brazil 2020 short 6 A

I must apply for the emergency artist relief fund.

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Once More With Feeling United States of America 2021 short 6 P

An actress and her director make a scene.

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Plant Speech Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 3 N

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.

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Sisters Jamaica 2021 short 2 A

“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.

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To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back to Ourselves United Kingdom 2021 short 8 A

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.

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The Interview United States of America 2020 short 4 A

A budding documentary filmmaker struggles to find the right interviewee for her film school project.

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Scolopendres et Papillons (Centipedes and Butterflies) France, Martinique 2019 documentary featurette 52 N

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…

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Ghost of Hing King Estate Trinidad and Tobago 2009 narrative feature 120 P

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.

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Baldwin’s Nigger Trinidad and Tobago + UK 1973 documentary feature 60 P

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.

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Recoger El Viento (Pick Up The Wind) Cuba 2019 short 13 A

“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.

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Black Safari UK 1972 narrative feature 60 A

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.

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Pressure UK 1976 narrative feature 120 1

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.

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King Carnival Trinidad and Tobago + UK 1973 documentary feature 60 P

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.”

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La Revolucion y los Artistas Mexico 2018 feature 110 1

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.

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Lavway Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative feature 61 P

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.

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Maybe One Day Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 2 A

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?

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Untɨ les Origines (Untɨ, the Origins) French Guiana 2018 documentary featurette 56 N

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.

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This Ain’t Normal United States of America 2019 documentary feature 109 P

“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.

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Juana Dominican Republic 2021 short 19 P

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.

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Grief Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 4 N

“Grief”, loosely based on real life experiences, explores a character’s journey to closure.

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Going Knowhere Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 20 P

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.

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Clash Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 4 N

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.

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Caught in the Net Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 28 P

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.

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Suriname Veteran Suriname 2021 art short 3 N

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.

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Rhythms of Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 10 N

“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.

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Reconquête de Tintin United Kingdom 2018 art short 7 N

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?

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Moscow Dominican Republic 2021 art short 6 N

Moscow, cold as her gaze. A girl recounts her life and how she grew up around the ideal of being beautiful to be perfect.

67055 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtq3tzz_Im0 1
FreeFormed Jamaica 2020 art short 1 N

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.

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Fouyé Zétwal (Plowing the Stars) Guadeloupe 2021 art short 14 N

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?

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Flight Path Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 4 N

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.

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Errantry Jamaica 2021 art short 11 N

“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.

66971 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgRQdT-NdFo 1
Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond: Women in Resistance Shall Not Be Moved United States of America 2020 art short 17 N

“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).

66962 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvkRD5gPyrc 1
Digital Love (remix) Germany 2020 art short 5 N

“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”.

 

 

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Berlin Loops: Savignyplatz United States of America 2021 art short 3 N

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.

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Back in the Island Dominican Republic 2021 art short 4 N

“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.

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An Affirmation Barbados 2021 art short 2 N

“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.

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// Current state = true; United States of America 2021 art short 3 N

Some memories are password-protected. Others always run without asking. Phantom sound bytes loop around the kitchen table, inside a house, in space.

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Variety Canada 2021 documentary featurette 45 A

“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.

66943 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFeIOiFytwk 1
The Soul of a Cyclist Portugal 2020 documentary feature 73 A

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.

66939 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIiZizknWM0 1
Sapelo Switzerland 2020 documentary feature 91 A

“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.

66935 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKML9GmU4Cc 1
You Can’t Stop Spirit United States of America 2021 documentary short 15 1

‘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.

66931 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IqlAj3-ZdI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=57 1
Wendy Nanan Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 24 P

“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.

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UXO Puerto Rico 2020 documentary short 3 P

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.

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The 1938 Unrest Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 6 P

“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.

66919 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6McrHBdxeTU&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=67 1
Port of Spain, A Writer’s Heaven Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 27 P

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.

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Over-Flow Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 18 P

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.

67916 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ikJAsy0r8M 1
Little Moko Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 15 A

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.

66907 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXnUW-ovE8g 1
Junior Haiti 2020 documentary short 11 N

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.

66903 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZWkFUOwCHY 1
IntranQu’îllités United Kingdom 2019 documentary short 20 P

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.

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Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon (or) the Stillness of a Wound United States of America 2021 documentary short 8 P

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.

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Écoutez Le Battement de Nos Images (Listen to the Beat of Our Images) French Guiana 2021 documentary short 15 P

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.

66879 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLZi9xC7VsU&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=30 1
Buscando Ana Veldford (Searching for Ana Veldford) United States of America 2021 documentary short 5 P

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.

66874 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UliupvXhtSI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=69 1
Becky Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 13 P

“Becky” is an unexpectedly uplifting story about a Kenyan woman’s resilience on her journey to feeling complete.

66868 ,66869 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11Li7_RiyoM&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=83 1
A Pasi Fu Romeo (Romeo’s Road) Suriname 2021 documentary short 22 P

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.

66864 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yOxD0OdhjE 1
Madame Pipi United States of America 2021 documentary short 25 1

“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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQJArLF8TeY&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=70 1
Dibujos contra las Balas (Drawings against Bullets) Mexico 2020 feature 91 P

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.

66853 66853 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXezMDRynrE 1
Al-Sit Sudan 2020 short 20 A

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?

66848 66848 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGWEBjGeDbU 1
Ahlan wa Sahlan France 2020 feature 93 A

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.

66844 66844 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q19JZmWZaVA 1
¡La Macha! Costa Rica 2021 featurette 55 A

“¡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.

66840 66840 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWYfO7Waab4 1
Climate Exodus Spain 2020 featurette 63 A

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.

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Deux Options (Two Options) France 2020 narrative short 9 1

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.

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Elder’s Corner Nigeria 2020 feature 96 A

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.

66827 66827 ,66828 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d00WRBNeOmQ 1
Wrecked Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 9 P

“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.

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The Passenger Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 4 P

What happens when a passenger refuses to wear a mask in a taxi during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Sweet Rind Jamaica 2020 narrative short 26 P

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.

66816 66816 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dFFG_fuAcs&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=44 1
Projet H (Project H) Martinique 2021 narrative short 5 A

To rebuild Haiti, three soldiers put together a plan of crazy audacity.

66812 66812 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcLOA3eCy94 1
Pavement Poets Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 A

“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!

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Murphy’s Law Barbados 2019 narrative short 11 N

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.

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Mano Santa Puerto Rico 2020 narrative short 13 A

Don Isidoro, better known as “Mano santa” in his hometown, shelters his grandson for a few days after he ran away from his home.

66800 66800 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE2TCsOptKg&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=54 1
Lovena French Guiana 2020 narrative short 28 P

Lovena has become French Guiana’s chess champion – a double-edged sword for a teenaged illegal Haitian immigrant.

66796 66796 https://youtu.be/G7C82Ti2D98 1
Love in Seven Movements Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 12 P

Boy meets girl. They fall in love. But will what has brought them together, tear them apart? One love story told by two couples.

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L’enfant Orange (The Orange Child) France 2020 narrative short 12 A

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.

66787 66787 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfdPB7b4hEY&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=53 1
Hang Jack Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 P

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.

66779 66779 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tvDErUGMK0 1
Galavant Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 2 A

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.

66776 66776 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYeTz6TPFz8 1
Dorlis Martinique 2021 narrative short 23 1

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…

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Cheesecake Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 10 P

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?

66766 66766 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2i0-TTJU3U 1
Blue Hour Cuba 2020 narrative short 15 1

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.

66763 66763 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZCqqtZ7ceo 1
Beguiling Visions Belize 2021 narrative short 5 A

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?

66759 66759 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psLvybj08H0 1
Uncontrol United States of America 2020 narrative short 6 P

A woman deep in the throes of psychosis has to face her inner demon.

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Rafameia (Riff-Raff) Brazil 2020 narrative short 24 P

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.

66743 66743 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHdboNjy4nA&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=49 1
Mal Nonm (Tuff Guy) Martinique 2021 narrative short 24 1

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!

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Ikarus United States of America 2020 narrative short 17 1

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.

66735 66735 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbG-IQFfXso 1
Alma Puerto Rico 2021 narrative short 15 P

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.

66731 66731 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iR-a19PYxo 1
La Dama Blanca Curaçao 2021 narrative featurette 30 N

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?

66727 66727 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yaPqdRtMwU 1
Killing Columbus Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative featurette 30 P

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.

67788 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZPS4kttpyw 1
Batchack Man: The Power Of The Herbalist Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative featurette 54 P

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.

66721 66721 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4sIjiV0UCM 1
Right Near the Beach Jamaica 2020 narrative feature 79 N

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.

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Hoy El Salvador 2020 narrative feature 68 N

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.

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Candela Dominican Republic 2020 narrative feature 81 N

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.

66708 66708 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gybuy1_m8v8 1
Bantú Mama Dominican Republic 2020 narrative feature 77 N

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.

66702 66702 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7QMIN0sabY 1
Akilla’s Escape Canada 2020 narrative feature 90 N

“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.

66699 66699 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzRcji4keDU 1
Perfume de Gardenias (Perfume of Gardenias) Puerto Rico 2021 narrative feature 103 N

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.

66693 66693 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx8DTVu2_YI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=39 1
Le Lien Qui Nous Unit (The Tie That Binds Us) French Guiana 2021 narrative feature 109 N

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.

66690 66690 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkHVk9X2HV0 1
Liborio Dominican Republic 2021 narrative feature 98 N

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUqpoUQIBRY 1
Elena Dominican Republic, Haiti 2021 documentary short 29 P

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.

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Custódia (Custody) Brazil 2021 documentary short 25 P

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.

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407 Jou (407 Days) Haiti 2020 documentary short 7 P

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.

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The Forgotten Boys Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 43 P

“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.

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Party Done Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 47 P

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”.

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Nieuw Licht: het Rijksmuseum en de Slavernij (New Light: the Rijksmuseum and Slavery) Netherlands 2021 documentary featurette 57 A

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.

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Near-Death Experience Martinique 2020 documentary featurette 45 A

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.

66653 66653 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL6Cwu1vdVQ&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=33 1
Born To Be Great Jamaica 2021 documentary featurette 37 P

“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.

66649 66649 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mkECzDYG8w 1
1979, Hmong from Javouhey French Guiana 2020 documentary featurette 52 A

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?

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It’s Just a Lil’ Wine? Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 55 P

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.

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Disruptor Conductor Canada 2019 documentary featurette 42 A

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’.

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Vals de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Waltz) Dominican Republic 2021 documentary feature 76 A

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.

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The Mali-Cuba Connection France 2019 documentary feature 81 N

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.

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Negra Mexico 2020 documentary feature 71 P

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.

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Monchoachi, La Parole Sovaj (Monchoachi, An Untamed Wor(l)d) Martinique 2020 documentary feature 69 A

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.

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Entre Perro y Lobo (Between Dog and Wolf) Spain 2021 documentary feature 75 P

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.

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Dentro da Minha Pele (In My Skin) Brazil 2020 documentary feature 86 P

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.

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Between Fire and Water Columbia 2020 documentary feature 92 P

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.

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Atardi | The Life of Curaçao’s Musical Genius Rudy Plaate Curaçao 2020 documentary feature 120 A

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.

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African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey United States of America 2021 documentary feature 86 A

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.

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SteelPan Now! Notes on Where Pan Gone United States of America 2021 documentary feature 60 A

“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.

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Option Zero Cuba 2020 documentary feature 80 P

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.

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El Último Out (The Last Out) United States of America 2020 documentary feature 87 P

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.

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Subjects of Desire Canada 2021 documentary feature 102 P

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.

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Dominica: Three Years After Hurricane Maria Dominica 2020 documentary short 7 A

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.

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Fires of Hope Trinidad and Tobago 1983 documentary feature 61 N 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.

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Moving Parts Zhenzhen is smuggled to the island of Trinidad where her brother Wei works construction. Trinidad and Tobago 2017 narrative feature 77 1 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.

66435 66436 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. https://www.movingpartsthemovie.com/ https://vimeo.com/389765357 1
Tickle Me Rich narrative short P 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.

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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 P 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.

66373 66374 Brian Green | Eunice Alleyne | Hasani Wattley | Grace Maharaj https://vimeo.com/377667877 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 documentary featurette 66 N 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.

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After Mas | Dying Swan | Paradise Lost Trinidad and Tobago documentary short 64 N 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.

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Soca Power Trinidad and Tobago documentary N 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.

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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 N 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’.

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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 N 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.

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New Media art short 480 N

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.

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Build Your Film’s Website with WordPress with Shaun Rambaran 120 N 1
ttff/20 Awards Ceremony 60 N 1
The Role of the DP with Gabrielle Blackwood 180 N 1
Documentary Filmmakers Panel 90 N 1
ttff talk with Orlando von Einsiedel 60 N 1
Getting Ready for Distribution 120 N 1
Social Media Marketing for Filmmakers 90 N 1
Navigating Contracts and Clearances 120 N 1
Cost-Effective Lighting with Robert Macfarlane 180 N 1
Creative Producing with Lee Thomas N 1
Narrative Filmmakers’ Panel N

An online panel with and for narrative filmmakers. Join via Facebook Live on September 09 @ 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

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ttff/20 Award-Winning Films N

A single collection of ttff/20’s award-winning films and features.

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La Promesa (The Promise) Mexico 2018 narrative feature 103 N 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.

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Winter Moth United States 2019 short 10 N 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.

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Palanteer M’bedd (The Window’s Muse) Brazil, Senegal 2020 narrative short 13 N 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.

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The Last Tree United Kingdom, Nigeria 2019 feature 98 N

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.

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The Esmeraldas Beach Ecuador, France 2019 featurette 58 N

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.

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One Word Germany 2020 documentary feature 83 N 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.

64491 ,64493 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH9EKMziPhc&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=26 1
Mogra India 2020 short 20 N

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.

64485 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXGtJ612118&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=9 1
Miracle Fishing Colombia, United States 2020 feature 104 N

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.

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La Vendedora de Liros (The Lillies’ Seller) Argentina 2020 short 18 N

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.

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El Oro de Cajamarca (Gold of Cajamarca) Colombia 2019 short 16 N

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.

64460 ,64459 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsxqLTXkeHk&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=10 1
Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Future of the Internet Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States 2020 feature 86 N 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?

64446 64449 ,64447 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F79mn-MVf90&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=46 1
Because We Are Girls Canada 2019 feature 83 N

“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.

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Wicket India 2020 narrative short 4 N

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.

64424 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hnKTruL8Uo&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=16 1
Waiting in Strange Times Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 4 N

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.

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Velare United States 2020 narrative short 6 N

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?

64410 ,64408 1
Unexpected Suspect Trinidad and Tobago 2018 art short 10 N

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.

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Unconditional United States 2020 narrative short 3 N

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.

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Timeout Martinique 2019 narrative short 10 N

In a not-too-distant future, Alice must survive a chase to the death on a post-apocalyptic island formerly called Martinique.

64388 ,64389 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH47zm-hZWo&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=7 1
La Última Fiesta (The Last Celebration) Mexico 2020 narrative short 17 N 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.

64380 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=744p6w18qoM&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=23 1
The Interview Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative short 7 N

A confident young man meets with unforeseen complications at a job interview where things are not quite what they seem.

64375 ,64376 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeRcA8iOAps&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=24 1
Ten Rupee Note India 2016 narrative short 27 N English

A young woman is thrown back into the past when her fiancé finds a message written on a ten rupee note.

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Tabula Rasa Martinique 2019 narrative short 16 N

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?

64357 64358 ,64359 1
Susana United States 2020 documentary short 4 N

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.

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Sa Ou Pa Sav Gran Paséw (What You Don’t Know is Bigger than You) Martinique 2019 narrative short 12 N 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.

64346 ,64345 1
No Se Aceptan Prostitutas (No Hookers Allowed) Dominican Republic 2019 narrative short 15 N 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.

64340 64338 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUXTkIdNSfo&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=30 1
La Pieza de Casseus (The Raging Dance of Casseus) Dominican Republic 2020 narrative short 16 N

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.

64331 64332 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO_P6CY_tH0&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=21 1
Isla Sirena (Mermaid Island) Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 narrative short 15 N 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.

64325 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGcShnZkU9E&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=48 1
Inexorable Martinique 2018 narrative short 13 N

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.

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Filadelphia Brazil 2018 documentary short 7 N

“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?

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Endless Love Brazil 2020 documentary short 20 N

A series of characters experience the joy of performance, demonstrating that it is better to live than to dream.

64306 64305 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPvH694aFh4&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=8 1
El Monte (The Woodland) Cuba 2018 documentary short 13 N 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.

,64189 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tNmj48AmiQ 1
Diving for Balance Curaçao 2020 documentary short 26 N

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.

64182 64184 ,64619 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrYw8a3WBKI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=62 1
Choosing Destiny Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative featurette 35 N

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.

,64177 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFJyI2xZVCk&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=61 1
Carne e Casca (Meat and Shell) Brazil 2016 narrative short 16 N

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.

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Carmencita Dominican Republic 2020 documentary short 27 N 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.

,64162 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYWg1mg1qLw 1
Binimoy India 2019 narrative short 18 N

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.

,64157 1
Atlas Martinique 2019 narrative short 12 N 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.

64611 ,64150 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoQZOTdui5g&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=1 1
A La’Diablesse Curse Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 14 N 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.

,64144 1
Zanmi Martinique 2019 narrative short 10 N

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?

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Yellow Girl and Me United States 2019 narrative short 19 N 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.

64128 64624 ,64130 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwsH1uHv8FU 1
Waters of March United States 2020 narrative short 16 N 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.

,64122 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIFjIKxi7lY 1
Timoun Aw (Your Kid) Guadeloupe 2020 narrative short 25 N

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.

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Trois Machettes (Three Blades) Haiti 2019 narrative short 29 N 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?

64109 64630 ,64111 1
Sweetness Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 1 N 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.

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Sinceramente, Candy (Sincerely, Candy) Curaçao, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 narrative short 28 N

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.

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Reflexion Martinique 2020 narrative short 5 N English

Created during quarantine, an animated short about what happens when social distancing goes wrong.

64641 ,64091 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7MjrusXMXI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=3 1
Red Alert: Crime In Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative short 10 N

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?

64084 64646 ,64086 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93BscR770mY&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=67 1
Pure Service Barbados 2020 narrative short 5 N

“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.

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Mortenol Guadeloupe 2019 narrative short 28 P

Eleven-year-old Dwayne wants to avenge his older brother who was killed by an enemy gang.

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Ma Justice (My Justice) Guadeloupe 2019 narrative short 10 N

The story of a man who is persuaded to avenge his daughter who was hit by a car.

64066 ,64067 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOZvB5MAUa8&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=60 1
Ma Dame au Camélia (My Lady of the Camellia) French Guiana 2019 narrative short 15 N 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.

,64061 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etGo2uVbwF4 1
La Amante (The Mistress) Puerto Rico 2019 narrative short 11 N

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.

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Kara Guadeloupe 2020 narrative short 20 N 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.

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K.I.N.G United States 2019 narrative short 12 N 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.

64035 ,64036 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE3GY0yHUrA 1
Traytown (JAFTA Block) Jamaica 2020 narrative short 14 N 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.

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Out of Many (JAFTA Block) Jamaica 2020 narrative short 15 N 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.

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Irma United Kingdom 2020 narrative short 5 N

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.

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Immune United Kingdom 2020 narrative short 15 N 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.

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Ici c’est Paris (Paris is Here) French Guiana 2020 narrative short 16 N 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.

64004 64668 ,64006 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPqxX87MwF8 1
Home Sweet Home United States 2020 narrative short 13 N

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.

64670 ,63999 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ7-Gqk67vY 1
A Day at the Beach Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 2 N 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.

,63992 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=475KfV1B8M0&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=63 1
Zeen? Canada 2019 narrative featurette 30 P 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.

64675 ,63987 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-9s33h1D_4 1
Mightier dan de Sun Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative featurette 37 N 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.

63979 64678 ,63980 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kukoyIIQedE&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=56 1
Get Free! Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative featurette 37 N 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.

,63973 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1veUEVUypQ 1
YAFA Le Pardon (YAFA Forgiveness) France 2019 narrative feature 85 N

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.

63966 64683 ,63968 1
No Place Like Home Jamaica 2019 narrative feature 90 N 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9_qzKXVu2o&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=27 1
Malpaso Dominican Republic, Haiti 2019 narrative feature 80 P

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.

63954 64688 ,63956 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZjkBj6GEMg&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=64 1
La Imagen del Tiempo (Timeless Havana) Cuba 2019 narrative feature 70 N

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.

63946 64691 ,63945 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0_L5Q221j4&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=13 1
Secrets de Famille (Family Secrets) France 2019 narrative feature 60 N 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.

63939 65201 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxyfZkiG4g&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=66 1
Code R.E.D.D Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative feature 90 N 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.

,63935 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPdf_QzBvwc&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=65 1
Wake Up Trinidad and Tobago 2020 art short 4 N 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.

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Untitled Jamaica 2020 art short 3 N

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).

,63921 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_XpKsg6qTc&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=18 1
The Whole World is Turning Netherlands 2019 art short 21 N 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?

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El Dúo de las Hermanas Gato (The Cat Sister’s Duet) Mexico 2019 art short 3 N

Two sisters struggle to play without fighting.

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Hijo del Mar (Son of the Sea) Dominican Republic 2019 art short 9 N 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.

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Silent Truths United Kingdom 2019 art short 4 N

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.

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Shade United States 2019 art short 3 N English

Trees as the spirit of our ancestors; talking stink about us.

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Palindrome Trinidad and Tobago art short N 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.

 

 

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Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’ Barbados, Netherlands 2018 art short 16 N

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.

64708 ,63876 1
Island State of Mine Trinidad and Tobago 2017 art short 1 N

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.

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I Cried so Much I Felt the Universe Pass Through my Eyes Trinidad and Tobago 2020 art short 5 N

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.

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I Am Sugar United Kingdom 2018 art short 1 N 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.

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Howler Monkey Sex Noises at Lunchtime Trinidad and Tobago 2019 art short 2 N 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.

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How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue United States 2019 art short 5 N 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 https://kearramaya.com/how-to-break-a-horizon.

 

 

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Goodbye To The Things Brazil 2019 art short 17 N

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.

63839 64718 ,63841 1
Centella (Firefly) Cuba 2019 art short 17 N

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.

63834 63833 ,64720 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH1pK96ys3w 1
Displaced Greece, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Spain, United States 2019 art short 14 N 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.

64723 ,63827 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxp1qED91cs&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=54 1
Murciélago (Bat) Cuba 2018 art short 12 N

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.

63818 ,63820 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViwmzH7Suv8 1
Alternative Facts Mexico 2020 art short 1 N

A reflection on the phrase “Alternative Facts” used during a press conference on January 22, 2017.

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Yves & Variation Haiti, United States 2019 documentary short 15 N

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.

,63806 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWi6u6vZ9J4&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=15 1
What Are You? Canada 2019 documentary short 20 N

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.

63799 ,63801 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2msrfDYTGjY&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=12 1
Unpacking Puerto Rico 2020 documentary short 22 N

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.

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Unbroken Jamaica 2020 documentary short 12 A

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.

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Those Who Have Eyes To See Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 19 N 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.

64235 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhLhgtV0BWA 1
El Mundo Que Nos Rodea (The Surrounding World) Dominican Republic 2019 documentary short 29 N 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.

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The Onyx Butterfly Canada 2019 documentary short 6 N

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.

,63769 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZaoVm6C6wk&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=22 1
The International King Conference and Show Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 15 N 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.

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The Grass Men II St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2020 documentary short 17 N 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.

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Sonje Lapli Ki Leve Mayi Ou (Remember The Rain That Made Your Corn Grow) Canada 2019 documentary short 12 N

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.

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Regeneration Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 20 N 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.

64742 ,63748 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gmPHNwsecY 1
Plastic Warriors Bahamas 2019 documentary short 10 N 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.

63740 ,63741 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNANjL4ghPQ 1
Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey Jamaica 2019 documentary short 27 N 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.

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Our Own House Belize 2020 documentary short 22 N

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.

64749 ,63724 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um50MhtW9mI 1
My Watershed, My Home Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 22 N

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.

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Ganga Dhaara: Sacred Spaces Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 30 N

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.

64753 ,63709 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aHVOGXfkq0&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=36 1
Dominica Forest: A Virtual Journey in 4K Dominica 2020 documentary short 7 N

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.

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Coast Land Guyana 2020 documentary short 26 N

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.

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Canada’s Unchecked Racism Canada 2019 documentary short 6 N

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.

,63688 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZK1r0INrvg&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=5 1
But You’re Not Black Canada, Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 19 N

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.

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Banwari Man and The Canoe Makers Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 9 N 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.

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Avatara Israel 2020 documentary short 25 N 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.

64770 ,63669 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffVCecGuEvk 1
Atordoado, Eu Permaneço Atento (Stunned, I Remain Alert) Brazil 2020 documentary short 15 N 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.

63664 ,64772 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhzKZ0-XzGw&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=2 1
Pasión Amerindia (Amerindian Passion) Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 documentary short 16 N

“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.

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Men Sa Lanmè Di (Thus Spoke the Sea) Haiti 2020 documentary featurette 49 N 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.

64776 ,63651 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLZja9o3EXQ&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=53 1
There All Along Trinidad and Tobago, United States 2020 documentary featurette 34 N

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.

,63647 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY8EPndimSM&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=20 1
The Covid Chronicles Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 55 N 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.

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Sweet Tassa: Music of the Indian Caribbean Diaspora Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary featurette 58 N 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.

,63634 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Nlle0pPxw 1
No Island Like Home United Kingdom 2019 documentary featurette 45 N

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.

63626 64784 ,63628 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtwlZeFCccM&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=28 1
Jump! Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 67 N 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.

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I Don’t Call it Ghetto Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary featurette 42 A

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.

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Haiti Speaks Haiti 2020 documentary featurette 44 N 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.

63607 ,63609 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLDkZS5CvHg 1
Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana Cuba 2018 documentary featurette 50 N

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.

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A People’s Art—The Genesis of Freedom United Kingdom 2019 documentary featurette 58 N 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.

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Stateless Canada 2020 documentary feature 95 N

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.

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Servidão (Servitude) Brazil 2019 documentary feature 72 A 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.

63580 ,63582 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5cEbTZjz6U&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=55 1
Ouvertures Haiti, France 2019 documentary feature 132 N 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.

64798 ,63575 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLdSBdqFKD8 1
Our Dance of Revolution Canada 2019 documentary feature 102 N 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.

64803 ,63568 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STytXLTZhgg&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=52 1
Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica United Kingdom 2018 documentary feature 99 N

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.

63560 ,64806 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH659XbUA18&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=32 1
Dear Child Brazil 2020 documentary feature 76 N

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.

64809 ,63555 https://www.dearchildfilm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/dearchildfilm dearchildfilm 1
A Media Voz (In a Whisper) Cuba, France, Spain, Switzerland 2019 documentary feature 80 N 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.

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501 Not Out Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom 2019 documentary feature 108 N 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.

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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 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.

63374 Renel Naomi Brown | Irma P. Hall | Nicki Micheaux | CCH Pounder. https://vimeo.com/mariagovan https://player.vimeo.com/video/108633968 https://vimeo.com/mariagovan 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 N 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.

63356 63357 https://vimeo.com/414938181 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 N 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.

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SCROLLS between S P A C E S Trinidad and Tobago 2019 11 N 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 

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Now Cuba 1965 6 P

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.

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NGC Shooting Stars Films Trinidad and Tobago 41 A

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.

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Central do Brasil (Central Station) Brazil 1998 112 N 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,

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The Sound of Pan Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua 2019 42 P 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.

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You Can Read, Can’t You? Suriname 2018 49 N 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.

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Yochi Belize, USA 2017 25 P 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

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Who Shall Save Me USA 2019 2 N 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.

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We Are All Migrants UK 2019 20 N 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

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Voices Trinidad and Tobago 2019 19 N 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.

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The Visitation Trinidad and Tobago 2019 6 N 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.

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21 Days St. Lucia 2014 40 P 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

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The Traditional Brazilian Family KATU Brazil 2019 25 A 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.

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Toco Tim and the Turtles Trinidad and Tobago 2018 3 N 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)

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Tobago at Carifesta 1981 Trinidad and Tobago 1981 15 A English

Highlights of Tobago’s contingent at CARIFESTA 1981 in Barbados.

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Titixe Mexico 2018 62 A 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)

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Third Space Trinidad and Tobago 2019 9 N 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.

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Their Story: Panerrifix Steelband Belize 2018 5 N 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.

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Tattoo’d Trinidad and Tobago 2019 21 N 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.

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Taking Root in Canaries St. Lucia 2019 10 A 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.

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Syba Curaçao 2019 7 N No dialogue

“Syba” tells the story of a fisherboy who catches a mysterious object while out fishing.

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The Sweetest Mango Antigua and Barbuda 2001 105 N 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.

https://youtu.be/ENy3wASDafE 1
Douvan jou ka leve (The Sun Will Rise) Haiti 2017 51 N 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.

https://youtu.be/BJ5fTV0xwA8 1
Roble de Olor Cuba, Spain, France 2004 135 1 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.

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MIrelande French Guiana 2018 23 N 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

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She Paradise Trinidad and Tobago 2019 75 N 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.

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Soluble Trinidad and Tobago 2018 2 A 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.

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Sampson’s Heart Trinidad and Tobago 2019 16 P 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.

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Round Pegs in Square Holes Trinidad and Tobago 2019 18 N 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.

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ReleaseD Suriname 2019 13 N 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.   

https://youtu.be/2n-WB4Pkfyw 1
Rattlesnakes USA, UK, Haiti 2019 86 1 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

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Playing Mas Trinidad and Tobago 2019 14 N 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.

https://youtu.be/eGuuBIf7Mnc 1
Porro Hecho en Colombia Colombia 2017 77 A 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.

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Oseyi and the Masqueraders Dominica 2018 27 N 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.

https://youtu.be/u_nSVz92PqQ 1
Le Mystère de Bwa Yen Yen (The Mystery of Bwa Yen Yen) Martinique 2019 26 1 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

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My Mother Resents Me Dominican Republic 2019 7 1 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

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My Father Belize Belize, USA 2019 30 N 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.

https://youtu.be/o4JHUD2Xb-s 1
A Mural by the Sea Trinidad and Tobago 2018 20 P 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.

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Ms. Sugga Jamaica 2019 58 P 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.

https://youtu.be/ysAMXTQWkxo 1
Monk by the Sea Trinidad and Tobago 2019 16 N 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.

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Mikayla’s Adventures Guyana 2019 4 A 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.

 

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Luna’s Ring Cayman Islands 2018 20 P English

An American writer searches for his lost lover in Cuba.

Awards: A Remi Platinum Award Winner at Worldlfest (Houston)

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Lupe USA 2019 77 1 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.

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Life and Death Trinidad and Tobago 2019 4 N 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.

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Hanoi, Martes 13 (Hanoi, Tuesday 13th) Cuba 1969 38 P 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.

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Clandestinos Cuba 1987 98 1 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.

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Cicatrix USA 2019 46 N 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.

https://youtu.be/cB__wjB_0us 1
Home Birth in Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2019 9 A 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!  

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Jerk UK 2018 10 P 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.

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Hurricane Antigua and Barbuda, USA 2019 26 P 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.

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Sugar Cane: Recycling Sweetness and Power in Modern Jamaica Jamaica 2018 81 P 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.

https://youtu.be/TNA7-rhUuRE 1
Uncivilized England, Dominica 2019 75 P 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.

https://youtu.be/7XiQ4HIsBBk 1
Reggae Boyz USA, Germany, Jamaica 2019 73 P 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJDdteJGdUw&feature=youtu.be 1
Queen of Soca Trinidad and Tobago 2019 75 P 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
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Pigs of Paradise The Bahamas 2018 70 A 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.

https://youtu.be/7QQaumf-Nnw 1
Mañana no te olvides (Tomorrow Don’t Forget) Dominican Republic 2017 118 P 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.

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Lo Que Siento Por Ti (What I Feel For You) Dominican Republic 2019 90 N 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.

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Judgment Day: Jason Jones v the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2018 13 P 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.

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Island Strong Barbados 2018 24 A 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? 

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Keeping it Together Trinidad and Tobago 2015 15 N 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.

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Life in Kolour Trinidad and Tobago 2019 19 N 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.

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Liquid Gold: The Story of Rum in Barbados Barbados 2019 10 N English

This documentary takes a brief look at the creation and history of one of the world’s most popular alcoholic beverages, rum.

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Hit for Six A cricket player battles demons from his past while trying to make it to a world tournament. Barbados 2007 narrative feature 99 N 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.

68436 56473 Andrew Pilgrim, Rudolph Walker, Jeanille Bonterre, Alison Sealy-Smith https://vimeo.com/396988786 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 P 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…

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Langston Dreams of Fancy Sailors Trinidad and Tobago 2019 7 1 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.

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Last Street Jamaica, Spain 2019 62 N 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.

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Lifted Trinidad and Tobago 2019 featurette 25 N 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.

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The Dead Zone Trinidad and Tobago 2019 20 N 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.  

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Jill Walker: An Artistic Life Barbados 2017 55 N 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)

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Jai Trinidad and Tobago 2019 23 N 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. 

 

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Jab Molassie Trinidad and Tobago 2018 7 N 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.

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Iron Trinidad and Tobago 2019 5 N 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. 

 

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No Me Olvidaré de Ti (I Will Not Forget You) USA 2019 12 N 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

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Gade! (Look!) Haiti-France 2014 57 N 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. 

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Hidden World Suriname 2018 32 N 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.

 

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Guavas for the Road Martinique 2018 47 A 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)
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A Creative’s Story Trinidad and Tobago 2019 20 N English

‘A Creative’s Story’ explores Trinidad & Tobago society’s views about non-traditional career choices.

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Grace and Saleem Trinidad and Tobago 2019 95 1 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.

 

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Goyave Martinique 2018 28 P 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)
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Welterusten Papa (Goodnight Daddy) Curaçao 2018 65 P 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.

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Ghett’a Life Jamaica 2011 104 1

A ghetto teenager battles against the odds to become a boxing champion.

Awards:

  • The Hartley-Merrill Int. Screenwriting Award, Cannes Film Festival
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Zo Vrij als een Vogel (Free as a bird) Curaçao 2018 27 A 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? 

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From South Korea to T&T Trinidad and Tobago 2019 36 P

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.

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From Gangsta to Pastor Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary featurette 51 N 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGDvw1MSEJo 1
The Flight Martinique 2018 4 P

‘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
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Dominica: Experience an Island Reborn Dominica 2019 5 N

An exploration of the devastation wrought to Dominica by Hurricane Maria and nature’s recovery.

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De Fisheries Barbados 2018 15 A 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.

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Cuban Canvas Usa, Cuba 2018 15 A 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. 

 

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Cry Trinidad and Tobago 2017 1 A English

A young girl experiences a life-changing encounter with nature.

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Clair Obscur Martinique 2018 5 P

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
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Carnival: The Sound of the People Trinidad and Tobago 2018 5 A English

Carnival: The Sound of the People explores the inspiration behind musician Etienne Charles’ latest album.

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Calcutta to the Caribbean: An Indian Journey Trinidad and Tobago 2014 29 N English

An exploration of the Indian presence in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Botoman: Métier Piroguier (Botoman: Pirogue Driver) French Guiana 2017 53 P 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. 

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Charlie’s Records USA 2019 documentary feature 110 P 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.

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Enjaulados (Caged) Mexico 2019 12 N Spanish with English subtitles

An elderly couple, with faith as their engine, live in forgotten rural Mexico.

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La Isla Rota (Broken Island) Dominican Republic 2018 98 1 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

 

https://vimeo.com/263586848/96b9da4ab8 1
Breakthrough USA 2018 104 P 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61j_AzxkC7U&feature=youtu.be 1
Black Indians France, USA 2018 92 P 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. “

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The Business of Carnival Trinidad and Tobago 2019 24 A 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.

https://youtu.be/PZRyk0ZzT-U 1
Brasil Dominican Republic 2018 14 P 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

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Black Echo III: Bamboo Trinidad and Tobago 2018 6 A 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.  

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Big Man Dan Trinidad and Tobago 2019 4 A 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. 

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Battledream Chronicles: A New Beginning Martinique 2018 24 A

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

https://vimeo.com/256826383 1
Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba Cuba 2019 49 N 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

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Arts of Conflict: The Discourse of Notting Hill United Kingdom 2019 66 P 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. 

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Amazones: L’Art de Revivre (Amazons: The Art of Coming Alive Again) Martinique 2017 27 N 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.

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Between Us USA, South Korea 2018 11 N 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.

https://youtu.be/PErRwpOUUlk 1
Y Castigo (And Punishment) Dominican Republic 2016 10 N 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.

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Después de Lucía (After Lucia) Mexico 2012 103 1 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.

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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.

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Wrap Party / Rapsonic Concert N 1
Awards Ceremony N 1
Activism Day: Panel N 1
Acting Workshop N 1
Filmco Game Night N 1
Business Seminar N 1
Heart Therapy Exhibition N 1
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Buscando al Zorro (Looking For Zorro) Dominican Republic 2018 80 P 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu__87zVAUk 1
Y de Pronto el Amanceer (And Suddenly the Dawn) Chile 2017 188 1 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

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Una Noche de Calypso (A Night of Calypso) Panama 2017 83 A 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.

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Pather Panchali India 1955 125 N 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.

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Mamá Colombia 2017 78 1 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.

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Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughters) Mexico 2017 103 1 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

https://youtu.be/4qdPdL6A3pc 1
Johnny 100 Pesos: Twenty Years and a Day Chile 2018 120 1 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A26uUez5PXM 1
Carnival Messiah: The Film & Documentary UK 2017 128 P 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpdxgz51W1Q 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 narrative feature 84 P 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?

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Bigger than Africa USA 2018 90 A 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3IywlRWUB0 1
The Strange Luck of V.S. Naipaul United Kingdom 2008 78 P 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.

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Tribute to a Native Son Trinidad & Tobago 2007 38 P

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.

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From Steelpan, the National Instrument to Steelpan, the Industry Trinidad and Tobago 2018 20 A 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.

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Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 02 Martinique/France 2017 90 1 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPlDvWHyvFc 1
Anthony and Cleopatra UK N 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.

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Cymberline 1 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.

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Mommy Canada 2014 140 1 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx1YlGvKuA4 1
Please See Attached Trinidad & Tobago N English 1
Doubout Martinique 2018 20 1 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.

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Three Women: About Slavery and Freedom Suriname 2018 50 1 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.

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Black Doll St. Vincent & The Grenadines 2018 4 A English

A little black girl plays with her white dolls until her grandmother reminds her what it means to be a woman.

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JAFTA Propella Jamaica 2018 50 P 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.

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Yuh Too Sweet Barbados 2018 4 P English

A poetic rumination on the ruins of the lost sugar industry that is replaced by another, not so savoury industry.

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In the Fade Germany/France 2017 106 1 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.

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El Chata (The Sparring Partner) Dominican Republic 2018 75 1 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_UfL5sGD4Y 1
The Tempest 120 N 1
Kinto Jamaica 2018 16 P 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.

 

 

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La Dieta (The Diet) Cuba 2018 111 P 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.

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Lalo’s House USA/ Haiti 2018 26 1 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.

https://youtu.be/b0dl3Fu7Kp8 1
Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 01 Martinique/France 2017 90 1 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 »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPlDvWHyvFc 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 narrative short 16 1 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.

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Manumission Venezuela 2018 8 P 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.

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March of the Mokos Trinidad and Tobago 2017 21 P 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.

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Mas Guadeloupe 2017 56 P 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.

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The Wind Journeys (Los Viajes del Viento) Columbia 2009 116 A 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.

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Live Bait Trinidad and Tobago 2018 24 1 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.

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Lady in the River Trinidad & Tobago 2018 11 P 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.

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Vwé Kafé (Real Coffee) Trinidad & Tobago 2018 16 A English

An elderly villager makes coffee the traditional way.

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Windows and Walls Trinidad & Tobago 2018 14 P English

Trevaughn and Hannah Rocke are experiencing financial hardship as a couple, so they sublet rooms of their house. Trevaughn Rocke is very physically and emotionally abusive to his wife. The focus is usually on the hurt of the victim, but what about those who have to hear the abuse on a continuous basis? They each have to deal with their own pain in this situation.

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Venus and Magnet Trinidad & Tobago 2018 10 A English

Venus is a happy pup, who like many other dogs, loves to run and play. However, Venus is a Doggess of love, who proves that no matter how different we are, we can still be friends. One day, Magnet comes into her life and an unlikely bond develops.

https://youtu.be/RmktXhIkYPA 1
Unfinished Sentences A filmmaker daughter connects to her writer father through his words, which transcend his death and help her find a way back to herself. Trinidad & Tobago 2018 documentary feature 95 A English

A filmmaker daughter and her writer father navigate the conflicting issues of their relationship: race and art, adoration and disappointment, success and failure. Until he dies and in her grief, she discovers that his poetry and prose transcend death, allowing her to hear his voice again and find a way back to herself.

63397 Renaldo Frederick | Ché Jardine | Alessandra Jardine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQADGMzDv3Q 1
TTIT 40th Anniversary Trinidad & Tobago 2018 30 A English

The Twelve Tribes of Israel Trinidad (TTIT) celebrated 40 years as a spiritually guided, non-profit organization in 2017. Founded on the Rastafarian teachings of Vernon “The Prophet Gad” Carrington, the brothers and sisters recount their struggles of discrimination in the early days. They speak about how they perserved to inspire new members to study the bible and keep alive their dreams of returning to the motherland of Ethiopia.

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Trash to Treasure Trinidad & Tobago 2018 3 A English

A girl begins to understand the great value of the trash she throws away when she comes in contact with a poverty-stricken boy.

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Tiffanys USA 2018 5 A English

A planet conquering Alien who mistakes a high school mean girl for the ruler of Earth competes against her for the Prom Queen Crown.

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La Licorne (The Unicorn) Guadeloupe 2018 18 A French with English Subtitles

Jacque and Sophia can’t do it anymore. Their marriage is in danger, and for Amelie, their 7 year old daughter, they must continue to live.

https://youtu.be/kAbNPJsooUs 1
The Twin Island State 30 N

‘The Twin Island State’ is a documentary about Trinidad and Tobago hip hop music and how it relates to local audiences. The film focuses on a wide range of issues that local hip hop artistes are faced with including radio and television airplay as well as the use of the Trinbagonian accent while rapping as opposed to the traditional American accent. The documentary features interviews from well-known members of the hip hop community as well as DJ’s, radio personalities and television program host. It gives the viewer a glimpse into the life of a Trinidad and Tobago hip hop artiste.

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La Parranda (The Parrandas) Cuba 2018 61 P

A traditional popular festivity in a small Cuban city is the center in the life of its people. But they, the ‘parranderos’ have had to confront diverse hardships to keep their tradition alive.

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The Grass Men St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2018 13 P English

A short documentary set in Her Majesty’s Prisons, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This documentary describes the nature and effects of the most successful rehabilitation program to be implemented in St. Vincent prisons.

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The Deliverer 2018 14 1 English

Joseph lives in a tiny fishing village that is under threat from a local government official, ignoring the livelihood of fisherfolk in exchange for corporate gain. A chance meeting with Shane may provide the solution that Joseph and his village need but leaves him with a difficult decision to make.

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La Mora y el Cocuyo (The Blackberry and the Firebeetle) Venezuela 10 P Spanish, with English subtitles

A tale from an old Pemón woman about a BlackBerry who falls in love with a Firebeetle. The Firebettle rejects the BlackBerry because she is old, hunched over and with no leaves to show. As time passes, the BlackBerry is reborn and the Firebeetle has a change of heart and wants to know her secret.

https://youtu.be/CGF0k969yxY 1
Sustainabill 2018 8 A English

This film is about the importance of treating the world right. It highlights the manner in which we should care about the world, in the same way we care about important people in our lives. Our actions today can affect the world that we live in tomorrow.

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Sun, Sea and Science: Trinidad after Oil Trinidad and Tobago 2018 40 P English

This film examines the work of three Trinidadian scientists, microbiologist Dr Adesh Ramsubhag, computer scientist Prof Patrick Hosein, and medical researcher Prof Paul Teelucksingh as alternatives to Trinidad’s oil economy. The documentary shows how the work of these three scientists, and others, as well as the organisation which brought them together, the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence, could create a path to economic salvation based on local knowledge and untapped sustainable resources.

https://youtu.be/57WpFrKui_M 1
Studio Drummie One and the History of Rock Steady Music Jamaica 2018 90 P English

This film introduces the last living original creators of a genre of music that has spread around the globe over the last 50 years and has spawned multiple record empires using the Soul Vendors beats without recognition. Ken Boothe, Bunny Wailer, The Melodians and other greats of the period are featured.

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Sprinter Jamaica, USA 2018 1 English

A young Rastafarian, teenage athlete has the dream to qualify for the national youth team to compete in the World Youth Championships in Philadelphia. There he hopes to reunite with his mother who has been living illegally for 10 years. But once he gets there, he realises that dream isn’t necessarily shared.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWVxDze5L1Y 1
Cállate Niña (Stay Quiet) Dominican Republic, Mexico 2018 16 1 Spanish

Daniela, a college student, is secretly dating a school girl, Lucía. When Lucía’s father figures out what is happening, things take a peculiar turn and their relationship is threatened.

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Staging the Revolution Trinidad and Tobago 2018 35 P English

An arts intervention project transforms the lives of 15 teenaged girls in Trinidad + Tobago through socially conscious theatre making. This is the pilot program of Girl Be Heard T + T.

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Solstice Venezuela 2018 6 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Caught up in the football match on TV, Miguel ignores his wife’s request to take off the stove. His young daughter volunteers to do so and it suddenly becomes the longest day of the year. Miguel and his wife are unable to cope with his negligence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z1lFOO2HOk 1
Shattered St Lucia 2018 5 P English

A lonely woman suspects that her male friend has broken into her home but the pieces of the story do not all fit together.

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Same Old Shit Trinidad & Tobago 2018 5 1 English

When a tempered rock icon is confronted with an unlikely souvenir from his wild past, he is enticed to return to his true nature.

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Sam Puerto Rico 2018 10 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Sam is a young transgender man in Puerto Rico, where the trans community is still a subject of discrimination and prejudice. After several failed attempts to secure a job, Sam is forced to confront a life-changing decision and choose what aspects of himself he’s willing to sacrifice in order to survive.

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Sensing Travel: A Series of Deconstructing Moments within Aesthetics Trinidad & Tobago 2018 17 A English

Sensing Travel is an art film in intersectionality, as I traveled through space. Converging aesthetics into a political performance of global aesthetics.

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Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams Grenada/USA 12 1 English

Growing up with absentee mothers on the island of Grenada, three people recount their emotional stories of abandonment, psychological damage and the attempts to reconnect with their estranged parents who migrated abroad for work.

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Scarred Trinidad & Tobago 2018 5 P English

Words have the abillity to make or break you. Choose yours wisely.

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Safe Spaces Trinidad and Tobago 2018 27 P English

In 2017, youth outreach NGO, 2 Cents Movement, toured secondary schools in Trinidad + Tobago engaging the nation’s youth on the issue of gender-based violence using spoken word poetry, theatre and talkback conversations.

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Run Free UK, Jamaica 2018 70 P English

A group of young men from Parade Gardens embark on a journey of transformation using parkour and Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Hero’s Journey’. In a programme hosted by the British Council, the National Theatre of Scotland and Manifesto Jamaica, they create a piece of theatre that impacted the young men and their community through their struggles over three years of engagement and development.

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Run Dominican Republic 2017 2 P

In 2017, Hurricane Maria trashed parts of the Dominican Republic. Left in a state of shambles, ‘Run’ shows the extent a father will go in order to provide for his child.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpMCxBZh9Z0 1
Zone Protégée (Protected Zone) Martinique/France 2016 9 P French with English Subtitles

Francis is a young black man living in Paris who proudly wears his dreadlocks and love for Rastafarian culture. On the streets he is viewed with suspicion and taunted by racist remarks. He catches the attention of the police who are certain to arrest him for drug possession but their stereotyping may have deceived them.

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Paranoia: Crime In Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago 2018 8 P English

An encounter between a resident at home and a supposed electrician simply coming to repair a broken light, however his actions say otherwise. The resident becomes increasingly aware of his behaviour, questioning his intentions and authenticity and wonders if he may be walking into a trap, or simply being paranoid.

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Oya: Rise of the Suporisha United Kingdom 2014 13 P English, Yoruba

An innocent girl with a supernatural gift is kidnapped and held hostage by a sacrificial cult in London. To rescue her, her protector Adesuwa must evoke the mythical powers of the ancient deities of the West African Orishas to transform into the fearsome warrior goddess Oya.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmA_ZWniRzY 1
Les Mots que Chuchotent Nos Ombres (Our Shadows Whisper) Guadeloupe 26 1 French with English Subtitles

Julia, a young mother, tries to preserve the unity of her family. However, tragic memories emerge and give Julia worrying anxieties.

https://youtu.be/PNJ-3B_fDRI 1
Oseyi and the Masqueraders Dominica 2018 27 P

A young boy comes of age when he conquers his fear of the Carnival costumes of his village, and learns two family secrets.

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Eggs Benedict Trinidad and Tobago 2018 30 1 English

Algie likes young women but do they like him? Money and power sweeten that deal although not everyone gets what they were bargaining for. Algie’s peccadilloes require the utmost discretion, of that he is certain.

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Facepaint Trinidad and Tobago 2018 21 A English
Dave applies his make-up as he prepares to act as Chief Hyarima in a play about the Arena  massacre in Trinidad. He recently found out that his biological grandfather is not the loving ‘Nana’ with whom he grew up. His real but absent grandfather is of First People’s ancestry, too close to the role he is asked to play. The role takes on  a deeper meaning as Dave struggles to find his identity and true colours in the canvas of life.
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The Firewalkers of Kali Trinidad and Tobago 2018 23 A English

The most spectacular ritual of Indian immigrants after they left the estates was the firepass ceremony, in which devotees walked through blazing flames. Sometimes associated with Hosay, the ritual enjoyed widespread support, until in the 1950s the growth of a more staid Hinduism led to its decline. In recent decades, however, firepass has been revived as part of the emotionally-charged Shakti pujas held in kali temples throughout Trinidad for the physical and spiritual healing of devotees.

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Floating into Fire Trinidad and Tobago 2018 9 P English

Floating into Fire is a tragic magical realist love story that leads a man and his heart adrift at sea and on the brink of a psychedelic existential crisis. His journey of letting go is woven through Trinidad during the time of carnival and it leaves the viewer dripping in Caribbean culture and mythology

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Sin Ayo (No Goodbye) Curacao 12 P Papiamento with English Subtitles

As Flor Marie reflects on the last time she saw her lover, her niece rummages through her stuff to find the last gift he gave her. He was one of the construction workers who died in the Juliana Bridge disaster in Curaçao on November 06, 1967.

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Nang by Nang Canada/Trinidad and Tobago 2017 documentary featurette 40 P English

Nang is a true survivor at 93. She was born in a rural village in Moruga, Trinidad in 1920s to Chinese/French/ African and Amerindian parents. She has had many roles—dancer, model, singer, maid, nurse and even cinema operator. Director Richard Fung lovingly documents his second cousin as she retraces her steps to the many highlights and heartbreaks of her life along her journey from Port of Spain to Caracas to New York and New Mexico.

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For the Love of Money Trinidad and Tobago 2018 28 1 English

After a night of delight at the casino with her rich husband, Delilah Lombardo awakes to find she’s in the wrong house. Waking up next to Kirby, the guy whose winning streak got everyone’s attention, was not what she bargained for. And having a house guest who simply won’t leave, is not what he bargained for. Now, they have to put their differences aside and work together to get the life they both want.

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Fragmentz Barbados 2018 6 1 English

A girl tries to unravel pieces of her fragmented memory. She soon realises not everything that is faced can be changed.

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From a Valley of Talol Haiti 2018 10 1 Haitian Creole with English subtitles

A heartbreaking look at the restavek system of child servitude in Haiti. From a Valley of Talol presents victims’ tales of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. But it is also a story of hope, forgiveness and restoration.

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From Colonization to Cake Soap Colorism in Jamaican Society Jamaica 2018 25 1 English

This short documentary addresses the issue of Colorism in Jamaica, both on the island and abroad, and the emotional and physical impact it has had on Jamaican people.

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Hall Barbados 2017 95 N English

The story of the notorious fugitive Winston Leroy Hall is something of almost folkloric legend in Barbados. Convicted for the murder of an elderly plantation owner, he escaped prison authorities multiple times and managed to stay on the run for nearly two decades across the Caribbean. The truth behind his escapes are elusive and bizarre as the story unfolds in this thrilling documentary.

https://youtu.be/vtBw7dcrDhAw 1
Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross Trinidad and Tobago/Canada 2018 110 P English

In 1941 Ulric Cross, a young man from Trinidad, leaves his island home to seek his fortune. He emerges from World War II as the RAF’s most decorated West Indian. Cross’ long life spanned key moments of the 20th century including independence in Africa and the Caribbean. Shot in Ghana, UK and T + T, the film is not just about his life but of the extraordinary and transformative times he lived in, and tells the untold story of those Caribbean professionals who helped to liberate Africa from colonialism.

https://youtu.be/N0p7WkgGYPU 1
Home Invasion Trinidad and Tobago 2018 42 1 English

State Prosecutor Nathan Barr is spearheading an investigation into corruption by Ian Clarke, a prominent Member of Parliament. In an effort to prevent the investigation moving forward, Ian hires goons to retrieve critical evidence from Nathan’s home.

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Hush-a-Bye Trinidad and Tobago 2018 30 P English

Rose and Dean are thrilled to be expanding their family. However, Rose notices all is not quite right at a time when she should be her happiest. After giving birth to Millie, the subtle signs and symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD) progress, bringing about feelings of guilt and confusion. Rose is baffled as the signs go unnoticed by those closest to her. The symptoms spiral out of Rose’s control. Is it too late for Rose? Her baby? Her family?

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The Pursuit of Truth @ 125 Trinidad and Tobago 2018 40 P English

From humble beginnings in 1852 with a nun and three young girls from the Belmont Orphanage began a 125 year legacy for the Catholic Church. This documentary looks at the highs and lows of the Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago through the writings and stories of its many writers – the 1937 Labour riots, the 1970 Black Power Movement, the 1990 attempted coup; the times we failed history and the times we made history. It is in the pursuit of truth for 125 years that the legacy of a faith and a people are told.

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Juni Curaçao 2017 8 P

A group of four teenage boys hang out together, but not everyone is feeling at ease within the group. Juni, having equal potential for good and bad makes a choice and takes control of his future.

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East Waves Jamaica 2018 2 P English

An unexpected moment that is fun yet dangerous.

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Disposable Trinidad and Tobago 2018 12 A English

The successful recycling initiative of the Trincity region is showcased as an ideal model that can be implemented throughout Trinidad. Highlighting that 75 per cent of recyclable waste is currently designated for landfills, the urgent need for an eco-friendly approach to waste management is explored.

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Duo Impacto Cuba 2017 8 A Spanish, with English subtitles

A lesbian couple, who often performs in female to male drag, shares their experience about coming out of the closet. They give their insight on their efforts to challenge gender expectations and spread acceptance in their rural community of La Habana, Cuba.

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International Men’s Day Trinidad and Tobago 2018 17 A English

Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh discusses the inspiration for the creation of International Men’s Day. Observed on the 19 November, International Men’s Day has been recognised by numerous countries throughout the region and the wider international community.

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Para Elorza… Sin Cancion (To Elorza… Without a Song) Venezuela 2018 8 A Spanish, with English subtitles

Valentin is on a mission to write a song for a girl he likes, who lives in Elorza Town. On his way there, he starts to panic and jumps off of the bus in the middle of nowhere, so he can get more time to complete the song. At the bus stop, he meets a number of different people, who all share their different love experiences, which makes Valentin second guess what he is doing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWXdtBvAlAM&list=PL4rH5C41y0duGhsdvMqonFIULY6veyjsH&index=13 1
Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors Japan, Jamaica 2017 44 P English

This documentary takes a look at the lives of four Japanese women who fell in love with Dancehall music and decided to move to Jamaica to build lives and careers. They also dismiss talks about cultural appropriation and profess their love for the island, the music, the people and the culture.

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Cross My Heart 2018 14 1 English

An American teenager visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. This film explores the culture of silence amongst women, the kinds of secrets we keep and who they are actually protecting.

https://vimeo.com/265476403 1
Cocote Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, Qatar 2017 106 1 English

Alberto, an evangelical gardener, returns to his hometown to attend his father’s funeral, killed by an influential man. To mourn the deceased, he is forced to participate in religious celebrations that are contrary to his will and beliefs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyseZHrUjd8 1
Children of the Incursion Jamaica 2018 24 P English

In 2010, the Jamaican government carried out a controversial military operation in downtown Kingston’s Tivoli Gardens, notoriously controlled by local don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke like a state of his own. On their hunt for Dudus, enforcement officers allegedly murdered hundreds of people suspected of criminal activity in and around their homes without due process. Seven years later, now grown up, some of the thousands of children who lived through the Tivoli Incursion reflect on the traumatic experience and how it continues to affect their lives. In a poetic journey through memories, realities and universal truths seen through children’s eyes, Children of the Incursion attempts to understand the rampant and increasing violence on the island.

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Caroni Canada, Trinidad and Tobago 2018 8 G English

A young woman in the US reminisces about her childhood passion for T+T’s national bird, the Scarlet Ibis, and its flight to freedom.

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Black Hair Trinidad and Tobago 2018 20 G English

The struggles of having black hair.

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Breaking the Cycle Trinidad & Tobago 2018 61 P English

Moving from victim to survivor, Camika, a mother of seven, shares her personal story of how she got the strength and voice to stop the cycle of domestic abuse in her home.

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Anima Regalias’ Imperfect Apparition Trinidad and Tobago 2018 2 P English

A silent film in which Anima Regalias, portrayed by Michelle Isava, appears.

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Three Minutes Trinidad and Tobago 2018 5 P

A couple’s three-minute wait for a pregnancy test becomes a ticking time bomb which sets off a minefield of unresolved issues in this uproariously funny comedy short.

https://youtu.be/l6aVx4-DnnQ 1
A Mauritian Mobius Trinidad and Tobago 2018 61 P Mauritian Creole (with English subtitles)

The lives of a wealthy businessman, two drug addicts and a cantankerous obeah woman are strangely intertwined in the events following a woman’s suicide. Set on the culturally and ethnically diverse island of Mauritius and filmed entirely in its local Creole language, this weaving story touches on the macabre yet finds humorous twists that embody both the light and dark areas of human life.

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Back in Times Trinidad & Tobago 2018 6 P English

‘Back in Times’ constructs  an ingenious narrative via the spoken word art-form, highlighting the glaring disparities between our past and the present.

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Angela Cuba 2018 13 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Angela is a young Afro-Cuban woman living as an immigrant in New York City. Struggling to maintain a job she finds solace, identity and her history in the vibrant Cuban Diaspora communities while coping with her feelings of loneliness in the Big Apple.

https://vimeo.com/259926121 1
We Will Live Cayman Islands 2017 24 P English

After the small plane she took with her lover hoping to start a better life elsewhere crashed during a violent storm, Elia must survive in the unknown jungle she’s stranded in.

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Nos Vamos Pa’ París (We’re Going to Paris) Puerto Rico 2017 8 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Ever since she was a little girl, Rosita has dreamt of visiting Paris but never had the money to go. Now in her eighties, she has fallen on hard times and may lose her house to a foreclosure. Along with her clumsy but loveable husband Gonzalo, she devises an outrageous plan to rob a bank in order to save her home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdN4pwpifWI 1
Dear Jane UK 2016 13 1 English

Dr Jane Harte is a world-renowned counsellor who has helped millions of couples solve their marital issues. On her wedding anniversary, she discovers her own husband has left her. Worse, she must take in her emotionally unbalanced sister, Rhonda.

 

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E Yobida Di Ayera (Yesterday’s Rain) Aruba 2016 10 N English

Expressing your romantic feelings to the person you are secretly in love with is never easy, especially when this person is your best friend. But Monica has made her decision. This will be her coming-out day. Today the sun will start to shine, and the rain will belong to yesterday.

 

Caribbean Shorts Competition winner of 2017 of Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Uncertainty and Failure (Incertidumbre y Fracaso) Trinidad & Tobago + Scotland 2017 N

These artists explore their experience of a transnational encounter, through their interests in language, sound, video, memory and ritual. The soundtrack is a collection of words they exchanged that were generated by this experience and later by their reflections on the documentation.

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A Dress to the Nation Trinidad & Tobago 2017 0.059 N

A dress to the Nation, is commentary on our existence in this post colonial island. We are orphaned children being handed over (along with the problems
of our poor parenting), every five years to a new parent. We are promised a better tomorrow. Yeah. Right…wait for that.

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Reforget Barbados 2017 N

A Barbadian artist goes on an inner journey through his memories, trying to recall his identity while talking to himself using “fling” (a Bajan rap flow). He want to free his mind from the shackles of social conditioning and reclaim his individuality.

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Cathedral Trinidad & Tobago 2017 N

A woman’s spiritual journey leads her away from traditional religion to find her bearings and peace in a different kind of church.

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Afloat USA 2017 N

A personal journey through OCD and memory, as told by the water cycle.

 

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Xerox Island Trinidad & Tobago 2017 N

Xerox Island considers the quality of thought and education and examines their gradual deterioration in a cycle that lacks innovation. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.

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After La Monte Young Dominica 2017 N

This film reflects, in a poetic, abstract way, the struggle of being an artist on a remote island in the Caribbean

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Chaotic Beauty Jamaica 2016 N

Chaotic Beauty seeks to compare and contrast the ways in which the human brain perceives, processes and interprets visual imagery gathered from everyday experiences, with imagery that is generated solely through the use of digital technology.

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Jamaica Propella 2017: New Shorts From Jamaica Jamaica 2017 60 N English

FEVER DREAM

Director: Nile Saulter

A solitary scrap-metal collector must navigate his way back to the path of promise after disaster strikes. Meanwhile he’s plagued by dreams of a beautiful life once lived, or yet to come.

 

THIS CITY OF MINE

Director: Danielle Russell

It is the first day of a brand-new job for Julia Aitken, a young university graduate. She is on her own in Kingston, and determined to be
 the independent woman that her parents don’t believe she can be. Julia decides to use the affordable public transportation system to get to work, but on the way, she encounters a few people and situations that she was not prepared for, all while trying to make it to work on time.

 

CODE

Director: Sarah Manley

Code is about the struggle between the old ways of Rastafari livity and new modern technology. It is also about a boy who defies a father he loves and respects to prove his manhood.

 

MANGO WARS

Director: Kyle Chin

Mr. Brown struggles to defend his large mango tree from the constant raids of passersby, neighbours and a particular set of clever thieves.

 

ONE PATTY

Director: Eugene Williams

An impatient young man enters a patty shop. All he wants is one patty. But the colourful patrons in the line all unknowingly hamper his efforts at getting his one patty. His impatience causes him to make rash decisions and he learns a valuable life lesson – the hard way..

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Yo Soy De Allá (I Was Born There) Costa Rica 2016 18 P Spanish and Boruca, with English subtitles

Yanory is a young indigenous woman from the rural, undeveloped area of Boruca, who also studies economics and anthropology in the city. She tells how she reconciles her double life.

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Wither Trinidad & Tobago 2017 12 1 None

Wither presents a Caribbean woman’s desire for love and stability. Melissa becomes obsessed with the idea of marriage and her fantasy lover. Dressed in a bride’s gown, she is driven to fulfil her desire. Will her fate be met or will she face a harsh reality?

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Wildflower Barbados 2017 16 1 English

Twenty-two-year-old Rorie Burgess goes on a mental journey to help cope with her feelings toward her father, who was never a part of her life, though she had always longed for a relationship with him.  After the death of her paternal grandmother, she discovers a bag of letters that she wrote to him over the years, all unopened.

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Wetlands And Us Trinidad & Tobago 2017 25 A English

Wetlands and Us is an educational documentary on the importance of wetlands in Tobago and what their presence means for the island and the world. The negative impact of human activity on these systems is highlighted, along with an examination of what is being done and what still needs to be done to help preserve these habitats for future generations.

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We Love Moses UK 2016 15 1 English

When Ella was twelve, she had her first fight. At the same age, she also discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her brother Michael’s gorgeous best friend Moses left her with a secret that she still carries. Is she the only one who loves Moses?

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Un Desishon (One Decision) Netherlands Antilles 2017 12 1 Papiamentu, with English Subtitles

A young man is unable to cope with the pressures in both his personal and professional life. He makes a series of bad decisions and consequently pushes everybody away from him. After consuming a large amount of alcohol, he jumps into his car and is ready to reverse his actions and start doing the right thing.

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Unbound Trinidad & Tobago 2017 28 N English

Follow Detective-Sergeant Mia Richardson as she tackles the brutal rape of a young woman. As a member of CISOCA she is bound by an oath to protect the vulnerable.

Her investigation is derailed by a man who is neither friend nor foe; a rogue officer of the JDF known only as Roman. Mia’s investigation uncovers a sinister human trafficking ring but also betrays a secret from her past. Now she must put an end to a personal evil and dive head first into a confrontation that she cannot hope to win on her own.

This film highlights the issues of human trafficking, sex tourism and revenge/murder though the stories of three different characters, each bound in their own way. Whether man, woman or child, anyone can be affected by these issues, but a way must be found to free oneself from victimhood. Trauma does not need to define who someone is.

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Tourments D’amour (Torments of Love) Guadeloupe + France 2017 54 1 French, with English subtitles

Two sisters go to their deceased grandmother’s house to sort her belongings. When Vanessa learns that Myriam has also invited their father for lunch, it is too late for her to leave and the confrontation is inevitable. Facing their distant father, Myriam tries to hide her wounds behind a mask of perfection, whereas Vanessa chooses cynicism and provocation.

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To Be A Renegade Trinidad & Tobago 2017 45 A English

A pore-raising look at the past, present and future of the BP Renegades Steel Orchestra. Touching on the violent beginnings of pan, through the era of change, to its present state as a positive influence on the community and steelbands as international ambassadors, this film seeks to provide a sense of what it really means To Be A Renegade.

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To Be An All Star Trinidad & Tobago 2017 20 A English

Trinidad + Tobago is more than a people, place and culture. It is an inexplicable energy. To Be An All Star is the fortuitous story of possibly the biggest moment in the 2017 Trinidad + Tobago Carnival. The documentary captures and shares the moments of the extraordinary energy of the festivities when the Massy Trinidad All Stars steelband wins the Big Band Panorama finals.

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Time To Die Trinidad & Tobago 2017 10 1 English

Newly recruited by law-enforcement authorities, Jason tries to prove his competence when he is assigned to protect Hailee, the daughter of a prominent politically exposed person (PEP). He’s unaware of a lethal scheme, and a kidnapping attempt goes wrong as Jason obstructs the arrangement between the PEP and a known drug leader to kidnap Hailee and put her in a safe house. The ambitious young man sets out to complete his task, but finds himself in a life-threatening situation.

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The Weekend Trinidad & Tobago 2017 30 1 English

Gregg Pinto, a filmmaker, invites a group of his closest friends to a getaway at a villa on Trinidad’s north coast to celebrate his fortieth birthday. This is supposed to be a memorable weekend commemorating this milestone. In a house filled with clashing personalities, lies and deceptions, what could possibly go wrong?

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The Knot St Lucia 2017 15 1 English

In this magical realism film, Gina and Gerald secretly cast love spells on each other without the other one knowing. Both are now unhappy, but unable to leave the relationship because they are tied together by the magic they have created. They must find a way to reverse what they have done.

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The Book Of Jasmine Barbados 14 1 English

Jasmine is a young Spiritual Baptist who must choose between her faith and her sexuality. As she undergoes the mourning ritual to seek guidance to suppress her desires for the woman she loves, she is taken on a spiritual journey on which she finds the answer she has been looking for.

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Talent Inc. Trinidad & Tobago 2016 10 1 English

Network mogul Ms O decides to move back to her native country. In Triniwood, she comes into contact with many unique characters, all of who want to make it into the big league. Day in and day out, she is confronted with many issues, in both her personal and professional life.

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Sorf Hair Trinidad & Tobago 2017 24 A English

People with kinky/curly hair have been the butt of every hair joke for centuries. From discrimination to lost opportunities, these issues tend to take a toll on the lives of “naturals” around the globe. Sorf Hair explores the natural-hair experience in T+T as people from all walks of life and with different hair textures reveal their stories and challenges.

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Snapshot Kingston Jamaica 2016 8 P English

Kaleb plans to take his girlfriend to some of the best places around Kingston, Jamaica. When you are with the right person, you tend to see and appreciate the beauty around you even more. He plans to ask her a question that may change her life and perspective forever.

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Sèptant Lanné Ansanm – Seventy Years Together Trinidad & Tobago 2017 14 P English + Patois

Pin and Norma are a nostalgic bilingual couple, celebrating 70 years of marriage. This is a golden moment for the couple as they go down memory lane, sharing their journey of love, trust and partnership.

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Self Guadeloupe 2017 8 1 French, with English subtitles

A young man is trying to determine who he is. He wonders why he is always sad. Why can’t he be happy?  He becomes lost in his own mind and begins to wander in a dream, which feels truer than reality. He is followed by a shadow. Will he be able to face the truth?

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See You Yesterday USA 2017 17 P English

Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, CJ Walker and Sebastian Thomas, are determined to outwit fate and build a makeshift time machine to save CJ’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by the police. When these heroes first witness the death of Calvin, they jump back in time to save him, but only to fail. Determined to save his life, they risk their lives and try again…and again.

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Scarlett-Angelina USA 2017 10 1 English

Never underestimate a little girl with good manners. Scarlett-Angelina, the pampered daughter of wealthy parents, takes it in her stride when she is kidnapped by Ralph, who poses as the family’s chauffeur. When his plans don’t go as he had envisioned, Ralph finds out, a little too late, the reason for her attitude.

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Roots | Routes Barbados 2017 11 A None

Stuart Hall said, “If you think of culture always as a return to roots — R-O-O-T-S — you’re missing the point. I think of culture as routes — R-O-U-T-E-S — the various routes by which people travel, culture travels, culture moves, culture develops, culture changes, cultures migrate, etc.” Roots | Routes is a series of animated shorts detailing different aspects of the Barbadian experience.

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Rapatriation Guadeloupe 2017 1 A None

He was supposed to leave home…and never return. He thought he was courageous to travel far from his island. But let him tell you the odyssey of his return. Now it will be all right, for whatever it is…he’s there!

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Raindrops On My Head Trinidad & Tobago 2017 9 A English

Raindrops on my Head follows a young boy as he struggles through trials and hardship, facing the world alone, in the hope of a good day to come. Faith, hope and love are said to be connected, so if you love something, you will have faith in it.

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Protest Trinidad & Tobago 2016 3 A English

This marriage between the creative forms of animation and spoken word tells the story of protesting. It is seen through the eyes of an unsuspecting Trini, and reflects the cultural nuances of Trinidad + Tobago. Now this is protest!

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Pimento And Hot Pepper -The Mento Story Jamaica 2016 58 A English

In Jamaica, before there was ska, reggae and dancehall there was mento. This is the history of Jamaica’s first popular music, which peaked along with the worldwide popularity of Trinidadian calypso in the 1950s. Stylistically unique, mento is the original sound of Jamaica and is still played across the island.

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Pierott Noir… A Gothic Trousseau Of Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago 2017 16 P English

This film celebrates the architectural and cultural heritage of Trinidad + Tobago,  commemorating some highlights of the country’s history.

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Padlock UK 2016 18 1 English

Matt is trapped in a claustrophobic and manipulative situation. He stares at the padlocked cabinet in his bathroom, whose contents remain a mystery. His fears and uncertainties are revealed one night when Julie, his partner, turns the key, unlocking the truth behind their relationship.

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Paddlin’ Spirit: A Portrait Of The Artist Laura Facey Jamaica 2016 30 P English

In her work the controversial Jamaican artist Laura Facey explores the indescribable cruelty of slavery, but also the resilient nature of the human being. Loved and hated in equal parts in her country of origin, mainly because of the explicitness of her work, Facey stands out for her denunciation of the abuse of women and the way she uses her art as a form of therapy to overcome her own personal traumatic experiences.

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One In Trinidad & Tobago, USA 2017 15 1 English

All Kassie really wants for her birthday is a lock for her bedroom door. Instead, she gets an Elsa dress from Frozen and a pearl necklace. She throws a tantrum, but is unable to tell her father the reason for her wish, leading him to believe that she wants to talk to boys in private.

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Nariva: An Under-Recognised Treasure Trinidad & Tobago 2017 10 A English

Wetlands — water combined with a diverse group of ecological landscapes — are important because they provide a range of benefits to people and the environment. However, few people realise just how many benefits they provide. This film ventures into a swamp to take a closer look.

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Nannan; Alternative art explorations #Martinique. Martinique 2017 60 A French, with English subtitles

Nannan is a travel diary taking you through Martinique, at the heart of the process of creation, and featuring several artists working on contemporary projects in dance, the visual arts, and music. From hip hop to contemporary dance, from photography to the renewed traditional arts of the island, Nannan lifts the curtain on a West Indian artistic stage, revealing young and less young artists, with an original approach often unknown to the general public. Communities rub shoulders with each other, innovate, and constantly question tradition.

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Metiver In Paramin Trinidad & Tobago 2017 9 A English

In the hillside agricultural village of Paramin, farmers suffer great loss of topsoil and property owing to erosion and slippage. This documentary captures the return to Paramin of ‘metiver’ – an invaluable plant to a hillside farming community, which was lost over the generations because of the overuse of weedicides.

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Mermaids Barbados 2017 12 P English

A fisherman refuses to give up on the depleted fishing industry on his island. In his quest, he finds a mermaid washed up on shore amongst the seaweed. Later he wakes up looking to find her. Was it a dream, or has hope finally come to the dystopian island?

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Men Are Dogs Trinidad & Tobago 2017 21 1 English

Why do local uniformed men ‘horn’ their wives and girlfriends? Men Are Dogs explores the infidelity of military men in T+T. Though these servicemen take a serious tongue-lashing, the film levels the playing field.

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Kafou (Crossroad) Haiti 2017 narrative featurette 50 1 Haitian Creole, with English Subtitles

Port-au-Prince by night. Doc and Zoe are just hired to deliver an unknown package. Their job comes with three essential rules: never stop the car, never roll down the windows, never open the trunk. At a crossroad, they stumble upon a dog. Each crossroad requires a sacrifice. Their decision will change their path irreversibly.

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Just Cheer Up Trinidad & Tobago 2017 19 P English

The issue of mental illness in Trinidad + Tobago has often been swept under the rug. Just Cheer Up is a documentary that highlights that fact and how mental illness affects those suffering from it. This film serves to raise awareness, educate and motivate the country to face this taboo topic.

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Jess Trinidad & Tobago 2017 26 1 English

Jessica and David’s marriage is in troubled waters after David’s infidelity. The existence of his lover isn’t something that Jessica is about to roll over and take. With a daughter caught in the middle, Jessica and David struggle with the possibility of saving their marriage or losing it all.

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I Wish I Were My Girlfriend’s Cellphone Guyana 2017 33 P English

Ron becomes frustrated over his girlfriend’s fixation with her cellphone. While venting to his friends, he wishes she could give him the same courtesy. When his wish is granted, he gains her attention and the rest becomes history.

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It Still Haunts Me Trinidad & Tobago 2017 9 P English

While having a drink at a bar, a young woman struggles to come to terms with her troubled past. Her childhood memories are not as deeply buried as she thought they were. Her tough exterior dissolves and she is forced to come face to face with herself.

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Invisi-Bill Trinidad & Tobago 2017 10 P English

Bill Aman is a 15-year-old outcast who attends Hillview College. He is socially invisible and craves the attention of others in order to feel a sense of purpose. One day, in the woods, he is bitten by an invisible space bug and literally becomes invisible. With this new power, Bill has the ability to seek vengeance.

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In Frame Trinidad & Tobago 2017 28 A English

Is there a film culture in Trinidad andTobago? In Frame looks at the issues affecting the local film industry and its members. Local filmmakers speak out about the issues they face, such as developing film within a post-colonial society, overcoming stereotypes, and addressing the lack of infrastructure to make viable films.

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How to Kill a Fish Janaica 2017 10 P English

Michael is all ready to cook a special dinner for Christina in an attempt to woo her.  He sets down his groceries and goes through his recipe books. He dices, measures, boils and even dances as he cooks. However, when he is ready to prepare the fish, he begins to hear sounds coming from it. He tries to convince himself that it’s just a fish — but he just can’t seem to bring himself to kill it.

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Homeless 24 Barbados 2017 7 P English

In a social experiment, Nicholas, a young Barbadian, takes to the street and pretends to be homeless for 24 hours. Passers-by react differently as he reaches out for their  help. What he finds out is heartbreaking: vagrants and the homeless need more than food and shelter; they need to feel human.

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Flower USA 2017 15 1 English

In an average day in the life of a young sex worker, Su Ming, she encounters various types of men, among them a bookish, professorial old man, a troubled and needy young man and a disturbed veteran. One client at a time, she is seen struggling through the trials and tribulations of her dark world.

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Finding Dowry Trinidad + Tobago 2017 20 P English

This satirical film showcases the development of modern habits and materialistic desires. Coming from a family with strong East Indian traditions, Mohan finds a way to use these customs to his own benefit, and unexpectedly announces that he is ready to get married.

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Féfé Limbé Guadeloupe 2016 28 A French, with English Subtitles

At 65, Féfé gets his heart broken for the first time. During his divorce, his friend goes on a quest to get him out of the house and takes him to a dating agency. There they decide to pursue Suzie, another divorcee. Féfé and Suzie hit it off nicely, but Féfé just cannot seem to get over his first love.

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entre 2 rives: de saint-domingue à pointe-à-pitre (between 2 shores: from santo domingo to pointe-à-pitre) Guadeloupe 2016 53 A French, with English Subtitles

A chronicle of the struggle of two Dominican women, who left everything behind, including their own children, to move to Guadeloupe in hope of a better life. More than ten years later, they still fight every day to bring their children across to their new home. Two women, two shores, one dream.

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El Despertar de las Hormigas: Niñez (The Awakening of the Ants: Childhood) Costa Rica 2016 18 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Ten-year-old Luciana speaks to animals and has an special relationship with nature. During a family trip, she has some sensations- for the first time ever — that will transform her world and trigger her curiosity, anger, confusion, guilt and fantasy.

 

 

 

Presented by the Embassy of Costa Rica

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Dreamshire Barbados 2017 23 P English

Imagine a society where dreaming does not exist. Dreamshire is a thrilling film about an autocratic government which has developed a drug to generate a passive society which can dream no more. The tables are turned when one man awakens the power to dream. He joins an ex-army professor and sets out to help the people who are stuck in a comatose, non-dreaming state and thus to foil the government’s plans.

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Dream Trinidad & Tobago 2016 3 A English

Dream is an exhilarating film about a world where animals run free and humans are at one with nature.

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De Kiskeya a Haiti: Mais Où Sont Passés Nos Arbres? (Where Have Our Trees Gone?) Haiti 2016 52 P French with English Subtitles

A plea for a green Haiti, Where Have Our Trees Gone??? 300 Years of Tree Cutting in Haiti raises the alarm about the effects of deforestation, showing the complexity of the woodcutting phenomenon. Through interviews and unpublished archives, it exposes the impact of the timber trade during the colonial period, the American occupation and the Duvalier dictatorship.

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Dancing on the Edge Trinidad & Tobago 2018 28 P English + Spanish, with English subtitles

The members of La Chacaita Kingdom Crew hit the streets with one thing on their minds: dancing. But first, they must overcome stereotypes, criticism and the possibility of being arrested. When the lights turn red, they go.

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Visibly Me Trinidad & Tobago 2017 13 P English

Visibly Me tells the story of a 47-year-old woman with no partner and no children who finds herself invisible and feels she has no choice but to find the antidote. This is a film about memory and perspective where the director’s  deeply personal reflections resonate with those of us who have found ourselves invisible at some point in our lives.

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Temple in the Sea Trinidad & Tobago 2017 15 G English

A chronicle of the life and contribution of Siewdass Sadhu, an indentured labourer, who is regarded as a legend for building the Temple in the Sea at Waterloo, Carapichaima. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl coming to terms with her heritage and identity.

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Short Drop Trinidad & Tobago, USA 2017 28 1 English

Bartholomew, a retired civil servant, takes a leisurely drive downtown, where Shanice mistakes his car for a taxi. After much resistance, he agrees to take her to her destination. Along the way, they encounter a wide diversity of Trinidadian characters, from cross-dresser Hott Pepper to gang member Tan Tan. What follows is a long day of reckoning with memories, friendships and revelations.

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Salty Dog Trinidad & Tobago 2017 26 P English

When the rug is pulled from under his feet, a savvy old salt must navigate the stormy waters of his relationship with his estranged son. As tensions flare between the two, the son checks out retirement homes for his father.

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Culture Consciousness Trinidad & Tobago 2017 19 A Spanish, with English subtitles

Culture Consciousness stems from the desire to dig into the Caribbean region’s history. These nations have been influenced by their colonial past and by the generations that followed thereafter. The importance of literature is showcased, as literary and artistic representations lay the foundation for nation-building. How do we define who are we as a Caribbean people?

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Con Sana Alegria (With Wholesome Joy) Cuba 2016 14 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Zaydita has a lot on her plate and doesn’t get to spend much time out of the house. While her parents’ naturalization papers are being processed, Zaydita is left to take care of her grandmother, Juana, who suffers from dementia. After what seems like forever, Zaydita decides to shake things up a bit and go out on the town on the eve of her birthday, which also happens to be the coldest day of winter in Cuba.

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Come Out Come Out USA 2017 12 1 English

When a single mother decides to go on her first date in years, her estranged partner pays her a surprise visit in an attempt to reconcile with her. When she refuses to give him a final kiss goodbye, his violent temper erupts and she must take drastic action to save herself and their baby.

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Class 15 UK 2016 13 1 English

This dramatic film shows the change in attitude of young Alicia after the man she once knew as her father walks out on the family, taking her brother Shane with him. Fast-forward to ten years later, at the Belrose Secondary School, when Mr Campbell, an English teacher, expresses his frustration over the child’s conduct to her mother. This leads to the revelation of the source of her disruptive behaviour.

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Chocolate Dominican Republic 2016 11 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Yan gets stood up by his date, and ends up meeting his friend at a local club. To get Yan out of his distress, his friend challenges him to talk to a girl who is standing across from them. Yan uses different tactics to try to lure her.

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Charcoal USA 2016 6 P English

Charcoal captures the parallel stories of two black women and their lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance and ultimately redemption. Despite the vast distances between them, these women both face a barrage of social messages from strangers and loved ones alike: That their darker complexion makes them less worthy of love, acceptance or respect. Yet through this painful erosion of their self-worth, these women rediscover their power and undergo a metamorphosis. They fully embrace the beauty, versatility and dignity of their melanin and begin to disrupt the generational cycle of self-hatred within communities of color.

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Centerstitch Trinidad & Tobago 2015 12 P English

Is there a link between fashion, media and school behaviour? Centerstitch takes the unique point of view of a young schoolboy, who is obsessed with his shoes. This film looks at the issues plaguing the local school system, such as bullying, unprotected sex, drug use and gambling.

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Carl’s Present Bahamas 2016 17 P English

After Carl’s doctor tells him to start making his final preparations, the dying man gets help from an unlikely source that gives him a new outlook. Life is about choices. It is about time, people, connections and love.

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Birdsong Trinidad & Tobago 2017 12 A English

Mia Gormandy is a talented musician and the first woman to be appointed arranger for the birdsong Steel Orchestra. This documentary follows her during one night of steelband practice, as she prepares the panside for the 2017 Panorama competition.

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Big Fish St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2017 15 P English

For generations, the people of Bequia depended on the waters surrounding their tiny island for food. Bequians are one of the last groups in the world allowed to hunt whales for subsistence under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. However, anti-whaling nations and environmentalists continue to exert pressure on this small community to end its long tradition of whaling.

 

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Back to Freeport Trinidad & Tobago 2017 105 1 English

Jamal Edwards, 30, lives a less than ideal life in the busy city of Port of Spain. He is forced to go back to his dilapidated childhood home in Freeport, where his younger brother Joseph still lives. Jamal reluctantly begins renovating the old house, only to be plagued by the memories of his abusive childhood and the broken relationship he has with his brother.

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Babe, I Hate to Go Canada/Jamaica 2017 19 P Jamaican Creole + English

Goodbyes may be a ritual for Delroy, but this one he cannot accept. A migrant worker from Jamaica, he has spent 6 months each year for the past 30 years working in the tobacco fields of southwestern Ontario in order to provide for his wife and 6 children. When he is diagnosed with late-stage melanoma (skin cancer), he is unable to accept the news, and continues to work as usual, hiding the truth from his family.

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Adero Guyana 2017 13 1 English

Vivid, haunting dreams push a man to search for the identity of his parents. An elderly and enigmatic indigenous woman seems to hold the answers to his questions. Will she help him and give up her secrets, or will she lead him down the rabbit hole?

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A Dark Horror Trinidad & Tobago 2017 15 1 English

A group of friends, with a new token white “friend,” meet up after a long time for a beach getaway.  During a power outage, people try to get their “happy” on, but, unknown to them, they are being stalked by a stranger.

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A Broken Appointment UK + Jamaica 2017 2 P English

A vignette. A relationship. A rise and fall. Set to the backdrop of the poem “Epilogue” by Kei Miller, A Broken Appointment explores the dynamic of closeting within a young gay relationship, and how “hiding in the dark” may lead to a destructive end.

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two soft things, two hard things Canada 2016 71 1 English

This film explores a dramatic period in the 1950s when colonisation and religion shamed and erased traditional beliefs about sexuality and family structure among the Inuit population in northwest Canada. Now a new generation of Inuit people share their stories, committed to uncovering and reclaiming their hidden histories, discovering ancient words passed down by elders to describe same-sex relationships. For women, it translates as: two soft things rubbing against each other; for men, it’s two hard things.

Presented by the Canadian High Commission

 

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la matamoros Panama 2017 60 A Spanish, with English subtitles

A factory seamstress in the 1940s, she became a unionist and international activist, fighting for the rights of women, workers and her countrymen. The fearless Marta Matamoros couldn’t be bribed or intimidated, despite being imprisoned numerous times. Her former sisters-in-arms recount her inspiring life with love and admiration.

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I Am Not Your Negro USA 2017 93 P English

James Baldwin began but never finished a book about his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, martyrs of the 1960s US civil rights movement. Haitian director Raoul Peck helps him posthumously bear witness, using Samuel Jackson’s voicing of Baldwin’s writing, and television footage of the writer. The film is also a depiction of a disturbing, divided America and a paradoxically intimate portrait of Baldwin himself, anguished yet calm, and rivetingly charismatic.

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viaje (journey) Costa Rica 2015 70 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Luciana and Pedro bond after a party, over the weird way their friends have settled down to marriage and children, and Luciana goes with Pedro on a no-strings-attached field trip into the bush. Their innocence is matched by the lush, edenic rainforest, lovingly shot in black and white. But casual fun threatens to become more serious, and grown-up choices have to be made.

Presented by the Embassy of Costa Rica

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The Violin Teacher Brazil 2015 100 1 Portuguese, with English subtitles

Laerte wants to be a professional violinist, but everything in his life seems to go wrong at once. Reluctantly taking a job in a slum school, he’s confronted with a band of delinquent string players — not an easy task even without his intense, perfectionist nature. But the tide begins to turn, and he even discovers a violin prodigy. Then trouble threatens as some of the boys in the band are drawn to an easier life. Classical music is combined with elements of an edgy urban thriller in this quirky, touching drama.

 

 

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Sound of Silence Indis 2017 87 A Hindi + Tibetan, with English subtitles

Set in a beautiful Himalayan valley, Sound of Silence follows the journey of a mute boy, who loses his mother at birth and is neglected by his father. His relationship with an elderly Buddhist monk helps him to detach from his voiceless suffering and to explore the bond that each creation shares with nature. When his father is jailed, the boy stares at an even lonelier life. With nowhere to go, he joins the Buddhist monastery, as he fights an inner battle of unrequited love.

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la soledad (desolation) Venezuela 2016 89 P Spanish, with English subtitles

When the owners abandon La Soledad, a decaying mansion, they let their former maid Rosina stay there, and her family moves in. They’re all struggling in Venezuela’s economic crisis, and the owners decide to demolish the house and sell the land — leaving the ailing Rosina and her grandson Jose’s family destitute if he can’t find a solution. The story is re-enacted by the real-life participants: José is Thielen’s boyhood friend. La Soledad is best translated “desolation” here, and its collapse becomes a metaphor for the lost grandeur and wealth of Venezuela.

 

 

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king of peking China 2017 87 P Mandarin, with English subtitles

Big Wong is a movie fanatic, and wants Little Wong to be one too. Sadly, Big Wong’s ambition outweighs his achievements. He’s a lowly cinema janitor, struggling to earn enough to keep custody of his son from his estranged wife. In the dawn of the digital age, he finds a way of making and selling pirate DVDs — with Little Wong’s help. They bond over their ethically dodgy business in this affectionate tribute to the golden age of film.

 

 

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keyla Colombia 2016 90 P Creole English + Spanish, with English subtitles

You can’t get away from the sea on the tiny island of Providence, between Jamaica and Colombia. Certainly it’s never out of Keyla’s mind after her father and his fishing boat disappear. They call the Caribbean “the sea of seven colours” here, and among the bright hues of tropical fish and corals are sinister tones. There are territorial disputes, rumours of drug-running, pirate legends; and all the complications of family and love, undercurrents of old hurts and the forging of new bonds as Keyla comes of age.

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Shashamane Ethiopia /Jamaica/UK 2016 80 P English + French, with English subtitles

Shashamane chronicles a chapter of the lengthy history of the African diaspora, through the voices of men and women who have left the West, 400 years since the dawn of slavery, to return to their forefathers’ land and reclaim their African identity. It’s an exodus that becomes an extraordinary homecoming to a place that for some is a haven, but for others a cage with no escape.

 

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neruda Chile 2016 107 1 Spanish + French with English subtitles

In 1948 the Chilean poet and communist activist Pablo Neruda had to go into hiding to avoid arrest. Larrain’s film is loosely based on the story of how the beloved poet escaped capture, evading a pompous, bumbling policeman. Sometimes it’s a detective movie, sometimes surreal; sometimes it resembles film noir, at other times a western. Neruda weaves together scenes of great beauty and bathos, between the words of the poet, the Andean snows and the plodding Inspector Peluchonneau.

 

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Nadie Nos Mira (Nobody’s Watching) Argentina 2017 102 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Nico is a rising young actor in his native Argentina, but he wants to make it big in America —  and he’s running from some demons at home. He has some good friends in the US, and success dangles almost within reach as he makes some promising contacts. But unless those promises are fulfilled, he’s just another illegal immigrant struggling to make not only a living, but also to find a sense of home.

 

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lipstick under my burkha India 2016 117 1 Hindi, with English subtitles

Set in bustling Bhopal, this award-winning comic-but-serious drama chronicles the lives of four very different women who dream of freedom from the patriarchal society that confines them. The normally feisty Shirin has to keep her job secret from her domineering husband. Rehana sews burkhas for her family business, then sneaks off to live her fantasy of being Miley Cyrus. Leela faces an arranged marriage to a dull Hindu husband, while carrying on outrageously with her Muslim boyfriend. And middle-aged Usha is content to read steamy romances…until she meets a very unsuitable boy.

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le gang des antillais (gang of the antilles) Guadeloupe/France 2016 90 1 French, with English subtitles

In the 1970s, Martiniquans were lured to mainland France with the promise of opportunities, but found only menial jobs and rampant racism. Jimmy tries to make an honest living, with help from the various women in his life. But he falls in with a motley crew of fellow Caribbean men, some motivated by money, others by the desire for revenge and revolution. Jimmy wants to settle down with his daughter and girlfriend — but first he must carry out one final, daring heist with the gang. The film is based on a true story.

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félicité Democratic Republic of the Congo 2017 126 1 Lingala and French, with English subtitles

Félicité sings in a club, barely scraping a living in the tough city of Kinshasa — grittily, vividly conveyed here. Even fixing her fridge seems too much. Then her son is badly injured in an accident and the fiercely independent Félicité must ask for help to raise the huge price of the surgery he needs. This film explores the resilience of people who find small ways to transcend their troubles and acknowledge their kinship.

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Entonces Nosotros (About Us) Costa Rica 2016 76 1

The earnest, neurotic Diego loves his girlfriend Sofía — but somehow things just aren’t going right. They decide to spend a week at the beach to work out their problems, and at first things go swimmingly, until Sofía meets an old friend, Malena. The chemistry between the three of them sparks fizzes and explodes as this romantic comedy lurches from slapstick to bathos to bittersweet.

Presented by the Embassy of Costa Rica

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Enamorándome de Abril (Romancing April) Mexico 2015 90 P Spanish, with English subtitles

When a hopeless romance writer and a pragmatic independent journalist meet by chance and spend a night together, they are forced to question their notions of love and relationships. The couple has even more in common than they first thought, since they are both liars as writers — he signs his books under a female pseudonym, while she writes her column as a man. A witty, romantic comedy which shows the lighter side of Mexican cinema.

 

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Children of the Mountain Ghana 2016 100 1 Twi, with English subtitles

Essuman’s life collapses when her baby is born with disabilities. A yam-seller in the Accra market, she doesn’t have the money for surgery, so she turns to folk remedies. The same folk beliefs make her life harder, however, when she is blamed for her son’s condition. Yet it’s an old woman in her home village whose wise advice offers hope for her and her child.

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Bad Lucky Goat Colombia 2017 75 P Jamaican English, with English subtitles

Corn and his sullen sister Rita set out on an errand for their mother, along what turns out to be a long and winding road, thanks to the eponymous animal (played by Vincent van Goat). The film is set on one of Colombia’s San Andrés islands, which have strong historical links with Jamaica. Hence the language, offbeat humour, colourful characters—and the teens’ fear that it’s a duppy that has caused the chaos. Can the enterprising Corn beat a supernatural jinx?

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Adama France 2015 78 A French, with English subtitles

Adama lives a traditional life in a sheltered valley in West Africa. Then his older brother runs away to be a warrior, tempted by the gold of the mysterious Nasseras people. Adama goes in search of him, only to find the strangers are the French, and his quest takes him as far as the Western Front in the middle of World War I. The horrors of modern warfare mingle with magical realism in this one-of-a-kind feature.

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Yo Soy un Politico (I am a Politician) Puerto Rico 2016 93 P Spanish, with English subtitles

I Am a Politician follows Carlos, a former filmmaker recently released from jail. Looking for a job where he can make a lot of money fast, he teams up with his cellmate Cangri and runs for governor of Puerto Rico. Running for one party won’t be enough, so he approaches each of the island’s three main parties, pitching his candidacy to the highest bidder. During his campaigning, he falls in love and begins to change his outlook.

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Ultimos Días en la Habana (Last Days in Havana) Cuba 2016 93 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

The melancholy Diego washes dishes in a Havana restaurant, hoping to migrate to the US, and cares for his childhood friend Miguel, who has AIDS. Diego’s quietness contrasts with the lively neighbours who share their lives in a place where privacy is almost impossible, especially when Miguel’s firebrand niece comes to stay with them. Despite Diego’s inscrutable quality, the film is gentle and moving.

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The Lies We Tell Trinidad + Tobago 2017 90 1 English

Sam is a serial adulterer, whose many businesses and personal interests make him the point of contact for his friends who are struggling with fidelity accusations, including his best friend John and his fiancée Susan. Although Sam constantly encourages John to cheat, John resists. However, when Sam catches Susan in a compromising situation with another man, rather than telling his best friend, he sexually blackmails her.

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Santa y Andres (Santa and Andres) Cuba 2016 100 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

In the 1980s, Andres lives in a shack in the Cuban hills, selling preserves for a living, but is considered a dangerous dissident. So during a nearby conference attended by foreigners, Santa, a farm worker, is sent to ensure he has no contact with them. A true believer, she’s puzzled to find she relates to him as a fellow wounded human being. But even the smallest defiance of revolutionary doctrine must be ruthlessly repressed.

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Reinbou (Rainbow) Dominican Republic 2017 100 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Ángel Maceta is a sweet 7-year-old, cared for by his mother and aunts, and roaming wherever his imagination takes him. He finds a book that will help him discover treasure — but it also reveals the story of the 1965 civil war that tore the Dominican Republic apart. Meanwhile his innocent curiosity about his absent father brings back memories for his mother that are bittersweet, until the story told by his book reaches its conclusion.

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Quick Pick Trinidad + Tobago 2017 90 1 English

Twenty-four-year-old construction worker Travis Duke runs completely out of luck with love, work and money. His fortunes change when he buys a lotto ticket with the winning numbers. He curses his boss and starts making plans. No cash in hand yet, he borrows money from ‘Bling’, a drug lord, to kickstart the celebrations, buy a car and even a condo. Did Travis put the cart before the donkey? What happens when he goes to cash his winning ticket?

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Panama Dreams The search for descendants of an ancestor who left Barbados in the early 1900s to build the Panama Canal. Barbados / Panama 2017 documentary feature 82 N English

Panama Dreams transports the viewer on filmmaker Alison Saunders’ modern-day search for descendants of an ancestor who left Barbados in the early 1900s to build the Panama Canal – one of the seven wonders of the modern world. After five years of creating compelling re-enactments and collecting archival film and photos, as well as contemporary images and interviews, she tells a larger, poignant story of strength, endurance and sacrifice and uncovers troubling issues of race, class and power that face descendants of those canal workers in Panama, the West Indies, the USA and Cuba today.

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Moko Jumbie Trinidad & Tobago 2017 94 P English

Asha flies in from England to visit her old family home. But there’s trouble in paradise. Her aunt Mary doesn’t like her associating with their Afro-Trinidadian neighbours. Then Asha begins to realise this abandoned seaside coconut estate is not as tranquil as it looks. Trinidadian-American director Anderson’s striking imagery mingles memory and imagining, the mundane and the supernatural, in examining family, race, class, and the quest for home.

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Melocotones (Peaches) Dominican Republic 2015 80 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

For their anniversary, Diego has planned a repeat of his first weekend with his girlfriend Laura. In fact he’s planned it too exactly, and Laura is bored by his lack of spontaneity. Luckily Diego, an inventor, can rejig his Sexotron machine, travel back in time and make everything different. Filmed in Technicolor hues, this sex/science-fiction comedy has a 1950s look, and the gadgets have a distinctly antiquated air. So Diego’s scientific experiments have some unexpected and hilarious outcomes.

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Kingston Crossroads Jamaica/Germany 2016 72 1 English

An exciting and intimate journey through one of the world’s most diverse and controversial cities, Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. Kingston Crossroads is a snapshot of the country’s current social and political situation, told through the personal perspectives of several fascinating Jamaicans. At the crossroads of the title, old and young generations, unique storylines and inspiring visions meet.

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Jeffrey Dominican Republic/France 2016 78 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Twelve-year-old Jeffrey’s mother wakes him not for school but to clean windshields in traffic to pay the rent, as he’s done for 6 years. Most of her children live with her, because their father beat her and doesn’t support them. One older brother sings reggaetón; as “Jeffrey the Nightmare,” the hopeful and enterprising little boy follows suit, taking what pleasure he can from small things and anxious to break free of their crushing poverty.

 

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Green Days by the River Trinidad + Tobago 2017 narrative feature 100 P English

This fan favourite, based on the beloved novel, is set in a remote village in 1952 Trinidad, where a curious boy pursues the affection of two girls. Despite his ailing father’s advice, Shell follows the compassionate Mr Gidharee to work on his plantation along the river, in hopes of attracting his daughter Rosalie, but then falls for Joan, a sweet, sensible girl from the city. From the love triangle that ensues, Shell learns bittersweet lessons of life and love that will define his manhood and future forever. Directed by Trinidadian filmmaker, Michael Mooleedhar, ‘Green Days by the River’ is based on Michael Anthony’s beloved novel.

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Extra Terrestres (Extra Terrestrials) Puerto Rico + Venezuela 2016 113 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Teresa, an astrophysicist, goes back to her family in Puerto Rico to invite them to her wedding. This is not an easy task, as she has an ongoing battle with her father. As tensions grow from mounting frustrations, her anxious fiancé becomes impatient and pays the family an unexpected visit. Her mystery love unravels a number of the family secrets, but a star 2.5 million light years away will help to bring them all together again.

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El Techo (On the Roof) Cuba 2017 75 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Three young friends daydream on the roofs of the apartment blocks of Havana. Anita wonders who’s the father of her unborn child. Yasmani watches his pigeons fly free and tries to coax his father into leaving their apartment. Vito, convinced he’s really Italian, tries to contact his imagined family in Sicily. In a world of their own, they try to find a way to begin their lives in the real world.

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El Hombre que Cuida (The Watchman) Dominican Republic 2017 87 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Juan gave up fishing and became caretaker of a beach house to support his wife. Now she’s left him for another man, and, feeling the villagers are mocking him, he’s retreated into a passive, solitary exile there. When his employer’s son sneaks some friends over for a wild weekend, Juan realises the house has become a cage and he’s let himself be exploited. Will he be able to break free of his self-imposed imprisonment?

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Cargo Bahamas 2017 narrative feature 105 1 English

Kevin owns a battered boat, but a living from fishing won’t keep his wife and his mother, who has Alzheimer’s, or pay his mortgage and his son’s school fees. His wife’s career is over because she served jail time for his involvement in the drug trade. Now even more desperate, he puts his boat to another use: transporting equally desperate Haitians from the Bahamas on their way to enter the US illegally. He’s taken risks before — this time he must pull off the biggest one of all.

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Angelica Puerto Rico 2016 95 A English + Spanish, with English subtitles

Angélica works in a clothes factory in New York, sewing her own designs in the little spare time free from the demands of boyfriend Jose. Then her father Wilfredo has a heart attack and she flies home to Puerto Rico. Wilfredo is black, but Angélica’s mother is white, and it’s only upon her return that she fully understands the virulent racism (and sexism) she’s battled all her life. She finally grasps the choice she must make: conform to the wishes of those who should have her interests at heart, or follow her own path, independent but completely alone.

 

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A Caribbean Dream Barbados 2017 82 P English

The Cropover festival, lovers’ quarrels, powerful herbs…and fairies. Those are the ingredients that director and screenwriter Shakirah Bourne has brewed into a modern-day retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in Barbados, the film mixes Shakespearean language with Barbadian dialect amid lush tropical imagery for a Caribbean take on a comic classic.

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Y-Ning? Trinidad+Tobago, USA 2010 13 P English

This academic music video explores “wining” as a dance language with a history and identity born out of the Caribbean experience. In particular, it looks at the body in motion as well as elements of Trinidadian society that are represented in the way people dance and the various ethnic influences on the dance itself.

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Women in Hats Trinidad+Tobago, USA 2010 33 1 English

A free-spirited woman runs afoul of some members of her community because she owns a jazz club and declines all invitations to attend church. When she does agree to go, she brings with her a shocking idea that threatens to turn things upside down.

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Wind Jammers The Bahamas, USA 2010 88 P English

Justice is a black teenage girl living in Chicago. When her father accepts a job in the Bahamas, they move there against her will. The family is given membership at the exclusive yacht club, but not everyone is happy with the new American imports. Despite attempts to intimidate her, Justice begins to learn how to sail. She joins the annual children’s regatta, determined to win—and to prove true the motto “One Bahamas”.

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When the Drum is Beating Haiti 2011 88 G Haitian Creole, French with English Subtitles

For six decades Haiti’s most famous band, Septentrional, has thrilled tens of thousands with their lively, infectious songs. This documentary chronicles the history of the band and blends archival footage with anecdotes from former and current band members. Despite natural disasters, dictatorships and revolutions “Septen” has persevered and continues to inspire and uplift Haiti. Its story is a testimony of triumph and hope amid harsh realities.

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Wan Pipel (One People) Suriname 1976 111 P Dutch, Hindustani, Sranan Tongo with English Subtitles

Roy is a young black Surinamese studying in Amsterdam. When he learns that his mother is dying, he borrows money from his Dutch girlfriend to return home. There he scandalises everyone when he begins a relationship with Rubia, a Hindu. Will Roy stay with Rubia and remain in his newly independent homeland, or will he follow his family’s wishes and return to Holland? A classic Caribbean film, Suriname’s first feature-length drama, recently and lovingly restored.

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W.A.R Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney Guyana 2010 88 P English

This documentary looks at the life of Dr Walter Rodney, one of the region’s great intellectuals and activists whose reach extended far beyond his native Guyana. Author of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Rodney was a fearless champion of justice all over the world. His assassination in 1980 shocked the Caribbean and brought into focus the work he was doing. The story is told through archival footage and interviews with contemporaries and family members.

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Vanaja India, USA 2006 111 P Telugu with English Subtitles

Vanaja, the 15-year-old daughter of an impoverished South Indian fisherman, is sent to work for the local landlady in hopes of learning the Kuchipudi dance. She excels at the art, and all is well until the landlady’s adult son returns home from the US. His eye falls on Vanaja, who insults him publicly. Matters escalate, and Vanaja is pitched into a maelstrom of class, family and animus from which there is only one escape.

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Upside Down Trinidad+Tobago, Canada 2010 33 1 English

A man travels to Carnival in Trinidad and makes home movies. At first he is very nervous but then he meets an artist who hangs police cars upside down.

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Unravelled Trinidad+Tobago 2011 30 1 English

Chrissy is a sheltered teenager from a loving home, whose world flips upside down when she is raped by three men. Based on a true story, Unravelled explores the trauma experienced by Chrissy and her family, and her determination to get revenge.

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United by Music Curacao, The Netherlands 2009 47 G Dutch and Papiamentu with English Subtitles

The Ricciotti Ensemble is a Dutch symphony orchestra comprised of 40 young musicians. This film recounts a remarkable tour they made of Curaçao, along with renowned local jazz singer Izaline Calister, playing 18 concerts in 18 locations over four consecutive days.

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To Be King Trinidad+Tobago 2011 112 1 English

To Be King is the story of Tyrone King, the down-and-out son of a professional boxer. After he loses his family, Tyrone crosses paths with the man who trained his father, and led him to his death in the underground fighting world. Tyrone finds faith in himself to stand up, fall in love and, against all odds, become a champion.

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Tierra Madre Mexico 2010 62 1 Spanish with English subtitles

Aidee Gonzalez (playing herself) is struggling to make something of her life after ridding herself of a marriage to an uncaring man. Aidee supports herself and her children as an exotic dancer at a shabby nightclub, where she meets Rosalba, with whom she falls in love. Aidee and Rosalba decide to start a family of their own, and begin looking for a sperm donor who is handsome—but not so handsome that he will steal Rosalba away.

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Sweet Fries Trinidad+Tobago 2011 6 G English

Getting lunch at a fast food restaurant is usually a simple affair. Getting lunch at a Trini fast food joint, however, can be a nightmare, as the hapless young man at the centre of this funny-because-it’s-true tale finds out. Welcome to Sweet Fries, where you’re lucky if they take your order, and even luckier if you get it!

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Shhushed Trinidad+Tobago 2011 17 G English

When little Chloe abruptly stops speaking, her mother and grandmother are puzzled. Psychiatry and the supernatural are called into play, yet the truth of the matter is far greater—and more obvious—than either woman suspects. This is a powerful film about the dangerous consequences of silence.

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Sons of Cuba Cuba, UK 2009 88 G Spanish with English subtitles

The story of three students at the world-renowned Havana Boxing Academy, as they prepare for Cuba’s national championships. More than athletes, these young men are symbols of pride—the standard bearers of the Revolution, according to Fidel Castro. As they train, however, crisis strikes: Castro falls seriously ill, and a number of the country’s Olympic boxing heroes defect to the USA. As Cuba finds itself at a crossroads, the boys contemplate a changing world.

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Sonny Boy The Netherlands 2011 130 G Dutch with English Subtitles

Waldemar is a young Surinamese man attending university in Amsterdam in the 1930s. He becomes a boarder in the house of Rika, a Dutch woman almost twice his age, who is separated from her two-timing husband. Rika and Waldemar fall in love, and when Rika becomes pregnant, her husband takes their four children away from her. With war approaching, her and Waldemar’s problems are only just beginning. Adapted from a novel based on true events.

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Social Injustice Trinidad+Tobago 2011 24 1 English

This film goes inside the Youth Training Centre and uncovers the stories of three young men, remanded for crimes ranging from larceny to murder. Their gripping testimonies make the case that social factors such as an inadequate education system and familial neglect contribute to the problem of crime that continues to plague our nation’s youth.

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The Skin Antigua and Barbuda 2010 100 G English

A young married couple, Michael and Lisa, are about to lose their home, when their luck changes dramatically. While on a photo shoot at an historic site, Michael discovers an ancient vase and sells it to an antique dealer. But strange things begin to happen, and they soon discover from a mystic that the relic was not a blessing, but a curse.

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Sing Your Song USA 2011 103 G English

Wonderfully archived, and told with remarkable intimacy and panache, this inspiring documentary surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. He recalls his childhood in Jamaica, where he first heard the folk songs that he would later make famous, and then his controversial crossover into Hollywood. The film focuses on the decades he has spent as a globe-crossing social activist, and shows Belafonte, now 82, to be as tenacious as ever, as he continues to ask, “What do we do now?”

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Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest Nigeria/South Africa 2009 52 N English

Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka—Wole Soyinka to the world—is one of Nigeria’s and Africa’s treasures. A novelist, poet and playwright, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, the first African to be so honoured. Throughout his long, chequered career Soyinka has never backed down from speaking truth to power, and using his writer’s gifts to take aim at oppression, corruption and the legacy of colonialism and slavery.

This profile presents the many sides of Soyinka, from writer to activist to revolutionary. A number of interviewees including fellow writers, members of his family as well as Soyinka himself testify to his restless, inquisitive spirit, and his desire for knowledge for the betterment of country and continent. Stylized recreations of pivotal moments from his career round out this celebration of a true literary lion.

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Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell USA 2008 71 N English

Wild Combination is a visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer, Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Russell created a huge body of music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over 15 years since his passing, his work is finally finding its audience.

Director Matt Wolf was intrigued with Russell’s music, he said, even before he had heard it. “My friend described a long forgotten gay disco auteur in a farmer’s plaid shirt, obsessively listening to mixes of his own music on the Staten Island Ferry. That image alone was enough, but when I heard the emotional intensity and the complex beauty in Arthur’s music, I was obsessed.”

Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur’s family, friends, and closest collaborators—including his parents Chuck and Emily Russell, partner Tom Lee, Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass—to tell this poignant and important story.

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Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? Jamaica/Spain 2009 60 P English

In 2008 Jamaica created history at the Olympic Games. Led by Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, this island of just about 2.7 million people beat back all comers to sweep the track events and win an astounding six gold medals. In the wake of this feat, people everywhere were asking one question: How on earth do Jamaicans run so fast?

This affectionate, lively documentary attempts to answer that question, through interviews with the gold-medal winning sprinters, their families and coaches, as well as a number of Jamaican celebrities, including some of its top musicians. In the end, what starts out as a search for the key to athletic prowess becomes so much more—a joyful, uplifting tribute to a nation and its people.

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Waste Land Brazil / UK 2010 98 N Portuguese and English, with English subtitles

“The moment when one thing turns into another is the most beautiful moment,” says Vik Muniz, the Brazilian artist at the centre of this extraordinary film. Shot over nearly three years, Waste Land follows Muniz, arguably his country’s top contemporary artist, as he journeys from his base in Brooklyn to the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.

Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives. Waste Land is a stirring testament to the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

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Venezzia Venezuela 2010 98 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

The year is 1942, and the world is at war. Venezuela is the largest supplier of oil to the Allies and thus of strategic importance. Frank Moore, a communications specialist with the US army, travels to a small town on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. He sets himself up in a cabin, not far from the residence of his superior, Commander Salvatierra. Frank’s mission is twofold: to protect oil tankers from possible U-boat attacks, and discover the identity of a Nazi spy within the Venezuelan army.

Frank becomes friendly with Commander Salvatierra’s wife, the beguiling Venezzia, who is partially blind. Soon the two are engaged in a passionate affair. Meanwhile, Frank suspects that he is being monitored, and is accused of being the very spy he is meant to be tracking. Will he and Venezzia find the happiness they so desperately seek, or does tragedy await them?

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The Upsetter: The life and music of Lee “Scratch” Perry USA 2008 98 1 English

In the late 1950s a country boy came to Kingston with dreams of making it in the music industry. Over the next few decades, Lee “Scratch” Perry revolutionised Jamaican music, first helping to develop reggae, and then almost single-handedly inventing dub. Along the way he worked with numerous musicians, as well as becoming a recording artist in his own right.

In this candid account of his life, Perry recalls mentoring a young Bob Marley and setting up the Black Ark studio where he made his greatest work. He also details his eventual disillusionment with Jamaica and his flight to Europe, where he spent years in a fog of drink and drugs before going clean and returning triumphantly to music. Featuring some of Perry’s best-loved songs and interviews with a host of music stars, The Upsetter is as much a history of 30 years of Jamaican music as it is an extraordinary portrait of a true genius.

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Turtle: The Incredible Journey UK 2009 80 A English

A female loggerhead turtle begins life on a beach in Florida and fights to make it to the ocean at the start of one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. The hatchling rides the Gulf Stream north towards the Arctic and, taking a route prescribed by her ancestors millions of years ago, swims around the entire North Atlantic, across to Africa, south to the Caribbean and, eventually, returns to Florida.

This epic journey takes 25 years to complete, and on the way the turtle faces numerous perils, even as she shares this great marine migration with a host of other creatures of the deep. She witnesses some of the disastrous changes that are happening in the Atlantic Ocean as it becomes increasingly polluted and crowded with ships—but there’s hope as she deposits her eggs in the soft sand on the beach where she was born.

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Rooted in Dreams Trinidad+Tobago 2010 15 G English 1
The Rise and Fall of John Tesoro Trinidad+Tobago, USA 2010 35 1 English

John Tesoro is a government minister on the Caribbean island of Castara. With an election coming up, he takes to TV for a live interview with journalist Emmanuel Brown, who confronts him on his corrupt track record and dodgy personal life. A political satire with Trinidadian Gerry Bednob (The 40-Year-Old VirginZack and Miri Make a Porno) in the title role.

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Rainforest: A Musical Postcard from Trinidad Trinidad+Tobago 2011 8 G English

As part of an international initiative of New York-based composer, Jon Deak, five 11-year-old schoolboys set out to make and send a musical postcard called Rainforest. The film documents the process of composing the piece to its culmination with a public performance at Port of Spain’s Academy for the Performing Arts.

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Poto Mitan Haiti, USA 2009 50 G English, Haitian Creole with English subtitles

Told through the compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face. Each woman’s personal story not only illustrates the effects of globalisation, but also how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti as a whole. Initiated by the subjects themselves, the film aims to inspire solidarity activism to help end economic injustice.

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Positive and Pregnant Trinidad+Tobago 2010 24 P English

A young woman is pregnant and in love but when she finds out she is also HIV-positive, her world comes crashing down. She is stricken with fear about the fate of her unborn child and confused about her choices. This movie is a project of the Walker Lela Foundation for Women’s Empowerment education effort.

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The Pierrot Grenade Trinidad+Tobago 2011 14 P English

A tale about the life of a scorned Pierrot Grenade, who longs to be adored like his European counterparts.

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The Path Less Travelled Barbados 2011 12 1 English

This documentary explores some of the struggles and triumphs of a man who is a true lover of the arts. Nala is an actor, filmmaker, writer and artist who faces economic hardship and deprivation, but yet remains true to his artistic passion and expression.

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Pashan of the Froot Trinidad+Tobago 2011 21 G English

This is the hilariously true/made-up story of the mysterious dancehall singer Pashan Froot. We follow this misunderstood genius as he gets ready to launch his new single, “Nibble on Meh Naggle”, and hear from the people closest to him, including his producer, his slippery manager, and Pashan’s number one (and only) fan.

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Opening Film: The Orisha Suite Trinidad+Tobago 2010 34 1 English

A celebration of the spirit of enslaved Africans, who were able to preserve some of their culture and ritual practices in the new lands where they were taken to by force. Journeying through spirit to a period of ancestor reverence and ritual, a little boy experiences history on the shores of the ocean, through song, dance and rhythm. The film pays homage to the Orishas, and celebrates one of the rich cultural legacies of the Caribbean.

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Ophelia Trinidad+Tobago, Australia 2010 5 G English

The universally known image of Shakespeare’s Ophelia by John Millais is used as a metaphor for Kashmir, a country once called “Paradise on Earth”, and its people caught between two countries.

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The Nine Muses UK, Ghana 2010 92 G English

Using Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, as a narrative starting point, and structured as an allegorical fable, The Nine Muses is a stylised and idiosyncratic retelling of the history of mass migration—particularly from Africa and the Caribbean—to post-war Britain. Divided into nine overlapping chapters and blending archival material with haunting images of snow-blanketed landscapes, this is a genre-defying work, a mystifying (and mythifying) tone poem about journeys, migration, memory and the power of elegy.

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The Moment of Truth Tanzania 2011 20 P English

Cassius is a wanted man. When his pursuers—led a mysterious figure in white leather shoes—catch up with him, he is forced to talk. Cassius then goes into hiding, but for how long can he prolong his fate? This is a stylish mash-up of film noir and blaxploitation, shot through with heaps of African cool.

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Maxi-Taxi Madness Trinidad+Tobago 2011 12 G English

A maxi-taxi heading into Port of Spain, filled with a ragtag assortment of passengers, finds itself snarled up in traffic. A hilarious slice-of-Trini-life film.

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Marginal Voices Trinidad+Tobago, UK 2011 7 G English

At this moment in the UK, at least 2,600 trafficked women are being exploited in prostitution. Marginal Voices is a theatre project in London that allows formerly trafficked women to speak in their own words. This film looks at a number of these women as they rebuild their lives, and find their voice through drama.

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Malini Trinidad+Tobago 2005 45 G English

Sat, an ageing ex-schoolteacher, returns home from Canada after 20 years. Most of his family are dead, including his young sister, a suicide. Blaming himself for her death, Sat expiates his guilt by fantasizing her appearance as a series of different characters. Based on a story by the Trinidadian-Canadian writer Rabindranath Maharaj.

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The Madonna Murti Trinidad+Tobago 2011 50 G English

Siparia in southern Trinidad is home to a mysterious spiritual icon: a black female statue venerated by Catholics and Hindus alike. Through interviews with devotees, pilgrims, pundits and priests, the movie explores the obscure origins of Divina Pastora or Siparee Ke Mai and her continuing relevance today.

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Losing My Religion Trinidad+Tobago 2011 23 G English

This is an irreverent and revealing look at one young woman’s search for God. Of no religion herself, Lynessa Parks investigates the major faiths practised in Trinidad and Tobago, with a view to joining one. Will she find a faith that fits, or will they fail to meet her exacting (and humorous) criteria?

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The Little Boy and the Ball Trinidad+Tobago, USA 2011 11 G English

Richard, a 10-year-old boy who lives with his grandparents, has an attachment to his football as if it were his best friend. As time progresses, the ball develops blemishes and scratches as a result of their activities together. The lesson learned is simple: a friend is a friend no matter the person—or thing.

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Limbo An emotionally charged portrait of a woman losing herself for the first time, and a married couple’s struggle to find a way back to each other. Trinidad and Tobago, Norway 2010 narrative feature 105 1 English, Norwegian with English subtitles

A Norwegian woman, Sonia, and her children join her husband in 1970s Trinidad, where he is stationed as an engineer in the oilfields. Sonia soon begins to feel like a stranger in a place where she’s not allowed to be herself but instead has to live the idle life of an expat wife. When Sonia discovers her husband is involved with a Trinidadian woman, her world falls apart and she must find a way to mend it.

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Life, Above All South Africa, Germany 2010 106 G Sesotho with English subtitles

Just after the death of her newly-born sister, Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumour that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. The rumour tears apart her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth. A tale of the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart.

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The Legend of Ngogn Hills Kenya 2011 10 G English

Based on a Maasai folktale, this is the story of a giant cave-dwelling ogre who frequently raids a nearby village, carrying away its inhabitants for food. One day, however, he falls in love with a beautiful maiden—and finally meets his match!

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Learning To Look Trinidad+Tobago 2011 23 G English

This revealing film follows the writing and performing of a skit by deaf Trinidadians about a child’s experience of hearing loss. Through the play, and through interviews with the actors, deaf children and their parents, the viewer is taken into an unfamiliar world.

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La Parranda Trinidad+Tobago 2011 30 G English

A celebration of parang, this film looks at the Venezuelan roots of the music form, the different types of song performed and the various instruments used. It also considers the changes that have taken place in parang over the years, and highlights 81-year-old Wyllie Lara, the last living sibling of the famed Lara Brothers band.

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Kavi USA, India 2009 19 G Hindi with English Subtitles

Like most Indian boys, Kavi wants to play cricket and go to school. Instead he is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. He must either accept his fate, or fight for a different life. Winner of a Student Academy Award in 2009, and nominated for an Academy Award in 2010.

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Jean Gentil Dominican Republic, Mexico 2010 84 1 Spanish, Haitian Creole with English subtitles

When he loses his job as a French teacher, Jean, a gentle, middle-aged Haitian living alone in Santo Domingo, is evicted from his apartment. He searches unsuccessfully for a new job and a new place to stay. Frustrated, he leaves the city for the countryside, where his quest increasingly takes on a spiritual dimension. Jean’s mission becomes nothing less than the search for a reason for being in a seemingly indifferent world.

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I Love Dolphins Suriname 2010 22 G Dutch, English, Sranan Tongo with English Subtitles

At the mouth of the Suriname River a colony of dolphins may be found. But many Surinamese don’t know these beautiful, intelligent creatures exist. This film shows how sightseeing tours are bringing people into touch with the creatures, and how a research programme is ensuring there will be dolphins for future generations to enjoy.

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Hush 2 Barbados 2009 104 1 English

A riveting drama that looks into a family ravaged by an undercurrent of drugs, violence and abuse. Life for 15-year-old Mikisha has been tough since she became pregnant for her boyfriend. Her mother, Darlene, is a single mom with financial problems and her boyfriend’s life continues on a downward spiral into drugs. But then she meets her wealthy father and her sister. Are they the answer to her dreams or her worst nightmare?

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Hit Me With Music Jamaica 2011 90 G English, Jamaican Creole with English Subtitles

Jamaican dancehall fascinates the world with its irresistible beats and raw, controversial lyrics. This documentary explores the roots of this unruly offspring of reggae, featuring pioneers Yellowman and the late Bogle, Elephant Man, the Gully and Gaza gods, Mavado and Vybz Kartel, and some of the current issues: warring artists, skin-bleaching and “daggering”.

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HEY YOU! A Project for Haiti Haiti 2011 11 G English, French with English subtitles

This project involves seven young artists of a New York-based art collective and the work they did in a week spent in Haiti after the earthquake of January 2010. This was part of their mission to “force people to take a new look at the reality of post-earthquake Haiti.”

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Happy Sad Trinidad+Tobago 2009 98 G English

Seventeen-year-old Mandy is a talented high school footballer intent on making her life a success. Her dreams are thwarted, however, when she is forced to leave Trinidad to go and live with her estranged father in Tobago. Mandy must find a way to excel in this new life, even as her personal struggles are intertwined with those of her new family.

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Habana Eva Venezuela, Cuba, France 2010 105 1 Spanish with English subtitles

Eva dreams of leaving the Havana factory in which she toils, opening her own dress shop and getting married to her loving but unambitious boyfriend. One day she meets a sophisticated Venezuelan-Cuban photographer and agrees to be his guide to the city. She falls in love and imagines a whole new life with him. But things are not as they seem, and Eva is caught between two men and two worlds. Whom will she choose?

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Ghett’a Life Jamaica 2011 88 1 English

Derrick is an inner-city teenager who dreams of being Jamaica’s next world boxing champion. However, it is an election year and politics divides the country and Derrick’s community. His father, a loyal party supporter, and Sin, the community’s no-nonsense don, forbid Derrick from going to the boxing gym, as to do so he has to cross party lines. Derrick defiantly follows his heart—and is confronted with the serious repercussions of his decision. An inspiring tale of overcoming adversity and ignorance in the name of unity.

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Fire In Babylon UK 2011 87 G English

From the late 1970s right through the 1980s, the West Indies cricket team did not lose a single Test series—and thus became one of the greatest teams in sporting history. This is the electrifying story of how they did it, in their own words. During a politically and socially turbulent era, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and the players they led combined skill, discipline and a fearless spirit to dominate the game on their own terms. In the process they struck a blow at the forces of prejudice worldwide, and lifted the pride of a region.

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Festival of Lights Guyana, USA 2010 120 P English

Born in Guyana and raised in New York, Reshma struggles to navigate a broken relationship with her mother, while memories of her absent father continue to haunt her. After receiving some shocking news, she returns to her native land to discover the truth about her family’s past. Weaving between a politically volatile Guyana in the late 1970s and the US in the early 1990s, this is a searching drama about exile, loss, and the ties that bind.

 

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Faces of a City: Willemstad, Curacao Curacao 2010 76 G English, Dutch, Papiamentu with English subtitles

A loving portrait of continuing efforts to restore and preserve the rich architectural inheritance of Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital city. Using archival footage, aerial and detailed footage, this documentary explores the urban design of the city dating from the 17th century and some of the 765 listed historic buildings that have made Willemstad a UNESCO World heritage site.

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El Misterio De Las Lagunas Venezuela 2011 92 G Spanish with English subtitles

In the isolated mountains and valleys of the Venezuelan Andes, life has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. This film is a journey through these mysterious places where through festivals, songs, dances and stories, peasants share the traditions they have preserved from one generation to the other. Indigenous and Spanish folklore merge to create a culture that’s magical and joyous, even as the lives of these villagers are austere and full of toil.

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Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ile Aiye Brazil 2010 20 G Portuguese with English subtitles

Three young women compete for the title of Ebony Goddess in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil—the largest black city outside of Africa. The competition is hugely popular and plays an important role in affirming Afro-Brazilian identity and pride for women in Salvador.

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Dirty Clothes Trinidad+Tobago 2010 9 1 English

This animated sketch seeks to show how interrelated we are as a people and how much we depend on one another for our collective being. The sketch moves from one situation to another, each one feeding off the one before, showing our interlocking realities.

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Trapped in an Elevator Barbados 2009 20 1 English

This comic “folk opera” begins when a man forgets his wife’s birthday. Carlton Jones buys a bagful of expensive presents in an effort to appease his beloved. He takes the elevator on his way to her but it breaks down, leaving him trapped with five other people: a woman and her unruly teenaged daughter, a man who was forced to end a relationship with his fiancée, and two women who find out they share more than a friendship.

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Terra Estrangeira Brazil 1996 100 N Portuguese, with English subtitles

Terra Estrangeira is an engrossing, grainy black-and-white thriller made in the best film noir tradition. It is 1990, and Brazil’s newly elected president, Fernando Collor, has frozen all personal savings accounts. Young Brazilians, fearing a bleak future, leave the country in droves. Among them is Alex, who would rather eke out an existence as a waitress in Portugal than remain in São Paolo.

Paco, meanwhile, dreams of travelling abroad, and when his mother dies, he no longer has anything keeping him in Brazil. Accepting a delivery job from a shady businessman, Paco heads off to Lisbon. When things go wrong, Paco finds himself thrown together with Alex. The two end up on the run with a violin full of uncut diamonds, and an underworld honcho on their trail.

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Tinga Tinga Tales Kenya / UK 2009 12 A English

Ever wonder why the elephant has a trunk, why the hippo has no hair, or why the lion roars? Tinga Tinga Tales will tell you. In this delightful children’s series, humans don’t exist and the animals live by their own rules. Here is a world of stripes and spots, of myth and friendship—a world where animals transform before your very eyes!

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Thema: A Boy Called Hope South Africa / Germany 2010 108 P Xhosa and English, with English subtitles

Like many 11-year-old boys in South Africa, Themba dreams of playing for Bafana Bafana, the national football team. When his mother loses her job, she departs their home in rural Eastern Cape to look for work in Cape Town, leaving Themba and his sister in the care of her lover. After Themba undergoes a traumatic experience, he and his sister decide to go to find their mother, even though his football team is on the verge of winning the local junior championships.

In Cape Town, Themba and his sister find their mother dying of Aids. Though he must work to care for the family, Themba does not give up on his dream. Against the odds, he is selected to play for the national under-20 squad. This gives him the strength to come forward and make a courageous public admission.

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The Suspect Trinidad and Tobago 2010 7 A English

A passenger on a bus begins to suspect that a crime is about to take place. Is he right, or merely being paranoid?

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Sugar USA 2008 114 1 Spanish and English, with English subtitles

Like many young men in the Dominican Republic, Miguel “Sugar” Santos dreams of becoming a baseball star in the United States. Yet, unlike most of the others Sugar has a real shot at making it, thanks to his devastating curveball. Soon he is spotted by a scout and whisked away to Kansas City to a Minor League team. So begins Sugar’s journey towards his dream of building a new home for his family—and buying a Cadillac for himself.

In Kansas, Sugar faces the challenges of a new culture, including the language barrier, casual racism and the ways of American women. When he is injured and his closest friend departs the team, Sugar begins to examine the world around him and his place in it. Pressure mounts when a new pitcher arrives. As his dream slowly crumbles, Sugar decides to start a new chapter in his odyssey and follow another, no less elusive, kind of dream.

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Somebody Shoot Me Trinidad and Tobago 2010 33 1 English

Somebody Shoot Me is the misanthropic, morbidly comic story of Merv Small, a student at the University of the Caribbean. Merv hates the students. He hates his lecturers. He hates his mother. He hates the world and everything in it. Filled with disgust and despair, Merv decides there’s only one solution for his situation.

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The Shouters and the “Control Freak” Empire Trinidad and Tobago 2010 28 P English

This thought-provoking documentary questions power and social control by exposing the central conflict between Eurocentric and Afrocentric religions. The film re-visits the 1917 Prohibition Ordinance that made the practice of the “Shouter” Baptist religion in Trinidad and Tobago illegal, and looks at the causes and the effects of the legislation, both on members of the faith and the general public.

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Seventeen Colours and a Sitar A visual and sonic Caribbean feast featuring British born painter Rex Dixon and Trinidadian sitarist Mungal Patasar. Trinidad and Tobago 2010 documentary short 35 P English

Seventeen Colours and a Sitar is a riveting explosion of paint and music. In this beautifully crafted film, British born painter Rex Dixon and Trinidadian musician Mungal Patasar explore musical interpretations of colour and visual imagery that deal specifically with the journey between India and the Caribbean. Dixon produced a series of paintings based on a trip to India in 2010 and the India trained classical sitarist Patasar writes original music that is inspired by these paintings.

The film features original pieces created on-screen by both Dixon and Patasar who discover common threads in their work. The film is shot in an experimental art documentary style, ‘Seventeen Colours and a Sitar’ and gives a one of a kind opportunity for viewers to see two artists from two seemingly opposed genres (a western abstract expressionist artist and an oriental trained classical sitarist) explore the similarities and differences in their processes of making their art, and to demonstrate the fusion between two disparate art movements before the camera. The Caribbean landscape provides a canvas and sounding board for their explorations of colour and tonality and explodes on film as a marriage between intuitive and experimental ways of working.

Filmed in high definition, with dreamscape appearance by the 3 Canal musical trio who join Dixon in his studio to put their song to painting, the film engages with the creolized identities that emerge from the Caribbean landscape which offers a diverse palette that feeds their intuitive and experimental ways of working.

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Quiet Desperation Trinidad and Tobago 2010 23 1 English

Heathcliff is an unfulfilled man nearing retirement. Merlin, his wife of 35 years, is controlling and critical, especially of him. One Saturday morning as they prepare to drive to the market, Merlin begins to lay into Heathcliff. When Heathcliff finally expresses what really is on his mind, he loses more than he is prepared to handle.

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Rose Murray: Portrait of a Photographer USA/Jamaica 2010 17 P English

Rose Murray is a self-taught photographer now in the golden years of her life. This film takes us back through the decades to Kingston, Jamaica, where as the wife of the British High Commissioner Rose first picked up a camera in earnest. Never settling into the traditional role of a diplomat’s spouse, she instead became a chronicler of the Jamaican people. Through her art, Rose was able to create meaning not only in her life, but also in the lives of those around her.

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Pumzi Kenya 2010 20 A English

Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works in a specially designed indoor community. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it, and the seed starts to germinate. Asha appeals for permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside, but is denied. Asha’s only hope—and the only hope for humankind—is for her to break out of the community and seek a place where she can plant the precious seedling.

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Pulling Bull Trinidad and Tobago 2010 7 1 English

After a heated quarrel with her boyfriend late one evening, Lisa decides to travel home by herself. However, things take a turn for the worse when she enters the wrong car.

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Playing Away UK 1987 100 P English

The Caribbean Brixton Conquistadores are a cricket team from London made up of West Indian immigrants. When the Conquistadores are invited to play a charity game against a rural Suffolk village side to cap off celebrations of “Third World Week”, members of both teams have their reservations. What is meant to be a genial weekend in the country produces unexpected results, both on and off the field of play.

Directed by pioneering Trinidad-born filmmaker Horace Ové from a screenplay by novelist Caryl Phillips, Playing Away is a comedy of manners that explores and undermines various stereotypes even as it links two similar-yet-different cultures. The film features a brilliant performance from the late Norman Beaton (Desmond of the hit TV series Desmond’s).

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The Pan Man: Russell Henderson UK 2009 22 A English

The Pan Man tells the story of Trinidad-born Russ Henderson, an accomplished jazz pianist, pioneer of the Notting Hill Carnival and leading light in the world of steel pan in the United Kingdom. The film recounts Henderson’s long road to fame, from struggling musician in the 1950s fighting racism and poverty, to receiving recognition in the form of an MBE for long-standing services to the music industry.

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The Other Side of Campus Trinidad and Tobago 2010 14 1 English

University life isn’t just studying, partying and sports. Life on campus often has a darker side, as the two related tales in this disturbingly compelling film show.

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Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky) South Africa 2009 90 A Zulu and English, with English subtitles

Ten-year-old Thembi and her eight-year-old brother, Khwezi, are left alone in their rural homestead when their mother dies. All they have to remember their mother by is a grass mat she wove, which she aimed to enter in a craft competition. Thembi decides to take the mat to the competition herself, and Khwezi reluctantly goes with her.

In the city, the children are taken up by the street-wise Chili-Bite and his gang. A man claiming to be a priest offers to help them, but he turns out to be a pimp who wishes to sell Thembi’s virginity as a cure for Aids. When her bond with Khwezi is broken, Thembi succumbs to the grief that has been welling up inside her since her mother’s death. Alone, Thembi must discover herself and her dreams, before she can be reconciled with her brother and her newfound friends.

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Orpailleur (The Gold Forest) France/French Guiana 2010 93 P French, with English subtitles

Rod, a native of French Guiana, lives in Paris with his mother. When he receives news that his older brother Myrtho, a gold prospector, has allegedly been shot and killed in the rainforest, Rod returns to the land of his birth for the first time since he left as a boy. Along with his buddy Gonz, he heads via river into the forest, determined to discover the truth about Myrtho’s disappearance.

Arriving at a resort town, Rod and Gonz have a falling out. Gonz joins some gold prospectors, while Myrtho’s former girlfriend, Yann, decides to help Rod in his quest. After an encounter with a shaman, Rod and Yann head further upriver, where they are captured by illegal prospectors and taken to their camp. Here they discover Gonz being held captive, and what really happened to Myrtho. An audacious escape plan is hatched, but will the gold forest have the last word?

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One English Winter UK 2008 7 A English

London, 1948. Georgie has recently arrived in England from Jamaica. In a letter home to his sweetheart Vonnie, Georgie details his experiences and impressions, as he seeks housing, finds a job, and tries to get used to English food. Georgie would like Vonnie to join him in London for a spell, before they return to Jamaica and settle for good. Yet will one English winter become something much more?

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O Primeiro Dia (Midnight) Brazil 1998 75 N Portuguese, with English subtitles

The year 2000 is approaching. As millennium parties get underway in Rio de Janeiro, João escapes from jail by murdering his cellmate and slipping away during the confusion. Meanwhile, Maria, a speech therapist, finds a note from her lover, Pedro, indicating that he has moved out. Maria begins wandering the confetti-filled streets in the vain hope of finding Pedro.

Out in the streets together, João and Maria intersect. As the fireworks ushering in the new millennium explode over Copacabana beach, the couple seal their newfound love. Yet is that love doomed to end before it can even begin?

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Nurse.Fighter.Boy Canada 2008 93 1 English

Jude is a widowed nurse, Jamaican by birth, living in Canada and battling sickle cell disease. Silence is a taciturn, ageing boxer who runs a gym for boys, and engages in illegal street fighting for money on the sly. And Ciel is Jude’s sensitive young son who, through his love of music, conjures for his mother lyrical dreams of a return to her native land.

When Silence enters Jude’s care after one of his fights the two fall in love, and Silence finds himself becoming a father figure to Ciel. Soon Jude’s illness takes a turn for the worse, and Silence becomes caught up in a potentially fatal dispute with a gangster. Yet when it appears that all is lost, fate intervenes—and Jude’s dream of going home to Jamaica is fulfilled in a way she could never have expected.

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Not To Me Jamaica 2009 42 1 Jamaican creole (with English subtitles)

In this cautionary tale, best friends Keisha and Charmaine try to make the best of life in the tough Kingston district of Tivoli Gardens. Keisha is the more polished of the pair—conventionally beautiful and more conservative in her lifestyle. She is involved with an ambitious “uptown” man who is about to leave the island to pursue his studies. Charmaine, on the other hand, is more flamboyant, a passa passa queen who engages in risky behaviour that gets her into serious trouble.

Around the two girls the everyday routine of life in these notorious streets goes on, with the beat of Jamaica’s popular dancehall accompanying the story. When Charmaine begins to feel ill, Keisha fears the worst and insists she gets tested for HIV and pregnancy. Keisha agrees to go with her as support and gets tested as well. The results would lead to drastic changes in attitudes for the women.

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Nom Tèw (Man of the Soil) Dominica/France 2009 7 A Kwéyòl, French and English, with English subtitles

Jerry Maka West is a Rastafarian who lives a simple life in Dominica’s forested interior, his Zion. Here he grows and prepares his food just as his grandparents taught him. Jerry skips in and out of the modern world, never really being drawn into it. Instead, he prefers to remain close to nature, working hard to put in as much as he takes out, in harmony with a living earth.

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Moloch Tropical Haiti/France 2009 107 1 French, Creole and English, with English subtitles

High up in the mountains of northern Haiti is the towering Citadelle, from where the nation’s autocratic though “democratically” elected president, Jean de Dieu, effects his reign. Styling himself as an imperial monarch, the president keeps a paranoid eye on the television news and a lascivious one on his maidservant. All the while he ruthlessly stamps out opposition to his regime and enforces the rules with a chilling, erratic terror.

On the day that the president is set to welcome a host of foreign dignitaries in celebration of Haiti’s bicentennial, an uprising breaks out in the streets. As the uprising grows and his guests cancel on him one by one, the president comes undone, mumbling to himself like a mad Shakespearean king as fate closes in. Part elegant chamber drama, part absurdist political satire, Moloch Tropical is a scathing critique of absolute power and the corrupt legacy of colonial rule.

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Missed Jamaica/St. Lucia 2010 18 1 English

A startling reality unfolds for Catherine when she is forced to confront her husband’s roots, high up in the Blue Mountains. Missed is a beguiling story about human folly and the devastating consequences of unmet expectations.

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Maangamizi (The Ancient One) Tanzania / USA 2001 110 N Swahili and English, with English subtitles

In this ambitious allegory, an American woman medic, Dr Asira, comes to Tanzania to work at a hospital for the mentally disturbed. There she meets a sometimes-catatonic patient, Samahe, who seems to be in communication with another reality. In their confrontation with their individual and collective pasts, Dr Asira and Samahe are bound by fears and half-remembered images of unbearable pain.

It is only through the mentoring spirit of Maangamizi that the women can resume their lives with an understanding of the ancestors and their eternal presence in a world of cruelty, hatred and death. Maangamizi is a film that seeks to reclaim the connection between Africa and her Diaspora, and dares to represent the histories of two continents as it peels away layer upon layer of trauma to bring a healing of the soul.

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Maco Trinidad and Tobago 2010 6 1 English

Denisha is the village Maco. When she spots married Mr Thompson coming out of her neighbour Aurora’s house early one morning, Denisha rushes to the phone to tell a friend. Her actions will have surprising—and hilarious—consequences.

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Los Dioses Rotos (Fallen Gods) Cuba, Mexico 2009 96 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Laura is a university professor researching the legendary Cuban pimp, Yarini y Alberto Ponce de Leon. His murder at the hands of French rivals who controlled prostitution in Havana in the early 20th century made him a folk hero. Delving into the city’s underworld, Laura finds striking parallels between the Havana of today and the past—a city of intrigue, violence and illicit sex. She also finds Yarini reincarnated in the form of two underworld figures, whose rivalry and love for the same woman will have tragic consequences.

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Live From Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2009 60 A English

The musical talent of Trinidad and Tobago is prodigious, not to mention diverse. In 2009 three young local musicians embarked on a tour to take their music to the world, and fly the flag of T&T high.

Filmed across three weeks in Europe, Live from Trinidad &Tobago is a behind-the-scenes view of the Caribbean Invasion tour featuring Maximus Dan, Marlon Asher and Jah Melody. The film follows the artists as they perform in various underground reggae/soca clubs, and shows just how far the phenomenon of Caribbean music has spread. Through candid interviews with the musicians, we get closer to the root of their passion, an understanding of what inspires and drives them, and a taste of where their careers are heading.

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Linha de Passe (Offside) Brazil 2008 113 1 Portuguese, with English subtitles

Cleuza, a pregnant single mother, works as a domestic for a middle-class family on the outskirts of São Paulo. Cleuza has four sons, each of whom has a different father. The oldest son, Dênis, is a motorcycle courier who is tempted into street crime; Dinho is an evangelical Christian filled with suppressed sexuality and doubt; Dario is a brilliant footballer who needs cash to bribe a talent scout, and the youngest, Reginaldo, is obsessed with the belief that the local bus driver is his father.

Heartfelt and engaging, Linha de Passe deftly interweaves its five stories to present a portrait of a family that is unique, and yet just like all families, everywhere.

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Lezare (For Today) Ethiopia 2009 14 A Amharic, with English subtitles

This is a tale about the need for environmental conservation, couched in the touching story of a homeless boy in search of a meal. The elderly village schoolteacher promises the boy some money if he will help in a tree-planting exercise. Yet when he finally goes to buy a loaf of bread, he finds the money is missing.

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The Legend of Buchi Fil Curaçao 2008 20 A Dutch and Papiamento, with English subtitles

Buchi Fil is a Caribbean legend, the strongest slave who ever lived. In this film, based on a poem by acclaimed Curaçao poet Pierre Laufferm, the plantation master becomes obsessed with breaking Buchi Fil. Only when he sells Buchi Fils’s beloved wife, Mosa Nena, does the proud slave crack. Buchi Fil’s final act shows the power of his spirit and his love.

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La Soga (The Butcher’s Son) Dominican Republic / USA 2009 100 1 Spanish and English, with English subtitles
 La Soga is an edgy, action-packed thriller set in the Dominican Republic and New York City. In a poor neighborhood where the streets are run by deported drug dealers, a hard-working butcher struggles to raise his sensitive 10-year-old son, Luisito. When Luisito witnesses the murder of his father, his life changes forever. Twenty years later, Luisito becomes chief henchman for General Colon, head of the Dominican secret police. He is an emotionally hollow instrument of justice, perpetually kept in control by Colon’s promise to deliver his father’s killer.

Into Luisito’s world enters Jenny, a childhood sweetheart who left for New York shortly before his family tragedy. Unaware of his occupation, Jenny falls for Luisito and the love she shows him stirs the conscience that had lain dormant since his childhood. This, however, turns him against the ruthless General Colon and his death squad.

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La Femme Qui Passe (The Mango Lady) Guadeloupe 2009 19 A French, with English subtitles

Bazile lives in a cemetery and fills his nights writing letters to his deceased wife. Every day a woman called Mari-Ange visits the cemetery. She brings mangoes and they pass the time discussing, dreaming and reading romances. But one day Marie-Ange doesn’t come. Time passes and when next Bazile sees her, something has changed.

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The Creators South Africa, USA 2011 81 G English, Xhosa, Afrikaans with English Subtitles

The chaotic reality of modern-day South Africa is explored through the eyes of its artists in this moving film. Born into different regions, classes and ethnicities, the artists—who range from a graffiti artist to an Afro-blues musician, a performance artist to an opera singer—reinterpret the chequered history of their country through their own creative languages. A revealing, deeply intimate portrait of a group of questing individuals still getting to grips with the legacy of apartheid.

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Crazy Love The Bahamas 2010 72 1 English

When Charlene’s husband, Lionel, seems to lose interest in her, she seeks ways to revive the flames of passion between them. Along the way, her girlfriends share their views and give her their dubious advice on romance, dating, and the (largely material) obligations of men to their women. This sets Charlene on a course for disaster. An outrageous relationship comedy that would make Tyler Perry blush.

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Crab Trap Trinidad+Tobago 2009 88 1 Spanish with English subtitles

Daniel is a young man looking to flee the country. He makes his way to the coast, where he encounters an Afro-Colombian community. While waiting for a boat, he is drawn into the languid rhythm of life and the village intrigues. He also comes into conflict with a fellow outsider, who is in this remote area intent on building a tourist resort. An atmospheric and poetic film, told with an almost documentary-like realism.

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Corrupt Reflections Barbados 2011 10 P English

The title of this film comes from the acronym for an antisocial personality disorder. A tired young man falls asleep and soon begins to experience a most bizarre dream. When he finally breaks free of his subconscious, he wakes up. But was it all too real?

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Classical Steel Trinidad+Tobago 2011 42 G English

Playing classical music on the steelpan showed Trinidad society that a percussion instrument invented in the poorer areas of Port of Spain could reach the heights of a symphony orchestra. The film looks at the importance of classical music  in the development of the steelband and its acceptance worldwide as a legitimate instrument.

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Chris Denis: Between Worlds Trinidad+Tobago 2011 70 G English

Born and raised in a rural village on the north-eastern coast of Trinidad, Chris Dennis has a dream: to become a world-recognised surfer. His considerable talent has taken him far, but to become one of the top 100 in his sport, this young man of modest means will need more than just his natural ability. Does Chris have what it takes to go all the way, or is he fated to remain between worlds?

 

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Chinee Girl Trinidad+Tobago, Canada 2011 44 G English

People of Chinese descent have made a significant contribution to this country’s cultural and economic life. Yet the voices of women are notably absent from the story of the Chinese in Trinidad and Tobago. In this film, 12 women from all walks of life tell an interwoven tale, creating a compelling contemporary portrait of the Caribbean-Chinese woman.

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Children of Ramadhan Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda 2011 23 G English, Kiswahili with English subtitles

Throughout the month of Ramadan, the largely Muslim island of Zanzibar comes to a standstill, as everyone gives over to fasting and prayer. This charming film offers a child’s-eye view of life during Ramadan in Stone Town, Zanzibar’s historic main port, and the eagerly awaited Eid celebrations that follow.

This film is presented in association with the Zanzibar International Film Festival and supported by the Commonwealth Foundation.

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Chico & Rita Spain 2010 95 1 Spanish with English subtitles

A gifted songwriter and beautiful singer chase their dreams—and each other—across the globe, from Havana to New York to Paris to Las Vegas. Chico is an ambitious young piano player and bandleader. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey brings heartache and torment. A majestic love story rendered in beautiful, bold animation, with original music by the renowned Cuban musician, Bebo Valdés.

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Cane Harvest Barbados 2011 3 G English

Based on a poem by Philip Nanton, this short film is a personal response to sugarcane harvesting in Barbados. The story plays with the language of cane and harvesting and can also be seen as a tribute to Ogun, the Orisha god of iron, aggression and survival.

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Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle Trinidad+Tobago, France 2011 documentary feature 85 G English

Calypso Rose, born McArtha Lewis, is the calypso queen of the world. This is her extraordinary story, a moving tale of triumph over great adversity. We follow Rose from Paris, where she is recording an album, to her native Tobago and Trinidad, then to New York where she lives, and finally to her ancestral homeland, Africa. Along the way we see many facets of Rose and come closer to understanding the woman behind the public persona.

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Call the Shots Trinidad+Tobago 2011 40 P English

Jason is a gang member who wants out. His grandmother, with whom he lives, urges him to follow his passion for taking pictures and do a photography course. Jason’s fellow gang members, however, have other ideas. Made in association with the Ministry of the People and Social Development’s Poverty Reduction.

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A Busy Corner Trinidad+Tobago 2011 2 G English

Young hearing-impaired videographers capture the pulse and action, the culture and feel of a busy corner along the Eastern Main Road in Trinidad. This short film is the start of a series the group will submit to a Deaf Weekend News programme for airing on an Irish TV station. The series, called Hello from Trinidad!, will show glimpses of everyday life in Trinidad as seen through young eyes.

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Boys of Summer Curacao, USA 2010 93 G English, Papiamentu with English subtitiles

It’s the eighth year running that Curaçao’s young baseball heroes have qualified for the Little League World Series. In order to reach that far, the team from the tiny Caribbean island have had to defeat regional giants like Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. But they are up against their nemesis, the powerful Team Japan. Manager Vernon Isabella must use all his talent as a coach and counsellor to prepare the underdogs for their big day.

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Bos Gerard Haiti 2010 9 G English, Haitian Creole with English subtitles

In Jacmel, Haiti, the schoolchildren drink canned water donated by foreign agencies. Since there is no formal recycling scheme, innovative ways must be found to re-use the aluminium cans. Enter Bòs Gérard, a local tradesman who turns the cans into cooking pots.

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Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers, marks important dance heritage of Trinidad and Tobago and the world, as told through the fascinating histories of two Trinidad and Tobago dance pioneers, now in their seventies. Both Julia Edwards and Joyce Kirton tell their respective stories, full of challenges, humour and triumphs. Trinidad and Tobago 2010 documentary feature 61 A English

The dance history of Trinidad and Tobago often remains in the memories of those who executed it, and when they pass on, there is precious little left behind. This film looks at aspects of the local dance world and its impact through the eyes of two dance legends, Julia Edwards and Joyce Kirton, in an attempt to capture some of this history.

Now in their seventies, Julia and Joyce have together contributed over 100 years of dedicated work to the local dance community. They have been instrumental in the preservation of and innovation in countless traditional dance forms, and their commitment is echoed in the accomplishments of the dancers and choreographers who have come after them. This loving portrait is as much a tribute to these two pioneering women as it is a history of dance in T&T.

68432 48562 Marilyn Alfonso, Joy Dumas, Earl Edwards, Julia Edwards, Ray Funk, Charmaine Grant, Nancy Herrera, Vernon Hope, Helen Humphrey, Janis Hutchinson, Rosie Jackson, Roslyn Jackson, Joyce Kirton, Albert Laveau, Bill Trotman, James Lee Wah, Earlyn Williams 1
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child United States 2009 88 N English

Born to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, Jean-Michel Basquiat went from spraying New York City walls with graffiti tagged “SAMO” in the 1970s, to rock-star status as a painter and celebrity by 1983. He achieved critical and commercial success, but was constantly confronted by racism from his peers. In 1985 he and Andy Warhol became close friends and painting collaborators, until Warhol’s death 1987. One year later, Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at 27.

This intimate documentary is based on an extensive interview director Tamra Davis filmed of Basquiat. Using rare footage and interviews with the likes of Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Fab 5 Freddy and many others who knew Basquiat, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

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Boleto al Paraiso Cuba 2010 88 1 Spanish with English subtitles

Eunice, a teenage girl running away from her incestuous father, meets Alejandro, a rebellious rocker who has also left home. They decide to travel together, and escape to Havana, hoping to find paradise. Instead, they  encounter hardship—it is the early 1990s, the “Special Period” of deprivation in Cuba—and begin to contemplate the unthinkable: infecting themselves with the HIV virus so they can be admitted to the local AIDS hospice. An unforgettable tale of youth, love, sadness, and, ultimately, hope.

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Body And Soul Mozambique, France 2011 57 G Portuguese with English subtitles

Victoria, Mariana and Vasco are three young Mozambicans with physical disabilities, living in the suburbs of Maputo, the country’s capital. This moving, empowering film shows how they are able to overcome ignorance, prejudice and a lack of facilities for the handicapped, to find self-acceptance and make a success of their lives.

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Better Mus’ Come Jamaica 2010 narrative 104 1

In Kingston, Jamaica, in the late 1970s, the two main political parties enlist the support of gangs to enforce their policies and advance their political agenda. Young Ricky is a community leader whose gang is aligned to one party. One day he meets Kamala, who belongs to a community controlled by the other party, and the two instantly connect. Will their love triumph, or will bigger forces win the day? Based on true events.

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The Best of the Secondary Schools’ Short Film Festival Trinidad+Tobago 2011 75 G English

A programme of the winning films from this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools’ Short Films Festival.

These films are presented in association with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and supported by bpTT.

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The Best of Anime Caribe 2010 Trinidad+Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico 2010 42 G English, Spanish with English subtitles

A selection of seven of the best short films from the 2010 Animae Caribe Animation and New Media Festival.

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Besouro Brazil 2009 86 1 Portuguese with English subtitles

Besouro is a fantasy action movie set in 1920s Brazil and inspired by the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia. At a time when the Afro-Brazilian martial art was banned by the Portuguese colonial rulers, the fearless Besouro uses his incredible fighting skills, and protection from the Orixà gods, to oppose the local authorities, so incurring the wrath of plantation police boss, Colonel Venâncio.

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Bad Friday Jamaica 2011 68 G English, Jamaican Creole with English Subtitles

Bad Friday focuses on a community of Rastafarians in the Montego Bay area of Jamaica who annually commemorate the 1963 Coral Gardens “incident”, when the Jamaican government rounded up, jailed and tortured hundreds of Rastafarians. Using the testimony of survivors, the film chronicles the history of violence in Jamaica through the eyes of its most iconic community, and shows how people use their recollections of past traumas to imagine new possibilities for the future.

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Insolação (Sunstroke) Brazil 2009 100 1 Portuguese, with English subtitles

Insolação tells stories of unrequited love. “Love and loss. Loss, mostly,” says one character. In an empty city, scorched by the sun, young and old confuse the fever of sunstroke with the delicate birth of passion. Like ghosts, they hover through buildings and over endless flatland in search of the ever-elusive love, while the film’s nostalgic narrator, Andrei, bears witness to their tales.

Based loosely on a series of stories by Anton Chekov, the various plots of the film weave together and unravel in the improbable city of Brasilia—a distorted mirror image of Soviet utopia—located in the heart of the country.

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The Importance of Being Elegant UK/ France 2005 70 1 Lingala and French, with English subtitles

World-famous musician, Papa Wemba, is at the centre of one of the most bizarre cults in the world: La Sape. Its members, the Sapeurs, are immigrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and participate in a “religion” of haute couture fashion where the gods have names like Roberto Cavalli, Yohji Yamamoto, Versace, Issey Miyake and Burberry.

Set to the soundtrack of Congo’s extraordinary music, the film follows Wemba, the cult’s flamboyant founder and “spiritual father”—Le Roi De La Sape (The King of la Sape)—as he gets his career back on track after being released from a French prison in 2003. (He’d been charged with smuggling illegal immigrants into Europe for profit.) While he prepares for an extravagant comeback concert, his followers and rivals uphold the Sapeur tradition, in a lifestyle that is full of swagger, even as its converts struggle to hustle a living on the streets of Paris and Brussels.

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Ilha das Flores (Island of Flowers) Brazil 1989 13 A Portuguese, with English subtitles

This is the ironic saga of a tomato. Beginning life on Mr Suzuki’s farm, the tomato is sold to a supermarket, where it is bought by Mrs Anete. At home, Mrs Anete decides the tomato is spoiled and throws it in the garbage. Together with the rest of the trash, the tomato is taken to a landfill. There, the best organic material becomes food for pigs, while the rest is given to poor women and children. A modern classic, Ilha das Floresis widely considered one of the greatest short films ever made.

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Hidden Herstories: Women of Change UK 2010 60 A English

This film presents the lives of a number of noteworthy women from London’s recent history. The first woman, Octavia Hill, was a pioneer of social housing and founded the “open spaces” movement, the forerunner to environmentalism. The next, Amy Ashwood Garvey, was a pan-Africanist who started the United Negro Improvement Association with her then husband, Marcus Garvey.

The third story is that of Claudia Jones, the Trinidadian activist and “mother” of the Notting Hill Carnival. Jayaben Desai, the final woman profiled, is a factory worker who campaigned for the rights of Black and Asian workers. Featuring interviews with a number of famous Londoners, Hidden Herstories is a revealing tribute to four remarkable women, each with a dream to change the world they lived in.

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From a Whisper Kenya 2008 79 A English

Abu is a quiet and hardworking police intelligence officer who keeps to himself. Tamani is a young, rebellious artist just back from high school in the United States. When the two cross paths, Abu decides to help Tamani, who is searching for her mother, who disappeared in the US embassy bomb blast in Nairobi 10 years ago.

Unbeknownst to Tamani, her search for her mother churns up within Abu memories of Fareed, Abu’s best friend who died in the blast. Soon the facts about Tamani’s mother are revealed, as well as the story of Fareed’s involvement in the bomb blast. Everyone involved must learn how to forgive, deal with their own faith, and confront what they fear the most—the truth.

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Andros: Living off the Land and Sea The Bahamas 2010 55 G English

This movie explores the natural resources of the largest island in the Bahamas, and the issues faced by the people who live there. A land of great beauty and contrasts, Andros has both fresh and saltwater ecosystems and the third-largest barrier reef in the world. The island has the potential to become an international eco-sanctuary. However, its future is yet to be written.

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Almendron Mi Corazon Cuba, Guadeloupe 2008 52 G Spanish with English subtitles

A celebration of Cuba’s “American beauties”—over 60,000 vintage cars that are still driven on the island’s streets and country roads. These US-built cars were all bought before the Revolution of 1959, and their longevity is considered a symbol of the resilience and ingenuity of the Cuban people.

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Aliker Martinique 2009 110 1 French with English subtitles

A powerful drama based on the true story of André Aliker, who was the editor of a socialist newspaper in 1930s Martinique. Aliker (played by French hip-hop star, Stomy Bugsy) is determined to speak out against injustice and to champion the rights of working people. For his ideals and fearlessness, he gets on the wrong side of the most powerful in society. With a script by renowned Martinican novelist Patrick Chamoiseau.

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Achante Haiti, Canada 2011 35 1 Haitian Creole with English Subtitles

Achantè is an atmospheric portrait of Vodou featuring four communities in the south of Haiti. It parallels the Vodou creation story with the historical creation of the free nation of Haiti. Featuring an original score by acclaimed musician Nick Zammuto, with voiceover by Max G. Beauvoir, a houng’an and internationally recognised authority on Vodou.

 

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’70: Remembering A Revolution Trinidad+Tobago 2010 114 G English

A revealing, riveting chronicle of the Black Power uprising that took place in Trinidad and Tobago in 1970. Featuring interviews with various activists, politicians, military officers and others who were caught up in the events, the film evokes those heady months when “Power to the people!” was the popular cry. Generous use of archive material and calypsos from the period rounds out this document of one of the most important—and most misunderstood—periods in the country’s modern history.

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10 Ave Maria Aruba 2011 15 P Spanish with English subtitles

No man is an island, it is said. In this beautifully observed film, we follow Mark, a lonely young man in search of happiness. Through his daily encounters he struggles with his desires and his fears, until at last he is forced to come face to face with himself.

 

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9 Feet of Rope Trinidad+Tobago, UK 2011 18 G English

Tobago’s annual Easter goat racing event attracts people from all over the world to the small community of Buccoo. The film follows the participants—men and goats—through the training and preparation for the race, up to the big event as they compete for the coveted title, Champ of Champs.

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The Fighting Spirit Ghana / UK 2007 80 A Ga and English, with English subtitles

Boxing is show business with blood—a tough sport, which has always found its top competitors from the poorest neighborhoods. Bukom, a fishing village on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital Accra, is one such locale. Grounded in a long, proud tradition of wrestling that over the years developed into boxing, Bukom trains its young people to fight—and win.

This film tells the story of three boxers from Bukom. Twenty-two year-old George is excited to fight overseas for the first time, but has girlfriend troubles at home. Yarkor, known as the First Lady of Boxing, is using the memory of her cheating ex-boyfriend to fuel her fire. Meanwhile Joshua is training for a world title, with the help of a shady American manager. A story of the ambitions of modern Africans,The Fighting Spirit is a look at a nation through the eyes of those fighting for their dreams, for respect and reward, and for their tribe and their home.

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The Duke of Bachata (El Duque de la Bachata) USA / Dominican Republic 2009 53 A Spanish with Subtitles

Bachata is a musical genre from the Dominican Republic that evolved from bolero and is characterized by its distinctive lead guitar and the sensual dance it inspires. Although it was frowned upon and repressed within its own country of origin, bachata is now enjoying increased popularity worldwide. One of its practitioners is 37-year-old Joan Soriano, who is on the edge of international success.

The bachatas and merengues Soriano plays draw upon a variety of musical influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also a practitioner of Afro-Dominican traditional salve and palo, and he blends these percussive styles with guitar-based bachata to create a fresh sound. The Duke of Bachata is alive with Dominican music and culture, and is an intimate portrait of one man’s hopes, fears and dreams, and how much his success means to his family and community.

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Doubles wit’ Slight Trinidad and Tobago 2010 16 A English

Doubles is a cheap and very popular street food indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago. The short looks at many aspects of doubles, from its origins to how it is made, the (possible) health benefits and other aspects of the doubles experience. Among those interviewed are university students, doubles vendors and various experts.

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The Cycle USA 2010 16 P English

Crystal, a wife and mother, is the owner of a bookstore in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. Her eight-year-old daughter, Corinne, enjoys spending blissful summer afternoons playing in front of the store—that is, until a teenage boy steals her bike. Crystal calls the police, a move that ignites simmering tensions between the neighbourhood’s traditional residents and those who, like Crystal and her family, are part of the new upwardly mobile migration to the area.

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Cross Canada/Trinidad and Tobago 2009 10 P English

Holden Bates, a US army medic in World War II, wakes up in the forest after having passed out from exhaustion. He searches for his platoon and comes across an old shack, and in it, a wounded Nazi soldier. Their encounter is one that Holden will never forget.

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Coast Jamaica 2010 12 1 English

When Patasha is called upon to make a routine delivery to Dylan and Veronica, a young tourist couple, she encounters a situation that will test her morality. Meanwhile the young spear-fisherman, Samson, wants to make a transaction of a more sinister nature. A love letter to the rugged cliffs of Negril on Jamaica’s north coast, the movie is an examination of choices, and of how viciously ugly and stunningly beautiful one island can truly be.

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Children of God The Bahamas 2009 103 1 English

Jonny is a young Bahamian, a promising painter on scholarship at an arts college in Nassau. Lena is the wife of a rabidly homophobic pastor. Jonny is troubled: guilt-stricken over his sexuality, the recurring target of attacks by a gang, and alienated from his alcoholic father. Meanwhile, Lena’s apparently perfect family life seems about to fall apart. To try and reconnect with his artistic gift Jonny heads to picturesque Eleuthera, while Lena goes there to collect signatures for an anti-gay rights petition.

On Eleuthera Jonny meets the charming Romeo, as Lena is drawn to the soft-spoken, compassionate Reverend Clyde. Through these life-shifting encounters, Jonny and Lena find themselves coming to a fuller understanding of who they are, a realisation that will have unsettling consequences. As poignant as it is provocative, Children of God is a brave and beautiful exploration of the search for acceptance—of one’s self, of others—in an often brutally intolerant world.

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Caribbean Skin, African Identity Trinidad and Tobago 2010 33 A English

This documentary examines the concept of African identity as it has evolved over the generations in Trinidad and Tobago. In it, the director explores her own identity, using the Emancipation Day parade and its rituals as a starting point for her journey. Interviews with African-Caribbean people and scholars define and explain some of the complexities of race in this society.

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But Some Are Brave Canada 2007 5 A English

A chronicle of the struggle for global peace and equality, this animated film is a sweeping visual poem that celebrates the endeavours and unrecorded contributions of women throughout 500 years of history. A beautiful, painterly animation technique is used to create this moving work.

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Born to be a Purple Dragon Black Belt Trinidad and Tobago 2010 38 A English

The Purple Dragon Martial Arts School is a unique organisation, led by martial arts guru Don Jacob. This film documents the process of becoming a Purple Dragon black belt, the history of Purple Dragon and the origin of the Don Jitsu Ryu system. It follows students, from seven to 70, and from all over the Caribbean and North America, as they participate in a series of gruelling activities towards attaining their black belts. Behind it all is the charismatic Jacob, a man with a truly inspiring life story.

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The Blood and the Bois Trinidad and Tobago 2010 30 1 English

The Blood and the Bois is a supernatural drama about the restless spirit of a stickfighter, unable to be at peace until his death is avenged. Along the way, both the living and the dead must come to terms with wounds inflicted by the previous generation, before arriving at a place of healing, transcendence and rest.

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Black Herman’s Changing of the Gods Trinidad and Tobago 2010 20 1 English

Black Herman’s Changing of the Gods is a look at the manner in which popular culture and the media are used to exert influence upon us.  It comprises a montage of news footage, film clips and TV commercials as seen through the eyes of a couch potato named Joe.  As Joe switches channels, he takes the audience on a journey through time, one that encompasses early films, famous politicians, religion, celebrities and crime bosses.

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The Audacity of the Creole Imagination Trinidad and Tobago 2010 13 A English

Using photographs, television footage and interviews, this documentary looks at the creation of the steel pan and the milestones along the road to the modern instrument. It records the shift from bamboo to steel, the first notes and the years of fighting, the inclusion of the middle class, the invention of the “Spider Web” pan and the Bomb competition. The tale is told to a score of early recordings, including the first iron band recording in 1940 and the first steelband recording of 1947.

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Araya Venezuela, France 1959 82 A Spanish with Subtitles

Araya is a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela. An arid land, the sun beats down implacably upon the salineros, the workers of Araya’s salt marshes. Salt has been mined here for almost 500 years—the ruins of a nearby fortress testify to a time past when salt was as precious as gold, creating wealth for an empire long gone. Yet the salineros toil on, their endeavours carried out in almost exactly the same manner they have been for generations.

Shot in breathtaking black and white, Araya is a lyrical account of a day in the life of the inhabitants of this land. The film follows three families: the Peredas, who work in the marshes, the Ortiz, who are fishermen, and the Salaz, who pile the salt into vast white luminous pyramids for bagging. An exploration of the intimate relationship between humans and their environment, as well as the fraught dialogue between the camera and its subject, Araya is a loving, moving tribute to a people and their ability to endure.

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Apocalypse Martinique 2009 18 1 French with Subtitles

Francis and Kevin are two teenagers living with a mother who abandons her role to the benefit of her lovers. Francis makes a living selling marijuana around his high school while the younger brother, Kevin, is a good student and athlete. One day, a sordid series of events comes to have an irreversible impact on their lives.

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The Amerindians Trinidad and Tobago 2010 40 A English

“The only real Caribs are dead Caribs.” In this revealing film, Tracy Assing seeks to put to rest that historical saw. Assing was raised a member of the Santa Rosa Carib Community, the only recognised group representing indigenous descendants in Trinidad and Tobago. Until now, Amerindian descendants have depended on the stories of their grandparents and great-grandparents for their history, while the indigenous story of survival has been written out of the history books. Assing walks us through her own exploration of the history of the Santa Rosa Community and, as her great aunt, the Carib Queen, prepares to join the Great Spirit, ponders an uncertain future.

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A Regular Black: The Hidden Wuthering Heights UK 2009 24 P English

Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is arguably the greatest romantic novel of the nineteenth century, with the handsome, sadistic Heathcliff at its centre. Yet who is Heathcliff? Where does his destructive anger come from? Might Emily Brontë be hinting at a far darker secret than has previously been suspected? This provocative documentary—featuring commentary by acclaimed writer Caryl Philips—examines the themes of slavery and race coded into Brontë’s book, and discovers some uncanny parallels in the slave-owning families of Yorkshire.

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A Land So Far Trinidad and Tobago, UK 2009 8 A English

Every year on Carnival Monday at dusk, the blue devils come out to play in Paramin, high in the hills above Port of Spain. Carrying on a tradition that has been passed down for generations, battling devil tribes compete in a portrayal of the wild and grotesque. A Land so Far is a kaleidoscopic portal into the world of the blue devils, graphically and symbolically conveying its splendour and breaking the boundary between reality and surreality.

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Alamar (To the Sea) Mexico 2009 73 A Spanish with Subtitles

Banco Chinchorro, on the Yucatán peninsula, is one of the richest coral reefs in Mexico. The native people, descendents of the Mayas, live on the water, in huts propped up on stilts—the reef is a nature reserve, and no building is allowed on the islands. One day a fisherman who lives in one of these huts receives some visitors: his son, Jorge, and his five-year-old grandson, Natan, who is on a visit from Rome, where he lives with his Italian mother.

Alamar quietly observes these three characters as they spend their days fishing, swimming and tending to their boat, their existence in harmonious rhythm with their surroundings. At the film’s poetic heart is the subtly delineated relationship between Jorge and Natan. Enveloped by sea, sand and sky, father and son grow ever closer, and a bond is formed that not even the fact of Natan’s looming departure can break.

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A Hand Full of Dirt Barbados 2009 90 N English

Archie Redman is a middle-aged man chasing a fading dream. In his obsession to hold on to his failing business—a small hotel—he has sacrificed everything. His marriage is broken, his debts have risen beyond his reach and he has a severely damaged relationship with his father.

Thousands of miles away, Archie’s son Jay faces worries of his own. Recently graduated from university, Jay is stuck in limbo, penniless in a cold, unforgiving city and unable to legally work until his father pays his school debts. Suddenly, an opportunity to resolve his problems and secure his future presents itself, but to take it he must commit the ultimate act of betrayal.

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4am Trinidad and Tobago 2010 3 1 English

Spoken-word poet Muhammad Muwakil narrates one of his compositions, about life in the Belmont suburb of Port of Spain. Arresting images of the streets of Belmont during the early hours of the morning accompany his recital.

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3 Line Trinidad+Tobago 2011 87 1 English

Six friends head to a quiet fishing village to make an investigative documentary. What starts out as a routine film shoot in a supposed paradise quickly turns to hell, however, as the friends find themselves preyed upon by a demented family of sadists. Blending classic Hollywood genre conventions with Caribbean folklore, 3 Line promises a cinematic experience that will leave you shocked in your seat.

 

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Incendies Canada, France 2010 130 N Arabic and English, with English subtitles

WHEN NAWAL, an Arab immigrant to Canada, passes away, she leaves in her will a request. Her adult children, Simon and Jeanne, must take two envelopes to the Middle East, one each for their father and brother. But as far as the siblings know their father is dead, and they have no brother. This is an unforgettable epic about the search for the past, about family, roots, never-ending wars and enduring love.

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Hosay Cedros Trinidad and Tobago 2012 73 A English

EVERY YEAR the fishing village of Cedros in south Trinidad observes the Shia Muslim ritual of Muharram, known locally as Hosay. Through a collage of beautiful images, revealing interviews and poetic narration, this film documents the history of Hosay in Cedros. In particular, it tells of the unity among the early Indian labourers who lived on Cedros’s coconut plantations and who transcended religion, caste and gender to come together to commemorate this sacred event.

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Historias Que Solo Existem Cuando Lembradas Brazil 2011 98 A Papiamentu, with English subtitles

IN THE REMOTE Brazilian village of Jotuomba, life goes on as it has for decades. One day a photographer, Rita, arrives looking for a place to stay. At first wary, the villagers soon warm to her. Yet Rita is puzzled: why are there no young people here? And why are the cemetery gates always locked? The title of this film translates as ‘Stories that only exist when remembered’ – the film itself is an unforgettable, moving gem.

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His Story Trinidad and Tobago 2012 50 G English

IN THIS TRIP down memory lane, Alfred Brother Grey remembers his past in the Tobago community of Delaford, and different aspects of life, agriculture, fishing, music, and religious worship in the village.

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Habanastation Cuba 2011 95 A Spanish, with English subtitles

YOUNG MAYITO, the son of a wealthy jazz musician, imagines all Cubans live as he does, eating chicken every day and playing video games on their Sony PlayStations. When he finds himself lost in a poor neighbourhood one May Day, however, Mayito quickly realises this is far from the truth. A daring dramatisation of the class differences that exist in modern-day Cuba, Habanastation is also the touching story of one boy’s vivid awakening to those differences.

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Gravedigger Jamaica 2012 13 P Jamaican English / Creole, with English subtitles

TWO KINGSTON street boys, Brinks and Moses, make a living selling stolen items from freshly laid graves. One night in the graveyard they discover a stash of buried firearms. Brinks decides to sell the guns to an unscrupulous customer despite Moses’s objections – with serious repercussions.

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Goudougoudou Haiti 2012 55 P Haitian Creole and French with English subtitles

GOUDOUGOUDOU is the name Haitians invented for the 2010 earthquake. For those who made it through, the notion of ‘being alive’ was superseded by that of ‘being survivors’. This film explores how people, in the aftermath of tragedy, grieve, struggle to regain a semblance of normality and aspire to new dreams.

 

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A Girl and Her Guardian Trinidad and Tobago, USA 2012 21 P English

THE EARTH IS dying, and a young girl named Sarah must help save it. Together with her guardian, Jonathan, she must restore the earth from the shadow that has stolen it.

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Forward Home Trinidad and Tobago 2012 50 A English

SHOT IN nine countries, Forward Home reveals the economic power of the people of the Caribbean diaspora living in global cities, and the significance of their contribution to their homeland, both as travellers and entrepreneurs.

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Floodprint Trinidad and Tobago 2012 20 A English

FLOODPRINT highlights flood damage in Trinidad through the stories of a farmer’s damaged crops, a young boy’s near-death experience and a woman’s damaged home. The film makes the case that through our own actions, we as citizens can determine the type of development – sustainable or otherwise – that takes place.

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Five Bones The Bahamas 2012 5 A English

WITH LITTLE money and few resources available, a group of children from an underprivileged community create their own entertainment by building kites out of the most basic materials.

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Fish Trinidad and Tobago 2012 15 1 English

TWO HOMELESS cousins try to survive the streets of Port of Spain as petty thieves. But times are getting harder and the pickings, slim. Will fortune favour the brave? Or will their desperate actions lead to their demise?

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The First Rasta France, Jamaica 2010 80 P English

LONG BEFORE Bob Marley sang about the divinity of Haile Selassie and the sacredness of ganja, Leonard Percival “Gong” Howell preached that heady gospel. This documentary tells the story of the man whom some claim as the founding father of Rastafarianism, from his days in Harlem as a Marcus Garvey disciple, to the time he spent leading the self-reliant Pinnacle community in Jamaica’s Maroon country. Music by the Abyssinians and others round out this revealing film.

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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone USA 2010 107 1 English

BURSTING ONTO THE Los Angeles music scene in the late 1970s, Fishbone were an explosive cocktail of funk, ska and punk. Yet, despite their brilliance and influence on acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt, the band never broke beyond cult status. Recounting three decades of Fishbone’s ups and downs, Everyday Sunshine is a joyful tribute to both success and failure, and to a band and their commitment to what matters most: the music.

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Elza Guadeloupe 2011 80 P French, with English subtitles
 BERNADETTE, a single mother in Paris, tries to provide her daughters with everything. She is thrilled when her eldest daughter, Elza, is the first in the family to graduate from university. But Elza breaks her mother’s heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers. Simmering with intrigue and illicit scandal, Elza is a heady melodrama about a family and its deep, dark secrets.
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Douen Trinidad and Tobago 2012 12 P English

A DISOBEDIENT little boy is told a scary bedtime story by his babysitter, about a douen. When the story is over, however, will truth become stranger than fiction?

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Doubles With Slight Pepper Trinidad and Tobago, Canada 2012 16 P English

IN RURAL Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles by the market. When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.
In association with the High Commission of Canada and RBC Royal Bank.

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Domestic Disturbance Trinidad and Tobago 2012 6 P English

A DEPRESSED wife seeks an end to her abusive marriage.

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Distance Guatemala 2011 75 A Guatemala Maya Quiche, Spanish, with English subtitles

TOMAS CHOC, a widowed farmer from Guatemala’s highlands, has been searching for his daughter ever since she was kidnapped as a baby during the country’s civil war. When, after 20 years, he receives word that she is alive, he sets out on a journey cross country to meet her. Gently, beautifully observed and subtly ingenious in its evocation of the horrors of the past, this is an immensely moving and emotionally satisfying film.

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Dinner Antigua 2012 12 P English

ADAPTED FROM a poem by Tameka Jarvis-George, Dinner is the sultry chronicle of two young lovers on their quest to get home after a hard day’s work, spend time with each other and have a romantic dinner.

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Darkie Trinidad and Tobago 2012 17 A English

WHEN BRITNEY leaves the country to study abroad, her boyfriend Chris must learn to cope with her departure.

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Dal Puri Diaspora This documentary tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes. Canada, Trinidad and Tobago 2012 documentary feature 80 A English | Bhojpuri with English subtitles

The recipe for dal puri traveled with indentured workers from India’s Gangetic plain to southern Caribbean colonies of Britain and the Netherlands in the 19th Century. In the 1960s the wrapped roti migrated from Trinidad to North America, where it is known as Caribbean or West Indian roti and is popular in cities like New York and Toronto. As the dish moved from home fire to street stall to restaurant chain, and from festival to fast food, the flatbread was radically transformed in ingredients, cooking method, ways of eating and identity. Shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India, this documentary tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes. The documentary features interviews with leading food writers and scholars including Pushpesh Pant, Naomi Duguid, Brinsley Samaroo, Radhika Mongia and Patricia Mohammed.

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Curacao Curacao, Netherlands 2010 75 A Dutch and English, with English subtitles

THE AWFUL LEGACY of colonialism pervades this clinical, unflinching and at times shocking portrait of Curacao, formerly a territory of the Netherlands. This is a place of apartheid-recalling separation, where wealthy white expatriates live and play in luxury, while locals work as servants or low-level employees for Dutch-owned companies. Slavery-era texts narrated over contemporary images of the island provocatively suggest the unstated: the past, in a new form, is very much alive here.

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The Countdown Trinidad and Tobago 2012 9 P English

AS NATHAN gets ready to celebrate the new year, he begins receiving messages that the end of the world is nigh.

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Corta Colombia 2012 69 N Spanish, with English subtitles

IN THE BEAUTIFULLY photographed Corta (Cut), agricultural labourers in southwest Colombia harvest a field of sugarcane using cutlasses. The hypnotic tempo and rhythm of their handiwork is a formidable but rapidly disappearing skill and has a meditative effect, as the men sharpen their blades and chop, chop, chop. When they’re finished, enormous trucks drive back and forth and the countryside is set on fire. This is contemplative cinema at its most potent, with undeniable historical undertones.

https://youtu.be/TY52E_Afuls

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The Cool Boys Trinidad and Tobago 2012 26 P English

ALPHA AND his friends, Dom and Wes, think they know it all when it comes to being cool. When they get into a fight at a club with the ferocious Danny Boy over a young woman, however, these cool boys find they have a thing or two to learn about life.

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The Coming of Org St. Lucia 2012 40 A English

IN THIS supernatural tale, three people come face to face with Org, a figure from St Lucian folklore that manifests itself in their day-to-day existence. The film is based upon the short story of the same name, written by John Robert Lee.

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Clara Like Water Puerto Rico 2012 10 A Spanish, with English subtitles

CLARA, A light-skinned black girl with kinky blonde hair and grey eyes, is incessantly teased by her dark-skinned peers. Then she ventures into the magical waters of the bioluminescent bay to change her skin colour and possibly herself.

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Choco Colombia 2012 80 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

CHOCO LIVES with her abusive, unemployed husband, Everlidés, and their two children, Candelaria and Jeffrey. When she loses her job at a gold mine, Choco is desperate to find another, if only so she can afford a cake for Candelaria’s birthday. The village shopkeeper, meanwhile, is willing to let Choco have the cake for a price. A bold act of filmmaking with a jaw-dropping finale, Choco is also an incisive portrait of the modern Afro-Colombian reality.

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The Chiney Shop Jamaica,Canada 2012 25 P English

IN JAMAICA, from the 1930s to the 70s, Chinese-owned groceries were located on street corners from Kingston to remote towns in every parish. This revealing documentary explores the relationship between the Chinese shopkeepers and their Jamaican customers, and the myriad ways in which this ethnic minority has contributed to Jamaican society.

In association with the High Commission of Canada and RBC Royal Bank.

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Chance USA 2012 96 1 English

DARNELL, a high-school student from St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, is about to take up a photography scholarship in the United States when his mother falls gravely ill. Unable to afford her treatment, Darnell joins with a local crime lord in a desperate move to take care of his siblings and save his mother’s life. This is a powerful drama about the lengths to which a young man would go for the ones he loves.

https://youtu.be/wANamCiqhCQ

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Captains of the Sand Brazil 2012 96 1 Brazilian Portuguese, with English subtitles

IN THE 1950s in Salvador, Bahia, a motley gang of abandoned street urchins survives by committing petty thefts and sophisticated mansion robberies. But when the orphaned Dora joins their ranks, the camaraderie of this boys-only outfit is threatened. This is a glorious, heartwarming film about a magical year in the life of a group of kids, a time in which they fly like birds, have wonderful dreams, visit hell, and discover love, sex, death and freedom.

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Call Me Kuchu Uganda, USA 2012 90 1 English

UGANDA HAS recently made global headlines for the persecution of its gay or kuchu community. This extraordinary film documents the brave fight-back against this persecution. When the de facto leader of the gay-rights movement and first openly gay man in his country, David Kato, is brutally murdered, a rallying cry goes up around the world. More than ever Uganda’s gays are emboldened to stand their ground and declare: “We are here.”

https://youtu.be/EGiRMaJydWg

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By My Side Nicaragua, USA 2012 96 A Spanish, with English subtitles

THIS EMOTIONALLY charged documentary tells the story of three young women living and working in the Chureca, a landfill on the banks of Lake Managua in Nicaragua. Dominga is a glue addict with Aids; Fabiola is being enticed by evangelical Christians to leave her family and Maryuri is at risk of losing the child she is expecting. By My Side follows the women as they seek a way out of the Chureca and towards a better life.

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Built to Last Barbados 2012 51 A

WHAT IS IT about this region that produces so many incredible sports people? Built to Last follows the stories of the amazing men and women competing in a range of Olympic, Paralympic and non-Olympic sports in the Caribbean. The story takes us across eight Caribbean countries to look for the answer.Featuring interviews with Wyclef Jean, Professor George Lamming, Asafa Powell, Shelly Ann Fraser, Yohan Blake and many more.

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Buck Trinidad and Tobago 2012 35 1 English

WHEN AUDI picks up some Guyanese nationals in his taxi, he unknowingly picks up another, mysterious passenger. And when he learns that this mysterious creature could bring him good luck, he is overjoyed. Audi soon realises, however, how quickly good fortune can turn bad . . .

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Broommaker Trinidad and Tobago 2112 12 A English

BERTRAND JOSEPH is an expert maker of palm-leaf brooms. In this film he demonstrates this skill, which dates back to pre-Columbian times.

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Broken Stones Haiti 2012 61 A Haitian Creole, English and French with English subtitles

DESTROYED IN the devastating earthquake of 2010, the cathedral of Port-au-Prince was one of the most beautiful and symbolic edifices in all of Haiti. Amidst its post-apocalyptic-like ruins children play, foreign missionaries pray for lost souls, and men and women roam almost aimlessly. Part historical meditation, part political invective, this is a captivating documentary which uses the reconstruction effort as a metaphor for the rebuilding of the Haitian self.

https://youtu.be/x3Ev4x7UBaM

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Breaking Barriers Trinidad and Tobago 2012 59 A English

THE SITARIST, Mungal Patasar, is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s greatest musicians. This documentary goes behind the scenes to tell his story, and that of his band, the fusion group, Pantar.

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Botched Up Trinidad and Tobago 2012 30 N English

BRIAN, OWING money to two gangsters, attempts a kidnapping to get the cash. Unfortunately, he kidnaps the worst possible guy, Jonah, who doesn’t have a care in the world‚ nor a cent to his name.

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The Black Power Mix Tape Sweden 2011 100 P English and Swedish, with English subtitles

AS THE NAME suggests, The Black Power Mix Tape is not the definitive story of Black Power. It is, however, an incisive look back to a critical period in American history when the struggle for black liberation took a decidedly militant turn. Comprised entirely of archival footage, and narrated by the likes of Erykah Badu and Harry Belafonte, the film includes never-before-seen interviews with Trinidad-born Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver and others.

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A Bess Pelau Trinidad and Tobago, UK 2012 8 A English

SEAN IS A spoilt young man who has been coddled by his mother for too long. When he goes to live in the UK he must take responsibility for himself. Spurred on by his mutinous stomach, Sean sets out to make his first meal. Can he do it?

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The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song Canada 2012 71 G English

MUSCLE RAISES fighting cocks and races songbirds in Georgetown, Guyana. His mother, Mary, drinks and recites poetry to escape her traumatic past. Whenever Mary attempts to sneak away, Muscle is forced to confine her to her room. Sensitive and profound, tragic and life-affirming, this is a searching film about family, and a son’s flawed but brave attempts to care for his mother. Listen carefully and you’ll realize even a sad song has its high notes.

In association with the High Commission of Canada and RBC Royal Bank.

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Awa Brak Aruba 2012 P Dutch with English subtitles

AWA BRAK (Brackish Water) tells the story of a young woman, Glenda, who lives in a wooden house on the beach. She survives on fish, water and memories. Her search for herself is an intricate game of coping with the past and luring the infinite future.

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At Last Trinidad and Tobago 2012 25 A English

THIS IS THE story of the love between Rishi and Stacy. Specifically, it is the story of Rishi’s proposal of marriage to Stacy, a story that she will be telling her friends, family, children and even her grandchildren for years to come.

 

 

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Amos Ferguson: Match Me if You Can The Bahamas 2011 58 A English

THIS FILM pays tribute to the renowned Bahamian intu artist Amos Ferguson, known for his paintings of island ritual, flora and fauna, and biblical scenes. The film documents his life from the 1930s to his international “discovery” in the 1980s, right up to his death.

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20 Anos Cuba 2009 15 A Spanish, with English subtitles

A MIDDLE-AGED woman tries to get her beer-drinking, baseball-obsessed husband to fall in love with her again, with heartbreaking results.

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Stark Electric Jesus India 2014 12 N

After being provoked by a decision of the Indian Supreme Court, a claustrophobic man cages himself into a circle of hallucination. This work follows his fantasies frame by frame.

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Soleil Magma St. Martin 2013 N None

Soleil Magma is an interactive video installation that uses the spectator’s arm movements to modify the positions of graphic organic-like shapes, and to create an ongoing, evolving real-time music composition. Inspired by the living, Soleil Magma takes its cues from the Caribbean landscape—particles in water, invisible creatures living in swamps and dried savannahs burned by flaming sunlight in Lent.

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Otherness Jamaica 2014 15 N None

Otherness is a multiple-screen video installation, which was done in collaboration with Guyanese-Jamaican traditional storyteller Jean Small. The work is based on the concept of otherness expressed through the body, and narrated through an original semi-abstract sound composition.

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Orishas Colombia, USA 2014 7 N None

In Orishas, technology processes the spatial, colour and brightness information of choreographed dancers into a virtual three-dimensional mathematical representation of their movements—building blocks of dance. Here spirituality is preserved, in spite of the logical, technical aspects of video-making.

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Ochún Cuba, USA 1981 8 N None

The ttff is pleased to be presenting three works by Cuban born performance artist, Ana Mendieta. Ochún and Flower Person have been exhibited on a limited basis, and all three works were chosen as pieces that represent and tie Mendieta’s work to the Caribbean. Although she spent the majority of her life and artistic career in the USA, Mendieta’s work reflects a longing for her Caribbean ancestry and a reimagining of her return to her real and imagined homeland.

Ochún is © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

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My Dreams, My Works Must Wait Till After Hell India, Jamaica, USA 2011 7 N None

My Dreams, My Works Must Wait Till After Hell is a single channel video inspired by African-American and Pulitzer Prize poetry winner Gwendolyn Brooks. It shows a nude female torso lying on her side resembling a mountain buttressed by stone and is accompanied by a soundtrack from Kaoru Watanabe. My Dreams, My Works… challenges the classical art-historical presentation of the nude by portraying the black body and by denying the visibility of the subject’s physical attributes.

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They Say You Can Dream a Thing More Than Once: just because you wish for something, doesn’t make it true. or does it? Barbados 2013 11 N None

They Say You Can Dream a Thing More Than Once… revolves around ideas of desire and loss / desire and unfulfilled fantasies. The character goes on a journey through a changing landscape, encountering paraphernalia from Walt Disney animations. She grasps at images and objects in an attempt to create or experience the fantasy of the Disney animations, yet these things continuously elude her.

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Puma films4peace Various 2013 50 N English

films4peace, an annual short film commission by PUMA. Peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, features some of today’s most innovative contemporary artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. These art films are released each year at cultural and educational venues globally and online on World Peace Day, September 21. For the second year running, films4peace will be shown as part of the New Media programme. This year’s artists include: Rob Carter, Wilmer Wilson IV, Athi-Patra Ruga, Zanele Moholi, Anthony Goicolea and Assume Vivid Astro Focus.

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Black Radical Imagination N

Curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George, Black Radical Imagination is a touring programme of visual shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative; it focuses on aesthetics of futurism, surrealism and the magnificent, through the context of cinema.

Films include:
Reifying Desire Jacolby Satterwhite
Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful Akosua Adoma Owusu
The Golden Chain Adebukola Bodunrin + Ezra Clayton Daniels
Mae’s Journal Amir George
American Hunger Ephraim Asili
Moonrising Sanford Biggers + Terence Nance
Get the Bones from 88 Jones Because She Also Eats Meat Lauren Kelley
The Baptist Lewis Vaughn

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200 Cartas Puerto Rico 2013 98 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Raúl is a comic-book artist living in New York. One night in a bar he meets María, a young Puerto Rican woman visiting the city. When a fight breaks out they find themselves suddenly separated. Having been struck by love at first sight, Raúl travels to Puerto Rico in search of Maria, and winds up having the adventure of his life. This is a romantic comedy with plenty of charm and a winning spirit.

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Portrait of Jason USA 105 P English

HIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED documentary is the story of Jason Holliday, a gay, African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret performer who narrates his troubling story to the camera. Filming took place in director Shirley Clarke’s Hotel Chelsea penthouse apartment in New York one night in December 1966, and ended 12 hours later. Hailed as “a masterwork of great intimacy” by The New Yorker, Portrait of Jason employs avant-garde and cinéma vérité techniques to reach the tragedy underlying Jason’s theatrical, exaggerated persona. The film’s long-lost original print was re-released in April 2013, following a successful Kickstarter campaign to have it restored.

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The Abominable Crime Jamaica, USA 2013 66 P Dutch and English, with English subtitles

The Abominable Crime is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s love for his country. Told as they unfold over several years, these personal, intimate accounts of discrimination and violence perpetrated against gays in Jamaica take the audience on an emotional journey. The film also seeks to get to the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, revealing the psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians.

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Cows Wearing Glasses Puerto Rico 2014 93 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Marcelino is a celebrated painter and art teacher with a curmudgeonly reputation. On the verge of losing his sight and being squeezed to retire from the university, he reaches out to his only daughter, Isabel, a writer of self-help books. With his thoughts turning to his final end, Marso seeks forgiveness for abandoning his family decades ago. The wounds of the past prove difficult to heal, however, in this engaging and touchingly bittersweet comedy-drama.

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Art Connect Trinidad and Tobago 2014 documentary feature 74 G English

Art Connect vividly illustrates how creative intervention changed the lives of a group of young people in Laventille, a disenfranchised and volatile community in T&T. The film documents the profound impact that painting, poetry, music and dance had on the children, who were given digital cameras to record their experiences. By allowing the viewer intimate access to their world, they reveal their hopes and fears, and we witness their lives transform.

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Behaviour Cuba 2014 100 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Life isn’t easy for 11-year-old Chala. When he isn’t getting into trouble at school for his violent behaviour, or with the police for raising fighting dogs, he has to contend with an alcoholic mother who spends her nights hustling in Havana’s nightclubs. Chala has one person on his side: his teacher, Carmela, who absolutely believes that no child is a lost cause. But when Carmela falls ill, Chala himself is in danger of falling through the cracks of an unforgiving system, in this heartfelt, clear-eyed drama.

 

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Blanco Dominican Republic 2014 62 G Spanish and English with English subtitles

Blanco portrays the daily life and human side of six albinos of different ages and stages in life, who have more in common than just their physical condition. Uninformed about the symptoms related to albinism, these people live their lives with normalcy despite their unique appearance, visual impairment and the harmful effects of the sun on their skin. Shot with an often ethereal beauty, Blanco neither exploits nor patronises its subjects, instead presenting them as they are, with warmth and compassion.

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Cristo Rey Haiti 2013 96 1 Spanish and Haitian Creole, with English subtitles

Janvier is a good-natured young man living in the town of Cristo Rey (Christ the Redeemer) in the Dominican Republic. The son of a Haitian mother and Dominican father, Janvier, like so many Haitian-Dominicans, is the constant target of casual discrimination and police harassment. After his mother is deported to Haiti, he is desperate to reunite with her in Port-au-Prince. Reluctantly he takes a job with a gang leader, El Bacá, as a bodyguard to Jocelyn, El Bacá’s sister. Soon the youngsters are in the grip of a clandestine love affair. As Janvier becomes more entwined with both Jocelyn and El Bacá, he is forced to make a difficult, dangerous decision. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Leticia Tonos Paniagua’s enthralling and energetic film updates Shakespeare’s play to a contemporary Caribbean setting, with a fresh, urgent take on the classic story that makes it feel as though it’s been ripped from the daily headlines.

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Giraffes Cuba 2013 93 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Manuel and Lia are a young couple desperate to find accommodation in Havana. They manage to illegally lay their hands on the keys to an old house in the city centre, from which Tania has been evicted. Tania, however, refuses to give up her home. A silent domestic war among these three beautiful twenty-somethings ensues, until an impending hurricane places them under lockdown. All their pent-up irritation and desire reach boiling point, in this exciting and provocative chamber drama.

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Haiti Bride Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago 2014 65 P Hindi and English, with English subtitles

Haiti Bride centres around Marie-Thérèse, who leaves Haiti for New York with her family when Jean-Bertrand Aristide is thrown out of power. Years later Marie-Thérèse meets and falls in love with Paul, a fellow Haitian. They go back to Haiti to get married, but unfortunately the date and time of the wedding coincide with the 2011 earthquake. The lovers are separated, and fear that the other is dead. A year later, however, they meet again.

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Hotel Nueva Isla Cuba, Spain 2014 71 G Spanish and English with English subtitles

The formerly luxurious Hotel Nueva Isla in Old Havana is now in ruins, but it is home to people living on the fringes of society, like the retired public servant Jorge. Abandoned by his wife and children, Jorge’s only motivation, like a Don Quixote forgotten and gone astray, is to continue a quest he’s followed for years: dig among the dangerous ruins of the hotel, where he is convinced that the former owners hid valuable objects before fleeing the Cuban Revolution.

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Keeping up with the Joneses Barbados 2014 111 P English

Based on a popular television sitcom, Keeping up with the Joneses is centred around the Jones family: Irving Jones, his wife Angela, their daughter Tracy and son Nathan, who are stars in a reality show called Life & Times in the Caribbean. When the Joneses are kidnapped all is thought to be lost. That is until Angela’s mentally ill brother, Anderson, and three friends from Green Meadows Mental Institution go on a mission to save them.

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Legends of Ska: Cool And Copasetic Jamaica 2014 102 G English

Before reggae conquered the world, Jamaica gave us ska. This exciting and uplifting documentary tells the story of ska music in the words of the musicians themselves, from the rhythm-and-blues-influenced sound-system dances in Kingston in the 1950s to the classic ska period of the 1960s to the coming of reggae. The film is punctuated by performances from the 2002 “Legends of Ska” concert, and features interviews with Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jimmy Cliff, Keith Richards and others.

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Mala Mala Puerto Rico 2014 87 1 Spanish and English with English subtitles

The transgender community of Puerto Rico is as diverse as it is vibrant. A unique exploration of self-discovery and activism, Mala Mala features a cast of unforgettably colourful and vivacious subjects that includes LGBT advocates, business owners, sex workers and a group of drag performers who call themselves The Doll House. This is a passionate and winning documentary, one that portrays a fight for personal and community acceptance punctuated by discouraging lows and triumphant highs.

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The Mountain Dominican Republic 2013 84 G Spanish, with English subtitles

In May 2011, history was made when the flag of the Dominican Republic crowned the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest, marking the first Caribbean expedition to reach the mythical peak. That mission inspired three young Dominican boys, fishermen’s sons, who set out to conquer the highest mountain in their country, and the Caribbean: Pico Duarte. The Mountain unites both missions, intercutting one with the other. The result is an epic adventure, built on motivation, inspiration, determination and achievement.

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Pan! Our Music Odyssey Trinidad and Tobago 2014 documentary feature 80 G English, French and Japanese, English Subtitles,

Pan! Our Music Odyssey is the story of the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the only new acoustic musical instrument invented in the twentieth century. The film boldly dramatises the almost mythical invention of pan in the 1940s, and then surges forward to tell the stories of people from all over the world—T+T, France, Japan, the USA—who have staked everything on their love of the instrument, and whose passion and daring draw them each year to the “world championships” of steelband, Panorama. Written by Kim Johnson, T+T’s foremost pan writer and researcher, Pan! is interlaced with dramatic re-enactments of the rags-to-riches tale of the steelband movement, which was born into poverty and violence but climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic acceptance without losing its life-or-death urgency. The result is an extraordinary global human adventure, as rousing and life-affirming as any great pan symphony.

 

 

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The Price of Memory Jamaica 2014 83 G English

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica in 2002, she was petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations are linked to moving to Africa, from where their ancestors were brought as enslaved people. This timely, important film traces the Rastafarian petition and a reparations lawsuit against the Queen over a decade into both the British and Jamaican parliaments, while interweaving stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s.

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Sensei Redenshon Curacao, Netherlands 2014 narrative feature 119 1 Papiamentu, with English subtitles

After an accident in the world of illegal street fighting and gambling, Sandro is sentenced for ten years in prison. He has to leave his only son, Shendel, behind. When Sandro is free again, all he wants is to recover the relationship with his now-teenaged son. What Sandro doesn’t know is that Shendel’s obsession with easy money has led him to follow in his father’s footsteps, into the world of underground fights. In order to protect his son and win back his trust, Sandro will have to engage in his toughest fight yet.

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A Story About Wendy 2 Trinidad and Tobago 2014 63 P English

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.

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They Are We Australia, Cuba, Sierra Leone 2014 77 G English, Gbande, Kono, Krio, Mende and Spanish, English Subtitles,

In Perico, Cuba, an Afro-Cuban community has kept alive songs and dances brought from West Africa via the slave trade almost two centuries ago. Through years of searching, filmmaker Emma Christopher tried to find the origins of these cultural artefacts. Then, in a remote village in Sierra Leone, people watching a recording of the Cubans’ songs and dances joyously declared “They are we!”, and joined in with the songs. In this extraordinary film, their Cuban brothers and sisters finally come home.

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Two Smart Barbados 2014 90 1 English

Jon and Madj Smart offer to give Desiree, a young clerical officer, a ride in their van, but during an argument with her husband Madj crashes the van into a gully. With cell phones dead and torrential rain falling, the threesome decide to wait out the storm and find help in the morning. However the long night reveals a tangled web of lies and betrayal, where some relationships are more deadly than the raging storm.

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Wake Dominican Republic 2013 80 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Rene and Naomi are a young married couple. One night Naomi disappears without leaving any hint of her whereabouts. Rene receives a phone call from someone who claims to have seen her in a car accident, but there is no evidence whatsoever of this. Rene later discovers that he and Naomi were both in the accident, but he can’t remember because they were taken right after to an experimental lab, where they are both connected to a computer that provides them with virtual life.

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You and Me Dominican Republic 2013 87 G Spanish, with English subtitles

The Mrs, an old widow, and Aridia, her young domestic servant, live together in an orchid-filled house in Santo Domingo. Aridia cleans, the Mrs gardens; sometimes they gossip. But the atmosphere can get tense: when the Mrs gets angry with Aridia and Aridia defends herself, the Mrs reminds her “where her place is.” You and Me is a moving, closely observed portrait of the complex relationship between two women that goes beyond merely employer and employee.

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34 is Blind Man, 14 is Money Trinidad and Tobago 2014 9 G English

34 is Blind Man, 14 is Money is a commentary on corruption in Trinidad and Tobago. The film highlights the late Gene Miles and the stand she took against state corruption, as depicted by playwright Tony Hall and masman Peter Minshall in the 2014 Carnival band Miss Miles.

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ABCs Cuba 2013 15 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Leoneidi is a 12-year-old girl with a baby living in Sierra Maestra, Cuba, where the incidence of child pregnancy is high. Forced to abandon school, and verbally abused by her baby’s father, she struggles with her childish urges to play, the demands of motherhood and the obligations of family life.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

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The Absent House Puerto Rico 2013 55 G Spanish and English with English subtitles

The Absent House is a portrait of Fernando Abruña Charneco, a designer from Puerto Rico and a pioneer of green architecture. He confronts climate change with sustainable constructions such as a roofless house that is independent of power and water utilities, a micro-eco-house on wheels and a solar-electric car.

This screening takes place in association with Sustain T&T and will be followed by a panel discussion.

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Art Connect: Liverpool Trinidad and Tobago, UK 2012 6 G English

Trinidad and Tobago contemporary artist Wendell Mc Shine goes on a captivating journey where art, animation, music and Carnival-like mythology are used to stitch together a tapestry that unites a community in the city of Liverpool in the UK.

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Bad Dog Trinidad and Tobago 2014 32 P English

Bad Dog!? investigates the issues surrounding Trinidad and Tobago’s Dangerous Dogs Act of 2013, and its impact on pet owners and non-owners. The film considers the effect the law will have on all citizens as well as on animal rights.

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Be a Good Liar, Jackie Chang Cuba 2014 12 1 None

Chan Lee and Gloria meet in a bar. He takes her to his place, cooks a feast and fantasises about an erotic encounter with her. As they are about to eat, Chan Lee discovers Gloria’s awful table manners and the evening takes a different turn.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

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Entre Deux Martinique 2013 8 P French, with English subtitles

In the middle of nowhere, a man is surprised by the ring of a telephone booth. He hesitates to answer. Finally, he picks up. On the other end is a woman, who talks to him thinking he is someone else.

This film is presented in association with the Guadeloupe International Film Festival (FEMI).

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The Big House Cuba 2013 24 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Several pregnant women needing particular attention live in a maternal waiting home in Cuba known as the Big House. Yudi, a 15-year-old girl tries, just as the others, to maintain a distant and dysfunctional relationship with the father of her future child.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

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Bike Tales Canada, Trinidad and Tobago 2013 14 G English

Sofia is disappointed when her father has no time to teach her to ride her new bicycle. So she gets her hyperactive, hyperbole-prone friend Ren to teach her instead. Things come to a head when Ren introduces Sofia to a time-honoured tradition: free-wheeling down the largest hill in town.

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Black Night Dominican Republic 2013 5 G Spanish, with English subtitles

In the wilderness of Santo Domingo in 2048, Oscar Perez struggles to survive the system, society and finally himself.

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A Boy’s Choice Trinidad and Tobago 2014 13 G English

Richard, a politician’s son, is friends with Kendell, who comes from a humble background. Despite their differences, the boys bond over a mutual love of football, girls and big dreams. When fate and circumstances step in and impact the friendship, Richard is forced to make a life-changing choice.

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Broken Ceilings Dominican Republic 2014 17 P Spanish, with English subtitles

In a small village in the Dominican Republic, Anna, a 12-year-old girl, is living a difficult childhood. Faced with an irresponsible mother, she must take care of her two younger sisters. Meanwhile she dreams of making her first communion, and of wearing an immaculate white dress.

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The Bull & The Bass United Kingdom 2014 18 G English

How does an entertainer come to forbid his daughter from entering the world of entertainment? Alongside vintage 16mm footage, Karen recounts her father’s story—his struggle as an Afro-Caribbean entrepreneur in 1960s London, the lengths he goes to for success, and the sacrifice of one of the most important relationships of all.

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Bullock Cuba 2014 18 1 None

A man walks down a dusty road under a merciless sun. He holds in his hands a seemingly endless, tattered rope, by which means he attempts to keep hold of something that, in fact, is pulling him. Bullock is a story of defiance, rebellion and death—or a primitive love story.

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The Cast Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago 15 G Spanish, with English subtitles

When Jonas loses a package that may cost him dearly, it is up to his quick-witted friend Paz to help him come up with a solution to his problems.

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The Cat’s Death Colombia, Cuba 2014 27 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Havana, 1989. Raul, Camilo and Armando are three friends who plot to kill a neighbour’s cat to get meat to eat during Cuba’s “Special Period”. This leads to a series of conflicts, with an unexpected finale.

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Chula Puerto Rico, USA 2014 17 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Fredo, the best man at a wedding, gets a call from the groom, who is at a cock fight. Fredo goes to convince the groom to come to the church, and takes his daughter for the ride. When he returns to the car he finds it and the child missing.

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Cleaning House Jamaica 2013 14 1 English

At a glance, Susan is a quiet, pensive housecleaner who takes her job seriously. A single phone call is all that she needs to clean up the mess and leave things pristine. But initial impressions rarely, if ever, give the full scope of a person—especially in the case of Susan.

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The Cloud Cuba 2013 20 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Ana, a single mother living in a country town, is surprised by the sudden death of her father, the head of the family. With the arrival of her brother Ulises, Ana is forced to take stock of her life.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American

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Creole Soup Guadeloupe 2012 15 G French, with English subtitles

Hélène spends the afternoon in high anticipation as she prepares her traditional Sunday soup for her family. A sudden call from one of her children will change the direction of the rest of the evening.

This film is presented in association with the Guadeloupe International Film Festival (FEMI).

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Crisalida Cuba 2012 8 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Crisálida (Chrysalis) is an 86-year-old Cuban woman who interacts with the world through her bedroom window. As she reveals her contradictory past and present, both converge in a deeply ironic way.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

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Crude Processions Germany 7 G English and German, with English subtitles

Crude Processions juxtaposes two “movements” of people: the carnival practices in Buenos Aires and Cologne, and the forced migration of Africans across the Atlantic. It is a largely non-verbal exploration of the filmmaker’s reaction to witnessing black-facing in Germany: one of confusion, fear, anger and compassion.

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Cubes Trinidad and Tobago 2014 10 G English

A seemingly average office serves as the backdrop for Sean’s first day on the job. He quickly realises things are far from normal when he shows interest in his co-worker Candice, which piques the ire of the boss.

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Cutass by Cutlass: 3Canal Making a Statement Trinidad and Tobago 2014 30 G English

Rapso group 3Canal are known for their hard-hitting lyrics and penchant for speaking out against societal injustice. This film showcases their use of music as a forum for voicing their opinions or “making a statement” about issues affecting citizens of Trinidad and Tobago

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Dark Light Trinidad and Tobago 2013 7 P English

Dark Light follows two men who live parallel lives and who cannot see or communicate with each other. The main protagonist’s research finally unearths an object that allows the two to communicate in unexpected ways.

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Diaries of an Immigrant Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago 2013 32 1 English

A young Guyanese woman migrates to Barbados to work as a domestic servant, to make a better life for herself and her young daughter. When her employer exploits her, she reluctantly becomes a sex worker.

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Dubois Trinidad and Tobago, UK 2014 31 1 English

A young woman from London attempting to recover from the grief of the death of her husband visits family in Trinidad and Tobago. There she finds herself strangely drawn to a mentally ill homeless man she sees wandering the streets, and he to her. A metaphysical, spiritual journey follows.

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Field Notes Trinidad and Tobago, USA 2014 18 P English

Field Notes is an experimental documentary about the ghosts embedded in the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. The film is structured as a visual and aural field guide to the soucouyants, lagahoos and jumbies throughout the islands.

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Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China Canada, USA 2014 58 G Chinese and English, with English Subtitles

Three siblings from Harlem seek to learn about their Chinese grandfather who was forever separated from their mother—his half-Chinese, half-Jamaican daughter—in 1920. After a 91-year separation, his black-Chinese grandchildren journey from Harlem to Toronto to Jamaica to China, in search of Samuel Lowe.

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The Fire Behind USA 2014 16 1 Spanish and English with English subtitles

Stan, a suicidal writer, is faced with a difficult decision when Luz, a young immigrant girl from Mexico, is caught in a precarious situation after an unexpected crime is committed in the border town of El Paso, Texas.

 

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Flying the Coup Trinidad and Tobago 2014 24 P English

The neighbourhood troublemaker and a police officer on his first day on duty reluctantly team up in order to escape Port of Spain during the first day of the 1990 attempted coup. They trip over each other’s personalities as they stumble to escape the chaos-filled streets of the capital.

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Full Circle The Bahamas 2014 17 1 English

Full Circle explores the cycle of violence that plagues many Caribbean communities. It follows several characters living in a working-class neighborhood in Nassau, Bahamas, over the course of twenty-four hours.

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Glass Bottom Boat Trinidad and Tobago 2014 15 G English

Glass Bottom Boat is a poignant tale of enduring love. It tells the story of Janet Wells, who came to Tobago on vacation with her sister and fell in love with more than just the beauty of the island. This enduring love became her solace despite profound loss and pain.

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The Good, the Bad and the Apprentice Haiti 2013 19 1 Haitian Creole, with English subtitles

Ricardo is hired by an old man to be the caretaker of an empty house. Unknown to Ricardo, the old man is a magician, and soon Ricardo finds himself pulled along on a supernatural adventure.

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Hidden Avenue Trinidad and Tobago 2014 4 P English

A young man is a member of a charity organisation. While he is well-intentioned, his dishonest colleagues make off with a significant amount of the charity’s money. He chooses to turn a blind eye, then finds he must pay the consequences.

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How Many Times? Trinidad and Tobago 2014 9 1 English

A bride-to-be finds out her abusive mother has been released from prison, and has trouble dealing with the news.

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In-between The Netherlands 2014 11 G Dutch and English, with English subtitles

In-between questions and shows how Caribbean artists express their complex relationship with their always-changing environment. The film seeks to understand the term “the ones in-between”, and the writers and artists who are, in their personal life, dealing with diverse cultural shiftings and differences.

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The Intervention Canada 2013 5 G English

Kei is in denial, so her six closest friends—an eclectic international set—stage an intervention to help her out. In a classic clash of personalities with a surprising twist, we find out that while addictions aren’t fun, sometimes they can be funny.

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La Trinitaria Marchita Curacao, Netherlands 2013 5 P English

La Trinitaria Marchita is a film about the bitter process of losing someone. It concisely depicts how a confrontation with loss miraculously becomes beautiful, and how memories are transformed into bridges uniting us with those we’ve lost.

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Last Night Trinidad and Tobago 2014 6 G English

A young girl awakes in the middle of the night and has an encounter with a strange entity.

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Lincoln Trinidad and Tobago 2014 14 G English

Confined to a wheelchair, former Trinidad and Tobago government minister Lincoln Myers makes a pilgrimage to the steps of the Hall of Justice to commemorate the anniversary of his 40-day fast for better governance. The film deals with Myers’ internal struggle with his health and his external struggle for a better society.

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Kasita Curacao, Netherlands 2014 22 G Papiamentu, with English subtitles

When little Luna can’t keep the dog she’s rescued, she knows just what to do. Together with her cousin, Sol, she sets off to house the dog in one of the empty old huts that held enslaved Africans on Bonaire. Things don’t go as planned, however.

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My Name is Ali Trinidad and Tobago 2014 3 G English

Ali Taki is a Lebanese gyro vendor living and working in Trinidad and Tobago. Like many other immigrants, he has come to the country for a better future for himself and his family. This is his story.

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Noka: Keeper of Worlds Trinidad and Tobago 2014 23 1 English

Eight-year-old Gabriel suffers from schizophrenia and like his deceased grandfather is a timid recluse. He encounters an old friend of the family, Midnight, who gives him his grandfather’s journal. This journal opens a portal into a parallel world filled with creatures and mystics, challenging his beliefs and empowering the young boy.

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Obsidian Tears Puerto Rico 2014 14 P Spanish, with English subtitles

A lonely doctor takes a wounded young homeless man to his house, only for the man to experience manifestations of the doctor’s dark past.

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Old Moon Puerto Rico 2013 11 N Spanish, with English subtitles

Elsa’s husband has just died and her relatives come to take their leave of him. Elsa observes with concern the relationship between her son-in-law and his daughter. Nonetheless, she continues to go about preparing food, hanging out the washing, feeding the chickens and tending the garden. Only her face gives away her unease.

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On the Other Side Dominican Republic 2011 14 P Spanish, with English subtitles

In Santo Domingo, while others dream of migrating to the US, Miguel, a young Dominican, dreams of building a home on his island with his childhood love Laura, who lives under her grandmother’s roof. When the grandmother discovers her relationship with Miguel, Laura’s life changes forever.

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Oslo Cuba 2012 12 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Raul and Amanda, an elderly couple, live in the midst of the hot Cuban countryside. Amanda has an obsession to see snow, leading to absurd attempts to realise her dream. Raul decides to bring winter to her.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

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A Paradise Cuba 2013 13 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Damaris and Alberto live in rural Cuba. Four months ago, their 12-year-old son committed suicide. Whilst looking to family and a new-found religion to help deal with their loss, an even more disturbing issue is revealed.

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Pillowman Jamaica 2013 5 G English

Leonard Smith has been an affable, ubiquitous figure on the streets of Kingston for the last 30 years, a maker and seller of one product: pillows. This film is a meditation on the man behind the smile.

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Princess Julie Trinidad and Tobago 2013 4 P English

On the island of Tobago, a young horse has fallen head-first from a cliff over 40 feet high. This short film documents her courageous rescue and struggle for recovery aided by the extraordinary efforts of her loving caregivers.

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Project 40 Martinique 2014 35 P French, with English subtitles

Eight directors, seven short films, one theme: the number 40.

This film is presented in association with Rencontres au Cinema de la Martinique.

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Rebecca’s Story Guyana 2013 13 G English

An orphaned young girl imagines escaping from her grandmother’s punitive custody, when a sudden visit from a neighbour reveals a better way out.

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Red Light Dominican Republic 2013 10 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Red Light is the story of a day in the life of a poor boy struggling to get by on the streets of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

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The Saints Puerto Rico 2013 10 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Juan Santos and his wife are kidnapped by mistake. To their surprise they are not the only couple with the name Santos kidnapped by accident. The various Santos couples decide to work together to escape their less-than-intelligent captors.

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The Seawall Guyana, USA 2010 9 G English

The Seawall centres around Marjorie, a Guyanese woman, as she prepares for her ten-year-old grandson’s move to America to be with his mother. Struggling with impending loneliness and abandonment, Marjorie sacrifices her happiness for her grandson’s future.

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Shan Trinidad and Tobago, USA 2014 7 G English

Shan is a portrait of a young Trinidadian dancer at the Universoul Circus, which tours the USA. This experimental work follows Shan backstage and on stage, moving between darkness and light, as she prepares to pass under the limbo stick, reflecting on her past, present and future.

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Sons of the Old White and Blue Trinidad and Tobago 2013 55 G

Commissioned by St Mary’s College (CIC) to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the school, Sons of the Old White and Blue is a loving homage to CIC’s long and impressive history. It looks at several key facets of the college including education, religion, sport, culture and ethics and values.

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Tania Kross: I Want it All Curacao, Netherlands 2014 56 N Dutch and Papiamentu with English subtitles

Tania Kross is a successful opera singer, wife and mother living in the Netherlands. But this formidable mezzo-soprano wants more. This documentary follows Tania over two years as she seeks to produce and star in a slavery-themed opera sung in Papiamentu, the indigenous language of her beloved native island of Curaçao.

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Teacher Cuba, USA 2013 33 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Cuba, 1961. In the wake of the Revolution, one hundred thousand young people joined the National Campaign for Literacy, over half of them young women and girls. They taught their country to read and write—and were deeply transformed in the process.

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This Island Puerto Rico 2014 12 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Two adolescent lovers flee society, and escape to the mountainous centre of Puerto Rico.

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The Tide Cuba 2013 16 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Camelia plans to celebrate her son Ángel’s birthday at the beach. When Ángel’s father goes missing, Camelia engages in a search that turns up a dark surprise.

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The Trout Cuba 2013 20 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Pilar looks after the first ballerinas of a ballet company in Havana. After she leaves the ballet on evenings, she earns a living performing at private events as Gloria, “The Trout”. At one particular event, however, Ramoncito stands in her way.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

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Vieques, Hands Up Puerto Rico 2014 14 G Spanish, with English subtitles

Vieques, Hands Up explores the music tradition of calypso and steelpan in the small municipality of Vieques, Puerto Rico. These musical rhythms have travelled up from Trinidad and Tobago to Puerto Rico, demonstrating that borders among the Caribbean islands are fluid and dynamic.

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Walking with the Ancestors Trinidad and Tobago, USA 2014 33 G English

Walking with the Ancestors takes a glimpse at Orisha practice in Trinidad and Tobago, and looks toward the future of the religion through an evolving art form, dance. Featuring local Orisha and African dance practitioners, the film shows how reclaiming and re-imagining cultural heritage brings power.

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A Writer in His Place: Earl Lovelace Trinidad and Tobago 2014 55 G English

A Writer in His Place presents Trinidadian novelist Earl Lovelace as a writer rooted in his Caribbean space and inspired by the people and cultures of the region. In this “docu-commentary”, Lovelace emerges as a writer who is driven by a passion for life, and a love and respect for ordinary people.

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Years of Light Cuba 2013 13 G Spanish, with English subtitles

In 1958, in Cuba’s Sierra Maestra, Gregorio Rivera was ordered to fight alongside Fidel Castro’s rebel army not with a weapon, but with his camera. Now “Goyo” tells his story. However, at 93 years of age, his memory is not as precise as the photos he used to take.

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All About the Feathers Costa Rica 2013 85 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Chalo is a friendless security guard with a boring, monotonous job in an abandoned factory. A cockfight lover, he is desperate to have his first gamecock. Once he gets this bird—which he names Rocky—his life changes. Not having a proper place to keep and train Rocky triggers a series of events that will put Chalo’s love for his new, feathered friend to the test, in this quirky and hilarious deadpan comedy.

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The Amazing Catfish Mexico 2013 89 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Twenty-something Claudia, who has been alone all her life, is admitted to the hospital for appendicitis. Here she meets Martha, an ailing matriarch with four children by three fathers. The women bond, and when they’re released, Martha invites Claudia into her home. Claudia quickly becomes one of the family, proving a helpmeet with Martha’s biological children, especially as Martha’s condition begins to worsen. This is a joyous, beautiful comedy-drama about the true meaning of family.

This film is presented in association with the Embassy of Mexico and AMEXCID.

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American Promise USA 2013 135 G English

Spanning thirteen years, American Promise follows Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents and filmmakers in Brooklyn, New York, as they turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun (of T&T parentage), who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

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Belle United Kingdom 2013 105 P English

In late eighteenth-century England, Dido Elizabeth Belle is born to a white British admiral and an enslaved, black Caribbean woman. When her father returns to sea, he entrusts Dido to the care of his appalled family, led by the imposing Lord Mansfield. Dido is raised to be a lady, albeit one with a unique status: too high in rank to dine with the servants, but too low to dine with her family. Inspired by true events, this is a stirring, thought-provoking historical drama.

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Brooklyn USA 2014 83 1 French, with English subtitles

Twenty-two-year-old Coralie dreams of becoming a hip-hop star. She runs away from her comfortable middle-class life in her native Switzerland and moves to the suburbs of Paris to pursue her goal. She gets a job as a cook at a local youth centre, where she meets the magnetic Issa, the rising rap star of the ‘hood. When Coralie’s skills on the mic are discovered, however, attraction is replaced by envy, in this edgy and captivating urban drama.

This film is presented in association with Alliance Francaise.

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Concerning Violence Denmark, Finland, Sweden, USA 2014 84 P English, French, Portuguese and Swedish, with English Subtitles,

“Colonialism is…violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence.” So declared Frantz Fanon in his classic indictment of European imperialism, The Wretched of the Earth. This provocative film matches astounding file footage of the fight for decolonisation in Africa with selections of Fanon’s incendiary text, powerfully voiced by musician Lauryn Hill. The result is a bold, empowering visualisation of colonial (and neo-colonial) power and its dehumanising effects on the people who exist under its rule.

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Difret Ethiopia 2014 99 1 Amharic, with English subtitles

Meaza, a young lawyer and women’s advocate in Addis Ababa, provides free legal services to the poor. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted by a farmer who intends to marry her, she shoots and kills him with his own rifle in an attempt to escape. Hirut is charged with murder, and Meaza takes on her case. Inspired by this young girl’s courage, Meaza embarks on a long, tenacious battle to save Hirut’s life, in this compelling drama based on true events.

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Dust Guatemala 2012 80 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Juan is obsessed by the death of his father, who was “disappeared” by the Guatemalan military during the country’s civil war. He knows who his father’s informant was, and engages in petty acts of revenge against this man. When a filmmaker arrives in the village to make a documentary about the search for remains of the disappeared, Juan and his mother Delfina are given a chance at achieving some sort of resolution, in this sometimes painful, yet tender testament to the act of not forgetting.

This film is presented in association with World Cinema Fund.

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Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 United Kingdom 2012 98 G English

No film franchise has had more influence and staying power than the James Bond series, the longest-running franchise in cinema history. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire in Babylon), this film tells the story of 007’s creation by author Ian Fleming, and his move to the big screen in the 1960s, a dream shared by Fleming and producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. This is a thrilling and inspiring tale of one of cinema’s most iconic characters.

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Five Star USA 2013 83 1 English

Primo is a member of Brooklyn’s Bloods gang. After John’s father is killed, Primo takes the boy under his wing. John is uncertain about committing to gang life, while Primo—with a wife and children—wants to leave the life altogether. Matters come to a boil, and both men find themselves with tough choices to make. Blurring reality and fiction, Five Star is an intense, authentic-feeling portrait of gang culture, one that raises profound questions about what it means to be a man.

This film is presented in association with the US Embassy.

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The Forgotten Kingdom Lesotho, South Africa, USA 2012 96 P Sesotho and Tsotsitaa, with English Subtitles,

Atang, a young man living in South Africa, reluctantly embarks on a journey to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.

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The German Doctor Argentina 2013 94 1 German, Hebrew, and Spanish, with English subtitles

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor becomes the first guest at a hotel that an Argentinean family have just inherited. Eva and Enzo welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith, to his care. What the family don’t know is that they are harbouring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world—the former Nazi officer Josef Mengele, known as the “Angel of Death”. Inspired by true events, The German Doctor is an unsettling, enthralling thriller.

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Illiterate Chile 2013 73 1 English and Spanish, with English subtitles

Ximena, an illiterate woman in her fifties, lives alone and tries to keep her illiteracy a secret. Jackeline is a young unemployed school teacher who seeks to convince Ximena to take reading classes. Persuading her proves to be almost impossible, till one day Jackeline finds something Ximena has been keeping as her only treasure since she was a child: a letter her father left when he abandoned her many years before. Gradually, the two women embark on a learning journey together.

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The Liberator Spain, Venezuela 2013 119 1 Spanish and English with English subtitles

Simón Bolívar (1783–1830) is arguably the greatest figure in the struggle for independence in the Americas. This sweeping, stirring epic—anchored by a star-making turn by Édgar Ramírez—tells the story of his life. It depicts the childhood that laid the seeds of Bolívar’s determination to defend the rights of the indigenous and enslaved, and his decadent years in Europe after his wife’s tragic death. Finally it shows his return to South America, his social conscience reawakened, to lead the fight against the Spanish crown for freedom.

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Little White Lie USA 2014 65 G English

As a child growing up in a Jewish family in upstate New York, Lacey Schwartz was always told that her relatively dark skin and curly hair were the result of a certain Sicilian ancestor. As a young woman, however, she began to pull back the curtain on matters of race and family secrets as chronicled in this deeply personal and riveting documentary. The film raises larger questions: What factors make us who we are? And what happens when we are forced to redefine ourselves?

 

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The Lunchbox India 2013 104 P Hindi and English, with English subtitles

Saajan is a taciturn, middle-aged widower about to take early retirement. Ila is a young housewife caught in a loveless marriage. One day the lunchbox that Ila sends to her husband via Mumbai’s celebrated delivery system accidentally starts going to Saajan. Ila and Sajaan begin sending secret handwritten notes to one another via the lunchbox, until the day that they decide it is time for them to meet. Deftly avoiding trite sentimentality, this is an utterly charming and poignant romantic drama.

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Manakamana Nepal, USA 2013 120 G English and Nepali, with English Subtitles,

In the foothills of the Nepalese Himalayas is a temple dedicated to Manakamana, the Hindu goddess of good fortune. To get there pilgrims travel via cable car above a lushly forested landscape. In this absorbing documentary, a fixed 16mm camera placed inside the car records various groups going to and from the temple: first a trio of elderly women, now a pair of young American tourists, now a small herd of goats. The cumulative effect is near transcendental, creating a unique (and uniquely cinematic) experience.

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May in the Summer Jordan, Qatar, USA 2013 100 1 Arabic and English, with English subtitles

May has it all—a celebrated book, a sophisticated New York life and a terrific fiancé. But when she heads to Amman, Jordan, to plan her wedding, she lands in a bedlam of family chaos. Her Christian mother disapproves of her marrying a Muslim and threatens to boycott the wedding. Her younger sisters lean on her like children, and her estranged father suddenly comes out of the woodwork. Meanwhile, doubts about her marriage surface, and May’s carefully structured life spins out of control.

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Mother of George USA 2013 106 1 English and Yoruba, English Subtitles,

Ayodele, owner of a Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn, weds his fiancée, Adenike, and the couple start a new life together. Their traditional Yoruba wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Ma George is torn between her Yoruba culture and her new American life, as she faces uncomfortable choices in her struggle to save her marriage. This is a beautifully shot, astonishingly radiant portrait of Nigerian immigrant family life.

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Of Good Report South Africa 2013 109 1 English, Sotho and Xosa, English Subtitles

Parker arrives in a poor rural township to begin a new job as a teacher at the local school. He appears to be of unimpeachable character, yet almost immediately he begins an affair with a student, 16-year-old Nolitha. Soon the true nature of this seemingly mild-mannered man is revealed: Parker is a bloody psychopath. Of Good Report is a stylishly made, provocative and disturbing noirish thriller that boldly challenges the usual representations of South Africa’s contemporary reality.

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Omar Palestine 2013 98 N Arabic and Hebre,, English Subtitles

Every day young Omar, a Palestinian baker, risks being shot by Israeli military forces as he traverses the occupied West Bank to visit Nadia, his girlfriend. Tarek, Nadia’s domineering older brother, enlists Omar and another friend, Amjad, to execute a hit on an Israeli soldier. Omar is then caught and tortured by the Israelis, who set him free with an ultimatum: give up Tarek or suffer the consequences with Nadia. This is an unforgettable, heart-stopping thriller, with an absolutely astonishing finale.

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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty USA 2013 95 1 English

With arresting insight, vulnerability and a delightful sense of humour, this explosively creative film documents the relationship between a young man and a young woman as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty creates an exquisite tapestry of live action and various styles of animation to delve deeply into the male psyche, as the young man sweats and stretches toward maturity. The result is an exciting and breathtakingly original film.

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Pelo Malo Venezuela 2013 93 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Marta lives in a Caracas apartment building with her young son, Junior, and baby. Fired from her job as a security guard, she is desperate to get it back. Junior, meanwhile, is obsessed with straightening his curly hair, as his gaze starts lingering on a neighbourhood teenage boy. This unleashes a tidal wave of homophobic panic in Marta, which threatens to wreck the already tempestuous relationship between mother and son.

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Qissa India, The Netherlands 2013 109 1 Punjabi, with English Subtitles

India, 1947. Umber Singh, a Sikh, is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing with the coming of independence and partition. He decides to fight fate and build a new home and life for his family. After his wife has two daughters, Umber is overjoyed at the birth of a son, Kanwar. But when Kanwar marries Neeli, a girl of lower caste, both families are forced to confront a painful hidden truth, in this exquisitely wrought tale.

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Siddharth Canada, India 2013 96 P Hindi, with English subtitles

After sending away his twelve-year-old son Siddharth to work in a factory, Mahendra, who fixes broken zippers on Delhi’s streets, is relieved—his financial burdens will be alleviated. But when Siddharth fails to return home, Mahendra learns he may have been taken by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, he travels across India in pursuit, a fervent sense of hope his only comfort. Inspired by true events, Siddharth is a simple yet profoundly resonant social-realist drama.

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Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions USA 2013 105 G English

Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions follows Tristan, a naive young boy coping with life in the inner city. When he witnesses a homicide, the neighbourhood gang leader demands his silence. Tristan’s mother enrolls him in the Boy Scouts in an effort to keep him off the streets. With the help of his new friends Tristan learns that doing the right thing isn’t easy, but will he follow the code of the Scouts, or the code of the streets?

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The Way He Looks Brazil 2014 96 1 Portuguese, with English subtitles

Fifteen-year-old Leo is best friends with Giovana. Tired of his parents’ overprotective attitude, Leo, who is blind, applies to go on a school exchange abroad. When Gabriel, a new student, arrives at the school, Leo reassesses his plans. Yet as Leo becomes aware of his feelings for Gabriel, he finds he must also deal with Giovana’s jealousy. This is a sweet and charming coming-of-age drama, a film of fierce attractions, shy games of hide-and-seek, and timid encounters in the name of first love.

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The World Of Goopi And Bagha India 2013 78 G Hindi, with English subtitles

Goopi loves to sing (badly) and Bagha loves to the play the drum (badly too). When the villagers cannot bear to listen to them anymore, both are banished to the forest. They manage to enchant the king of ghosts, who gives them four boons: they can always be well fed, transport themselves anywhere in an instant and mesmerise anyone with their music, with the fourth boon to be granted when they need it. And thus begin the extraordinary adventures of Goopi and Bagha!

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Lullabies USA 2014 32 N English

Lullabies is a fake autobiography in which the artist explores the semantics and signification that add to the complexities and chaos of Dominican Spanish, and uses them as inspiration to create narratives. It is the story of a boy who speaks in images – sometimes revealing himself and sometimes remaining invisible through abstraction.

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Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War! Cuba/Mexico/USA 2013 82 N Spanish, with English subtitles

Los Andelenos (The Villagers) are an electrifying rap duo sweeping the Cuban underground with their urgent lyrics about the economic and political state of their beloved country. Heralded as the voices of the lost generation, El B and his partner Aldo are banned from performing in official venues, and distribute their music by hand, in total secrecy for fear of government reprisal. Shot in true guerilla style with hidden cameras, this powerful and provocative documentary takes viewers inside a new revolution brewing in Cuba.

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Zarafa France 2012 78 G French, with English subtitles

Maki, a ten-year-old boy, is friends with Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe. Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha of Egypt to deliver Zarafa to the King of France. But Maki will do everything in his power to stop Hassan and bring the giraffe back home, to fulfill a promise to Zarafa’s late mother. During an epic journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, Maki and Zarafa have many adventures, in this heartwarming tale of everlasting friendship.

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Yolanda Dominican Republic 2013 14 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Yolanda, a single mother, struggles to raise her children on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. Tired of hustling in the streets, she decides to leave it all behind and illegally emigrate to Puerto Rico on an overcrowded wooden vessel.

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Yema Algeria 2012 90 P Arabic, with English Subtitles

Yema (Mother) opens with an audacious sequence: Ouardia, who lives in the mountains, drags the body of her beloved dead son, Tarek, who was a soldier in the Algerian army, to her hut, where she washes and buries it. She despises her other son, a rebel leader, whom she blames for Tarek’s killing. When the rebel son is injured in combat and comes to Ouardia seeking help, she is torn between lingering resentment and maternal duty. Whether viewed as political allegory or pure human drama, this is a beautifully spare, intimate and unforgettable film.

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The Wind that Blows St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2013 60 G English

FOR WELL OVER a hundred years, men of the tiny island of Bequia in the Grenadines have engaged in a dangerous, and (now) controversial activity: the hunting of humpback whales. Spanning a generation, this revealing and compelling film gently examines this group of men whose lives are indelibly entwined with nature. Amidst the clamour of modernisation, the steadfast voices of a people reverberate as they cling to a proud past.

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Who Needs a Heart United Kingdom 1991 78 G English

Who Needs a Heart is a parable of political becoming and transformation. It explores the history of British black power through the fictional lives of a group of friends caught up in the metamorphoses of the movement’s central figure, the Trinidadian Michael Abdul Malik, formerly known as Michael X and christened Michael De Freitas. A largely silent film, the soundtrack (which includes John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman) investigates the expressionist potential of music to create the conditions for the movement of images.

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Welcome to Pine Hill USA 2012 81 G English

Beginning with an unexpected encounter surrounding a lost dog, Welcome to Pine Hill blurs the line between documentary and fiction. The story follows its protagonist, Shannon — a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster — in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon, portrayed in an extraordinarily intimate performance by first-time actor Shannon Harper (of Trinidad and Tobago descent), sets out to make peace with those around him and, in turn, find his own peace beyond the cacophony of New York City.

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Vivre Martinique 2013 13 G French, with English subtitles

A teacher asks her class, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While his joyful classmates respond, Tom, a quiet 12-year-old boy, slips away.

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Violeta Went to Heaven Chile 2011 110 1 Spanish, Polish and French, with English subtitles

“Creation is a bird without a flight plan,” the singer, artist and folklorist Violeta Parra (1917–1967) once said. “It never flies in a straight line.” It’s fitting, then, that this film about one of Chile’s heroes goes beyond linear biography, to present a poetically episodic portrait of a woman whose songs, like Edith Piaf’s, echoed the soul of her nation. Key moments of Parra’s life — from her impoverished childhood to her international stardom — are beautifully woven together, like one of her own tapestries. At the core of the film is a rapturous performance by Francisca Gavilán, who brilliantly captures the essence of Parra’s magnetic, tempestuous and self-contradictory being.

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Tula: The Revolt The Netherlands 102 P English

Based on true events that took place on Curacao in 1795, this is the story of Tula (Obi Abili), an enslaved African on the island of Curacao, who is becoming more and more aware of the injustice existing between his people and the white oppressors. When he hears of the revolution in St Domingue and that France has ended slavery in her colonies, he downs tools and demands to meet with the governor, de Veer (Jeroen Krabbé). His peaceful resistance is not looked upon kindly by the rulers. But it resonates with his own people, including old Shinishi (Danny Glover). Inspired by Tula’s example, they unite in a passionate struggle for equality, freedom and brotherhood.

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The Tombs Haiti, USA 2013 29 P English

This film chronicles a Brooklyn man’s three-day journey through New York’s infamous central booking jail system, notoriously known as the Tombs, and the interesting personalities he encounters while incarcerated.

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To the Night Guyana 2012 22 P English

When Camille is rebuked for being a sex worker by her teenage daughter — after finding out that the daughter too is sexually active — she decides it is time to find a new line of work. However, finding a job that can support her family is easier said than done.

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Three Kids Haiti 2012 81 P Haitian Creole, with English subtitles

A steadfast friendship binds Mickenson, Pierre and Vitaleme, three 12-year-old boys living in a children’s home in Port-au-Prince. When an earthquake devastates the city, the lads escape to seek their fortune on the streets. Mickenson and Pierre then have an accident, and are placed in care. This separates them from Vitaleme, who refuses to accept the new situation. Three KidsTwa timoun in Haitian Creole—is a moving portrait of three boys’ attempt at survival; it also shows their exuberance in the midst of a devastated city where life must go on.

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This is Me Trinidad and Tobago 2013 13 G English

This Is Me is looks at the uniqueness of everyone’s handwriting, and how it affects our personality.

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Thavenot Street Trinidad and Tobago 2013 5 P English

On 27 February 2013, residents of Thavenot Street in Tacarigua, Trinidad, spontaneously protested what they believe was a case of police brutality. This film documents that protest.

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Tanta Agua Uruguay 2012 102 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Fourteen-year-old Lucía would rather do anything than go on vacation with her father, Alberto, and her younger brother Federico. But Alberto, who is divorced from Lucía and Federico’s mother, is determined to get closer to his children over a week at a family resort. The kids’ initial reluctance and the constant rain threaten to derail his plans. Slowly, circumstances start to bring the three of them together, in ways none of them could have suspected.

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The Swimming Pool Cuba 2013 66 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Esteban, an ex-professional swimmer and now instructor, waits for his students to arrive. The four teenagers have one thing in common: their physical disabilities have made outsiders of them all. Diana is bossy; Rodrigo is weak-willed; Dany is an innocent; and Oscar flatly refuses to speak. As one languid, carefree day at the pool runs its course, conflict within the group slowly arises, until the idyllic scene is filled with animosity, rivalries, power games and an unspoken mutual longing for love.

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Sweet, Sweet Country USA 2014 19 G English

Living in a small town in southern USA, 20-year-old Sudanese refugee Ndizeye struggles to support not only herself, but the family she left behind in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her struggle becomes so much more intense when her family literally shows up at her doorstep.

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The Stuart Hall Project United Kingdom 2013 G 100

IN 1951 STUART HALL left his native Jamaica to study at Oxford University. He would later become one of the United Kingdom’s foremost cultural theorists and intellectuals of the Left. This powerful documentary portrait of Hall, spanning over 50 years, is comprised entirely of footage from his archives. The film is completed by a potent soundtrack comprising music fragments from Hall’s lifelong love of Miles Davis.

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Spring in a Small Town China 1948 93 G Mandarin, with English subtitles

Liyan is the patriarch of the Dai family, a once-prosperous clan brought to ruin by the Second World War. An invalid, his marriage to Yuwen has long been loveless. Into their dreary existence comes Liyan’s childhood friend Zhang, who is also Yuwen’s old flame. Feelings are rekindled, and Yuwen finds herself torn between loyalty to her husband and a chance to begin life anew. Exquisitely shot and brilliantly acted, Spring in a Small Town is considered by many to be the greatest Chinese film of all time.

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Songs of Redemption 'Songs of Redemption' captures the moving story of redemption and rehabilitation of inmates of the General Penitentiary in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaica, Spain 2013 documentary featurette 79 G English

Songs of Redemption reveals a stream of consciousness as told by Kingston prisoners incarcerated for crimes ranging from ‘illegal possession of firearm’ to ‘murder.’ The prison, once a concrete holding area for African slaves, is devoid of basic human necessities and reflects a reality of unimaginable consequence. The movie opens with a glimpse of city dogs living free in the streets with no means of support, while human counterparts behind the walls are imprisoned with the same lack of support, compounded by total loss of personal freedom.

Interviews by inmates reveal sincere regret for the actions that led to a life of incarceration. The critical turning point is ignited through a growing a sense of self pride and identity, a channel to musically express remorse and the ability to warn the next youth from destructive behavior. The simplicity and complexity of freedom is captured throughout the film as birds fly in and out of the prison grounds only to fly freely away into the blue sky. As one inmate clearly states, redemption comes when the criminal moves from a very dark hopeless place into the light, the light of life and forgiveness.~ Sista Irie, Austin, Texas

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Small Man: The World My Father Made Trinidad and Tobago 2013 10 G English

Kenwyn Rawlins had a passion for making things. In a workshop beneath his house he made push toys, model battleships, miniature furniture and dolls’ houses. Smallman is an exploration of the world that Kenwyn Rawlins made, as told by his son Richard.

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The Silver Dollar Trinidad and Tobago 2013 20 G English

Kareem has recently lost his father. His uncle notices his lacklustre attitude towards work and gives him the first dollar that Kareem’s father ever earned as inspiration. A series of events follows that changes Kareem’s life.

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Silent Music Trinidad and Tobago 2013 70 G English and English Sign Language, with English Subtitles

EVERYTHING IN THE Gomez family seems perfect, but appearances are deceiving. Kenneth and his wife Teresa are deaf, and this isolates them. There is also a communication breakdown that prevents the family from having genuine relationships with each other. It is Melissa, the youngest of three hearing children, who embarks on a journey of discovery, exploring delicate subjects never before discussed. Through difficult confrontations and unexpected revelations, Melissa is ultimately forced to ask herself: Are some secrets best left hidden?

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Siblings Aruba 2013 16 P Papiamentu and English with English subtitles

Two orphaned brothers look for ways to cope with their mother’s death. When Charlie commits a crime, Dane attempts to intervene and rescue his younger sibling from his reckless lifestyle before it’s too late.

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Ship of Theseus India 2012 140 1 Arabic, English,Hindi, Swedish with English Subtitles

When an unusual photographer has a life-changing clinical procedure, she has to grapple with the loss of her intuitive brilliance. Meanwhile, an erudite monk, confronting an ethical dilemma, must choose between principle and death. Finally, a young stockbroker, on the trail of a stolen kidney, finds out how intricate morality can be. Following the separate strands of their philosophical journeys, and their eventual sublime convergence, Ship of Theseus is a cinematic marvel.

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She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone Mexico 2012 83 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Amanda is a young woman with a problem: if she’s alone, she can’t sleep. Her solution is to fill her nights with a string of casual lovers, while by day she looks for a job. Amanda’s world is turned upside down when she is suddenly forced to look after her eccentric elderly grandmother, Dolores, a former actress battling alcoholism and dementia. Though she mostly lives through her memories of past glories, Dolores is able to understand Amanda’s difficulties, and over time the two women find themselves forming a tender bond.

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Señoritas Colombia 2013 87 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Alejandra is a free spirit who lives with her mother in a comfortable apartment in Bogotá. She spends most nights drinking or dancing with her friends, including her best friend Véronica and her sometime boyfriend Tomás. Alejandra expresses her playful independence in these friendships, as well as in her sexual conquests with various men. Yet Alejandra’s comfort is also where the complexity lies, and gradually the intensity with which she lives comes to a head. Señoritas is a subtle, contemplative and intimate examination of the way one young woman navigates the daunting terrain of sex, desire and identity.

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Rock, Paper, Sissors Venezuela 2012 111 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

In this riveting Caracas-set drama, separate lives intersect and are changed forever over the course of one eventful day. Mari and Hector are a middle-class Caracas couple with a young son, Luis. Valentina is a waitress whose boyfriend, Christian, is in debt to some gangsters. When Hector is forced to leave Luis in Valentina’s care, a desperate Christian attempts to rob the café where Valentina works. An innocent Luis is swept up in dangerous events from which his parents become desperate to save him.

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The Right Thing Antigua, Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago 2013 7 P English

A young man struggles with the guilt of an accident and must ultimately come to terms with the consequences of his actions.

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The Radical Innocence of Jackie Hinkson Trinidad and Tobago 2013 58 G English

Jackie Hinkson is one of the Caribbean’s greatest living artists, and has been painting the landscape of his native Trinidad and Tobago for over five decades. The film asks: “Why look at a work of art?” and an answer is proposed by looking  at Hinkson’s artistic themes and his media, with commentary from the artist himself.

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Public Spaces: The Architecture of Colin Laird Trinidad and Tobago 2012 16 G English

Through an exploration of the social, developmental and environmental aspects of design, Public Spaces links the work of architect Colin Laird to the development of post-independence Trinidad and Tobago over the past 50 years.

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Previous Scenes Cuba, Poland 2012 27 G Spanish, with English subtitles

In a ramshackle house full of memories, a grandfather cares for himself and his grandson. This documentary proposes a disturbing, sometimes grotesque, sometimes harsh, vision of death, which always — and in the most unexpected ways — nurture life.

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Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott Aruba, Suriname, The Netherlands documentary 70 G English

AS A POET, playwright, painter and even filmmaker, Derek Walcott has been hymning the Caribbean for over 60 years. This documentary presents an intimate portrait of the St Lucian Nobel laureate for literature, set in his beloved native island. The film observes Walcott in places essential to his work and life, such as his art studio and childhood home, and gathers the thoughts of his closest friends. Most importantly, this documentary is a celebration of the greatest gift Walcott has given the world: his poetry.

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The Pirogue Senegal 2012 87 P Spanish, English, Wolof and French, with English subtitles

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living. When he is offered the captaincy of one of the many pirogues illegally taking migrants to Europe, he reluctantly accepts the job. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language — some of whom have never even seen the sea — Baye Laye will confront many challenges on the perilous journey.

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Peripeteia United Kingdom 2012 18 G English

Peripeteia is a fictional experimental film that imagines the lives of two sixteenth-century figures, a black man and woman, who were the focus of woodcuts by the German renaissance master Albrecht Dürer. Filmed entirely on location on the bleak moors, the film is a beautifully told story of alienation, loss and memory.

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Payday Barbados 2013 97 P English

ROMIE AND PACK are best friends who dream of becoming mechanics and escaping their boring jobs as security guards. They’ve been saving their salaries and plan to make a down payment on a garage in their village of Pickletons. But their efforts are being challenged on all sides: by their loving but eccentric families, a violent drug dealer, a charity collector and a still-obsessed ex-girlfriend. The boys will have to go to extreme measures to keep their dream alive.

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Passage The Bahamas 2014 15 1 English

Passage centres around a group of Haitians locked in the hold of a fishing vessel being smuggled through The Bahamas into the USA. The story is focused on Sandrine, a 17-year-old girl who must hide the fact that her brother Etienne is sick in order to save his life.

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Papilio Buddha India 2012 108 1 Hindi, Malayalam and English, with English subtitles

In the state of Kerala in India live the dalits, a group of indigenous, landless people who face discrimination and displacement by political entities and upper-caste landlords. This provocative film tells their story through the experiences of Shankaran, an educated dalit youth. At first indifferent to the struggle, Shankaran has an awakening and joins in rising up against the injustice being endured by his people. This is fiction filmmaking at its most socially and politically aware, set against the stunning landscape of the Western Ghats.

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Outdated Trinidad and Tobago 2013 15 G English

A young woman is persuaded by an older friend to step out into the dating world. She has to decide whether or not she wants to remain single after her disastrous dating experiences.

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On My Shoulders Trinidad and Tobago 2013 6 G English

This film is a universal story about love, caring, growing old, growing up, the reversal of roles and the challenges of life. The story is told through the relationship between a man and his daughter in their youth, and when they are older.

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No Bois Man No Fraid Trinidad and Tobago 2013 documentary feature 72 G English

KEEGAN TAYLOR AND Rondel Benjamin are young martial arts experts from Trinidad and Tobago. In this uplifting and eye-opening documentary, they embark on a discovery of their roots by setting out to learn the local martial art of stickfighting. In the process, they receive guidance from living legends such as Congo Bara, King Stokely and King Kali, and set out to compete in the annual national stickfighting championships.

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NO Chile 2012 118 P Spanish, with English subtitles

In 1988 Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, was forced to call a referendum. The country went to the ballot box to vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. In this drama inspired by actual events, Chile’s opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, René Saavedra, to spearhead the NO campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by Pinochet’s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

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Night Driver Haiti, USA 2013 20 P English

Gogo, a 22-year-old aspiring rapper from New York, pays the bills by providing transport for an escort service. One night his boss, Sanchez, instructs him to pick up Casey, a university student on her first job. Events, however, don’t go as expected.

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Neighbouring Sounds Brazil 2012 131 1 Mandarin, Portuguese, English with English subtitles

for this ambitious and unsettling drama of class conflict and societal change. Joāo is a young man who manages his grandfather Francisco’s considerable property interests. Bia, a housewife, smokes weed and feeds sleeping pills to the dog next door to keep it from barking. And Clodoaldo, who runs a vigilante-style security outfit, takes an unhealthy interest in Francisco’s affairs. Events build uneasily to a stunning and provocative conclusion.

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Mystic Blue Trinidad and Tobago 2013 12 G English

Mystic, a member of the Bobo Shanti faith, and Blue, a strong-willed woman who does not share her boyfriend’s beliefs, try to hold together their relationship while remaining true to themselves.

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The Mystery of the Soucouyant Trinidad and Tobago 2013 12 G English

Mayaro in southeastern Trinidad is home to an obscure creature from folklore: the fiery soucouyant, in search of victims to bite. This film explores the legend of the soucouyant and what relevance she has today.

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The Moon in the Garden Cuba 2012 9 G Spanish, with English subtitles

This animated film begins with the reflection of a full moon in a puddle, and then leads to a poetic dream-like sequence in a garden. It was inspired by the novel The Garden, by the Cuban writer Dulce María Loynaz.

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Middle of Nowhere USA 2012 97 P English

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby, a nurse, drops out of medical school in order to better focus on his well-being and to help him get early parole. This leads to tensions in Ruby’s relationship with her mother, Ruth, and sister, Rosie, a single mom. When she meets the handsome, sensitive Brian, Ruby is confronted with new challenges and desires, and finds herself reconsidering the path she has chosen.

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Melaza Cuba 2012 80 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

IN THE TOWN of Melaza the sugarcane industry is at a standstill and work is hard to come by. Monica, receptionist at the sugar mill, still goes to the factory daily, although it has been shuttered for a year. Her husband, Aldo, teaches swimming in a pool with no water. To make extra money, they engage in a lucrative but illegal venture. When the police discover their scheme they charge the couple a hefty fine. To get out of their predicament, Monica and Aldo must consider doing the unthinkable.

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Meh Brotha Trinidad and Tobago, Canada 2013 8 G English

Compelled by a burdensome long-distance familial relationship, a woman returns home to her island, to uncover some all-too-real truths about her brother’s life.

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Lime of the Dead Trinidad and Tobago 2013 10 P English

While liming with his friends, Lenroy becomes a zombie. His friends deal with his zombification, but fall out with each other in the process.

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Leroy Clarke: A Chief Among Men? Trinidad and Tobago 2013 53 G English

Painter, poet… obeah man? This film is a portrait of the life and times of LeRoy Clarke, arguably one of the great modern Caribbean artists. In this, his jubilee year, the film sheds light on the mystery behind the man who proudly proclaims to be the best at what he does.

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The Last Summer of La Boyita Argentina 2009 93 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Jorgelina and Luciana are sisters. As Luciana enters puberty, she begins to grow apart from her adoring younger sibling. Rather than tag along with Luciana at the beach, Jorgelina decides to spend the summer with her father in the country. There she develops a friendship with Mario, a farm boy. As the children explore the Pampas prairies, they begin to question the similarities they share, and what makes them different. This is a tender portrayal of the unexpected revelations that affect two children as they begin the bumpy transition to adolescence.

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The Last Angel of History United Kingdom 1995 42 P English

The Last Angel of History is one of the most influential video-essays of the 1990s, influencing filmmakers and inspiring conferences, novels and exhibitions. Its exploration of the chromatic possibilities of digital video is embedded within a mythology of the future that creates connections between black unpopular culture, outer space and the limits of the human condition.

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Knockabout Trinidad and Tobago 2013 16 G English

The streets of Port of Spain and its varied cast of characters are the backdrop for this Trini-style neo-noir. Philo, an expat detective, turns to his previous partner Monique for help in solving a high-profile kidnapping case. But where this leads them is to the past, and an old rift regarding the disappearance of Monique’s brother.

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Kingston Paradise Jamaica 2013 narrative feature 82 1 English

Finding himself stuck in the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, a self-absorbed street hustler, Rocksy, devises a daring but not-so-clever plan to steal a fancy sports car from right under the owner’s nose. Rosie, his roommate and a prostitute, is dead set against the plan, but is drawn in anyway. When things fall apart, Rocksy becomes desperate and does the unthinkable. In the resulting chaos something changes within him, in a world where real change is hardly ever found. Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mary Wells, ‘Kingston Paradise’ is her first feature film and stars popular Jamaican entertainer Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley.

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The Kid Who Lies Venezuela 2011 100 G Spanish, with English subtitles

A 13-year old boy (who doesn’t give his name) is on a journey along the Venezuelan coast. In order to get by, he tells people fanciful stories about his past, stories that often contradict one another. These stories, however, eventually reveal the truth: ten years previously, his mother disappeared in a great mudslide. Believing she’s still alive he has set off in search of her, propelled by memories he can’t erase.

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Jab in the Dark Trinidad and Tobago, UK 2013 36 P English

A security guard who works the night shift finds himself stealing from the storage containers he should be guarding. His friend coerces him into taking something from his missing brother’s container, which leads to devilish complications.

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If I Could Fly Trinidad and Tobago 2013 7 G English

A young girl tells a tale of her unhappiness living with her mother and grandmother, and wishes she could fly as a kite does.

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I Am a Director Puerto Rico 2012 87 P Spanish, with English subtitles

AFTER SPENDING SEVERAL years in Los Angeles, Carlos, a budding filmmaker, returns to his native Puerto Rico with plans to make a movie, Hollywood style. There are just a few small complications: he has no script, no money and no discernible talent. Yet along with his producer and only believer, Joa, Carlos is determined to make his dream a reality. This is a hilarious satire on the filmmaking process, by turns both savage and affectionate.

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Hope Guyana 2011 11 G English

When Ganeshwar and Ayanna meet, two worlds clash and passions are enflamed. They choose the path that fate has thrust upon them, but there are those who would thwart their efforts at finding happiness.

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A Home for These Old Bones Guadeloupe 2013 22 G French, with English subtitles

JBB is an old man in Guadeloupe. He lives in a shack on a plot of land from which he is set to be evicted. He despairingly seeks the help of Hilaire, a witch doctor. But Hilaire will cause a bigger mess for JBB than he’s already in.

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Holy Saturday (Sábado de Gloria) Puerto Rico 2013 10 P Spanish, with English subtitles

Gloria and Diana don’t have the best mother-daughter relationship. Diana fantasies about the reactions she’ll get when she shows her true feelings towards her mom. During one of their weekly Saturday morning visits to the supermarket, Diana loses her mom and finds out what she really feels.

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Handsworth Songs United Kingdom 1986 61 G English

This seminal documentary explores the civil disturbances in the district of Handsworth in Birmingham and in London in 1985. Running throughout the film is the idea that the riots were the outcome of a protracted suppression by British society of black presence. On its release in 1986, Handsworth Songs not only stoked controversy, it also heralded, in John Akomfrah, the arrival of a brilliant and provocative new voice in British filmmaking.

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Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son Canada, Jamaica 2013 26 G English

Born in Jamaica in 1931 to a Chinese father and Jamaican mother, Vincent Lee was sent to China at the age of five. There, he endured a life of hardship and servitude in the care of Chinese relatives. Half paints a portrait of a man caught in the cultural traditions of pre-Communist China and his longing to be reunited with his family.

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Half of a Yellow Sun Nigeria. UK 2013 104 1 English

Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka. Kainene, meanwhile, turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, ending in chilling violence that shocked the entire country and the world.An adaptation of the prize-winning novel by celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun is an epic and brilliantly realised film about moral responsibility, the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, race and class — and how love can complicate them all.

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God Loves the Fighter Trinidad and Tobago, USA 2013 104 1 English

CHARLIE IS A young man seeking to make ends meet on the streets of Port of Spain. Reluctantly, he takes a job from a gang leader as assistant to a drug courier. This is how he meets Dinah, a prostitute, who works for the fearsome Putao. Dinah convinces Charlie to escape with her, in a move that triggers serious consequences. Shot in an urgent and unflinchingly gritty style, God Loves the Fighter is an honest yet sympathetic tale of real life as lived in contemporary urban Trinidad.

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Glorious Childhood Games: Back in d’ Day Trinidad and Tobago 2013 15 G English

In Trinidad and Tobago, the games children played in the past were very different to the games they play now. In this film we learn all about those old-time games.

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Gloria Chile 2013 110 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

Gloria is a 58-year-old divorcée. Her children have left home and she has no desire to spend her nights alone. Determined to defy old age and loneliness, she rushes headlong into a whirl of singles’ parties on the hunt for instant gratification — which leads repeatedly to disappointment and emptiness. But then she meets Rodolfo, an ex-naval officer to whom she feels romantically inclined. However, the encounter presents unexpected challenges and Gloria finds herself being forced to confront her own dark secrets, in this tragi-comedy of fragile hopes and painful truths.

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The Gardener Aruba 2013 8 G Papiamentu, with English subtitles

A rich man and a poor man meet in the hallway of a hospital, where they are both being treated for the same form of cancer. For a few moments, these two gentlemen become equals.

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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners USA 2012 102 G English

Political activists don’t come any more intelligent, inspiring or incendiary than Angela Davis, a leading figure of the US civil rights struggle. As a member of the Communist Party and an associate of the Black Panthers, she was anathema to the establishment, which set out to have her silenced. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners is the gripping story of how Davis faced down her enemies and embarked on the road to becoming a global icon of social revolution.

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Fraction USA,Guyana 2013 19 G English

Gabrielle’s life is shattered when her young child is killed. On the brink of insanity, she visits the prison to confront the man responsible.

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Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution Trinidad and Tobago 2013 150 G English

The invasion of Grenada by US forces in 1983 echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. What were the circumstances that led to this extraordinary chain of events? This comprehensive, gripping and revealing documentary tells the story of the Grenada revolution as never before. The film features extensive, previously unseen file footage, as well as old and new interviews with many of the key players of the time.

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Fatal Assistance Haiti 2013 99 G Haitian Creole, English and French with English subtitles

OVER THREE YEARS after the earthquake that ravaged the country, conditions in Haiti remain far from acceptable. Why is this the case, despite billions of dollars in aid and the intervention of everyone from movie stars to former US presidents? This gripping documentary by Haiti’s most acclaimed filmmaker dissects the recovery effort and exposes its inner workings. In the process, it paints a damning picture of a country in thrall to a paternalistic aid system almost as invidious as any dictatorship.

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The Fallen People of the Black Land Trinidad and Tobago 2013 4 G English

Sent as punishment to spend the night with his ancestors, Kayana, an adolescent Amerindian boy, is caught between the world of conscience and the world of survival. Will conscience override his basic survival instincts—to find food and abate the anger of his gods with an offering?

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The Gang That Walks Trinidad and Tobago 2013 18 G English

The men of the controversial Nation of Islam in Trinidad and Tobago take to the streets to spread the word about their organisation.

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The Earthquake USA, Haiti 2013 10 G Haitian Creole, with English subtitles

In a cramped Brooklyn apartment nine days after the earthquake in Haiti, a pregnant refugee fears she’s carrying a stillborn, while children play a dangerous game in the next room.

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Earth, Water, Woman Trinidad and Tobago, USA 2013 22 G

Earth, Water, Woman spotlights the Fondes Amandes Community Re-Forestation Project in Trinidad and Tobago, and its charismatic leader Akilah Jaramogi, in their ongoing efforts to transform barren hillsides into a vibrant, healthy ecosystem. A micro solution for the macro problem of climate change, this documentary urges viewers everywhere to examine their relationship to Mother Earth.

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Dust Trinidad and Tobago, Canada 2013 9 P English

Dust braids two memories from a poet’s youth. In one memory, the young man remembers a last moment with a lover. In the other memory, he recalls his final hours with his dying grandfather. Ultimately, this contemplative examination of the nature of grief becomes a poetic meditation of “water, skin and dust.”

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Drink Trinidad and Tobago, UK 2013 9 P English

An undocumented immigrant and his son are smuggled into London, hiding a desperate secret. Left alone and penniless, the young father is forced to go on an urgent quest in the dead of night.  When his luck goes from bad to worse in the gritty neighbourhood, he is forced into an act of quiet desperation.

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Dirty Real Havana Cuba, USA 2009 42 1 Spanish, with English subtitles

This film reveals the work and persona of Cuban writer Pedro Juan Gutierrez, author of the acclaimed Dirty Havana Trilogy. It weaves together conversations with the author, which took place in Havana over a four-year period, with excerpts from his narrative and poetry.

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Dance Trinidad and Tobago 2013 10 G English

Dance is the story of the ballerina Dai Ailian (1916–2006), who was born and raised in Trinidad before emigrating to China. Considered China’s mother of modern dance, she was the first person to bring western ballet to the country, in 1940, and would go on to co-found the National Ballet of China and the Beijing Dance Academy.

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Daddy’s Garden Trinidad and Tobago, UK 2013 11 G English

Seven-year-old Marcie is cruelly rejected by her posh classmates because she doesn’t live in a fancy house with a nice garden. Tensions fly back home in her little apartment, as she blames Daddy for the rejection. Then she discovers he owns the biggest garden in the city… well, sort of.

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Contract Trinidad and Tobago, USA 2013 11 P English

Abel is a contract killer who works for Mr Cain. Abel has what he perceives to be a spiritual encounter and decides to leave his job. Mr Cain, however, does not take kindly to this idea.

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Chrissy! Barbados 2012 90 G English

Ten-year-old Chrissy lives on the rough side of town in deplorable conditions with her two siblings and their sick, bedridden mother. Chrissy becomes a target for teasing and discrimination from her fellow students at Redemption Primary. She then meets a new student at her school, Melissa, who is rich, and begins an unexpected friendship. Will Chrissy ride this gift horse to the top? Or will her intellect be enough to help elevate her and her family out of their poverty-stricken life?

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A Child of Two Worlds Trinidad and Tobago 2013 49 G English

Annie Lalande is a young woman from Canada, the child of a Quebecois mother and a Trinidadian father she has never met. In this poignant film, she travels to her father’s homeland in hopes of finding him.

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Carmita Dominican Republic, Mexico 80 G Spanish, with English subtitles

FIFTY YEARS AGO Carmen Ignarra left her Cuban homeland and travelled to Hollywood, hoping to become a great actress. But her initial success was followed by a slow, painful decline. Today, at 80, she lives forgotten in an old mansion in Monterrey, Mexico. Laura, a young woman from the Dominican Republic, arrives to work as a housekeeping assistant. She brings a video camera and the secret intention of making a documentary about Carmita. Together they talk about the past, about wasted talent and lost loves.

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Candid Trinidad and Tobago, USA 2012 92 N English

Jim is a videographer who lives in New York and suffers from recurring nightmares. His latest project, in which he surreptitiously shoots strangers and then uploads the videos to his website, brings him into contact with Samantha, a model who invites Jim to take risqué pictures of her. When Jim witnesses a shocking event at Samantha’s apartment one night, he is drawn into a downward spiral of horrific deeds from which there seems no escape.

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Bounty The Netherlands 2013 23 G Dutch with English subtitles

When Tako, an adopted black boy being raised by his white lesbi