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Soca in She Samba David Rudder in search of his Bahia Gyal 1987 documentary featurette 47 All Ages 1986 Calypso monarch, Young King and road march champion, David Rudder, travels to Bahia in Brazil in search of the ‘Bahia Gyal’ the subject of his winning road march. The programme examines African roots and traditions shared by Brazilians, Trinidadians and Tobagonians and most New World people. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/soca-in-she-samba_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/soca-in-she-samba_still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:6:"Banyan";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Too Young to Soca 1986 documentary featurette 36 All Ages In 1986 an eleven year old boy and his family band caught the imagination of the public with a calypso “Too Young To Soca”. While sitting the common entrance examination for Secondary School he sang in the calypso tents and won the Junior Monarch crown. He was obviously destined for great things. Banyan filmed this documentary on the young singer, Machel Montano, who today is the leading exponent of Soca music in the world and is still setting the pace for the younger artists. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/too-young-to-soca_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/too-young-to-soca_still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Bacchanal Time About an island wide stick-fight competition on Carnival Sunday, and two fighters in particular who have to travel great distances through treacherous, often hilarious circumstances to participate in this traditional event. 1977 narrative feature 108 PG-13 “Bacchanal Time” is a wildly hilarious Caribbean comedy set at Carnival time in Trinidad and crammed with the music of the season. The story is centered around an island wide stickfight competition on Carnival Sunday. It bubbles with the Carnival weekend excitement, culminating with the first bands on J’ouvert morning. It stars Gregory Ballantine and Kamalo Deen as stickfighters and features the acting skills of Calypso Rose, the Mighty Shadow, Crazy, Count Robin, Trinidad Rio, Mighty Wanderer, Stork St. Hill and a host of others. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/bacchanal-time_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/bacchanal-time_still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kamalo Deen";}} 1
The Insatiable Season The Insatiable Season is a fun and intimate look at the creations, crises and passion of the Mac Farlane camp as they produce a beautiful costumed band for Trinidad’s Carnival. 2007 featurette 52 No Rating It’s January 2006 and Brian Mac Farlane’s carnival workshop is quiet and practically empty – littered with left-over costumes and a couple of hangers-on from last year’s carnival. As the days pass the atmosphere starts to change. One by one, carnival costume makers begin arriving at the workshop (mas camp) anticipating the release of designs for the 2006 band. So we meet the characters one at a time. Bogart is grumbling about everything being so late. Robby has been in a state of sustained carnival wonder since the early 80s. Paul is jammin’ in Trinidad with Mac Farlane for the first time, lookin’ forward to the party. Jhawhan is a folk dancer with dreams of being the king of carnival. Brian is ambitious and determined and Jenette is a first-time costume maker with stars in her eyes and memories of the good old days of playing carnival. What happens when all of these people come together is nothing short of wonderful. At times it is hilarious. At times it is nothing but stress. Always, it is suffused with the knowledge that wearable and mobile works of art are being made. And towards the end of the season, the monotony of having to produce yet another costume is starting to weigh on everyone. But into this mix comes the drive to produce a beautiful carnival king costume for Jhawhan to wear. And for a while, everyone’s energies are diverted, heightened and focused on making this magnificent king. When it comes time to perform, Jhawhan wears the costume well and everyone’s spirits are soaring, which makes the disappointment of his loss far greater. But the news gets worse. Because everyone’s energies have been so diverted, they’ve lost sight of the need to produce the carnival band, and so it’s a mad and frantic dash to what everyone is hoping will be a stunning finish line: Carnival Tuesday. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/insatiable-season_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/insatiable-season_still-02__360.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mariel Brown";}} 1
This is Home 'This is Home'—The Pan; The Midnight Robber; The Fancy Sailor; The Fancy Indian; The Jab Molassie / Blue Devil. Trinidad and Tobago 2020 a:1:{i:0;s:11:"educational";} documentary No Rating English Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago—the greatest show on Earth. We proclaim this as an absolute. But we have to celebrate very differently this year (for obvious reasons). Just as we did for Seasons 1 and 2 of ‘This is Home’ to commemorate NGC’s 45th Anniversary and celebrate Christmas, we invite you to celebrate our local culture and history, live vicariously and revel virtually through this beautifully curated ‘This is Home’, Carnival series. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Pan’ performed by Mia Gormandy. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Midnight Robber’ portrayed by Curtis Gross. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Fancy Sailor’ portrayed by Keith Simpson. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Fancy Indian’. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Jab Molassie or Blue Devil’. a:2:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/this-is-home_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/this-is-home_still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walt Lovelace";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Matthew Dasent";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Wendell Manwarren";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walt Lovelace";}} 1
Calypso at Dirty Jim’s The most famous calypso artists invite you to return to the roots of Caribbean music. Trinidad and Tobago 2005 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary feature 87 No Rating English Calypso is the soul of Trinidad. For three centuries, Calypsonians have been the folk singers of the Creole world, the griots of the Caribbean. Outstanding improvisers, poets allergic to all censorship, Calypsonians have told the story of slavery, freedom, world wars, independence and emigration, without forgetting love with a heavy dose of humour and sex. Lord Pretender, Lord Beginner and Lord Kitchener, many of the legendary Lords of Calypso have left us recently. But in Trinidad, some masters still exist such as Mighty Sparrow, Mighty Terror, Bomber, Calypso Rose, Lord Superior. In ‘Calypso at Dirty Jim’s’, the last great stars are still shining but a new generation is taking over: soca singers and rapso poets. ‘Calypso at Dirty Jim’s’ is the coming together of this generation of artists. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/calypso-at-dirty-jims_still-05.jpg";i:1;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/calypso-at-dirty-jims_still-03.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Pascale Obolo";}} 1
Arts of Conflict The discourse of Notting Hill Carnival. United Kingdom 2019 documentary feature 67 No Rating English London’s Notting Hill Carnival is coming under increasing pressure and attacks from the British press, politicians, police and local residents who consider it an event of conflict. This is the story of the controversial event, from its inception out of the 1950s London race riots, to its present-day controversies that see it perceived as a Carnival of violence. Focusing on its arts and the darker past from which it emerged, Arts of Conflict seeks to open up the conversation about Carnival’s significance and its origins. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/arts-of-conflict_poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/arts-of-conflict_still-02.jpg";i:1;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/arts-of-conflict_still-01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} https://www.youtube.com/user/CaribbeanFootsteps/featured Trinidad & Tobago Carifesta Edition 2019, Portobello Film festival 2019 1
Salt of the Earth When parang was born in Trinidad, it was played by workers in the cocoa plantations as entertainment for their families and friends after a hard day’s labour. "Salt of the Earth" explores this ancient music tradition called parang and the ones who made it survive. Trinidad and Tobago 2005 documentary short 52 No Rating English ‘Salt of the Earth’ explores one facet of Trinidad’s culture through the music tradition of parang and the performers responsible for its survival—the parranderos as well as beloved television presenter, Holly Betaudier. The music sets the pace for the discovery of the island’s beauty, its history, its landscape and its people. This is a journey into Trinidad’s past to better understand how an English-speaking country has managed to keep and continue a centuries-old Spanish tradition. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Salt-of-the-Earth_poster.jpeg";} a:1:{i:0;s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/SaltoftheEarth_productionstill_imageCredSophieMeyer.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sophie Meyer";s:9:"biography";s:307:"Originally from France, resident in London (where she is an independent media producer), Sophie has been coming to T&T for over a decade. During that time she has made several films, including Salt of the Earth (2006, and a trinidad+tobago film festival selection in 2008), a documentary about parang music.";}} 1
La Gaita A story of two very different brothers. 2012 documentary feature 105 No Rating This film is the story of two very different brothers. Willy’s the difficult one consumed by his own impatience and Tito is the tireless believer and visionary. Despite their differences, Willy and Tito agreed on one thing: that their quest in life is to use their music to help the down-and-outers, the lonely and the broken to accept themselves during what some consider to be the loneliest and most vulnerable time of the year… Christmas. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/la-gaita-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/la-gaita-still.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Stephen Cadiz";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Janine Fung";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Janine Fung";}} FILMCO 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 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary No Rating What happens when talent isn’t enough? When, in spite of a life of work, you look around in the autumn of your life and discover that your world is not what you thought it would be. This is where we meet Trinidadian jeweller, Barbie Jardine. Trained at England’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Jardine moved back to her native Trinidad in 1974 where she developed new techniques in working with traditional and indigenous materials, and evolved a personal narrative style for making wearable works of art. But 30 years on from returning to the Caribbean, and in spite of having her work purchased by a major metropolitan museum, there are nagging questions she just can’t shake: Why isn’t my work more recognised? Have I made a crucial mistake? She is resentful and angry. And she wants something more. An opportunity to create a new piece for an exhibition in Scotland presents itself and Barbie is both nervous and hopeful. Will this be the chance to finally carve out her own space in the world? a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/solitary-alchemist-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/solitary-alchemist-still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mariel Brown";}} Barbara Jardine http://035d8fd.netsolhost.com/WordPress/documentary-projects/the-solitary-alchemist/ https://vimeo.com/389765253 1
Hinkson Trinidadian Donald 'Jackie' Hinkson talks about his life's work and demonstrates his techniques. Trinidad and Tobago 2013 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary feature 97 PG English Trinidadian Donald ‘Jackie’ Hinkson, in his 70th year and on the occasion of a massive retrospective in four exhibition spaces talks about his life’s work and demonstrates his techniques in expressing his intention while creating a watercolor from the blank page to completion and work on a number of sculptures, public murals and drawings. His obvious skill expressed with candor and humility imbue this uniquely structured film with charm and ease while stunning the viewer with an unusual insight into the creative process of one of the country’s greatest living artists. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/hinkson-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/hinkson-still.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Coolie Pink and Green An experimental documentary exploring the aesthetics of an Indo-Caribbean population through colour, song and dance. Trinidad and Tobago 2009 documentary short 25 PG English Coolie Pink and Green is an experimental documentary, referencing Bollywood which takes the form of a narrative. Despite the significant presence of East Indians in the Caribbean, Indian culture has yet to be seen as being truly indigenous. This film projects a new way of seeing Caribbean Indian culture, through the story of a young Hindu girl who is learning the beauty of her culture, even as an elder in her community attempts to hold her in a traditional mould. While the girl is sympathetic to the elder’s views, she already lives in a hybrid culture and must celebrate both. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/coolie-pink-and-green_poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Rex Dixon";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nazma Muller";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Patricia Mohammed";s:9:"biography";s:389:"Patricia Mohammed is a professor of gender and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad. Among her publications is Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation (2010). She has made a number of short films including Sign of the Loa (2007) and Coolie Pink and Green (2009), which won the People's Choice Award for Best Short Film at the ttff/09.";s:10:"photograph";s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/patricia-mohammed.jpg";}} Anisa Ali https://www.facebook.com/Cooliepinkandgreen/ https://vimeo.com/388335835 1
A Story about Wendy 1+2 Trinidad and Tobago 2012 + 2014 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 103 PG English A Story about Wendy Wendy Phillips’ life spirals out of control after the sudden departure of her fiance. Forced to move back in with her parents, Wendy’s Mother and childhood best friend, Giselle are concerned that Wendy is hanging out with a deviant, Sylvia. Wendy hopes that landing a job with Television Presenter Simone Davies, will help get her back on her feet, but Simone has other plans for Wendy. A Story about Wendy 2 Following on from A Story about Wendy (2012), when she was dumped by her fiancé and sought to get her life back together, Wendy Phillips returns in this hilarious second chapter of her adventures. Excited to start work at Quirky TV as Simone Davies’ personal assistant, Wendy proves that she is dedicated and efficient. But when she inadvertently discovers information that reveals what really happened to Simone’s previous assistants, Wendy realises that her life is in danger. a:2:{i:0;s:108:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ttff14_caribbean_feature_story_about_wendy-594x334.jpg";i:1;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/A-Story-About-Wendy-Landscape_1.1.4.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Sean Hodgkinson";s:9:"biography";s:360:"Sean Hodgkinson is a writer, director and producer from Trinidad and Tobago. His debut film, A Story About Wendy, premiered at the ttff/12 and screened internationally at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. A Story About Wendy 2 is his most recent film. Currently, Sean is directing the dramatic film Trafficked, which is expected to be released in 2015.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ttff14_caribbean_feature_story_about_wendy_director.jpg";}} Yvette Adams, Damian Archie, Ayanna Cezanne, Catherine Emmanuel, Alan Ferreira, Ian Gill, Marcia Henville, Samantha John, Ricardo Jute, Jennifer Hay Kalloo, Pauline Mark, Karisse Montano, Natalie Purvis, Heidi Walcott http://www.youtube.com/embed/b-a14GQTnEQ 1
Musgo (Moss) Portugal 2021 short 11 PG A little girl is drawn to the inside of a chestnut tree where she embarks on a mystical voyage through the imaginarium of Trás-os-Montes. Her curiosity guides the viewer between rituals, geographies and customs specific to each one of Trás-os-Montes’ phases of life, like the baptism in Mizarela or the disquieting rite of passage of the “caretos”. Between fantasy and ethnography, emerges an affecting portrait of a people and their land. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Musgo-Moss-Production-Still_021.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Musgo-Moss-Production-Still_021.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Alexandra Guimarães";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Alexandra Guimarães and Gonçalo L. Almeida finished their degrees in Cinema and Audiovisual at ESAP (Porto) in 2020. Their first collaboration, “Musgo” was their final year film. Both have been Portuguese ambassadors for the LUX Film Prize.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Musgo-Moss-Co-Director-Alexandra-Guimarães-scaled.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Gonçalo L. Almeida";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Alexandra Guimarães and Gonçalo L. Almeida finished their degrees in Cinema and Audiovisual at ESAP (Porto) in 2020. Their first collaboration, “Musgo” was their final year film. Both have been Portuguese ambassadors for the LUX Film Prize.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Musgo-Moss-Co-Director-Gonçalo-Almeida.png";}} 1
O Último Gás (The Last Stand) Brazil 2020 short 6 All Ages I must apply for the emergency artist relief fund. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/O-Ultimo-Gas-The-Last-Stand-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Duda Gambogi";s:9:"biography";s:457:"Duda Gambogi is a filmmaker, screenwriter, actress and film critic. She has been working with film since 2014, having directed video clips and short films. Her graduation project was the docufiction "Endless Love" (2020), a portrait of karaoke singers from Rio de Janeiro. During the Pandemic, she directed two hybrid works that explore self-fiction and are currently in distribution: "The Last Stand" (2020), and "This February I'll Go To The Moon" (2021).";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/O-Ultimo-Gas-The-Last-Stand-Director-Duda-Gambogi.jpg";}} 1
Once More With Feeling United States of America 2021 short 6 PG An actress and her director make a scene. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Once-More-With-Feeling-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Once-More-With-Feeling-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Rachel Chin";s:9:"biography";s:294:"Rachel Chin is a filmmaker and researcher from Kingston, Jamaica. In 2019, she was selected for the second cohort of the JAFTA-JAMPRO-British Council Feature Film Lab. Her first feature screenplay is an official selection of the 2021 Bahamas International Film Festival Screenwriters Residency.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Once-More-With-Feeling-Director-Rachel-Chin.jpg";}} 1
Plant Speech Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 3 No Rating They’re part of our everyday lives and even though we can talk to them, they can’t directly converse with us. However, if we could understand them, what stories would they have to tell? We went to the fields to find out what they had to say. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Plant-Speech-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Plant-Speech-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Lee Anna Maharaj";s:9:"biography";s:340:"Lee Anna Maharaj is a filmmaker who studied at UWI, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Film Studies. She has a deep love and appreciation for film. Lee Anna finds joy in capturing reality and reflecting life. She aspires to tell stories that can spark discussions. She also has a love for nature, especially plants and trees.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Plant-Speech-Co-Director-Lee-Anna-Maharaj.jpeg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jovan Lalla";s:9:"biography";s:51:"Jovan Lalla studies film at the UWI Film Programme.";}} 1
Sisters Jamaica 2021 short 2 All Ages “Sisters” is a short film that shows the inner workings of a frustrated and grieving young music composer. When she tries to finish composing a specific song from her past, she is flooded with memories of a day she’d rather forget – the day she lost her sister. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sisters-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sisters-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lee-San Gayle";s:9:"biography";s:445:"Lee-San Gayle is a young filmmaker from St. Andrew, Jamaica. She is in her final year of Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film Production at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. In the past three years, she has produced, edited and directed short films, television interviews and music videos, working closely with local production companies and other known creative professionals.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sisters-Director-Lee-San-Gayle.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZXu53XHvow&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=47 1
To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back to Ourselves United Kingdom 2021 short 8 All Ages A hybrid blend of documentary and experimental film, “To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back To Ourselves” is a spiritual exploration of connection to one’s ancestors, environment and by extension one another. Guided by voices, the activism for Black liberation becomes increasingly intertwined with aspects of the Spirit. a:1:{i:0;s:129:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/To-Shake-and-Disturb-and-Bring-Us-Back-to-Ourselves-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:129:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/To-Shake-and-Disturb-and-Bring-Us-Back-to-Ourselves-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhiana Bonterre";s:9:"biography";s:386:"Rhiana Bonterre is a UK based filmmaker, who's work draws inspiration from Caribbean life and culture, and the ways its complex and traumatic past affects and shapes thought, identity and perception in the present, both at home and amongst the Diaspora. Having grown up in Trinidad, the rich art forms of the region are intentionally intertwined and integrated within many of her works.";s:10:"photograph";s:134:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/To-Shake-and-Disturb-and-Bring-Us-Back-to-Ourselves-Director-Rhiana-Bonterre.jpg";}} 1
The Interview United States of America 2020 short 4 All Ages A budding documentary filmmaker struggles to find the right interviewee for her film school project. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Interview-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Interview-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ayana Harper";s:9:"biography";s:261:"An editor by trade, “The Interview” is Ayana's directorial debut. A graduate of the International Film School of Paris (2014), Ayana currently resides in Toronto and is the lead editor for Story Play Media, a production company based in Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Interview-Director-Ayana-Harper.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFEyTX05Ktw&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=43 1
Scolopendres et Papillons (Centipedes and Butterflies) France, Martinique 2019 documentary featurette 52 No Rating In Martinique, three women survivors of incest are trying to rebuild their lives. Confronted by strong taboos on the island, they dare to speak out to break the silence around these crimes and explore their deep wounds. “Scolopendres et papillons” is an intimate look at the womens’ resilience: Fabienne, association manager, Agnès, artist and Daniely, actress and director. Like butterflies, bruised by ferocious centipede bites, each tries to spread their wings again… a:1:{i:0;s:132:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Scolopendres-et-Papillons-Scolopendres-and-Butterflies-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:132:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Scolopendres-et-Papillons-Scolopendres-and-Butterflies-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Laure Martin Hernandez";s:9:"biography";s:457:"A radio and print journalist for more than 20 years, Laure Martin Hernandez is an author and director of documentary films. Born in Auvergne in 1970, she lives and works in Martinique where she is interested in social issues, artistic creations and environmental themes in the Caribbean. She works regularly with Vianney Sotès with whom they have co-directed seven films including "Amazones, Art de revivre" in 2017 and "Scolopendres et Papillons" in 2019.";s:10:"photograph";s:148:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Scolopendres-et-Papillons-Scolopendres-and-Butterflies-Co-Director-Laurie-Martin-Hernandez.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Vianney Sotes";s:9:"biography";s:1305:"I was born in Nantes (France) on October 16, 1978. Passionate about photography and video, I went to Paris in 1997 to do an audiovisual training in two years (a BTS Audiovisual in image option). I worked very quickly in the field of television and web tv since I was entrusted with the production of tv programs in Toulouse on Occitanià Télévision then for the multimedia group of the Dépêche du Midi. At the same time, I also make video clips and try my hand at staging fiction. I then moved to Martinique in 2002 and became part of the show as a director, cameraman-editor. From then on, I multiply the projects of programs, clips, pubs and the documentary genre. I personally equip myself with shooting and post-production equipment to develop personal projects. For my apprenticeship in the documentary genre, I partnered with author journalist Laure Martin Hernandez and co-directed several films that often address cultural and artistic themes. I am also increasing my collaborations with different producers (Poischiches Films, BCI, 1.Ctwo, Bérénice Médias Corp.…). In 2017, still with Laure Martin Hernandez, I signed the film "Amazons the art of reviving", a very personal film that addresses the subject of post-breast cancer reconstruction by following my partner over several months.";s:10:"photograph";s:138:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Scolopendres-et-Papillons-Scolopendres-and-Butterflies-Co-Director-Vianney-Sotes.jpg";}} 1
Ghost of Hing King Estate Trinidad and Tobago 2009 narrative feature 120 PG-13 After six people mysteriously die over a five-month period on the Hing King Estate in Las Cuevas, Trinidad, all fingers point to the plantation owner’s wife, Carmelle Dauphin. This supernatural thriller is based on actual events. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Ghost-of-Hing-King-Estate_2009_Screenshot-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
Baldwin’s Nigger Trinidad and Tobago + UK 1973 documentary feature 60 PG In his first film, Horace Ové directs a striking, verité snapshot of writer, James Baldwin, at his sharp-witted best: conversing with civil rights activist, Dick Gregory, as they address a group of radical Caribbean students in 1960s London. The two discuss the Civil Rights Movement and black experience and identity in both Britain and the USA. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Baldwins-Nigger_1969_Screenshot_1.1.9.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
Recoger El Viento (Pick Up The Wind) Cuba 2019 short 13 All Ages “Pick Up The Wind” follows Anthony, a young child from the small, rural town of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. We experience the quotidien rituals of his daily life. While Anthony displays contradictory traits of creativity, destruction, rigidity, and tenderness, a story emerges from the multidimensionality of Anthony’s layered personality. a:1:{i:0;s:112:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Recoger-El-Viento-Pick-Up-The-Wind-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:112:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Recoger-El-Viento-Pick-Up-The-Wind-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Amir Aether Valen";s:9:"biography";s:532:"Amir Aether Valen is an audiovisual storyteller who likes to explore the reflections of man’s being which are found in nature, and reflect on the psychospiritual nature of the self through poetic, meditative, and contemplative pictures that follow human relationships with both their internal and external worlds. Amir studied at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Artemisa, Cuba where he specialised in documentary direction. His work has screened at Sheffield DocFest and ttff.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Recoger-El-Viento-Pick-Up-The-Wind-Director-Amir-Aether-Valen.png";}} 1
Black Safari UK 1972 narrative feature 60 All Ages A spoof documentary, made as part of the BBC2 “World About” series, ‘Black Safari’ tells the story of an expedition to deepest, darkest Lancashire (UK), “the black man’s grave”, by a group of black African explorers and anthropologists in an attempt to locate the centre of Britain “whose whereabouts are still to be determined”. Ové narrates the film and appears onscreen as a member of the expedition. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Black-Safari_1972_Screenshot_1.1.14.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Colin Luke";}} 1
Pressure UK 1976 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 120 14+ With a screenplay written by Trinidadian writer, Samuel Selvon, “Pressure” follows three generations of a Trinidadian family living in West London’s Ladbroke Grove. Herbert Norville stars as the family’s youngest son, British born Tony, who grows more and more disillusioned as he faces unemployment. Alienated from his white friends, he follows his older brother into the Black Power Movement. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/pressure_horace-ove.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
King Carnival Trinidad and Tobago + UK 1973 documentary feature 60 PG The highly acclaimed 1970s documentary, “King Carnival”, stands after all this time, as a love letter to T&T. Made for the BBC in 1973, by legendary Trinidadian-British director, Horace Ové, the film is still acclaimed as one of the best ever made about the history of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. The UK’s Times newspaper had this to say at the time: “…beneath the fantastic spectacle there lies a history of cultural struggle. The influences of Europe, of India, and above all Africa are reflected in customs and ceremonies still alive in Trinidad today. The insistent, joyful music, stunning costumes and immense crowds make it a perfect TV spectacle; Horace Ove’s film shows it to be that, and much more.” a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/king-carnival_horace-ove.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
La Revolucion y los Artistas Mexico 2018 feature 110 16+ In the 1920s, the golden age of Mexican art, romance brews between the painters and writers Dr. Atl and Nahui Olin. José Vasconcelos has founded the Ministry of Education and called on every intellectual in the country to support his project. President Álvaro Obregón, devoted to intellectuals, allows one of the most important cultural crusades in Mexican history. During this transition stage, in which a liberal atmosphere allows acceptance of homosexuality, divorce and women’s sufferage, love affairs blossom in a whirl of ideas, passions, politics and ideology. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/La-revolucion..._still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/La-revolucion..._still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Gabriel Retes";s:9:"biography";s:303:"Gabriel Retes was a filmmaker and theatre director. He is one of the most prolific and nationally/ internationally recognised Mexican directors. He made 20 feature films, and “El Bulto”, “Welcome Welcome”, and “The City to the Nude” are considered among the 100 best films of Mexican cinema.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/La-revolucion-GabrielRetes.jpg";}} 1
Lavway Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative feature 61 PG From the visionary Creative Director of The Lost Tribe, LAVWAY is an experimental film based on traditions of Trinidad’s unique Carnival. The film harnesses the energy of the mas and is a rousing ode to the origins and rituals of the festival; awash in mysticism, vibrant colour and pulsating soca music. a:2:{i:0;s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/lavway_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/lavway_still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ryan Gibbons";s:9:"biography";s:633:"Ryan Gibbons has always been passionate about his craft, honing his skills over the past fifteen years primarily as a cinematographer working on commercials, corporate features and music videos all over the English speaking Caribbean. In his own words he states, “I love being behind a camera and that ability to capture beautiful imagery; that gets me excited to wake up and do this every day.” In recent years Ryan has been exploring his skills as a director on various projects. In 2020, Ryan helmed the massively successful One Yard Caribbean Virtual Concert paving the way for his feature film directorial debut with Lavway.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ryan-gibbons_lavway.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFaafuYTD5U&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=60 1
Maybe One Day Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 2 All Ages For some, this past year has been the hardest of their lives. Stuck indoors, no contact with friends, constant sanitizing with the fear of the virus always present. So many things we take for granted that we normally forget, but we must always remember to ask ourselves the question: What are we thankful for? a:2:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/maybe-one-day_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/maybe-one-day_still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:243:"Riyadh Rahaman is award winning 22-year-old Trinidadian filmmaker with a passion for creating high quality, local films and is most known for his unique and creative abilities in storytelling including the genres of comedy, drama and thriller.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/riyadh-rahaman_maybe-one-day.jpg";}} 1
Untɨ les Origines (Untɨ, the Origins) French Guiana 2018 documentary featurette 56 No Rating Filmmaker Christophe Yanuwana Pierre’s journey to Talwakem (“the one who reflects” in the Wayana language) was a search for his identity. One of the Kali’na people, he grew up on the banks of the Maroni river in French Guiana. From Yalimapo beach, the place of the first meeting between his people and Europeans, to Tumuc Humac, which remains the home of Kaïlawa, a great Wayana warrior, his journey highlights his people’s connection to these lands. a:1:{i:0;s:114:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/UNTƗ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;s:114:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/UNTƗ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Christophe Yanuwana Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:840:"Born in French Guiana, Christophe Yanuwana Pierre grew up in the village Terre-Rouge in a family of 4 children. He began his studies, in the planning of territory but turns to communication. At the same time, he was introduced to audiovisual practice with the Image Pole of Maroni. He recently directed his first film “Unti, les origins” and also acted in the second season of the Guyana series (Shine Films, Canal +). Pierre is committed to the indigenous cause, he is co-founder and spokesperson for the Autochthonous Youth movement of Guyana. In June 2018 he was elected vice-president of the Grand Customary Council of the Amerindian and Bushinengé Peoples. He initiated the launch of the traveling cinema “Kuwenejaï” (“I see you, I look at you,” in Wayana language) which organises film screenings in indigenous villages.";s:10:"photograph";s:130:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/UNTƗ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Director-Christophe-Yanuwana-Pierre.jpg";}} 1
This Ain’t Normal United States of America 2019 documentary feature 109 PG-13 “This Ain’t Normal” follows the lives of gang-involved youth and young adults in the high impact crime neighborhoods of inner city Boston, the youth advocacy street and social workers tasked with helping transform their lives, and the organisations attempting to provide the bridges to opportunity. Told primarily through the point of view of gang involved youth/young adults, entangled in the intractable violence of inner city Boston, the film examines the individual motives behind those perpetrating violence, the culture and circumstances that precipitate these behaviors and the staff of StreetSafe Boston, who are on the frontline, delivering interventions in an effort to prevent violence and ultimately provide opportunities that stabilize the lives of the young men responsible for the majority of the gun violence. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/This-Aint-Normal_Still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/This-Aint-Normal_Still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Rudy Hypolite";s:9:"biography";s:655:"Trinidadian born and Boston-bred, Rudy Hypolite is a director and producer. He is an American Film Institute (AFI) Robert M. Bennett short film award and Henry Hampton feature length documentary award recipient. Previous films include, "PUSH: Madison v Madison", the acclaimed inner city sports documentary, currently in distribution on ESPN Classics and PBS' World's America Reframed and American Graduate series. Hypolite manages Harvard University's Science Center Media and Technology Services and is the former director, editor and producer for the Harvard@Home multimedia website. He is a graduate of Boston University's Television and Film Program.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/This-Aint-Normal_director.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06GN2K0hvQE 1
Juana Dominican Republic 2021 short 19 PG-13 A young domestic worker has to raise money to improve her father’s health, while she is forced to endure all kinds of sexual harassment from her boss’s son. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Juana-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Juana-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"José Antonio Martínez";s:9:"biography";s:379:"Dominican José Antonio Martínez Lizardo resides in Santo Domingo. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the School of Cinema and Audiovisual Communication at INTEC in Santo Domingo. José has been a director, writer, photographer, and editor on various academic and professional projects. His work is rooted in the pursuit of exploring Caribbean culture through the cinematic lens.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Juana-Director-José-Antonio-Martínez.jpeg";}} 1
Grief Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 4 No Rating “Grief”, loosely based on real life experiences, explores a character’s journey to closure. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grief-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grief-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Corinna Sequea";s:9:"biography";s:324:"Corinna Sequea is a student of the Film Programme at UWI St Augustine. She places a lot of value in learning, both through life and within the classroom. She has a great interest in cinematography and World Cinema – both go hand in hand in helping her learn to create images that tell stories and potentially impact lives.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Grief-Director-Corinna-Sequea.png";}} 1
Going Knowhere Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 20 PG-13 In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Trinidad and Tobago, causing panic and forcing us into isolation. “Going Knowhere” is an experimental record of this time which references the diary I kept and footage collected from my home. It is a study of the effects of isolation on the mind and soul. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Going-Knowhere-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Going-Knowhere-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Darielle Allard";s:9:"biography";s:178:"Darielle is a young filmmaker from Trinidad. She is interested in deconstructing colonial identities and structures and uninterested in writing about herself in the third person.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Going-Knowhere-Durector-Dariele-Allard.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8NVNFIuWs8 1
Clash Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 4 No Rating Ever wondered what it may feel like for a bipolar patient who is going through a manic episode? “Clash” combines several creative elements in order to explore that reality. The idea itself was born out of the understanding that there is so much stigma around mental health conditions in the West Indies and there ought to be ways in which these conversations can be sparked. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Clash-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Clash-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kwame E. Boatswain";s:9:"biography";s:498:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain is a photographer who found a passion for filmmaking which grew stronger when he chose to pursue it on a tertiary level. Aside from leaning his intellectual lens on social topics, he uses his photography background to influence the way he creates his brand of films. He believes that when it comes to the Caribbean narrative, there is much to be explored and there’s nothing like the power of cinema to tap into that untouched well of stories that are waiting to be told.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Clash-Co-Driector-Kwame-E.-Boatswain.png";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Xavier Kistow- Davis";s:9:"biography";s:355:"Xavier Kistow-Davis is a practicing visual artist with a passion for painting and chess. He majors in Visual Arts at the University of the West Indies. His involvement in the film programme was brief but worthwhile, having learnt about the different audio and visual dynamics of film as well as its social implications and how important representation is.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Clash-Co-Director-Xavier-Kistow-Davis.jpg";}} 1
Caught in the Net Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 28 PG-13 Illegal poaching was once a major threat to the survival of turtles. Today, incidental bycatch by fishermen has taken over as the largest threat to sea turtles globally. Yet the two are more related than we might think. “Caught in the Net” jumps into the heart of Trinidad and Tobago, following the people who protect the endangered turtles—and those who kill them. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/caught-in-the-net_production-still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kaaria Quash";s:9:"biography";s:236:"Kaaria Quash is an environmental journalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on topics concerning climate change, wildlife, and Indigenous issues. He grew up in Trinidad & Tobago and France, and is currently based in Montreal, Canada.";s:10:"photograph";s:104:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Caught-in-the-net-Director-Kaaria-Quash-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Suriname Veteran Suriname 2021 art short 3 No Rating Although Suriname’s Civil War (1986-1992) was a modern conflict, it has largely evaded the grasp of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide. And of the Civil War stories that permeate South America’s smallest country, few focus on the everyday Maroon foot-soldiers who fought, tooth-and-nail, against Suriname’s Marxist regime. “Suriname Veteran” captures the transformation that occurred when Romeo donned his red beret and became a Corporal once again. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Suriname-Veteran-Production-Still_02.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Keoni K. Wright";s:9:"biography";s:511:"Keoni K. Wright is a Suriname based experimental filmmaker, documentarian, visual artist, and television producer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts to an Irish mother and a Filipino/African American father from Hawai'i, Keoni graduated from Boston's Emmanuel College before serving ten years in the United States Navy.To date, he is best known for his non-linear, experimental film "ReleaseD", which was nominated for Virginia Tech’s "2020 Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts Awards for Decolonizing Films and Media".";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/A-Pasi-Fu-Romeo-Romeos-Road-Director-Keoni-Wright.png";}} 1
Rhythms of Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 10 No Rating “Rhythms of Trinidad” is made of a found archive in collaboration with the National Archive of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a study of history through movement and production of space. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Rhythms-of-Trinidad-Production-Still-_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Andreas Antonopoulos";s:9:"biography";s:311:"Andreas Antonopoulos is a filmmaker who works across fiction, documentary, experimental, and animation film. He has produced film work in Greece, UK and in Trinidad and Tobago. Antonopoulos is a film lecturer who has taught at Napier Edinburgh University, UK; Leeds Beckett University, UK, and UWI St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:126:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Rhythms-of-Trinidad-Director-_-Andreas-Antonopoulos-New-Media-WINNER.jpg";}} 1
Reconquête de Tintin United Kingdom 2018 art short 7 No Rating The Dadaists embodied absurdity. Absurdity in the context of art exploration has the close ‘pumpkin vine’ cousins humour, ritual, repetition, play, endurance, failure, irony, sarcasm and of course, rebellion and resistance. How long will I be able to brush this patch of hair with its natural curl? How long will it take for me to get its point straight or rather get straight to the point that it (my little Tintin coiff) has a mind of its own and won’t become straight? a:1:{i:0;s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/RECONQUETE-DE-TINTIN-Production-Still_02.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:722:"Richard Mark Rawlins is a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019). His research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism, and black identity and diaspora politics. Rawlins’ work has been shown at “Drawn Out”, Drawing Room, London (2021); “The Human Touch”, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2021); “Get Up Stand Up Now”, Somerset House, London, UK (2019), among others. Rawlins' work has been acquired by the Wedge Curatorial Collection, Toronto; AMBA Collection, London; the Soho House art collection, and the collection of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/RECONQUETE-DE-TINTIN-Director-Richard-Rawlins-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Moscow Dominican Republic 2021 art short 6 No Rating Moscow, cold as her gaze. A girl recounts her life and how she grew up around the ideal of being beautiful to be perfect. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Moscow-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Leonela GardeMont";s:9:"biography";s:260:"Born in Dominican Republic, Leonela GardeMont is an architect, producer, director and actor. Among her most notable works are, ''Stagioni'', which won an official mention at FashionFilmRD, and was an official selection of the Dominican Film Festival DFFNY2019.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Moscow-Director-Leonela-GardeMont.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtq3tzz_Im0 1
FreeFormed Jamaica 2020 art short 1 No Rating The idea for this project came to me when I was criticised for my hair and my overall image – the CFO of the company I used to work for asked: “Aren’t you afraid opportunities will pass you because of the way you look?” At the time my head was wrapped in a turban. I proceeded to let him know how I looked had nothing to do with my work ethic. This behavior wasn’t new to me because I have also been rejected for jobs because of my hair. I’ve always wondered what the true meaning of freedom is. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/FreeFormed-Production-Still_02.jpeg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Kim Friez";s:9:"biography";s:50:"QUILTAN |ACTRESS | PERFORMER | CREATIVE | WANDERER";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/FreeFormed-Director-Kim-Friez.jpg";}} 1
Fouyé Zétwal (Plowing the Stars) Guadeloupe 2021 art short 14 No Rating On her way to meet her dad, a woman reflects on her life. Along the way, the country looks empty to her and, slowly, memories of past lives are coming back to her. Is it real? Or is it only a dream? a:1:{i:0;s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Fouye-Zetwal-Plowing-the-Stars-Production-Still_01.jpeg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Wally Fall";s:9:"biography";s:369:"Wally Fall is a filmmaker from Martinique. In 2016, along with fellow filmmakers and film professionals he founded Cinemawon, a film collective dedicated to creating new spaces to screen overlooked films from the Caribbean and the African Diasporas. “Plowing the Stars” was shot in Guadeloupe and is a project he started with friend and actress-writer, Anyès Noel.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Fouye-Zetwal-Plowing-the-Stars-Director-Wally-Fall.jpeg";}} 1
Flight Path Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 4 No Rating A video narrative made in the isolated months of the first London Lockdown, “Flight Path” is a work that interrogates the notion of ‘reaching’ – of attainment and accomplishment – in regards to both the physical act of movement and attempting to advance oneself, and in examination of the concessions and negotiations involved in making advancements towards one’s final destination. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Flight-Path-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Lisa-Marie Harris";s:9:"biography";s:753:"Lisa-Marie Harris is an artist from Trinidad & Tobago, living and working in London, UK. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, London UK, with an MA distinction in Contemporary Photography: Practices and Philosophies, Lisa-Marie was selected as the 2021/ 2022 recipient of the Helen Scott Lidgett Award, and is the 2021 winner of the Jane Carole Clarke Memorial Award. Her hybrid process investigates the idea of body as an object. It considers the absence of bodies alongside a breaking-apart and putting-together of form. Reproduction, lineage, and personal histories inform her work, with the body viewed as a thing to rearrange, depart and remove as notions around how we dehumanise, machine, and commoditise the body are examined, and reconstituted.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Flight-Path-Director-Lisa-Marie-Harris.jpg";}} 1
Errantry Jamaica 2021 art short 11 No Rating “Errantry” is a multi-channel video installation that centres the polyphonic rhythms of the coastal space, the surrounding Caribbean Sea, and the life sustained by them. Shot on location on the south coast of Jamaica with Fisherman and Painter, Tommy Wong. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Errantry-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Simon Benjamin ";s:9:"biography";s:640:"Simon Benjamin is a Jamaican artist and filmmaker living in New York, whose work includes experiential installations, photography, film, and sculpture. Through research, oral history, and critical fabulation, he calls attention to the contradictions entangled in the enduring myths and images of the Caribbean as tropical paradise – a carefully constructed imaginary that replaced the harsh reality of the exploitative plantation. Rethinking the relationship of margin to centre in archival representation, vernacular materials, such as cornmeal and fish traps, become sculptural elements, embedding multiple temporalities and narratives.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Errantry-Director-Simon-Benjamin-scaled.jpg";}} 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 No Rating “Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond” is a dance film that combines biography, poetry, and ritual with the energy of live performance to bridge stories of resistance and liberation between Puerto Rico and Richmond, VA, USA. The film honours Black women tobacco workers in Richmond and Puerto Rican tobacco factory, readers and activists, Dominga de La Cruz Becerril (1909-1981) and Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922). a:1:{i:0;s:146:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Entre-Puerto-Rico-y-Richmond_-Women-in-Resistance-Shall-Not-Be-Moved-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alicia Díaz";s:9:"biography";s:532:"Originally from Puerto Rico, Alicia Díaz is co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater. As a Puerto Rican contemporary dance artist in the diaspora her choreographic work speaks to issues of migration, colonialism, and the legacy of slavery. Her artistic research is rooted in the premise that the body is a site of knowledge, and on questions of memory and identity.Her choreographic work has been presented in the United States, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Alicia is dance faculty at The University of Richmond.";s:10:"photograph";s:147:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Entre-Puerto-Rico-y-Richmond_-Women-in-Resistance-Shall-Not-Be-Moved-Director-Alicia-Diaz.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvkRD5gPyrc 1
Digital Love (remix) Germany 2020 art short 5 No Rating “digital love (remix)” is the result of an online collaboration with the musical collective Lovemusic from Strasbourg (France). A neonwave audiovisual poem about love, desire and death bringing together an ambient remix of Daft Punk’s, “Digital Love”, with fragments of William Shakespeare’s erotic poem, “Venus and Adonis”.     a:1:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/digital-love-remix-Production-Still_02.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Raphaël Languillat";s:9:"biography";s:366:"Born in Morocco, Raphaël Languillat is a French composer and multimedia artist. Merging acoustic instruments with electronic sounds, dealing with art history and the re-imagination of narratives, his works use extensively the “photographic” (still and moving images), as well as text and color as central elements. He lives and works in Offenbach/Main, Germany.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/digital-love-remix-Director-Raphael-Languillat-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Berlin Loops: Savignyplatz United States of America 2021 art short 3 No Rating This short experimental film explores the visual architecture of the moving image. Using the special case of continuous lateral movement created from filming from a moving train, the film trails and loops across the screen, revealing the passing landscape. Filmed from the passenger compartment of the Berlin Ring-Bahn, the extended vision of the scenery includes surreptitious graffiti, elongated buildings, and a spatially compressed, passing train. The musical accompaniment is constructed from the original audio and created through the manipulation of delay-effect frequencies. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Berlin-Loops_-Savignyplatz-Production-Still_02.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeffrey Moser";s:9:"biography";s:481:"Jeffrey Moser is an experimental filmmaker and researcher of the visual dynamics of time-based media. He is an assistant professor of Interactive Design at West Virginia University. He holds an associate’s degree in Graphic Design, a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and an MFA in Studio Art. His video art has been exhibited internationally, including at the US National Gallery of Art, in the GBiennale Underground Film Festival in Geelong, Australia, and at On Art - Poland.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Berlin-Loops_-Savignyplatz-Director-Jeffrey-Moser.jpg";}} 1
Back in the Island Dominican Republic 2021 art short 4 No Rating “Back in the Island” explored the creative journey of artist, Amanda Valle, as she returns to her home in the Dominican Republic. Following an emotionally draining period, Amanda seeks comfort in the local culture by immersing herself in the colours and textures that were once so familiar. A journey of self discovery, the film becomes the main source of inspiration for the artist’s new series of paintings. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Back-in-the-Island-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpeg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Amanda Valle";s:9:"biography";s:276:"Amanda Valle lives and works between the Dominican Republic and Miami, USA. dedicating her time to painting and art experimentation. She filled her time by drawing the worlds and colours living in her mind with the views from the window becoming muses for her self-expression.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Back-in-the-Island-Director-Amanda-Valle.jpg";}} 1
An Affirmation Barbados 2021 art short 2 No Rating “an affirmation” shares an experience of receiving gender-affirming care, by way of HRT (hormone replacement therapy). In a world that can be hostile to trans* bodies, life can feel like a survival below the surface. Offering a slower, softer and subtler way of feeling closer to the vision of oneself, the experience of this care is likened to the ability of breathing underwater, where bodies shift and bend in the refraction of light and liquid. It is an experience of making a difference below the surface. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/an-affirmation-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/an-affirmation-Director-Ada-M.-Patterson.png";}} 1
// Current state = true; United States of America 2021 art short 3 No Rating Some memories are password-protected. Others always run without asking. Phantom sound bytes loop around the kitchen table, inside a house, in space. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Current-state-true-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Laura Iancu";s:9:"biography";s:176:"Iancu is a visual artist working primarily in hybrid video forms and immersive 3D animation and gaming. She is currently teaching film production classes at Virginia Tech, USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Current-state-true-Director-Laura-Iancu.jpeg";}} 1
Variety Canada 2021 documentary featurette 45 All Ages “Variety” is a documentary about choice, or more accurately, the lack of choice when faced with the reality of having too much choice. The over-abundance of variety in any given consumer product has negative effects on both the consumer and the world at large. Motivated by frustration, filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi attempts to understand variety and find a way to navigate the pitfalls of excessive choice. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Variety-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi";s:9:"biography";s:288:"Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi is an award-winning Canadian BIPOC filmmaker. With over 17 years of experience, Ramin has produced works from narrative drama and comedy to documentary and everything in between. Ramin is inspired by all that is visually stunning, and engaging stories not often told.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Variety-Director-Ramin-Eshraghi-Yazdi.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFeIOiFytwk 1
The Soul of a Cyclist Portugal 2020 documentary feature 73 All Ages Through a group of “classic” cyclists and their common interest in the classic bicycle, “The Soul of a Cyclist” discovers values that are being lost in our modern society, such as the importance of friendship, ecology, valuing the old, minimalism and, other important premises to achieve a happier, simpler and more fulfilled life with what really matters. As in life, in this documentary, bicycles transport us in our discovery, in our reflection. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Soul-of-a-Cyclist-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nuno Tavares";s:9:"biography";s:605:"Nuno Tavares’ professional life started as an electrotechnical engineer in Portuguese telecommunication companies from 1999 to 2003. At a young age, he became an entrepreneur, founding at age of 27, his first company in Portugal. In 2019, founded a new company, which will pursue several sectors of activity, primarily, cinema, arts, and sustainability. Free minded, ecologist, pragmatic, creative, outsider (the word that he believes defines him the best), Tavares has started to develop his own path through creativity and art, with the tranquility, trust, and wisdom which come with being in his 40s.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Soul-of-a-Cyclist-Director-NunoTavares.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIiZizknWM0 1
Sapelo Switzerland 2020 documentary feature 91 All Ages “Sapelo” journeys within a unique American island to tell the story of its matriarchal griot, Cornelia Walker Bailey, and her adopted sons coming of age in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sapelo-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Nick Brandestini";s:9:"biography";s:452:"Nick Brandestini is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Zurich. His film “Children of the Arctic” (2014) won numerous awards at international film festivals before airing on PBS World Channel. His previous film, “Darwin” (2011), screened theatrically in Canada, New York and Los Angeles, garnering praise in The New York Times, Variety, and the LA Times. His latest film, “Sapelo”, (2020) was awarded Best Feature Film at Visions du Réel.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sapelo-Director-Nick-Brandestini.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKML9GmU4Cc 1
You Can’t Stop Spirit United States of America 2021 documentary short 15 14+ ‘You Can’t Stop Spirit’ centres on the Baby Doll Mardi Gras masking tradition. Mardi Gras is the only day where social rank is abolished and everyone is equal. Against this backdrop, Black women experience a new freedom; one in which they are able to participate in nontraditional behaviors and practices without fear of critique. The Baby Dolls fearlessly pull a thread throughout time to reclaim culture, tradition and freedom while challenging society’s perception of how Black women are to act and exist in the world. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/You-Cant-Stop-Spirit-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Vashni Korin";s:9:"biography";s:729:"Vashni Korin is a Caribbean-American journalist, filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles. Born in New York with roots in Barbados, Puerto Rico and the West Indies, her cultural background has influenced much of her research as she connects the larger diaspora through folklore, spirituality and celebration. Her first documentary short, “You Can’t Stop Spirit” explores themes of identity, sexual liberation and the freedom that carnival lends in New Orleans amongst Black women. She's worked alongside Lizzo as a cinematographer for her upcoming documentary and produces shorts that highlight Black history in the US. She is an awarded 2019/2020 New Orleans Film Society Emerging Voices and Antenna Works Platforms Fund.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/You-Cant-Stop-Spirit-Director-Vashni-Korin-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IqlAj3-ZdI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=57 1
Wendy Nanan Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 24 PG “Wendy Nanan” is a rare glimpse into the life and work of the groundbreaking Trinidadian artist, told in her own words. Sensitive to the artist’s reticence, the film follows Nanan’s creation of the sculptural work, “Breath”, as she recounts key moments in the development of her life and four-decades-plus practice in Port of Spain, Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Wendy-Nanan-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andil Gosine";s:9:"biography";s:449:"Andil Gosine is Professor of Environmental Art and Justice at York University in Toronto, Canada, and author of Nature's Wild: Love, Sex and Law in the Caribbean. He is also curator of the forthcoming exhibition "everything slackens in a wreck-" at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York. Gosine's companion short film, "Breath", will premiere as part of Nanan's solo exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas, in Washington DC, later this year.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Wendy-Nanan-Director-Andil-Gosine.jpg";}} 1
UXO Puerto Rico 2020 documentary short 3 PG An island’s microcosm shaken by the constant detonations of UXOs is captured in a brief composition of sublime yet forceful sound and image. For over 60 years, the island of Vieques, which is part of Puerto Rico, was used as a bombing range and testing ground by the United States Navy. People have always lived on the island. Years of massive protests and acts of civil disobedience led to the Navy’s departure in 2003. Vieques was constantly in the news and part of the conversation. Now its inhabitants are left to cope with the aftermath of war, the years of cleanup by routinely detonating unexploded munitions in the open air. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/UXO-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Margaret Mair ";s:9:"biography";s:717:"Margaret Mair is a Puerto Rican documentary filmmaker interested in the creation of art that contributes to intercultural dialogues. She is a documentary film graduate of Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) in Cuba. Mair holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University. Her two most recent documentary projects were selected to participate at Filma AFRO Cartagena 2020: International DocLab and at Firelight Media Groundwork Regional Lab 2019. Her short documentary films have been screened at many festivals: True / False Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, European Film Festival of Puerto Rico, and San Juan Cinemafest. She lives in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/UXO-Director-Margaret-Mair.jpg";}} 1
The 1938 Unrest Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 6 PG-13 “The 1938 Unrest” is based on the labour disturbances which took place in Jamaica in May 1938. These spontaneous labour riots and strikes spread islandwide from the sugarcane fields of Frome, Westmoreland to the wharves at the waterfront of Kingston. The film captures the emotions of the protagonist, an extremely angry and highly frustrated labourer. He is determined to create significant change by advocating on behalf of other workers for the improvement of working conditions, increased wages and the removal of colonial oppression. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-1938-Unrest-Production-Still_02.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Justin-Paul Williams";s:9:"biography";s:272:"Justin-Paul Williams is a self taught content creator who continues to offer a fresh perspective in his storytelling. With “The 1938 Unrest”, JP hopes to bring awareness to Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean about the importance of the historical events of that period.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-1938-Unrest-Director-Justin-Paul-Williams-scaled.jpg";}} 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 PG Trinidadian actor and performer, Wendell Manwarren, leads a walking tour of Port of Spain from a literary perspective. The city comes alive in new and unexpected ways when viewed through the lens of both classic and new works of Caribbean literature. This film was made as part of the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest. a:1:{i:0;s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Port-of-Spain-A-Writers-Heaven-Production-Still_01.jpeg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dion Boucaud";s:9:"biography";s:448:"Dion Boucaud is a cinematographer and editor with 20-plus years of industry experience, both locally and regionally, as well as in the Americas and Europe. He graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Film from the University of the West Indies, where he earned several academic awards. His portfolio includes news features, entertainment programmes, live broadcasts, magazine-format shows, several corporate and personality videos, and feature length movies.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Port-of-Spain-A-Writers-Heaven-Director-Dion-Boucaud.jpeg";}} 1
Over-Flow Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 18 PG In 2018 a succession of floods plagues Trinidad and Tobago. “Over-Flow” is a firsthand account by filmmaker Elizabeth Ramjit, of the devastation from overbank floods and flash-floods in T&T. Ramjit interviews activists on a quest for revival who advise that by refraining from littering and enacting recycling, citizens will no longer be deemed instigators of ‘natural’ disasters and environmental anarchy. The documentary explores accountability in T&T, where a lack of environmental regulations and a culture of littering exacerbates natural disasters. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Over-Flow-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Elizabeth Ramjit";s:9:"biography";s:81:"Elizabeth Ramjit is an American-Trinidadian filmmaker and Verizon media producer.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Over-Flow-Director-Elizabeth-Ramjit.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ikJAsy0r8M 1
Little Moko Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 15 All Ages Due to the global pandemic, Trinidad and Tobago had to cancel ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. In 2021, we had no Carnival, but culture can’t be canceled. Featuring music by Freetown Collective, “Little Moko” follows Adianka’s journey to learn the art of stilt-walking. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Little-Moko-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Miquel Galofré ";s:9:"biography";s:481:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad and Tobago. With broad experience in documentary film production, television and commercials, he has filmed around the world. His work strives for empathy and sensitivity around social justice issues, to help to reduce the negative impact of stigma. Miquel finds hope and magic even in the darkest places. His acclaimed films “Songs Of Redemption” and “Art Connect” received more than 20 international awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Little-Moko-Director-Miquel-Galofre-scaled.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXnUW-ovE8g 1
Junior Haiti 2020 documentary short 11 No Rating Gifted as a teenager, Jérôme “Junior” Simeon was recruited by top Haitian roots music group Racine Mapou de Azor and spent 20 years touring the world. When the lead singer of his band dies unexpectedly, Junior’s high-profile career comes to a shocking halt and he suddenly faces an uncertain future. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Junior-Production-Still_03.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"A.J. Wilhelm";s:9:"biography";s:259:"AJ Wilhelm attended the University of Michigan where he studied politics, music and film. Following graduation, AJ worked at National Geographic Society in Washington DC while also performing as a touring musician. “Junior” is AJ's first film as director.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Junior-Director-AJ-Wilhelm.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZWkFUOwCHY 1
IntranQu’îllités United Kingdom 2019 documentary short 20 PG-13 Lyrically narrated by award-winning Haitian poet, James Noël, “IntranQu’îllités” interweaves the work of several Haitian artists who want to redefine how their nation is perceived. It portrays the polyphony and energy of the contemporary Haitian art scene, presenting a more nuanced, complex and local perspective than is often heard or seen in mainstream media. “IntranQu’îllités” explores the role of art in society and the timeless importance of creativity. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IntranQuillites-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ed Owles";s:9:"biography";s:425:"Ed Owles is a self-shooting producer/ director based in London. He's shot and directed films in over 20 countries for broadcast, festivals and online. His debut feature doc, “The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers”, was described by The Hollywood Reporter as “tremendously vivid and expertly entertaining” and screened in over 25 countries. Ed is an associate tutor in ethnographic film at various UK universities.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IntranQuillites-Director-Ed-Owles.jpg";}} 1
Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon (or) the Stillness of a Wound United States of America 2021 documentary short 8 PG Born in the Dominican Republic and working in New York City, artist Firelei Báez’s paintings of dramatically shapeshifting figures assert the power of the female form, challenging fundamental ideas around beauty and Caribbean history. Produced by the Peabody Award-winning nonprofit organisation Art21, the film features original dance choreography and follows the prolific Firelei as she creates new paintings in her Bronx studio and travels through the surrounding neighborhood. a:1:{i:0;s:136:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Firelei-Baez_-An-Open-Horizon-or-the-Stillness-of-a-Wound-Productions-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Souki Mehdaoui";s:9:"biography";s:323:"Souki Mehdaoui is a French-Moroccan director, writer, cinematographer and subject relations consultant for documentaries. Her work can be seen on Netflix, HBO, New York Times, A+E, Yahoo, Refinery29 and Topic, as well as in the Sundance-premiering documentaries “The Great Hack,” “Mucho Mucho Amor,” and “Cusp”.";s:10:"photograph";s:140:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Firelei-Baez_-An-Open-Horizon-or-the-Stillness-of-a-Wound-Director-Souki-Mehdaoui.jpeg";}} 1
Écoutez Le Battement de Nos Images (Listen to the Beat of Our Images) French Guiana 2021 documentary short 15 PG 60 years ago, the French government decided to establish its space center in Kourou, French Guiana. 600 Guianese people were expropriated to allow France to realise its dream of space conquest. Combining field investigation and archival video-editing processes, “Listen to the Beat of Our Images” gives a voice to an invisibilized and silenced population. a:1:{i:0;s:152:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Ecoutez-le-battement-de-nos-images-Listen-to-the-Beat-of-Our-Images-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Maxime Jean-Baptiste";s:9:"biography";s:498:"Maxime Jean-Baptiste is a filmmaker based between Brussels and Paris. He was born and raised in the Guyanese and Antillean diaspora in France, to a French mother and a Guyanese father. His interest as an artist is to dig inside the complexity of Western colonial history by excavating surviving traumas from the past in the present. “Listen to the Beat of Our Images”, co-directed with his sister Audrey Jean-Baptiste, was selected for CPH:DOX, Hotdocs, and ISFF Clermont-Ferrrand among others.";s:10:"photograph";s:165:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Ecoutez-le-battement-de-nos-images-Listen-to-the-Beat-of-Our-Images-Co-Director-Maxime-Jean-Baptiste-scaled.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Audrey Jean-Baptiste";s:9:"biography";s:343:"Audrey Jean-Baptiste is a documentary and narrative filmmaker. She works between France and French Guiana. Her films address issues of race, gender and sexuality. Her first documentary, “Fabulous” (2019) screened in numerous international festivals including IDFA. Her film, “Goodbye Childhood” (2021), is currently in post-production.";s:10:"photograph";s:158:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Ecoutez-le-battement-de-nos-images-Listen-to-the-Beat-of-Our-Images-Co-Director-Audrey-Jean-Baptiste.jpg";}} 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 PG-13 A middle-aged mother of two reflects on her emotional decision to immigrate to the United States some 30 years earlier, in this reflective documentary short that borrows its title from a uniquely powerful poem by the legendary exiled Cuban writer, Lourdes Casal. a:1:{i:0;s:126:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Buscando-Ana-Veldford-Searching-for-Ana-Veldford-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ronald Baez";s:9:"biography";s:443:"Ronald Baez is an award-winning Afro-Latinx filmmaker and immersive media artist from Miami, USA. Baez has exhibited work at HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and the Oscar-Qualifying Florida and Short Shorts (Tokyo) Film Festivals. His work has also been screened and exhibited at prestigious arts and culture institutions such as the Norton Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History.";s:10:"photograph";s:129:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Buscando-Ana-Veldford-Searching-for-Ana-Veldford-Director-_-Ronald-Baez.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UliupvXhtSI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=69 1
Becky Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 13 PG-13 “Becky” is an unexpectedly uplifting story about a Kenyan woman’s resilience on her journey to feeling complete. a:2:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Becky-Production-Still_01.jpg";i:1;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Becky-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nicola Cross";s:9:"biography";s:362:"Nicola Zawadi Cross is a self-shooting filmmaker with a focus on women and girls. She was born in Tanzania, raised in Trinidad and Tobago and attended university in the UK. Since 2012, Nicola has been using filmmaking as a tool for women's empowerment, shifting the dominant narratives, and to support the work being done to improve the lives of women and girls.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Becky-Director-Nicola-Cross.jpg";}} 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 PG-13 From the local Surinamese tongue, “A Pasi Fu Romeo” can be translated into either “Romeo’s Road” or “Romeo’s Passion”. In either case, the double meaning is appropriate when describing the passionate road the film’s main subject, Romeo Koffymaga, has taken to become an emerging Maroon voice in the fight against logging transportation practices in Suriname. As the film portrays, Romeo is a man who developed his righteous mentality as a fearless soldier fighting against a leftist military regime during Suriname’s Civil War (1986-1992). Today, Romeo has put down his rifle, but continues to fight using the power of his voice. a:1:{i:0;s:106:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/A-Pasi-Fu-Romeo-Romeos-Road-Production-Still_02.jpeg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Keoni K. Wright";s:9:"biography";s:511:"Keoni K. Wright is a Suriname based experimental filmmaker, documentarian, visual artist, and television producer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts to an Irish mother and a Filipino/African American father from Hawai'i, Keoni graduated from Boston's Emmanuel College before serving ten years in the United States Navy.To date, he is best known for his non-linear, experimental film "ReleaseD", which was nominated for Virginia Tech’s "2020 Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts Awards for Decolonizing Films and Media".";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/A-Pasi-Fu-Romeo-Romeos-Road-Director-Keoni-Wright.png";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yOxD0OdhjE 1
Madame Pipi United States of America 2021 documentary short 25 14+ “Madame Pipi” follows the lives of Haitian women bathroom attendants working in the nightclubs in Miami. Relatively invisible, underpaid and underappreciated, their stories are a journey of triumph as they navigate their patron’s personalities for tips. Despite the rising cost of living and the uncertainty of COVID-19 shutting down nightlife in Miami, their remittances – earned through tips – coupled with larger contributions from the Haitian diaspora fuel more than one third of the GDP in Haiti. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Rachelle Salnave";s:9:"biography";s:459:"For the past 20 years, Rachelle Salnave has focused her lens on the Global Black experience. She is a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive Fellow. Her second feature documentary, “La Belle Vie” (“The Good Life”) landed her an Emmy nomination in 2016, and in 2017, Knight Foundation honored Rachelle as a “Knight Arts Champion” for her cinematic programming. Rachelle’s goal is to change the narrative around Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Madame-Pipi-Director-Rachelle-Salnave.jpg";}} 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 PG Women who live in Ciudad Juarez organise safe havens for children in some of the most violent neighborhoods in Mexico. There, Diana, Joseph and Gael seek out the freedom that they once had on the streets, and try to heal the wounds that the violence of organised crime has inflicted on them. “Drawings Against Bullets” is a loving depiction of the search for peace in Mexico. a:1:{i:0;s:131:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dibujos-contra-Las-Lalas-Drawings-with-Bullets-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:131:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dibujos-contra-Las-Lalas-Drawings-with-Bullets-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alicia Calderón";s:9:"biography";s:423:"Alicia Calderón was shaped on the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico until she decided to direct her own film projects from a feminist and Human Rights perspective. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques from the UNIVA, and a Master’s Degree in Communication, Social Change and Development, from the Complutense University of Madrid. She lives in Barcelona, where she studied Documentary 3.0.";s:10:"photograph";s:131:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dibujos-contra-Las-Lalas-Drawings-with-Bullets-Director-Alicia-Calderón.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXezMDRynrE 1
Al-Sit Sudan 2020 short 20 All Ages In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother, Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. But can Nafisa choose for herself? a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Al-Sit-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Al-Sit-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Suzannah Mirghani";s:9:"biography";s:548:"Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate and publishes creative and scholarly work on a variety of cultural issues. Mixed race Sudanese and Russian, she is most interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity. Suzannah is the writer, director, and producer of “Al-Sit” (2020), which has won several awards, including the Grand Prix at the 2021 Tampere Film Festival and the Canal+ Award at the 2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Al-Sit-Director-Suzannah-Mirghani-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGWEBjGeDbU 1
Ahlan wa Sahlan France 2020 feature 93 All Ages In 2009, Lucas Vernier left for Syria accompanied by his camera and the photographs taken by his grandfather when he was a member of the Camel Corps during the French Mandate. As a diligent young filmmaker, he generously records his journey, reconstructs his grandfather’s route and connects to the descendants of his friends. In 2011, Lucas returned to continue his quest as the Bashar al-Assad regime changes from insurgency turns to civil war. The film changes course, and the quest to find a vanished ancestor becomes a race towards what will soon disappear. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Ahlan-wa-Sahlan-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Ahlan-wa-Sahlan-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lucas Vernier";s:9:"biography";s:485:"After studying history and cinema, Lucas Vernier devoted himself to documentary creation. His films, which always start from something that comes to him, are composed over time from research and meetings. His first feature, “Behind the Yellow Door” plays with imagining a post-mortem encounter with his former neighbor Lutz Dille, a damned photographer trapped in the history of art. In 2020, Vernier directed “Ahlan wa sahlan”, testimony to a journey started in Syria in 2009.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Ahlan-wa-Sahlan-Director-Lucas-Vernier.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q19JZmWZaVA 1
¡La Macha! Costa Rica 2021 featurette 55 All Ages “¡La Macha!” introduces Nadia on a stretch of her journey, cycling with her partner Sébastien around the world, trading their art in exchange for their livelihood. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/¡-La-Macha-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/¡-La-Macha-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Claudia Chabot";s:9:"biography";s:236:"Claudia Chabot is a director/ producer. Art allows her to express herself, and through her films, she communicates her values, social and human concerns. Her latest short films have been screened in Canada, the United States and France.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/¡-La-Macha-Director-Claudia-Chabot.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWYfO7Waab4 1
Climate Exodus Spain 2020 featurette 63 All Ages Having lost all because of climate change, three women from different countries and continents, Kenya, India and the Caribbean – have to migrate to start new lives. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Climate-Exodus-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Climate-Exodus-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"David Baute";s:9:"biography";s:376:"David Baute has trained in several film schools such as the Official Institute and Spanish Radio Television (Madrid), the Higher School of Arts and Entertainment in Madrid and the International Film School of Havana (Cuba). He complements his activity as a film director, with his role as artistic director of the MIRADASDOC International Documentary Film Festival (Tenerife).";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Climate-Exodus-Director-David-Baute.jpg";}} 1
Deux Options (Two Options) France 2020 narrative short 9 16+ In France, the country of Freedom, Equality and Fraternity; in this new Europe without borders, besieged by fear and intolerance, a Polish immigrant will have to face the reality of racism. “Two Options” was written, shot and edited in just five days at an International Filmmakers Laboratory in France. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/DEUX-OPTIONS-TWO-OPTIONS-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/DEUX-OPTIONS-TWO-OPTIONS-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Gon Caride";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Born in a small village in rural Galicia, Spain, Gon Caride has always been in love with stories, travelling and meeting weird, passionate people. After getting his degree in Audiovisual Communication, he moved to New York where he studied Film Directing and Cinematography. Since then, he has worked on way too many projects as screenwriter, director, cinematographer etc. These days he's back in Galicia working on new film projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/DEUX-OPTIONS-TWO-OPTIONS-Director-Gon-Caride.jpeg";}} 1
Elder’s Corner Nigeria 2020 feature 96 All Ages From the colorful, celebratory sounds of Juju to the politicised urgency of Afrobeat, Nigerian musicians have spearheaded some of Africa’s most prominent musical movements. Oftentimes, their work formed the backdrop against which the nation blossomed. So what happened to these pioneering artists who rose to prominence during the country’s halcyon years, and continued to endure when it faltered? “Elder’s Corner” is a voyage of return and discovery, an epic tale of survival, using music to reconnect the past to the present. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Elders-Corner-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Elders-Corner-Production-Still_01.jpg";i:1;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Elder_s-Corner-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Siji Awoyinka";s:9:"biography";s:757:"Siji Awoyinka is a multidisciplinary aural and visual storyteller. Born in the UK to Nigerian parents, he spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before moving to the US to pursue his musical ambitions. His music fuses elements of Soul, Jazz, Highlife, Afrobeat and Gospel music with traditional Yoruba rhythms drawn from his rich ancestral background. To further broaden his creative vision, Siji took to directing and producing videos and documentaries to help bring his musical compositions to life and to share part of his cultural history with a wider audience. His feature length documentary,”Elder’s Corner” (2020) screened at Sheffield Docs in the UK, DOC NYC, as well as the RAI Film festival where it won a Commendation award.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Elders-Corner-Director-Siji-Awoyinka.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d00WRBNeOmQ 1
Wrecked Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 9 PG “Wrecked” explores the various stages of grief through a young man’s eyes. Trying to save his car which was recently damaged in an accident, he dives into dealing with a much deeper loss. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Wrecked-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Wrecked-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Marc Beepath";s:9:"biography";s:469:"Marc Beepath grew up in southern, rural Trinidad. He began making films at the age of 10 on an old handheld camcorder with the help of his younger brother. Having directed numerous amateur films, he began posting them on YouTube to share with friends and family for a quick laugh. Marc has won numerous awards for his work, including a film internship with Montage Productions through Republic Bank. He is presently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Wrecked-Director-Marc-Beepath-scaled.jpg";}} 1
The Passenger Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 4 PG What happens when a passenger refuses to wear a mask in a taxi during the COVID-19 pandemic? a:1:{i:0;s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Passenger-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kirk Budhooram";s:9:"biography";s:529:"Husband and wife team, Kirk Budhooram and Kavita Ganness, are graduates of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. They pursued the MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction). They are published authors and have been making movies, separately and together, for over 15 years. Kirk Budhooram won the People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film at the trinidad+tobago film festival (2007) for “Herman’s Tales: Kidnapped”. He was awarded the David Hough Literary Award (2016) for his short story “The Last Day of School”.";s:10:"photograph";s:125:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Passenger-Co-Directors-Kirk-Budhooram-and-Kavita-Ganness-scaled.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kavita Ganness";s:9:"biography";s:375:"Kavita Ganness has been published in The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, She SEX Prose & Poetry Sex and The Caribbean Writer to name a few publications. She participated in the Cropper Foundation’s 8th Residential Creative Writers Workshop and was mentored by renowned Caribbean writer, Earl Lovelace and workshopped with writer, Monique Roffey and poet, Mervyn Morris.";}} 1
Sweet Rind Jamaica 2020 narrative short 26 PG Elsie holds Algie captive in the basement of her father’s unfinished church. Elsie administers heavy-handed punishment, juxtaposed with a lesson in Jamaican history while she sews a quilt. She struggles with the notion of forgiveness. Ending his life seems easier. Furthermore, justice may not be served to her satisfaction by the penal system. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sweet-Rind-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sweet-Rind-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andre Wynter";s:9:"biography";s:556:"Andre Wynter brings compelling, creative stories to life and is on a mission to tell multi-layered, authentic Jamaican stories while focusing on improving the financial viability of Jamaican cinema, thus, creating a robust, self-sufficient industry for the island's future creatives. Andre won best director at the LA Sun and Brazilian Independent Film Festival for “Sweet Rind”. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from UWI, Mona and is pursuing his Master’s in Film and Television at Savannah College of Arts and Design in the USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sweet-Rind-Director-Andre-Wynter.png";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dFFG_fuAcs&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=44 1
Projet H (Project H) Martinique 2021 narrative short 5 All Ages To rebuild Haiti, three soldiers put together a plan of crazy audacity. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Projet-H-Project-H-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Projet-H-Project-H-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Maharaki";s:9:"biography";s:344:"Maharaki is a screenwriter and director from Martinique. Building on the extraordinary journey of her short film, “Vivre”, and the success of her first documentary feature, “Jocelyne Mi Tche Mwen”, Maharaki is working on the production of her first two feature films, a romantic comedy and a political satire, both set in the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Projet-H-Project-H-Director-Maharaki-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcLOA3eCy94 1
Pavement Poets Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 All Ages “What is home to you? In the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s “Pavement Poets”, a few of Trinidad and Tobago’s top performance poets share their thoughts on what home and family mean to them. From their virtual pavements to yours! a:1:{i:0;s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Pavement-Poets-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Pavement-Poets-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Elechi Todd";s:9:"biography";s:371:"Elechi Todd is a filmmaker with experience in documentary and experimental filmmaking. His 2017 directorial debut project, “Studio Archives”, chronicled the studio practices of Trinbagonian visual artists. Since then he has been working in various roles on local and international productions. He continues to collaborate with local artists on experimental art films.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Pavement-Poets-Director-Elechi-Tood-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Murphy’s Law Barbados 2019 narrative short 11 No Rating Two Filmmakers, one actor, 48 hours to make a film. What could possibly go wrong? Follow the journey of two quick-witted filmmakers defying the odds while trying to overcome each challenging situation. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Murphy_s-Law-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Murphy_s-Law-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Vonley Smith";s:9:"biography";s:323:"Vonley Smith is a filmmaker, editor and director. His films have been screened at regional and international film festivals, including trinidad+tobago film festival (2017), Hairouna Film Festival (2021) and Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (2021). Vonley is currently working towards his first major film series.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Murphy_s-Law-Director-Vonley-Smith.png";}} 1
Mano Santa Puerto Rico 2020 narrative short 13 All Ages Don Isidoro, better known as “Mano santa” in his hometown, shelters his grandson for a few days after he ran away from his home. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mano-Santa-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mano-Santa-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Stephanie Camacho Casillas";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Stephanie Camacho (they/ them), is filmmaker and photographer from Puerto Rico. Camacho completed a BA in Cinematography with a concentration in Graphic Design from Atlantic University College in Puerto Rico. Steph is known for writing and directing the multi-award winning LGBTQ+ short, “Sam” (2017). Their work has been recognised and awarded locally and internationally.";s:10:"photograph";s:104:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mano-Santa-Director-Stephanie-Camacho-Casillas.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE2TCsOptKg&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=54 1
Lovena French Guiana 2020 narrative short 28 PG-13 Lovena has become French Guiana’s chess champion – a double-edged sword for a teenaged illegal Haitian immigrant. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Lovena-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Lovena-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Olivier Sagne";s:9:"biography";s:227:"Olivier Sagne has worked as an assistant director in feature films and as a television production assistant. His Haitian origins and his imagination converge in “Lovena”, his first socially engaged, experimental short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Lovena-Director-Olivier-Sagne.jpeg";}} https://youtu.be/G7C82Ti2D98 1
Love in Seven Movements Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 12 PG Boy meets girl. They fall in love. But will what has brought them together, tear them apart? One love story told by two couples. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Love-in-Seven-Movements-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Love-in-Seven-Movements-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Juliette McCawley";s:9:"biography";s:502:"Juliette's McCawley’s short films have been screened in film festivals worldwide. Having lived and worked in the US and China, she returned to Trinidad where she has written/ directed/ produced several award-winning short films. Juliette has also collaborated with several production companies on feature films and documentaries. Her last short film, "Sampson's Heart", won People's Choice at the trinidad+tobago film festival. Juliette studied Advanced Film Directing at Central Film School, London.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Love-in-Seven-Movements-Director-Juliette-McCawley.jpeg";}} 1
L’enfant Orange (The Orange Child) France 2020 narrative short 12 All Ages An actor seeks answers when he finds his childhood computer, and discovers a video game he started creating when he was 11. In the game, he portrays himself as orange instead of Black. a:1:{i:0;s:110:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/L_enfant-Orange-The-Orange-Child-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:110:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/L_enfant-Orange-The-Orange-Child-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexandre Desane";s:9:"biography";s:462:"Alexandre Desane is an actor, photographer, filmmaker and web developer. As an actor, he has performed in several independent films including, “To Repel Ghosts” (2013 TIFF); and “Run” by Philippe Lacôte (2014 Un Certain Regard). In 2015, he was selected as a Berlinale Talent in the actor’s workshop. As a filmmaker, he has produced and co-directed a documentary series on self taught artists in France. “The Orange Child” is his debut short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:117:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/L_enfant-Orange-The-Orange-Child-Director-Alexandre-Desane.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfdPB7b4hEY&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=53 1
Hang Jack Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 PG-13 Lucia, a Venezuelan immigrant, works at Jack’s Guest house, a private brothel in Trinidad. Sam, a frequent client, finds out that Lucia has become pregnant for him. When Sam learns that Jack the pimp will never allow them to keep the baby, he begins to plan their escape – which revolves around a make or break game of All Fours. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hang-Jack-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hang-Jack-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Shane Lee Kit";s:9:"biography";s:330:"Shane Lee Kit is a film director, writer, editor, and producer who lives and works in Trinidad and Tobago. Shane has multiple film credits, mostly from his days attending the University of the West Indies Film Programme. His short films and documentaries made during his study have earned him several academic and festival awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hang-Jack-Director-Shane-Lee-Kit-scaled.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tvDErUGMK0 1
Galavant Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 2 All Ages While self-quarantined at home, a young man is sent a link to a glitchy supernatural app. He tries to use it as a way to escape lockdown. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Galavant-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Galavant-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Alexander Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:218:"Alexander Johnson is a writer who loves a little pun, fun or fanciful phrase, possibly filled with alliteration. He is also a calypsonian who has worked on many quirky Caribbean creative projects throughout his career.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Galavant-Director-Alexander-Johnson.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYeTz6TPFz8 1
Dorlis Martinique 2021 narrative short 23 14+ Nora, a 15-year-old teenager from Martinique, is forced to follow her mother Laure and her little sister Melissa to the north of the island to live for a while with Henri, her grandfather who is paralyzed from a stroke. They move in with the old man to help him. But very quickly, the atmosphere of the house and the presence of Henri will awaken in Nora childhood memories that will be embodied in the fear of the attack of an evil spirit… a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dorlis-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dorlis-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Enricka Moutou";s:9:"biography";s:263:"Enricka Moutou wrote and directed her first short film “La K-Z”, in 2019, a production which won several prizes in festivals. “Dorlis”, her second movie, was written at La Ruche de Gindou Residency, shot in Martinique and produced by Caïmans Productions.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dorlis-Director-Enricka-Moutou.jpeg";}} 1
Cheesecake Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 10 PG Brian Francis, a well-dressed man with stylish dreadlocks, tries to charm his way into an exclusive, yet mysterious brotherhood called, ‘The Alpha Society’. With impressive charisma and social charm, Brian holds a conversation with the Society’s two leaders over a slice of cheesecake. He is almost sure to have one foot in the door – that is, until he’s faced with two major obstacles – the admission fee and its next-day deadline. Internally hesitant but externally confident, Brian makes the brotherhood a shaky but bold guarantee of meeting their requirements. “Everything’s Cheesecake!” he says, as he now has to figure out how to make this money by tomorrow. But is everything as “cheesecake” as Brian thinks it might be? a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Cheesecake-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Cheesecake-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jabari Daniel";s:9:"biography";s:350:"Jabari Daniel has a bachelor's in Visual Arts (Design) and years of experience as a digital content producer. He has produced projects for Major Lazer and many international companies. His main career goal is to direct, produce and act in blockbuster films with major studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. “Cheesecake” is his directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Cheesecake-Director-Jabari-Daniel-scaled.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2i0-TTJU3U 1
Blue Hour Cuba 2020 narrative short 15 18+ Mariano visits the hospital for a prostate exam. China is waiting for the body of her dead husband. They have seen each other in the neighbourhood before. She is craving a shot of rum to forget, and he has been waiting for an opportunity to get closer to her. They spend the afternoon together, and as the night falls, Mariano makes a proposal that lets them imagine a different life. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Blue-Hour-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Blue-Hour-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Zoe Miranda";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Zoe Miranda is a Cuban filmmaker based between New York City and Havana. Her works are mostly focused on documentary cinema and her films have been exhibited at IDFA, Sundance, Sheffield Doc Fest and Doc Leipzig among others. She has received fellowships and grants from IDFA Bertha Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, Ibermedia and Cinergia.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Blue-Hour-Director-Zoe-Miranda-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZCqqtZ7ceo 1
Beguiling Visions Belize 2021 narrative short 5 All Ages William is writing a novel, but he is having trouble figuring out how to end it. He looks up and notices a good looking girl walking by. William gazes at her and this introduces a dream sequence. The girl’s name is Elaine. William tells her about the writing problem he is having and she is interested and tells him to follow her, but where? a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Beguiling-Visions-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Beguiling-Visions-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emile A. Mena";s:9:"biography";s:265:"When Emile A. Mena was 12 years old, he started making mini trailers and videos with his friends and family, and that’s when his love for filmmaking started. He has many upcoming projects, and he continues to work to help expand the filmmaking industry in Belize.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Beguiling-Visions-Director-Emile-A.-Mena.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psLvybj08H0 1
Uncontrol United States of America 2020 narrative short 6 PG A woman deep in the throes of psychosis has to face her inner demon. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Uncontrol-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Uncontrol-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Manon de Reeper";s:9:"biography";s:309:"After making her mark on film criticism as founder and Editor-in-Chief of film magazine, Film Inquiry, Manon de Reeper moved into the filmmaking space as a genre writer/ director/ producer. Her directorial debut, a psychological horror short film called “Uncontrol”, was shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Uncontrol-Director-Manon-de-Reeper-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Rafameia (Riff-Raff) Brazil 2020 narrative short 24 PG After feeling threatened by an appliance company delivery man, Carmen’s daily life becomes overrun by conflict and violence when she notices the other beings that inhabit her surroundings. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Rafameia-Riff-Raff-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Rafameia-Riff-Raff-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Mariah Teixeira";s:9:"biography";s:262:"Mariah Teixeira is an actress, director and producer. She has been acting since 2006 in feature films, shorts, miniseries and plays, including performance in the films “Baixio das Bestas” and “Sol Alegria”. “Rafameia” is her first work as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Rafameia-Riff-Raff-Mariah-Teixera.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nanda Félix ";s:9:"biography";s:307:"With an extensive career as an actress and director in theatre, Nanda Félix is also a writer. She has been published in magazines such as Folha de São Paulo and Hysteria and released her first book, A Country In The Middle Of The Sea in 2017. She’s currently writing her second book, A Reasonable Woman.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Rafameia-Riff-Raff-Nanda-Felix.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHdboNjy4nA&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=49 1
Mal Nonm (Tuff Guy) Martinique 2021 narrative short 24 14+ Following an inappropriate remark towards a woman, a young man finds himself plunged into a parallel world where he faces a series of cat-calls and micro-attacks – the kind usually reserved for women! a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mal-Nonm-Tuff-Guy-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mal-Nonm-Tuff-Guy-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Yannis Sainte-Rose";s:9:"biography";s:359:"Born in Martinique, Yannis Sainte-Rose grew up in downtown Fort-de-France. During his studies in advertising in Paris, he discovered film production as an assistant on different shoots. After making several music videos, he made his first documentary in Haiti in 2015. Several short fiction projects followed, as well as documentaries and video installations.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Mal-Nonm-Tuff-Guy-Director-Yannis-Sainte-Rose.jpg";}} 1
Ikarus United States of America 2020 narrative short 17 16+ Teenage scavengers, Queen and her older brother, Birdie, are on their usual hustle of hunting down cargo drones. However, unbeknownst to Birdie, Queen has navigated the pair onto new paths, with the hopes of landing the ultimate payload, Nano-biotics. Queen’s plans go awry when her home-made honing device accidentally sounds, attracting unwanted attention. The siblings narrowly escape capture but, during the chaos, Birdie is shot in the stomach. With Birdie unconscious and consumed by a high fever, Queen must now attempt to hunt these very Nano-biotics on her own, if she’s to save her brother’s life. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IKARUS-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IKARUS-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Shaun Escayg";s:9:"biography";s:347:"Shaun Escayg is a Trinidadian/ American writer and director with an extensive background in visual effects and animation in film, music videos and video games. Escayg is best known for his work on films such as, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” and short films, “Fish” and “Noka: Keeper of worlds”.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IKARUS-Director-Shaun-Escayg.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbG-IQFfXso 1
Alma Puerto Rico 2021 narrative short 15 PG-13 Inspired by true events, “Alma” is the story of a single mother who works as a cock fight trainer and is caught in the throes of an abusive relationship. One morning she goes out for a run, never to return. As someone prays for her, life and death converge through memories. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Alma-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Alma-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Lorraine Jones Molina";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Raising awareness about issues pertaining to women, sexuality and spirituality within the Caribbean, Lorraine Jones Molina is a Puerto Rican filmmaker who strives to use the medium as a tool for activism and healing. Winner of two Suncoast EMMY awards, she has also produced several award winning short films throughout the Caribbean and New York. Most recently, she co-wrote and produced a 10 episode web series as well as a pilot for a children’s show.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Alma-Director-Lorraine-Jones-Molina.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iR-a19PYxo 1
La Dama Blanca Curaçao 2021 narrative featurette 30 No Rating La Dama’s longing for her lost love is what keeps this once famous and grand actress going. What is life worth without these memories? They are the only place where she can find him everyday. But her butler Sancho, who cares deeply for her, is troubled over this daily ritual and thinks it’s time for change. Will he be able to chase this ghost of the past out of La Dama’s mansion? a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/La-Dama-Blanca-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/La-Dama-Blanca-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Guus de Sain";s:9:"biography";s:217:"Guus de Sain is a Dutch theatre director who emigrated to Curaçao five years ago. Once in Curaçao, he was inspired to make a film version of a play he wrote in the 1980s. La Dama Blanca is his first film production.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/La-Dama-Blanca-Director-Guus-de-Sain.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yaPqdRtMwU 1
Killing Columbus Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative featurette 30 PG Donny, a middle aged struggling and defeated painter returns to Trinidad sponsored by Anya, a young, highly successful former protégé after failing to find success abroad. Donny is offered work by an anonymous client to paint a portrait of Christopher Columbus for a powerful political entity. Against his values and a need for financial independence from Anya, he accepts the job offer only to be paid more than money as Christopher Columbus is reborn from the painting in human form. Hunted by the political entity, Donny and Anya seek refuge remotely only for Anya to be betrayed by her former mentor. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Killing-Columbus-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Yasha Hanoomansingh";s:9:"biography";s:433:"Yasha Hanoomansingh is a filmmaker who is soon to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies as well as Film Production from the UWI, St Augustine. She has worked on various student film projects as writer, director, actor, editor and videographer, and also works as a freelance creator in the local media. Yasha’s work, “Jai” about the late Cpt. Kemraj Singh, was screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Killing-Columbus-Co-Director-Yasha-Hanoomansingh.jpeg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Parris";s:9:"biography";s:440:"David Parris is a graduate of the UWI Film Programme with a double major in Film Production and Film Studies. He has starred in, written and directed several short films for the university. His documentary, “Tattoo’d” (2019) screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival as well as his experimental film, “Palindrome” (2020). He runs his film production company, Redakted Artists, with his friends Rebekah Guillen and Kirk Garner.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Killing-Columbus-Co-Director-David-Parris.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZPS4kttpyw 1
Batchack Man: The Power Of The Herbalist Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative featurette 54 PG-13 The action film “Batchack Man” is Trinidad’s unique answer to the Bat-Man. The un-caped (but often masked) crusader from the Land of Calypso fights crime and injustice using super powers derived from some form of super-powered batchack, the large ferocious ant found in Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:117:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Batchack-Man-The-Power-Of-The-Herbalist-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:117:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Batchack-Man-The-Power-Of-The-Herbalist-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Keyon Byron";s:9:"biography";s:176:"Keyon Byron has written four short films. “Filmmaking is a passion of mine, bringing ideas to reality,” he says. Keyon also works as a stuntman and a professional wrestler.";s:10:"photograph";s:118:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Batchack-Man-The-Power-Of-The-Herbalist-Director-Keyon-Byron.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4sIjiV0UCM 1
Right Near the Beach Jamaica 2020 narrative feature 79 No Rating When prominent Jamaican sprinter, Jeffrey Jacobs, is brutally murdered, rumours about the secret life he may have lived create public uproar, causing problems for the murder investigation and for Jeffrey’s father, who simply wants justice for his son. Filmed on location with a Jamaican cast, “Right Near the Beach” is an authentic case study of a country that continues to face the consequences of its turbulent past while trying to confront the new realities of sexuality and equality. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Right-Near-the-Beach-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Right-Near-the-Beach-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Gibrey Allen";s:9:"biography";s:554:"Gibrey Allen is an award-winning filmmaker who was born in Jamaica and currently resides in New York City. Gibrey made his debut as writer and director of the short film, “Excuse For Jeff” which was screened at festivals domestically and internationally. Gibrey wrote and directed three other short films: “Volition”, “Max and Marco”, and “Back to Alaska”, most of which explore stories based on black and minority experiences. His feature film, “Right Near the Beach”, recently won an Audience Award at the New Orleans Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Right-Near-the-Beach-Director-Gibrey-Allen-scaled.jpeg";}} 1
Hoy El Salvador 2020 narrative feature 68 No Rating In the capital of El Salvador, the drivers of a bus, a taxi, a minibus and a private car confront the ravages of 12 years of civil war that continue to torment the country. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hoy-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hoy-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ricardo B'atz'";s:9:"biography";s:337:"Born in El Salvador, Ricardo B'atz' has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and a Master's Degree in Intercultural Relations. “Hoy” is his first feature film as a director. He acted in the short series, "El Sindrome de Piter Pan”, and in the movie “La Travesía". He also produced and co-wrote the short film, "La Partida".";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hoy-Director-Ricardo-Batz.jpeg";}} 1
Candela Dominican Republic 2020 narrative feature 81 No Rating A hurricane threatens the Caribbean. As if driven by its coils, the lives of three strangers become intertwined in the streets of Santo Domingo: Sera Penablanca, a girl from Dominican high society who goes to the slums every night to interact with strangers; Lieutenant Perez, a corrupt policeman who investigates a case in an attempt to repair the broken relationship with his daughter; and Candela, a performer from a poor cabaret seeking justice. The three are united by the mysterious death of Renato Castrate, poet and drug dealer. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Candela-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Candela-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Andrés Farías";s:9:"biography";s:695:"Andrés Farías Cintrón is a filmmaker and video-artist from the Dominican Republic. In 2014, he was selected for the XXV Eduardo León Jimenez Art Biennial Competition with his video-installation “Honey Pot” for which he won the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection Award. In 2015, his research project: “The representation of the Caribbean woman in Film – from sexual exoticism to auto-representation” was selected for Concordia’s University Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP). His first feature film, “Candela” won the Dominican Fund for Cinematographic Promotion and was selected for Sundance Writers Lab, Sundance Edit Residency and Sundance Music Residency.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Candela-Director-Andrés-Farías.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gybuy1_m8v8 1
Bantú Mama Dominican Republic 2020 narrative feature 77 No Rating A French woman of African descent manages to escape after being arrested in the Dominican Republic. She finds shelter in the most dangerous district of Santo Domingo, where she is taken in by a group of children. By becoming their protégée and maternal figure, she will see her destiny change. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Bantu-Mama-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Bantu-Mama-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ivan Herrera";s:9:"biography";s:360:"Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Ivan Herrera is a Dominican director, producer, and screenwriter. Passionate about photography, it is by observing the world through the lens of his camera that he finds inspiration and interprets humanity. His short film, “La Pasión Original”, received the Judge's Choice award at TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival in 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Bantú-Mama-Director-Ivan-Herrera.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7QMIN0sabY 1
Akilla’s Escape Canada 2020 narrative feature 90 No Rating “Akilla’s Escape” weaves the present and past in a crime-noir about the urban child-soldier. Set in Toronto and New York where over 450,000 Jamaicans reside, the story speaks to the historical criminalization of black boys that modern society overlooks. Akilla Brown is forty-years-old and for the first time in his life, the clandestine cannabis grow operation he runs is legit. Only one year into government approved legalization, the pendulum of hypocrisy takes a toll and Akilla decides to cash out. While making a routine delivery on a cool, summer night, destiny takes an unexpected turn when Akilla confronts a firestorm of masked youths in an armed robbery. Upon learning the bandits are affiliated with the Garrison Army, a Jamaican crime syndicate his grandfather founded, Akilla is forced to reckon with a cycle of violence he thought he’d escaped. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Akillas-Escape-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Akillas-Escape-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Charles Officer";s:9:"biography";s:505:"Charles Officer is a writer, director, producer and founder of Canesugar Mediaworks. A former creative director and graphic designer, his film works include the crime-noir “Akilla’s Escape” (TIFF 2020). His feature documentary film, “Mighty Jerome”, earned him his first Emmy. “Unarmed Verses” received Best Feature awards at Hot Docs, Vancouver International Festival and TIFF Top Ten Festival. Officer is committed to realising work that amplifies people of colour and integrates the arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Akillas-Escape-Director-Charles-Officer.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzRcji4keDU 1
Perfume de Gardenias (Perfume of Gardenias) Puerto Rico 2021 narrative feature 103 No Rating A dark comedy, “Perfume de Gardenias” (“Perfume of Gardenias”) tells the story of Isabel, an elderly woman living in a middle-class neighborhood in Puerto Rico. She has just become a widow after having cared for her husband until his last breath. But her recent loss becomes a blessing when she crafts a beautiful, custom-made funeral for him that catches the attention of Toña, a pious but domineering woman who involves herself in local funerals. Toña is the self-appointed leader of a coterie of elderly church ladies, and she enlists Isabel to put her unusual talents to good use and design custom, idiosyncratic funerals for her ailing neighbors. Isabel agrees to perform this strange line of work, and finds renewed purpose in her own life. Along the way, however, Isabel is forced to question her own beliefs, as well as her relationship with both life and death. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Perfume-de-Gardenias-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Perfume-de-Gardenias-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Macha Colón";s:9:"biography";s:659:"Gisela Rosario Ramos is Macha Colón, an undisciplined puertorrican artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her award-winning short documentary, “El Hijo de Ruby”, has been shown in international festivals. She’s also a cultural events producer and worked as Artistic and Programming Director at Casa de Cultura Ruth Hernández. She’s an Art Matters Foundation and NALAC grantee, and in 2020, she received the William Greaves Fund from Firelight Media. She’s a 2021 United States Artist Fellow and is part of the Puerto Rican Artist Initiative from Northwestern University for the next two years. “Perfume de Gardenias” is her first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Perfume-de-Gardenias-Director-Macha-Colón-scaled.jpg";}} 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 No Rating Somewhere on a road in Guyana, Solange and her father Paul are hitchhiking. They are trying to reconnect after many years of silence, but the road is difficult. a:1:{i:0;s:121:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Le-Lien-Qui-Nous-Unit-The-tie-that-binds-us-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:121:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Le-Lien-Qui-Nous-Unit-The-tie-that-binds-us-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Pélagie Serge Poyotte";s:9:"biography";s:387:"Born in Cayenne, French Guiana, Pélagie Serge Poyotte started making amateur short films in Super 8 and HI8 when he was a teenager. He worked as a TV and radio host for RFO Guyane in the early 1990s, directing reports and short films for the channel. He has directed several short films and series – “Le Lien Qui Nous Unit” (“The Tie That Binds Us”) is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:135:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Le-Lien-Qui-Nous-Unit-The-tie-that-binds-us-Director-Pélagie-Serge-Poyotte.jpeg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkHVk9X2HV0 1
Liborio Dominican Republic 2021 narrative feature 98 No Rating In the early 20th century, Liborio, a peasant, disappears in a hurricane and returns as a prophet. He says he’s been given a mission: to bring the good and take away the evil, curing the sick and teaching by example. People begin to congregate by his side and they move to the mountains to have total freedom and develop the dream of an independent community. Everything changes when the invading US Marines want to disarm and disband the community. Liborio wants to avoid a confrontation but knows that they can’t run forever. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Nino Martinez Sosa";s:9:"biography";s:419:"After studying film at Santo Domingo University, Nino Martinez Sosa won a scholarship to specialise in editing at the EICTV of San Antonio de Los Baños in Cuba, where he later became the coordinator of the editing department. He moved to Spain and began a prolific career as an editor, working on several award-winning feature films and documentaries, such as: “The Hours of the Day” and “Solitary Fragments”.";s:10:"photograph";s:118:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Liborio-Director-Nino-Martinez-Sosa-Narrative-Feature-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUqpoUQIBRY 1
Elena Dominican Republic, Haiti 2021 documentary short 29 PG Because of their Haitian ancestry, Elena and her family have lost their Dominican citizenship. She must negotiate an opaque bureaucracy in a racist, hostile society, or else remain stateless in a country intent on deporting its darker-skinned citizens. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Elena-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Elena-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michèle Stephenson";s:9:"biography";s:428:"Filmmaker, artist, Michèle Stephenson, pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots to think radically about storytelling and disrupt the imaginary in non-fiction spaces. She tells deeply personal stories created by, for and about communities of color that reimagine and provoke. She is the recipient of three Emmys and Sundance Jury Prize and an NAACP Image Award. She is also a Guggenheim Fellow and a Creative Capital artist.";s:10:"photograph";s:115:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Elena-Director-Michèle-Stephenson-scaled-e1630351249538.jpg";}} 1
Custódia (Custody) Brazil 2021 documentary short 25 PG Icaro and Valesca are arrested after being caught selling chocolate bonbons. After being imprisoned for months, they try to get some control over their fates. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Custodia-Custody-Production-Still_03.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Custodia-Custody-Production-Still_03.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Vinicius Sassine";s:9:"biography";s:426:"Brazilian Vinicius Sassine is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. He holds a postgraduate degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His films “Escape” (53’, 2018, Brazil/ Spain) and “Exu matou um pássaro” (24min, 2020, Brazil) have been on the festival circuit and he has won four international journalism prizes, including the King of Spain Award.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Custódia-Custody-Director-Vinicius-Sassine.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdikvoD4Jg4 1
407 Jou (407 Days) Haiti 2020 documentary short 7 PG Lintho’s life merges with that of his puppets. The puppet of a story he did not write, but of which he was the toy. With grace, he makes his paper characters move to tell of the inhumanity of Haitian jails. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/407-jou-407-days-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/407-jou-407-days-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Éléonore Coyette";s:9:"biography";s:219:"Éléonore Coyette captures, in her videos, the indocile heartbeat of the world. Her visual grammar is that of a poetess. Her portraits, dreamlike and organic, connect us to powerful narratives and to the soul of Haiti.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/407-jou-407-days-Director-Eléonore-Coyette-scaled.jpg";}} 1
The Forgotten Boys Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 43 PG-13 “The Forgotten Boys” follows the stories of three strangers, Darrem, Cornelius and Jahmai, who collectively depict the realities and struggles of the various stages of incarceration. Each journey is an exploration of the intergenerational impacts of mass incarceration. The common thread between these young men is a prison-based English class and debate team taught and developed by Trinidadian journalist, Debbie Jacob. “The Forgotten Boys” follows the stories of three young men connected by a prison-based debate team, and takes you behind and beyond the bars seeking to humanise a sector of society that is often isolated. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Forgotten-Boys-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Forgotten-Boys-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexandra Warner";s:9:"biography";s:568:"Alexandra Warner graduated from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Studies with a BA in Documentary Production & International Relations. Her senior thesis explored storytelling as a tool for social and political change. She is the founder and director of Untold Docuseries Limited, a documentary series created to challenge stigmas, empower the misrepresented and influence social change. The pilot episode, “The Forgotten Boys”, is an official selection in Lift Off Global Network Showcase, Caribbean Tales IFF, and a semi-finalist at the Dumbo Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Forgotten-Boys-Director-Alexandra-Warner.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE1fFzoKiCw 1
Party Done Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 47 PG-13 For over a decade, murders, robberies and other violent crimes have soared in Trinidad leading to a massive change in the way that ordinary citizens live their lives. When a shocking daytime shooting happens, television personality Ian Alleyne uses anonymous tips from his audience to track down the suspect. Alleyne’s TV show, “Crime Watch”, is the most watched crime programme in Trinidad & Tobago. The show is also watched throughout the Caribbean and streamed to large audiences worldwide on Facebook and Youtube. With police corruption leading to a distrust among citizens, the public would rather give their information to Alleyne anonymously, who then works with the police to apprehend the suspects – sometimes to his own detriment. With unprecedented access to Alleyne, his crew and studio, a portrait of a complicated man and a troubled nation is revealed in “Party Done”. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Party-Done-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Party-Done-Production-Still_02-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ian Harnarine";s:9:"biography";s:807:"Ian Harnarine was born in Canada to Trinidadian immigrants. After earning a Bachelor’s in Physics & Astronomy and a Master’s in Nuclear Physics, he eventually became bored with Physics research, moved to Brooklyn and became a filmmaker. Harnarine has since earned an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School. He is a member of the National Board of Review, The Television Academy and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. His short film “Doubles With Slight Pepper”, won the Best Short Film Award at the TIFF and the Canadian Academy Award. “Caroni” premiered at TIFF and continues to screen at festivals worldwide. Harnarine’s work for “Sesame Street” garnered an Emmy nomination. He has been profiled in Filmmaker Magazine, The New York Times, Caribbean Beat and Playback Magazine.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Party-Done-Director-Ian-Harnarine.jpg";}} 1
Nieuw Licht: het Rijksmuseum en de Slavernij (New Light: the Rijksmuseum and Slavery) Netherlands 2021 documentary featurette 57 All Ages What happens when the leading national museum focuses its gaze on the history of slavery and the Netherlands? “Nieuw Licht” is a highly topical documentary about the genesis of the slavery exhibition in the Rijksmuseum. This film shows – up close and personal – how painful and bitter, but at the same time healing and liberating, compiling the exhibition was. In “Nieuw Licht” we can see what it means when a museum reinvents itself. a:1:{i:0;s:159:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Nieuw-Licht-het-Rijksmuseum-en-de-slavernij-New-Light-the-Rijksmuseum-and-slavery-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:159:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Nieuw-Licht-het-Rijksmuseum-en-de-slavernij-New-Light-the-Rijksmuseum-and-slavery-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ida Does";s:9:"biography";s:640:"Ida Does is a documentary maker and producer whose work focuses on (colonial) history, art and culture, social justice and (Caribbean) literary pioneers. Her work has won multiple prizes at film festivals. Her documentary, “Amsterdam, Traces of Sugar” won best documentary at the Caribbean Tales IFF, where she was also honoured as the best female director of colour (2017). Her prizewinning film, “Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott”, has been screened worldwide at over 40 festivals and theatres. She is currently working on a film portrait of professor Philomena Essed, a pioneering thinker on everyday racism in the Netherlands.";s:10:"photograph";s:157:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Nieuw-Licht-het-Rijksmuseum-en-de-slavernij-New-Light-the-Rijksmuseum-and-slavery-Director-Ida-Does.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEdLxcCYzAQ&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=31 1
Near-Death Experience Martinique 2020 documentary featurette 45 All Ages 20 years of making documentary films: the opportunity to have a party, to celebrate a huge career, mine. Pure happiness, that of making films about French West Indies for so many years, and also of realising that it is perhaps time to turn the page. A life of images and sweat. Years of sweating in the West Indies is the summary of my life as a director. Of course, there are the sea and the beaches, but it was not easy. What was it for? Really, what was the point in hindsight? Who got interested? Living mainly in France and filming mainly in Martinique: was it possible to link them? Is it because an island is too small, too limited? So many like me wanted to do it, and so many gave up. 20 years of questions, 20 years of strange answers, 20 years to come up with a new film. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Near-Death-Experience-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Near-Death-Experience-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jil Servant";s:9:"biography";s:277:"Jil Servant has been making documentary films for over 20 years. His work mixes identity issues, societal facts, historical research and cultural practices. His films have been shown at festivals around the world, and been broadcast on France O, RFO, ATV, TV5, Trace TV or KTO.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Near-Death-Experience-Directior-Jil-Servant-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL6Cwu1vdVQ&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=33 1
Born To Be Great Jamaica 2021 documentary featurette 37 PG “Born To Be Great” reveals how the lives of 12 young men and women from underserved communities across Jamaica were transformed under the Citizen Security & Justice Programme (CSJP), a social intervention programme carried out between 2000 and 2020. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Born-to-be-Great-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Born-to-be-Great-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Oliver Hill";s:9:"biography";s:427:"Raised between the USA and Spain and resident in Jamaica, for Oliver Hill, the beaches and cultural patchwork of Latin America and the Caribbean beckoned from an early age. After graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree, Oliver earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. He has explored the theme of identity among people of Latin America and the Caribbean in his three films.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Born-to-be-Great-Director-Oliver-Hill-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mkECzDYG8w 1
1979, Hmong from Javouhey French Guiana 2020 documentary featurette 52 All Ages Having hastily left their Laotian mountains to take refuge in camps in Thailand and flee the communist regime, the Hmong were welcomed in French Guiana by the French state in order to populate and cultivate the lands in the western area of the country. When they arrived on the tarmac at Félix Éboué Airport in Cayenne, French Guiana, in November 1979, a wind of freedom blew over them. Finally, after all these years of waiting, they could live their lives and start building something, far from their homeland in Laos. Now, 40 years later, how have the Hmong fared in their small village in western French Guiana? And how do they see the future? a:1:{i:0;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/1979-Hmong-from-Javouhey-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/1979-Hmong-from-Javouhey-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"François Gruson";s:9:"biography";s:327:"After completing a Masters in Directing and Documentary Production at Lyon 2 University in France, François Gruson worked in production, first in Lyon then in Cambodia, before landing in French Guiana. In addition to developing documentary productions, he directs some of them. “1979, Hmong de Javouhey” is his first film.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/1979-Hmong-from-Javouhey-Director-François-Gruson.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4JS0xVXL0&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=74 1
It’s Just a Lil’ Wine? Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 55 PG When dance is life, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep moving. You see dancers on stage, but what goes on when the lights go down and the crowds are gone? Hear their stories, in their own words. “It’s Just A Lil Wine?” gives an unfiltered look into the dance world in Trinidad and Tobago. It explores the boundless passion and perseverance of dancers, as they attempt to navigate the shortcomings of the dance industry and overcome obstacles in pursuit of their passions. a:2:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Its-Jus-a-lil-wine-production-still_02.jpg";i:1;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Its-Jus-a-lil-wine-production-still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ryan Lee";s:9:"biography";s:574:"Born into a family of photography enthusiasts, Ryan Lee is a graduate of the UWI St Augustine film programme and holds a BA in Film Production. His films “Popo’s Journey”, “Cubes” and “Flying the Coup” have all been programmed by ttff, with “Flying the Coup” – his final year film – winning the People’s Choice Award for best short film at ttff/14. “Popo’s Journey” also screened at the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto. Ryan has directed commercials for clients such as Stag and Courts with Youtube views in the millions.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/It_s-Just-a-Lil_-Wine_-Director-Ryan-Lee-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMPLyqx6vQE&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=72 1
Disruptor Conductor Canada 2019 documentary featurette 42 All Ages In this award winning documentary, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is an unlikely hero on a mission to create live orchestral shows that aren’t just for the rich and fancy. Bartholomew-Poyser is one of the first openly gay black conductors in Canada. The child of a working-class Caribbean single mother, he was raised in Calgary, Alberta and he understands what it is to be an ‘other’. As he struggled with his sexuality, he turned to music for solace, and finally found his voice as a conductor. He believes that the beauty and grace of music can unite and uplift all of us beyond race, class and gender barriers. In “Disruptor Conductor”, we see Bartholomew-Poyser on a mission to break down institutional walls and bring live orchestral music to millennials, people of colour, young people, LGBTQ, prisoners, refugees, students; anyone who identifies as ‘other’. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Disruptor-Conductor-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Disruptor-Conductor-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sharon Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:808:"Sharon Lewis has been nominated for 3 Canadian Screen Awards and recently won a CSA for Best Direction for a Factual Series. Her feature film debut, “Brown Girl Begins”, is an Afro-futurist sci-fi tale of a young black woman who saves her community through her connection to Caribbean spirits. The film has toured the world, garnering awards and recognition, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Lewis for Best Screenplay. Her next feature documentary, about the LGBTQ+ community's thriving after conversion therapy, “With Wonder”, will be released in Fall 2021. Although Sharon was born in Toronto, she still has ties to her Jamaican/ Trinidadian roots and works hard to give voice to black people and people of color in all the projects she has the privilege of directing and producing.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Disruptor-Conductor-Director-Sharon-Lewis.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW1DJ_mzi6U 1
Vals de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Waltz) Dominican Republic 2021 documentary feature 76 All Ages Three teen ballet students – Raymundo, Angel and Victor – are the only boys in a class of twenty. In a country where dance is mostly considered an activity for women, they are determined to follow their dreams and challenge traditional gender roles. Like a waltz, music played in triple time, the three boys move through Santo Domingo while confronting, and sometimes abiding by, the Dominican machismo culture. a:1:{i:0;s:119:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Vals-de-Santo-Domingo-Santo-Domingo-Waltz-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:119:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Vals-de-Santo-Domingo-Santo-Domingo-Waltz-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Tatiana Fernández Geara";s:9:"biography";s:691:"Tatiana Fernández Geara is a freelance photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. She earned a Fulbright scholarship to get her Master’s degree in Photojournalism at the University of Missouri, and while there, she started a multimedia project about the lives of Dominican nannies who leave their children behind to go care for other people’s kids. This would later become her first documentary feature, "Nana", motivating her to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker. She currently works as a director and DoP for documentary films touching gender and human rights, and as a freelance photojournalist for international media outlets. "Vals de Santo Domingo" is her second feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:132:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Vals-de-Santo-Domingo-Santo-Domingo-Waltz-Director-Tatiana-Fernandez-Geara.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm3EmZPhS2U&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=48 1
The Mali-Cuba Connection France 2019 documentary feature 81 No Rating In the midst of the Cold War, ten young promising musicians from Mali were sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they developed a revolutionary new sound and became the iconic ensemble, ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000: Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Mali-Cuba-Connection-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Mali-Cuba-Connection-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Richard Minier";s:9:"biography";s:414:"Richard Minier is an author and director of documentaries and series like “Unknown Capitals”. He has developed several projects around music and travel, such as the series, "Mythiques Studios" and "Africa With Attitude”. He is also a composer and music producer: he produced albums for Jehro, Marathonians, and Pauline Croze, as well as the new versions of the album "Africa Mia" by the Maravillas from Mali.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Mali-Cuba-Connection-Director-Richard-Minier.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Édouard Salier";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Édouard Salier is a French director, designer and photographer. His projects, in particular his short films "Flesh" and “Empire”, have been presented and awarded around the world. His last short film "Habana" received the Grand Prize at the Festival Gerardmer in 2015. He directed the feature film “Cabeza Madre”, shot in Havana, produced by Iconoclast and Studio Canal, as well as several episodes of the Netflix series "Mortal" and "Revolution".";s:10:"photograph";s:113:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/The-Mali-Cuba-Connection-Cinematographer-Edouard-Salier.jpg";}} 1
Negra Mexico 2020 documentary feature 71 PG I was about seven years old the first time someone called me “black” on the street. I turned around to see who they were talking to, then I realised it was me. That day I understood I was black, and the laughter it caused among the people nearby made me think being a black person wasn’t that great. Was this only happening to me? Or did it happen to other black women? “Negra” explores what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico, exposing racism, resistance and processes of self-acceptance, strategies for transcending stereotypes, and the celebration of their identity. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Negra-Production-Still_01jpg.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Negra-Production-Still_01jpg.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Medhin Tewolde Serrano";s:9:"biography";s:603:"Medhin Tewolde Serrano is an Eritrean-Mexican woman originally from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, who has lived in Chiapas, Mexico for over 10 years. After her training in documentary filmmaking, she became concerned with telling the stories of Others. She has dedicated herself to participatory video processes and community communication in Spain, Tunisia, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. This has revealed her own process of constructing identity as an Afro-descendant woman, which motivated her to create a documentary that speaks to the significance and implication of being a Black woman in Mexico.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Negra-Director-Medhin-Tewolde-Serrano.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOKxyVZSY_w&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=32 1
Monchoachi, La Parole Sovaj (Monchoachi, An Untamed Wor(l)d) Martinique 2020 documentary feature 69 All Ages Retired from the world and living in the foothills of the Vauclin mountain (Martinique), Monchoachi writes every afternoon after his morning walk in forests of the island. Poet (he says that one should pronounce this word while trembling), philosopher and essayist, he tries to build a thought that he claims to be wild. A thought detached from the occident, therefore eminently free. Many have drawn from his work a strength of resistance, creation and survival in the face of the violence of contemporary society. A journey with Monchoachi is a way to find echoes of our inquiries about our place in the world, in relation to Nature, the Word and the Sacred. a:1:{i:0;s:131:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Monchoachi-La-Parole-Sovaj-Monchoachi-An-Untamed-World-Production-Stil_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:131:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Monchoachi-La-Parole-Sovaj-Monchoachi-An-Untamed-World-Production-Stil_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Arlette Pacquit ";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Arlette Pacquit is a journalist and director based in Martinique. She has written and directed several films on Caribbean culture. Her documentary feature “Sons and Daughters of Vietnam” (2015) produced by SaNoSi Productions, was awarded Best Caribbean Film at RCM Martinique and Best Diaspora Film at Africlap Festival in Toulouse.";s:10:"photograph";s:137:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Monchoachi-La-Parole-Sovaj-Monchoachi-An-Untamed-World-Director-Arlette-Pacquit.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkIgDKRNvs0 1
Entre Perro y Lobo (Between Dog and Wolf) Spain 2021 documentary feature 75 PG In the climate of change in today’s Cuba, three forgotten veterans of the Angolan War are reluctant to abandon the revolutionary spirit which brought them together as comrades. Marching to the top of the mountains, they continue to train, dressed in their old uniforms, just as they did over thirty years ago. Day after day, they take part in this ritual, as they attempt to return to a time when they felt young, strong and respected. They are the last Samurai of the Cuban Revolution. a:1:{i:0;s:117:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Entre-perro-y-lobo-Between-Dog-and-Wolf-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:117:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Entre-perro-y-lobo-Between-Dog-and-Wolf-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Irene Gutiérrez";s:9:"biography";s:677:"Irene Gutierrez is a filmmaker from Ceuta, a Spanish city located in Northern Africa. She earned a BA in documentary from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV, Havana, Cuba) before receiving her MFA in fine arts & cinema studies with high honors. She has directed “Border Diaries” (2012), “Hotel Nueva Isla” (2014), “Exile Diaries” (2019) and “Entre Perro y Lobo” (2020). Her films have received funding from the Tribeca TFI programme and the Sundance Institute, among others, and have been screened in more than fifty international film festivals and art venues such as the Berlinale, Rotterdam IFFR and MoMA Documentary Fortnight.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Entre-perro-y-lobo-Between-Dog-and-Wolf-Director-Irene-Gutierrez.jpg";}} 1
Dentro da Minha Pele (In My Skin) Brazil 2020 documentary feature 86 PG A doctor mistaken for a thief. A cleaning lady treated as a slave. A mother who lost her son was murdered by the police. A trans employee who is never promoted. What do they have in common? The colour of their skin. “Dentro da Minha Pele” (“In My Skin”) is an exploration of Brazil’s deep-rooted racism. a:1:{i:0;s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dentro-da-Minha-Pele-In-My-Skin-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dentro-da-Minha-Pele-In-My-Skin-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Toni Venturi";s:9:"biography";s:569:"Toni Venturi is a Brazilian filmmaker known for works of a social and political nature. He is the founding Partner of Olhar Imaginário production company, and has directed and produced nine feature films which won numerous awards at national and international film festivals. His work has been screened at the Berlinale, Kerala Film Festival, IDFA and many others. "In My Skin”, premiered at the 25th It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival (2020) and had its international premiere at the 33rd IDFA: International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dentro-da-Minha-Pele-In-My-Skin-Co-Director-Toni-Venturi.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Val Gomes";s:9:"biography";s:524:"Val Gomes wrote, directed, and edited the short documentary “Weaving Stories and Embroidering New Paths” (2005), a project that later prompted exchange between women on the periphery of the city of São Paulo and Paris (2009 and 2011). Val was the head researcher on the documentary series “Restless Scene” (2018), a 26 episode series about blackness, gender, and political theatre, launched on SescTV in July 2020. She also directed the short fiction film, “Adelia’s Voice”, at the International Film Academy.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dentro-da-Minha-Pele-In-My-Skin-Co-Director-Val-Gomes.png";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfTN0PcfRds 1
Between Fire and Water Columbia 2020 documentary feature 92 PG Camilo is the adopted son of an indigenous couple of the Quillasinga tribe in the southwest of Colombia. He is the only black person in his community and has always felt different. For years he has wondered who his biological parents are. He leaves school due to racism and bullying. The indigenous governor takes him under his wing and gives him Ayahuasca, a sacred remedy for spiritual guidance. During this transcendent experience, Camilo has visions of his biological mother, after which he decides to embark on a journey in search of his origins. For the first time in his life, Camilo discovers his afro heritage and meets the black community. a:1:{i:0;s:107:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Between-Fire-and-Water-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:107:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Between-Fire-and-Water-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Viviana Gomez Echeverry";s:9:"biography";s:341:"Viviana Gómez Echeverry is a Colombian director, producer and cinematographer. She studied Social Communication at Javeriana University, where she is a professor. She wrote and directed two short films, “Exotice Tropical” and “16th Birthday”. Her first feature film, “Keyla” was selected in competition for Warsaw Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Between-Fire-and-Water-Director-Viviana-Gómez-Echeverry-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNlGYk_iQb0 1
Atardi | The Life of Curaçao’s Musical Genius Rudy Plaate Curaçao 2020 documentary feature 120 All Ages Filmmaker Selwyn de Wind is on a journey to find out all that he can about Rudy Plaate, Curaçao’s most popular singer/ songwriter of all time. But what happens when the subject suffers from dementia and is no longer able to retell his own story? Filmed over a four-year period, the documentary traces the highs and lows of the life and work of music legend Rudy Plaate. Extensive archival footage is combined with reflective interviews from family, friends and other artists. “Atardi” is a music-driven documentary that taps into the styles and heritage of Curaçao’s musical evolution, and illustrates how Plaate helped build the foundation with his unique sounds and melodies while living an interesting life. a:1:{i:0;s:134:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Atardi-_-The-life-of-Curacaos-musical-genius-Rudy-Plaate-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:134:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Atardi-_-The-life-of-Curacaos-musical-genius-Rudy-Plaate-Production-Still_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Selwyn de Wind";s:9:"biography";s:514:"Selwyn de Wind is a Curaçaoan photographer and filmmaker. After completing his BA at the University of the Arts Utrecht, where he graduated cum laude in direction, camera, and editing, he returned to Curaçao. In 2014, De Wind gained international acclaim with the taboo breaking documentary, “Sombra di Koló” (“The Shadow of Color”). The film, which explored the meaning of race and skin color in Curaçao, was co-produced with director/ producer Angela Roe. “Atardi” is his most recent documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:140:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Atardi-_-The-life-of-Curaçaos-musical-genius-Rudy-Plaate-Director-Selwyn-de-Wind.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZLxCz-UCx4&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=64 1
African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey United States of America 2021 documentary feature 86 All Ages Known as the ‘Negro Moses’, Marcus Mosiah Garvey arrived on the scene on August 17, 1887 in the tiny seaside town of St. Ann’s Bay on the northern coast of Jamaica, fifty-three years after slavery was abolished in that country. In his short life he would become the world’s foremost Pan-Africanist and, in some eyes, the greatest civil-rights leader of the twentieth century. He dedicated his life to the project of redeeming Africa, which he saw as the home to civilization. In “African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey” award-winning director, Roy T. Anderson, peels back all the layers in his presentation of this often misunderstood and controversial figure. Filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, and Central America over the course of three years, the film features interviews and conversations with world-renowned leaders, scholars, and personalities, as well as present-day followers of Marcus Garvey’s teachings, such as the group known as Rastafari, perhaps the most ardent disciples of this iconic figure. a:1:{i:0;s:134:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/African-Redemption_-The-Life-and-Legacy-of-Marcus-Garvey-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:134:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/African-Redemption_-The-Life-and-Legacy-of-Marcus-Garvey-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Roy T. Anderson";s:9:"biography";s:396:"Roy T. Anderson is writer, director and producer of the award-winning films "Akwantu: the Journey" (2012), on the history of the Jamaican Maroons; and "Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess" (2015), his sophomore film which expands on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom fighters, by shedding light on one of the leading figures in that struggle – Nanny of the Maroons.";s:10:"photograph";s:139:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/African-Redemption_-The-Life-and-Legacy-of-Marcus-Garvey-Director-Roy-T.-Anderson.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d01FqfFaO9g 1
SteelPan Now! Notes on Where Pan Gone United States of America 2021 documentary feature 60 All Ages “SteelPan Now! Notes on Where Pan Gone” peers into the current world of the steelpan – its players, its innovators, and the music that reverberates from this versatile instrument – to find answers to the question that many in Trinidad often ask, “Where pan gone?” The documentary follows several steelpan pioneers, inventors, players, composers, arrangers, and pan makers across several cities in the United States to present both a musical experience and historical document that reveals the personal stories of these practitioners, sharing the determination, skill, and virtuosity of the pannist wherever the instrument is found. a:1:{i:0;s:113:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/SteelPan-Now-Notes-on-Where-Pan-Gone-production-still-1.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ryan Saunders";s:9:"biography";s:696:"Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ryan Saunders’ work includes short films and videos that explore his and others' experiences as Caribbean immigrants in North America. One such project, 'Look Ma Dese Streets Not Paved with Gold' screened at several festivals and galleries in the Baltimore/Washington region. In 2003, he released his feature-length documentary, “Bacchanal Time: The People’s Carnival”, which explored the initial history and spread of the Trinidad-styled Carnival to North America. The film won Best Caribbean Themed Film at the 5th Annual Jamerican Film Festival. For the past ten years, he has held the technical director position at Philadelphia Public Access Corporation.";s:10:"photograph";s:120:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/SteelPan-Now-Notes-on-Where-Pan-Gone-Co-Director-Ryan-Saunders.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Aaron Astillero";s:9:"biography";s:578:"Aaron R. Astillero is an American writer, director, and producer. A native of Philadelphia, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in engineering. Astillero co-wrote, “Changing the Game” (2012), a film that was distributed by Barnholtz Entertainment and Lions Gate Entertainment. He wrote, directed, and produced “Skullz” (2014), a children’s television show that aired on the Comcast and Verizon networks, serving the Philadelphia area. Astillero also worked in production and camera crew roles for several local public access television shows.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/SteelPan-Now-Notes-on-Where-Pan-Gone-Co-Director-Aaron-Astillero.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB0D92-PEeI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=68 1
Option Zero Cuba 2020 documentary feature 80 PG The journey of a group of Cuban migrants stalls in Panama City. Stranded in a Caritas camp, the memory of the difficult passage through the Darien Jungle comes to life on their cell phones. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Option-Zero-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Option-Zero-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Marcel Beltrán";s:9:"biography";s:284:"Marcel Beltrán is a Cuban artist, filmmaker and editor based in São Paulo,Brazil. Working with analog cinematographic processes, Beltrán's work combines image degradation, memory and life experience creating a dialogue between the poetic and political, the intimate and the public.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Option-Zero-Director-Marcel-Beltran.jpg";}} 1
El Último Out (The Last Out) United States of America 2020 documentary feature 87 PG A small raft crosses the Suchiate River between Guatemala and Mexico, ferrying migrants onward on their journey. A smuggler yells at a mother to quiet her crying baby. For one of the men on the boat, a young Cuban baseball player, this isn’t the dream he imagined. Ten months earlier, in a quiet corner of San José, Costa Rica, three Cuban baseball players train: Happy, Carlos, and Victor. Here at the rundown Estadio Antonio Escarre, they have spent the past year training long and hard, thousands of miles away from their families in Cuba. They left with dreams of signing multi-million dollar contracts and becoming famous baseball superstars. But as the months advance with no Major League Baseball (MLB) offers on the table for Happy, his Cuban American agent, Gus Dominguez, no longer feels like he can afford the expense of supporting him. Happy may be cut and must decide whether to stay in Costa Rica or join other migrants and take the perilous trip north to the US by land. For Carlos and Victor, two elite pitchers, the future is equally uncertain. As mistrust grows between the players and Gus, the Houston Astros dangle a tantalising offer but Gus holds out for more money, setting up a series of tense final showcases. Set against the backdrop of the dangerous Central American migrant trail, “The Last Out” offers a rare window into the dark side of professional sports. a:1:{i:0;s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/El-Ultimo-Out-The-Last-Out-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/El-Ultimo-Out-The-Last-Out-Production-Still_01-scaled.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Sami Khan";s:9:"biography";s:540:"Sami Khan (director/ producer) is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work has been supported by the Sundance and Tribeca Film Institutes, Impact Partners, Rooftop Films, IFP, the Berlinale, and NBC/Universal’s Directors Fellowship. His films have screened at leading festivals including Tribeca, TIFF, Hot Docs, and Mumbai. Sami’s most recent film, the short documentary “St Louis Superman” (with Smriti Mundhra), was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award and won prizes at festivals including Tribeca, Hot Docs, Big Sky, and AFI Docs.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/El-Último-Out-The-Last-Out-Co-Director-Sami-Khan.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Michael Gassert";s:9:"biography";s:430:"Michael Gassert (director/ producer) is an immersive producer, director, sound artist, and musician who revels in the diversity of our global treasures while working at the intersections of film and music. His documentary and archival work is supported by IFP, Sundance Institute, UNESCO, and The Kennedy Center. Notable sound mixing credits include “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Another Earth”, and “Circumstance”.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/El-Último-Out-The-Last-Out-Co-Director-Michael-Gassert.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nCZx04Nsas 1
Subjects of Desire Canada 2021 documentary feature 102 PG “Subjects of Desire” explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics, and features – while exposing – the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. Told from the POV of women who aren’t afraid to challenge conventional beauty standards, the film is partially set at the 50th Anniversary of the Miss Black America Pageant, a beauty pageant that was created as a political protest. “Subjects of Desire” deconstructs what we understand about race and the power behind beauty. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Subjects-of-Desire-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Subjects-of-Desire-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Jennifer Holness";s:9:"biography";s:559:"Jennifer Holness writes, produces, and directs. She is the only Black woman in Canada to win a Canadian Screen Award for best writing and is the 2021 Indiescreen Producer of the Year award-winner. She recently co-produced “Stateless” (2020 Hot Docs Special Jury Prize). Narrative feature films that she produced include “Home Again” and “Love, Sex and Eating the Bones”. Both films have won numerous festival awards, including the Best Canadian First Feature Film award at TIFF for Bones. “Subjects of Desire” is her feature directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Subjects-of-Desire-Director-Jennifer-Holness.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK8msTs0ZMA&list=PL4rH5C41y0dt9DNcp7YY1I5_p-alJTYrn&index=46 1
Dominica: Three Years After Hurricane Maria Dominica 2020 documentary short 7 All Ages 3 years after the devastating hurricane, Dominica looks refreshed, and in some places, better than before, surprising many with the speed of nature’s recovery and the resilience of its people. a:2:{i:0;s:120:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dominica-Three-Years-After-Hurricane-Maria-Production-Still_02.jpg";i:1;s:120:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dominica-Three-Years-After-Hurricane-Maria-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Derek Galon";s:9:"biography";s:397:"Derek Galon arrived in Dominica, which he now considers home, via a circuitous route which included Poland and Canada. He has earned several prestigious titles and distinctions such as Fellow of Royal Photographic Society (UK), and won dozens of international awards. His work is his passion. He keeps photographing and filming, documenting nature at its most beautiful and most difficult moments.";s:10:"photograph";s:121:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Dominica-Three-Years-After-Hurricane-Maria-Director-Derek-Galon.jpg";}} 1
Fires of Hope Trinidad and Tobago 1983 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary feature 61 No Rating English ‘Fires of Hope’ was filmed in 1983 to commemorate the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago, and features artists, bankers, businessmen, fishermen and agriculturalists, economists, workers—citizens all—from Port of Spain to Charlotteville, who reveal their hopes and criticisms of Trinidad and Tobago after many years of Independence. Seen against the expectations expressed through our national anthem and contextualized in the push for separation from the British Empire and the physical reality of the islands, with the music of our people ringing throughout. a:2:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/1983_fires-of-hope_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/1983_fires-of-hope_still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Hugh Robertson";}} 1
Moving Parts Zhenzhen is smuggled to the island of Trinidad where her brother Wei works construction. Trinidad and Tobago 2017 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 77 15+ English, Mandarin Zhenzhen is smuggled into Trinidad and is threatened upon her arrival—she has to pay more money to enter into the country. Her brother Wei, who is working on the island in construction, intervenes and promises to pay her debt. Wei finds Zhenzhen a job at a Chinese restaurant where she crosses paths with Evelyn, a well educated, upper middle class Afro-Trinidadian, who has recently moved back to Port of Spain and runs an art gallery next to the restaurant. Wei tries to get an advance from his employer, Logan, but is unsuccessful. Zhenzhen becomes desperate and asks her employer, Mrs. Liu for the money, who agrees to give her an advance, but makes Zhenzhen promise she will work it off. Help comes unexpectedly from Evelyn—but the contrast of the dark rooms above the restaurant and the white gallery walls, calls everyone’s innocence into question. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/moving-parts-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/moving-parts-still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhonda Chan Soo";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emilie Upczak";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emilie Upczak";s:9:"biography";s:538:"Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker, originally from Boulder, she spent ten years developing her practice while living in Trinidad and Tobago, where she also worked in the local film industry as the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival in charge of developing the Caribbean Film Database and the Caribbean Film Mart. Emilie returned to Colorado to release her debut narrative feature, Moving Parts, which premiered at the Denver Film Festival in 2017 and has gone on to play to receptive audiences internationally.";}} Valerie Tian, Kandyse McClure, Jacqueline Chan, Jay Wong, Godfrey Wei, Keevan Chang On, Nickolai Salcedo, Stephen Hadeed Jr, Arnold Goindhan, Conrad Parris, Sanjiv Boodhu, Kongshiek Achong Low, Nicholas Emery, Dru Castiglione, Yussuff Clarke, Rachelle Hay, Peter Louis, Juliet Beresford. https://www.movingpartsthemovie.com/ https://vimeo.com/389765357 1
Tickle Me Rich a:1:{i:0;s:6:"comedy";} narrative short PG English Got horned? Get even. In the comedic short, ‘Tickle Me Rich’ a distraught bride-to-be is comforted by three of her girlfriends who offer irreverent advice on sex, love, money and revenge. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/tickle-me-rich-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sonja Dumas";s:9:"biography";s:159:"Sonja Dumas is a writer and producer, known for 'Tickle Me Rich' (2012), 'Life and Death' (2019) and 'Julia & Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers' (2010).";}} 1
Joebell and America "Joebell catching hell in Trinidad so he make up his mind to go. The place he choose is America..." Trinidad and Tobago 2004 narrative feature 83 PG English A poignant tale of love, ambition and self-discovery, ‘Joebell and America’ is a movie adaptation of a short story by Trinidadian author, Earl Lovelace. Brian Green has the lead role as Joebell, a gambler who takes a risky path to fulfilling his dream of going to America. When things don’t go the way he plans, the young man is forced to examine and consider his true identity. Gabrielle Gellineau plays the beautiful Alicia, the love of his life. Directed by Asha Lovelace, the cast includes acclaimed actors Eunice Alleyne, Errol Roberts and Grace Maharaj, and cameos by Earl Lovelace and the real-life character on which the movie is based. The movie features music by 3Canal, Ataklan and the late rapso pioneer, Lancelot Layne. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/JoebellPoster_11x17-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Joebell-and-America-602x338-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Earl Lovelace";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Asha Lovelace";s:9:"biography";s:636:"Filmmaker Asha Lovelace made her debut with the short film George and the Bicycle Pump at the Toronto International Film Festival, an official selection for Planet Africa. This short won Best Short Film at the Decibel Short Film competition Trinidad 2002. Asha co-wrote, produced and directed her first feature film Joebell and America which copped the award for Best International Narrative Feature Film at the Women’s International Film Festival, Miami. Asha is also the founder and festival director of Africa Film Trinidad and Tobago (AFTT), the only festival of its kind in the Caribbean dedicated solely to African cinema.";}} Brian Green, Eunice Alleyne, Hasani Wattley, Grace Maharaj 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 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary featurette 66 No Rating English Anita Chandradath Singh, through an engaging narrative and sensitive visualization, traces the history, sociology, religions, cultural practices and traditions of the people of Indian decent in Trinidad and Tobago. The documentary establishes the lasting legacy, vibrant even today, of the shiploads of Indian indentured workers, brought to the islands during British colonial rule. Their toil and hard work saved a failing sugar cane industry. ‘Yatra: The Journey of the Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago’ was created in 1995 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Indian Arrival Day. Indian Arrival Day is a national holiday and falls on May 30th, each year. This is a compilation of the 25 part documentary series. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Anita Chandradath Singh";s:9:"biography";s:1080:"Anita Chandradath Singh is a pioneer in Trinidad & Tobago television. She began her career in India, the land of her birth, on nationally syndicated channel Door Darshan. In Trinidad & Tobago Anita has authored, directed and anchored several landmark productions for TV, Stage and Radio. Wife of accomplished Trinidadian Ambassador Chandradath Singh, she has contributed substantially to the promotion of T&T culture while on diplomatic missions abroad. Host of TTT’s ‘Evening Magazine’ in the 1980s, her landmark productions ‘Mehefil’ and ‘Humsafar’ garnered her critical acclaim. In the late 1990s Anita scripted, directed and anchored ‘Yatra – The Journey of the Indian Presence in Trinidad & Tobago’: a 25-part Documentary series created to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of ‘Indian Arrival Day’ in T&T. The series traces the history, sociology, culture, festivals, cuisine and traditions of Indo-Trinidadians over 150 years. Now re-released as an hour-long compilation, ‘Yatra’ is the definitive documentary on the history of Indo-Trinidadians.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/yatra-Anita-Chandradath-Singh-2.jpg";}} 1
After Mas | Dying Swan | Paradise Lost Trinidad and Tobago a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary short 64 No Rating English After Mas (20′) Directed by Karen Martinez and shot in Trinidad in February 2013 during Carnival, we experience the charge of this bacchanalian drama before following the characters return to their separate lives. In the cold light of day, can these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires? Dying Swan (10′) After ten years, internationally acclaimed mas artist, Peter Minshall, reinterprets Mikhail Fokine’s classic ballet The Dying Swan for a ‘Moko Jumbie’ (a stilt dancer) in drag. Directed by Christopher Laird, this film chronicles the assemblage and performance of this mas at the King of Carnival competition in February 2016. Paradise Lost (34′) Carnival artist Peter Minshall tells the story of the design and construction of Paradise Lost, his first masquerade band for the Trinidad and Tobago carnival in 1976. Directed by Christopher Laird,‘Paradise Lost’ documents Peter Minshall’s recollection of the first band he ever designed under Stephen Lee Heung. The veteran producer of masquerade bands for Trinidad Carnival, Stephen Lee Heung, invited Peter Minshall to design his presentation for 1976 Carnival in Trinidad. 1
Soca Power Trinidad and Tobago documentary No Rating English Directed by Claude Santiago, the film’s powerful soca figures are Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, and Isaac Blackman. Through the interwoven portraits of these four stars, Soca Power is an energetic immersion into the world of soca. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claude Santiago";}} 1
Jab! The Blue Devils of Paramin The district of Paramin, at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of bluepainted ‘jabs’ or devils. 2006 documentary short 47 No Rating English Isolated in the mountains of Trinidad, the district of Paramin, once a year at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of bluepainted ‘jabs’ or devils. Kootoo, King Devil, prepares with his three brothers to once again win the village competition for the most convincing devil band. Known for his athletic prowess, and given to extraordinary feats like ripping up trees and scaling tall buildings, the charismatic Kootoo must still work hard with his band of devils to win the prize in the face of serious competition from a new generation of ‘jabs’. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alex De Verteuil";}} 1
Mystic Fighters "Mystic Fighters" is the contemplative journey of a warrior paced by the beat of Trinidadian drums and rituals. Trinidad and Tobago 2011 documentary short 51 No Rating English with subtitles “Mystic Fighters” is a documentary-based story on the ritual of stick fighting in Trinidad & Tobago and the power of the ancestral drum. Mystic Fighters takes the spectator to the heart of Trinidad’s African heritage with testimonies of respected elders and well-established artists. The film’s tension revolves around the stick-fighting competition, the preparation, the fights leading to the finals where the winner is declared. The history behind the tradition is the story of Trinidad brushed over the past century and also portrayed by the reconstruction of the burning of the sugar canes from which the Canboulay celebrations were born. The rhythm of the film is constructed around the ‘chantuel’ and the calinda songs with drum being one of the main characters of the film; how its spirit is mastered is key to stick-fighting and transforming the sport into a ritual. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/mystic-fighters-poster.jpg";} https://www.mysticfighters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Mystic-Fighters-287616941276855 1
New Media art short 480 No Rating New Media comprises avant garde and experimental film and video works from artists and filmmakers in the Caribbean and diaspora. The physical iteration of the new media works, curated by Melanie Archer, will take place at Medulla Art Gallery, 09–15 September, giving viewers the chance to better engage with the works. All health and social distancing protocols will be in effect, with only five attendees at a time being allowed into the viewing space. Please wear masks as directed. Alternative Facts Centella (Firefly) Displaced El Dúo de las Hermanas Gato (The Cat Sister’s Duet) Goodbye to the Things (Adeus às Coisas) Hijo del Mar (Son of the Sea) Howler Monkey Sex Noises at Lunchtime How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue I am Sugar I Cried so Much I Felt the Universe Pass Through my Eyes Island State of Mine Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’ Murciélago (Bat) Palindrome Shade Silent Truths The Whole World is Turning Untitled Wake Up 1
Build Your Film’s Website with WordPress with Shaun Rambaran 120 No Rating 1
The Role of the DP with Gabrielle Blackwood 180 No Rating 1
Getting Ready for Distribution 120 No Rating 1
Social Media Marketing for Filmmakers 90 No Rating 1
Navigating Contracts and Clearances 120 No Rating 1
Cost-Effective Lighting with Robert Macfarlane 180 No Rating 1
Creative Producing with Lee Thomas No Rating 1
La Promesa (The Promise) Mexico 2018 narrative feature 103 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Leo is a rebellious but very intelligent child who makes life impossible for Professor Cruz and his schoolmates. Despite his behavior, Leo’s talent distinguishes him from other students, and Leo’s mom has high expectations that her son will go far with that talent. But Leo doesn’t want to listen to Professor Cruz, who tries to teach him to read classic novels, as he believes that through reading, his students can aspire to a better future. Professor Cruz falls into depression when his wife flees with the school’s PE coach. Leo, pitiful of his master, visits him at home. It is now the student who forces the teacher to go to school. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Till-_La-Promesa.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Oscar Blancarte ";s:9:"biography";s:259:"Producer, writer and director with 8 feature films and several TV series and documentaries under his belt. His films tend to showcase his country, Mexico in an unusual way and its complex reality. He has won national and international awards and recognitions.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Black-White-Oscar-Blancarte-Director-Producer.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPLEKW7-7gM&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=51 1
Winter Moth United States 2019 short 10 No Rating English A young homeless couple living on the shores of the Mississippi River during spring, summer, fall and winter in Saint Paul, Minnesota become part of the cycle of the life and death of nature around them. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Winter-Moth_stills_0040.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Lange";s:9:"biography";s:523:"Christopher Lange’s eye for the image brings a sense of the painterly to his cinematic work, providing emotional, dream-like, and sensory experiences within the lives of characters. His films have screened at the Walker Art Center and Wexner Center for the Arts, and at the Athens International, Minneapolis St. Paul International, Charlotte, Buffalo Niagara, Chicago Underground, UFVA, AmDocs, Maryland, and many other festivals. He resides in Minnesota, USA, where he has been working as a cinematographer and director.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Winter-Moth_Christopher-Lange.jpg";}} 1
Palanteer M’bedd (The Window’s Muse) Brazil, Senegal 2020 narrative short 13 No Rating Wolof with subtitles A painter who lacks inspiration, Moussa cannot understand her neighbour from across the street. In the day she appears to him veiled, and in the night she reveals herself completely. But she may well be his new muse. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Poster-bb3847a22d-poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-3-Still_1.jpg";i:1;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TheWindowsMuse-STILL02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mamadou Diop";s:9:"biography";s:404:"Filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Mamadou Diop lives and works in Dakar, Senegal. After earning a Master’s degree in film and audiovisual in Cape Verde in 2011, he directed his first short film which has participated in several festivals in Senegal, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Canada among others. Today he works as a reporter/videojournalist while continuing to develop his film projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Widows-Muse_Mamadou-Diop.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp0DKjH_qTI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=19 1
The Last Tree United Kingdom, Nigeria 2019 feature 98 No Rating Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take in this tender coming-of-age story. a:2:{i:0;s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TLT-Boy-Mother.jpg";i:1;s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TLT-Nose-Blead.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Shola Amoo";s:9:"biography";s:683:"A graduate of The National Film and Television School in the UK, Shola Amoo's debut feature was a multimedia film called "A Moving Image". It had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival 2016 in competition for the World Fiction prize and received The Special Recognition Award at The Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia. It had its European Premiere at The BFI London Film Festival and was released theatrically in the UK in April 2017 through Verve Pictures. Shola was commissioned by The British Council to direct a reinterpretation of Othello, called "Dear Mr. Shakespeare", which was selected in competition for The Sundance Film Festival 2017 and featured on BBC iPlayer.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Last-Tree_Shola-Amoo.jpg";}} 1
The Esmeraldas Beach Ecuador, France 2019 featurette 58 No Rating In today’s Ecuador, the black population, the descendants of slaves, continue to experience strong social discrimination. Yet people in the community still strive to value their specific culture and transmit the rebellious memory of their ancestors who fought for freedom. On arriving in Esmeraldas in Ecuador, Patrice Raynal finds himself immersed in the tumult of a carnival. The music and dancing – part of this culture, but a more ambi­guous phenomena than first appears – provide the through-line for his first-person narrative. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Patrice Raynal";s:9:"biography";s:693:"After studying social sciences and music composition, Patrice Raynal turned to documentary creation. Following an immersive film shoot in Burkina Faso, his first film raises awareness among rural populations about AIDS. Following this experience, he continued his training at the Créadoc d'Angoulème and obtained a Master's degree in documentary production in Bordeaux. Reynal co-founded the association, Tourné Monté Films, which works to promote and educate on the documentary and the image. Winner of Archi'doc of the Fémis, he began writing what became "Esméraldas Beach". Today, Patrice Raynal works as a sound engineer and regularly works in an audiovisual school for young people.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Esmeraldas-Beach_Patrice-Raynal.jpg";}} 1
One Word Germany 2020 documentary feature 83 No Rating English “One Word” is a documentary about the impacts of climate change on the Republic of the Marshall Islands and its people. Most parts of the Marshall Islands are less than 5.9 feet above sea level. Forecasts predict the uninhabitability of the country by 2050. The movie was developed and filmed with the inclusion of Marshallese people through film workshops run over a period of nine months. The filmmakers trusted the Marshallese to be the only reliable experts on the story of their land. a:2:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/One-Word-Still1-1-copy.jpg";i:1;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/survive-5-000000-Kopie.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Viviana Uriona";s:9:"biography";s:801:"Born in Argentina in 1973, Viviana Uriona has lived in Germany since 1996. She has a degree in political science, studying first at the University of Cologne, later at the Free University of Berlin. She is currently finishing her doctorate in social movements and community radios in Latin America. In 2015, Viviana and Mark Uriona released the full feature documentary, "No Rest. No Haste." – a movie about the battle over the land between the indigenous population of Argentina and transnational agribusinesses. In 2012, they released the full feature documentary, "Sachamanta", which deals with community radio stations in northern Argentina and their role in defending the land of the indigenous communities against land grabbing. Both of these films were produced with a participatory approach.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/One-Word_Viviana-Uriona.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH9EKMziPhc&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=26 1
Mogra India 2020 short 20 No Rating Thirteen-year-old Santosh sells flowers for a living, helping to support his family. He lives with his uncle in Mumbai, the ‘City of Dreams’, but his life is one of deprivation, a daily struggle for survival. As a result, he seeks solace in a world of fantasy where all of his adolescent needs—physical, mental and sexual—are satisfied. A unique and troubling story unfolds as a consequence of this world of fantasy and imagination. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mogra-Short-film-Still-Two.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Mayur Dhamapurkar";s:9:"biography";s:533:"Mayur Dhamapurkar has a post graduate degree film and television from Mumbai University, prior to which he was associated with renowned theatre groups and wrote and directed several plays. He has written a short film based on unemployment, "Seat Down" which was officially selected for MAMI (2013) and other national film festivals. Dhamapurkar's diploma film, "MinKeen", also participated in national and international film festivals. "Filmmaking is not only my passion but I assimilate this craft that represents my personal life."";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/MOGRA_Mayur-Dhamapurkar-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXGtJ612118&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=9 1
Miracle Fishing Colombia, United States 2020 feature 104 No Rating On September 23, 1994, an American journalist named Tom Hargrove was kidnapped outside his home in Cali, Colombia by armed men in ski masks. His wife Susan and two adult sons Miles and Geddie had no choice but to take matters into their own hands and negotiate directly for his release. As a coping mechanism, Tom’s eldest son Miles began a video diary capturing the negotiations, creating home video for his father in the hope that he would return. Twenty five years later he revisits the footage as a celebration of the people who came together to help his family. a:2:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Still-Photo-1-Miracle-Fishing.jpg";i:1;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Still-Photo-2-Miracle-Fishing.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Miles Hargrove";s:9:"biography";s:311:"Miles has worked as a BTS documentarian on productions like "Proof of Life" and the "Harry Potter" franchise. His feature work includes co-directing and editing "The Starck Club", and editing "Torey’s Distraction". Recently he has shot for the Emmy nominated 6DOF, live-streaming VR for events like Coachella.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Miracle-Fishing_Miles-Hargrove.jpg";}} 1
La Vendedora de Liros (The Lillies’ Seller) Argentina 2020 short 18 No Rating Jacinta and her granddaughter Indira are Bolivian migrants. During the spring they work collecting flowers on the bank of the river, which they then sell in the Magdalena town cemetery. Their daily tasks are hampered by the racial problems that still exist in Argentina in relation to the ancestral cultures of Latin America. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/PÓSTER_La-Vendedora-de-Lirios.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:65:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/01-baja.jpg";i:1;s:65:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Frame-3.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Igor Galuk";s:9:"biography";s:882:"Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Igor Galuk has a degree in audiovisual communication from the National University of La Plata (UNLP). He is a screenwriter and audiovisual producer at Riocine and worked at TV Universidad, Untref Media and Panorama. With his short films "Tunnels on the river" (2009), "Sabaleros" (2013), "Palo Blanco" (2014), he has participated in several national and international festivals, among them the Festival of San Sebastián, Locarno and Viña del Mar. He made several documentary series including: "Olvidados del Río" (2011) and "Paisanos" (2012), which were premiered on Public TV and on the Encuentro Channel and awarded in the Nueva Miradas competitions on Television (UNQ). He has just completed his new short film, "La Vendedora de Lirios" (2019), and is finishing post-production of his first documentary feature, "Silencio en la ribera" (2020).";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Lillies-Seller_Igor-Galuk.jpg";}} 1
El Oro de Cajamarca (Gold of Cajamarca) Colombia 2019 short 16 No Rating A short handcrafted 16mm documentary about the fight against one of Colombia’s biggest open-sky gold mine projects. A black and white ballad sounding through the green mountains of Tolima in the Colombian Andes, talking to Cajamarca’s valley inhabitants. On the surface are green fertile lands and peaceful agriculture, but hidden underground are invisible fields of gold coveted by a multinational company which could reshape this whole world. Sometimes with just their voices, sometimes allowing their faces to be shown, Cajamarca’s workers reveal different aspects of their lives and the threat they face from the open-sky gold mine project. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-4-CAJAMARCA_2-copy.jpg";i:1;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-3-CAJAMARCA_1-copy.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Alexandre Regol";s:9:"biography";s:534:"After studying cinema production and audiovisual techniques in university, Alexandre started to work as an assistant director on fiction films. Having always been attracted to photography, he experimented with analog and alternative processes in his free time, and recently joined a pair of collaborative artist-run labs in Paris, where he has learned how to make movies with analog film, in an autonomous way. After a few experiments, he soon started to work on projects with the idea of linking the film’s matter with the subject.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Gold-of-Cajamarca_Alexandre-Regol.jpg";}} 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 No Rating English Five years after his first documentary, award-winning producer/director Torsten Hoffmann revisits Bitcoin and sets out to explore the evolution of the blockchain industry and its new promise, meeting with the big brains and big egos behind this controversial industry. Can this technology, designed to operate independent of trust and within a decentralized network, really provide a robust alternative to the Internet as we know it? a:1:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Cryptopia_poster-copy.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CRYPTOPIA_Production-Still-I-copy.jpg";i:1;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CRYPTOPIA_Production-Still-II-copy.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Torsten Hoffmann";s:9:"biography";s:905:"In many ways, Torsten has been working on this story for 10 years: in 2009, during his MBA studies University of Oxford, he published a paper on alternative (paper) currencies; In 2013 he discovered Bitcoin and went down the rabbit hole; In 2014 he started work as co-director, producer and writer for his debut film, “Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It“. The film was released in 2015 and won 4 international film festival awards. The film became a viral hit and was one of the most pirated documentaries of 2015; Since 2012, Torsten has founded several start-ups and is a frequent speaker about technology trends at conferences such as MIPTV & MIPCOM (9 times), AIDC and Medientage. He also conducts 4k and VR workshops (Discovery Asia & NHK) and often speaks about blockchain-related innovation. His global media clients include Netflix, Deutsche Telekom, DirecTV, NBC Universal and many more.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CRYPTOPIA_Torsten-Hoffman.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michael Watchulonis";s:9:"biography";s:1021:"From biographies to nuclear submarines, Michael’s storytelling experience crosses a broad range of subjects that have earned twenty-nine regional Emmy Awards and two national Emmy nominations. His works span award-winning science and nature documentaries, adventure programming, entertainment specials, video games and VR. To date, Michael has produced and directed more than 300 long-form narratives for television, six stereo 3D HD documentaries and he has been working in 4k since 2014. He is currently directing a 3D Virtual Reality series. Michael ‘s factual and entertainment content has been featured on TBS, History Channel, CNN, NatGeo, Sky, Amazon, CCTV and many other international broadcasters. Since 2011, Michael and Torsten have jointly worked on ten projects. They both co-directed “Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It“ in 2014/15. As director of “CRYPTOPIA“, Michael’s role in the creative process is to craft Torsten’s vision and subject-matter expertise into a compelling narrative.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CRYPTOPIA_Director_Michael_Watchulonis.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F79mn-MVf90&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=46 1
Because We Are Girls Canada 2019 feature 83 No Rating “Because We Are Girls” is the story of a conservative South Asian family in small-town British Columbia who must come to terms with a devastating secret: Three sisters were sexually abused by a cousin over a period of almost two and a half decades, beginning in their early childhood. The sisters had planned to keep the abuse secret forever, but when they begin to suspect their cousin of abusing other family members, they courageously decide to come forward and pursue justice through the police and the courts. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Because-We-are-Girls_Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-1-Because_We_Are_Girls_Image_001.jpg";i:1;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-3-Because_We_Are_Girls_Image_003.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Baljit Sangra";s:9:"biography";s:716:"Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver based filmmaker who has been working on documentaries, corporate videos, feature films and factual entertainment. Her passion is exploring social and cross-cultural issues. Most recently, she directed/produced "Many Rivers Home", a personal story that focuses on seniors in assisted care and looks at the end story of life, for OmniTV. She has directed/ produced the documentary "Warrior Boyz" in association with NFB and Canwest which examines the long-running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of the Lower Mainland. "Warrior Boyz" premiered at Doxa and was nominated for three Leos. Baljit also directed an A&E for CityTV and Channel M called "VIVA!" for several seasons.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Because-We-Are-Girls_Baljit-Sangra.jpg";}} 1
Wicket India 2020 narrative short 4 No Rating A young boy dreams of being a cricketer but, like almost everyone else, ends up having an ordinary job. Nevertheless, his passion never dies and he lives his dream every day for the rest of his life. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Wicket_Production_Still2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Harsh Khurana";s:9:"biography";s:937:"Harsh Khurana is a media student pursuing his passion for filmmaking and photography alongside his academics in Mumbai, India. He made his directorial debut in 2019 with the short film ‘Ekaki’ and has now written, directed, and shot 4 short films along with 3 short ad films. His latest short films - Wicket and Punarnav - won the ‘Short Film of The Day’ appreciation by Shorted and stood as semi-finalists in MOIFF and Lisbon Film Rendevouz. He was also awarded the ‘Best Cinematographer’ for Punarnav by MFP2020. Being very new to the field filmmaking, he is always looking for opportunities to brush-up his skills. Apart from being a promising filmmaker, he excels in academics and has been topping his university for 2 years. His hobbies include playing instruments like flute, keyboard, and guitar; traveling, exploring new places, fantasizing about things that are never going to happen, and of course, watching movies.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Wicket_Harsh-Khurana.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hnKTruL8Uo&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=16 1
Waiting in Strange Times Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 4 No Rating Set in Trinidad during the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, “Waiting In Strange Times” explores space and time during a period of boredom, uncertainty, confusion and fear. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Waiting-in-Strange-Times_Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kristof West";s:9:"biography";s:402:""Waiting in Strange Times" is Kristof West's debut film. West is a Liberal Arts student studying Media and Performance in Holland. The film is an amalgamation of media techniques learned in his first year. His cultured upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago in addition to his extensive international travel and a two year residency in Hong Kong has greatly shaped the lens through which he views the world.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Waiting-in-Strange-Times_Kristof-West.jpg";}} 1
Velare United States 2020 narrative short 6 No Rating Velare is a special girl: she is invisible to the people who love her. As she starts a new relationship, she is afraid that the boy will fall in love and thus lose sight of her. She decides to do everything she can to delay his love, but the inevitable happens. She remains optimistic about continuing the relationship, but what awaits her ahead? a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Velare_Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Velare_Production-Still-03.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Kayla Sun";s:9:"biography";s:440:"Kayla Sun is one of the recipients of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant, and is currently a student at University of Southern California in film and television production. She wrote and directed the narrative “Shop”(2017), which screened at several festivals internationally, the experimental film “Awake”(2017) which exhibited at MUST’s Todd Art Gallery, and “Hail The Goer”(2015) at Vanderbilt Art Centre.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Velare_Kayla-Sun.jpg";}} 1
Unexpected Suspect Trinidad and Tobago 2018 art short 10 No Rating When a student who is constantly bullied reaches his breaking point, he decides that something needs to be done to get back at his bullies and embarks on a plan that puts him on a path of darkness. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Unexpected-Suspect_Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:65:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Still-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Sai Saidu";s:9:"biography";s:584:"Sai Saidu is a 19 year old amateur photographer and filmmaker. He uses film as a means of self-expression, and also as a way to document the goings-on in the complex world around him. Each film tells its own story in its own way, and that is what makes filmmaking such an infinitely interesting hobby. His interest in film started at quite a young age when his dad first bought a digital camcorder to immortalize special moments in his life, with the only confines being the limit of the memory stick. Over time, he began to learn, and more importantly, understand, the rules of film.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Unexpected-Suspect_Sai-Saidu.jpg";}} 1
Unconditional United States 2020 narrative short 3 No Rating After his mother leaves him home alone, Cameron can explore his true self and his interest in femininity. Although young, he is aware of society’s expectations for boys and must face his own insecurities. Dealing with gender expression, queerness and innocence, “Unconditional” explores the defining moment in a mother and son’s relationship. a:2:{i:0;s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-4-Still4.jpg";i:1;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-5-Screen_Shot_2020-04-21_at_2.31.51_PM.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Austin Jaye Braddock";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Austin Jaye Braddock is a graduate of the Pratt Institute, (New York, USA) with a BFA in 3D Animation. Having spent all his energy the last year and a half on his thesis film, he is excited to begin new projects and expand his portfolio and reel.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Unconditional_Austin-Jaye-Braddock.jpg";}} 1
Timeout Martinique 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating In a not-too-distant future, Alice must survive a chase to the death on a post-apocalyptic island formerly called Martinique. a:2:{i:0;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-2-Timeout_02.jpg";i:1;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-5-Timeout_05.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Laura Bucher";s:9:"biography";s:350:"With a Master's in History and Caribbean Cultural Heritage, Laura Bucher is first a lover of theatre, photography, cinema and art. Through the workshops of "Passeurs d’Images", she now has the opportunity to learn and put into practice her knowledge with a first short film entitled "Timeout", which she produced with a team of 30 young art lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Timeout_Laura-Bucher.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH47zm-hZWo&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=7 1
La Última Fiesta (The Last Celebration) Mexico 2020 narrative short 17 No Rating Spanish with subtitles The Patron Saint’s Festival is the most important celebration of the year. Esther knows it and wants to attend but her husband Esteban doesn’t. The past reemerges for this elderly couple who must decide whether to attend a celebration which will allow them to recapture something in their relationship for the last time. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TheLastCelebrationStill2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Adrián Ramos";s:9:"biography";s:460:"Born in Mexico, Adrián Ramos studied filmmaking at the University of Guadalajara and at the University of Audiovisual Media. He has worked as a director, producer, cinematographer, camera assistant and production assistant. He has collaborated with brands such as Audi, Urrea, Gran Via among others. The projects in which he has participated have been screened at festivals in Mexico and North America. "The Last Celebration" is his first foray as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Last-Celebration_Adrian-Ramos.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=744p6w18qoM&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=23 1
The Interview Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative short 7 No Rating A confident young man meets with unforeseen complications at a job interview where things are not quite what they seem. a:2:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Interview_Production-Still-2.jpg";i:1;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Interview_Production-Still-3.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Louris Martin Lee-Sing";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Louris Martin Lee-Sing is a multi-skilled professional creative from Trinidad and Tobago. She began her career as an actor and has grown to become a theatre and film producer and director. Her career as a comedian has influenced her approach to directing and she is always looking for visual ways to connect to audiences through humour.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Interview_Louris-Martin-Lee-Sing.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeRcA8iOAps&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=24 1
Ten Rupee Note India 2016 narrative short 27 No Rating English A young woman is thrown back into the past when her fiancé finds a message written on a ten rupee note. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Production-Still_Ten-Rupee-Note-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sagnik Bhattacharya";s:9:"biography";s:277:"Sagnik Bhattacharya is an Indian filmmaker. He has made over 10 short films and has been awarded best director and best story awards from several festivals, namely Kolkata Short Film Festival, Nexgn Film Festival and Goa International Film Festival. Film making is his passion.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Ten-Rupee-Note_Sagnik-Bhattacharya.jpg";}} 1
Tabula Rasa Martinique 2019 narrative short 16 No Rating Amina is a gothic teenager who’s failing at school. An unexpected discovery gives her the chance to change all of her grades to A+ by solving four puzzles. Amina decides to take up the challenge, but will she succeed? a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Poster-9e91bf3e90-poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-5-TabulaRasa_FE.jpg";i:1;s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-4-TabulaRasa_D.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sarah Carmen Marlin";s:9:"biography";s:573:"Sarah-Carmen Marlin is a student at the Victor Schœlcher high school, specialising in literature and theatre. She discovered the world of cinema in 2017 when she worked as a volunteer with the C.A.D.I.C.E Ciné Woulé association, then she joined the "Passeurs d'IImages" workshops to learn how to create films. She was able to wear several hats such as production designer, assistant, clapman. In 2019, she worked as an assistant cinematographer then made her directorial debut with her first short film "Tabula Rasa", produced thanks to a team of 30 young cinema lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Tabula-Rasa-US_Sarah-Carmen-Marlin.jpg";}} 1
Susana United States 2020 documentary short 4 No Rating Widespread injury and abuse of migrant workers led Human Rights Watch to dub slaughterhouse work “the most dangerous factory job in America.” In the last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the largest raids in modern history at slaughterhouses, arresting and deporting undocumented workers. Despite the danger to herself and her family, former slaughterhouse worker Susana returns to the scene at night to care for animals on their way to the kill floor. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Susana_7_Trinity-brighter.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Laura Gamse";s:9:"biography";s:495:"Director/producer Laura Gamse's work has been featured on NPR, the National Geographic Channel and Netflix, and covered in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her first documentary, "The Creators: South Africa Through the Eyes of Its Artists", was named Best Documentary at the National Geographic Society’s All Roads Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on "Brigidy Bram", a feature documentary whose shorter incarnation was named Best Short Film at the Bahamian Oscars.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Susana_Laura-Gamse.jpg";}} 1
Sa Ou Pa Sav Gran Paséw (What You Don’t Know is Bigger than You) Martinique 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating French with subtitles Michel’s life is a dream, but for this dream to continue he must regularly update his wristband. One day the device stops working and he realises that his entire life has been an illusion. Now he’s ready to do anything to return to his dreamworld. a:2:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-2-Saoupasav_B.jpg";i:1;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-3-Saoupasav_C.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Laury Granville";s:9:"biography";s:393:"Laury Granville is a young director of short films and music videos from Martinique. She made her first film "I ja le" in 2016 and won the first prize at the Festival Rencontres Cinéma de Martinique. In 2018, she became an assistant director on two short films and directed her second film "An Laria". Then in 2019, she co-directed the film "Sa ou pas av gran pasé’w" with Paul Rémi Leti.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Director_Laury-Granville-b-w.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Paul-Rémi Leti";s:9:"biography";s:353:"Paul-Rémi Leti, 20 years old, graduated with a scientific high school degree in computer science and digital science, has worked as a boom operator since Passeurs 2013, where he was able to learn and acquire all the skills and techniques used to make his first short footage entitled "Sa ou pas av gran pasé'w" and shot with fifteen young enthusiasts.";}} 1
No Se Aceptan Prostitutas (No Hookers Allowed) Dominican Republic 2019 narrative short 15 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Sela is a young woman who has always had the support and love of her father, but when she starts exploring her sexuality, secrets come to light that may endanger their relationship. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/No-Hookers-Allowed_Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/No-Hookers-Allowed_Production-Still-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"C. M. Cots";s:9:"biography";s:1149:"Cristina Marie Cots is a writer and filmmaker Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She has worked in several fiction and documentary projects. Her short film "Juntos" was a finalist in the Red Film Festival" for AIDS prevention and awareness. She got a scholarship at the Alliance Française of Santiago to study French in 2015, after four years she got the professional diploma of a DELF B2. She studies Film at Intec (Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo) since 2017, with a scholarship from the university and the Dgcine (Dirección General de cine the Dominican film commission). She is a fan of black and white movies, specially Truffaut films, even though (admits) she didn't like to watch them; and feels grateful to her college professor and filmmaker J. J. Namnun for having taught her how to appreciate the beauty of black and white films. Among the non black and white films, her favorites are Prenon Carmen by Jean Luc Godard and F for fake by Orson Welles. Her favorite Latin-American films from the past 10 years are Nostalgia for the Light by Patricio Guzmán and Miriam Lies by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/No-Hookers-Allowed_Cristina-Cots.jpg";}} 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 No Rating Casseus is a young Haitian man who decides to enroll in a ballet academy in order to accomplish his dream of being a dancer, but his job as a bodega delivery guy in the Dominican Republic gets in the way of his goal. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Raging-Dance_Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:65:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/STILL_1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Camilo Mejía";s:9:"biography";s:672:"I was born on February 21st, 1997, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Since I was little I had the intention to communicate, no matter how, and it was at the age of 10 that I had my first encounter with a camera. Since then, cinema has accompanied me in my development as a person and as an artist. I studied Film and Audiovisual Communication at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). I took workshops offered by the Dirección General de Cine (DGCINE) and Instituto Tecnológico de Las Américas (ITLA) on cinema with a focus on filmmaking. As an artist I am curious about the internal processes of people and how these are projected in our environment.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/The-Raging-Dance-of-Casseus_CAMILO_MEJÍA.jpg";}} 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 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Vivi, a young inhabitant of a fishing village, takes a trip by road and sea with her friend Vale to get to an island where, according to the stories of her dead mother, the mermaids live. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Isla_Sirena_Production-Still-I.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Leonel González";s:9:"biography";s:362:"Leonel González is a filmmaker from Margarita Island, Venezuela, and it is the warmth and rural life of the island that he seeks to capture in his stories. He studied at ESCINETV - Escuela de Cine y Televisión de Caracas. He has several student and amateur short films. Isla Sirena (Mermaid Island) is his first professional short film and also is his thesis.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Isla-Sirena_Leonel-Gonzalez.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGcShnZkU9E&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=48 1
Inexorable Martinique 2018 narrative short 13 No Rating A young woman and her dying father struggle to survive on a devastated island destroyed by poisonous seaweed that they are now forced to collect for an evil mega-corporation called Sunryse. a:2:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-1-Inexorable_01.jpg";i:1;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-2-Inexorable_02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Philippe Lugsor";s:9:"biography";s:376:"At the age of 17, with a High School degree in cinema, Philippe Lugsor is a young Caribbean who has worked as a cameraman and an editor at LUMINA TV before joining the Youth workshop Passeurs d'Image 2018, where he now has the opportunity to learn and put into practice his knowledge with a first short film entitled "Inexorable" and filmed with a team of 30 young art lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Inexorable_Philippe-Lugsor.jpg";}} 1
Filadelphia Brazil 2018 documentary short 7 No Rating “Man here can take two weeks. When you have a whole month, they’re already gone ”. In a wooden shed on the east side of São Paulo, 16 women work at Cooperativa Filadelphia, which has been working for a decade sorting recyclable material. The women’s hands quickly separate the products, collected by the cooperative members in the city of São Paulo and received through a partnership with the City Hall. As they work, one issue inevitably comes up: why don’t men last as workers at the cooperative? a:2:{i:0;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-1-vlcsnap-2018-09-29-10h51m07s019.jpg";i:1;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Photo-3-vlcsnap-2018-09-29-10h51m21s170.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dani Drumond";s:9:"biography";s:859:"Born in Belo Horizonte / MG, Dani Drumond has a degree in Social Communication from the University of São Paulo and a student of Arts at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. He works as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. Under the guidance of Ateliers Varan in the H2O Cine Recife workshop, he made the short film Carne e Casca (2016, 16 '), shown in festivals and exhibitions in Brazil and France. He directed, photographed and edited Banzo (2018, 3 '); Filadelphia (2017, 8 '), winner of the best film award by the FAVERA 2018 popular jury; Dollmaker (2018, 3 '), awarded as best film by the popular jury of the 5th Super OFF; and I want to do with you what spring does to the cherry trees (2020, 13 '). He directed the photography of the short films Cantareira (2019, 26 '), by Rodrigo Ribeiro, and Handala (2020, 20'), by Khaled Aldeek.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Filadelphia_Dani-Drumond.jpg";}} 1
Endless Love Brazil 2020 documentary short 20 No Rating A series of characters experience the joy of performance, demonstrating that it is better to live than to dream. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Endless-Love_Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Endless-Love_Production-Still-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Duda Gambogi";s:9:"biography";s:452:"Duda Gambogi is a filmmaker and film critic. Over the last eight years she has worked as an assistant director, art director and producer in several independent films and music videos that were screened nationally and internationally. She has also integrated the body of traditional film festivals in Brazil as a Youth Jury, such as the Tiradentes Film Show and Janela de Cinema do Recife - Int’l Film Festival. Endless Love is her debut documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Endless-Love_Duda-Gambogi.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPvH694aFh4&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=8 1
El Monte (The Woodland) Cuba 2018 documentary short 13 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In Sierra Maestra, Cuba, José Manuel shares his vision of the world with his granddaughter Malena through his deep knowledge of nature’s mysteries. Plants and people have great similarities and must respect each other. José Manuel hopes that Malena will inherit the knowledge that he obtained from his father and will become a great mountain tree. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Woodland-El-Monte-Production-Still-I.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:698:"Claudia Claremi is a graduate in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as "Centella" (Firefly), "Murciélago" (Bat), "El Monte" (The Woodland) and "Patio de Butacas" (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Woodland_El-Monte_Claudia-Claremi.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tNmj48AmiQ 1
Diving for Balance Curaçao 2020 documentary short 26 No Rating With 50 per cent of the Caribbean’s coral reefs already lost, young diver Katie Leeper is putting all her energy and effort into rebuilding the coral reefs of Curaçao. Following this determined environmentalist, “Diving for Balance” is the story of Leeper and the Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao (CRFC), a non-profit organisation working on restoring the country’s shallow-water coral reefs through a process of growing baby corals and replanting them in the sea. An inspiring portrait of people devoting their lives to saving the dying reefs. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Diving-for-Balance-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Diving-for-Balance-Production-Still-3.jpg";i:1;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Diving-for-Balance_Production-Still-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:34:"Steff Donkers and Sara Cornelissen";s:9:"biography";s:649:"As filmmakers, Steff Donkers and Sara Cornelissen are passionate about the passion of others, "We want to dedicate a film to the people who put all their effort into saving and restoring coral, that is 'overlooked' by so many others," they have said. Steff grew up in Curacao and has been diving since she was 11 years old. She loves the Island and its beautiful reefs, however, she never knew how important those reefs were until she met Katie. Sara grew up in the Netherlands and has never dived, but she loves to contribute to a better world and hopes that one day everybody will know as much about coral and its uniqueness as she does right now.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Diving-for-Balance_Steff-Donkers-and-Sara-Cornelissen.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrYw8a3WBKI&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=62 1
Choosing Destiny Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative featurette 35 No Rating Two high school students are faced with life-changing choices as they try to navigate their love and the difficult circumstances that surround them. Tackling the contemporary issues of teenage pregnancy, abortion, suicide and illegal drugs, “Choosing Destiny” follows young people at a crossroads in their lives. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Choosing-Destiny-Production-Still-02.png";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Angelo Berkeley";s:9:"biography";s:663:"Angelo Berkeley is an Upper Sixth student at Signal Hill Secondary School with a passion for film and theatre. He was the main camera man, one of the supporting actors and the director of "Choosing Destiny", which highlighted various social issues such as suicide, teenage pregnancy, broken homes and financial instability. He was also strongly involved in his school’s drama club S.H.A.P.E Up Productions and has been an active member and actor for the past five years. Angelo is also a musician and songwriter with training in seven instruments with key focus on the guitar and drums. Angelo’s current goal is to pursue film and theatre at university level.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Director_Angelo-Berkeley.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Shemaiah Trotman";s:9:"biography";s:671:"Shemaiah Trotman is a fifth form student of Signal Hill Secondary. She is multitalented both on and offstage. She has training in cultural dance, performed at Music Festival before joining SHAPE Up Productions, her school's drama club where she blossomed on stage. She auditioned for the lead role and took on the character Jayde in the film "Choosing Destiny". As she became invested in the project, her role widened to director – her knowledge of the film made her an asset in the editing of the film. Trotman's future goals are to pursue writing for film and theatre as well as costume design, another skill she developed as co-designer of her costumes for the film.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Choosing-Destiny_Shemaiah-Trotman.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFJyI2xZVCk&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=61 1
Carne e Casca (Meat and Shell) Brazil 2016 narrative short 16 No Rating In the bowels of the Recife mangrove is Ilha de Deus (God’s Island). There, José Joaquim Francisco Filho, known as “Mosquito”, the oldest sururu (mussel) fisherman of the region, battles on. In the Capibaribe river, one of the most polluted in Brazil, Mosquito fights for the survival and future of his grandchildren. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Meat-and-Shell-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dani Drumond";s:9:"biography";s:858:"Born in Belo Horizonte / MG, Dani Drumond has a degree in social communication from the University of São Paulo and was a student of Arts at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. He works as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. Under the guidance of Ateliers Varan in the H2O Cine Recife workshop, he made the short film "Carne e Casca" (2016), which has been shown in festivals and exhibitions in Brazil and France. He directed, photographed and edited "Banzo" (2018); "Filadelphia" (2017), winner of the best film award by the FAVERA 2018 popular jury; "Dollmaker" (2018), awarded as best film by the popular jury of the 5th Super OFF; and "I want to do with you what spring does to the cherry trees" (2020). Drumond directed the photography of the short films "Cantareira" (2019) by Rodrigo Ribeiro, and "Handala" (2020), by Khaled Aldeek.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Meat-and-Shell_Dani-Drumond.jpg";}} 1
Carmencita Dominican Republic 2020 documentary short 27 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In this documentary short, filmmaker Nayibe Tavares-Abel sets out to make a film based on her great grandmother’s diary entries written in 1918. Incorporating stop motion animation and a silent film shot in 16mm, the filmmaker begins with the aim of poking fun at her great grandmother’s jealousy and conceit, but ends up revealing much about herself in the process. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Carmencita-prom-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Nayibe Tavares-Abel";s:9:"biography";s:682:"Nayibe Tavares-Abel is Dominican of Palestinian and Lebanese origin. She studied French and political science in Michigan and Paris before completing a Filmmaking Conservatory at Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, DR (2019). Actress-ethnographer for independent theatre groups of Santo Domingo, Tavares-Abel has field experience in the film industry as 2nd and 3rd assistant director, and key production assistant in Dominican and international productions. Her short films as director, "365DAA" (2019) and producer, "Pasajero" (2016) have been showcased at the Premio Joven del Centro de la Imagen and the Muestra Nacional de Cine in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Carmencita_Nayibe-Tavares-Abel.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYWg1mg1qLw 1
Binimoy India 2019 narrative short 18 No Rating Gauri and Amal are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in their little home in North Calcutta. While Gauri wishes to find her husband a special gift, this isn’t quite as simple as it seems. A portrait of a young couple navigating their socio-economic struggles to make their first anniversary special. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Binimoy-Production-Still-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Tanvi Chowdhary";s:9:"biography";s:470:"Born and raised in Calcutta, Tanvi Chowdhary earned her BFAs in film from the Srishti School of Art and Design in Bangalore, India. She has won various awards for her audio-visual and photographic works. She has worked with a renowned wedding film company, The Wedding Filmer, and has also worked internationally with Los Angeles based production house, Veyra. She seeks to explore and tell stories about human dynamics, identity and gender through her personal artwork.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Binimoy_Tanvi-Chowdhary.jpg";}} 1
Atlas Martinique 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating French with subtitles Tired of their precarious social environment, Lucas and Alex decide to change their lives. After a catastrophic and deadly robbery, they run away in opposite directions. Lucas has to deal with his guilt while Alex takes care of getting the money. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Atlas_Production_Still-III.jpg";i:1;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Atlas-Production-Still-I.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Anthony Chambeau";s:9:"biography";s:102:"Anthony Chambeau was born and raised in Martinique, and is currently studying cinema in Paris, France.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Atlas_Anthony-Chambeau.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoQZOTdui5g&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=1 1
A La’Diablesse Curse Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 14 No Rating English A womanising absentee father is hunted by La Diablesse, a powerful shape-shifting Caribbean spirit, who demands his soul in exchange for his son’s freedom. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/La-Diablesse-Still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jared Prima";s:9:"biography";s:626:"Jared Prima is a Trinidad and Tobago cultural activist, teacher, dramatist, and performer whose mind constantly dwells in huge fantasy worlds. Since realising that the stage was too small a canvas for the worlds his mind creates, he transitioned to film as it had plenty of real estate for building huge fantasy worlds out of his island’s culture. After successfully completing his Masters in Film Directing and Production (a programme made affordable by winning the 2018 Fulbright Scholarship) Jared has embarked on his lifelong goal: to expose the world to the immense potential of Caribbean cultural stories and folklore.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/LaDiabless-Curse_Jared-Prima-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Zanmi Martinique 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating New Year’s Eve, 2019, Martinique. Like every year at this time, Alex and Samuel share a moment with family and friends. As every year, laughter flies to the rhythm of the champagne bottles opening but between teasing and good-natured play, who will still be at the table to hear the twelve strokes of midnight? a:1:{i:0;s:70:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Zanmi-Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Zanmi-Still-2.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadia Charlery";s:9:"biography";s:1110:"Nadia Charlery is a Martiniquaise director who, after studying at ESRA Paris (Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle), decided to return to her country of origin to live her passion for the image. For several years, she worked as a director's assistant, production manager and casting director on TV films, commercials and TV magazine programmes with various production companies. Charlery directed her first short film, "Le pense bête", which won an award at an ecological festival. At the same time she directed video clips, commercials and institutional films. Her second short film, "Entre deux", received the "Prix de court", "le prix du scénario" at the Festival Prix de court Antilles-guyane 2013, and the "prix spécial du Jury" at FEMI. Full of ideas for projects and passionate about writing, Charlery's screenplay for her short film "Ti Coq", was awarded in Cannes as part of the HOHOHA competition. "Ti Coq" went on to win prizes at various Caribbean and international festivals. At the moment, Charlery is working on documentary projects, short films and writing her first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Zanmi_Nadia-Charlery.jpg";}} 1
Yellow Girl and Me United States 2019 narrative short 19 No Rating English Set in the Jamaican countryside, a young child named Nicole waits for her sister, Yellow Girl, to teach her how to swim. Like the water, Nicole does not resist; she flows, and nothing can stand in her way. Circumstances escalate when Yellow Girl breaks her promise and Nicole realizes that she is next in line for a lifestyle of sexual abuse. Nicole is forced to decide how far she will go in order to protect herself and her sister. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Yellow-Girl-and-Me-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Yellow-Girl-and-Me_Production_Still-3.png";i:1;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Yellow-Girl-and-Me-Production-Still-2.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Isabella Issa";s:9:"biography";s:449:"Isabella Issa was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, where she developed a curiosity for the relationship between human beings and their surroundings. She received her MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory and a BA in Film Production from Pepperdine University. Born of Lebanese descent, Isabella yearns to tell stories which are not included in the master narrative. Her passion lies in the outliers - in human beings and their differences.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Yellow-Girl-and-Me_Isabella-Issa-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwsH1uHv8FU 1
Waters of March United States 2020 narrative short 16 No Rating English Grandmothers are the protectors of a child’s imagination; they ward off evil spirits and have a remedy for any illness. In “Waters of March”, illness and grief transform a young boy’s life as he grapples with the loss of his grandmother in this exploration of grief and how it affects a family. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Waters-of-March-Still-4-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Chase Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:574:"Chase Johnson is an up and coming director based in Los Angeles, CA, with Waters of March being his debut short. Chase's work is based on the cultural significance of the West African "Griot”, one who is tasked with preserving oral tradition carried by storytellers of all walks of life. Chase wishes to tell tales of humans that exist today and reimagine the futures of those who will exist tomorrow. In these narratives, he has dedicated himself to exploring the complex nuisances and "grey areas" embedded within our own concepts of identity politics and ways of being.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Waters-of-March_Chase-Johnson.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIFjIKxi7lY 1
Timoun Aw (Your Kid) Guadeloupe 2020 narrative short 25 No Rating While being chased, Chris discovers a baby on his stair landing who seems to be intended for him. Doubtful of his paternity, he sets out to find the mother of the child. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Your-Kid-Production-Still-01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Nelson Foix";s:9:"biography";s:489:"Nelson Foix is a young talented scriptwriter and film director, on the way to share his universe, between Caribbean and Urbanstyle. After two years studying Light and Camera at school in Paris, he learned by doing. The Kid is his third short movie over those past three years and the first time he works with a production and professional materials. He is the kind of director who knows precisely what he wants. Always in a mood for creation, he is already thinking about his next project.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Your-Kid_Nelson-Foix.jpg";}} 1
Trois Machettes (Three Blades) Haiti 2019 narrative short 29 No Rating French/ Haitian Creole with subtitles A day in the life of a family of three in contemporary Haiti. Child, adolescent, man – each with his dreams and frustrations and each finding a way to live. A day like every other day and everywhere, in every hand, there is a machete. So what will happen when night falls and dreams and frustrations collide? a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Three-Blades-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Three_Blades_Production-Still-2.jpg";i:1;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Three-Blades-Production-Still-3.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Matthieu Maunier-Rossi";s:9:"biography";s:415:"Matthieu Maunier-Rossi is a screenwriter and director. Geography and travels are at the core of all his projects. From 2014 to 2017, he wandered across the Caribbean, looking for new stories. His journey became a book (« Les îles buissonnières », Ed. Rudbeckias, 2018). After more than one year spent in Haiti working with NGOs, he went back to the island during the summer of 2018 to direct « Three blades ».";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Three-Blades_Matthieu-Maunier-Rossi.jpg";}} 1
Sweetness Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 1 No Rating English Five young people think about making the decision to have sex, while access to sex education is limited or skewed. A film about the challenges youth experience when they begin exploring and expressing their sexuality; experimenting and sometimes making risky sexual decisions. a:2:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sweetness-Production-Still-I.jpg";i:1;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sweeteness-Production-Still-III.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Deneka Thomas";s:9:"biography";s:691:"Deneka Thomas is an award-winning Spoken Word Poet, writer, arts educator and activist from Trinidad and Tobago. She is passionate about working to empower and advance the rights of girls and women and of LGBTQI rights. Deneka is the Founder and Creative Director of On-Word Creative. She was the 2018 First Citizens National Poetry Slam Champion and is the 2nd runner up of the competition in 2019. She is Nominated to revive an award for Best Female Spoken Word Artist of Trinidad and Tobago by Trinidad and Tobago's Youth Government. Deneka is a 2018 Woman Deliver young Leader. She is a Professional Spoken Word Artist and Teaching Artist with youth empowerment NGO the 2 Cents Movement.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sweetness_Deneka-Thomas.jpg";}} 1
Sinceramente, Candy (Sincerely, Candy) Curaçao, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 narrative short 28 No Rating Carolina writes a letter in which she explains how her world was transformed forever. As a refugee she boarded an overloaded boat with people in search of a better life. They experienced trauma at sea, but the real nightmare started in the place of possibilities. The story of Venezuelan refugees who must resort to prostitution in order to survive and provide for their families. a:2:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/SinceramenteCandy_Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sinceramente-Candy-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Chantal Anthonia";s:9:"biography";s:1689:"Chantal Anthonia (1989) has been interested in film from a young age. She used to watch and evaluate films every day. As a young adult, she started to create her own projects under the name of Ciann Line. She is an honours alumni from Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She has lived, worked and studied in several parts of the world including Mexico, Australia and Hong Kong, where she had the opportunity to develop herself into a better storyteller. She worked on a couple of films including her very recent "Sinceramente, Candy", which she wrote, directed, produced, for her graduation. "One Decision" which she wrote and directed and premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2017. She was also the producer for her first film “Submerged” about somebody dealing with loneliness after the death of her loved one. This film won “Best Film” and “Best Cinematography” at a NHTV Film Festival in 2014. After that she produced other films like “Headlines” about a news reporter doing everything to get a good story, inspirational video “My Move Matters” about taking care of the earth, and as a director of photography for “Spotlight” in which famous Dutch individuals are exchanging places with students and sharing their world. Furthermore, she has worked as assistant producer, assistant director and casting director for brands such as Adidas, NBC Universal, Amnesty International, Julio, Spectrum, Soft Dreams and so on. She also produced segments for a live TV show in England and helped with filming for the feature film Incipit in Germany. Her personal projects always contain content that can enhance the life of individuals.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sinceramente-Candy_Chantal-Anthonia.jpg";}} 1
Reflexion Martinique 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating English Created during quarantine, an animated short about what happens when social distancing goes wrong. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-2-Still_02.jpg";i:1;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Reflexion-Still-01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:780:"Alan Bidard is an award-winning animation film director in Martinique who has been creating animation films since 2000 after graduating from SUPINFOCOM, one of the best 3D animation schools in Europe. Between 2000 and 2015, he has directed several short films, documentaries and live-action films which were nominated internationally and received several awards. In 2015, Bidard released the first animation feature film ever made in the Caribbean, “Battledream Chronicle”, awarded by 24 awards and 70 nominations worldwide. Then in 2018, he created the first Caribbean animated TV series awarded by 25 awards and 105 nominations worldwide. As for now, Bidard is the only Caribbean animated film director who has won more than 60 awards and 250 nominations through his career.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Reflexion_Alan-Bidard.jpg";}} 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 No Rating Your paranoia is someone else’s reality. A loved one leaves the house, insisting that they will be home at a certain time. The time passes and fear grows as they don’t return. In times like this, it’s not far-fetched to think the worst, but the voice in your head keeps going back and forth. Is something wrong, or are you being paranoid? a:1:{i:0;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Red-Alert-poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:68:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-6-10.jpg";i:1;s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Red-Alert-Still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:993:"Riyadh Rahaman is 20-year-old Trinidadian filmmaker with a passion for creating high quality, local films and is most known for his unique and creative abilities in storytelling including the genres of comedy, drama and thriller. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College in 2018 and completed a 2 month intensive filmmaking course at Maine Media Workshops + College in the fall 2019 and is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a full time filmmaker. He has amassed an audience of over 20,000 followers among his various social media platforms following his work in film and he’s been twice officially selected in the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. His 2019 submission ‘The Lagahoo’ was aired twice on local TV station TTT as part of their 'Live for Local’ series also gaining him an interview on the TTT Now Morning Show with Lisa Wickham. He was also interviewed by the Trinidad Express newspaper in 2019 for his crime short film ‘Red Alert’ which is one of his best works.";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93BscR770mY&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=67 1
Pure Service Barbados 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating “Pure Service” is a humorous glimpse into the minds of two characters on opposite sides of the service counter. What happens when the manager isn’t available and the customer doesn’t have their receipt? Sometimes the solution is right in front of you. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Pure-Service-Film-Still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Reyda Gay";s:9:"biography";s:762:"Enamoured by the creative world, Reyda Gay has been pursuing an artistic career from a young age. Her path has led her from theatre arts at Christ Church Foundation to Mass Communication at the Barbados Community College (BCC) and then cinematic arts at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Arts (EBCCI). At EBCCI, she developed a love for screenwriting and editing and her most noted works thus far are Beneath the Dock (2016), a fantasy film involving the Barbados Landship, and COVID Comic (2020), a digital comic series published by the NCF. Reyda continues to work in the film industry, gaining experience on local and international film productions and further specialized in screenwriting with a MA in Writing for Script and Screen at Falmouth University.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Pure-Service_Reyda-Gay-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Mortenol Guadeloupe 2019 narrative short 28 PG Eleven-year-old Dwayne wants to avenge his older brother who was killed by an enemy gang. a:2:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mortentol_Production-Still-03.jpg";i:1;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mortentol-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Julien Silloray";s:9:"biography";s:855:"Julien Silloray is a very promising french director, actually preparing his first feature. His previous shorts, Féfé Limbé (2016), Mommy Water (2014) and A home for these old bones (2013) have been very well received in prestigious festivals worldwide as Clermont Ferrand FF (Special prize of the Jury for Féfé Limbé), BFI London film festival (Special Prize of the jury), FIFAM Amiens (Best short film), Namur film festival, Filmets Badalona, Kuki interfilm Berlin, Tanger, Vues d'Afrique Montréal, Black film festival Montreal, Busan BISFF, Edinburgh Short film festival, Fémi Guadeloupe, TTFF Trinidad & Tobago, Third horizon Caribbean FF Miami, Timehri FF, etc. Julien Silloray's films take a humanistic look at a Creole people and culture that is not well represented in world cinema. Like all his films, Mortenol has been shot in Guadeloupe.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mortenol_Julien-Silloray.jpg";}} 1
Ma Justice (My Justice) Guadeloupe 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating The story of a man who is persuaded to avenge his daughter who was hit by a car. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/My-justice-Poster.png";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/My-Justice-Production-Still-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Olivier Kancel";s:9:"biography";s:689:"Olivier Kancel was born in Guadeloupe. He trained as a director in Lyon. He returned to Guadeloupe after making his first 52-minute documentary «Antillais» broadcast by Lyon television. Back in Guadeloupe, he opened his production KOPROD. He makes and produces films like “Ah, si j 'étais pauvre…” and «Ma montagne» and he also works with other production as for the production of the documentary «Les coqs de Dolorès» broadcast by France television and produced by Ext-jour and Poichiche film. Today, Olivier Kancel and his team produce short films such as, «Du côté d 'Abraham», the web series «Samantha» and the series «Shaman» while preparing their next projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/My-Justice_Olivier_Kancel.jpg";}} 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 No Rating French with subtitles Patrice, a black actor in his forties, powdered and dressed as a 19th century courtesan, comes to the audition organised by the powerful casting director Selena Meyer. Assisted by Betty, she is looking for the female lead for a new cinematographic adaptation of “Camille – the Lady of the Camellias”. Among the young and pretty contenders, Patrice will have a hard time legitimizing his presence. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/My-Lady-of-Camellia-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Edouard Montoute";s:9:"biography";s:1518:"Edouard Montoute was born in Cayenne, French Guiana, an Oversea French Territory. He is an actor known for Femme fatale (Brian de Palma), Taxi (Luc Besson) and La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz). Attracted by acting, Edouard Montoute was enrolled in a free class at Cours Florent. He first appeared on screen in 1989 in "Jean Galmot", a film shot in French Guiana. His first roles came from a new generation of filmmakers, including Olivier Assayas, who directed "Paris S'éveille/Paris Awakens", "J'irai Au Paradis/I’ll go to Heaven" by Xavier Durringer, and "La Haine/Hate" directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. He gained popularity by playing in the football series "Goal" in 1992 where he met Frédéric Diefenthal, an actor with whom he shared many shoots in his career. He played the character Alain as the cop friend in the four-series “Taxi” saga. He is particularly famous in comic book register such as “Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cléopâtre”. He appeared in the buddy movies "La Voie est Libre/The Coast is Clear" by Stéphane Clavier, “Our Friends the Cops” directed by Bob Swaim and “Before it is too late” by Laurent Dussaux. He also makes appearances on television series like “Flics/Cops” and “Les Toqués/The Goofs”. More recently, we have seen Edouard Montoute in "Les Petits Mouchoirs/Little White Lies" by Guillaume Canet. In 2018, Edouard Montoute made his directorial debut with a classic but revisited "Ma Dame au Camelia/The Lady of the Camelia" in which he also played.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/My-Lady-of-the-Camellia_Edouard-Montoute.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etGo2uVbwF4 1
La Amante (The Mistress) Puerto Rico 2019 narrative short 11 No Rating During her husband’s funeral, 70-year-old Maritere receives an unexpected visit from Angela, whose presence re-awakens feelings from the past. Maritere must decide whether to continue her life as a widow or give herself the chance to feel love again. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/La-amante-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Pati Cruz";s:9:"biography";s:401:"Born in Puerto Rico in 1990, Pati Cruz studied Film Directing at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (International School of Film and Television) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2015-2018). She obtained a Bachelor of Arts at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York (2012). Since 2012, she works as a Screenwriter and Freelance Filmmaker in audiovisual productions in New York and Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Mistress_Pati-Cruz.jpg";}} 1
Kara Guadeloupe 2020 narrative short 20 No Rating English When Marc brings home an intelligent home management system called Kara for his fiancee, Cindy is unnerved by her increasingly intrusive presence and becomes convinced the device is spying on them. Kara begins to frighten Cindy while Marc is out at work, but he thinks she’s imagining it. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Kara_Production-Still-02.jpg";i:1;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Kara-Production-Still-03.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Catherine Kerr-Phillips";s:9:"biography";s:932:"Catherine is a multilingual writer, director, photographer, translator and assistant director. She lived abroad for several years, travelling and working, before studying languages, economics and theatre at Nice University graduating in 2009. While in the South of France, she initially started acting in various French television series (Les Toques, Section de Recherches) before deciding to pursue a career behind the camera in 2015. Since then, she has worked as an Assistant Director on numerous British and foreign productions, including Goldfinch Studio’s World War II film, Waiting for Anya, That Good Night, and popular dramas such as Casualty, East Enders and Death in Paradise. She has written and directed three award winning short films and two short animations, and her short screenplay The Wedding Car was produced for BBC 2 in 2016. She has written three feature screenplays and published a memoir, Hoping for Rain.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Kara_Catherine-Kerr-Phillips.jpg";}} 1
K.I.N.G United States 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating English In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, a troubled boy is sent to Connecticut from the Virgin Islands to temporarily stay with his paternal aunt. In hopes of seeing his deadbeat father after broken promises, he ventures out into an unfamiliar city to find him. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/K.I.N.G-Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/K.I.N.G-Production-Still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Rashad Frett";s:9:"biography";s:1409:"A first generation American from a Caribbean background, Rashad Frett was taught from a young age to work hard for his goals. He was always fascinated in the arts but started pursuing it seriously after joining the U.S. Army. Experiencing 9/11 first hand when his Army unit was sent to NYC to help with rescue/ evacuation, Frett wanted to make a positive impact on society. Telling stories through the power of the media became his passion. Frett furthered his education and honed his filmmaking skills which got him accepted into the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program.He's an MFA Candidate with a Writer/Director concentration at NYU Tisch and is a recipient of the 2018 BAFTA - HBO scholarship, the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers scholarship, a 2019 BET Blackhouse Foundation Fellowship at Sundance, a King Wasserman Award Winner at 2019 NYU's First Run Film Festival, Winner of the 2018 DGA Student Film Award in the Eastern Region African American category, Best Student Film at 2019 Bronzelens Film Festival, 2019's national winner for Gentleman Jack's Real to Reel film competition with Omari Hardwick, and a 2019/20 recipient of the Spike Lee Production Fellowship. Additionally, Frett is a Cinematographer with work that has screened in Prestigious festivals including SXSW, LA Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival, and Berlinale.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/K.I.N.G_Rashad-Frett.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE3GY0yHUrA 1
Traytown (JAFTA Block) Jamaica 2020 narrative short 14 No Rating English Newly-married Aria Sawyer is a charismatic and attractive young woman who is after one thing – a seat in Parliament – and she gets it. However, the sweet taste of victory quickly grows sour when her power-hungry husband, Dimitri, finds out about her on-and-off affair with Janelle Rose, a spunky female journalist. He offers a trade: his silence for her seat in Parliament. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadean Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:609:"Nadean Rawlins is the Founder and Managing Director of RAW Management, a Talent Management Agency and Production Co. Nadean has produced five stage plays to include the award-winning play The Black That I Am in 2015. An emerging film producer and director, she co-directed and produced her first short film Traytown written by Letay Williams in 2020, and is currently involved in developing other feature film projects. Rawlins also has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning actress and firmly believes in developing and promoting all kinds of talents through advancement and international exposure.";s:10:"photograph";s:123:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Nadean-Rawlins-Co-Director-and-Producer-Traytown-Black-and-White.jpeg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Gareth Cobran";s:9:"biography";s:744:"Gareth started off directing and shooting a myriad of music videos for international recording artistes, gaining exposure and familiarity within the industry. As his journey progressed, he decided to sharpen his skills specifically as a Director of Photography, telling unique stories and ultimately syncing himself with a completely different side of production. He started Image Development Studios as a cornerstone for quality local and regional production, which further enhanced his portfolio allowing him to shoot, direct, and edit. He branched off into the commercial avenue, shooting adverts for many prominent companies including Digicel, Coke Zero and KFC to name a few. In 2012 co-directed the documentary OnePeople: The Celebration.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Traytown_Gareth-Cobran.jpg";}} 1
Out of Many (JAFTA Block) Jamaica 2020 narrative short 15 No Rating English The bubble of Asha’s privilege is popped when she sees the dead body of a street cleaner while out with her driver, GT. To Asha the body represents a side of Jamaica that she has, up until that point, only seen on the news. She sees a part of GT in that body and maybe even a part of herself. From this point on Asha’s world seems tainted, and she is thrust into deep introspection. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Rebecca Williams";s:9:"biography";s:215:"Rebecca Williams is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based in Kingston, Jamaica. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a B.F.A in Film and TV Production.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Out-of-Many_-Rebecca-Williams-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Irma United Kingdom 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating Set on a French Caribbean island threatened by Hurricane Irma in 2017, in the calm before the storm, a little girl is excited to meet the mysterious Irma everyone is talking about. a:2:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-3-IrmaStill06_LC.jpg";i:1;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Irma-Still-01-LC.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Lisa Cruz";s:9:"biography";s:472:"Lisa Cruz is a French Artist and 2D animator based in London. She did her BA in Fine Art and Stage Design at ESAP, Monaco, then she went to the Atelier de Sèvres in Paris to study animation followed by an MA at Royal College of Art in London where she graduated in 2019 in Narrative Animation. From her background in Stage Design she draws special attention to Space and Perspective. Her films are staged in a theatrical way to highlight her character’s point of view.";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Irma_Lisa-Cruz.jpg";}} 1
Immune United Kingdom 2020 narrative short 15 No Rating English In a world scourged by a terrible disease, a healthy mother-to-be must escape the clutches of an authoritarian government or risk losing her life and that of her unborn child. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Immune_Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Immune-Production-Still-04.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Robert Macfarlane";s:9:"biography";s:1076:"Robert Macfarlane is a narrative Director with over 15 years’ experience in the Film, TV and commercial sectors in the UK and Caribbean. After completing his BA at London South Bank University, he started his production company, focusing his attention on directing narrative music videos, producing over 40 in a three-year period for various artists across genres. He then moved to Trinidad and Tobago and in his quest to become a better director, he worked in a variety of roles on feature films, commercials, and corporate films. After returning to the UK, Robert worked as a creative director at a boutique production house directing over many high end corporate and educational films before he chose to focus solely on narrative directing. His credits range from directing award-winning shorts to editing the multi-award-winning feature film Sally's Way released in North America and the Caribbean. Broadcast credits include editor on TV shows for CTV in Trinidad & Tobago and the BBC as well as director of music videos which have aired on MTV Base, VH1 and the Box.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Immune_Robert-Macfarlane.jpg";}} 1
Ici c’est Paris (Paris is Here) French Guiana 2020 narrative short 16 No Rating French with subtitles The peaceful life of Georges, an introverted Guyanese teenager, becomes complicated when he falls in love with Gisèle, a dreamy girl who hopes more than anything to see Paris. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Paris-Is-Here-poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Paris_is_Here_Production_Still-1.jpg";i:1;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Paris-is-Here-Production-Still-3.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:33:"Léa Magnien and Quentin Chantrel";s:9:"biography";s:1483:"Léa Magnien & Quentin Chantrel form a duo of photographic directors, the collective Lova Lova. Together, they combine their skills for the production of short films and photographs almost always anchored in French Guyana where they both grew up. Léa Magnien did the fine arts of Aix en Provence and was then admitted to the National School of Arts and Techniques of Theater (ENSATT) in Lyon in the field of costume. Quentin Chantrel embarked on self-directed filmmaking with his first short film "A heart on the canvas" awarded at the Palmists Canvas Festival (French Guyana) before becoming a graduate by integrating DU Creations and Audiovisual and Cinematographic Techniques from Corsica where he directed the short film "Secondary residence", produced by the Cinematographic Research and Essay Group. Thanks to their technical experiences on the French Guyana series (canal +) in particular and Maroni (Arte), they decide to create a duo, the Collective Lova Lova, and direct their first very short film in 2017 "Je suis un vélo" . They then directed in 2018 the short film "Ici, c'est Paris" produced by Palaviré Production.In parallel with their achievements, the duo encountered colorful characters on stage through offbeat photographs that tackle the concept of exoticism and question the representation of the Other. The duo did an artist residency in Bélem (Brazil) and Oaxaca (Mexico). They also exhibited their photographs in Alsace, Marseille and Hanover (Germany).";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Paris-Is-Here_Léa-Magnien-and-Quentin-Chantrel.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPqxX87MwF8 1
Home Sweet Home United States 2020 narrative short 13 No Rating When the ghost of a far removed Jamaican past shows up at her humble Brooklyn apartment, 60-year-old Esmerelda, a kindly illegal immigrant who works as a home health aide, is dumbfounded. The proverbial ghost, her estranged ex-husband, has flown from Jamaica, eager to find her, and bears news of their terminally ill son; the child he denied her when she was forced to flee Jamaica some 30 years prior. The son’s dying wish is to meet the mother he’s never known. But Esmerelda is torn; America is home. If she leaves, there is no going back, but she has long yearned to be reunited with her only child, and going back now is her only chance. a:2:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-4-Gwendolyn_screengrab.jpg";i:1;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Home-Sweet-Home-screengrab-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Natasha Griffiths";s:9:"biography";s:1548:"Natasha Griffiths is a screenwriter-director and educator from Manchester, Jamaica. She has a commendable background in Theatre (acting), which was the pursuit of her undergraduate studies. After her undergraduate tenure, a joint programme between the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and The University of the West Indies, Ms. Griffiths pursued filmmaking. While serving as a high school Theatre Arts teacher, she undertook several film training, and more specifically, screenwriting programmes. After eight years as a high school educator, while moonlighting as a writer and production assistant, Ms. Griffiths pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting. In May 2018 she concluded her MFA at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. To date, Ms. Griffiths has written a number of screenplays; shorts, features, one-hour television episodes and web-series episodes. A Fire and a Funeral, the pilot episode of her television drama series Showa was short-listed for the 2018 Sundance Episodic Lab, and her feature screenplay Lukewarm, which won a place in the British Council/JAMPRO/JAFTA Feature Film Lab is now in development. Ms. Griffiths has served as an adjunct screenwriting professor at Hofstra University, Brooklyn College (Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema), New York University (TISCH School of the Arts) and The University of the West Indies (CARIMAC). Currently Ms. Griffiths is a full-time faculty member at The University of Technology, Jamaica, where she lectures in screenwriting.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Home-Sweet-Home_Natasha-Griffiths.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ7-Gqk67vY 1
A Day at the Beach Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 2 No Rating English Marcy is having a relaxing day at the beach when a nationwide catastrophe occurs in this sci-fi horror short set in South Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/A-Day-At-the-Beach-Production-Still-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Jeremy Ramberran";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Jeremy Ramberran is a Trinidadian freelance writer, poet, and published author. He holds a B.Sc in Sociology from the University of the West Indies where he also studied creative writing under Dr Merle Hodge. His work is heavily influenced by William Shakesapeare, Charles Dickens, Hans Andersen and Stephen King, usually carrying strong fairy-tale-like elements.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/A-Day-at-the-Beach_Jeremy-Rambarran.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=475KfV1B8M0&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=63 1
Zeen? Canada 2019 narrative featurette 30 PG-13 English Chad is a pretentious white Jamaican film director. With his ragtag Caribbean cast and crew, he aims to shoot a highbrow social drama called “Brothers in Babylon” in this comedy mockumentary about filmmaking, culture and privilege. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Zeen_Production_Still-3.png";i:1;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Zeen-Production-Still-2.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Calyx Passailaigue";s:9:"biography";s:1372:"Calyx Passailaigue is an award winning writer, director, producer and editor. His projects are Official Selections at many international film festivals including Beijing, Adana, Oakville, the Montreal Black Film Festival, the Toronto Black Film Festival, the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the International Film Festival of South Asia. Calyx is a winner of the Jeff Young Drama Award, the Jack Kuper Film Award, the Universal Studios Canada Scholarship in Filmmaking, the Merit Award at the Canada Shorts Film Festival and Best Film / Screenplay at the Miami 4 Social Change Film Festival. In 2017, Calyx earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree for Film Production from Ryerson University. His latest projects include “Men at War,” a comedic drama starring Eric Osborne and Richard Walters from the Netflix series Degrassi, a horror series pilot called “The Injustices,” featuring the music of Grammy nominated / Juno winning composer Michael Hanson (Glass Tiger, #NoJoke) and “Zeen?,” a comedy mockumentary produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Currently, he is working with producers Sander Shalinsky (Beatriz at Dinner, The Red Sea Diving Resort) and Michael Bien (Billionaire Boys Club, The Clapper) to develop and write feature film scripts for a new production company.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Zeen_Calyx-Passailaigue-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-9s33h1D_4 1
Mightier dan de Sun Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative featurette 37 No Rating English Ten years in the making and filmed in Trinidad and Tobago with a team of home-grown professionals, “Mightier dan de Sun” is the story of an Indian couple with nothing to lose. In combination with mental illness and supernatural forces, alcohol becomes a catalyst for unfortunate events. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mightier-dan-de-sun-poster-FINAL-copy-1-scaled.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Screen-Grabs-Kala-Neehall-and-Arnold-Pinny-Goindhan-3.png";i:1;s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Screen-Grabs-Kala-Neehall-and-Arnold-Pinny-Goindhan-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Trevon C. Jugmohan";s:9:"biography";s:1068:"My name is Trevon C. Jugmohan, I am an actor, producer and director. I have been a member of the theatre fraternity since 2006, a registered artiste with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts of Trinidad and Tobago and recently I completed my first short film, ‘Mightier dan de Sun’, premiering this year. First Instinct, my production company, collaborated with JCS Entertainment between the years 2012 to 2016, producing musicals such as; ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Mahalia: A Gospel Musical’, just to name a few. November 2019, we, John H. Smith and I were honoured with the award for achievements in Musical Theatre from the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), at the ten year anniversary gala. April 2019 marked my thirteenth year as apprentice and producer for Raymond Choo Kong. Studying the art forms from one of our local masters, everything from front of house to staging plays, from script selection to character development, passing on knowledge that will ensure the continuation of quality productions in T&T.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mighter-Dan-De-Sun_Trevon-C-Jugmohan-scaled.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kukoyIIQedE&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=56 1
Get Free! Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative featurette 37 No Rating English Twenty-one-year-old Iris’ life is endangered as her ex-boyfriend returns to seek unwanted closure. A series of events unfold as we see what was, and what still is, between them. A raw, realist exploration of violence against women. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Get-Free-Still-01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Akkel Charles";s:9:"biography";s:540:"Akkel "Lee" Charles is a 22 year old filmmaker who is from Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago. This is the second time a film of his has been selected for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. His previous submission was 'Life In Kolour' in 2019. Akkel's drive to create content comes from the immediate reality around him. The "Lee" in his name is to signify the Lee in the names of his inspirations Spike and Stan Lee. His near term goal is to further his studies in film and go to countries in Africa and Europe and continue making films..";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Get-Free_Akkel-Lee-Charles.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1veUEVUypQ 1
YAFA Le Pardon (YAFA Forgiveness) France 2019 narrative feature 85 No Rating Demba is an African who has fled an oppressive regime in his own country and is seeking asylum in Paris. One night he encounters Lucien, a policeman from the Caribbean, who speaks to him in the voice of the dominant class. But in his country Demba is a professor of History and Geography while Lucien left school early to help his mother, a cleaning lady. “YAFA Le Pardon” explores the social and economic dynamics at work in their relationship as they seek to understand each other, aided by Welcome, a Baule Komian who does not hesitate to officiate as the parties meet on the Quai de l’Oise, in the centre of Paris. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/YAFA-Forgiveness-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/YAFA-Forgiveness_Production-Still-2.jpg";i:1;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/YAFA-Forgiveness-Production-Still-3.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Christian Lara";s:9:"biography";s:397:"Christian Lara was born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe and is known as the “Father of West Indian Cinema.” Formerly a journalist (based in France) he has directed over twenty films since 1971, including Coco-La-Fleur, candidat (1978), Bitter Sugar (1998), 1802 freedom now (2004) and Lost Heritage (2009). His last films are Slave and Courtesan and Summer in Provence, shot in the south of France.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/YAFA-Forgiveness_Christian-Lara.jpg";}} 1
No Place Like Home Jamaica 2019 narrative feature 90 No Rating English When Susan, a film producer from NYC, goes to Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial, she finds herself, through a series of unforeseen circumstances, drifting further and further away from the world she knows and into the life of the island, a strange alternative reality that turns many of her previously held assumptions upside down. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Perry Henzell";s:9:"biography";s:1161:"Perry Henzell was a film director and writer. Born in Port Maria, Jamaica on March 7th, 1936, he was married with three children, and died in Treasure Beach, Jamaica on November 30th, 2006. Henzell was a man who exuded an almost supernatural calm; he was always effortlessly congenial company, with a permanent twinkle of humour in his enquiring eyes. Both his parents were of old Caribbean stock, his father managing a sugar estate on the Jamaican north coast, where his only son and two daughters were born. After attending Shrewsbury School and McGill University in Montreal, Perry Henzell became a floor manager for BBC television in London. In 1959, learning that television was about to start up in Jamaica, he returned to the island. There he set up Vista Productions, which over the next decade made hundreds of commercials, honing his directing skills. English commercials directors like Ridley Scott would use Vista’s facilities. By 1969 Henzell was ready to begin filming his first feature. Funded by relatives, as well as by Chris Blackwell, The Harder They Come was not finally completed until 1972, shot at weekends or in one or two-week bursts.";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9_qzKXVu2o&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=27 1
Malpaso Dominican Republic, Haiti 2019 narrative feature 80 PG-13 Candido and Braulio are twin brothers growing up near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While Candido stays home secluded due to his albinism, Braulio helps his grandfather sell coal in the market. Their life takes a turn for the worst after the unexpected death of their grandfather. Now Braulio will need to look after his brother while attempting to make ends meet in the border town market. All the while, Candido dreams of the eventual return of their absent father. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Malpaso-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Malpaso-Production-Still-I.jpg";i:1;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Malpaso-Production-Still-III.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Héctor M. Valdez";s:9:"biography";s:1316:"Hector M. Valdez (Santo Domingo, 1989) began making short films as a teenager and throughout his university years, at McGill University. His studies include courses in Film Directing, Acting and Performance in Film and an Overview of the Film Industry at UCLA. In 2015, he directed the documentary feature-length film República del Color: a film that explores how the depiction of Caribbean identity has evolved in the country’s rich history in visual arts. His follow up film, Melocotones, was a Yellow Robin nominee at the IFFR-Curaçao and held its North American premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2017. Melocotones was then selected as the ‘Film of the Festival’ at the Raindance Film Festival. This distinction granted him the opportunity to write and direct the official trailer for the ‘26th Raindance Film Festival’ in 2018 which received wide media exposure in the UK. Malpaso is his most personal film to date; made to give a voice to the youth in the most neglected region of his country: the Haitian-Dominican border. During its post-production, the film was one of the five films featured in the work-in-progress lab Primera Mirada at the IFF Panama in 2019. Malpaso will hold its World Premiere as part of the Official Selection of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Malpaso_Hector-M.-Valdez.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZjkBj6GEMg&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=64 1
La Imagen del Tiempo (Timeless Havana) Cuba 2019 narrative feature 70 No Rating Shot through the eyes of Felipe, a tortured film director trying in vain to create the authentic portrayal of love that his grandfather so easily captured in his amateur films of decades prior, his lens follows Edel and May, actors playing the characters Alejandro and Rita, strangers with different motives looking for the same girl. Their search meanders through a chaotic Havana that gets them simultaneously nowhere and entangled. Likewise, Felipe’s film meanders from scene to scene lacking a coherent thread and conclusion and leaving him unsatisfied. He is incapable of capturing the compassion in his takes that his grandfather did until he realizes that – unlike himself – his grandfather had the capacity for love. With his new-found awareness, he sets his characters free from their hopeless search. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/La-Imagen-del-tiempo-Timeless-Havana-poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/LA_IMAGEN_DEL_TIEMPO_STILL_1.1.13_00126845.jpg";i:1;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/LA-IMAGEN-DEL-TIEMPO-STILL-1-1-6.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jeissy Trompiz";s:9:"biography";s:1334:"Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, 1986. Direction and Scriptwriting degree, Escuela Internacional de cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV). His artistic formation started in theater as an actor and writer. He has directed the short films: Me dicen Drupi ... (Fiction, 2008) I live in the downtown (Documentary, 2009) Bolivar, the liberator of souls (Documentary 2015) Two feet (Documentary, 2016) Child fish (Fiction, 2016), The Flood (Fiction, 2018), Autumn of Socialist Nation (the collapse of the Soviet Union) (2019) . His short films have been screened in deferents festivals like the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Cuba); Huesca Film Festival (Spain); Dresden filmfest, Germany, Videoteca del Sur (New York, EEUU), United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, (New Jersey, EEUU); Dresden International Film festival (Germany); Festival de cine universitario Eureka (Colombia); Panalandia (Panamá); Festival de cine Manuel Trujillo Durán (Venezuela), Margarita Film Festival and Documenta (Venezuela), Muestra Cine Joven (Cuba). He has directed the feature film La Imagen del Tiempo (Timeless Havana), an official selection in FID Marseille 2019. He’s currently working on the short film I Suoni del tempo (Italian-Cuba-Venezuela co-production, Premio Zavattini 2018 for development project with archive films).";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/La-Imagen-del-Tiempo-Timeless-Havana_Jeissy-Trompiz.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0_L5Q221j4&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=13 1
Secrets de Famille (Family Secrets) France 2019 narrative feature 60 No Rating French with subtitles Paul is a young Caribbean man living in London. While being a brilliant financial executive in the City, he gradually self-destructs by rejecting his roots and his family and trampling on his wife and daughter. Everyone suspects that a terrible family drama is the cause of this change of behavior. However, Paul can only break out of his silence by facing his past and its hidden secrets. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Family-Secrets-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Secrets-de-Famille_1080p_4985444.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Julien Dalle";s:9:"biography";s:1696:"Julien Dalle is today recognized as an essential representative of the new generation of Caribbean directors. His first two feature films are screened multiple times in the West Indies each year, after making festivals around the world. « Retour au pays », also with Firmine Richard, was screened 240 times (09/2019) in Guadeloupe, which constitutes a record for a West Indian film. His writing focus is around contemporary Creole journey where he mixes Caribbean characters and universal narrative themes. Thus his films have both the authenticity of Caribbean characters, while allowing other viewers around the world to also identify themselves. For example, "Retour au Pays" was distributed throughout French-speaking Africa where it met with great success. Its leitmotif is to show images of the rest of the world to the West Indies and to show images of the West Indies to the rest of the world. Thus “Family Secrets” was filmed in London where 30 technicians and actors came mainly from Guadeloupe for the shooting. Today, after having lived and shot in London, Paris and Barcelona, he returned to live in his native Guadeloupe, where in parallel with his audiovisual business where he directs TV commercials, documentaries and institutional films, he works actively to promote West Indian cinema to a large audience with the help of its association ALMA (Association du Long-Metrage Antillo-guyanais). His three feature films to date all have their French exploitation visa. As an SACD member (French company of dramatic authors and composers) with screenplays for other feature films already registered, Julien Dalle will continue to develop new feature films in the years to come.";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxyfZkiG4g&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=66 1
Code R.E.D.D Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative feature 90 No Rating English A man with a briefcase is more dangerous than a man with a gun. Two struggling private detectives hired to find a briefcase instead find themselves running for their lives. Now they must find the businessman who set them up and thwart his plans to set up a human trafficking ring in Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Code-Redd-still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Joel Moss";s:9:"biography";s:309:"Joel Moss was born and raised in San Fernando,Trinidad. He has been a writer for the past 13 years spending most of his efforts on short stories and poetry. He took an interest in videography in 2018 after writing his first script. Code R.E.D.D. is his second script that he turned into a full length feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Code-REDD_Joel-Moss.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPdf_QzBvwc&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=65 1
Wake Up Trinidad and Tobago 2020 art short 4 No Rating English As the Spirit of Death roams around looking for its next victim, a young couple out celebrating their anniversary is viciously attacked, leaving the man severely injured. As he slowly fades away from the physical realm, it is revealed to him why he must fight to stay alive. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Wake-Up-Poster-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Wake-Up-Production-Still-01.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Shinelle Ambris";s:9:"biography";s:326:"Shinelle Ambris is a graphic designer and filmmaker with 5 years of experience. Her film practice is focused on the production of music videos, that thematically challenge Caribbean femininity. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production and Film Studies at the University of the West, St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Shinelle_Ambris-1-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Untitled Jamaica 2020 art short 3 No Rating An animated film built on fragments. Each frame is a composite fragment using hand-drawn illustrations that are typically minimal and void of color, echoing the way memory can be ever shifting. The narrative is non-linear and focuses on themes of absence, short-term memory, traumatic memory and the quirks/tropes of memory that permeate childhood. They are representations of the everyday that expose the extraordinary nature of the quotidian by reflecting the incoherent intrusions, recollections and imaginary representations of truth (memory). a:1:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Untitled-Production-Still-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Kelley-Ann Lindo";s:9:"biography";s:1057:"Born Kingston, Jamaica Kelley-Ann Lindo has been educated at the Edna College of the Visual and Performing Art (BFA in Painting, 2015). She worked as a gallery assistant at the CAGE Gallery, as a curatorial assistant at the National Gallery of Jamaica all in Kingston, Jamaica. She lectured at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University under a Fulbright Scholarship. She has been artist-in-residence at Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad (2016), at NLS, Kingston, Jamaica (2017) and at Blaqmango Consultancy, Kingston, Jamaica (2018). Her work has also been exhibited at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society (Arrivants Exhibition, 2018), the National Gallery of Jamaica (Jamaica Biennial 2017), Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts (Final Year exhibition, 2015), and the College’s CAG[e] Gallery (2014). Lindo produces large, mixed media installations, but also works in drawing and print media, and in video.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Untitled_Kelley-Ann-Lindo.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_XpKsg6qTc&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=18 1
The Whole World is Turning Netherlands 2019 art short 21 No Rating English A group of lovers is visited by a familiar guest. They remark on how this guest has turned, how they have turned and how the whole world keeps turning. How will they receive this turn of events? a:1:{i:0;s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Whole-World-is-Turning-Production-Still-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/an-affirmation-Director-Ada-M.-Patterson.png";}} 1
El Dúo de las Hermanas Gato (The Cat Sister’s Duet) Mexico 2019 art short 3 No Rating Two sisters struggle to play without fighting. a:2:{i:0;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Cat-Sisters-Duet-Production-Still-2.jpg";i:1;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Cat-Sisters-Duet_Production-Still-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Marina Santana De la Torre";s:9:"biography";s:1576:"Born in Mexico City, Marina’s early interest in arts led her to painting. After graduating from High School she became more interested in social research and human behavior and received a major in Social Sciences at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. (Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology, ITAM). During this time she was also interested in theatre and participated as an actress in ITAM’s theatre company. While still enrolled at ITAM she was accepted in Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes (Mexican Association of Independent Filmmakers, AMCI). Her first short documentary film, La Paradoja del Muay Thai, “Muay Thai Paradox”, a reflection of the desire for violence; premiered at the acclaimed Festival Pantalla de Cristal 2008 and was nominated for Best Short Documentary and at the International University Film Festival, FICU LANTERNA 2009. She later became Director and Cinematographer of most of her films. Her thesis project from AMCI La Fortuna en un día de Sol y lluvia, “The fortune of a Day with Sun and Rain” premiered at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2013 and won the award of Best Director in a Short Film. In 2015 she was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend California Institute of the Arts, CalArts. Her thesis project Fenestram Window Phobia (2020) was inspired by the uncertainty of the political scenario and a period of isolation and sadness after receiving the news of a tragedy in her family. She is currently working in her feature film Alma Rosa, “The Soul of a Rose”.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Cat-Sisters-Duet_Marina-Santana-De-la-Torre.jpg";}} 1
Hijo del Mar (Son of the Sea) Dominican Republic 2019 art short 9 No Rating Spanish with subtitles On a remote beach in the Caribbean, a fisherman, trapped in the monotony of his daily life, wakes up to the call of Yemayá, the goddess of the sea. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Son-of-the-Sea-Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Son-of-the-Sea-Production-Still-02.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:32:"Candido Junior Bienvenido Castro";s:9:"biography";s:494:"Candido Bienvenido Castro was born on the 29th of June of 1998 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Film student at Instituto Tecnologico Santo Domingo (INTEC). He has worked on short movie projects which have been awarded in national and international film festivals. Currently working on his directorial debut "Hijos del Mar", which has participated in national film labs. He aspires to make films that explore the collective and social imaginary of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Son-of-the-Sea_Candido-Bienvenido-Castro.jpg";}} 1
Silent Truths United Kingdom 2019 art short 4 No Rating An experimental look at the effects of colonialism, shot on Super 8 and digital film. Showing the contrasts between old and new, it uses contemporary dance movements to express the psychological effects of colonialism, specifically within the Caribbean. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Silent-Truths-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhiana Bonterre";s:9:"biography";s:520:"Rhiana Bonterre is a BA film student at Kingston School of Art, London. Her films focus on themes involving the Caribbean and it’s diaspora, as well as personal, social and cultural identity. Her work has been screened at the British Film Institute, and as she continues to produce films, she intends to draw much of her inspiration from her own experiences in Trinidad where she grew up, past and present ideologies that shape its culture, and the vast and differing experiences of people who come from the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Silent-Truths_Rhiana-Bonterre-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Shade United States 2019 art short 3 No Rating English Trees as the spirit of our ancestors; talking stink about us. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-2-shade-3.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Analise Cleopatra";s:9:"biography";s:82:"Analise Cleopatra is a Trinidadian-American artist & filmmaker based in Miami, Fl.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Shade_Analise-Cleopatra.jpg";}} 1
Palindrome Trinidad and Tobago art short No Rating English An experiment based on time manipulation and what it does in film. The filmmaker takes the first half and flips it to the end so that watched backwards or forwards the same film would be played.     a:1:{i:0;s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Palindrome-Poster.png";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Palindrome-Production-Still-01.png";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Parris";s:9:"biography";s:353:"David Parris is a student at the University of the West Indies pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production. He has starred in, written and directed several short films for the university such as The Smiling Man(2017) and Grey (2018). His documentary Tattoo’d (2019) also premiered in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2019 Carifesta Edition.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Palindrome_David-Parris.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Lee-Anna Boyce ";s:9:"biography";s:379:"Lee-Anna Shirlin Boyce is a theater arts teacher at the Moruga Secondary School. She is the founder of the Artistic Dance theater, Creator of the Mourga folk character haunted house, Rouge Masquerade and a mas designer. She is passionate about the preservation of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. She is presently pursuing her BA in Dance at the University of the West Indies.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Director_Leeanna-Boyce-3.jpg";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kwame E. Boatswain";s:9:"biography";s:286:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain is a young cinematographer from Trinidad & Tobago aspiring to raise mental health awareness by using the art of Cinema and Caribbean Story Telling. Kwame believes that great filmmaking can be used to help others heal as it challenges their mind, body, and soul.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Director-Palindrome.png";}} 1
Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’ Barbados, Netherlands 2018 art short 16 No Rating A performative video work in search of Isaac Julien’s “Looking for Langston” (1989). A captain dreams of setting sail, in search of a mysterious, intangible, comforting vision that rests at the edge of the horizon. An exploration of desire and distance, pleasure and disappointment, secrets and surprise, “Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’” is a cruise of poetic correspondence, queering sailors and transgressing horizons. a:2:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Production-Still-04.png";i:1;s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Looking-for-Looking-for-Langston-Production-Still-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/an-affirmation-Director-Ada-M.-Patterson.png";}} 1
Island State of Mine Trinidad and Tobago 2017 art short 1 No Rating This idea of “paradise” is sometimes the furthest from the truth. We are constantly trying to keep our heads above water and stay afloat, presenting idyllic faces to the world all the while struggling with the global realities of climate change, refugee crises, and Belt and Road Initiatives. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Richard Mark Rawlins (b.1967), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. He currently lives and works in Hastings, UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics.";}} 1
I Cried so Much I Felt the Universe Pass Through my Eyes Trinidad and Tobago 2020 art short 5 No Rating A collection of phrases from 2013–2016 that talk about blackness, failure, hopelessness, and death; thoughts about water and how it gives life and takes life. a:1:{i:0;s:67:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/I-cried-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Luis Vasquez La Roche";s:9:"biography";s:749:"Luis Vasquez La Roche was born in Venezuela. In 2002 migrated to Trinidad and Tobago. They have been actively producing and exhibiting work since 2009. They have exhibited work in Trinidad, Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Scotland, Germany, and the US. They were selected to be part of the residency program OAZO AIR in The Netherlands in 2013 and Beta Local’s 2016 Itinerant Seminar in Puerto Rico. In 2013, co-founded See You on Sunday, an artist collective committed to arts education. They lecture at The University of Trinidad and Tobago and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Fulbright Scholar 2018-2020, MFA Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University. BA Special Visual Arts, University of the West Indies";s:10:"photograph";s:136:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/I-Cried-So-Much-I-Felt-The-Universe-Pass-Through-My-Eyes_Luis-Vasquez-La-Roche.jpg";}} 1
I Am Sugar United Kingdom 2018 art short 1 No Rating English A redactive moving image poem created from bubbling sugar, that takes as its starting point Stuart Hall’s analogy of the contested history of the Atlantic Slave trade, its consequences (colonialism), sugar and English identity. Hall writes: “I am the sugar at the bottom of the English cup of tea. I am the sweet tooth, the sugar plantations that rotted generations of English children’s teeth.” Hall speaks not only as a Jamaican descendant of enslaved Africans transported to the British colonies but as all diasporic Africans whose legacy is rooted/routed in the transpontine consequence of sugar manufacture, thereby establishing a position of power and right to be/exist – in defiance of Otherness. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/SUGAR-still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Richard Mark Rawlins (b.1967), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. He currently lives and works in Hastings, UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics.";}} 1
Howler Monkey Sex Noises at Lunchtime Trinidad and Tobago 2019 art short 2 No Rating English An experiment in visual and auditory cacophony which dives deep into trauma and personal healing and coming to terms with one’s inner demons. Inspired by traditions of masquerade and the carnivalesque as spaces of healing. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Howler-Monkey-Poster-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Howler-Monkey-Production-Still-01.png";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Rachel Lee";s:9:"biography";s:261:"Rachel Lee is an artist and writer whose work is highly introspective and attempts to reconcile trauma and identity. Her written work spans from journalism to playwriting. She is currently a literature student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IMG_20200811_211304.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Christopher Lou-Hing";s:9:"biography";s:355:"Christopher Lou-Hing is an artist and researcher based in Trinidad and Tobago. Their practice is centered on issues of post-coloniality, queer identity, and its relation to the image. Lou-Hing’s current research project is based at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine and investigates lens-based artistic practices in the Caribbean diaspora.";}} 1
How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue United States 2019 art short 5 No Rating English “How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue” is part of a sculptural installation that considers the future of the queer Caribbean diaspora in the face of impending ecological and social collapse. The installation in its entirety can be viewed at https://kearramaya.com/how-to-break-a-horizon. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-1-horizonstill_cards.jpg";i:1;s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-2-Sequence-04-00-03-22-00-Still-007.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kearra Amaya Gopee";s:9:"biography";s:889:"Kearra Amaya Gopee is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago based in Los Angeles, California. Their research based practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of those that are inflicted on the Caribbean and its diasporas by the global north. While complicating the viewer's understanding of economic and social marginalization in the region, their practice also desires to test the mettle of these frameworks. Through their interventions, they aim to temper what we have known to be true with the potential of intuitive knowledge that have been historically cast aside in favour of Western assimilation. They hold a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University and are an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently, they are a MFA candidate at University of California, Los Angeles.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/How-To-Break-A-Horizon_Kearra-Amaya-Gopee.jpg";}} 1
Goodbye To The Things Brazil 2019 art short 17 No Rating A short musical film in a spiral rhythm, featuring objects found on the “shopping floor” of Glória, and in the antiques fair in Praça XV, in Rio de Janeiro. A still life of a certain material production from different eras. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Goodbye-to-the-things-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Goodbye-to-the-things_Production-Still-3.jpg";i:1;s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Goodbye-to-the-things-Production-Still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ian Schuler";s:9:"biography";s:709:"Filmmaker, PhD student in Visual Arts at UERJ and Master in Communication at ECO-UFRJ, Ian Schuler exhibited his short film "Goodbye to Things" (2019) at "21º Festival Brasileiro de Cinema Universitário" (FBCU), winning the Language Research Award, and in the 3rd Echo Brics Film Festival, in Moscow. He also exhibited the documentary "Cópia Própria" (2017) at "É Tudo Verdade - Festival Internacional de Documentários" in his competitive show (2017, RJ-SP) and Cine Fronteira (2017, BH). Since 2012, he has presented video works at Largo das Artes (RJ, 2016), Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (2013-2014, RJ), Fosso (2018, RJ), A Mesa (2016, RJ), Galeria Alfinete (2013, DF) and in other spaces.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Goodbye-to-the-Things_Ian-Schuler.jpg";}} 1
Centella (Firefly) Cuba 2019 art short 17 No Rating In Cuba the flight of fireflies, in the night, is said to be like a meeting of miniature spectres, weakened fires or wandering souls. Isabel invokes them and triggers the dance. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Firelfy-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Firefly-Production-Still-2.jpg";i:1;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Firefly_Production_Still-3.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:670:"She graduated in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as Centella (Firefly), Murciélago (Bat), El Monte (The Woodland) and Patio de Butacas (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Firefly_Claudia-Claremi.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH1pK96ys3w 1
Displaced Greece, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Spain, United States 2019 art short 14 No Rating English More than 80 years ago Franco pushed half of my family out of Spain. They found refuge in Venezuela. Now I belong to the Venezuelan diaspora: an immigrant; descendant of immigrants. This is my lament. My attempt at understanding. Absurd historic recurrence. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-3-Displaced_Still_11.jpg";i:1;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-2-Displaced-Still-4.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Alex Mendez Giner";s:9:"biography";s:1444:"Alex Mendez Giner is a filmmaker whose works defy the boundaries of storytelling, exploring complex characters at the intersection of subjective experience, reality and the marvelous real. His meticulously designed images, redolent of an allegorical atmosphere, create a visual experience capable to subsume other senses. He has screened in major international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Viña del Mar International Film Festival, Sapporo International Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Bilbao International Film Festival, and Durban International Film Festival. He is recipient of the Audience Choice Award from the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Grand Prize from the Snowtown Film Festival, the Best Film and Best Directing Awards from the Caracas City Hall Film Awards, the Best Story Award from the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival, and a production grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. He is founder artist of the Multimedia Center for the Arts at the Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas and has been guest speaker at Santa Maria Della Scala Museum in Siena, University of the Andes in Colombia, State University of New York at Oswego, the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg and the National University of Laos, among others. His professional practice combines constant film production with film teaching at Syracuse University.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Displaced_Alex-Mendez-Giner.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxp1qED91cs&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=54 1
Murciélago (Bat) Cuba 2018 art short 12 No Rating A sensory essay told through body and sound. A composition made from the trance and the vibration of macroscopic figures seen at a millimetric distance from the skin of eight people in Cuba. Inside a black hole, rapid movements fill the void. Macroscopic corporal landscapes follow one after the other to percussion in crescendo. White skin pulsates serenely and black skin wiggles, showing a face. Bright discharges explode in the air. In a slow, swaying trance, a shining eyelid reveals and then hides a liquid eye. The swelling and contracting skin of an abdomen makes deep sounds to an unrelenting beat. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Murcielago-Bat-Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/MURCIELAGO-Production-Still-II.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:670:"She graduated in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as Centella (Firefly), Murciélago (Bat), El Monte (The Woodland) and Patio de Butacas (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Murcielago_BAT_Claudia-Claremi.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViwmzH7Suv8 1
Alternative Facts Mexico 2020 art short 1 No Rating A reflection on the phrase “Alternative Facts” used during a press conference on January 22, 2017. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Marina Santana De la Torre";s:9:"biography";s:1576:"Born in Mexico City, Marina’s early interest in arts led her to painting. After graduating from High School she became more interested in social research and human behavior and received a major in Social Sciences at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. (Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology, ITAM). During this time she was also interested in theatre and participated as an actress in ITAM’s theatre company. While still enrolled at ITAM she was accepted in Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes (Mexican Association of Independent Filmmakers, AMCI). Her first short documentary film, La Paradoja del Muay Thai, “Muay Thai Paradox”, a reflection of the desire for violence; premiered at the acclaimed Festival Pantalla de Cristal 2008 and was nominated for Best Short Documentary and at the International University Film Festival, FICU LANTERNA 2009. She later became Director and Cinematographer of most of her films. Her thesis project from AMCI La Fortuna en un día de Sol y lluvia, “The fortune of a Day with Sun and Rain” premiered at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2013 and won the award of Best Director in a Short Film. In 2015 she was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend California Institute of the Arts, CalArts. Her thesis project Fenestram Window Phobia (2020) was inspired by the uncertainty of the political scenario and a period of isolation and sadness after receiving the news of a tragedy in her family. She is currently working in her feature film Alma Rosa, “The Soul of a Rose”.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Alternative-Facts_Marina-Santana-De-la-Torre.jpg";}} 1
Yves & Variation Haiti, United States 2019 documentary short 15 No Rating In this inspiring documentary, a New York City doorman wears many hats—father, art curator, and violinist—as he works tirelessly to give back to his community in Haiti. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Yves-Variation-Still-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lydia Cornett";s:9:"biography";s:615:"Lydia Cornett is a documentary filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland based in Brooklyn, NY. She was the Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, a CoLab Fellow at UnionDocs, and a two-time recipient of the NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre. In 2019, her film Narmin's Birthday won the Festival Jury Runner-Up Award at the Nitehawk Shorts Festival and premiered online with NoBudge. Her subsequent film Yves & Variation premiered at BAMcinemaFest and went on to screen at the Hamptons International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Big Sky Documentary Festival, and Aspen Shorts Fest.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Yves-Variation_Lydia_Cornett.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWi6u6vZ9J4&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=15 1
What Are You? Canada 2019 documentary short 20 No Rating In this revealing short documentary, 11 people from a range of backgrounds discuss what it’s like being of mixed racial heritage within the context of North America. Each presents their unique outlook on growing up mixed and the challenges they’ve faced living in a racially divided world. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/What-Are-You-Poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/What-Are-You-Production-Still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Richard B. Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:932:"Richard B. Pierre is a multiracial filmmaker who has written and directed over a dozen short films that have screened in festivals worldwide. Richard's goal is to tell stories that depict the lives of diverse individuals and their cultures while making films that are deeply personal. Richard’s first feature length screenplay 'Crooked' was selected as a quarter-finalist for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Emerging Filmmaker at the Toronto Urban Film Festival. His first dramatic 35 mm short film ‘The Toboggan,’ funded by the Ontario Arts Council, premiered at the 2011 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2012 his first interactive short film ‘Far From The Heart’ was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award and he was named a ReelWorld Film Festival 2012 Emerging 20 Filmmaker. He received the 2015 Curtíssima Award for Best Short Under Five Minutes for his film ’The Toboggan.’";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Where-Are-You_Richard-B-Pierre.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2msrfDYTGjY&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=12 1
Unpacking Puerto Rico 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating Moved by the need to support their families, a group of Dominican women embark on an uncertain and dangerous journey on a “yola” to Puerto Rico. Far from being a dream country, they face the worst abuse and discrimination. However, they are strong and stubborn women, who keep fighting for a better life. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Unpacking-production-still-01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Annabelle Mullen";s:9:"biography";s:998:"A lawyer by profession, a producer by vocation, since 2009, Annabelle has produced fiction and documentary films. On March of 2013, she was accepted to the Directors’ Guild of America as Unit Production Manager. Under her company, Belle Films (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Spain), she develops content in an artisanal way that touch upon social and political issues to be told through film. Her most recent projects include documentaries such as “The Last Colony” (2014) and fiction films such as “El Hombre que Cuida” (PR-Dom. Rep. -Brazil co-production, 2017) and “El Chata” (Puerto Rico, 2018). In 2017, she won the Movistar+ Development Award at Conecta Fiction, with her comedy series “Love in Times of Tinder.” Recently, she completed the MPXA, a Masters Program in Executive Production by the University of A Coruña, the Amancio Ortega Foundation and the Santiago Rey Fernández-Latorre Foundation. Her first attempt at directing is the short documentary "Unpacking."";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Unpacking_Annabelle-Mullen.jpg";}} 1
Unbroken Jamaica 2020 documentary short 12 All Ages Jamaican amputee Laron Williamson takes up rowing with the aim of competing in the Paralympic Games. When he learns that the nature of his amputation means that he doesn’t qualify his choices are to give up rowing or compete against able-bodied rowers. “Unbroken” is the inspiring story of how Williamson defies the odds to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic Rowing Team. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Unbroken-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/UnBroken-Production-Still.png";i:1;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/UnBroken_Production-Still-1-1.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Gabrielle Blackwood";s:9:"biography";s:1517:"Gabrielle is an award winning Jamaican Director and Director of Photography who has written, directed and shot short films, documentaries and commercials in both Jamaica and New Zealand. Her films have been screened at: the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in LA, Diversity in Cannes (Audience Award, Best Short), The American Black Film Festival, Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes (Best Short), LA Film & Script Film Festival (Best Short Doc), Bentonville Film Festival (Audience Award), Impact Doc Awards, DOC LA Festival, the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (Best Doc Feature nominee), the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, the Havana International Film Festival, the Festival Ile Courts, the Bermuda International Film Festival and the Caribbean Film Academy Brooklyn, New York, amongst others. Gabrielle is also a recipient of the Geoff Evans Award for Excellence in Screen Production in New Zealand. Her feature screenplay 'Kendal' has also been shortlisted for a Sundance Lab, the Screencraft Drama Feature Writing Competition and is the winner of the Caribbean Tales 2019 Big Pitch Competition. Born in Jamaica, Gabrielle who has her Masters (Hons) and Post Grad Dip. in Screen Production from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a BA (Hons) in Media & Communication from the University of the West Indies, is the immediate past President of the Jamaica Film & Television Association (JAFTA), a Co-Convenor of Women In Film Jamaica and resides in Kingston as an independent filmmaker.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Unbroken_Gabrielle-Blackwood.jpg";}} 1
Those Who Have Eyes To See Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 19 No Rating English The Spiritual Baptists of Trinidad have a common saying – “Those who have eyes to see, shall see”. It refers to their ability to see and access both the physical and spiritual realms. This film explores this way of seeing by comparing the physical, spiritual and ethnographic eye. a:1:{i:0;s:106:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Those-Who-Have-Eyes-To-See_Production-Still-02-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Melanie Grant";s:9:"biography";s:908:"Melanie Grant is an award-winning Barbadian filmmaker, lecturer and visual ethnographer. Her short films have been screened at local, regional and international film festivals and cultural events. At the 2017 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), Melanie was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s scholarship for her two gold award winning films. Although she considers herself first and foremost an artist she also sees herself as an academic. Her passion for gender and queer studies has shaped her purpose as a filmmaker and she endeavours to use cinema to educate, to advocate for positive social change and to document the stories of women and sexual minorities in the Caribbean. Her most recent films explore the themes of gender, sexuality and spirituality. Melanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Arts and a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Those-Who-Have-Eyes-To-See_Melanie-Grant.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhLhgtV0BWA 1
El Mundo Que Nos Rodea (The Surrounding World) Dominican Republic 2019 documentary short 29 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In the heart of a Caribbean island, images, words and sounds create a rural symphony. When the long expected progress comes, it offers more questions than answers. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Surrounding-World-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Surrounding-World-1.jpg";i:1;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Surrounding-World-Production-Still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Wendy P. Espinal";s:9:"biography";s:1934:"Dominican producer and documentary filmmaker based between Santo Domingo and Madrid, Spain. Her work as a filmmaker is built on research, process and meaning. She has worked in multiple cultural and film projects, actively participating in their production, including feature films like “Holy Beasts” (L.A. Guzmán & I. Cárdenas, 2019), “Cocote” (N.C. de los Santos – Locarno Film Festival Signs of Life Best Feature Film 2017), “Petra” (J. Rosales, 2018), “El Rey de la Habana” (A. Villaronga, 2015), “El Cosmonauta” (N. Alcalá, 2013). With the short films "The Harvest", “Food”, “Mujeres Tierra” and “The Surrounding World” (to be premiered at Havana International Film Festival 2019), her work as a director has been supported by Programa Ibermedia, Fonprocine Dominican Republic, Berlinale Talents Guadalajara, Iberdoc, UN Women, MiradasDoc, Directed by Women Spain, and other international organizations and film festivals. She graduated from UNAPEC's School of Arts and Communications, the National Theatre School of Santo Domingo, and has a MFA from Université Sorbonne Paris 1 / Universidade de Évora / Universitá degli Studi di Padova as part of an Erasmus Mundus Master Program. She’s also trained in international workshops with Susana Barriga, María José Díez, Marcos Pimentel, Pedro Loeb, Belkis Vega, Eduardo Milewicz, Bob McAndrew, Hernán Musaluppi, Lucrecia Martel, Tanya Valette, Eliseo Altunaga, among other renowned filmmakers. Together with associate producer Carla Jovine (Candela, El Rey de la Habana, María Montéz, Los Fabulosos), she started the 1981 Cinema Collective, an independent film production company based in Santo Domingo, which aims to develop and produce narrative and documentary films with an important cultural quest and artistic sense to rethink Caribbean film languages, while building coproduction bridges throughout the iberoamerican region.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Surrounding-World_Wendy-Espinal.jpg";}} 1
The Onyx Butterfly Canada 2019 documentary short 6 No Rating An exploration of the life of a black male ballet dancer, “The Onyx Butterfly” follows Jordan as he grapples with the pressures of being a black male in a traditionally white feminine landscape, while also struggling against the gender expectations placed upon black men. Incorporating dance performance, the film explores the psychological impact of stereotypes on a black male attempting to redefine black masculinity. a:1:{i:0;s:70:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Onyx-Still-3.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Yasmin Evering-Kerr";s:9:"biography";s:380:"Yasmin is a proud Toronto native. Born and raised in the cultural mosaic of the GTA, she uses her roots to inspire her artistry. A recent graduate of Film Studies at Brock University, she has finished her post-graduate diploma at Sheridan College in the Advanced Film and Television. She is a passionate storyteller who frequently addresses issues of race and gender in her films.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Onyx-Butterfly_Yasmin-Evering-Kerr.jpg";}} 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 No Rating English In 2019, I Am One (a Trinidad and Tobago gender and LGBTQI organisation) hosted its first International King Conference and Show, with participants from the Caribbean, South America and the African continent. This documentary is a record of a conference and show celebrating the diversity of trans men and masculine-presenting lesbian, bisexual and queer women. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Still2-scaled.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Melanie Grant";s:9:"biography";s:908:"Melanie Grant is an award-winning Barbadian filmmaker, lecturer and visual ethnographer. Her short films have been screened at local, regional and international film festivals and cultural events. At the 2017 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), Melanie was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s scholarship for her two gold award winning films. Although she considers herself first and foremost an artist she also sees herself as an academic. Her passion for gender and queer studies has shaped her purpose as a filmmaker and she endeavours to use cinema to educate, to advocate for positive social change and to document the stories of women and sexual minorities in the Caribbean. Her most recent films explore the themes of gender, sexuality and spirituality. Melanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Arts and a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-International-King-Conference-and-Show_Melanie-Grant.jpg";}} 1
The Grass Men II St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2020 documentary short 17 No Rating English A follow-up to Roudette’s 2018 documentary about a groundbreaking prison rehabilitation project in St Vincent and the Grenadines, showing the power of nature to transform lives. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Aiko Roudette";s:9:"biography";s:689:"Aiko Maya Roudette is a Vincentian documentary filmmaker who has been based in New York for the past 9 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production and Master’s Degree in Media Studies. For the past five years she has worked as a documentary cinematographer and editor, archival researcher, sound tech on narrative film shoots, director, producer, and production assistant. Roudette’s work spans a wide range of short films and videos produced for a variety of clients. She has been employed in New York, London, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Kitts and Uganda. She is currently working on establishing the first film courses to be offered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.";}} 1
Sonje Lapli Ki Leve Mayi Ou (Remember The Rain That Made Your Corn Grow) Canada 2019 documentary short 12 No Rating Montreal’s Haitian community now makes up the largest non-European ethnic group in Canada and the increasing influence of Haitian Canadians on Montreal’s creative culture is undeniable. The first film about the vibrant Haitian culture of Montreal, “Sonje Lapli Ke Leve Mayi Ou” follows the path of three first-generation immigrants through their experience of music, food and culture. A personal story about the strong Haitian community making its mark in Montreal. a:2:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Remember-the-rain_Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Remember-the-rain-Production-Still-03.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Xavier Girard Lachaîne ";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Photographer and director Xavier Girard Lachaîne is a Montreal born and raised lifestyle photographer who’s lived and worked in London, New York and now based in Tokyo. Xavier’s editorial, documentary and commercial work is blended into a vivid form of image making. Published in Conde Nast Traveller, Bloomberg, Vogue, The Guardian, Vice, Wall Street Journal among many other publications.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Remember-The-Rain-That-Made-Your-Corn_Xavier-Girard-Lachaîne.jpg";}} 1
Regeneration Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 20 No Rating English Two NGOs, IAMOVEMENT and Sustrust, partner in the attempt to rehabilitate five acres of National Quarries’ Sand and Gravel division in Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago. a:2:{i:0;s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-1-REGENERATION_FINAL.00_01_15_11.Still004.jpg";i:1;s:106:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Photo-4-REGENERATION-FINAL-00-04-59-10-Still-009.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Dylan Quesnel";s:9:"biography";s:503:"Dylan Quesnel is a freelance Director of Photography. Dylan has honed his skills primarily as a documentary filmmaker with proficiencies in the Camera Department. His first independent documentary film ‘Small Change’ has been to six film festivals, two of which were in Seattle and Toronto respectively. He has worked on many narrative, documentary, corporate and commercial productions for clients such as BP,Scotia Bank and independent productions such as “The Cutlass” and “She Paradise.”";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/REGENERATION_Dylan-Quesnel.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gmPHNwsecY 1
Plastic Warriors Bahamas 2019 documentary short 10 No Rating English “Plastic Warriors” is a profile of Kristal Ambrose, a young Bahamian environmental scientist also known as “Kristal Ocean”, following her fight to battle plastic pollution in The Bahamas. The film aims to raise awareness of the need to protect the Bahamas from the effects of pollution through this portrait of the woman who sparked a plastic pollution revolution in her native country. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/web-plastic-warriors.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Plastic-warriors-still-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lavado Stubbs";s:9:"biography";s:1315:"Lavado Stubbs is an award-winning director and producer, born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. He harnessed his talents early on in his hometown before branching out to the United States via Los Angeles and Canada via Toronto. Over the years, Lavado has developed a cinematic style rooted in Bahamian culture to bring the world a visual style that has yet to be seen before. In 2014, he would receive the Bahamian Icon Award and firmly establish his place in his country’s history while providing inspiration to the younger generation to follow their creative pursuits with all of their heart. Lavado would go on to form his own production company, Conchboy Films. Over the years he has progressed the brand from a small startup to a budding creative organization, nailing work for criti- cally acclaimed short documentaries like “AFTER: The Kellie Greene Story,” which aired on Direct TV while winning first place at the Enzian Film Slam competition, and music videos for major label artists, such as Sony Records Grammy award-winning group, Baha Men. In addition to these achievements, Lavado and the company have seen great success through their work on short films and music videos along with commercials, documentaries, and many other multimedia projects with Bahamian companies and international artists.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Plastic-Warriors_Lavado-Stubbs.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNANjL4ghPQ 1
Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey Jamaica 2019 documentary short 27 No Rating English “Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey” tells the inspiring story of the re-discovery and completion of “No Place Like Home” – the late great Perry Henzell’s follow-up to his Jamaican classic “The Harder They Come” – tracing the long journey it took to bring the film to the big screen. “No Place Like Home” is also being screened at ttff/20. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Perry-Countryman.jpg";i:1;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Perry-Directing-HTC-1.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"David Garonzik";s:9:"biography";s:2071:"David Garonzik was born in Queens, New York, and studied film at Brooks Institute of Photography, U.C.S.B., and U.C.L.A. Working from his current base in Los Angeles, he has become an important participant in the world of independent film. Fascinated by film, David studied to be a skilled projectionist. His first job as a projection was in Washington, DC at the age of 17. He would eventually move on to film festivals, operating dozens of highly regarded events such as the Hamptons IFF and Palm Springs IFF. It was at Palm Springs that he was invited by Miramax to manage their new screening room built for Quentin Tarantino. While running Miramax’s screening room, David screened The Harder They Come for the first time and it became a cinema mantra for him. He in turn set out to write and direct a children’s musical set on the island of Jamaica using the best reggae music. While doing research in Jamaica for this project, David had the opportunity to meet Perry Henzell, the filmmaker who had changed his life, and in the process was soon to learn about No Place Like Home, Henzell’s long lost follow-up feature to 'The Harder They Come'. David was determined to help locate the film’s negative that had been missing for 30 years. He succeeded, and then went on to organized the restoration and finishing with Henzell of No Place Like Home. Through his efforts, the film was finally completed and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. David followed No Place Like Home with the documentary, Man Free. Directed by Kinsey Beck, the film teamed Garonzik once again with editor Alexis Chavez, who also edited No Place Like Home. He produced and directed the documentary Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey, co-directed and produced with noted filmmaker Arthur Gorson. He has just completed work on the documentary Girl for director Kandeyce Jorden, which chronicles several of the most important female DJ’s in the EDM community. David Garonzik currently works with Dick Clark Productions, managing their screening and DI facilities.";s:10:"photograph";s:124:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Perry-Henzell_A-Filmmaker’s-Odyssey_David-Garonzik-Arthur-Gorson.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Arthur Gorson";s:9:"biography";s:2090:"Arthur Gorson was born and raised in New York City where he established a career in film and music production. He was lured to his current home in Los Angeles to take a position as feature film producer for Dreamstreet, Inc., with offices at Universal and Paramount Studios. He developed projects with prominent directors such as Taylor Hackford, Colin Bucksey, and Tony Scott. Mr. Gorson’s extensive feature film screen-credits, as producer, include: “Cronos” by Guillermo Del Toro; “Better Watch Out” and “Road to Nowhere” by Monte Hellman; “Cabeza de Vaca” by Nicolas Echevarria; “Night Watch” by Timur Bekmambetov; and “No Place Like Home” (2019) by Perry Henzell. Among his recent short film creditsare: “The Silent Children”, “Roots of Reggae”, and “A Filmmaker’s Odyssey.” He is currently active in the development of TV series, including: “High & Outside” based on tales of the underbelly of sports by Ned Colletti, and written by Paul Eckstein (creator/writer of “Narcos” and “Godfather of Harlem”); and “Seek to Know No More” directed by Alejandro Toledo and written by Michael Thomas (“Countryman”, “Scandal”, “The Devil’s Double” and “The 33”). In addition to film, Mr. Gorson has produced over 100 national broadcast commercials and music videos, working with innovative directors such as Dean Karr, Zack Snyder, Patricia Riggen, Timur Bekmambetov, Alejandro Toledo and Paul Boyd. As of Summer 2020, Mr. Gorson’s music video productions with Dean Karr have received over 650 Million combined views on YouTube. His work has received numerous awards, including: Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la Critique (Gold); Saturn Film Award; Telly Award; Much Music Award; Billboard Awards; MTV Europe; and Kodak Award. He was a producer, with David Garonzik, of the 3 disc compilation for Shout!Factory “The Harder They Come: Collector’s Edition” which was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as among the “10 Best of 2019.” He is currently president and executive producer at Wild Indigo, LLC.";}} 1
Our Own House Belize 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating The locals in Punta Gorda, a small remote town in Southern Belize, remember a time without electricity, roads and plastics. Amidst the influx of single-use plastics, an activist and his neighbours confront the threat to their piece of paradise. a:2:{i:0;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/OOH_Still-3_photo-by_Eliana_Alvarez_Martinez.png";i:1;s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/OOH-Still-1-photo-by-Eliana-Alvarez-Martinez.png";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Vanessa Bergonzoli";s:9:"biography";s:1549:"Vanessa Bergonzoli is a multicultural, award-winning filmmaker, experienced at all stages of production for film, TV, news media, and contemporary art. Her directorial documentary debut was commissioned and screened by The Shed (NYC) in their 2019 inaugural year’s programming for Collision/Coalition. Committed to bring real life stories to the big screen, her producing work has garnered significant award recognition including the HBO, Academy Award-nominated documentary Mondays at Racine (2013); the viral and CLIO-winning commercial Selfie (2014) for DOVE; the Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street special, Growing Hope Against Hunger (2012). In addition to producing for award winning filmmakers like Whitney Dow, Cynthia Wade and Amei Wallach, Vanessa captained contemporary art productions for renowned international artists Melik Ohanian, Joan Jonas, Alfredo Jaar, and Mateo Lopez for decades. Vanessa continues to gravitate towards stories of the underdog and her dynamic filmmaking style stems from training in social theater traditions as a puppeteer and thespian. She is a multilingual communicator who excels at international field production and promotes cross-cultural awareness in her everyday practice. Currently Vanessa is also producing a documentary on the artist Robert Rauschenberg by Amei Wallach and writing her first script about a real life American, female scientist and pioneer violin maker. She holds BA degrees in theater and literature from Emerson College and a master’s degree in media studies from the New School.";s:10:"photograph";s:133:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Our-Own-House_Jeremy-Kaplan_Wil-Maheia_Tyler-Robinson-and-Vanesa-Bergonzoli.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeremy Kaplan";s:9:"biography";s:777:"Jeremy Kaplan received his B.A. from Boston College in Film and Philosophy and his M.A. in Documentary/Media Studies at The New School. His documentary work has brought him across the globe with topics ranging from the environmental impact of American corporations in Costa Rica to a portrait of a progressive New York orthodox Jewish community. His first feature length documentary, A Will for the Woods, played at over 80 film festivals, winning two awards (audience and environmental) at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, along with awards at New Orleans Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, San Francisco Indie Fest, Kansas City Filmfest. A Will for the Woods was distributed by First Run features and played on PBS World Channel documentary series, America Reframed.";}i:2;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Tyler Robinson";s:9:"biography";s:678:"Tyler Robinson attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Film Studies. Driven by a passion for environmental topics, Tyler has executive produced several films that aim for environmental impact, notably Grit (2018) and Born Sweet (2008) by Cynthia Wade, both documentaries which won many accolades including an honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival and top awards at Atlanta Film Festival, Aspen Shortfest, Ashland International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston and Palm Springs Shortfest. Tyler knows Punta Gorda like the back of his hand having traveled to Belize repeatedly over the past 10 years, drawn by the town’s beautiful nature and people";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um50MhtW9mI 1
My Watershed, My Home Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating In Fondes Amandes, St Anns, on the outskirts of the capital in Trinidad and Tobago, diverse members of the community come together to work at reforesting their watershed and bringing back its biodiversity. But they must also get creative to address the underlying issues fueling the persistent threat of forest fires. Taking us on this journey into their community and into nature, through the issues and their work, they make a case for why they do what they do, and what’s at stake if we do nothing. We hear the traditional Carnival character the Midnight Robber, who performs “robber talk” as a form of resistance against oppression and explore ideas of home and questions around development, and witness examples of how communities can begin to take charge of the environments in which they live. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/My-Watershed-My-Home-Still-08.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhonda Chan Soo";s:9:"biography";s:1513:"Rhonda Chan Soo is a Trinidadian documentary filmmaker who is working to develop a body of work dealing with contemporary issues of Caribbean identity, aimed at examining where we are, where we’ve come from and where we’re headed. A combination of merit-based scholarships allowed her to pursue her tertiary studies in the United States, where she earned an MA in documentary filmmaking from Wake Forest University and a BSc in Environmental Science from Furman University. She worked as a multimedia fellow with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, Alabama in 2013 before returning home to Trinidad. Within the narrative realm, she worked as co-producer of Moving Parts, a drama directed by Emilie Upczak and set in Trinidad and Tobago, which explores the realities of immigration and human trafficking. Rhonda’s previous notable documentary film works include: Riding Bull Cart a documentary portrait which won best local documentary short at the trinidad + tobago film festival in 2015; Quiet Revolution, which took home the jury award at Green Screen 2016; and Nearest Neighbours (2019), a short documentary film which has been screened at film festivals internationally, contributing an intimate look at the experiences of Venezuelan refugees and asylum-seekers in Trinidad and Tobago. 'My Watershed, My Home' is her most recently completed documentary film, which highlights the problem of fires in the Port of Spain Watershed, as well as the community’s response at preservation.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/My-Watershed-My-Home_Rhonda-Chan-Soo.jpg";}} 1
Ganga Dhaara: Sacred Spaces Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 30 No Rating The Ganga Dhaara festival, a one-day pilgrimage of Hindus to the Marianne River along the north coast of Trinidad, originated in 1993 and continues to this day. It was inspired by a Hindu festival in India which commemorates the descent of the Ganges River from the Heavens to Earth. “Ganga Dhaara” examines how and why the festival came to be, based on accounts from the key founders and participants. It addresses how religious and cultural practices persist in modern societies and how spaces are shared, used and made sacred. It also looks at how philosophical and cosmological beliefs echo in other religions, such as the Trinidad Orisha religion. a:2:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ganga_dhaara_Production-Still-2.jpg";i:1;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ganga-dhaara-Production-Still-3.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Dr. Sharda Patasar";s:9:"biography";s:1130:"Dr. Sharda Patasar is a freelance musician and researcher and writes a weekly column on arts and culture for the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Her main academic interests are folk music cultures, religion and religious iconography. Her work includes a study of the Ganesh Festival inTrinidad, published in the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill, 2016) and a chapter on Pichkaaree music published in the essay collection Shabd Aur Sangeet: Unravelling Song Texts in India (Three Essays Collective/Flame University, India, 2019). As a musician, she has given concerts at home and abroad. Her main musical work has been experimental in nature and she has given her music to artistic and written work in experiments with sound, light and words. She has also worked on soundtracks for two local films, Coolie Pink and Green (2009) as musical director. Her most recent work is a joint production with GISL Channel 4, where she served as Producer along with photographer Nyla Singh, and Music Director for the documentary “Voices of a Century” (2017), brief oral histories of six East Indian centenarians.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ganga-Dhaara_Dr-Sharda-Patasar-scaled.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Dr. Perry Polar";s:9:"biography";s:404:"Dr. Perry Polar has worked extensively in several areas including agriculture, environment, history and the urban sector. An urban sector project he worked on led to the creation of the film ‘City on the Hill’ (2015) which examined leveraging built and cultural heritage in East Port of Spain, Trinidad. As an Actor, he has had roles in The Hummingbird Tree (1992) and Green Days by the River (2017).";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ganga-Dhaara_Dr-Perry-Polar.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aHVOGXfkq0&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=36 1
Dominica Forest: A Virtual Journey in 4K Dominica 2020 documentary short 7 No Rating Dominica – the Nature Island – is among the most mountainous of the Eastern Caribbean islands. It is also covered with a dense tropical forest which results in magical nooks, picturesque rivers and a maze of beautiful hikes waiting to be discovered. Dominica’s nature is breathtaking but the country has endured many disasters, most recently Hurricane Maria in 2017, which shattered the island and its forests. Yet nature bounces back quickly. Three years on from Maria, filmed in 4K with drones and static cameras, and using slow motion and time-lapse techniques, this film gives you an immersive experience of Dominica’s resurgent tropical forest – offering a moment of relaxation, pleasure and healing vibes in these difficult times. a:2:{i:0;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Dominica-Forest-Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Production-Still-02-1.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Derek Galon";s:9:"biography";s:830:"Born in Poland, I studied there music, arts and photography. My first photo job came at age of 14, and my first solo exhibition at age of 16. I have vast photography experience supported by knowledge of arts and decades of creative work. After living for 30 years in Canada, I decided to relocate to Dominica, Eastern Caribbean, which I now call my home. I earned several prestigious titles and distinctions such as Fellowship of Royal Photographic Society (UK), won dozens of international awards, sat as a juror of top photography competitions, co-managed photography books publishing house Ozone Zone Books, created 3-D animated holograms, organized workshops and competitions. To say it simply - my work is my passion. I keep photographing and filming, documenting nature at its most beautiful and also most difficult moments.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Dominica-FOREST.-A-Virtual-Journey-in-4K_Derek-Galon.jpg";}} 1
Coast Land Guyana 2020 documentary short 26 No Rating Set in Guyana, “Coast Land” speaks to the vulnerability of the country’s coastal region, home to the majority of its population, and examines the effects of rising sea levels and cyclical erosion including massive overtopping and the disruption of livelihoods. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexander Arjoon";s:9:"biography";s:1676:"Alexander Arjoon is a 27 year old Guyanese environmental filmmaker. He started filmmaking later in his professional career. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in 2015 and having worked in the United States for a year then decided to return home and contribute to his home country's development. He always had a keen interest in the environment from a young age. His mother, an environmentalist by profession, always made sure that he was aware of the natural environment in Guyana and was encouraged to be a steward in its protection. However, he was also interested in fostering his creative ambitions. With that in mind he decided to get involved in videography so that videos could be made to educate Guyanese nationals on the different cultural, social and environmental aspects of the country. His first entry into film was making content for the local television company E-Networks where he produced my own show called Round Town. After two years of working at E-Networks he formed his company Reel Guyana which specifically focused on the environment and Guyana's hinterland region. Reel Guyana has gone on to produce a number of videos promoting the country's eco-tourism product as well as a full length documentary on our coastal region. The company is committed to ensuring every Guyanese national has access to the content so that they can understand their country outside the bounds of the coastal plains. His film company has also collaborated with NGO's, both in the private and public sector as well as foreign based film production companies and studios with the intention of promoting more global awareness and putting Guyana on the map.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Coast-Land_Alexander-Arjoon-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Canada’s Unchecked Racism Canada 2019 documentary short 6 No Rating Growing up as a non-white Canadian, you experience racism every day. What makes Toronto’s racism so unique, is that you almost don’t notice it. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Canada-Unchecked-Racism-Production-Still-I.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Zoë Davidson";s:9:"biography";s:703:"Zoë Davidson is a cinematographer and director from Toronto, Canada. A graduate of both Howard University and Oberlin College, Zoë’s focus has always been on the arts. Her films have been featured in two dozen film festivals worldwide and have earned her accolades such as the Juror’s Choice Award at the Women of African Descent Film Festival and the Paul Robeson Award for Excellence in MFA Documentary Film Production from Howard University’s School of Communications. As a cinematographer, Zoë has shot over a dozen short films, some of which can be found on her website, zoeahdavidson.com. Zoë is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of the District of Columbia.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Canadas-Unchecked-Racism_Zoe-Davidson.jpg";}} 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 No Rating A Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian woman, driven by people’s inability to separate her skin colour from her culture, tries to embrace her parents’ Trinidadian identity. Filmmaker Danielle Ayow struggles with how people see, and how she should see herself. Using humour and heart, she tries to anchor herself to the culture she knows should feel like hers, speaking to her Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian peers, to Trinidadian locals, and to experts. The film challenges perceived correlations between race and culture, asking the audience to examine their own assumptions about cultural identity as Ayow navigates her own. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Copy-of-But-youre-not-black-Production-Still-01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Danielle Ayow";s:9:"biography";s:1210:"Danielle is a Toronto-based writer, actor, and comedian. After theatre school, she understudied on the prestigious Second City Mainstage in Toronto and acted alongside 49 of Canada’s leading actresses in the English adaptation of Tout Comme Elle (directed by Brigitte Haentjens, Artistic Director at Canada's National Arts Centre French Theatre). She’s appeared in many commercials and TV shows including The Handmaid’s Tale, Spinning Out, and Shadowhunters. From her time on set, she developed a keen interest in the other side of the camera. As a frequent guest co-host on the popular Royal Canadian Movie Podcast, she’s picked the brains of numerous film greats and made it onto the CBC/Radio-Canada Playlist. As a writer, she focuses primarily on stand-up and sketch comedy, drawing from her personal life. Her dry wit and comedy played an integral role in writing But You’re Not Black. In 2017, with the help of the Toronto Reel Asian International FIlm Festival’s program Been Here So Long, Danielle developed an 8-minute proof of concept version of But You’re Not Black to secure funding for the 20-minute version. This is her first time directing and her first time writing a documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/But-Yourre-Not-Black_Danielle-Ayow.jpg";}} 1
Banwari Man and The Canoe Makers Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 9 No Rating English “Banwari Man and The Canoe Makers” describes the seminal find, in Trinidad in 1971, of human remains indicating the earliest dates of human settlement in the Caribbean, as told by the head of the Banwari Man excavation team, Peter Harris. a:1:{i:0;s:70:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/BM-PH-midden.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Neisha Agostini-Irlacher";s:9:"biography";s:638:"Independent filmmaker Neisha Agostini-Irlacher resides in Trinidad &Tobago and has worked with an array of local media agencies producing cultural interest television programmes. Educated at Boston University and Goldsmiths College, London she has received a BA in TV and Film Production and an MA in Documentary Filmmaking. She has produced and directed 5 independent short films analyzing multicultural patterns in T&T society, exploring the diversity which exists and what it is to be uniquely Caribbean. She is currently looking for finishing funds for her most recent documentary Upside Down that explores the history of Dragon Mas.";s:10:"photograph";s:115:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Banwari-Man-and-the-Canoe-Makers_Neisha-Agostini-Irlacher.jpg";}} 1
Avatara Israel 2020 documentary short 25 No Rating Hindi with subtitles Set in the cultural frontier zone of the Hindu Himalaya, “Avatara” (from the Sanskrit, ‘descent’) explores the lived religion of goddess worship (Shaktism) in a remote pastoral valley. For her farmer and herder followers, the goddess’s presence is all too real; quick to anger and ever-thirsty for sacrifices, she haunts them in their dreams and rituals, demanding complete submission as both child-like friend and motherly-punisher. In this enchanted world of magical creativity, the encounters with the goddess are transient, intuitive events that hold the key to creation and, for those lucky enough to see her, a short-lived salvation. a:2:{i:0;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AVATARA-25-min.00_01_22_12.Still005.jpg";i:1;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AVATARA-25-min.00-06-29-11-Still0-08.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Nadav Harel";s:9:"biography";s:390:"Nadav is documentary filmmaker, based in Tel Aviv where he founded the production house Noprocess films. His films specialise in wildlife, philosophy, medicine, hunting and Hinduism. Nadav’s work was screened world wide in venues such as BBC World, Museum of Natural History NYC, Harvard Medical School, Berlinale, Sheffield, SBS, YLE, CH8, and the Museum of Modern Art NYC and many more.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Avatara_Nadav-Harel.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffVCecGuEvk 1
Atordoado, Eu Permaneço Atento (Stunned, I Remain Alert) Brazil 2020 documentary short 15 No Rating Portuguese with subtitles Journalist Dermi Azevedo has never stopped fighting for human rights and now, three decades after the end of the military dictatorship in Brazil, he’s witnessing the return of those same practices. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ATORDOADO-LOW09d.jpg";i:1;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Copy-of-ATORDOADOLOW01.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Henrique Amud";s:9:"biography";s:359:"Henrique Amud is a screenwriter and image researcher working in Rio de Janeiro. His first feature debut as a writer is the documentary "Como Você Me Vê?" (Canal Brazil, 2017), and his next documentary as a writer and researcher will be the upcoming "Othelo, O Grande", by Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos. "Stunned, I Remain Alert" is his debut film as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:143:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Stunned-I-remain-alert_Atordoado-Eu-Permaneço-Atento_Henrique-Amud-and-Lucas-H-Rossi.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos ";s:9:"biography";s:508:"Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos is a producer on feature films such as "Kabadio", "Canastra Suja" and "Death Inhabits at Night" (Premiering at the 2020 Rotterdam Film Festival), as well as award-winning short films "Ao Final da Conversa Eles se Despedem com um Abraço" and "Repulsa". "O Vestido de Myriam"", his first narrative short as a director, has been selected to more than 90 international festivals. He's currently in editing his first feature, a documentary about legendary Brazilian actor Grande Othelo.";}} 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 No Rating “Amerindian Passion” is a record of five years of experimental archeology in Venezuela. In the first ever expedition of its type, the team researches the pre-Hispanic navigational routes of the Amerindians of the region, building replicas of their indigenous curiaras in which to navigate them. The film is a summary of the expeditions from their beginning, revealing the pre-Hispanic period to be one of the richest, most beautiful and unjustly forgotten stages of our history. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Amerindian-Passion-Production-Still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"David Bottome";s:9:"biography";s:404:"David Bottome: Adventurer, Expeditionary, Filmmaker. Trained as a Professional Pilot and Sailor, he has traveled in his kayak the entire coast between Venezuela and Panama, capturing his adventures in short documentaries. He has led several Expeditions of Experimental Archeology that rescue Pre-Hispanic navigation routes. His new project, "Reto Guaiquerí", seeks to rescue the Piragua Margariteña.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Amerindian-Passion_David-Bottome.jpg";}} 1
Men Sa Lanmè Di (Thus Spoke the Sea) Haiti 2020 documentary featurette 49 No Rating French with subtitles The Haitian Sea, as you’ve never seen or heard it before: the sea tells the story of its relationship with the Haitian people, showcases its riches, reveals its mysteries and raises the alarm. From the excessive use of its resources to the consequences of climate change and pollution, all is revealed in different shades of blue. Haiti’s fate will be linked to the coasts and the children of Haiti – voodoo priestesses, fishermen, merchants, entrepreneurs, urban planners, historians, biologists and climate experts – help to tell the tale. A candid depiction of the challenges and the opportunities that must be seized before it’s too late. a:2:{i:0;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Thus-Spoke-The-Sea_Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Thus-Spoke-The-Sea-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Arnold Antonin";s:9:"biography";s:945:"Through a multi-faceted career, Arnold Antonin is well-known for his social, political and cultural commitment, nationally and internationally. With more than 60 films done, he directed the very first haitian full-length feature film. He’s been honoured for his career achievements, receiving the Prix Djibril Diop Mambety at the Cannes International Cinema Festival in 2002. He’s a three-time award winner of the Prix Paul Robeson du meilleur film de la Diaspora africaine at the FESPACO in Ouagadougou in 2007, 2009 and 2011, and received many other distinctions in various festivals for his documentaries and feature films. He has been President of the Association Haïtienne des Cinéastes (AHC) from 2005 to 2009.He founded in 1986 the Pétion-Bolivar Centre, primarily to foster democratization in the TV and filmmaking industry in Haiti. Through this organization, Arnold Antonin also produces his own documentaries and feature films.";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLZja9o3EXQ&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=53 1
There All Along Trinidad and Tobago, United States 2020 documentary featurette 34 No Rating The untold story of the women who participated in the 1970 Black Power Revolution in Trinidad and Tobago. “There All Along” is a record of the impact of female participation in the events of 1970, told through the first-person accounts of women revolutionaries, their male counterparts and scholars in the fields of sociology and gender. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/There-All-Along-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Keisha V. Thompson";s:9:"biography";s:847:"Keisha V. Thompson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York. She is also the co-creator and co-director of the Historically Underrepresented Faculty & Staff Resource Center at Kingsborough . Dr. Thompson holds her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. A Native of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Thompson grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Communication at Baruch College, CUNY, and her master’s degree in School Counseling at Hunter College, CUNY. Dr. Thompson enjoys spending time in the classroom and community empowering individuals through expanding their knowledge base and encouraging them to be change agents in society. There All Along: The Women of Trinidad & Tobago 1970 Black Power is her first film project.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/There-All-ALong_Keisha-V-Thompson.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY8EPndimSM&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=20 1
The Covid Chronicles Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 55 No Rating English Filmed during two weeks in March, “The COVID Chronicles” is an intimate, candid portrait of our strange new times, seen through the eyes of a group of friends spanning Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Tracy J. Hutchings";s:9:"biography";s:1078:"Tracy J Hutchings is an ideator, content creator, voice/character actor, editor, producer and an Addy Award winning copywriter with nineteen years industry experience. He’s a nerd who uses any excuse to cosplay and has a deep love for film scores and soundtracks. A long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away, Tracy received his certificate in Television and Film Production at the Institute for Broadcasting Careers (IBC) and is finally pursuing his Bachelor’s in Film at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT). For a time, Tracy was a contributing writer for the online magazine, Draconian Switch and has edited and co-produced several art related shorts for his friend’s brand, Artzpub Films. He is currently co-writing for a new animated tv project called, HOWZATT [which marries the love of cricket, anime and science fiction] with creator, Rene Holder while also working on a writing a series of young adult folk/fantasy novels and plotting what’s next. The Covid Chronicles, is Tracy’s first major documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/The-Covid-Chronicles_Tracy-J-Hutchings-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Sweet Tassa: Music of the Indian Caribbean Diaspora Trinidad and Tobago 2019 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary featurette 58 No Rating English Brought to Trinidad by indentured labourers from India who first arrived in 1845, tassa drumming has become an important marker of Indian Trinidadian cultural identity. “Sweet Tassa” explores both musical and socio-political elements of tassa performance, focusing on the life and family of noted drummer Lenny Kumar. As the story unfolds, tassa emerges as a metaphor for Indian Caribbean culture, rooted in India while also thoroughly Caribbean. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sweet-Tassa-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Chris Ballengee";s:9:"biography";s:739:"Christopher L. Ballengee is an ethnomusicologist and Associate Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland, USA). Dr. Ballengee’s research on tassa drumming is based on fieldwork in Trinidad and the Trinidadian community in Florida since 2007. He was the inaugural Diego Carpitella Visual Ethnomusicology fellow at the Giorgio Cini Foundation (Venice, Italy) which supported post-production of the documentary film "Sweet Tassa: Music of the Indian Caribbean Diaspora" (2019). His current work includes co-editing a collection of essays on Indian-Caribbean visual and performing arts and developing a comparative project researching dhol-tasha drumming and related genres throughout the Indian post-indenture diaspora.";s:10:"photograph";s:133:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sweet-Tassa-Music-of-the-Indian-Caribbean-Diaspora_Christopher-L.-Ballengee.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Nlle0pPxw 1
No Island Like Home United Kingdom 2019 documentary featurette 45 No Rating After a devastating volcanic eruption in 1995, Montserrat experienced a mass exodus. But many refused to leave, despite the social and economic destruction the volcano caused. Celeste vividly remembers the eruption. She lost her life’s work: the shop she owned in the island’s capital. Today an ash-coated ghost town lies where her shop once stood. However, much like the regrowth of vegetation across the island, the community has a new-found vitality. Even as the volcano, under observation by scientists, lurks menacingly in the background, Montserratians refuse to let it determine their fate. “No Island Like Home” is a celebration of their resilience, and love for their home. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/No-Island-Like-Home-Poster.png";} a:2:{i:0;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/No-Island-Like-Home_Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/No-Island-Like-Home-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Giulio Gobbetti";s:9:"biography";s:337:"Giulio Gobbetti is a producer, director and editor. He has a broad experience in producing and editing commercial projects, which he put at the service of his documentary work. He worked as a cinematographer and editor in several shorts and feature documentaries, including the award-winning Poshida, that premiered at BFI Flare in 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/No-Island-Like-Home_Giulio-Gobbetti-Jan-Stöckel.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jan Stöckel";s:9:"biography";s:276:"Jan Stöckel is a director and cinematographer. He has a background in visual anthropology and an interest in human stories and how to depict them on screen. He has worked as a cinematographer on various short- and feature documentaries as well as video-ethnographic projects.";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtwlZeFCccM&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=28 1
Jump! Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 67 No Rating English “Jump!” follows the three-month journey of the JumpTT programme which used parkour and physical theatre as an aesthetic to tell the stories of young people transitioning from childhood to adulthood. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Jump-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Shari Petti";s:9:"biography";s:587:"Shari Petti has worked on numerous film productions in her country and abroad. Her film Sorf Hair, which explores the natural hair experience in Trinidad and Tobago, has screened at several film festivals across the globe, including the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Canada, The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, The Pan African Film Festival and was nominated for & won several awards. She currently curates the platform "Scene" (@sceneproductions) which produces contemporary Caribbean video content focused on youth culture. Jump is her most recent documentary work.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Jump_Shari-Petti.jpg";}} 1
I Don’t Call it Ghetto Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary featurette 42 All Ages Single, divorced, mother-of-three, police officer Onika James-Turner has had a life filled with challenges, obstacles and heartache. In “I Don’t Call it Ghetto”, we see how her difficult past has only made her stronger, impelling her to reach for a different life, one in which she could help her community. We witness the great pride she takes in the work that she does, and how she is driven by the desire to be ‘part of the solution and not part of the problem’. Her three children are the centre of her life and a new husband gives her strength. But she still faces the challenge of raising a teenage son in an area known for crime and must work hard to build trust in her role as a police officer. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/I-dont-call-it-ghetto-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:525:"Miquel is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in T&T. With broad experience in documentary film production, television and commercials, he has filmed around the world.His works show empathy and sensitivity about social justice topics helping to reduce the negative impact of stigma. Miquel finds hope and magic even in the darkest places. His acclaimed films ’Songs Of Redemption’ and ‘Art connect’ got more than 20 international awards. With ten Caribbean films in ten years, he works as creative director at T&T Rocks.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/I-Dont-Call-it-Ghetto_Miquel-Galofré.jpg";}} 1
Haiti Speaks Haiti 2020 documentary featurette 44 No Rating English “Haiti Speaks” follows a team of doctors from The Gift of Sight, an American non-profit that takes an annual medical mission trip to Haiti, to document their work operating on hundreds of patients in the span of a week. This trip, however, is different. It comes just 100 days after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that wiped out so much of the nation and its people in 2010. Now everyone has a story to tell. Talking to Haitians writers, journalists and historians, in addition to doctors and students, the filmmakers reveal personal stories intertwined with that of Haiti itself, exploring not only the story of the earthquake but of the historic racism and injustice which have resulted in chronic economic and political instability. The film pans across ruined buildings and vast tent cities but reveals a growing optimism and faith. It becomes evident that the thing that held Haiti together through the earthquake is the very thing that has got the country through years of injustice and struggle. Call it pride. Call it spirit. Call it hope. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Haiti-Speaks-movieposter.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Haiti_Speaks_Production-Still-2.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ashley Ellis";s:9:"biography";s:941:"Ashley Ellis is a writer and filmmaker who tells stories to inspire empathy and agency for a global audience. In 2010, she founded Emerald City Arts, a visual media studio where like-minded artists create independent films and original content. Ashley’s films have screened internationally at festivals, exhibitions, and arts programs. She previously worked at the Los Angeles based storytelling company Wondros, where she co-created short films for some of the world’s most progressive institutions such as TED, XPrize, The American Heart Association, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and more. Ashley attended the University of Southern California. She obtained a B.A. and a master’s degree focused on screenwriting. She’s currently pursuing a PhD in Film Studies and Education at The University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she also teaches and works to give youth access to storytelling through film and media.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Haiti-Speaks_Ashley-Ellis.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLDkZS5CvHg 1
Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana Cuba 2018 documentary featurette 50 No Rating In the 1940s and ’50s Havana boasted more movie theatres than even New York City. Almost all of them showed Hollywood films. “Errol Flynn’s Ghost” chronicles this phenomenon, while recalling the last great real-life adventure of the legendary Hollywood swashbuckler: the Cuban Revolution. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/EFG_Stills_Riviera.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Gaspar González";s:9:"biography";s:522:"Gaspar González has produced documentary programming for PBS, the BBC, ESPN, TV One, and others. His credits include the national PBS release Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami, the Grantland short doc Gay Talese’s Address Book, the ESPN 30 for 30 Short The Guerrilla Fighter, and Havana House, a selection of AFI Docs and winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 Miami Film Festival. His work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Cinematheque, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.";s:10:"photograph";s:113:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Errol-Flynns-Ghost-Hollywood-in-Havana_Gaspar-González.jpg";}} 1
A People’s Art—The Genesis of Freedom United Kingdom 2019 documentary featurette 58 No Rating English Ayesha, is a young mixed race British girl on a journey to find out the truth about what Notting Hill Carnival really represents. From its genesis in the 1958 race riots and a young man’s murder, to its contemporary perception as a Carnival of violence, Ayesha discovers that this vibrant, colourful carnival, represents something much deeper in British history. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/A-Peoples-Art-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";s:9:"biography";s:766:"Tony studied for his film degree at the University of West London and is co-founder of a small London based film production company Blackstone Valentine Films. Tony's first love was cinematography and he is a self-shooting Producer/ Director. During 2016 he made his directorial debuts with his fiction feature The Last Kill, and documentary Diva, which competed for Best Documentary at TTFF 2016 . Both were made on micro budgets with minimal crews. In May 2019, Tony also completed his second carnival documentary examining Notting Hill Carnival, with the current working title A People’s Art (Jump Up). He is presently completing a Masters of Research examining Cinema in the Anglophone Caribbean, with Guyana and Trinidad forming his two central case studies.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/A-Peoples-Art-The-Genesis-of-Freedom_Tony-Oldham.jpg";}} 1
Stateless Canada 2020 documentary feature 95 No Rating In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army, on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013 and the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court strips the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless. Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows the grassroots campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris, as she challenges electoral corruption and fights to protect the right to citizenship for all people. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Stateless-Poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Stateless_Production-Still-III.jpg";i:1;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Stateless-Production-Still-II.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michèle Stephenson";s:9:"biography";s:1415:"As co-founding member of the Rada Film Group, filmmaker, artist, and author Michèle Stephenson draws from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and international experience as a human-rights attorney to tell provocative stories in a variety of media that speak to personal and systemic liberation. Her work has appeared on numerous broadcast and web platforms, including PBS, Showtime, and MTV. Her most recent film, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys, including Best Documentary and Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story. The film also won the Jury Prize at Sundance, and was selected for the New York Film Festivals’ Main Slate Program. Stephenson was recently awarded the Creative Capital Fellowship and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, as well as the inaugural Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. She is also a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her current feature-documentary work in progress is supported by the National Film Board of Canada and the Sundance Documentary Fund. Her community-engagement accomplishments include the PUMA BritDoc Impact Award for a Film with the Greatest Impact on Society and a Revere Award nomination from the Association of American Publishers, and she is a fellow of the Skoll Stories of Change initiative. Her recent book, Promises Kept, written with co-authors Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Stateless_Michele-Stephenson.jpg";}} 1
Servidão (Servitude) Brazil 2019 documentary feature 72 All Ages Portuguese with subtitles A feature-length documentary about contemporary slave labor focusing on the Brazilian Amazon, “Servidão” follows the work of the Special Mobile Inspection Group of the Ministry of Labour. Through the testimony of modern abolitionists and rural workers it explores the links between contemporary slavery and a cruel slave-holding mentality that has existed in Brazil for five centuries. With narration by Negra Li, it is an important record of one of Brazil’s greatest ills. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Servitude-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Servitude-Production-Still-II.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Renato Barbieri";s:9:"biography";s:759:"Renato Barbieri is the Creative Director in GAYA Films, a production company located in Brasília. He is a film director, producer and screenwriter. His directorial debut was in 1983, in the production company “Olhar Eletrônico”, in São Paulo. Renato was also the director of Jornal de Vanguarda, in the television network Band. His award-winning works include Cora Coralina – Todas as Vidas, Atlântico Negro – na Rota dos Orixás, Do Outro Lado da Sua Casa, As Vidas de Maria, Lendas Animadas, A Invenção de Brasília, Malagrida, Bianchetti, and others. He is a curator in the project Teste de Audiência and a director in CONNE (an association of production companies and producers from the Central-West, North and Northeast regions in Brazil).";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Servitude_Renato-Barbieri.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5cEbTZjz6U&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=55 1
Ouvertures Haiti, France 2019 documentary feature 132 No Rating French/ Haitian Creole with subtitles Made by a collective from Haiti, France and the UK, “Ouvertures” moves from the frozen landscapes of the Jura mountains to the urban centres of Port-au-Prince, bringing the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture back to life. In France a Haitian researcher attempts to read the past within the stratigraphic layers of Jurassic limestone, while in Haiti a group of young actors translate and rehearse scenes from “Monsieur Toussaint”, a play written by Édouard Glissant that recounts Louverture’s final days, as he lay dying in exile in a prison cell in the Jura in 1803. Ghosts from the pantheon of Haitian history visit Louverture on his deathbed and put him on trial and as the play proceeds the actors become possessed by their characters. Eventually the ghost of Louverture joins the group and takes them on a voyage for a new kind of exile. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ouvertures_Production_Still006.jpg";i:1;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ouvertures-Production-Still-004.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Louis Henderson";s:9:"biography";s:910:"Louis Henderson is a filmmaker and writer who experiments with different ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racial capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. Since 2017, Henderson has been working within the artist group The Living and the Dead Ensemble. Consisting of Mackenson Bijou, Rossi Jacques Casimir, Dieuvela Cherestal, James Desiris, Louis Henderson, Léonard Jean Baptiste, Cynthia Maignan, Sophonie Maignan, Olivier Marboeuf, Mimétik Nèg, the Ensemble are based between Haiti and France. Their first feature film Ouvertures was awarded a FIPRESCI special mention at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival 2020. Henderson's work has been shown in various international film festivals, art museums and biennials and is distributed by LUX, Video Data Bank and Phantom. He lives and works in Paris and Berlin.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Louis-Henderson.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Olivier Marboeuf";s:9:"biography";s:891:"Olivier Marboeuf is a writer, storyteller and curator. He founded the independent art centre Espace Khiasma which he ran from 2004 to 2018 in Les Lilas, on the outskirts of Paris. In 2017, Khiasma merged into an experimental platform, exploring ways of collectively creating a place and developing an online radiophonic tool, R22 Tout-Monde. Interested in the different modalities of transmission of knowledge, Olivier Marboeuf’s proposals, at Khiasma and elsewhere, broadly inscribe themselves in practices of conversation and speculative narratives, attempting to create ephemeral situations of culture. His interest for narrative forms in art led him to develop a specific practice of accompaniment for artists inscribed in film practices. He currently produces films within Spectre productions, based in Rennes, and contributes to the cinematic distribution and research unit, Phantom.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ouvertures_Olivier-Marboeuf.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLdSBdqFKD8 1
Our Dance of Revolution Canada 2019 documentary feature 102 No Rating English This untold history of Toronto’s Black queer community spans four decades of passionate activist rebellion. Refusing to be silenced and raging with love, the featured trailblazers demanded a city where they could all live their truths free from the threat of violence. In the spaces they found for loud laughter and sweaty block parties, they also found themselves. Each bit of revolutionary ground was gained collaboratively, whether protesting police brutality, forming feminist collectives or making room for grief and healing in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Their transformative creativity and visionary organising made Toronto more livable for generations to follow. “Our Dance of Revolution” celebrates the living legends among us by unearthing what has been made invisible. Come honour this hidden chapter of Toronto’s history and witness the courage it took to dance in the street for the struggle. a:2:{i:0;s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Our-Dance-Revolution_Production-Still-03.jpg";i:1;s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Our-Dance-Revolution-Production-Still-01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Phillip Pike";s:9:"biography";s:1014:"Phillip Pike is an emerging documentary filmmaker. As a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Phillip’s journey of personal and professional discovery has taken him from a career creating change as a community activist and human rights lawyer to a career creating change through storytelling as a documentary filmmaker. He is a graduate of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute (School of Creative Arts & Animation, Seneca College, Toronto). He also received intensive training in video production at Trinity Square Video in Toronto and the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. Completed in 2003, his first documentary, Songs of Freedom, tells compelling stories of courage and hope of gays and lesbians living in Jamaica. Critically acclaimed and well received by audiences, Songs of Freedom was an official selection at several film festivals and was acquired for broadcast across North America on a specialty TV channel. Our Dance of Revolution is Phillip’s third film and second feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Our-Dance-Revolution_Phillip-Pike.jpg";}} 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 No Rating A portrait of a group of pioneering reggae musicians gathered together to record a new album, “Inna De Yard” captures the ongoing relevance of reggae and its social values, and the musicians’ passion to revitalize an older generation while passing the music on to younger listeners. a:2:{i:0;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Inna-de-Yard-Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Inna-de-Yard_Production-Still-03.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Peter Webber";s:9:"biography";s:665:"Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, marked Peter Webber's feature film debut. The film has received numerous accolades, including three Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and 10 BAFTA Award nominations. Dino De Laurentiis tapped Webber to direct Hannibal Rising. Based on Thomas Harris' book, and starring Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li and Rhys Ifans, this prequel depicts a young Hannibal Lecter as he gradually becomes a serial killer. In 2012, Webber returned to the big screen with the World War II drama Emperor, starring Tommy Lee Jones. He is currently shooting a film in Colombia called “Pickpockets.”";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Inna-De-Yard_Peter-Webber.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH659XbUA18&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=32 1
Dear Child Brazil 2020 documentary feature 76 No Rating Shot in Brazil, “Dear Child” follows the stories of a group of children rescued from the drug war. Mixing documentary and narrative it introduces us to Father Renato Chinera, an Italian missionary working with children in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Set in the rehabilitation centre he founded on the edge of the jungle, it is the story of a community’s fight against poverty and violence. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Dear-Child_Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Dear-Child-Production-Still-03.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Luca Ammendola";s:9:"biography";s:328:"Luca started as a music video and advertising director in Paris. He worked in Cinecittà, Rome, on many projects as an Assistant Director. Then he began making documentaries in 2014. He has made a short documentary AKAMASOA in Madagascar following the plight of young children in the slums. DEAR CHILD is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IMG_1542.jpg";}} 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 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Two childhood friends entering their forties, facing the challenges of emigration, try to rebuild their lives far away from Cuba. An intimate and revealing auto-ethnographic documentary about uprootedness, motherhood, love of film, and freedom. Told through the audiovisual correspondence between two filmmakers and Cuban emigrants, it is a story of friendship and exile. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/In-a-whisper-poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:69:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AMV-Still-1.jpg";i:1;s:69:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AMV-Still-2.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Patricia Pérez Fernández";s:9:"biography";s:651:"After getting a degree in Drama from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), she continued her training at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where she got her diploma in Film Directing in 2002. In 2003 she got a scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies at the Film and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC) and migrated to Spain. Since then, she has made several fiction short films and documentaries. Currently, she is a staff member of DOCMA (Spain’s Documentary Producers Association). A MEDIA VOZ (In a whisper) is her debut as a full-length documentary director, made in collaboration with Heidi Hassan.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/A-Media-Voz_Patricia-Perez-Fernandez.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Heidi Hassan";s:9:"biography";s:680:"After getting a degree in Cinematography from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba in 2002, she emigrated to Switzerland where she continued her professional training at the Haute Ecole d’Art et Design in Geneva (HEAD). She got her diploma in Film Directing in 2008. Nowadays she reconciles her personal work as a filmmaker and visual artist with numerous collaborations as a director of photography. Her work has been presented in prestigious international film festivals where they received several awards and critical acclaim. A MEDIA VOZ (In a whisper) is her second full-length documentary, made in collaboration with Patricia Pérez Fernández.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/A-Media-Voz-Heidi-Hassan.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Btks__mrFg&list=PL4rH5C41y0dsYkrFcuxvcVeb4K0zaZTR0&index=33 1
501 Not Out Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom 2019 documentary feature 108 No Rating English Over 25 years on from Brian Lara’s world-record-breaking innings for Warwickshire at Edgbaston in the UK, brand-new documentary “501 Not Out” tells the story of cricket’s first global superstar. Exploring Lara’s remarkable ascent in 1994, the film celebrates his development in Trinidad and features interviews with iconic names from the world of cricket. These include his former international and county teammates from the historic treble-winning season, his friends and coaches in the Caribbean, fans who witnessed the marathon knock first hand and those inspired by his heroics. Notable contributions come from Sir Curtly Ambrose, Allan Donald, Dermot Reeve, Gladstone Small, Dennis Amiss, Jonathan Agnew, Ian Bell, Deryck Murray, Bryan Davis and Trini Posse Group co-founders Niki Borde and Nigel Camacho. Featuring rarely seen archive footage and stills, the film also examines the wider impact of Lara’s arrival and success at Warwickshire, coming so soon after his test record 375. “501 Not Out” brings an amazing story to life on the big screen for the very first time. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/501-Not-Out-poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/501-Not-Out_Production-Still-01.jpg";i:1;s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/501-Not-Out-Production-Still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sam Lockyer";s:9:"biography";s:610:"Sam Lockyer is an RTS award nominated director from the UK. In 2014, Sam worked as Archive Researcher on the feature documentary ‘Bicycle’ which screened successfully at independent cinemas around the world. In 2015 Sam made ‘Rugby: A Midlands Story’ – a short documentary celebrating the origins of the sport that screened at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Sam is a lifelong cricket fan, and having grown up in the 1990's, Brian Lara is his childhood hero. '501 Not Out' is Sam's debut feature documentary and it is set for a UK Q & A cinema tour and global digital release in 2020.’";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/501-Not-Out-Sam-Lockyer.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUb7s5A88sY 1
Rain A young Bahamian girl, Rain, boards a local mail boat from Ragged Island and sets sail for Nassau. Stranded in an unfamiliar environment that fills her with dread and confronted by a mother she has never known, Rain searches desperately to find her own place in the world. Bahamas 2008 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 93 R English When Rain’s beloved grandmother dies she is forced to trade her simple but happy life on Ragged Island for the uncertainties of living in the capital with her mother, Glory, who abandoned her while a baby. Home becomes a two-room Nassau shack and Glory proves unfit for parental duties, being a drug addict, a prostitute, and quite possibly HIV positive. Rain seems destined for a bleak future, but for one thing: she is a promising sprinter. Her school’s track teacher, Trinidadian Ms Adams, becomes coach and mother figure to Rain, who is determined, almost literally, to outrun her fate. a:1:{i:0;s:69:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/rain-poster.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:76:"Gerald Brunskill, Nate Kohn, Pamela Kohn, Francis J. Kuzler, Molly M. Mayeux";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Govan";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Govan";}} Renel Naomi Brown, Irma P. Hall, Nicki Micheaux, CCH Pounder. FILMCO 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 No Rating English The award-winning “Carmen and Geoffrey” is an intimate documentary which follows the careers of two remarkable personalities: Carmen de Lavallade and her husband Geoffrey Holder. Carmen, a dynamic dancer and choreographer from California, moved to New York with Alvin Ailey and began a legacy of modern dance in America. Geoffrey, a Trinidad-born choreographer, was also a set and costume designer, painter and man about town with productions such as The Wiz. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/carmen-and-geoffrey-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/carmen-and-geoffrey-production-still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Linda Atkinson";}} FILMCO 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 No Rating No Dialogue From August to March, I kept relapsing and trying to make this film. In January, Jonas died and it felt like NYC had become haunted by his ghost. The experimental film world had been a safe haven during my struggles and now it seemed to reflect my rocky recovery. Friends relapse and decided not to be sober, I get sober again, and then Carolee and Barbara dies. Ghostly presences, longing, uncertainty and hope sing in unison and this film is the result of this push and pull. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Devon Narine-Singh";s:9:"biography";s:285:"Devon Narine-Singh (b.1997) is a filmmaker, scholar, and curator based in NY. He has presented lectures and programs at NYU Cinema Studies, Maysles Cinemas and The Film-Makers Coop. His works have screened at Microscope Gallery, UltraCinema, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and more.";}} 1
SCROLLS between S P A C E S Trinidad and Tobago 2019 11 No Rating English Scrolls are the various epochs of existence and experience in this magical Universe that were being summoned through gesture, gait, sound, and Light in collusion with the elements in our natural world. It is imagined and wished that this walk of Life reinvigorates the depth of field in our collective consciousness. – A k u z u r u  a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Alan Chan";s:9:"biography";s:424:"Born in 1996, Alan currently studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and pursuing a double major in Film and Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management. His debut experimental film, ​Stay (2018)​ shot in Kingston, Canada made its premiere at the Hyperfest International Student Film Festival. The interconnectivity between the themes of man and environment are explored in his short films.";}} 1
Now Cuba 1965 6 PG A documentary that uses file footage, both moving pictures and stills, to trace the long struggle of African Americans in the United Stated to gain equal rights. Major incidents in the struggles are shown. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Santiago Álvarez";s:9:"biography";s:505:"Santiago Álvarez was born on March 18, 1919 in Cuba as Santiago Alvarez Roman. He was a prolific Cuba filmmaker who wrote and directed many documentaries and short films about Cuba after the revolution. He developed a unique style of using found materials, including Hollywood clips, cations and photographs, and incorporating them into his innovative films. He was known for 79 primaveras (1969), Hanoi, Tuesday 13th (1968) and El sueño del pongo (1970). He died on May 20, 1998 in Havana, Cuba.  ";}} 1
NGC Shooting Stars Films Trinidad and Tobago 41 All Ages Shooting Stars is a secondary school film production project sponsored by the National Gas Company and coordinated and managed by the trinidad+tobago film festival. Four schools were selected to each produce a 5-10 minute short film on a social issue affecting young people. These first time filmmakers were provided with the necessary film equipment, received intensive training and completed four entertaining yet thought provoking films. The schools were: San Juan North Secondary, Holy Faith Convent Penal, Signal Hill Secondary School and Couva East Secondary School. 1
Central do Brasil (Central Station) Brazil 1998 112 No Rating Portuguese with subtitles A bitter former schoolteacher supports herself by taking dictation from illiterate people in Rio de Janeiro, who want to write letters to their families, and then pocketing their money without ever mailing their envelopes. The film tells the story of a young boy’s friendship with this jaded middle-aged woman. It is a profoundly moving tale of the human spirit, a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walter Salles";s:9:"biography";s:281:"Walter Salles is a celebrated award winning Brazilian film director. His films include Centrol do Brasil(Central Station) winner of the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival (1998) and the Motorcycle Diaries (2005) that won the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. ";}} 1
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The Sound of Pan Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua 2019 42 PG English ‘The Sound of Pan’ is a short drama about steel pan music. Pan music in a huge part of Trinidad’s culture. From its inception, pan has been surrounded by controversy as to it usefulness in society. However, the playing of pan has been changing, as it is now accepted in just about all parts of T&T society. ‘The Sound of Pan’ highlights how the pan music can help young people deal with issues they face on a daily basis. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Noel Howell";s:9:"biography";s:668:"Noel Howell M.D. is an Antiguan paediatrician, filmmaker, producer and director based in New York, USA. Howell received his M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1994 and also graduated from the Film School of New York University. His 2009 film, 'Redemption of Paradise', was named Best Caribbean film at the 2010 Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival. Dr. Howell is the President of the Antigua Film Academy, the educational arm of the Motion Picture Association of Antigua and Barbuda. Dr. Howell also has to his directing and producing credit a number of movies, TV series and documentaries, including 'Book of Songs' and 'Once in an Island'.";}} 1
You Can Read, Can’t You? Suriname 2018 49 No Rating Dutch with English subtitles Ananta Khemradj is a young Surinamese journalist who has been living in the Netherlands for a few years now. The news coming from Suriname is dominated by a trial against the President, regarding the murder of political opponents in 1982. Despite her education and profession, Ananta knows very little about that period. She knows almost nothing about the domestic war, but a little about the “December 8th”  murders and even less about the financial crisis. Ananta decides to fly to Suriname to find out why she and her generation have learned nothing about this. Her very personal search takes Ananta past her history teacher; a minister; a Jungle Command warrior; an ex-president and politically inspired youth. Ananta and the interviewees are regularly overwhelmed by emotions; at night Ananta pours her heart on her iPhone. She hears of a history textbook that was ordered by the government to be withdrawn before distribution, and decides to find it. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Ananta Khemradj";s:9:"biography";s:717:"Ananta Khemradj, born in the Netherlands, grew up in Suriname. After high school she left for the Netherlands to study public administration. Her curiosity and urge to develop further outside the school frameworks, brought her back to Suriname. She worked there for 2.5 years as a journalist for the ABC radio and television station. Faced with the economic crisis and due to a lack of financial knowledge, she decided to move back to the Netherlands for a degree in economics. She is guided by her curiosity, but especially inquisitiveness. She has found her way in the financial world and is now at Rabobank where she can fulfill her personal mission "Growing A Better World Together" with all the given challenges.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/YouCanRead_Director.jpg";}} 1
Yochi Belize, USA 2017 25 PG English, Creole, Mayan, Spanish with English subtitles Yochi, a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi  learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course. Awards: Best Short, Belize International Film Festival; Best Film, 2018 Universal Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ilana Lapid";s:9:"biography";s:676:"Ilana Lapid is a filmmaker and educator interested in using stories to put a human face on global conflicts. She holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of Southern California. Lapid received a Fulbright in Romania to work with visual stories of Roma children, and was an Artist in Residence at Slifka Center at Yale. She has directed multiple short films that won awards at international film festivals. Her short "La Catrina" is a selection of the Women in Film and Television International Showcase, and the binational Femme Frontera Showcase. Her film “Yochi,” a US-Belize coproduction, is currently in its festival run and was Oscar-qualified by ShortsTV.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Yochi_Director-e1565194769714.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/HrpgsYl5ITQ 1
Who Shall Save Me USA 2019 2 No Rating English My great-grandfather gave my father a book on spirituality. This film is intended to be a filmic prayer from the past for the future. Tenuous but calming serenity. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Devon Narine-Singh";s:9:"biography";s:289:"Devon Narine-Singh is a filmmaker, scholar, and curator based in New York, USA. He has presented lectures and programmes at NYU Cinema Studies, Maysles Cinemas and The Film-Makers Coop. His works have screened at Microscope Gallery, UltraCinema, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and more.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/WhoWillSaveMe_director.jpg";}} 1
We Are All Migrants UK 2019 20 No Rating English Some say carnival isn’t political, but for one troupe in Leeds, it’s a call to action. In 2017, Harrison Bundey Mama Dread’s Masqueraders declared proudly that we are all migrants, flooding the streets with a sea of colour. But beneath this vibrant city there lies a darker story of migration when, for one Nigerian man, the promise of new life in England turned into an untimely death. “We Are All Migrants” carries a message of remembrance and solidarity with all migrants who have suffered injustice in the world and celebrates the joy of diversity. Awards: Best Short Film, Hebden Bridge Film Festival, 2019 a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Rowenna J. Baldwin";s:9:"biography";s:498:"Rowenna is an emerging director/ producer from Burnley, Lancashire, UK. She recently won 'Best Female Director' for her first film 'Goodnight, Friend'. Before becoming a filmmaker, Rowenna obtained a PhD in Sociology and spent several years working as a social researcher. Her research has covered numerous topics and taken her as far as Russia. Rowenna has previously worked on several other short documentaries, “Goodnight, Friend” (as director/ producer), and “Fracktured” (as producer).";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/We-Are-All-Migrants_Director-e1565190713271.jpg";}} 1
Voices Trinidad and Tobago 2019 19 No Rating English In a small fishing village on the island of Trinidad a young fisherman, Marcus, leads a quiet but frustrated life. A strained relationship with his father causes him to rebel in an effort to prove himself a man. His life is turned upside down when he meets a shady character who promises him an escape from his rural beginnings. This leads him down a dark path that may threaten his very existence. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Kenderson Noray";s:9:"biography";s:602:"Trinidadian artist, Kenderson Noray, has held more than 30 successful art exhibitions in Trinidad since 2007. He always dreamed of pursuing film and began his projects in earnest in 2016. He has since explored mini documentaries and cultural videos, exploring Jab Jab origins in Paramin, documenting the annual Jab Jab carnival competitions among adults and children, and covering various Carnival projects including a music video for Dynamite’s “Ring D’ Bell”. He has also documented art gallery openings for Shawn and Sherlann Peters. “Voices” is Kenderson’s first narrative short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Voices_Director.jpg";}} 1
The Visitation Trinidad and Tobago 2019 6 No Rating English “The Visitation” is a Trinidadian Science-Fiction Thriller-Horror film that tells the story of a carefree artist who is not concerned with the world around her. Her male friend calls to warn her of an imminent extraterrestrial threat but she pays him no heed. This short film is a fusion of art, spectacle and extraterrestrial life in a Caribbean context. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kavita Ganness";s:9:"biography";s:735:"Kavita Ganness is a literary and visual artist, who has a BA Degree in Communication Studies and Literatures in English (Double Major) from the University of the West Indies. She is presently studying for a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She is also an English/Literature teacher with nineteen years experience at the secondary school level. She has a YouTube channel – see ‘Kav Ganness’ and ‘The Kirk and Kav Channel’ – a channel in which she shares film projects which were done with her husband, Kirk Budhooram. Last year her one-minute short film ‘Litterbug Goes To The Beach’ was a finalist in the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ThirdSpace_director-e1565176402824.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voQpm-BdZfM 1
21 Days St. Lucia 2014 40 PG English “21 Days” is the story of 6 fishermen from the village of Gros Islet in St Lucia who went on a routine fishing expedition in 1985. One simple mishap lead to a drift which lasted three weeks. Their days were punctuated by sickness and suicide, while some clung to the hope of survival. “21 Days” is set in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and produced by UNTOLD STORIES & AllBiz Ltd.  Awards: Best Actor, Piton Film Festival; Most Innovative Filmmaker, Piton Film Festival; People Choice Award, ArtReach Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Dale C. Elliott";s:9:"biography";s:1037:"Daring, relentless and unequivocally passionate about changing lives through creative multimedia storytelling,  Dale C. Elliott is a Saint Lucian, founder and managing director of The Independent Film Company, Inc. The Company’s pièce de résistance is a social transition and behavioural change documentary series entitled “Untold Stories”, which is now into its 8th Season. There are currently approximately 130 documentaries covering an extensive range of topics that include, but are not limited to health, finance, crime, agriculture, environment, arts, and culture. Over the years Elliott has received several awards for his work, the most notable of which are the Prime Minister’s Award for Innovation from the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce (2016), Most Outstanding Journalist from the Caribbean Congress of Community Practitioners in Barbados (2016 and 2015), Idea of the Year Award from the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce (2015), and the Most Innovative Filmmaker from the Piton Film Festival in Saint Lucia (2014).";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/21Days_Director.jpg";}} 1
The Traditional Brazilian Family KATU Brazil 2019 25 All Ages Portuguese with English subtitles In 2007, twelve adolescents from Eleutério do Katu RN, Brazil, were photographed in recognition of their indigenous roots. Twelve years later the photographer returns to Katu in search of these protagonists, now adults, to know about their personal trajectories and their worldviews. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Rodrigo Sena";s:9:"biography";s:362:"In addition to work in independent audiovisual production, Rodrigo Sena works as a freelancer in advertising and journalism. In 2014, he participated in a residency in Montevidéo, Uruguay, developing a multimedia work for Iberische edict. Between 2003 and 2010, Sena worked as a photojournalist in the print press and was a correspondent for national magazines.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/KATU_Director-e1565180561323.jpg";}} 1
Toco Tim and the Turtles Trinidad and Tobago 2018 3 No Rating English An original Caribbean story told through an original Caribbean character. “Toco Tim and the Turtles” uses comedy to convey a serious message as Tim shares advice on how human behaviour affects the lives of leatherback turtles. Awards: People Choice Award, Green Screen Film Festival, 2018; The Great Message International Film Festival, India, 2018 (Best Smartphone film award); Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, India 2018 (Best Smartphone film award) a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Steven Edwards";s:9:"biography";s:340:"Steven Edwards is blessed to be able to write, direct, produce and act within different mediums. By themselves, these are all phenomenal skills to possess, but it's the combination that makes Edwards stand out from his peers. He capitalises on his unique Caribbean experiences to make stories for all audiences utilising today's technology.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/TocoTim_Director2-e1565179972229.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Stephen Edwards";s:9:"biography";s:362:"At the age of just sixteen years old, Stephen Edwards is already an award-winning director. Since the tender age of six, Stephen has worked along with his father in several capacities. One of which is directing films. He has been trained in many aspects of theatre both the technical (such as sound engineering) and practical (acting for stage sound and screen).";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/TocoTim_Director-e1565179917910.jpg";}} 1
Tobago at Carifesta 1981 Trinidad and Tobago 1981 15 All Ages English Highlights of Tobago’s contingent at CARIFESTA 1981 in Barbados. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Bruce Paddington";s:9:"biography";s:387:"Bruce Paddington (Ph.D.) co-founded the film programme at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, where he worked as a senior lecturer.  He is the founder and festival director of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and a founder/director of Banyan Productions. He is an award-winning filmmaker, having made over 500 films and television programmes, mainly on Caribbean culture.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/TobagoAt-Carifesta_Director.jpg";}} 1
Titixe Mexico 2018 62 All Ages Spanish with English subtitles A mourning tree, dancing sprouts, ghosts, stories and forgotten seeds. This is a Mexican family’s very last attempt to cultivate their land. Awards: FICUNAM, Ahora México (TV UNAM Selection Award, Estímulo Churubusco Award); Festival de Málaga, Documentary Features Competition (Special Jury Mention); Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Charles C. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Tania Hernández Velasco";s:9:"biography";s:67:"Tania Hernández Velasco is a Mexican film director and programmer.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Titixe_Director-e1565178830919.jpg";}} 1
Third Space Trinidad and Tobago 2019 9 No Rating English “Third Space” is an experimental film, which begins in a bowl of callaloo soup and progresses into an amalgam of shape-shifting surrealism, Caribbean landscapes/ seascapes, animal symbolism, prose poetry, the ebbing of overcranking and undercranking; as well as the juxtaposition of nature sounds – with a special emphasis on the visual and aural aspects of the five elements of the universe, namely Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Ether/Space. “Third Space” explores the yin and yang of love in a Caribbean context. The viewer is invited to explore emotion as a cinematic destination. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kavita Ganness";s:9:"biography";s:759:"Kavita Ganness is a literary and visual artist, who has a BA Degree in Communication Studies and Literatures in English (Double Major) from the University of the West Indies. She is presently studying for a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She is also an English/ Literature teacher with nineteen years experience at the secondary school level. She has a YouTube channel – see ‘Kav Ganness’ and ‘The Kirk and Kav Channel’ – a channel in which she shares film projects which were done with her husband, Kirk Budhooram. Last year, her one-minute short film ‘Litterbug Goes To The Beach’ was a finalist in the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ThirdSpace_director-e1565176402824.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p-pU4CN-Zg 1
Their Story: Panerrifix Steelband Belize 2018 5 No Rating English “Their Story: Panerrifix Steelband” highlights the power of music and how it has been transforming the lives of the members of the Panerrifix Steelband. Panerrifix hails from the city of Belmopan, Cayo District in Belize, Central America. The main thrust of the band is to expose its members to music and the music of the world, and to expose them to the world through music. The band boasts a wide repertoire of Belizean music, such as Brukdown and Paranda, as well as regional and international styles in the likes of Soca, Calypso, Reggae and Classical genres. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Julietta Burrowes-Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:680:"Julietta Burrowes-Lewis is the director of the Panerrifix Steelband which hails from the capital City of Belmopan, Belize. She is a classical pianist, holds a first degree in Music Education, and teaches music at a local high school. She founded the school based Panerrifix Steelband fifteen years ago. The Panerrifix Steelband performs extensively throughout Belize as well as internationally with Julietta as its leader. She arranges music for the band, organises concerts, and coordinates workshops and training for band members with regional pan arrangers and pan makers. Julietta is the proud daughter of Belize’s most prominent baritone singer, the late Ted Burrowes Sr. ";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Their-Story_Director.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Joel Evans";s:9:"biography";s:360:"Joel Evans is a renowned video producer with a deep desire to add cinematic storytelling to his productions. He graduated with a BSc from Middle Tennessee State University majoring in television production, and since 2007 has been steadfast at going that extra mile to ensure each he works on project satisfies both his client, but also his personal standards.";}} 1
Tattoo’d Trinidad and Tobago 2019 21 No Rating English Tattoos were a very rare sight years ago. Recently, however, there has been a boom in the industry. In Trinidad and Tobago, it has turned from a taboo thing to an almost mainstream fashion statement, to the point that almost every person you see has one. This boom will be investigated in Tattoo’d, which includes interviews with 3 tattoo artists from different generations who explore whether the ideologies and conceptions behind the tattoo culture in Trinidad and Tobago has changed. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Parris";s:9:"biography";s:556:"David Parris is a student at the University of the West Indies pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Film Production. He has starred in, written and directed several short films for the university such as “The Smiling Man” (2017) and “Grey” (2018). His favorite genre is horror. The tension and adrenaline rush of a well-executed scare, and not a typical "jumpscare", is an addicting thing for him. Creating a coherent and interesting narrative with his own "Caribbean" flair is his goal and he intends to create these ideas with all the help he can get.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Tattood_Director-e1565039728842.jpg";}} 1
Taking Root in Canaries St. Lucia 2019 10 All Ages English In September 2018, members of the coastal town of Canaries in St Lucia participated in a short training programme to learn about how to use the humble vetiver plant as a simple, green and cost effective tool to tackle many land and water related challenges. This is possible through the deep and fibrous root system of vetiver grass which can grow to 10 feet in 2 years, making it effective to help with slope stabilization and erosion control, soil and water conservation, infrastructure and riverbank protection. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Lawrence Dupuis";s:9:"biography";s:458:"Coming from the experimental film art scene and a graduate in film production at Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Lawrence Dupuis has since created his own artistic signature now recognised by his peers. His work has been shown  in several local and international film festivals around the globe. When he directs fiction films, Lawrence Dupuis' work is greatly influenced by the work of Todd Haynes, Darren Aronofsky and Tarsem Singh.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/TakingRootintheCanaries_Director-e1565037231450.jpg";}} 1
Syba Curaçao 2019 7 No Rating No dialogue “Syba” tells the story of a fisherboy who catches a mysterious object while out fishing. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"S.C. van Heijningen";s:9:"biography";s:911:"Born on Curaçao to a family of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, S.C. van Heijningen often found herself between places and ideologies. Growing up, she learned that opposing belief systems, though tending to clash, can dynamically complement each other. It’s from this dynamic and her adversities that she draws inspiration for her expressive storytelling. As a child she always found herself juggling between islands, never entirely rooting herself in one community, which made her more of an observer than anything else. Having developed a keen interest in everything related to human expression and creation, she developed a consistent interest in the social and behavioral sciences. She obtained her degree in psychology at Leiden University shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia, after which she decided to take a break from academic life and redirect her focus on her creative endeavors.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Syba_Director-e1565036471622.jpg";}} 1
The Sweetest Mango Antigua and Barbuda 2001 105 No Rating English Based on a true story, “The Sweetest Mango” is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Lovelyanne ‘Luv’ Davies who moves to Antigua, and while adjusting to island life finds true love. This simply told story is based on the real life romance of the film’s husband and wife producing team. It is the first indigenous feature film for the Eastern Caribbean and has been archived at the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox Film Reference Library. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Howard Allen";s:9:"biography";s:1045:"Howard Allen is a film and television director/producer and the founder of HAMA Productions. While his career in television spans more than 30 years, he made his feature film directorial debut in 2001 with the release of “The Sweetest Mango”, a romantic comedy based on how he and his wife met and fell in love. It became Antigua and Barbuda’s first locally produced feature film and the first indigenous feature film for the Eastern Caribbean. Howard’s film directorial credits also include “No Seed” (2002) and”Diablesse” (2005). He wrote the screenplay for his fourth film “The Skin” (2011) a supernatural thriller which received critical acclaim in the Huffington Post and at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA. Howard’s work as a filmmaker has been recognized by the Department of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College in New York, for his innovative approach to filmmaking in a developing country. He has conducted Master Classes at Ithaca College on “Feature Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget.”";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Sweetest-Mango_Director-e1564957280634.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/ENy3wASDafE 1
Douvan jou ka leve (The Sun Will Rise) Haiti 2017 51 No Rating French Creole with English subtitles What is this “illness of the soul” that is slowly killing the Haitian people? Through “Douvan jou ka leve”, Gessica Généus seeks to understand this form of cultural bi-polarity expressed mainly through their spirituality by relying on her personal journey, marked by the mental illness of her mother – a disease that she believes is a curse of the voodoo spirits. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Gessica Généus";s:9:"biography";s:680:"Gessica Généus started her acting career at 17, playing in “Barikad”, a feature by Richard Sénécal. She then collaborated with various Haitian and international film directors. Recently, she acted in a TV movie on Toussaint Louverture, directed by Philippe Niang and produced by France 2. In 2011, Gessica won a scholarship from Acting International de Paris. Back in Haiti, she founded her own production company, Ayizian Productions. In 2014, in partnership with Télévision Caraïbes, she directed “Vizaj Nou”, a biography series of contemporary Haitian figures. “Douvan jou ka leve” (“The Sun Will Rise”) is her first documentary for France Télévisions.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/DouvanKaJou_Director-1-e1564955882344.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/BJ5fTV0xwA8 1
Roble de Olor Cuba, Spain, France 2004 135 14+ Spanish with English subtitles Set in Havana at the beginning of the 19th century, “Roble de Olor” is a love story between a young woman from Haití and a German man. They build a successful coffee plantation in Cuba, one with a special philosophy in regards to the work of enslaved people and community. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rigoberto Lopez";s:9:"biography";s:1119:"Rigoberto Lopez is a Cuban film director, born in 1947, and is well known for his documentaries on cultural and historical themes such as: "El Mensajero de los Dioses" ("The Messenger of the Gods"),  "Yo Soy, Del Son a la Salsa" 1996 (From Son to Salsa) and "Grenada: the Take off of a Dream", 1983 during the production of which he was the last filmmaker to interview Maurice Bishop before he was assassinated. In 2004, he directed his first narrative feature film "Roble de Alor" ("Scent of Oak") based on the story of a slave planter who established a classical string ensemble  on his estate. Lopez was also a major advocate of Caribbean cinema and established the Muestra Itinerante del Cine del Caribe (Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase) in 2006 that screened Caribbean films annually throughout the region. He was its president until his death in 2019. While in his later years he was working on making more feature films such as "Forbidden Flights" (2015) he  will always be remembered for his passionate support of Caribbean films and filmmakers from the wider Caribbean and its diaspora. He will be missed.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/RobeldeOlor_director-e1564953779631.png";}} 1
MIrelande French Guiana 2018 23 No Rating French, Creole with English subtitles Mirelande is a conscientious and straightforward teenager who hasn’t had anything upsetting happen in her life. She lives with her grand-mother, her sister and her little brother in a very poor part of French Guiana. One day, an unfortunate event takes place and she is awakened to a sense of injustice which pushes her to rebel, upsetting her relationship with authority. Awards: Best Actress and Audience prize, Prix de Court, Cayenne, 2018 a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Philippe Passon";s:9:"biography";s:754:"Philippe Passon started off with photography. Thanks to his contacts with comedians, script writing slowly emerged. Along with that, friends repeatedly asked him to perform in their films. He had the opportunity to play with professional actors in "Theatre de la Main d'or" in Paris. He acted in theatre and advertising with directors who brought to light other facets of his personality. He played other roles in TV movies and feature films and shot two films. He was offered an important role in a franco-georgian feature film "13 Tzameti". Then he decided to come and live in French Guiana. Since moving, he has acted less but written and made more short films, like “Mirelande”. He is writing other projects, often related to teenagers’ issues.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Mirelande_Director-e1564951795728.jpg";}} 1
She Paradise Trinidad and Tobago 2019 75 No Rating English Sparkle is a teenager on the brink of adulthood with few prospects, friends or motivation after graduating from high school. She faces pressure to provide for herself and her household as her Papa’s jewelry business dwindles. In the bustling Port-of-Spain market one afternoon, she finds a collective of talented Soca back-up dancers recruiting for the next season. Seeing an opportunity for an escape, Sparkle goes against her Papa’s wishes and joins the dancers, who in turn give her a dizzying glimpse of wealth, glamour and nightlife in Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maya Cozier";s:9:"biography";s:567:"After being awarded a national academic scholarship, Maya Cozier enrolled at the School of Visual Arts, NY, to pursue a degree in film. Her thesis film, "Short Drop", won the NYWIFT student award and has shown at over 20 film festivals worldwide winning best Caribbean short film at Curacao Film Festival and best short film at trinidad +tobago film festival. Since returning home, Maya has made short documentaries, music videos and works as an art director on commercials. The proof of concept for "She Paradise" premiered at BAM’s 5th Caribbean Film Series NY. ";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SheParadise_Director-e1564868595219.jpg";}} 1
Soluble Trinidad and Tobago 2018 2 All Ages English “Soluble” is a very short short made to raise awareness of our daily impact on the environment by our use of soluble pollutants introduced to the natural water cycle. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Shane D. Hosein";s:9:"biography";s:357:"Shane D. Hosein started his career as a filmmaker in 2001 on the set of “Westwood Park”. His keen desire to progress in the industry motivated him to move quickly through the ranks, producing work alongside many top Trinibagonian and international industry professionals. He is currently working on a short film by Oliver Milne, “Not Now Never Now”.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Soluble_Director-e1564867905601.jpg";}} 1
Sampson’s Heart Trinidad and Tobago 2019 16 PG English A young widower lives in self imposed exile deep in the country, haunted by the death of his wife. An unexpected visitor from his past forces him to confront his shattered life. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Juliette McCawley";s:9:"biography";s:635:"An award winning writer, director and producer for 14 years, Juliette McCawley’s films have been screened at festivals in China, England, Trinidad, Australia, Cuba and Canada. She has been producing, writing and directing short and feature films and documentaries as well as corporate videos in Shanghai, London and Trinidad. Her clients include several Fortune 500 companies such as Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, Everlast and JCB. Most recently she was a co-producer on the feature film “The Cutlass” which won awards for People’s Choice and Best Feature Film at the trinidad+tobago film festival and is now on Amazon Prime.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/the-business-of-carnival-director.jpg";}} 1
Round Pegs in Square Holes Trinidad and Tobago 2019 18 No Rating English Dyslexia is a learning disability that often is forgotten. Take a look into what dyslexia really feels like from real dyslexics who debunk assumptions and shed light on what this disability is truly about. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Rebekah Guillen ";s:9:"biography";s:523:"Rebekah Guillen was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 6 and ADHD soon after. After repeating twice during primary school, she was often the eldest in her class, graduating St Joseph Convent POS at the age of 20. At times she felt like an outsider and struggled to get over life’s roadblocks. Journey with her as she takes a peak into living with this learning disability, feeling invisible or like a “Round Peg in a Square Hole”. She is a second year film student and this is her first entry into a film festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/RoundPegs_Director.jpeg";}} 1
ReleaseD Suriname 2019 13 No Rating No dialogue The experimental short film “ReleaseD” highlights six young women of Afro-Surinamese descent who passionately express themselves through the traditional performance arts, martial arts, and visual arts. Their modes of creative self-expression contradict the original intent of the colonisers who brought Africans to Suriname’s shores centuries ago. The film’s depictions of strength, independence, and liberation directly counter the portraits of slaves from Suriname that were distributed throughout Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries; fueling stereotypes that linger still today. The cutting or ripping of paper shackles throughout the film was inspired by Suriname’s annual Keti Koti (Chain Cut) Emancipation Day celebrations.    a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Keoni K. Wright";s:9:"biography";s:556:"Born in Boston to an Irish mother and an African-American/Filipino father from Hawai’i, Keoni K. Wright is a freelance writer and storyteller adept at capturing the essence of mystical people and places. In 2018, Keoni spent 10 months living on the edge of the extended Amazon rainforest in Suriname. During his stay, he balanced a multitude of writing projects and found time to create two short films as well as develop a web series highlighting Surinamese athletes. Keoni currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he works in film/television production.";s:10:"photograph";s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Released_Director.png";}} https://youtu.be/2n-WB4Pkfyw 1
Rattlesnakes USA, UK, Haiti 2019 86 16+ English A neo-noir psychological thriller adapted from the acclaimed stage-play, award-winning writer/director Julius Amedume’s “Rattlesnakes” tells the story of family man Robert McQueen. McQueen’s typical day takes a turn for the worst when he’s ambushed by three masked men who accuse him of sleeping with their wives. He pleads his innocence, but faced with being beaten and tortured, what he reveals will change all of their lives forever – but will it be enough to save his? Awards: Pan African Film Festival Audience Award; Screen Nation Film and Television Awards – Best Production Awards a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Julius Amedume";s:9:"biography";s:1062:"Julius’ film education began with the black and white film noirs, comedies and musicals screened on BBC2 and Channel 4 each afternoon while he was home schooled as a youngster due to illness. Years later he was awarded a Toledo scholarship to study a masters in directing fiction at the National Film & Television School. During his time there, Julius wrote and directed four short films. "Mary and John" was nominated for Best Short at the 2009 Rushes Soho Film Festival and a Golden Lion at the 2010 Taipei county film festival in Taiwan. "Lorraine" premiered at the 2009 Edinburgh Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short at the 2010 Rushes Soho Film Festival. His graduation film, "Precipice", won Best Short at the 19th Pan African film festival 2011, and a African Oscar for Best Diaspora Short at the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria. Julius has since directed for "Doctors", developed a content driven application for the BBC and currently has a feature film, "Riding The Whitey", and others at different stages of development.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Rattlesnakes_Director-e1564829818960.png";}} 1
Playing Mas Trinidad and Tobago 2019 14 No Rating English T&T’s Carnival is described as ’The Greatest Show on Earth’. One of the main events of the week is MAS. This film tries to describe what it feels like to play mas at carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:300:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad & Tobago. He spent the last decade filming Caribbean documentaries about social issues. His trilogy of Jamaican documentaries travelled all around the world. He is also a photographer and produces commercials with his company T&T ROCKS.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/PlayingMas_Director-e1564785160912.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/eGuuBIf7Mnc 1
Porro Hecho en Colombia Colombia 2017 77 All Ages Spanish with English subtitles Grammy nominated artist Adriana Lucia narrates and directs this fantastic film that dives into the world of the Porro, the traditional musical style from the Caribbean region of Colombia. Adriana Lucia will take you through a journey that celebrates its indigenous, European and African origins, the music styles of the region and the revived interest and future of a rhythm that will have you tapping your feet. Awards: Audience Award, Colombian Film Festival of New York, USA, 2015. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Adriana Lucia";s:9:"biography";s:350:"Singer, songwriter and one of the top Colombian artists with a 15-year musical career, Adriana Lucia is the screenwriter and director of “Porro Hecho en Colombia” which shows the history of Porro and the musical culture of Córdoba and the Caribbean Colombian region. “Porro Hecho en Colombia” is her first movie as director and screenwriter.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/PorroHecho_Director.jpg";}} 1
Oseyi and the Masqueraders Dominica 2018 27 No Rating English Oseyi, (age 10) lives in Colihaut, a remote village in Dominica where an ancient carnival/masquerade art form called “Bann Mové” (Bad Band) is still practiced. But Oseyi has a great fear of these masqueraders due to his mother’s constant repetition that “Bann Mové kill your father”. When, with his uncle’s insistence and his friend Tamika’s assistance, he forces himself into the costume, he discovers an astonishing truth about his mother, the actual circumstances surrounding his father’s death and his uncle’s role in it. With this new knowledge he overcomes his fear, begins to understand his world and starts becoming a man. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Alwin Bully";s:9:"biography";s:1102:"Alwin Bully was born and raised in Dominica where he established and developed the Department of Culture and was its first director. Apart from gaining a BA from the University of the West Indies, he has received numerous awards for his work as playwright and director, graphic artist, set designer, poet and short story writer, carnival designer and composer. From 1986 to 2006 he was resident in Jamaica where he worked as UNESCO’s Caribbean Culture Advisor. He was inducted into Jamaica’s Culture for Development Hall of Fame, received the University of Technology’s 2006 Arts Award and was honoured with the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2007 Cacique Award for Regional Theatre. In 2011 the University of the West Indies conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in recognition of his work in arts and culture. He also received Dominica’s Sisserou Award of Honour for his cultural and artistic leadership and for his design of the national flag. His work focuses on issues of social transformation and the preservation and promotion of Caribbean culture.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/oseyiAndTheMasqueraders_director.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/u_nSVz92PqQ 1
Le Mystère de Bwa Yen Yen (The Mystery of Bwa Yen Yen) Martinique 2019 26 14+ French and Creole with English subtitles On Sundays, there is never much going on in Bwa Yen Yen.
 Except today. Because today, Jamal and Maëlys meet for the first time. Meaning the first step in a series of misunderstandings that will lead a bunch of neurotic characters to cross paths in this place in the middle of nowhere… Awards: Best screenplay at Prix de Court, 2019, Guadeloupe; Special Mention of the Youth Jury at Nouveaux Regards Festival, 2019, Guadeloupe; Special Mention for the Best Movie at Nouveaux Regards Festival, 2019, Guadeloupe a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Amingo Thora";s:9:"biography";s:362:"In order to study computer science, Amingo Thora paid his university expanses writing and making graphics. That’s how he gradually integrated the world of audiovisual production and cinema. He then started writing short-movies and series in Paris, but decided to go back to Martinique in 2009 to launch a career which includes an increasing share of directing.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/LaMystere_Director-e1564783373608.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/KEawi4wSOyk 1
My Mother Resents Me Dominican Republic 2019 7 16+ Spanish with English subtitles Victoria, the only daughter from a family of three, tries to decipher her mother’s resentment towards her by looking through old photographs and new footage. Awards: Honorable Mention at Milwaukee Underground Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Victoria Linares Villegas";s:9:"biography";s:584:"Victoria Linares is a queer filmmaker based in the Dominican Republic. She studied film in The New School in New York City. Her short film "Stay Quiet" (2018), was premiered at the International Film Festival in Quito (2018) and has been an official selection in Trinidad & Tobago, Bushwick Film Festival, and other remarkable queer festivals in Latin America. Victoria recently won the Ibermedia Development Fund with her feature film “El Ruido de Las Cosas”. Her latest work, “My Mother Resents Me” premiered at Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and won Honorable Mention.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/MyMotherResentsMe_Director-e1564782406354.jpg";}} 1
My Father Belize Belize, USA 2019 30 No Rating English, Belizean Kriol A US born Belizean man travels to Belize to scatter the ashes of his deceased father, only to discover that he himself conceived a son during a past visit to the country. He must now face his own conflicted feelings about fatherhood caused by the estranged relationship he had with the man who gave him life. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Leon Lozano";s:9:"biography";s:557:"“My Father Belize” marks a return to the director’s chair for writer/ director/ producer Leon Lozano. In 2008, Lozano made his feature film debut with “Something is Killing Tate”, winner of 12 “Best of” film festival awards. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in film and television production from the University of Southern California, Lozano has made a career out of combining social advocacy and film. His work has screened on Showtime, Netflix, BET, and Starz.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/MyFatherBelize_Director-e1564780990350.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/o4JHUD2Xb-s 1
A Mural by the Sea Trinidad and Tobago 2018 20 PG-13 English Dawad Philip reads poems, from his recent book by the same name, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of his beloved ‘hometown’ San Fernando. He pays a moving homage to his childhood and lifelong friend Dr. Leroy ‘Black Stalin’ Calliste in ‘Sando Proper’, a poem dedicated to him. This short film sets out to allow Dawad, the poet and masman, to settle comfortably into the source of his inspiration, the city of San Fernando, through his poems. “A Mural by the Sea” simply weaves together indigenous performance and Dawad Philip’s poetry and is a tribute to our cultural traditions. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Tony Hall";s:9:"biography";s:589:"Tony Hall is a playwright and filmmaker who was part of an award-winning team at Banyan for many years. In the 1970’s and 80’s they pioneered the making of drama series and documentaries for television in the Caribbean. In 1992 he appeared with Errol Sitahal in the BBC documentary “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon” (Part of a BBC/TVE Series. US Release date: 1994), a multiple award-winning Banyan film which he co-directed with Christopher Laird and was produced by Bruce Paddington. Between 2002 and 2006 Tony taught documentary filmmaking at Trinity College, Hartford, CT.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/MuralByTheSea_Director.jpg";}} 1
Ms. Sugga Jamaica 2019 58 PG English “As Freedom Fighters we never give up!” On a wonderful journey Ms. Sugga, a strong, feisty animated sugar cane stalk, travels with two kids (Tamika and Omar), and a wise African Chief (Tacky), in a magical bubble back in time, in search of ancient sugar cane molasses that she must find in order to make her bulla cakes. But on the way they get caught in Jamaica’s turbulent sugar cane history and discover that ‘the spirit to survive never dies’ when you’re determined to fight for a future you want. As the four make their way through history in search of ‘sweetness’, they meet bittersweet characters of the past and identify the new elements needed to change the balance of power to make the sugar cane industry work for its people. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Mary Wells";s:9:"biography";s:813:"An award winning independent film director/ writer and producer, Mary Wells has nearly thirty years of experience in television and film production in Jamaica/ the Caribbean and internationally. Her work is varied, but has consisted of many documentaries and dramas for young adults and children. In 1999, her documentary short “Now Jimmy!” was awarded “Outstanding Documentary from the Caribbean” in the Sheryl Lee Ralph Film & Music Festival and was also accepted in the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, 2002. In 2014, her first narrative feature, “Kingston Paradise”, was awarded ‘Best Diaspora Feature’ from the African Movie Academy Awards. Wells studied Television Production and the Theatre Arts in Washington DC and continues to do Film and TV production work of all kinds.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Ms-Sugga_Director-e1564779058529.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/ysAMXTQWkxo 1
Monk by the Sea Trinidad and Tobago 2019 16 No Rating English Asta, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, moves to Los Angeles, USA to start a new life, but upon arriving there, she loses a bit of her own identity in the form of her swimming ability. Desperate, she turns to her sister for advice. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Elenie Chung";s:9:"biography";s:614:"Elenie is a film director/writer born in Trinidad and Tobago. As a semi-nomad, Elenie had lived in several states in the US before moving to Los Angeles where she is currently based. She is interested in films that stretch the boundaries of contemporary narrative cinema, bringing the everyday into sublimity and the unfamiliar to everyday. Her first film, Goldfish was screened in 2015 at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. When she’s not at the cinema, you can find her in an art museum or gallery. She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television MFA Film Directing/Production program.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/MonkByTheSea_Director-e1564778358728.jpg";}} 1
Mikayla’s Adventures Guyana 2019 4 All Ages English Mikayla is on school break and decides to spend the day with her cousin Noah and their Grandma but, the children can’t seem to find anything to do. Mikayla finds a book filled with old stories from Grandma’s childhood. She asks Grandma to tell them to her and Noah and they gather around Grandma to hear the story. Grandma adds her own little exciting twist to the story in the process transforming the story from a regular old scary tale to something right out of a comedy.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Precious Barrow";s:9:"biography";s:477:"Born in Guyana, Precious Barrow is a young aspiring animator and designer. She has just recently completed her studies in Animation and Game Design for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations 2019 and is also a volunteer at the Guyana Animation Network. Her love for children and animations is what led her to create the series, “Mikayla’s Adventures”. Precious hopes to one day create an animation school where she can pass the love of what she does onto others.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Mikaylas-Adventures_Director-e1564777812222.jpeg";}} 1
Luna’s Ring Cayman Islands 2018 20 PG-13 English An American writer searches for his lost lover in Cuba. Awards: A Remi Platinum Award Winner at Worldlfest (Houston) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Badir Awe";s:9:"biography";s:61:"Badir Awe is a producer and director from the Cayman Islands.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Lunas-Ring_Director-e1564692535915.jpg";}} 1
Lupe USA 2019 77 16+ English “Lupe” follows Rafael, a young Cuban immigrant searching for their long-lost sister Isabel in New York City. Believing Isabel to have fallen into a life of prostitution, Rafael seeks to find and liberate her. Rafael is a trained boxer, and searching New York City’s gritty underworld often turns bloody. During a violent encounter in a brothel, Rafael comes face to face with Elsa, a woman from their shared past in rural, poverty-stricken Cuba. Pulling Elsa from her wretched environment, Rafael hopes that she can help in the search for Isabel. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"André Phillips";s:9:"biography";s:562:"André grew up in a small, diverse, working-class city outside of Boston, USA. While art and writing (and for many years, kickboxing) had been a part of his life since childhood, André was introduced to filmmaking in high school and never turned back. Most of André's work is heavily focused on imbalances in socioeconomic opportunity and the conflicts those imbalances cause. André is passionate to showcase those who are excluded from the wider conversation, while also celebrating and examining the resilience and grace it requires to make it on the edges.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Lupe_Director_André-e1564691667699.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Charles Vuolo";s:9:"biography";s:445:"Originally from Philadelphia, Charles now resides in Boston where he works as a multimedia director and producer. Since embarking in film in 2007, Charles has sought creative collaborators to find, develop, and showcase unique and heartfelt stories. Charles specifically has an interest in exploring stories that tackle social issues and believes that filmmaking can be a powerful way to explore and study the complex fabric of the modern world.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Lupe_Director_Charles-e1564691692257.jpg";}} 1
Life and Death Trinidad and Tobago 2019 4 No Rating English As the world continues to consume single-use plastic at alarming rates, this atmospheric film imagines a world where plastic replaces water – our singular life force – and other key aspects of natural life. An elegiac dystopia set in the Caribbean, the film explores various scenarios, transforming the idyllic into the undesirable. It is a Caribbean call to action, and a message to all of us who share the planet. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sonja Dumas";s:9:"biography";s:393:"Sonja is a performer, choreographer, writer, filmmaker, teacher and arts development consultant.  An award-winning filmmaker, she has written, directed and produced several films that speak to the Caribbean experience. Sonja is also the founder of Continuum Dance Project and co-founder and co-director of COCO Dance Festival, one of the largest contemporary dance festivals in the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/LifeandDeath_Director-e1564689446997.jpg";}} 1
Hanoi, Martes 13 (Hanoi, Tuesday 13th) Cuba 1969 38 PG-13 Spanish with English subtitles With a poetic narrative structure, “Hanoi, Martes 13” shows how the Vietnamese people lived and fought for their freedom during the Vietnam War, from the day the bombing of the city of Hanoi began. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Santiago Álvarez ";s:9:"biography";s:235:"Santiago Álvarez was born Santiago Alvarez Roman in Cuba in 1919. He was a director and writer, known for “79 primaveras” (1969), “Hanoi, Tuesday 13th” (1968) and “El sueño del pongo” (1970). He died 1998 in Havana, Cuba.";}} 1
Clandestinos Cuba 1987 98 14+ Spanish with English subtitles Before the military coup in Cuba, a group of people have a clandestine printing press, used to print subversive pamphlets against the government. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Fernando Pérez";s:9:"biography";s:157:"Fernando Pérez is a director and writer, known for “La vie, c'est siffler” (1998), “Últimos días en La Habana” (2016) and “Madagascar” (1995).";}} 1
Cicatrix USA 2019 46 No Rating English An amateur angel is sent from heaven to guide a modern-day Samson, a loner who has lost faith in God. The unlikely duo is tasked with missions to seek out and save a mishmash of characters who are at the crosswords of their lives and seem to be searching for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Natalia Elizabeth Paul";s:9:"biography";s:735:"Since an early age, Natalia has been enthralled with the desire to inspire. After working in casting/production for projects at (ABC Studios, HBO, Disney, etc.) and as an actress on NBC Universal, TV One and Flow TV.  Natalia has developed a well-rounded understating for various industries. She has two master’s degrees, the first in Organizational Leadership and the second in Communication Arts, and recently became a Ph.D. candidate in Health and Society. As an award-winning producer/ actress/ director, Natalia has discovered a unique way to connect her life events into heart-wrenching and amusing stories. Natalia's ultimate goal is to provoke honesty and vulnerability through the lens and in her surrounding world.   ";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Cicatrix-director-Natalia.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Deval Mistry";s:9:"biography";s:1499:"Born in India, from a very young age, Deval Mistry (Dev) was obsessed with arts and craft, which lead to formal education in traditional and digital animation and visual effects. He started his creative career in 2012, as a visualizer in India. During this time he partnered with successful media agencies, as a creative spearhead and a consultant. While creating media campaigns (digital and print), art installations, commercials and documentaries for clients national and international. Seeking a bigger challenge and intense international experience, he decided to return to academics and pursued an MA in communications arts and media management at New York Institute of Technology, New York in 2016. Armed with modern mantras for social media savvy environment and a refined set of skills, in the past 3 years, Dev has produced visual dialogues for entrepreneurs, corporations, musicians, and artists. For consecutive years he has worked with the Lincoln Square - Winter's Eve, Community Partnership Charter School (Brooklyn), the Animation and Film Fest - NYIT and Be Your Craft INC. Along with several production and post-production projects, Dev has also embarked on directorial ventures. Bride Con, a 3-part American web-series, No De De, a narrative music video and Cicatrix, a dramedy television pilot are some of the featured feathers in his director's hat. Currently, Dev is producing new content that engages and connects with a larger audience through autobiographical documentaries.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Cicatrix-director-Deval-1.jpg";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Lee Milby";s:9:"biography";s:1183:"Lee Milby is a graduate of the exclusive Cooper Union School of Art, having earned a BFA while specializing in large scale oil paintings. After graduating she developed a serious allergy to oil paint and was forced to abandon her original passion and seek out new creative outlets. She stumbled upon video making as a means of paying her rent, filming raves and shows as a freelancer. This gave her a crash course in camera work and direction and led to Lee discovering a new passion for videography. When she first started out, Lee believed that directing was not something meant for her, as being a 5-foot-tall trans-racially adopted asian woman with a background in oil painting did not fit the traditional mold of a film director. But with perseverance and a bit of luck, she realized that she had a talent for directing, and that her unconventional background gave her a unique vision, one she implemented in projects like the Sci-Fi short Forge. Today, Lee uses her non-traditional background to her advantage, both as a source of passion and creativity, but also to keep her focused on what really matters in every project, which is exploring the common humanity in all of us.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cicatrix_director_lee-milby.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/cB__wjB_0us 1
Home Birth in Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2019 9 All Ages English Birth is a normal physiological event. But in Trinidad and Tobago, as in much of the world, we find unnecessary medical interventions creeping into healthy deliveries. Homebirth is available in TT for low-risk mothers, though most families don’t know about this option. At home, a mother is free to labour and deliver however she chooses with a midwife and loved ones to support her. The baby goes on the mother’s chest right away instead of into an incubator. And when it’s all over, the family rests in their own home, supported by the midwives who come back to check on them. What a difference from delivering in a hospital!   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Tammy Kremer";s:9:"biography";s:203:"Tammy Kremer is an American multimedia artist and educator. In 2018 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Trinidad and Tobago where she produced “Birth Stories of Trinidad and Tobago,” a storytelling series.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Home-birth_Director-e1564680831641.jpg";}} 1
Jerk UK 2018 10 PG English Winston arrived in London from Jamaica back when the streets were paved with promise. A lifetime later, he’s become the smiling face around the neighbourhood that everyone knows – the friendly local jerk chicken shop owner. Today, the mask is beginning to slip. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Raine Allen-Miller";s:9:"biography";s:909:"Raine Allen-Miller’s passion for filmmaking started at the Brit school, led to studying illustration at Camberwell and eventually made tracks into advertising, landing her jobs with Saatchi & Saatchi, Anomaly, and finally the coveted position of creative director at London-based agency, Mother. It didn’t take long before Raine got the urge to direct her own work. Her first music video for Salute’s track ‘Storm’ was inspired by Brexit and is a celebration of immigration and made her one of It’s Nice That’s ‘one-to-watch’.  She’s since helmed projects for recording artist Georgia and Nike x Riposte. Raine crafts intricate worlds around her subjects, using her background as an art director to balance setting and emotion. Most recently Raine’s ‘Go Play!’ for ASOS was picked up as Campaign’s ‘Pick of the Week’ an incredible accolade for a director’s first commercial.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jerk_Director.jpg";}} 1
Hurricane Antigua and Barbuda, USA 2019 26 PG English Land is the only thing worth killing, worth fighting, worth lying, and worth dying for. After a devastating hurricane lays waste to their homes, Barbudans must overcome a second and potentially even greater threat—the sale of their island to foreign interests in the name of rebuilding, upending 300 years of communal land ownership. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nick Fitzhugh";s:9:"biography";s:548:"Nick Fitzhugh is an award-winning director, producer and writer and founder of redfitz, a Brooklyn-based production company specializing in cinematic documentary video production. Nick’s first three films have all been licensed by Netflix. The most recent of these is Conflict, a Webby-award-winning documentary series that goes behind the lens of the world's best conflict photographers. Conflict was funded by the Nat Geo Channel and was acquired by Netflix in 2016. It took home the Webby for Best Documentary Series of the year in 2016.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Hurricane_Director-e1564681136907.jpg";}} 1
Sugar Cane: Recycling Sweetness and Power in Modern Jamaica Jamaica 2018 81 PG English The story of “Sugar Cane” is an epic one which speaks of the struggle for a society and political economy capable of supporting sustainable profits and innovative production processes. “Sugar Cane: Recycling Sweetness and Power in Modern Jamaica”, was made to mark the impact of sugar on the society, politics and economy of Jamaica, from colonial rule to Independence. This story is told with emphasis on the struggles of the workers and the Jamaican state for freedom, development and justice given their entanglement with major sugar industry players. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Franklyn St.Juste";s:9:"biography";s:749:"Franklyn St.Juste has been engaged in the production of motion pictures for many years in all areas of production activity, which includes scripting, directing, photography, editing and sound. He has worked as director of photography on the films “The Harder They Come” and “Children of Babylon”. He is currently Adjunct Senior lecturer at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) – University of the West Indies, in the areas of Broadcast Media Management, Film and Television Production. Franklyn St.Juste is the recipient of several Jamaican National Honours – Order of Distinction (OD); Silver Musgrave Medal for achievement in Cinematic Arts; Caribbean Tales Film Festival, Life Achievement Award as well as others.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/SugarCane_Director.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/TNA7-rhUuRE 1
Uncivilized England, Dominica 2019 75 PG English Disenchanted by the modern world, filmmaker Michael Lees heads into the forest of Dominica with some basic survival gear, religious texts and a camera. “Why did man ever leave the forest? And what makes for a good life?” Just as he starts to acclimatise to his new life, the catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Maria (one of the top ten strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history) makes a direct landfall on Dominica. Michael is caught out in the open in a palm leaf and bamboo hut. With the nation in ruins, the forest destroyed, and essential services knocked out islandwide, the entire country must now return to a past way of life if they hope to survive. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Michael Lees";s:9:"biography";s:757:"Michael Lees is a Caribbean-British filmmaker whose films aim to explore the relationship between the private “spiritual” world and the public shared world of society, culture and the environment. This UNC Chapel Hill graduate has already made his mark as an emerging director. In 2014, he made his directorial and editorial debut film, "Letting Go", premiering at the UNC Swain Lot Film Festival – a short experimental doc exploring the filmmaker's shifting philosophy towards life, death and suffering through the lens of illness. Lees has written, shot, and edited for numerous clients including Billboard, Agile Films, and UNICEF. “Uncivilized” is his debut feature documentary. Much of his inspiration is drawn from his home island, Dominica.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Uncivilzed_Director-e1564350052858.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/7XiQ4HIsBBk 1
Reggae Boyz USA, Germany, Jamaica 2019 73 PG-13 English Plagued with one of the highest murder rates in the world, Jamaica tries to reinvigorate its populace by qualifying their national soccer team – the “Reggae Boyz” – for the 2014 World Cup. When their efforts start to fall short, Winnie Schäfer, a colourful German coach, enters the scene and forms an unlikely alliance with a Rastafarian factory worker named “Tuffy” Anderson and legendary reggae musicians including Bunny Wailer and The NoMaddz to unite Jamaica beyond the soccer pitch. “Reggae Boyz” uses pop cultures’ most transcendent forces – sports and music – to delve into the heart and soul of Jamaica. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Till Schauder";s:9:"biography";s:1159:"Till Schauder, originally from Germany, is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and cinematographer. His feature debut, “Santa Smokes” – which Schauder wrote, codirected, and starred in – won several awards, including Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. In 2012, Schauder completed his critically acclaimed first documentary “The Iran Job”, which was released worldwide, mentioned as an Oscar contender, and shortlisted for a German Academy Award. His 2017 documentary “When God Sleeps” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, won Most Valuable Documentary of the Year from Cinema for Peace during Berlinale, and the Golden Heynal Award at the Krakow Film Festival, along with several other international recognitions. It was also shortlisted for a German Academy Award in 2018 and is currently in consideration for an Emmy. Schauder’s latest film “Reggae Boyz” was called “one of the funniest and most entertaining documentaries to come out in years” by film-rezensionen.de. The film’s broadcast version was again a nominee for the German Television Academy Awards (2018). ";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Reggae-Boyz_Director.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJDdteJGdUw&feature=youtu.be 1
Queen of Soca Trinidad and Tobago 2019 75 PG-13 English Olivia is a young woman with a natural gift for singing. She wants to escape her life of lesser means and believes her passion for singing Soca music can change her life. However, her religious mother abhors anything that’s not related to the church, especially Soca music. Olivia must decide whether to pursue her dream of becoming a Soca star and risk the relationship with her mother, the only family she knows. Awards: Take One Film Grant / Script in Development a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kevin Adams";s:9:"biography";s:579:"Born in Trinidad & Tobago, Kevin Adams migrated to the USA at an early age. He attended Brooklyn College where he studied screenwriting, producing and directing. His internship at Sony / BMG music in New York City opened doors to becoming a production assistant on scores of music videos, commercials, reality shows and independent films. In 2011, Kevin Adams won the prominent Trinidad & Tobago Production Grant for his 37 min short No Soca No Life.  He is currently working on his second feature which has been sought after by Promenade films, a France production company.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Queen-of-Soca_director-e1564348621338.jpg";}} 1
Pigs of Paradise The Bahamas 2018 70 All Ages English “Pigs of Paradise” is the real story behind the Swimming Pigs of Exuma in The Bahamas: how they got there, who put them there and how they learned to swim. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Charlie Smith";s:9:"biography";s:382:"Charlie Smith or ‘Charlie Bahama’ as he is frequently called, is a multi award-winning filmmaker and photographer with more than twenty five years of experience as a producer, director, creative director and on-air talent. He has participated in almost every aspect of media including print, television and film, working equally well behind the scenes and in front of the camera";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PigsofParadise_Director-e1564347960336.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/7QQaumf-Nnw 1
Mañana no te olvides (Tomorrow Don’t Forget) Dominican Republic 2017 118 PG Spanish with English subtitles Roberto has Alzheimer’s. After his wife dies, someone has to take care of him. Ruth, his daughter, decides to take him to live in her family, even though her husband, Alfredo, argues that he already has enough problems at home with the care of Jan, their only son who suffers from Down Syndrome. With Roberto’s arrival at the house, the relationship between grandpa and grandson begins to get closer and closer, discovering that they both have many dreams in common… which they will be able to realise together. Awards: Best Film, Cinema Castelli Romano, Italy; Best Film, Festival de Cine Mariposa, Cuba. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Jose Enrique Pintor";s:9:"biography";s:253:"Jose Enrique (Pinky) Pintor, is a renowned film, and TV producer/ director. With more than 25 years of experience, his company “J.Pintor Films” has participated in some of the most important and recent audiovisual projects in the Dominican Republic.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Manana-no-me-olivedes_director-e1564347247621.jpg";}} 1
Lo Que Siento Por Ti (What I Feel For You) Dominican Republic 2019 90 No Rating Spanish with English subtitles Three simultaneous stories of social inclusion, led by a single mother of two austistic teenagers, a married couple trying unsuccessfully to have a child, and a father of a Special Oylmpics athlete. “Lo Que Siento Por Ti” is inspired by true stories. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Raúl Camilo";s:9:"biography";s:101:"Raúl Camilo has been a TV producer since 1989. “Lo que siento por ti” is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/RAUL-CAMILO-DIRECTOR-e1564346217259.jpg";}} 1
Judgment Day: Jason Jones v the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2018 13 PG English Jason Jones, a gay rights activist, sues the state of Trinidad and Tobago over colonial-era anti-homosexual laws. He must face his opponents outside the Hall of Justice and inside the courtroom the day of the landmark verdict. This is the story of the first-ever case in the Caribbean that successfully overturned laws that criminalized homosexuality. The case was subsequently cited at the Indian Supreme Court when LGBTQIA activists in India overturned similar colonial-era laws in that country. This story is a record of the fight for equality and LGBTQIA rights in Trinidad and Tobago, across the Caribbean and in Commonwealth nations. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Francesca Hawkins";s:9:"biography";s:576:"Francesca Hawkins is a broadcast journalist and filmmaker in Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated from the UWI Film Programme, St Augustine and has lectured in film (part-time) after graduation. She won the BPTT Graduation Prize and other academic awards while studying at UWI. Producer of numerous television features and winner of People's Choice for the documentary “Siege”, which tells the story of journalists held hostage at TTT during the attempted coup of 1990. She was one of 3 awardees of the Canadian High Commission’s Human Rights script competition in 2018. ";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Fran-Haedshot.jpg";}} 1
Island Strong Barbados 2018 24 All Ages English ‘Island Strong’ explores the dawn of a new Caribbean in the aftermath of climate change. Scientists have stated there will be stronger, more frequent hurricanes in the future. The 2017 hurricane season brought with it, hurricanes Maria and Irma which saw the region sitting on the front-lines of the climate battle. ‘Island Strong’ is told through the eyes of most vulnerable, exposed to vagaries of climate and natural disasters. What do we as Caribbean people do? Do we give up hope? Are we going to abandon our shores in hope of a safe haven?  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Clish A. Gittens";s:9:"biography";s:329:"Clish Gittens is a visual anthropologist who realized the lived experiences and stories of Caribbean people are unique. Livelihoods, culture, habitats and environmental impacts vary from island to island – the lens allows him to share those stories and celebrate Caribbean sustainability and culture from an island perspective.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Island-Strong_-Director.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/308355020 1
Keeping it Together Trinidad and Tobago 2015 15 No Rating English A temporary magnifying glass in the mind of a bipolar person, ‘Keeping it Together’ visually explores the condition in a form of consciousness as a form as opposed to just numbers and statistics, with the ultimate goal of starting a discussion and painting a picture of what it means to be bipolar. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain";s:9:"biography";s:280:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain is a part-time student at the University of The West Indies and a full-time photographer and videographer. He was always in love with taking pictures since he was a teenager, but his love for film developed as he progressed in his tertiary film programme.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Keeping-it-together_Director.jpg";}} 1
Life in Kolour Trinidad and Tobago 2019 19 No Rating English Questions arise on why Trinidad and Tobago has greeted the topic of LGBT with such hostility. Increasingly, ordinary people are supporting and accepting the LGBT community. Some might say, “Everywhere except Trinidad and Tobago.” ‘Life in Kolor’ explores the perspective of a gender illusionist, Miss Queen of Queens 2018 winner, Sapphire Adia Negasi. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Akkel Charles";s:9:"biography";s:335:"Akkel Charles is a 21 year old filmmaker from Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently pursuing his BA in Film Production and Film studies. His near term goal is to further his studies in film and go to countries in Africa and Europe and continue making films. All Akkel's inspiration from film comes from the world around him.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Life-in-Kolor_Director.jpg";}} 1
Liquid Gold: The Story of Rum in Barbados Barbados 2019 10 No Rating English This documentary takes a brief look at the creation and history of one of the world’s most popular alcoholic beverages, rum. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Rommel Hall";s:9:"biography";s:64:"Rommel Hall is a multiple award-winning filmmaker from Barbados.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/liquid-gold_director-e1564182097330.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eCxtlSDLAc 1
Hit for Six A cricket player battles demons from his past while trying to make it to a world tournament. Barbados 2007 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 99 No Rating English ‘Hit for Six’ is a captivating fictional story of a playboy West Indies cricketer who fights the demons of his past, including a match-fixing charge, and learns about love while struggling for his last chance to play in a major global tournament and earn the respect of his estranged father, a former great West Indies player. Alex Nelson, a talented but inconsistent cricketer, has been sidelined from the WI team for scuffling with his coach, Amir Misra of India. Now out of the team for three years, he pursues an unlikely quest to get back on the team for the last chance to play in the Global One Day Series. He is fueled by a burning desire to regain the respect of his estranged and critical father, a former great West Indies player, who was unfairly denied a chance to play in the first Global One Day Series. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/hit-for-six-poster.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/hit-for-six_still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Alison Saunders-Franklyn";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Alison Saunders-Franklyn";s:9:"biography";s:891:"Alison Saunders is a Barbadian/Trinidadian who has written and produced corporate and public education television programming over the last 20 years. A graduate of Syracuse University with a Masters in Television Production and the University of the West Indies with an MBA, she wrote the script for her first feature film to fulfill her dream of over a decade, to produce a commercially viable feature film. With a strong background in local theatre, Alison produced one of the most successful local pay-per-view concerts ever shown in Barbados – The Square One 10th Anniversary Concert. In previous roles as a consultant to the West Indies Cricket Board, she gained close insight into the little known inner world of Caribbean cricket. She has gone onto produce/direct three seasons of the entrepreneurial reality show, Bank On ME,  and “Home Sweet Home” a Makeover TV Series.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Hit-for-Six-DIRECTOR-1.jpg";}} 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 PG English According to Caribbean folklore, the Lagahoo is a mythical, shapeshifting monster that is said to roam lonely areas at night while stalking their prey. Many people tell the tale of hearing the sound of heavy chains dragging in the bushes while they walked home, as the Lagahoo stalked them… a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:749:"19-year-old Riyadh Rahaman is a Trinidadian filmmaker with a passion for creating quality, local content that ranges from a variety of different genres, and is most notably known for his work in comedy. He graduated from St. Stephen's College in 2018 and is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a fulltime filmmaker, hoping to produce local TV shows and feature-length movies in the coming years. He has gained an internet presence and substantial fanbase with his Youtube channel "Riyality Studio" and is the Writer, Director & Host of the TV sketch comedy series "The Riyality Show". His short film "Paranoia: Crime In Trinidad and Tobago" screened at The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2018 and was nominated for The People's Choice Award.";}} 1
Langston Dreams of Fancy Sailors Trinidad and Tobago 2019 7 14+ English Before he was a poet, Langston Hughes was a sailor who crossed boundaries in more ways than one. ‘Langston Dreams of Fancy Sailors’ is a film poem in five parts which explores questions surrounding Hughes’ sexuality as well as his ties to the Black Diaspora outside of the US. It is not well-known that Hughes had links to countries such as Trinidad—with its Fancy Sailor Carnival tradition inspired by the influx of US navy figures after World War II—and Nigeria, where he experienced gay sex for the first time, according to his biographer. Building upon accounts of Hughes’ dealings with seamen and key figures of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as his travels in Italy, this experimental film aims to mirror how fraught questions surrounding Hughes’ queerness have come to be sidelined, and the story of his life conveniently reconstructed in order to fit a heteronormative narrative. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Andre Bagoo";s:9:"biography";s:65:"Andre Bagoo is a poet, writer and journalist working in Trinidad.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Langston-Dreams-of-Fancy-Sailors_Director-e1564180213371.jpg";}} 1
Last Street Jamaica, Spain 2019 62 No Rating English After the controversial extradition to the USA of the infamous druglord, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, chaos reigns in his former areas of control in West Kingston, Jamaica. Bands of teenagers kill each other for any little reason. Although violence in Jamaica is always portrayed as drug-related, ‘Last Street’ unveils a real truth which links a culture of violence to masculinity and shooting guns. Most of the young people from the ghetto don’t even know why they kill each other, but they are trapped in this cycle of violence. Former gangsters from Denham Town, Dudu´s previous stronghold, have become violence interrupters, a type of mediator, attempting to put an end to this nonsense situation. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Amanda Sans Pantling";s:9:"biography";s:606:"Amanda Sans Pantling is a director, screenwriter and producer working in the field of creative documentary. With a background in journalism, her work has taken her across the globe. She has written and directed a number of films, both for cinema and TV, among them “Songs of Redemption”, awarded at several international film festivals. Based between Barcelona (Spain) and Jamaica, her films address a wide range of topics, with a special focus on social, cultural and artistic issues. She also enjoys exploring the Jamaican culture and society. “Last Street” is her fourth film shot in the island.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Last-Street_Director.jpg";}} 1
Lifted Trinidad and Tobago 2019 featurette 25 No Rating English and Spanish with subtitles Trinidad and Tobago is home to over 7,000 asylum-seekers and refugees, including parents who have fled to protect themselves and their children. Set against a frank conversation about diversity in Trinidad and Tobago, ‘Lifted’ follows a day in the lives of a refugee family as they journey to a Moko Jumbie lesson. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:300:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad & Tobago. He spent the last decade filming Caribbean documentaries about social issues. His trilogy of Jamaican documentaries travelled all around the world. He is also a photographer and produces commercials with his company T&T ROCKS.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/From-Gangsta-ti-Pastor_director.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiTey6Hy93I 1
The Dead Zone Trinidad and Tobago 2019 20 No Rating English Allison thought that her trip to her best friend Tracey’s home for her bridal shower was going to be a blast. But when her car shuts down on the way there is a remote forest area, what began as a fun, relaxing trip quickly turns into a real-life nightmare as she finds herself in a fight for her life.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Clint Onassis";s:9:"biography";s:401:"Clint Onassis is an enthusiast filmmaker from Trinidad and Tobago. He has written, directed and acted as camera operator on all of his films. His passion for film started at an early age, and he has been seriously pursuing it for the last several years now. He enjoys working with others to create something fresh and exciting and loves the opportunity to work on new projects with like-minded people.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/The-Dead-Zone_-Director.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN6-vi2xgbA 1
Jill Walker: An Artistic Life Barbados 2017 55 No Rating English The renowned artist, Jill Walker, has made a unique contribution to her adopted island of Barbados through a magnificent outpouring of artistic work over seven decades – oil paintings, water colors, prints, graphic design and illustrated books. “Jill Walker: An Artistic Life” traces her early years in England as a budding artist and her successful career as a portrait painter and theatre costume designer for, among others, the Stratford and National Theatres. A chance visit in the 1950s to Guyana (then British Guiana) started her on a romantic and exciting life in the Caribbean and her eventual residence on the island of Barbados with architect husband Jimmy Walker. Her paintings of the rich and colorful life and architecture of her adopted home have become hugely popular and people around the world treasure their Jill Walker paintings. Jill says in the film, “I have always thought I had a rather quiet life, rarely looking back, seldom looking forward. However, since I was persuaded by my family to produce my book and this film, I realize it has been the most fabulous life, and I have been extremely lucky.” Awards: Best Director, Best Sound and Best Long Doc, Barbados Visual Media Festival 2018(VIMAS) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Penelope Hynam";s:9:"biography";s:1269:"Penny Hynam is managing director of Sea Weaver Productions Inc. She has had a 25-year career in Canada in film and television at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and CITY television, co-founded the documentary production company Mobius Productions which produced a variety of documentaries for clients, and worked as a script supervisor/ continuity on the set of over 40 movies and television dramas. She was the founding assistant director of Norman Jewison’s world-class Centre for Advanced Film Studies in Toronto. In Barbados from 1992, she was director of the Barbados National Trust and project director on George Washington House and Museum, and continued to work in filmmaking, writing, producing, co-producing and/or directing several films: “Chattel House” with Gladstone Yearwood, “George Washington in Barbados”, “A Day in a Bajan Life”, a series of 10 short film portraits directed and shot by Pelle Hybbinette and “Barbados Surfer Girl” an award-winning documentary on the Barbadian champion surfer Chelsea Tuach. She recently co-directed a workshop on television production for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and runs workshops on film producing. She was the founding president of the Barbados Film and Video Association.    ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jill-Walker_-Director.jpg";}} 1
Jai Trinidad and Tobago 2019 23 No Rating English The eldest of 10 children, Kemraj Singh served as the father figure of the Singh household. The first commercial airline pilot in the village, the BWIA Captain and entrepreneur was well-loved in Kelly Village by all, and devoutly admired by his young sister, Prematie, whom he would go on to groom into adulthood through teaching her values, supporting her education, and assisting her in becoming a qualified pharmacist. They led what seemed like the perfect life, until one night in 1988 when there was a break-in at the Singh house, and Kemraj was tragically murdered.    a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Yasha Hanoomansingh";s:9:"biography";s:512:"Yasha Hanoomansingh is a 21-year-old filmmaker who is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. She has worked on various film projects as a writer, director, actor, editor, and videographer.  Early exposure to cameras and the art of filmmaking via Yasha's father has had a lasting effect on her interests. She has chosen to also pursue film at a tertiary level, where she hopes to learn even more about the field and hone her craft. ";s:10:"photograph";s:70:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jai_Director.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/340033756 1
Jab Molassie Trinidad and Tobago 2018 7 No Rating English ‘Jab Molassie’ was conceptualized and composed by Etienne Charles as part of his latest album, ‘Carnival: The Sound of a People’. The film shows Charles as he is exposed to the sights, sounds, and movements of Jab Molassie in Paramin and Port of Spain, highlighting the myriad influences that inspired this composition. Initially, the footage was only used by the composer to inspire sounds. The idea for the film came after the music had been composed and recorded to increase awareness and impact. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Nunes";s:9:"biography";s:391:"Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with a special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and performing artists through both still images and film making.  A significant part of her work is the photography of the work of carnival artists. Her first book "In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers", was published by Robert and Christopher Publishers in 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/black-echo-iii-director.jpg";}} 1
Iron Trinidad and Tobago 2019 5 No Rating English ‘Jab Molassie’ was conceptualized and composed by Etienne Charles as part of his latest album, “Carnival: The Sound of a People”. “Iron” shows Charles as he is exposed to the sights, sounds and movements of Jab Molassie in Paramin and Port of Spain, highlighting the myriad influences that inspired this composition. Initially, the footage was only used by the composer to inspire sounds. The idea for the film came after the music had been composed and recorded to increase awareness and impact.    a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Nunes";s:9:"biography";s:393:"Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with a special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and performing artists through both still images and film making.  A significant part of her work is the photography of the work of carnival artists. Her first book "In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers", was published by Robert and Christopher Publishers in 2018. ";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/black-echo-iii-director.jpg";}} 1
No Me Olvidaré de Ti (I Will Not Forget You) USA 2019 12 No Rating English Still struggling with loss, a caring father and his daughter are moved by the Christmas spirit to connect with their Puerto Rican roots by reaching out to victims of the hurricane. Awards: Inspirational Award, Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Laila Petrone";s:9:"biography";s:955:"Laila Petrone is an Italian/Dominican filmmaker. Born in the UK, she was raised between Rome and Los Angeles. As a child of an actress, she spent most of her youth on Italian film sets. Laila went on to study International Affairs (John Cabot University) and Media and Communications (University of Florence). In 2007, she appeared as Pina in Spike Lee's “Miracle at St. Anna”. The experience inspired her to pursue a career behind the camera. In the following years, Laila worked as an assistant director and producer. In 2014, Laila's directorial debut, “Your Love”, premiered at Urban World Film Festival in NYC. The short was awarded "Best of Festival" at the Black Women Film Network Summit in Atlanta and was selected to screen on Aspire TV as part of the ABFF Independent series’ short films program. She recently completed her second short film, “No me olvidaré de ti”, conceived in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/No-me-olvidaré-de-ti_director.jpg";}} 1
Gade! (Look!) Haiti-France 2014 57 No Rating French and Creole with English subtitles Through the work of the artist and photographer Paolo Woods, settled in Haiti since 2010, “Gade!” questions the vision of foreigners in Haiti, as well as the way Haitians see themselves.  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Hermane Desorme";s:9:"biography";s:378:"Cinematographer, poet, musician and fashion designer, Hermane Desorme was born in Jacmel, South-East of Haiti, in 1988. He graduated from Cine Institute, Haiti’s school of cinematography, in 2010. Since then, he has directed short films, taken part in various art exhibitions, participated in slam and poetry workshops and founded Zantray, a theatre company, in Jacmel, Haiti.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Gade-director.jpg";}} 1
Hidden World Suriname 2018 32 No Rating Auccaans with subtitles Father Amoksi has the gift of seeing – he can tap into the spirit world – in the remote Maroon village of ‘Akuyutu Kondre’. The spiritual rituals must be strictly adhered to in order to avoid conflict with the ancestors. But Amoksi is old, and the Maroons fear that without him, contact with the ancestors will be broken and disaster will strike the village. Amoksi knows it’s time to transfer his knowledge onto his son, Michael, but he is only interested in his iPhone. Although Michael is not the desired successor, there is unexpected hope for the preservation of this unique culture.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Kenrich Cairo";s:9:"biography";s:737:"The fifth child in a family of eight, Kenrich Cairo was born in 1972 in the town of Moengo, Suriname. At a relatively young age, he moved to Paramaribo with his parents, where he received a secondary education and successfully completed studies in dental technology. Far from his Maroon roots, he has nevertheless developed the love and urge to know more about his origins and culture. Because of the beauty, depth, and mystery within Maroon culture, he studied the winti teachings and lifestyle. The urge to archive his culture led him, as a layman, to 8mm video and photography. He saw Doculab 8 for 40 as an opportunity to be taught the intricacies of filmmaking. Thanks to that new knowledge, the film "Hidden World" is a fact today.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Hidden-world-Director.jpg";}} 1
Guavas for the Road Martinique 2018 47 All Ages French with English subtitles Back in the 1960s, Pierrette left Martinique to seek a new life in Paris. She participated in the making of a TV documentary about the city’s community of Caribbean residents – a film she never saw. Now an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s, Pierrette returns to her homeland, with her adult son, for the last time. Awards: 2018: Best documentary (RCM ATRIUM/ Martinique) 2018: Memorial Acte Prize (CINESTAR/ Guadeloupe) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jil Servant";s:9:"biography";s:689:"From Martinique and Djibouti, Jil Servant has been making documentary films for over 15 years. His work mixes identity and societal issues, historical research, and cultural practices. In 2002, he directed "A strange arrival" bought by Forum des Images (Paris), in 2004 "Seasickness", selected at Vues d'Afrique (Montreal) and FIFIG (Groix), in 2005, "The pride of being a Negro woman", selected at Fémi (Guadeloupe), in 2006, "Nation, place des Antilles", in 2009, "Chinese immigration to West Indies-Guyana", in 2014, "Eda's Choice". All these films have been broadcast on RFO, ATV, TV5, Trace TV or KTO."Guavas for the Road", completed in 2017, is his latest documentary project.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Dominica_Experience-an-Island_-director-1.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/272718837 1
A Creative’s Story Trinidad and Tobago 2019 20 No Rating English ‘A Creative’s Story’ explores Trinidad & Tobago society’s views about non-traditional career choices. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Antonio Wallace";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Antonio Wallace is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production & Film Studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Inspired by many, Antonio has decided he would like to further his interests as a photographer and videographer, so he can tell a different story with great perspective. He also aims to create more documentaries in his future.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/A-Creatives-STORY_director.jpeg";}} 1
Grace and Saleem Trinidad and Tobago 2019 95 14+ English An unintended road trip, a comical first dinner and an awkward meeting of families on Christmas day all encompass Grace and Saleem’s story of an unlikely couple told via three distinctive chapters of their relationship together.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jian Hennings ";s:9:"biography";s:596:"A writer/director from Trinidad and Tobago, Jian Hennings first explored his interest in the divergent cultural identities that make up his country within his feature-length student film Back to Freeport (2017). He continues this exploration into personal connections via individuals from significantly different cultural backgrounds, now encompassed within the romantic story of Grace & Saleem (2019). Jian hopes to continue his exploration of social/cultural connection within his beautifully distinctive island home of Trinidad and Tobago via continued experimentation and a deep love of film.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Grace-and-Saleem_director.jpg";}} 1
Goyave Martinique 2018 28 PG French with English subtitles Grégory Beauville is a 40-year-old ‘Goyave (Guava) béké seeking his place in society and living a tense relationship with his father. Everything gets complicated when Grégory develops suspicions towards his father as a general strike is occurring in Martinique. Awards: Best Cinematography, Chelsea Film Festival 2018 (New York) a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:29:"Nènèb and Christophe Agelan";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Nènèb and Christophe Agelan are Martinican filmmakers. Loving words and poetry since forever (Neneb is a SLAM Champion in Martinique), they have been writing for TV shows, virtual reality content, and movies for the last five years.  Professional screenwriters, Nènèb and Christophe use humorous or dramatic situations and different genres to serve Caribbean stories with universal potential. “Goyave” is their fourth short film.      ";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Goyave_Directors-1.jpg";}} 1
Welterusten Papa (Goodnight Daddy) Curaçao 2018 65 PG Papiamentu, Dutch with English subtitles ‘Welterusten Papa’ (Goodnight Daddy) provides several perspectives and unique insights of fathers that live on an island that has been characterized as having a macho culture, where mothers have a say, whereas fathers are not always around to take care of their kids. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sharelly Emanuelson";s:9:"biography";s:703:"Sharelly Emanuelson (1986) is a filmmaker based in the Dutch Caribbean. She acquired her B.A. in Audiovisual Media from the School of Arts, Utrecht, followed by an M.A. in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Her early documentary film “Su Solo I Playanan” (2010) won an audience award at the 'Africa in the Picture' film festival (2012) and was screened at several film festivals and public debate platforms. In addition to her films and video installations she founded “Uniarte”, a non-profit, artists led organization on Curacao and the Netherlands that works to contribute to a fertile and sustainable environment for art to flourish in a contemporary Caribbean context.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Goodnight-Daddy-Director.jpeg";}} 1
Ghett’a Life Jamaica 2011 104 16+ A ghetto teenager battles against the odds to become a boxing champion. Awards: The Hartley-Merrill Int. Screenwriting Award, Cannes Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Chris Browne";s:9:"biography";s:999:"Born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Christopher Browne grew up living the simple life; no telephones, and no television until he was twelve. He was schooled at De Carteret College, Mandeville, Jamaica and later in England and the United States. Upon finishing his studies in 1984, he returned to Jamaica to work for various foreign film companies which used Jamaica as a location. He was the 2nd assistant editor on “Club Paradise” (1985) and assistant art director on “Cocktail” (1988). Browne directed his first feature film, “Third World Cop”, in 1999 (which he also co-wrote for Palm Pictures) and it premiered at TIFF. Browne’s second feature, “Ghett’a Life”, was the Grand Prize Winner of The Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2006. “Ghett’a Life” was released in 2011. Browne is currently in development on his next film, “The Tenth and Final’ a rural love story set in the turbulent world of horse racing in Jamaica.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/GHETTA-LIFE_-director.jpg";}} 1
Zo Vrij als een Vogel (Free as a bird) Curaçao 2018 27 All Ages Dutch with English subtitles For more than 50 years, 82-year-old artist, Rotterdam born, Geerdine Kuijpers has been living and working in a self-designed and built creative paradise: the Art & Nature Inn. The once flourishing apartment complex has become a beautiful, magical garden, full of mosaics and paintings – a place where spirituality can be felt. Geerdine doesn’t want to think about stopping, but what does the future hold for the Art & Nature Inn? Will her philosophy behind the spiritual work of art stand the test of time?  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sharelly Emanuelson";s:9:"biography";s:759:"Born and raised in the Dutch Caribbean, Sharelly Emanuelson studied film in the Netherlands and returned home to tell universal and intimate stories from the Dutch Caribbean islands and the larger Caribbean region. Her films and film installations have been screened at different festivals and events internationally. Apart from winning the audience award in 2011 at Africa in the Picture film festival, she received the Master award at KABK in 2014 and just recently received the encouragement spotlight Award of 2018. Emanuelson is also the founder of Uniarte, a non-profit, artists-led organization in Curaçao and The Netherlands, that works to contribute to a fertile and sustainable environment for art to flourish in a contemporary Caribbean context. ";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Free-as-a-bird-director.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/331980758 1
From South Korea to T&T Trinidad and Tobago 2019 36 PG From South Korea to T&T is a 2018 documentary film about the Korean presence in Trinidad and Tobago as well as its fan culture. It highlights the existence of the fandom and its growth in the country; bringing about more knowledge on the culture through various interviews and talks about the challenges the fandom faces in trying to fit into society. At the time of filming, the members were criticised and experienced cyberbullying through social media due to the ignorance of fellow citizens who simply didn’t understand and/or refused to. The documentary attempts to pinpoint the reasons for the rejection of the culture in order to address it. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Sarah Sobrian";s:9:"biography";s:220:"Graduating Film Production and Film Studies Student from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. She is passionate about storytelling, learning new cultures and learning more about people and society.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/From-South-Korea-to-TT_Director-Sarah.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Umar Nobbee";s:9:"biography";s:248:"Graduating Film Production and Film Studies Student from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. Writing and Cinematography are his two favorite aspects of the filmmaking process and he hopes to be a best-selling author one day.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/From-South-Korea-to-TT_Director_Umar-e1563894827236.jpg";}} 1
From Gangsta to Pastor Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary featurette 51 No Rating English ‘From Gangsta to Pastor’ chronicles the life of Gary Grant, a one-time gangster turned pastor who works to help the community he once hurt. Born and raised in Laventille his troubled childhood led him down the path of crime.  Abandoned by his father he found protection and power in the strength of a gang. After years of living on the wrong side of the law, doing jail time and seeing many of his friends die too young – he made the choice to turn his life around.  Now working hard to help hot spot communities, he also seeks to keep young offenders from going down a similar path, by telling his story he hopes to keep others from making the mistakes he did. Having many unresolved questions about his father’s absence – he decides to get some answers and closure from his father. While involved in crime he himself was unable to be a good husband or father to his three daughters.  Now that his life has turned around he is trying to be a better father – especially to his youngest son Elijah. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:299:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad & Tobago. He spent the last decade filming Caribbean documentaries about social issues. His trilogy of Jamaican documentaries traveled all around the world. He is also a photographer and produces commercials with his company T&T ROCKS.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/From-Gangsta-ti-Pastor_director.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGDvw1MSEJo 1
The Flight Martinique 2018 4 PG ‘The Flight’ tells the story of the journey of a climate refugee after hurricane Maria. Awards: Best Caribbean Animation Short Film (Kingston); Achievement in animation Awards, Silicon Valley African Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:58:"Alain Bidard is an award-winning director from Martinique.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/The-Flight_Director.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/293227308 1
Dominica: Experience an Island Reborn Dominica 2019 5 No Rating An exploration of the devastation wrought to Dominica by Hurricane Maria and nature’s recovery. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Derek Galon";s:9:"biography";s:891:"Derek Galon studied classical music, arts, and photography, also filming with an 8mm camera. He requisitioned the family bathroom to serve as darkroom! Already in his teens, he was winning awards and exhibiting works, while simultaneously continuing his education and giving concerts. With university studies completed, he further pursued his professional career in the arts. After arriving in Canada from Europe, he expanded his professional interests to include multimedia and holography and collaborated on a production of animated 3D holograms. But photography and filming still remain his strongest passion. And, he keeps photographing… and then, filming… and photographing... (now for over forty years!) Derek has made his mark during the last four decades as an internationally recognized architecture and commercial photographer while creating his own art images along the way. ";s:10:"photograph";s:112:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Dominica-Experience-and-Island_Director-e1564770868838.jpg";}} 1
De Fisheries Barbados 2018 15 All Ages English Fishing is more than an occupation, it’s a way of life. Barbados, a nation fueled by the passion and hard work of fisherfolk, is home to a rich fishing culture. In recent times, the industry continues to be threatened by many issues including the impact of climate change. This thought-provoking short film amplifies the voices of local fisherfolk and tells the story of declines in catches and observations of environmental change as well as the passion to support sustainable livelihood and hopes for the future. ‘De Fisheries’, a cry from the lips of the most vulnerable, is the beginning of a movement that will facilitate change. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Clish A. Gittens";s:9:"biography";s:338:"Clish Gittens is a visual anthropologist who realized the lived experiences and stories of Caribbean people are quite unique. Livelihoods, culture, habitats and environmental impacts vary from island to island, and the lens allows him to share those stories and celebrate Caribbean sustainability and culture from an island perspective. ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/De-Fisheries_director.jpg";}} 1
Cuban Canvas Usa, Cuba 2018 15 All Ages Spanish with English subtitles ‘Cuban Canvas’ is an intriguing intergenerational story of artists in Havana whose works hang in museums and galleries worldwide. They experiment with form, content, and bold visions. The film traces the enduring lines between art and life.    a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kavery Kaul";s:9:"biography";s:760:"Kavery Kaul is an award-winning documentary director whose projects have been screened in theaters and on television. Her work has been screened at numerous international festivals, including Telluride, Rotterdam, London, DOC NYC, Sydney, in India, Japan, Burkina Faso, and Italy. Born in India and brought up in the USA, Kaul’s cultural background is unbounded. Her credits include “Back Walking Forward”, “Long Way from Home” a Time Out, Booklist, and Film Threat Critic’s Pick; and the critically acclaimed “One Hand Don’t Clap”. A TEDx speaker on the importance of stories that connect people, Kaul received a Fulbright Fellowship, the Best Cultural Film Award (Havana), and a Proclamation of Excellence from New York City for her work. ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Cuban-Canvas_director.jpg";}} 1
Cry Trinidad and Tobago 2017 1 All Ages English A young girl experiences a life-changing encounter with nature. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ayesha Jordan";s:9:"biography";s:334:"Ayesha Jordan is a Trinidad and Tobago filmmaker with a number of short films under her belt, including “Domestic Disturbance”, “Outdated”, “Last Night”, “Raindrops on my Head” and “Trash to Treasure”. Jordan also won first place in the TT Smartphone Film Festival (2015) with her film “Good Ole Days”.   ";s:10:"photograph";s:70:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Cry_director.jpg";}} 1
Clair Obscur Martinique 2018 5 PG The journey of a man from the light to the darkness. Awards Best Animation, Sweet as Film Festival; Best Short Film, 12 Months Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:58:"Alain Bidard is an award-winning director from Martinique.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Clair-Obscur_Director.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/9hpvenyiGvY 1
Carnival: The Sound of the People Trinidad and Tobago 2018 5 All Ages English Carnival: The Sound of the People explores the inspiration behind musician Etienne Charles’ latest album. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Nunes";s:9:"biography";s:381:"Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with a special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and performing artists through both still images and filmmaking. A significant part of her work is photographing the work of carnival artists. Her first book In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers, was published by Robert and Christopher Publishers in 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/black-echo-iii-director.jpg";}} 1
Calcutta to the Caribbean: An Indian Journey Trinidad and Tobago 2014 29 No Rating English An exploration of the Indian presence in Trinidad and Tobago. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Gideon Hanoomansingh";s:9:"biography";s:90:"Gideon Hanoomansingh is a senior TV producer, journalist, and former CNN News contributor.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Calcutta-to-the-Caribbean-Director.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/341876195 1
Botoman: Métier Piroguier (Botoman: Pirogue Driver) French Guiana 2017 53 PG-13 French and Sranan Tongo with English subtitles The film, like a road movie, follows Seke’s departure from Saint-Laurent du Maroni (French Guiana). He travels more than 300km and three days to get to the village of Antecume-Pata, in Native American territory. Once the deliveries have been made, the region of Maroni is revealed little by little, a micro country, often traditional, which runs into illegal prospecting for gold.  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Didier Urbain";s:9:"biography";s:442:"Born in Paris, Didier Urbain lives in French Guiana for 20 years. Journalist, reporter, film director, and producer, he is the chair of the Pôle Image du Maroni (Centre for education in the visual image and training in audiovisual disciplines). He is currently organizing the 1st edition of the Fifac, the Amazonia-Carib International documentary Film Festival, which be held on October 14-18, 2019 in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/botoman-director.jpg";}} 1
Charlie’s Records USA 2019 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary feature 110 PG English Rawlston Charles emigrated from Tobago to the USA in December 1967. Living in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NY, Charles had a vision to promote calypso and soca music and its artists to the world through his record store, Charlie’s Calypso City, and music label, Charlie’s Records. “Charlie’s Records” reveals the American immigrant story of an unsung hero. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/charlies-records-still.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Tina Charles";s:9:"biography";s:294:"First-time filmmaker, Tina Charles, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and six-time WNBA All Star for the New York Liberty. Charles is the founder of Hopey’s Heart Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest through the placement of Automated External Defibrillators.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/w640xh480_GettyImages-1141030056.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/0LSyINKMQDg 1
Enjaulados (Caged) Mexico 2019 12 No Rating Spanish with English subtitles An elderly couple, with faith as their engine, live in forgotten rural Mexico. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Pamela Velazquez";s:9:"biography";s:331:"A lover of nature, different cultures, and social studies, Pamela Velazquez is a filmmaker who is dedicated to exposing current affairs and social issues in her films. She has written and directed several short films that have been praised at festivals around the world. She is currently working on her feature film "The no-place."";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/caged-director.jpg";}} 1
La Isla Rota (Broken Island) Dominican Republic 2018 98 18+ Spanish and French Creole with English subtitles Guy, a Haitian boy escaping from poverty, witnesses the assassination of his parents while crossing the Dominican border. Years later, entangled in a vortex of revenge, love, racial hate, and an uncertain future, he confronts the murderers. Alex North Award for Best Original Music; San Cristobal de la Laguna Historical Accesit; Best Historical Movie Award   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Félix Germán";s:9:"biography";s:767:"In 1983, he studied directing at NY's HB studio, being a student of figures such as Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine Page, and Sandy Dennis, among others. In 2005, he studied Film Screenplay at the Maine Media Photographic Workshop. He made several documentaries and short films, among them is "El Fufu," winner of the award for best short film at the Ibero-American Short Film Festival in Valencia, Spain; as well as several of Juan Bosch's short stories, "Luis Pie", "En un Bohío", "El Alma Bella de Don Damian", "A Todo un Hombre" and two half films, "El Trabucazo" and the "Grito de Capotillo". In 2005, he made his first feature film, "The Curse of Father Cardona", starring Zoe Saldaña. He is currently the General Director of Fine Arts in the Dominican Republic. ";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/broken-island-director.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/263586848/96b9da4ab8 1
Breakthrough USA 2018 104 PG English ‘Breakthrough’, tells the story of a young aspiring ballet dancer (Heaven) who is destined for greatness. Her mother (Faith) is a single parent; facing many challenges of her own as she supports her daughter’s passion. Her father (Jared) financially supports her; however (Jared) has found new love and is engaged to be married. Her grandmother (Grace) is the glue that keeps the family together. Heaven’s journey takes a turn for the worse when she is forced to call the police on her mother’s abusive boyfriend (William). Despite the circumstance, Heaven must cope with the reality of her family’s struggles while pursuing her dreams. This is a very sensitive subject in our society that women are faced with every single day. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Charmin Lee";s:9:"biography";s:637:""Bread and buttered" in Denver Colorado, Charmin Lee is most known for her role as "Maya’s mom, Jeanette," on Girlfriends. Since then, her career has continued to soar with big-screen credits such as “Alvin and the Chipmunks (road trip)”, “5th Wave”, “Extra-Curricular Activities”, and “Curve Ball”. Ms. Lee has numerous television credits and she can currently be found on CBS every Saturday morning as crime lab director, Dr. Georgia Darby in “The Inspectors”. She is the CEO of Total Package Entertainment (TPE), a production company making anything from demo reels, music videos, commercials, and feature films.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/breakthrough-director.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61j_AzxkC7U&feature=youtu.be 1
Black Indians France, USA 2018 92 PG Fench with English subtitles For more than 150 years a culture from both natives and black slaves full of energies and colors takes place in New Orleans each year for Mardi Gras: the Black Indians Carnival. With the Whashitaw Nation and his « Big Chief » David Montana, we travel through a particular History of the USA during the preparation of this event. “The black Indians are the most poetic form of resistance to segregation and slavery of the African Americans. “ a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jo Béranger";s:9:"biography";s:140:"Director Jo Béranger has filmed the human being through the world and time. She passed away in 2015. “Black Indians” was her last film.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/black-indian-director-jo.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Hugues Poulain";s:9:"biography";s:332:"Hugues Poulain was born in 1965 into a family of artists. He studied at the art school of Angers, then the Louis Lumière School and became a cinematographer. He works for Lardux Films as well as noted directors, Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern. In 2017, he released his first film as a director, “Itinéraire d'un braqueur. "";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/black-indian-director-hugo.jpg";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Edith Patrouilleau";s:9:"biography";s:244:"Edith Patrouilleau is an activist with a focus on the natives' cause. In the 1970s, she fought with the American Indian Movement, then contributed to the creation of the CSIA-Nitassinan in 1977. She continues to defend Amerindians rights today.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/black-indian-director-edith.jpg";}} 1
The Business of Carnival Trinidad and Tobago 2019 24 All Ages English The Business Of Carnival™ is a web-based series created by Entertainment & Sports Lawyer Carla Parris and it is the first Caribbean entertainment law & business web product. It has been designed to educate persons based in the Caribbean and across the world about the Intellectual Property law and business matters associated with the creative sector and carnival industry. It has also been created to stimulate entrepreneurship and support innovation by providing persons with the tools to create long term revenue and sustainable business ventures. The series also demystifies some of the common misconceptions concerning copyright law and the ownership of creative products such as carnival designs, costumes, and events in an attempt to minimize the exploitation that is rampant within the creative industry. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Juliette McCawley";s:9:"biography";s:644:"An award-winning writer, director, and producer for 14 years, Juliette McCawley’s films have been screened at festivals in China, England, Trinidad, Australia, Cuba, and Canada. She has been producing writing and directing short and feature films and documentaries as well as corporate videos in Shanghai, London, and Trinidad. Her clients included several Fortune 500 companies such as Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, Everlast, and JCB.   Most recently she was a co-producer on the feature film “The Cutlass” which won awards for People’s Choice and Best Feature Film at the trinidad+tobago film festival and is now on Amazon Prime. ";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/the-business-of-carnival-director.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/PZRyk0ZzT-U 1
Brasil Dominican Republic 2018 14 PG Spanish with English subtitles A woman in her fifties who works as a maid in a motel awaits news from her daughter, who lives in Brazil.  Cinalfama 2nd City In Film Award; IFFIC Best National Short Film a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Erik Alfredo Martínez";s:9:"biography";s:181:"Born in Santiago de los Caballeros in 1996, Erik Alfredo Martínez is a filmmaker and animator. In 2019, he graduated from the film program at the Altos De Chavón School Of Design.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/brasil-director-photo.jpg";}} 1
Black Echo III: Bamboo Trinidad and Tobago 2018 6 All Ages English ‘Black Echo III: Bamboo’ is the third movement of a composition by Etienne Charles as part of his newest album “Carnival: The Sound of a People”. The suite highlights the evolution of sonic identity in Trinidad & Tobago due to suppression by the British Colonial Authorities in the 19th century. In this movement, Charles goes to Claxton Bay to record the legendary group Claxton Bay Tamboo Bamboo. The footage was recorded for Charles to work with during his composition process. The film was constructed to showcase the inspirations and research behind the musical creation.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maria Nunes";s:9:"biography";s:388:"Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with a special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and performing artists through both still images and filmmaking.  A significant part of her work is the photography of the work of carnival artists. Her first book In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers and Makers, was published by Robert and Christopher Publishers in 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/black-echo-iii-director.jpg";}} 1
Big Man Dan Trinidad and Tobago 2019 4 All Ages English Sheila calls on her brave husband, Dan, for help when she spots a cockroach in their bathroom. But when the roach flies, Dan loses all sense and imagines that the roach is a kung-fu master who he must fight with all his might to protect his defenceless wife. After observing Dan’s approach to tackling the roach problem, Sheila decides to handle the pest herself.  a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kafi Kareem";s:9:"biography";s:642:"Kafi Kareem is an emerging writer/director with two family-friendly shorts under her belt. She won the trinidad+tobago film festival’s (ttff) Caribbean Film Mart where her feature film pitch was selected by a panel of Hollywood industry professionals as the strongest for development and production. Having gained script development experience as a reader at boutique literary management companies Radmin Company and Madhouse Entertainment, Kafi’s career background includes positions in family content programming, curation and online video publishing for kids’ content powerhouses Disney and PBS, in addition to Pluto TV.        -";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/big-man-dan-director-kk.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Shane Young Sing";s:9:"biography";s:332:"Shane Young Sing is a passionate animator with a love for bringing Great characters to life. Having animated for some of the most prominent animation companies in Trinidad & Tobago, he is the recipient of the 2012 Animae Caribe award for Best Caribbean Animation. He has animated for the Disney Channel series, “LoliRock”.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Big-Man-Dan-Director-SYS.png";}} https://vimeo.com/231786761 1
Battledream Chronicles: A New Beginning Martinique 2018 24 All Ages Syanna, a young female slave, must escape from a Caribbean cyber-plantation. 23 awards including Golden Galaxy Award, Virgin Spring Cinefest and Golden Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:58:"Alain Bidard is an award-winning director from Martinique.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/battledream-chronicles-director.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/256826383 1
Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba Cuba 2019 49 No Rating Spanish with English subtitles What do “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They all high-jacked AfroBeats without giving the genre’s origin its props. “Bakosó” follows DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from new sounds. While there, Jigüe finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called, Bakosó, which makes beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film shows the technology, culture, and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion. Audience Award at the 2019 KA Pan African Film Festival a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi";s:9:"biography";s:492:"Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is graduate of UC Berkeley, he received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Eli is an award-winning filmmaker and currently directs FistUp.TV. His work has circulated through the National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel and PBS. He is the co-founder of the multimedia project "Defend Puerto Rico. " His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film.    ";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/bakoso-director.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/ZgR7N8zXdrE 1
Arts of Conflict: The Discourse of Notting Hill United Kingdom 2019 66 PG English London’s Notting Hill Carnival is coming under increasing pressure and attacks from the British press, politicians, police and local residents who consider it an event of a conflict. “Arts of Conflict” is the story of the controversial event, from its birth out of the 1950s London race riots, to its present-day controversies that see it perceived as a Carnival of violence, the film focuses on its arts and the dark past from which it emerged, and seeks to open up the discourse into Carnival’s significance and meaning.  a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";s:9:"biography";s:714:"Tony studied for his film degree at the University of West London and is the co-founder of a small London-based film production company, Blackstone Valentine Films. Tony's first love was cinematography and he is a self-shooting Producer/ Director. During 2016, he made his directorial debuts with his fiction feature “The Last Kill”, and the documentary “Diva”, which competed for Best Documentary at ttff/16. Both were made on micro budgets with minimal crews. In May 2019, Tony completed his second documentary examining Notting Hill Carnival. He is presently completing a Masters of Research, examining Cinema in the Anglophone Caribbean, with Guyana and Trinidad forming his two central case studies. ";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/arts-and-conflict-tony-oldham-director.jpg";}} 1
Amazones: L’Art de Revivre (Amazons: The Art of Coming Alive Again) Martinique 2017 27 No Rating French with English subtitles How to live after cancer? With a group of Amazon women in Martinique, Alexandra is conducting a double reconstruction, physical and moral. She alternates surgical operations and the realization of portraits of Amazona made by photographic artists. Art becomes a kind of therapy and a way of breaking taboos. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Vianney Sotes ";s:9:"biography";s:619:"Vianney Sotes is passionate about photography and video. She moved to Martinique in 2002 where she teamed up with Laure Martin Hernandez and co-directed several films that address cultural and artistic themes. In 2017, she co-directed the film, "Amazones, The Art of Coming Alive Again", a very personal film that addresses the subject of post-breast cancer rebuilding, by following her companion over several months. In 2018, she co-directed a 52 min documentary, "L'Homme Droit", with journalist William Zébina, and is currently co-directing the documentary, "Scolopendres et papillons", with Laure Martin Hernandez.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/amazones-vianney-sotes.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Laure Martin Hernandez";s:9:"biography";s:526:"Laure Martin Hernandez is a director, documentary filmmaker and journalist. She lives in Martinique where she is interested in artistic expressions, questions of Creole societies and ecology. Several of her films have been selected for festivals in the Caribbean (Terra Festival, Guadeloupe; Cinécolo Haiti; Documentary Month of Martinique). She regularly works with Vianney Sotès with whom she has co-directed six films, including "Amazones, the Art of Coming Alive Again" in 2017 and "Scolopendres et Papillons" in 2019.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Amazones-laure-martin-hernandez.jpg";}} 1
Between Us USA, South Korea 2018 11 No Rating English, Korean On a sunny summer’s day, an engaged Korean woman reconnects with her former beau – a charming Afro-Caribbean man – in the streets of Insadong, South Korea. After spending a glorious day catching up on old times, tensions surface when he seeks answers to the question of why they broke up. Even after dredging up past hurts that derailed their romance, he begs her to give their love a second chance, leaving her to reconsider her chosen path. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Hyojin Park";s:9:"biography";s:454:"Hyojin Park was born and raised in South Korea. Her theatrical career began with Kimkapsoo's The World of Actors on Korean Broadway. Her credits include “My Mom”, “The Curtain Call for Her”, “White Wind” and “Seoul Terror”. Her film career includes “3,000”, and other notable works such as “Homework”, “Two Faces” and “My First Love”. Hyojin Park is an Acting MFA ‘19 candidate at The New School of Drama, New York, USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/BETWEEN-US-Director-.png";}} https://youtu.be/PErRwpOUUlk 1
Y Castigo (And Punishment) Dominican Republic 2016 10 No Rating Spanish with English subtitles Based on the first chapter of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel, Crime and Punishment, Raddy is a young man who is trying to win the heart of Daniela, an even younger girl. To do this, Raddy thinks that he needs money, so he goes to Sequia, a middle aged man, to sell him a cellphone for a big sum of money. But Sequia, who doesn’t like Raddy, has a different plan. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:27:"Juan José Namnún Tavárez";s:9:"biography";s:560:"Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1979, writer and director Juan José Namnun got his Bachelor’s degree in film studies at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in 2005. In 2013, he got his postgraduate diploma in Complex Thinking and Chaos Theory at Iglobal. Since 2016, he has been a professor of film studies at Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo. Namnun has been nominated as a best writer at Premios La Silla 2019 and Premios Iris Dominicana 2019. Has written two books on film, El tiempo del cine (2015) and Exodo tras la imagen (2016).";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/And-Punishment-Director-.jpeg";}} 1
Después de Lucía (After Lucia) Mexico 2012 103 16+ Spanish with English subtitles Alejandra and her dad, Roberto, have just moved to town. She is new at school and he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated, when you’ve left so much behind. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Michel Franco";s:9:"biography";s:882:"Michel Franco was born in Mexico City in 1979. He is a director, screenwriter and producer. His filmography is highlighted in the films "Chronic" (nominated for the Palme d'Or and winner of Best Screenplay at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival) and "After Lucia" (winner of Best Film in Certain Regard, Cannes Festival 2012). As a producer, his work in the film "600 Miles" stands out (directed by Gabriel Ripstein and winner of Best Ópera Prima at the Berlin Festival 2015), as well as in the film "From There" (directed by Lorenzo Vigas, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival 2015). His most recent film “April’s Daughters” was part of the 2017 Cannes International Festival and won the Judges Award, Un Certain Regard. Lucia Films is his production house. Michel was part of the judging committee at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, Biennale Cinema 2017.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/AfterLucea-_-Director-e1565824593249.jpg";}} 1
Reel Human Rights Films No Rating Each year since it’s inception in 2006, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has been consciously highlighting human rights through films, panels and presentations. On Sunday, September 23, ttff will partner with Grundlos Kollektiv to present ‘Activism Day’, dedicated to discussions and screenings related to LGBQTI, gender, domestic and social issues. (Read more ») Judgement Day Documentary Short / Director: Francesca Hawkins In 2017, Jason Jones, a human rights activist sued the state over colonial-era laws that criminalise sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex. Judgement day is a short documentary that follows emotive events on the day of Justice Devindra Rampersad’s landmark ruling in the legal case, Jason Jones v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago. April 12, 2018, was D-Day for Jason, the LGBTQIA coalition and the supporters of these laws gather outside the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain to await the judgment. I Choose You Narrative Short / Director: Siobhan Millette Seven-year-old Taylor is a child of divorced parents once living comfortably between their two homes. A breakdown in the dynamics of the relationship between his parents results in Taylor now being tasked with choosing the household he wants to live in permanently; a monumental responsibility for such a young child. Please See Attached Narrative Short / Director Andrei Pierre Young and noble Maurice is a Shoe-in to be St. Lucille’s next Vice Principal, however, when the school board steps in to make changes, his alliances come into question and he’s left to make some bold decisions. The film is meant to be a conversation piece; a door opening on little mentioned issues of civil injustice and basic human dignity; of what real friendship means, and the hypocrisy of the well-intentioned and also funny. a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Francesca Hawkins";s:9:"biography";s:286:"Francesca Hawkins works in television news and audiovisual production. She studied film at UWI St Augustine and worked on Seige, the student documentary about hostages held at TTT during 1990’s attempted coup in Trinidad and Tobago, winner of the ttff/09 People’s Choice Award.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/40622259162_36e8c30369_z.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Siobhan Millette";s:9:"biography";s:136:"'I Choose You' is Siobhan Milette’s sophomore short film. Her many filmmaking attributes including directing, producing and writing.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/shivonne.jpg";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andrei Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:279:"Andrei Pierre graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2015 with a BA in Film Production and one in Communication Studies. He is a head writer and content developer on video campaigns for a local social media firm. Bringing drama to the screen is his life’s purpose.";s:10:"photograph";s:59:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/3.jpg";}} 1
Wrap Party / Rapsonic Concert No Rating 1
Awards Ceremony No Rating 1
Activism Day: Panel No Rating 1
Acting Workshop No Rating 1
Filmco Game Night No Rating 1
Business Seminar No Rating 1
Heart Therapy Exhibition No Rating 1
Heart Therapy Exhibition Opening No Rating 1
Buscando al Zorro (Looking For Zorro) Dominican Republic 2018 80 PG-13 Spanish, with English subtitles Looking for Zorro tells the story of Pablo, who raises his nine-year-old son, Rafael, without the support of his absent wife. Pablo and Rafael must go on a long journey through high mountains searching for ‘Zorro’, their last hope of making a living. During the journey, they encounter situations that test their own turbulent relationship. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Wigner Duarte";s:9:"biography";s:352:"Born in the Dominican Republic, actor and director Wigner Duarte  got his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film production and  Masters degree in Film and Video production with a concentration in directing at City College Of New York. His first short films were Life On Wheels and The Man In The Black Suit.  Buscando Al Zorro is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Headshot-242aa5a61a-headshot.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu__87zVAUk 1
Y de Pronto el Amanceer (And Suddenly the Dawn) Chile 2017 188 14+ Spanish, with English subtitles After 40 years, Pancho returns to his hometown of Chilean Patagonia, where century-old trees rise above abandoned tombs and the sea, drunk with rain, conceals the roots of men. He draws inspiration from his past for an article that he is writing. He recalls his childhood, the love of his life and the reason he had to flee the town. Sponsored by The Embassy of Chile a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Silvio Caiozzi";s:9:"biography";s:634:"Chilean director Silvio Caiozzi’s first feature film was 1979’s Julio Comienza en Julio (Jules Begins in July). It has been voted Best Chilean Film of the 20th  Century.  Caiozzione of Latin America’s most celebrated directors and has produced and directed La Luna en el Espejo (The Moon in the Mirror) 1990; the first Chilean film chosen and awarded in Official Competition in a Class A Festival (Venice). Caiozzi developed the script for this film together with the world-famous writer José Donoso. Later Caiozzi made the movies Coronación (Coronation) and Cachimba, both based on literary works of the same author.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/foto-SILVIO-CAIOZZI-1.jpg";}} 1
Una Noche de Calypso (A Night of Calypso) Panama 2017 83 All Ages English + Spanish, with English subtitles Members of the Amistad Group, one of the last active calypso groups in Panama, recount the origins, history and heritage of the genre which originated in Trinidad + Tobago. They recall all of the past Panamanian calypsonians who left their legacy. In the end, they come together for a night of calypso. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Fernando Muñoz";s:9:"biography";s:236:"Fernando Muñoz is from Argentina. He studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. Munoz moved to Panama in 2009, where he has been working in various capacities as a filmmaker. A Night of Calypso is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Headshot-8eabd21bdb-headshot.jpg";}} 1
Pather Panchali India 1955 125 No Rating Hindi, with English subtitles Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreams of a better life for himself and his family and leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. Alone, his wife, looks after her rebellious daughter, Durga, and her young son, Apu, as well as Harihar’s elderly aunt Indir. The children enjoy the small pleasures of their difficult life, while their parents suffer the daily indignities heaped upon them. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Satyajit Ray";s:9:"biography";s:927:"Satyajit Ray directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic.  Pather Panchali (1955), his first film won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar(The World of Apu) (1959) form The Apu Trilogy. Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, a number of additional awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Satyajit_Ray_in_New_York.jpg";}} 1
Mamá Colombia 2017 78 16+ Spanish, with English subtitles Victoria is a reserved and independent woman who enjoys her solitude. She has an unexpected visit from her long-lost daughter Sara, who asks her to take care of her 7-year-old granddaughter for a couple of days. This favour will totally change her life. After a shocking event and unforeseen news, Sara comes back home to make things right with her mother. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Phillippe van Hissenhoven";s:9:"biography";s:545:"Phillippe van Hissenhoven studied Film Direction at the Escuela Séptima Ars in Madrid.Today, he is Creative Director at Cine Posible Productions where he has produced pieces for television, advertisement, the internet and recognized multinationals enterprises. Since 2007, he is the Director of the International Independent Film Festival of Villa de Leyva and creator of “Cine Posible” methodology in which more than 1,500 people have been trained in filmmaking. MAMÁ is his debut full-length film as scriptwriter, director and editor.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DIRECTOR-e1535902180507.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmR9AypEM9Q&list=PL4rH5C41y0duGhsdvMqonFIULY6veyjsH&index=6 1
Las Hijas De Abril (April’s Daughters) Mexico 2017 103 16+ Spanish, with English subtitles Seventeen-year-old Valeria, does not want to tell her long-absent mother about her pregnancy but due to the economic strain and overwhelming responsibility, her half-sister, Clara, decides to call their mother. April arrives almost immediately, and her maternal instinct is reignited. Sponsored by The Embassy of Mexico a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Michel Franco";s:9:"biography";s:257:"Michel Franco is a Mexican film director and producer. He founded Lucía Films, where he wrote, directed and produced films like After Lucia, Chronic and April’s Daughter, which have respectively won prizes at the 2012, 2015 and 2017 Cannes Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/T9A0050-e1535901679190.jpeg";}} https://youtu.be/4qdPdL6A3pc 1
Johnny 100 Pesos: Twenty Years and a Day Chile 2018 120 18+ Spanish, with English subtitles Johnny is released from jail after serving twenty years and one day for a heist and double murder. Despite trying to turn over a new leaf he ends up participating in a kidnapping plot to recover a large ransom. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Gustavo Graef Marino";s:9:"biography";s:706:"Gustavo Graef Marino is one of Chile’s most acclaimed filmmakers. His original and highly acclaimed take on post-Pinochet Chile, Johnny 100 Pesos, became Chile's highest grossing movie and was selected as its official candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film category in the 1993 Academy Awards, as well as the Spanish Goya Awards that same year. Following international success, it won the Chilean film critics' Best Movie of the Year and went on to obtain worldwide distribution.Gustavo has also directed, wrote and produced big budget movies for Chilean TV like Balmaceda, for which he won the Best Drama Award in the Altazor Television awards. His next T V movie, Prat, reached a record audience.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Gustavo-Graef-e1503726303253-850x400.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A26uUez5PXM 1
Carnival Messiah: The Film & Documentary UK 2017 128 PG English Carnival Messiah: The Film & Documentary presents this incredible theatrical production in full. It includes exclusive behind the scenes interviews, from then and now, with Carnival Messiah’s visionary creatives, cast members, the artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Jude Kelly, and also features additional filmed content from Danielle Dieffenthaller. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ashley Karrell";s:9:"biography";s:408:"Ashley Karrell works as a director, filmmaker and photographer in Leeds. His professional career spans over 17 years. As the director of production company Panoptical, his work showcases a broad spectrum including visual art, commercial and experimental video productions, and mass participation pieces. His creativity pursues and explores ideas of community, is socially engaging and internationally minded.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Carnvial-Messiah-The-Film-Nov-2017_Ashley-Karrell_PANL4721_WEB-1.jpg";}} 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 a:2:{i:0;s:7:"fantasy";i:1;s:14:"sciencefiction";} narrative feature 84 PG-13 English It’s 2049 and Toronto the Good has been taken over by the wealthy. A wall has been built around the city and the poor are expelled to an island off the coast, known as The Burn. The segregated Burndwellers have been forced to scrape out a living by bartering, recycling, and farming. Mami is the unspoken leader of the Burn, sharing her Caribbean herb lore and leading her followers in an ancient spiritual practice. Ti-Jeanne turns 19 and the time has come for her to succeed her grandmother and become a Priestess. When Mami tries to prepare her to take part in the same possession ritual that killed her mother, Ti-Jeanne refuses. She flees with her young love Tony to the other side of the Burn in hopes of leaving the spirit business behind. Until – out of the ashes of The Burn, a drug lord rises to take control of the remaining population and uses his right hand, Crack, to torment the Burn dwellers and prepare them for sale to mainlanders as smart slaves. When Crack begins torturing the children of the Burn, Ti-Jeanne can no longer refuse her other-worldly powers as a priestess. She is the only hope to save them. Can Ti-Jeanne handle the power of the spirits she has been so afraid of and save her people, or will her fear kill her? a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/brown-girl-begins-still-01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/brown-girl-begins-still-02.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sharon Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:342:"Sharon Lewis is a Canadian television personality and film Director from Toronto, Canada. She has also acted in a number of films, including Degrassi: The Next Generation, where she was the mother of Jimmy Brooks, played by the rapper Drake. In 2017, she directed her afrofuturist feature film, Brown Girl Begins, which features David Rudder.";s:10:"photograph";s:70:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Sharon_Lewis.jpg";}} Allison Augustin; Danielle Ayow; Measha Brueggergosman; Hannah Chantée; Alli Chung; Rachael Crawford; Joey DeCarle; Sonia Dhillon Tully; Leon Elkaim; Dorett Emanuei; Charles Fowler; Franckie Francois; Howard Gord; Elijha Hammill; Kiki Hammill; Brittany Johnson; Amrit Kaur; Keeya King; Sy Jin Lee; Andy McQueen; Nadin Rizk; David Rudder; Peter Sacco; Ryan Singh; Patrick Sue-Chan; Cameron Switzer; Ronald Tang; Allen Zarnett. https://www.facebook.com/browngirlbegins/ browngirlbegins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWpDLIC93e4 browngirlbegins 1
Bigger than Africa USA 2018 90 All Ages English The most pronounced African Culture of the Diasporas remains the culture of the Yorubas. From Brazil to Trinidad, United States to Cuba, Haiti and across the entire Caribbean. Bigger Than Africa follows the trans-Atlantic slave trade route from West Africa to six different countries – USA, Nigeria, Brazil, Republic of Benin, Trinidad + Tobago and Cuba to explore and find reasons for the survival of this particular West African Culture. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Oluwatoyin Ibrahim Adekeye";s:9:"biography";s:309:"Oluwatoyin Ibrahim Adekeye, originally from Nigeria is now based in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of LACC and the Los Angeles Film School, an artist with an eye for detail & passion for perfection. He was the executive producer of Whole 'Nother Level, a short film that went to Cannes Film Festival in France.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Directors-Pict-1.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3IywlRWUB0 1
The Strange Luck of V.S. Naipaul United Kingdom 2008 78 PG-13 English When Sir Vidia Naipaul agreed to have a film made about him he said he wanted it to be “as personal as possible”.  This is indeed a candid personal portrait, presenting the 2001 Nobel Laureate for Literature in the three places that have been most influential to his writing career: his native Trinidad, his ancestral home of India, and Wiltshire in england, where he lived for many years.  A moving and touching documentary being shown as a tribute to the late author. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Adam Low";s:9:"biography";s:128:"Adam Low is a director and producer, known for Alan Bennett's Diaries (2016), Arena (1975) and Voices from Robben Island (1994).";}} 1
Tribute to a Native Son Trinidad & Tobago 2007 38 PG-13 As part of a tribute to the late V S Naipaul, Bhoe Tewarie in conversation with Trinidad+Tobago’s most illustrious author on the occasion of the 2007 UWI Laureate celebrations. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Bhoe Tewarie ";}} 1
From Steelpan, the National Instrument to Steelpan, the Industry Trinidad and Tobago 2018 20 All Ages English This documentary film features the novel implementation of a Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) Steelpan Manufacturing pilot programme in secondary schools across Trinidad + Tobago. This is a vision of the Pan in Schools Coordinating Council (PSCC). It highlights the vast potential of the nation’s youth to help develop the industry and contribute to the economic and cultural landscape of T + T. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Ann-Marie Harry";s:9:"biography";s:427:"Documentary filmmaker, thespian, retired teacher, member of the Pan in Schools Coordinating Council (PSCC), Ann-Marie Harry, first became involved in film in 2010, when she played the character Mother Alfie in the short film, The Blood And The Bois (Sigmond Cromwell). Despite having some experience in stage play directing while at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, this is her first attempt at film directing.";}} 1
Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 02 Martinique/France 2017 90 16+ French with English Subtitles In the 60s, the French Government encouraged islanders to leave the French West Indies to escape poverty that resulted from the closure of sugar mills. Lured by the idea of a ‘dream country’, and although they were citizens of France, they found life in Europe was not what they had imagined. Sponsored by the Alliance Française Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 01 a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Christian Faure ";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPlDvWHyvFc 1
Anthony and Cleopatra UK No Rating English After the murder of her lover Caesar, queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius. A humourous look at the classic love story based on an original English stage production. 1
Cymberline 14+ English Cymbeline is the King of Britain. He marries an unpleasant woman who has an arrogant son called Cloten. Cymbeline arranges the marriage of his beautiful daughter, Imogen, to Cloten but she defies him and marries the poor but worthy Posthumus Leonatus. Several plot lines follow, involving disguises, mistaken identity, deceit, treachery and poison. The villain of the play is Iachimo, who bets a large sum of money against Postumus’ ring that he can seduce Imogen. 1
Mommy Canada 2014 140 16+ English Mommy is a tremendously acted, heartfelt, inventive black comedy about a widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, who finds new hope when a mysterious neighbour inserts herself into their household. Sponsored by The High Commission for Canada a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:" Xavier Dolan";s:9:"biography";s:669:"Xavier Dolan-Tadros  is a Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, editor, costume designer, and voice actor. He first received international acclaim in 2009 for his feature film directorial debut, I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director's Fortnight section. Since 2009, he has written and directed eight feature films.Dolan has won many awards for his work, including the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Mommie and the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for It's Only The End of the World. He has also won several Canadian Screen Awards and César Awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Xavier_Dolan_Cannes_2016.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx1YlGvKuA4 1
Please See Attached Trinidad & Tobago No Rating English a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andrei Pierre";}} 1
Doubout Martinique 2018 20 16+ French with English Subtitles Eight year old Joseph in Martinique, refuses to accept the departure of his older brother to the mainland France. Influenced by the traditional stories of his grandfather, he is convinced that Lentikri, an ancient Martinican monster, prowls around the house to attack his family. Joseph decides to confront it. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Pierre le Gall";s:9:"biography";s:346:"Pierre graduated as a screenwriter at the CEEA in 2015. The same year, he directed Évasion , a self-produced short film bought by France 3. Currently he has two feature films in development.. One to be broadcast on tv, Les Bernard L'Hermite with Astharté et Compagnie, and the other one for the cinema. Doubout is his first produced short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PIERRE_LEGALL.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Sarah Malléon";s:9:"biography";s:351:"After receiving a university degree in Martinique, Sarah Malleon obtained the CEEA scriptwriter diploma in 2015. Since then, she writes and develops projects for television and cinema including, T’as pas changé at Storner Prod and The Magnificent Gégé (2016 Sopadin Junior Jury Award) at TS productions . Doubout is her first produced short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/SARAH_MALLEON.jpg";}} 1
Three Women: About Slavery and Freedom Suriname 2018 50 14+ English From late 16th century until 1863, the Dutch sold an estimated 600,000 African people into slavery. This documentary follows three women who are each involved in the heritage of slavery in their respective roles. When researcher Ellen-Rose Kambel discovers a photograph of a man who owned her ancestors in slavery, she decides to locate his descendants. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Ida Does ";s:9:"biography";s:515:"Ida Does is an award winning documentary filmmaker. She was born in Suriname and worked in the Netherlands, Surinam and Aruba as a teacher, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her work contains themes from (colonial) history, art, culture and social justice. In 2017, Does received the CineFam Award at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival in Toronto (Canada) as the best female director of color. Her latest film 'Amsterdam, traces of sugar' (2017) received the award for 'best documentary' in Toronto.";s:10:"photograph";s:69:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/unnamed-3-1.jpg";}} 1
Black Doll St. Vincent & The Grenadines 2018 4 All Ages English A little black girl plays with her white dolls until her grandmother reminds her what it means to be a woman. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Akley Olton";s:9:"biography";s:460:"Akley Olton is a young man dedicated to the development of Caribbean cinema, trained in visual arts, graphic design and audiovisual production. Since 2011 he began to work as Director of Photography for Film Fiction, Documentary and Advertising. He studied Cinema (CINEMATOGRAPHY) at the International School of Cinema and TV EICTV, CUBA. He has worked on projects in St. Vincent and the Grenades, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, London, Canada and Ghana.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Director-Akley-Olton.jpg";}} 1
JAFTA Propella Jamaica 2018 50 PG-13 English New Shorts from Jamaica. Agwe Director: Ina Sotirova Disaster strikes when a young, Afro-Caribbean high Priestess goes against her intuition. This unorthodox coming of age story explores Afro-Caribbean ancestry, history and spirituality. Flight Directors: Kia Moses + Adrian McDonald From the little island of big dreams comes a little boy from an inner city community with the larger-than-life dream of becoming a Jamaican astronaut. On a deeper level, this film is also a story about space. A lack of space, a longing for space and what happens when various life paths, moving in different directions, interact in the same space. Lovers Director: Mezan Akoya When two couples are trapped in an elevator, being forced to examine themselves and their relationships may be the only way out. Safe Harbour Director: Kaiel Eytle A girl is pulled from the brink of death by a mysterious young boy. Discovering his amazing abilities, the two form a bond that is tested as they uncover the dark secrets that dwell within. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:7:"Various";s:9:"biography";s:2309:"Ina Sotirova: Ina Sotirova is a storyteller and explorer with a passion for the world's diverse cultures, their unique traditions and expressions. Her path of international journalism and photography led her to documentary filmmaking during her time in New York City. Kia Moses: Kia Moses graduated with Honours, multiple awards in Advertising at The School Of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.  After working at ad agencies in New York and London, plus interning for music video director ‘X’, she returned home with a passion to pour everything back into the Jamaican creative industry.  Flight is her first short film. Adrian McDonald: Adrian McDonald is a fine arts photographer and film director . He currently has one award winning short film, Cozenage which won 4 of 5b eligible awards at the UWI GATFFEST in 2014. He has spent the past four years developing his photography brand whilst amassing the necessary tools to stimulate his film career. During that time he has released over three short films, Still Human, New Slaves and The Universe to his niche audience on various platforms. Mezan Akoya: Mezan Ayoka is a writer and filmmaker.  She attended the Los Angeles Film School in 2008. On returning to Jamaica, Mezan co-directed the short film Grow Jamaica Grow that placed second in the RBC Make a film in 24 Hours Competition held at the 2012 Reggae Film Festival. She wrote and directed Ding, a short film that screened at the Kingston on the Edge Urban Art Festival (2013) and at GATFFEST in June (2017). Summer School, a TV pilot written by Mezan, was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the nationally recognized Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Creative Writing Competition. Kaiel Eytle: Kaiel  Eytle has been involved in creative production for over 15 years.   He founded Reelvibez Studios alongside David Mullings, through which he has produced a variety of productions for the screen in his role as Chief Creative Officer. When not actively in production with Reelvibez, Kaiel also works as the Technical Manager at the UWI Community Film Project, where he also teaches filmmaking skills to people from at risk and underprivileged communities from across Jamaica. Safe Harbour marks Kaiel’s first steps into directing fictional narratives.";}} 1
Yuh Too Sweet Barbados 2018 4 PG-13 English A poetic rumination on the ruins of the lost sugar industry that is replaced by another, not so savoury industry. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/an-affirmation-Director-Ada-M.-Patterson.png";}} 1
In the Fade Germany/France 2017 106 16+ German with English Subtitles Katja’s life falls apart in the blink of an eye when two neo-Nazis kill her husband and six-year-old son in a bomb attack. Her quest for justice soon pushes her to the edge as the two suspects stand trial for murder. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Fatih Akin";s:9:"biography";s:881:"Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage and Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994.  In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, Sensin - You're The One! (Sensin - Du bist es!), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, Weed (Getürkt), 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlo), 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: In July (Im Juli), 2000, Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren (2001), Solino (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards Head-On(Gegen die Wand), 2003, and Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (2005).";s:10:"photograph";s:60:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/FA.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjlFTay8z48 1
El Chata (The Sparring Partner) Dominican Republic 2018 75 16+ Spanish, with English subtitles Although Samuel has the potential to be a boxing champion, he seems destined to fail. At thirty and just out of prison, he has to become a sparring partner because nobody will give him the chance at a fight. Unable to feed his family and exposed to temptation, Samuel is determined to get back in the ring and prove he has changed. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Gustavo Ramos Perales";s:9:"biography";s:577:"Gustavo began his career in theatre at 22, as a student of the University of Puerto Rico. He then moved to Madrid to study film direction and production at Septima Ars. In Madrid he directed two short films, Negro and Frame. On his return to Puerto Rico, Gustavo produced En la Malla, a TV mini series for public television. The series was also aired in the United States. In recent years he has produced sports documentaries, and has directed TV commercials. In 2016, he won the Puerto Rico Film Commission´s competition to produce and direct his first feature film El Chata.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/IMG_8907.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_UfL5sGD4Y 1
The Tempest 120 No Rating 1
Kinto Jamaica 2018 16 PG-13 English A young homeless Jamaican boy survives a brutal life with the little money he makes cleaning car windscreens on the roadsides of Kingston. Beaten, bruised and broken, he witnesses a car crash and is faced with a choice that may destroy his humanity and change his life forever.     a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Joshua Paul";s:9:"biography";s:795:"Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Joshua Paul is a film-maker entrepreneur. On receiving his Bachelors in Film Production at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad in 2015, Joshua  has produced a variety of productions including local secondary school football features, an internationally distributed cooking show, and various other features for television and the internet. In his film inventory, Joshua’s first major work was his final year university production, producing the short film The Misadventures of Brian and Sachin in 2015 which won best indigenous short at the World Festival of Emerging Cinema. After university, he directed Enhanced, the Jamaican superhero short film which was nominated for Best Short at the Urban Action International Film Festival at HBO, New York in 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-9ee8174c17-headshot.jpg";}} 1
La Dieta (The Diet) Cuba 2018 111 PG-13 Spanish, with English subtitles Lacking in self-confidence, Carlos finally gets the courage to ask his crush Sofia out for lunch. When she surprisingly agrees, he is sent into a panic as he realises his bank account is empty. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Omar Camilo";s:9:"biography";s:559:"Omar Camilo has worked as a director, producer and editor of television, advertising and film projects. His most recent project, Wonder Woman on Wheels, represents Puerto Rico in the DOCTV Latin America series. He recently received two Emmy Suncoast Chapter 2017 Awards as Director for his documentary Wonder Woman on Wheels and as editor for the series Ismael Cala in Puerto Rico. He also received two additional nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards; One as director of the Mundo Breve web series and one additional for the Ismael Cala series in Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-46e46713ed-headshot.jpg";}} 1
Lalo’s House USA/ Haiti 2018 26 14+ Haitian Creole, with English subtitles Eleven-year-old Manouchka and her younger sister Phara are on their way to school when they are kidnapped. They awake in a girl’s orphanage surrounded by nuns but this is no safe place. Tortured, starved and forced to perform unspeakable acts, Manouchka will do all she can to save her little sister’s innocence. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:27:" Kelley “Kali” Chatman";s:9:"biography";s:474:"Kelley Kali, a Howard University & USC School of Cinematic Arts Alum. She has produced and directed award-winning films in Belize, Haiti, China, and locally in the USA. She was fortunate to have her more recent film, Lalo’s House, win the Programmers’ Award at the Oscar Qualifying Pan African Film Festival. Kelley was also featured at the 2018 American Black Film Festival in the Emerging Directors category and is a Finalist in the 45th Annual Student Academy Awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-bd94824e9e-headshot.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/b0dl3Fu7Kp8 1
Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 01 Martinique/France 2017 90 16+ French with English Subtitles In the 60s, the French Government encouraged islanders to leave the French West Indies to escape poverty that resulted from the closure of sugar mills. Lured by the idea of a “dream country”, and although they were citizens of France, they found life in Europe was not what they had imagined. Sponsored by the Alliance Française Le Rêve Français (They had a Dream)—Part 02 » a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Christian Faure Copie";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Christian-Faure-copie.jpg";}} 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 a:1:{i:0;s:7:"fantasy";} narrative short 16 14+ English A desperate man embarks on a journey into the intimidating mangroves in search of something mysterious. Lost and hopeless he’s not sure where to go. While there he faces surprises that cause him to question his surroundings, and he soon learns that he must race back to safety before sundown or risk encountering the terror that lurks in the mangroves at night. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/mangroves_poster.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/mangroves_still-01.jpg";i:1;s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/mangroves_still-02.jpg";} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Oliver Milne";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Anthony Fung";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:33:"Janine Mendes-Franco, Jamil Agard";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Teneille Newallo";s:9:"biography";s:849:"Teneille Newallo is an award winning filmmaker who started her career at Florida Atlantic University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance. She has over 15 years experience on stage and on screen as a host and as an actor, both in T&T and the US in major productions like Bazodee and Play The Devil; and eventually also merged into screenwriting, producing and directing. The Cutlass, which made the shortlist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2012, is Teneille's debut feature-length film as a screenwriter, producer and casting director. It won multiple awards including both People's Choice and Best Feature Film at TTFF, 2016 and at PBCFF 2018. Her screenplay, Soucouyant, now being turned into a TV series, also made the shortlist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2015. "Mangroves" is her debut short film as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Teneille.jpg";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Joel Burke";}} Stephen Hadeed Jr, Teneille Newallo, Anand Lawkaran, Joshua Dowlth, Adrianne Eligon. https://www.facebook.com/mangrovestt/ https://youtu.be/d7OpIsefM3M 1
Manumission Venezuela 2018 8 PG-13 Spanish with English Subtitles Keiber a hitman tormented by guilt enters an Epiphany which leads us to a journey through his life and the reasons for his bad behavior, this seeks redemption to try to free his being from all guilt, though already it can be late for. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jorge Márquez";s:9:"biography";s:353:"Born in Venezuela, his passion for Film making began at 22 while working as Projectionist in a local Cinema. His dream came true when enrolled in the Cinematography School of University of the Andes in Merida, Venezuela (ULA), getting his film degree and specialization in Sound Design, with an experience of over 15 years, now an independent filmmaker.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-ESTER_YOGA-5.jpg";}} 1
March of the Mokos Trinidad and Tobago 2017 21 PG English This documentary on the stilt walking Carnival art in Trinidad + Tobago centres on head of Keylemanjahro cultural group and “King of the Moko Jumbies” Glen “Dragon” DeSouza. He not only helps to revive the art form but his talent and teaching of the craft inspires youths, encourages other groups to emerge across the country and attracts students from across the globe. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kim Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:374:"Kim Johnson is currently the Director of the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago. His films, which were all screened at the TT Film Festival are The Audacity of the Creole Imagination, The Radical Innocence of Jackie Hinkson  which he wrote and directed. He also wrote PAN! Our Music Odyssey, Re-Percussions: Our African Odyssey, and Our Soul Turned Inside Out.";s:10:"photograph";s:69:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/kim-johnson.jpg";}} 1
Mas Guadeloupe 2017 56 PG French with English Subtitles Carnival, one word, many traditions; beyond dreamful landscapes and relaxing moments, the Caribbean islands also share one common culture: the celebration of carnival. Although carnival shares similar historical roots throughout the Caribbean, the difference often lies in the manifestation of the celebration. Discover how the island of Guadeloupe is linked to Trinidad and Tobago through the history of carnival and how this modern celebration acts as a bridge between the two. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jessy Schuster";s:9:"biography";s:488:"Jessy Schuster is a French American journalist and producer who lives between Miami, USA, and the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. After 8 years of experience in reporting, news writing and digital producing, she produced her first national documentary with America's #1 public television PBS in 2011 on the Caribbean and African Art scene in Miami. Her second documentary "Kriol Jazz Festival", featured the International Jazz Festival of Cabo Verde an its creole influences.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-c284d1bf87-headshot.jpg";}} 1
The Wind Journeys (Los Viajes del Viento) Columbia 2009 116 All Ages Spanish, with English subtitles Ignacio Carrillo spent much of his life travelling through northern Colombia singing vallenato, a popular form of folk music. He accompanied himself on his legendary accordion, said to be cursed by the devil. Eventually Ignacio got married and gave up his itinerant ways, settling in a small town. When years later his wife suddenly dies, Ignacio decides to make a trek to the coast, to return his accordion to its previous owner, his former teacher and mentor. Accompanying Ignacio is Fermin, a boy with romantic notions of becoming a juglar—a wandering musician—as Ignacio once was. Ignacio tries to discourage Fermin, as the life of a juglar brings only solitude and sadness. As they travel the awesome landscape—through savannah, desert and forest, and over mist-wreathed mountains—man and boy share a series of almost mystical adventures. These adventures not only bring them closer together, but also closer to their journey’s haunting, unexpected end. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ciro Guerra";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Ciro Guerra was born in 1981, and studied film at National University of Columbia. After directing a number of short films, Guerra wrote, directed and produced The Wandering Shadows (La sombra del carminante), his award-winning feature debut, in 2004. The Wind Journeys, his second feature-length film, was Columbia's official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards.";}} 1
Live Bait Trinidad and Tobago 2018 24 16+ English Mervyn is a seemingly innocent fisherman living off his catch in Trinidad. When the brother of a local drug lord makes an offer he can’t refuse, Mervyn’s past demons come back to haunt him and a sacrifice must be made to ensure that he survives his decision. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dominic Boos";s:9:"biography";s:389:"Dominic Boos was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago and attended St. Mary’s College.  Whilst still in secondary school, he got involved in Film, Television and Photography and have been actively involved in creating documentaries, commercials, films and educational videos for the past eight years.   In 2017, he graduated from the University of Sussex with a Masters in Filmmaking.";s:10:"photograph";s:65:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/unnamed.jpg";}} 1
Lady in the River Trinidad & Tobago 2018 11 PG English Set in the near future, Lee, a retired soldier struggles to recover from the loss of a loved one. He finds himself having to choose between his past and his future. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:32:"Soraya Moolchan + Israel Ramjohn";}} 1
Vwé Kafé (Real Coffee) Trinidad & Tobago 2018 16 All Ages English An elderly villager makes coffee the traditional way. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Cassandra Joseph";s:9:"biography";s:111:"Cassandra Joseph is  an avid film-maker who is inspired by family, culture, history and tradition.    ";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Seventy-Years-Together-Cassandra-Joseph.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:" Vincent Lopez";s:9:"biography";s:109:"Vincent is a  professional videographer and photographer with a natural eye for images making them timeless.";}} 1
Windows and Walls Trinidad & Tobago 2018 14 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Charlene Modeste ";s:9:"biography";s:259:"Charlene Modeste aka the recording artist MzMuffin became interested in film while doing music videos ( see YouTube MzMuffinTv). Windows and Walls is her second film and her attempt at fine tuning what she considers to be a very exquisite and intricate craft.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-8929e0428e-headshot.jpg";}} 1
Venus and Magnet Trinidad & Tobago 2018 10 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Elspeth Duncan";s:9:"biography";s:221:"Elspeth Duncan is a Trinidad-born, Tobago-based writer, film maker, photographer, musician, Kundalini Yoga teacher and animal rescuer/advocate. Several of her films have been screened at local and international festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-a35c207c9c-headshot.1.jpg";}} 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 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/unfinished-sentences.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Saffrey Brown";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Fernanda Rossi";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mariel Brown";s:9:"biography";s:769:"Mariel Brown is an award-winning director and founder of the creative and production company Savant. In 2007, her first documentary film, "The Insatiable Season", was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.  Mariel produced, directed and edited the documentary feature, The Solitary Alchemist which was screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and was awarded the jury prize for Best Locally Produced Film.Her three-part documentary series on Trinidad and Tobago's first Prime Minister, Eric Williams, Inward Hunger: The Story of Eric Williams recently won the Best Local Feature Film jury prize at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and has been screened at several film festivals internationally.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/dir._mariel_brown_2.jpg";}} Renaldo Frederick, Ché Jardine, Alessandra Jardine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQADGMzDv3Q 1
TTIT 40th Anniversary Trinidad & Tobago 2018 30 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Leroy Smart";s:9:"biography";s:539:"Leroy Smart is a trained cinematographer from Trinidad and Tobago. After spending over two decades working at the leading production house in Trinidad, he moved on to being an independent film maker. His first short film The Suspect  screened at tttff/10. The film also screened at the Africa In The Picture Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2011. With 28 plus years in the television industry he also completed a workshop course in eletronic cinematography at the International School of Film & Television Workshops in Rockport Maine USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/directors-photo.jpg";}} 1
Trash to Treasure Trinidad & Tobago 2018 3 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ayesha Jordan";s:9:"biography";s:204:"Ayesha Jordan is a Trinidad and Tobago filmmaker. Her short films Domestic Disturbance and Outdated were ttff/12 and ttff/13 world premieres, respectively. Her most recent film is Last Night (2014).";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ayesha-j.jpg";}} 1
Tiffanys USA 2018 5 All Ages 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. a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Zhara Honore";s:9:"biography";s:239:"Zhara Sean, and Caityln are recent graduates from Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL. Hailing from  Trinidad, Missouri and New York  respectively, they worked together on 'Tiffanys' as their senior thesis capstone project.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-a7970a5368-headshot.1.jpg";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Caitlin Chiusano";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Sean Esser";}} 1
La Licorne (The Unicorn) Guadeloupe 2018 18 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:" Johann Nertomb";s:9:"biography";s:552:"Johann Nertomb is an accomplished journalist, originally from Guadeloupe. His career has spanned over several continents; France where he worked for French TV, France O  as well as the news magazine, 7-8 on TF1, Complement d’Enquète and Envoye Special on France ”.   His personal achievements include producing the first Guadeloupean fiction series, Soukougnans, in 2008, Vivre encore in 2013 and PAJWE, a 2016 film for which he won the Short Film Festival le prix de court in Guadeloupe and the Chelsea Festival Performance Award in New York.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Johann_Nertomb2.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/kAbNPJsooUs 1
The Twin Island State 30 No Rating ‘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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kirk Carmona";s:9:"biography";s:562:"Having achieved First Class Honors after completing his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Media and Communication at the University of Greenwich, Kirt Carmona has now set his sights on being one of the best when it comes to film and video production. With over ten years experience, he has worked as a video editor, a camera operator, a video director, a sound engineer, music producer and graphic artist. As a result, due to the wealth of knowledge gathered over the mentioned period of time he can easily be considered a Jack of all trades within the world of media.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-4a554db17e-headshot.1.jpg";}} 1
La Parranda (The Parrandas) Cuba 2018 61 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Daniela Muñoz Barroso";s:9:"biography";s:309:"Daniela Muñoz Barroso has developed as a director in different Spots and short films made for United Nations Campaigns in Cuba. She is a scriptwriter and director of the fiction short film Prohibido Olvidar, which briefly covers the subject of disappearances in the decades of dictatorships in Latin America.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/images-1.jpg";}} 1
The Grass Men St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2018 13 PG 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. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Aiko Roudette";s:9:"biography";s:683:"Aiko Maya Roudette is a Vincentian documentary filmmaker who has been based in New York for the past 9 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Film Production and Master's Degree in Media Studies. For the past five years she has worked as a documentary cinematographer and editor, archival researcher, sound tech on narrative film shoots, director, producer, and production assistant. Roudette's work spans a wide range of short films and videos produced for a variety of clients. She has been employed in New York, London, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Kitts and Uganda. She is currently working on establishing the first film courses to be offered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/24634874_640x640.jpg";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Vonnie Roudette";}} 1
The Deliverer 2018 14 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Paul Pryce";s:9:"biography";s:579:"Paul-Robert Pryce is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, and has been pursuing his career as an actor in the United States since 2005. Some of his highlights to date have been appearing in Hamlet with Paul Giamatti at the Yale Repertory Theatre.  Paul is an alumnus of H.B. Studio in New York City and the Yale School of Drama,t where he earned his M.F.A. in Acting. Aside from the theatre Paul is also a screenwriter and producer. He has written and produced the short film Come out,Come out and is currently working on other film projects in various stages of development.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Price-web0114.jpg";}} 1
La Mora y el Cocuyo (The Blackberry and the Firebeetle) Venezuela 10 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Isaias Perez";s:9:"biography";s:389:"Isaías JJ Pérez was born on January 10th 1987 and is of Spanish and Venezuelan Nationality. His first studies linked to filmmaking were in a Communal Documentary Study in COTRAIN. He then started studying filmmaking in ESCINTV in which he graduated as a filmmaker. He is currently studying a Bachelor's Degree in Audiovisual Arts in UNEARTE, The National Experimental University of Arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-director_1.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/CGF0k969yxY 1
Sustainabill 2018 8 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jabari Daniel";s:9:"biography";s:94:"Jabari Daniel is a student of Hillview College with a burning passion for film, photography. ";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-51083f65a7-headshot-e1535930106836.jpg";}} 1
Sun, Sea and Science: Trinidad after Oil Trinidad and Tobago 2018 40 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Raymond Ramchiritar";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/RR-Good-2-Port-e1535929313674.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/57WpFrKui_M 1
Studio Drummie One and the History of Rock Steady Music Jamaica 2018 90 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Guy A. Ragosta";s:9:"biography";s:399:"Guy Anthony Ragosta was  born in an Italian-American community on June 12, 1976, was raised in New York until  his family moved to the State of Vermont  .He attended the University of Rhode Island where he received a B.S. Degree in Environmental Management while on academic scholarship. He received a M.S. degree from University of Hawai  in Natural Resources & Environmental Management.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Guy-Ragosta-Director.jpg";}} 1
Sprinter Jamaica, USA 2018 16+ 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 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Victoria Linares Villegas";}} 1
Staging the Revolution Trinidad and Tobago 2018 35 PG 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. 1
Solstice Venezuela 2018 6 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Anthony Xavier";s:9:"biography";s:307:"Anthony Xavier was born in Caracas on July 23, 1998 and lived in the Jose Felix Ribas neighborhood until he was 15 years old. His first camera (handycam) was obtained at 14 with which he made videos for the internet. He  is currently studying  at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of the Andes.";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/anthony-xavier.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z1lFOO2HOk 1
Shattered St Lucia 2018 5 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Imran St. Brice";s:9:"biography";s:197:"Imran St. Brice is a self-taught filmmaker who has independently written, directed and produced two short films, Secure (2017) and Shattered (2018). He currently lives in the island of Saint Lucia.";}} 1
Same Old Shit Trinidad & Tobago 2018 5 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Robert Macfarlane";s:9:"biography";s:499:"Robert Macfarlane is a narrative director from the United Kingdom, based in Trinidad and Tobago. He has a degree in Digital Film and Television from the London South Bank University and has worked extensively in the film and television industry both in the UK and the Caribbean. Robert has written and directed several short films, including Jab in the Dark, winner of the People’s Choice award at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2013, A Bess Pelau, Christmas Mugs and Still Life with Bench.";s:10:"photograph";s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/robert-mc-farlane.jpg";}} 1
Sam Puerto Rico 2018 10 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Stephanie Camacho Casillas";s:9:"biography";s:585:"Stephanie Camacho Casillas graduated from Atlantic University College with a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Cinematography. Following her career passions, Camacho-Casillas has been working on different artistic venues including video, digital photography and graphic design. Her short film projects have also been acknowledged and awarded in prestigious local and international competitions. In addition, Camacho-Casillas has delivered photojournalism workshops and has worked in television programs like D’Tras de la Fama (Behind Fame) in MegaTV studios as Director of Photography.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-steph.1.jpg";}} 1
Sensing Travel: A Series of Deconstructing Moments within Aesthetics Trinidad & Tobago 2018 17 All Ages English Sensing Travel is an art film in intersectionality, as I traveled through space. Converging aesthetics into a political performance of global aesthetics. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Dean Arlen";s:9:"biography";s:358:"Dean Arlen attended John Donaldson Technical Institute where he completed a Craftsman’s Diploma in Jewellery Making and continued at UWI, St. Augustine pursuing  a Certificate in Visual Arts. He then proceeding to Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, on a Commonwealth Fellowship  Scholarship completing his studies in installation art. ";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/eb68df4825-headshot.1.jpg";}} 1
Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams Grenada/USA 12 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Meschida Philip";s:9:"biography";s:188:"Meschida Philip is a Grenadian/American filmmaker.  She has her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in film degree from The City College of New York with a concentration on Documentary Filmmaking.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-a0d245e582-headshot.1.jpg";}} 1
Scarred Trinidad & Tobago 2018 5 PG English Words have the abillity to make or break you. Choose yours wisely. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Zachary Bharat";s:9:"biography";s:244:"Zachary Bharat is a Photographer ,Videographer and aspiring Trinidadian film maker. He is the founding member of Momentum Media and also works with Deep Focus Film .He is energetic , creative and driven to becoming a successful Actor/Filmmaker.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/91736bc887-headshot.1.jpg";}} 1
Safe Spaces Trinidad and Tobago 2018 27 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:74:"Jean-Claude Cournand + Rhonda Chan Soo + Vincent O’Neil + Isaiah McClean";s:9:"biography";s:1151:"Rhonda Chan Soo is a documentary filmmaker with a Master's degree in documentary filmmaking at Wake Forest University. Upon returning to Trinidad in 2014, she has worn several hats in the local film industry, from camera department PA, to video assist, to script supervisor.  Two of Rhonda’s short documentary films produced in Trinidad and Tobago have won awards locally - Riding Bull Cart, which won the Best T&T documentary short at the trinidad + tobago film festival in 2015, and Quiet Revolution which won the Jury Award at Trinidad and Tobago’s Green Screen in 2016. Vincent O’Neil works with the 2 Cents Movement as Lead Media Technician. Isaiah McClean fell in love with filmmaking shortly after completing a Film and Television boot camp led by Steven Taylor and produced by Gayelle the Channel in 2013 while still enrolled in Secondary School. Soon after, he began volunteering on video projects with the 2 Cents Movement, where he currently works as Strategic Marketing Designer and Filmmaker, while also completing his undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Marketing at the University of the Southern Caribbean.  ";}} 1
Run Free UK, Jamaica 2018 70 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Simon Sharkey";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Simon Sharkey is associate director of National Theatre of Scotland. He has worked extensively across the world introducing his “Theatre of Opportunity” to communities and artists as far and wide as India, Australia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Brazil, USA, UK and Europe. His artworks are predominantly theatre using multi art form which regularly includes moving image in live performance. This is his first documentary film.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Simon-Sharkey-1-bw.1.jpg";}} 1
Run Dominican Republic 2017 2 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Francisco Rojas";s:9:"biography";s:560:"Francisco Rojas was born in the city of La Vega, Dominican Republic, in 1975. He began studying art at age 10 at the National Palace of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo and  as a teenager going to the National School of Plastic Arts of Dominican Republic. He is  self-taught photographer. Currently  he mixes architecture, visual arts and photography in his independent film projects. He directed the short film Negra Noche (Black Night) which was selected in eight international festivals. He also art director of the short films 6:15, Irene and Gula (Gluttony).";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-FOTO_FRANCISCO_ROJAS.1.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpMCxBZh9Z0 1
Zone Protégée (Protected Zone) Martinique/France 2016 9 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Roger Lemus";s:9:"biography";s:518:"Roger Lemus was born Martinique and  has been an actor for theater and the film industry in Paris, France for many years. He worked with Deborah Warner (Jules Cesar – Chaillot theater), Jean-Michel Ribes (Rêver peut-être), Pierre Arditi, Michel Aumont. In 2009, he was awarded “best screenplay” for Le naturel revient au galop by the French minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand. He starts in 2015 writing theater plays and directing short films. Protected Zone (Zone Protégée) is his first shortfilm.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-ROGER_LEMUS.1.jpg";}} 1
Paranoia: Crime In Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago 2018 8 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:171:"18 year old Riyadh Rahaman is a T&T Youtuber and Filmmaker who's mission is to attend the UWI Film Program and produce local movies and original shows in the coming years.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/7606ba482f-headshot.1.jpg";}} 1
Oya: Rise of the Suporisha United Kingdom 2014 13 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Nosa Igbinedion";s:9:"biography";s:274:"Nosa Igbinedion's first fiction short film The Hydra won best film at the BFM Shorts Awards 2009.  He directed The Prayer which received international recognition in 2011. He is currently developing a TV series, a comic book and feature film for Oya rise of the Suporisha.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-Nosa_Igbinedion.1.1.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmA_ZWniRzY 1
Les Mots que Chuchotent Nos Ombres (Our Shadows Whisper) Guadeloupe 26 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Samuel Tanda";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Samuel Tanda  entered into an Art program at IRAV (Regional Institute of Visual Arts) in Martinique in 2003. He became particularly interested in his cinema history course and therefore joined in 2015  the CLCF (Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français) in Paris, to pursue training of an editor. Back in Guadeloupe, he joined the company Extérieur Jour as a editor. In 2016, he directed San konbin, which won the prize for best short film in  Guyana.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-38e47c96fa-headshot.1.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/PNJ-3B_fDRI 1
Oseyi and the Masqueraders Dominica 2018 27 PG A young boy comes of age when he conquers his fear of the Carnival costumes of his village, and learns two family secrets. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Alwin Bully";s:9:"biography";s:628:"Alwin Bully was born and raised in Dominica. He established and developed the Department of Culture and was it first Director. Later he was resident in Jamaica for twenty years where he worked, up to 2006, as UNESCO’s Caribbean Culture Advisor. Having gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the West Indies, he has received numerous awards for his work as playwright and director, graphic artist, set designer, poet and short story writer, carnival designer, and composer. In 2011 the University of the West Indies conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in recognition of his work in Arts and Culture.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/6a27f2cbe7-headshot.1.jpg";}} 1
Eggs Benedict Trinidad and Tobago 2018 30 18+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Anthony Blackburn";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/c06cada7-b494-4ccd-b1d2-832b82cf983a.jpg";}} 1
Facepaint Trinidad and Tobago 2018 21 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Dr. Iezora Edwards";s:9:"biography";s:570:"Dr. Iezora Edwards has a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and Literatures in English, a Masters in Education and a PhD in Cultural Studies. She has been involved at all levels of Drama and Theatre in Trinidad & Tobago for the past twenty-five years. Her PhD research was based on gathering heritage information through oral narratives, and reconstructing the data to produce heritage stories formerly erased, suppressed or neglected, to be placed in the spotlight, on the stage. She is an executive member of Iere Theatre Productions Limited, and Director of IereTrin Films.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/cb5c5499ff-headshot.jpg";}} 1
The Firewalkers of Kali Trinidad and Tobago 2018 23 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Orlando Dinchong ";s:9:"biography";s:406:"Orlando Dinchong has 17 years experience in video production. He created a 3D animated female red devil Mascot for Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago in 2005. In 2015 he was the main technical person behind his first feature length documentary Our Souls Turned Inside Out . In 2016, he was a part of the art department in Green Days by the River.  The Firewalkers of Kali is his directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/20180612_145512.jpg";}} 1
Floating into Fire Trinidad and Tobago 2018 9 PG 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 a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Olivia Wyatt";s:9:"biography";s:701:"Olivia Wyatt is an award-winning filmmaker and sailor based in Los Angeles.  She is a member of the Sublime Frequencies film and music collective and has directed three feature-length documentaries, Staring into the Sun (2011), The Pierced Heart & The Machete (2013), and Sailing A Sinking Sea (2015). She also produced a television show for Vice and has a series of experimental short films called Vibraquatic (2012). Her work has screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, Maysles Cinema, Flaherty NYC, The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History, BFI London, Singapore International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BAM, The Barbican Museum, and The Museum of Jurassic Technology.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Screen-Shot-2014-09-03-at-1.41.50-PM.png";}} 1
Sin Ayo (No Goodbye) Curacao 12 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Elizabeth Francisco";s:9:"biography";s:523:"Born and raised in Curaçao, Elizabeth moved to the Netherlands to pursue a degree in Cultural Anthropology in 2001. She moved back to the Caribbean in 2008 with a Master’s degree  and has been working as a creative project manager, media & corporate content producer and now as an upcoming filmmaker. Together with her co-producer she has worked on a number of short films, including winning the Short Movies Big Stories competition at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2015 with her film Distansia.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-b47c48024a-headshot.1.jpg";}} 1
Nang by Nang Canada/Trinidad and Tobago 2017 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary featurette 40 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Richard Fung";s:9:"biography";s:619:"Richard Fung is an award-winning artist and writer, born in Trinidad and based in Toronto. His single-channel and installation works, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) and Re:Orientations (2016), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago. A Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, his lifetime achievement honours include the 2000 Bell Canada Award, the 2001 Toronto Arts Award for Media Art, and the 2015 Kessler Award from the City University of New York.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-8f9b139517-headshot.1.jpg";}} 1
For the Love of Money Trinidad and Tobago 2018 28 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:27:"Fidel Guerra + Lylah Persad";s:9:"biography";s:358:"Fidel Guerra holds a BA in Film Production and Film Studies from the University of the West Indies. For the Love Of Money is his first attempt at directing film outside of school projects. However, he has been around the film industry and credited as Associate Producer of Nick Attin's Tomb and Escape from Babylon; and Joel Joseph's Time to die.    ";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-3ffd93fa4b-headshot.jpg";}} 1
Fragmentz Barbados 2018 6 14+ English A girl tries to unravel pieces of her fragmented memory. She soon realises not everything that is faced can be changed. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Vonley Smith";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/8ec52b3e3b-headshot.jpg";}} 1
From a Valley of Talol Haiti 2018 10 14+ 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. a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sam Simonds";s:9:"biography";s:119:"Sam Simonds is a senior at Connecticut College pursuing a double major degree Film Studies and East Asian Studies  ";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Photo-3-Small3.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Shineika Fareus";s:9:"biography";s:81:"Is a rising sophomore at Gordon College. She plans to major in Political Science.";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Photo-6-Small6.jpg";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Yves Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:79:"Yves Pierre is Senior at Connecticut College studying International Relations.";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Photo-5-Small5.jpg";}} 1
From Colonization to Cake Soap Colorism in Jamaican Society Jamaica 2018 25 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Zoe Davidson";s:9:"biography";s:289:"Zoë Davidson is an MFA in Film student at Howard University.  She was born and raised in Toronto and is is also an actress and an avid photographer.To The Brown Girl in the Room was her first major film, inspired by the experiences she had as a student as a liberal arts student in Ohio.";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Zoë-Davidson.jpg";}} 1
Hall Barbados 2017 95 No Rating 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Rommel Hall";s:9:"biography";s:558:"Rommel Hall was born on September 14, 1979.  In 2003 he founded the performing arts company Jesus Army Productions.  In 2009, Rommel co-founded the media production company: Hall-e-wood Productions with his wife Keren Hall which has developed and produced the first Barbadian sitcom Keeping up with the Joneses and several other series and feature length films. Rommel was also a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship and travelled to the UK where he successfully pursued a degree in film producing at the University of South Wales in Cardiff.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Rommel-Headshot.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/vtBw7dcrDhAw 1
Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross Trinidad and Tobago/Canada 2018 110 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Francess-Anne Solomon";s:9:"biography";s:795:"Francess-Anne Solomon was in England  to Trinidadian parents. She was raised and educated in the Caribbean and Canada before moving to Great Britain where she built a successful career with the BBC as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer. She moved to Toronto in 2000, where she continued to create, write, direct, and produce her own projects. Her last film, A Winter Tale, received many prestigious international awards, including most recently at FESPACO 2009 (Africa’s Oscars held biannually in Burkina Faso, West Africa) where it also won Special Mention in The Paul Robeson Diaspora Category. Other directing credits include the feature film Peggy Su! (BBC Films, 1997); the Drama and Bideshi (British Film Institute 1994); and documentaries Literature Alive (Bravo!/OMNI,  ";s:10:"photograph";s:71:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/fas4-1000x647.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/N0p7WkgGYPU 1
Home Invasion Trinidad and Tobago 2018 42 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Andy Smart";s:9:"biography";s:765:"Andy Smart began his career in television at TTT, Trinidad and Tobago Television in 1976. He then went on to be part owner of Video Associates he  was the Director of Photography and Associate Producer of the TV Series Turn of the Tide. He also directed several episodes of the hit series Calabash Alley . He went on to work at .Discovery TV in Grenada and received training from the BBC in Indigenous Production & Programming. He went on to open Smart Advertising in Grenada. He has left the advertising world behind and has shifted his focus to giving back by conducting courses for the Ministry of Science Technology & Tertiary Education and The Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) in Trinidad within the area of TV and Video Production.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-11c3dd8333-headshot-e1535916736293.jpg";}} 1
Hush-a-Bye Trinidad and Tobago 2018 30 PG-13 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? a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Taromi Lourdes Joseph";s:9:"biography";s:437:"Taromi Lourdes Joseph has written and directed original pieces for the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). In 2016, she enrolled in the Television Production Programme at the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP). Hush-a-Bye is her second offering. She is credited as the writer, producer, director and lead actress.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-09bfa77e57-headshot-e1535917233221.jpg";}} 1
The Pursuit of Truth @ 125 Trinidad and Tobago 2018 40 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade";s:9:"biography";s:484:"Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade’s investigative documentaries which focus on Trinidad’s unique local culture have been screened in London, Toronto, New York and Trinidad. His international film awards include ‘Best International Short Documentary’ for The Shouters and the ‘Control Freak’ Empire (2011) and Award of Excellence for The Madonna Murti (2012). His other titles include Who let the Dogs Out (2008), Suck Meh Soucouyant, Suck Meh (2009) and Bottom in De Road (2015).";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Oyetayo-Raymond-Ojoade-1.jpg";}} 1
Juni Curaçao 2017 8 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sharelly Emanuelson";s:9:"biography";s:640:"Sharelly Emanuelson (1986) is a filmmaker based in the Dutch Caribbean. She acquired her B.A. in Audiovisual Media from the School of Arts, Utrecht, followed by a M.A. in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague where she received the Art Academy Artistic Research Department Master Award.  Her early documentary film Su Solo I Playanan (2010) won an audience award at the Africa in the Picture film festival (2012) and was screened at several film festivals and public debate platforms. At the moment Sharelly screened 3 films at the Curacao Film Festival Rotterdam (2018) and is researching her next film Man of Montuno.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-bd32163c10-headshot.jpg";}} 1
East Waves Jamaica 2018 2 PG-13 English An unexpected moment that is fun yet dangerous. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Di-Andre Caprice Davis";s:9:"biography";s:497:"Di-Andre Caprice Davis was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She is a self-described experimental artist or ‘avant-garde experimenter’, whose work investigates new media technologies. Her work is primarily an exploration of form, engaging with opportunities afforded by new media to develop new languages that reflect a twenty-first century contemporary existence. Abstraction, computer graphics, GIF art, glitch art, mathematics and surrealism are some of the fascinations that animate her practice.";s:10:"photograph";s:65:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/me-self.jpg";}} 1
Disposable Trinidad and Tobago 2018 12 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Dylan Quesnel";s:9:"biography";s:477:"Dylan Quesnel is a freelance Director of Photography and Editor with over five years of experience working in the video/film industry. His first independent documentary film ‘Small Change’ has been to six film festivals, two of which were in Seattle and Toronto respectively. He has worked on many narrative, documentary, corporate and commercial productions for clients such as BP and Scotia Bank and independent productions such as The Cutlass and To Be a Renegade.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-ce7b106edb-headshot.jpg";}} 1
Duo Impacto Cuba 2017 8 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:49:"Molly Harding, Miranda Everingham, Alexandra Nagy";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-a36a74456d-headshot.jpg";}} 1
International Men’s Day Trinidad and Tobago 2018 17 All Ages 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. 1
Para Elorza… Sin Cancion (To Elorza… Without a Song) Venezuela 2018 8 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"María Fernanda Martínez ";s:9:"biography";s:656:"María Fernanda Martínez, a Venezuelan filmmaker born in Caracas, graduated in Film Arts at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, majoring in script developing and writing for life action, documentary and animation from the National Association of Film Authors and the National School of Cinema.. As a AD in Teresa en Tres Estaciones from Alter Producciones and as a director of the second unit within the documentary Children of Las Brisas from Marianela Maldonado. Her first project as a writer and Director, To Elorza Without a Song was her project to obtain her bachelor degree at the University, which had received an honorable mention at that time.";s:10:"photograph";s:112:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-Captura_de_pantalla_2016-07-21_a_las_21.52.27.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWXdtBvAlAM&list=PL4rH5C41y0duGhsdvMqonFIULY6veyjsH&index=13 1
Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors Japan, Jamaica 2017 44 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Kaneal Gayle ";s:9:"biography";s:264:"Kaneal Gayle is a journalist working in Jamaica who has developed a love for doing documentaries. He believes that through his work he can capture specific and important points in history while documenting stories from the point of view of those who've lived them.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-f52427c7f2-headshot-1.jpg";}} 1
Cross My Heart 2018 14 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Sontenish Myers ";s:9:"biography";s:719:"Sontenish Myers is a Caribbean-American writer-director based in Harlem, NY and has written and directed 4 short films to date. Her most recent short, Cross My Heart, made its world premiere at East End Film Festival in the UK and has screened widely in the US including Seattle International Film Festival and Palm Springs Shortfest. Sontenish was recently awarded the 2018 Lorraine Hansberry/Ralph Ellison Arts, Performance, and Media Award, and was named a 2017 "30 Under 30 Caribbean-American Emerging Leader" by the Institute of Caribbean Studies. She was selected by NYU as a Martin Scorsese Scholarship recipient in 2017. Sontenish is currently developing her first feature, a historical sci-fi, Stampede.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Sontenish-Myers-Headshot-2017.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/265476403 1
Cocote Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, Qatar 2017 106 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Nelson Carlo De Los Santos";s:9:"biography";s:808:"Nelson Carlo De Los Santos studied cinematography in Buenos Aires then later in Edinburgh College of Art where he started making experimental work. He has received his MFA in Film/Video at CalArts. During this period, he made an observational documentary which has shown in festivals in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, including Tropical Uncanny at the Guggenheim, New York. His thesis, a feature-length essay film ‘SANTA TERESA Y OTRA HISTORIAS’ (2015) had its world premiere at FIDMarseille, where it won the Prix Georges de Beauregard, after which it was selected for the TIFF, the New York International Film Festival, Viennale, the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, winning Best Latin American Film, also the prix of first film at Cinema Tropical Award 2016. Cocote is his latest film.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Directors-Image.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyseZHrUjd8 1
Children of the Incursion Jamaica 2018 24 PG 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. a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ina Sotirova";s:9:"biography";s:526:"Ina Sotirova is a journalist with over 10 years of experience and a solid background in photography. She became a documentary filmmaker while pursuing her Master's at Columbia University's Journalism School in 2011 and her debut doc, freedom2dance, won the 2012 duPont/Judy F. Crichton Award for visual storytelling. She has since worked on various indie docs and at HBO Documentaries. Born in Bulgaria, she is currently based in Kingston, Jamaica, where she teaches, mentors and makes films at the UWI Community Film Project.";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Dir_InaSotirova.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Eka Campbell";s:10:"photograph";s:69:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/EkaCampbell.jpg";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Allan Powell";s:9:"biography";s:547:"Producer Allan Powell, who is also one of the characters in the film, comes from Kingston's inner-city community of Denham Town. Personally affected by the events of 2010, Allan was compelled to explore the lasting effects of the Tivoli Incursion on the young people–like himself–who lived through the trauma as children. He graduated from the UWI Community Film Project (UWICFP), an intensive course in film and video production for inner-city youths, in 2016 and went on to produce Children of the Incursion as his first documentary.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Allan-Powell-2.jpg";}} 1
Caroni Canada, Trinidad and Tobago 2018 8 GA 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ian Harnarine";s:9:"biography";s:733:"Ian Harnarine was born in Toronto to parents from Trinidad & Tobago. He studied physics and astronomy at York University. Harnarine earned a Master’s in nuclear physics at the University of Illinois, and an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School, where he taught in both the film school and the Physics Department. His films includes work for Sesame Street that earned an Emmy nomination. His short film Doubles With Slight Pepper, Executive Produced by Spike Lee, won the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Academy Award. He was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film and profiled in the New York Times. He is currently adapting David Chariandy's novel Soucouyant.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:70:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/harnarine_hs.jpg";}} 1
Black Hair Trinidad and Tobago 2018 20 GA English The struggles of having black hair. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Gabriella Bernard ";s:9:"biography";s:769:"Gabriella Bernard is an upcoming international model based in Trinidad & Tobago. Even though she has faced colorism time and time again, in the workplace, among social circles, and even in the modelling industry, she relentlessly pursues her goals to become an established international model.  Gabriella has also received the award for Model of the Year in Print from Caribbean Style and Culture and was the first model to represent Trinidad & Tobago in the World Championship for Performing Arts. Her ultimate goal is to become an influencer and an activist, as she already gives a voice to the oppressed in her daily life. She is determined to eventually become the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago and implement feasible and modern approaches to current issues.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Gabriella-Bernard-Director-Photo-Final.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:262:"Miquel is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad.He spent the last decade filming Caribbean documentaries about strong topics. He also takes photos and produce commercials with his company T&T ROCKS. You can check his work at www.trinidadandtobagorocks.com";s:10:"photograph";s:67:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DSC5343-2.jpg";}} 1
Breaking the Cycle Trinidad & Tobago 2018 61 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Miquel Galofré";s:9:"biography";s:136:"Miquel is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad. He spent the last decade filming Caribbean documentaries about strong topics. ";s:10:"photograph";s:69:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DSC5343-2-1.jpg";}} 1
Anima Regalias’ Imperfect Apparition Trinidad and Tobago 2018 2 PG English A silent film in which Anima Regalias, portrayed by Michelle Isava, appears. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Rodell Warner";s:9:"biography";s:634:"Rodell Warner (b. 1986) is a Trinidadian artist whose most recent works are photographic portraits in which his digital animations are projected onto his subjects’ bodies, dramatically altering each subject’s appearance. These works have been exhibited at The Whitney Museum of American Art in the 2016 Dreamlands exhibition as part of the collective video project Ways of Something, and at The National Gallery of Jamaica in the 2016 exhibition Digital, and at Art Basel in Switzerland in 2017. Rodell is a recipient of the 2011 Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residency and the 2014 summer residency at NLS Kingston.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/7e29b07860-headshot.jpg";}} 1
Three Minutes Trinidad and Tobago 2018 5 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Juliette McCawley ";s:9:"biography";s:787:"An award winning Trinidadian filmmaker, Juliette McCawley spent 15 years as an actor  before directing her first short film in the US.  She moved to Shanghai where she spent the next 5 years, producing, writing and directing short films as well as industrial and corporate videos.  In 2010 she studied Advanced Film Directing at Central Film School London.  Since her return to Trinidad she has worked as writer / director / producer on documentaries, features and short films. Her film 'One Good Deed' has been in several international film festivals and won the Jury Award for Best Short Film in the Caribbean Tales Film Festival.  She was a co-producer on the feature film The Cutlass which won People Choice and Best Feature Film in the Trinidad And Tobago Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Juliete-Headshot.jpg";}} https://youtu.be/l6aVx4-DnnQ 1
A Mauritian Mobius Trinidad and Tobago 2018 61 PG-13 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. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Savrina Chinien ";s:9:"biography";s:431:"Producer, writer, director Savrina Chinien lectures in French and Francophone Literatures and Film at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad-and-Tobago. She is an affiliate member of the research team CLARE at Université Bordeaux Montaigne in France as well as a member of the African Federation of Film Critics in Senegal.  As a film critic, she has served as a member of jury for three International Film Festivals.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-75f6c39361-headshot-e1535910570374.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Edmund Attong";s:9:"biography";s:223:"Edmund Attong is a multi-faceted, award-winning Trinidadian filmmaker. His films have been screened at festivals all around the world. He is currently working on two feature films, one in Trinidad and another in Martinique.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Photo-3-Edmund_pic1-1.jpg";}} 1
Back in Times Trinidad & Tobago 2018 6 PG English ‘Back in Times’ constructs  an ingenious narrative via the spoken word art-form, highlighting the glaring disparities between our past and the present. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Kleon McPherson";s:9:"biography";s:301:"Kleon McPhersonfrom  Tobago, is a renowned spoken word artist, possessing a Bachelors of Arts Degree in History and also a Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies. He has directed short promotional videos over the past five years. His intention is to bring a refreshing and innovative style to his films.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/a8d298b61e-headshot.jpg";}} 1
Angela Cuba 2018 13 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Juan Pablo Daranas Molina ";s:9:"biography";s:705:"Juan Pablo Daranas Molina is a Cuban filmmaker based in New York City. His filmography includes YUNAISY, selected by more than fifty festivals, and TWILIGHT, winner of top prizes from the New Jersey Film Festival, the Martinique International Film Festival, Muestra Joven, etc. His credits also comprise projects for organizations like Galleria Continua, Louis Vuitton, the Museum of Modern Art, the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Daranas is a co-founder and president of fila20 filmes, a Cuban-American group with films screened in more than a hundred countries and at festivals like Cannes, Glasgow, Miami, New Jersey, Sundance, Sydney, Trinidad & Tobago, etc..";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ANGELA_director_Juan_Pablo_Daranas_Molina.jpg";}} https://vimeo.com/259926121 1
We Will Live Cayman Islands 2017 24 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:" Pascal Pernix";s:9:"biography";s:226:" Pascal Pernix was born in the South of France. After moving to the Cayman Islands in 2006 to pursue his career, he then created his own creative agency Pcreative and has directed several short films independently since 2015.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-90b8486fad-headshot.1-e1535909459195.jpg";}} 1
Nos Vamos Pa’ París (We’re Going to Paris) Puerto Rico 2017 8 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Norris";s:9:"biography";s:124:"David Norris is a producer and director, known for Dad's Photo (2015), Gente Buena (2013) and Cositas que se Olvidan (2010).";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Headshot-d80d00297a-headshot.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdN4pwpifWI 1
Dear Jane UK 2016 13 14+ 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.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"John Quarrell ";s:9:"biography";s:287:"John Quarrell has worked across the arts and media industries on feature films, TV dramas and live events. His film Spaceboy was screened alongside the hit film Gravity in movie theatres. He recently directed a short episode of the hit BBC 1 TV drama Casualty and a short film, The Gift.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Dear-Jane-John-Quarrell.jpg";}} 1
E Yobida Di Ayera (Yesterday’s Rain) Aruba 2016 10 No Rating 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Armand Simon";s:9:"biography";s:473:"Armand Simon is a filmmaker and educator in Aruba. In 2010, he founded Da Vinci Academy, a multi-disciplinary centre for the arts. He developed a unique screen-acting programme, in which he coaches a group of talented and highly motivated teenage actors. His recent film projects include The Package, which won the Audience Award at the AIFF 2015, and E Yobida di Ayera (Yesterday’s Rain), which won Best Film, Best Producer and Best Female Actor awards at the ASFF 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:104:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Yesterdays-Rain-E-Yobida-di-Ayera-Armand-Simon.jpg";}} 1
Uncertainty and Failure (Incertidumbre y Fracaso) Trinidad & Tobago + Scotland 2017 No Rating 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. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Luis Vasquez La Roche";s:9:"biography";s:591:"Luis Vasquez La Roche was born in Venezuela and moved to Trinidad and Tobago in 2002. His works are explorations of personal experiences from his past and new adopted space and culture. His works have been exhibited in Trinidad, Grenada, Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Germany and The Netherlands. He was part of the Artists in Residence (OAZO AIR) in The Netherlands in 2013 and Beta Local’s Itinerant seminar in 2016. He is also the co-founder of See You on Sunday, which is an artist collective committed to Arts education. He currently lectures in The University of Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Luis-Vasquez-La-Roche.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Joanna Helfer";s:9:"biography";s:624:"Joanna Helfer is a multidisciplinary artist based in Scotland. In 2010 she co-founded Tin Roof, an artist led studio, gallery and workshop space in Dundee, where she had her first solo show in 2015. Helfer was resident artist at Alice Yard, Trinidad in spring 2017 as part of the British Council’s Transatlantic Artists Residency Exchange. Other residencies include Shona Projects in 2015, Iona in 2014 and Nablus, Palestine in 2012. She exhibited at Impact 9 in Hangzhou, China with Dundee Print Collective in 2015 as well as participating in numerous artist led exhibitions, film screenings and publications in Scotland.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Screen-Shot-2017-08-18-at-10.30.19-AM.png";}} 1
A Dress to the Nation Trinidad & Tobago 2017 0.059 No Rating 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:354:"Richard Mark Rawlins is a Trinidadian multidisciplinary artist. He explores the effect of media and post colonialism on identity, nationalism, and the cultural poetics and politics of life in Trinidad and Tobago. Noted exhibitions include NeoGlobal, Miami 2016, Bienal Internacional de Asuncion 2015, Paraguay, Jamaica Biennial 2014, Global Africa, NYC.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IMG_0939-785x523-e1504127469965.jpg";}} 1
Reforget Barbados 2017 No Rating 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Volney Smith";s:9:"biography";s:41:"Volney Snith is a filmmaker from Barbados";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vonley-W-Smith-Filmaker-e1505672160809.jpg";}} 1
Cathedral Trinidad & Tobago 2017 No Rating A woman’s spiritual journey leads her away from traditional religion to find her bearings and peace in a different kind of church. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Juliette McCawley";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Juliete-Headshot.jpg";}} 1
Afloat USA 2017 No Rating A personal journey through OCD and memory, as told by the water cycle.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Devon Narine Singh";s:9:"biography";s:285:"Devon Narine-Singh (b. 1997) is a filmmaker based in NY. He currently is attending SUNY Purchase where he is pursing a BFA as part of their Film Conservatory.  His work has screened at The Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada), The New School (USA) and The Bangalore Film Society (India).";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/directors-photo-e1504127265426.jpg";}} 1
Xerox Island Trinidad & Tobago 2017 No Rating 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. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Alex Kelly";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/alex-kelly-photo.jpg";}} 1
After La Monte Young Dominica 2017 No Rating This film reflects, in a poetic, abstract way, the struggle of being an artist on a remote island in the Caribbean a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Sandra Vivas ";s:9:"biography";s:263:"Sandra Vivas has a BFA from Universidad Central de Venezuela and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a video and performance artist with strong conceptual influences, questioning clichés about identity and the structure of power in relationships.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/AFTER-LA-MONTE-YOUNG-Sandra-Vivas-e1504127539984.jpg";}} 1
Chaotic Beauty Jamaica 2016 No Rating 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Di-Andre Caprice Davis";s:9:"biography";s:493:"Di-Andre Caprice Davis was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She is a self-described experimental artist or 'avant-garde experimenter', whose work investigates new media technologies. Her work is primarily an exploration of form, engaging with opportunities afforded by new media to develop new languages that reflect a twenty-first century contemporary existence. Abstraction, computer graphics, GIF art, glitch art, mathematics and surrealism are some of the fascinations that animate her practice.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/photo-blackwhite.jpg";}} 1
Jamaica Propella 2017: New Shorts From Jamaica Jamaica 2017 60 No Rating 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.. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:7:"Various";s:9:"biography";s:2550:"Nile Saulter is a Jamaican director, cinematographer, photographer, and founding member of New Caribbean Cinema. He’s written, shot and directed various short films, short documentaries, fashion films and commercial projects which have been screened at gallery shows and film festivals in the US, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. Danielle Russell is an independent filmmaker who lives in Kingston, Jamaica. She has a BA in media and communication from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at UWI, Mona, Jamaica and an MFA in film and TV production from the Communication University of China in Beijing.  She has made several short films and documentaries, including her latest documentary, The Bakers of Oriental Gardens, which has been screened in China and Jamaica. Sarah Manley- For over 20 years Sarah Manley has been a cornerstone of the Jamaican film community, providing production services for the local and international film community as producer, line producer and production manager. Her projects have included being an assistant producer on the prize-winning documentary Life and Debt, producer for the Jamaica episodes of cycle 19 of America’s Next Top Model and production manager for the Jamaican feature film “Ghetta” Life. Code is Manley’s first foray into directing drama. Eugine Williams- Eugene Williams is a former director of the School of Drama at the Edna Manley College. He is a Ford Foundation and Fulbright scholar with an MFA in directing (CUNY) and MA in performance studies (New York University).  As director his productions include classics such as The Cherry Orchard, Waiting for Godot, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Black Jacobins, Playboy of The West Indies, An Echo in The Bone and Moon on A Rainbow Shawl.  As dramaturge he has worked with some of the Caribbean’s foremost playwrights such as Trevor Rhone and Michael Gilkes, enabling the synthesis and transfer of their ideas into a cohesive dramatic structure and meaningful characters with engaging theatrical potential. Kyle Chin is a son of the Jamaican film industry and has experience in many areas of the film world.  Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, he received his BA in English and philosophy from the University of West Indies before graduating with honours from the Los Angeles Film School. After working on several projects there, varying from short films to features and national commercials, Chin returned home and continued working as a director, cinematographer, editor and teacher.  ";}} 1
Yo Soy De Allá (I Was Born There) Costa Rica 2016 18 PG-13 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. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Andrés Madrigal";s:9:"biography";s:442:"Andrés Madrigal is studying audiovisual production at the University of Costa Rica. In 2015 he directed the video for the 25th song by the Costa Rican band Alphabetics, To Time. He has worked on more than 10 short films and documentaries, as director, producer, and director of photography. He won the prize for Best Photography at the Uno Cinco audiovisual festival. As producer, he won the Gran Enfocus Award and Best Documentary for 1995.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ignacio-Rodríguez-y-Andrés-Madrigal.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Nacho Rodriguez";s:9:"biography";s:411:"Nacho Rodriguez was born in Heredia, Costa Rica, in 1994 and is in his fifth year of audiovisual studies at Costa Rica University. He has been involved with more than 15 audiovisual projects.  He directed the short film Mar Dormido, which won the Best Short Film Award in the Festival Uno Cinco and Enfocus, and co-directed the documentary 1995, which won the Gran Enfocus Grand Award and Best Documentary at t";}} 1
Wither Trinidad & Tobago 2017 12 14+ 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? a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Chenelle Spooner";s:9:"biography";s:141:"Chenelle Spooner is studying film at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. She has made a number of short films, including Wither.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Wither-Chenelle-Spooner.png";}} 1
Wildflower Barbados 2017 16 14+ 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. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Kerry-Lyn Coppin";s:9:"biography";s:244:"Kerry-Lyn Coppin is a dancer, actor and filmmaker from Barbados. She started off in theatre with the St. Winifred’s School pantomimes Peter Pan and The Grinch, and has played lead roles in student films such as Frenemy and The Duality of Ish.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Wildflower-Kerry-Lyn-Coppin.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Alison Phillips";s:9:"biography";s:373:"Alison Phillips is a storyteller who uses creative writing, film and visual arts to express herself. She received the Irving Bergie award in 2011, amongst various creative prose awards, including her first screenplay Where the Wires Meet (2015). Since  2014 produced a number of short films, including Where the Wires Meet, The Clouds Reflection and Purple Thunder Storms.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Wildflower-Allison-Philips.jpg";}} 1
Wetlands And Us Trinidad & Tobago 2017 25 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Omodara Mills ";s:9:"biography";s:415:"Omodara Mills graduated from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, in 2010, with first-class honours in communication studies and film studies. She has worked both in radio broadcasting and television production, and is a television producer at the Department of Information, Office of the Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly. Wetlands and Us is the first film she has submitted to a film festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Wetlands-and-Us-Omodara-Mills-e1502990985769.jpg";}} 1
We Love Moses UK 2016 15 16+ 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? a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Dionne Edwards";s:9:"biography";s:299:"Dionne Edwards is a writer and director who sometimes goes under the name Teng Teng Films. She has made a number of short films, such as Hi, Miss!, which won the Audience Award at the East End Film Festival in 2015, and We Love Moses. She is currently developing her debut feature, Pretty Red Dress.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/We-Love-Moses-Dionne-Edwards-1.jpg";}} 1
Un Desishon (One Decision) Netherlands Antilles 2017 12 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Chantal Anthonia";s:9:"biography";s:266:"Chantal Anthonia is studying international media and entertainment management at NHTV in the Netherlands. She has produced TV segments for the UK live show Common Ground, and has made a number of films, such as Submerged, Headlines, My Move Matters and One Decision.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/One-Decision-Un-Desishon-Chantal-Antonia.jpg";}} 1
Unbound Trinidad & Tobago 2017 28 No Rating 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"David Johnson ";s:9:"biography";s:164:"David Johnson has a degree in communication arts and technology. He has made a number of films, including No Apologies, Just Action, Snapshot Kingston, and Unbound.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Snapshot-Kingston-David-Johnson.jpg";}} 1
Tourments D’amour (Torments of Love) Guadeloupe + France 2017 54 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Caroline Jules";s:9:"biography";s:251:"Caroline Jules is an award-winning filmmaker from Guadeloupe. She has produced a number of short films and was awarded Best Screenplay for Paris Dakar at the Festival de Films de Femmes of Crétail and Best Overseas Screenplay for Tourments d’Amour.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/sYbH7rr1.jpg";}} 1
To Be A Renegade Trinidad & Tobago 2017 45 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"James O'Connor";s:9:"biography";s:239:"James O'Connor has over 15 years’ experience in the advertising/entertainment sector as a photographer, writer, director, editor, studio manager and consultant. A creative entrepreneur, he has trained a team and built a successful studio";}} 1
To Be An All Star Trinidad & Tobago 2017 20 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Mario Faggion";s:9:"biography";s:172:"Mario Faggion is an Australian filmmaker, who started his career as the producer of ABC Radio's Tales from the Tinny programme. He is the sole owner and operator of VIDOPS.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/To-Be-An-All-Star-Mario-Faggion.png";}} 1
Time To Die Trinidad & Tobago 2017 10 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Joel Joseph";s:9:"biography";s:273:"Joel Joseph is an actor, director, choreographer, fight-sequence choreographer, graphic artist, sketch artist, scriptwriter and model. He is also a martial-arts instructor with two black belts. His Jo Joseph Productions has created a number of films, including Time to Die.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Joel-Joseph-Director-Producer-Writer.-croped.jpg";}} 1
The Weekend Trinidad & Tobago 2017 30 14+ 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? a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Sean Hodgkinson";s:9:"biography";s:451:"Sean Hodgkinson is a writer, producer and director from Trinidad + Tobago.  He has a degree in environmental policy and geography from Brock University, Canada. On to Trinidad, he worked as a production co-ordinator in the local film industry, then went on to a certificate in filmmaking from the London Film Academy. He is best known for A Story About Wendy (2012), A Story About Wendy 2 (2014) and Trafficked (2015). The Weekend is his latest film,";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/The-Weekend-Sean-Hodgkinson-e1504025844182.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7TkrTYeUj4 1
The Knot St Lucia 2017 15 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Davina Lee";s:9:"biography";s:611:"Davina Lee is a St Lucian filmmaker, with a BFA in film from the Art Institute, Miami International University of Art & Design, and an MA in screenwriting from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has produced a number of music videos, short films, documentaries and TV shows. She has also visually interpreted works by the celebrated Caribbean poets  Nobel Prize winner Sir Derek Walcott and Aimé Césaire. Her films The Coming of Org and The Knot received a CEMA awards from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and a screenwriting award from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/The-Knot-Davina-Lee.png";}} 1
The Book Of Jasmine Barbados 14 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Melanie Grant";s:9:"biography";s:342:"Melanie Grant is in her final year of the BFA in creative arts at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. She aspires to continue to use film as a tool for activism and hopes to highlight issues affecting women and sexual minorities in the Caribbean. She has already made a number of short films, including Pieta and The Book of Jasmine";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/The-Book-of-Jasmine-Melanie-Grant.jpg";}} 1
Talent Inc. Trinidad & Tobago 2016 10 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Taromi Joseph";s:9:"biography";s:402:"Taromi Joseph is a Trinidadian actress who began her career at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and has since been featured in many local and international films, television shows and print commercials. In 2016, she enrolled in the television production programme at the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP), where her script Talent Inc was chosen to be developed into a short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Talent-Inc.-Taromi-Lourdes-Joseph.jpeg";}} 1
Sorf Hair Trinidad & Tobago 2017 24 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Shari Petti";s:9:"biography";s:393:"Shari Petti is studying film at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. She has worked both as an actress and production assistant on numerous TV commercials and local films, such as Bazodee, Play the Devil, The Cutlass and Salty Dog. She currently directs a docu-web series on YouTube called Small Lime, which features young people from T+T as they speak about issues affecting them.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Sorf-Hair-Shari-Petti.jpg";}} 1
Snapshot Kingston Jamaica 2016 8 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"David Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:115:"David Johnson is a Jamaican filmmaker. His film Snapshot Jamaica won five awards at the Lignum Vitae Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Snapshot-Kingston-David-Johnson.jpg";}} 1
Sèptant Lanné Ansanm – Seventy Years Together Trinidad & Tobago 2017 14 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Cassandra Joseph";s:9:"biography";s:72:"Cassandra Joseph is a filmmaker with a penchant for culture and history.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Seventy-Years-Together-Cassandra-Joseph.jpg";}} 1
Self Guadeloupe 2017 8 14+ 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? a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"C'drick Fremont";s:9:"biography";s:269:"C'drick Fremont is a 19-year-old filmmaker from Guadeloupe. His first short film, Missing, was well recognised at film festivals in his homeland, winning the Prix de Court. His latest film, Self, which he directed with Lucas Sousseing, is being screened at the ttff/17.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Self-Cdrick-Fremont.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Lucas Sousseing";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Self-Lucas-Sousseing.jpg";}} 1
See You Yesterday USA 2017 17 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Stefon Bristol";s:9:"biography";s:428:"Born of Guyanese parents in Brooklyn, Stefon Bristol is an award-winning filmmaker. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he met and begged Spike Lee for an internship. Since then, Bristol has attended NYU’s graduate film school, where he made the film The Bodega, which won a Cine Golden Eagle Award. In 2016, Lee selected him as the recipient of a production grant for his thesis short, See You Yesterday.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/See-You-Yesterday-Stefon-Bristol.jpg";}} 1
Scarlett-Angelina USA 2017 10 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lorette Bayle";s:9:"biography";s:501:"Lorette Bayle is an award-winning filmmaker, with a background in broadcast journalism and film directing. She has produced documentaries and short films, and has worked as Kodak’s Studio features account manager, which gave her the opportunity to collaborate with major studios including Universal, Sony, Disney, MGM, DreamWorks, Amblin Lionsgate and LucasFilm. Her short film Scarlett-Angelina was part of AFI’s 2016–7 Directing Workshop for Women, where she was one of eight directors chosen.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Scarlett-Angelina-Lorette-Bayle.jpg";}} 1
Roots | Routes Barbados 2017 11 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Kia Redman";s:9:"biography";s:260:"Kia Redman has a BFA in studio arts from the Barbados Community College and has held numerous art exhibitions. She has won several awards for her art, photography and short animations, such as Best Short Animation at the Barbados Film and Video Awards in 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Roots-Kia-Redman.jpg";}} 1
Rapatriation Guadeloupe 2017 1 All Ages 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! a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Jonathan Drumeaux";s:9:"biography";s:211:"Jonathan Drumeaux started working in the video industry as an editor. He has produced two documentaries: Ayeola, The Dance of Colours, and ArtCity: From Guadeloupe to Cameroon.Rapatriation is his latest film, ";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Rapatriation-Jonathan-Drumeaux-Drums.jpg";}} 1
Raindrops On My Head Trinidad & Tobago 2017 9 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ayesha Jordan";s:9:"biography";s:319:"Ayesha Jordan is a T+T filmmaker who has directed several short films. Her films Domestic Disturbance, Outdated, and Last Night were official selections at the ttff/12, ttff/13 and ttff/14 respectively. Her film Good Ole Days was awarded first place at the T+T Smartphone Film Festival and was also screened at ttff/16.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Raindrops-on-My-Head-Ayesha-Jordan.jpg";}} 1
Protest Trinidad & Tobago 2016 3 All Ages 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! a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Seon Thompson";s:9:"biography";s:279:"Seon Thompson is a T+T artist and graphic designer. A former visual arts student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Thompson has won the Most Outstanding Caribbean Animation Award for Small Ting Mentality, which has been screened at International film festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Protest-Seon-Thompson.jpg";}} 1
Pimento And Hot Pepper -The Mento Story Jamaica 2016 58 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Rick Elgood";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Pimento-and-Hot-Pepper-The-Mento-Story-Rick-Elgood.jpg";}} 1
Pierott Noir… A Gothic Trousseau Of Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago 2017 16 PG English This film celebrates the architectural and cultural heritage of Trinidad + Tobago,  commemorating some highlights of the country’s history. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Christopher Pinheiro";s:9:"biography";s:342:"Christopher Pinheiro is a multi-media artist, theatrician, filmmaker and curator. He was a founding member of the Banyan Television Workshop in the 1970s and has worked with Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Canada. He is currently working on a feature film Blood Moon, which is based on real events that occurred in Trinidad during the 1870s.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/PierroTTNoir-Christopher-Pinheiro.jpg";}} 1
Padlock UK 2016 18 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Ben Hyland";s:9:"biography";s:306:"Based in London, Ben Hyland got a BA in film studies in 2003, and has worked in marketing. In 2007, he placed second in a national 24-hour filmmaking competition in the UK. He has made a number of short films and one feature film, with a focus on telling unique and interesting stories about social change.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Padlock-Ben-Hyland.jpeg";}} 1
Paddlin’ Spirit: A Portrait Of The Artist Laura Facey Jamaica 2016 30 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Amanda Sans";s:9:"biography";s:270:"Amanda Sans is a filmmaker from Barcelona. She has written and directed several documentaries, including Vente a Las Vegas, Nena: Un Retrato de Rebeca Linares, Songs of Redemption, Tell the Children the Truth and Paddlin’ Spirit: A Portrait of the Artist Laura Facey";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/PADDLIN-SPIRIT-Amanda-Sans.jpg";}} 1
One In Trinidad & Tobago, USA 2017 15 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Vasha Narace ";s:9:"biography";s:192:"T+T-born Vasha Narace is an actor and filmmaker with an MA in filmmaking from the New York Film Academy. One In is her thesis film, which won a Dutch Golden Stone Award for Best Short Fiction.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/One-In-Vasha-Narace.jpg";}} 1
Nariva: An Under-Recognised Treasure Trinidad & Tobago 2017 10 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Akilah Stewart";s:9:"biography";s:218:"Akilah Stewart has been a student filmmaker in the field of science and research since 2014. She has produced numerous films for the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Nariva-An-Under-recognised-Treasure-Akilah-Stewart.jpg";}} 1
Nannan; Alternative art explorations #Martinique. Martinique 2017 60 All Ages 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. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:" Aymeric Cattenoz";s:9:"biography";s:194:"Aymeric Cattenoz is a young explorer of faraway lands and their traditional habits. He aims to make people discover alternative art forms from those countries, particularly the Middle-East ones.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/nannan-directors.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Christian Foret";s:9:"biography";s:257:"Christian Foret is well-known throughout the Martinique audiovisual sector, and has worked on a lot of cinematic projects. He’s been directing creative documentaries since 2008, describing the society he lives in, observing, constantly questioning life.";}} 1
Metiver In Paramin Trinidad & Tobago 2017 9 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Dylan Quesnel";s:9:"biography";s:359:"Dylan Quesnel is a young filmmaker who is also a passionate environmentalist and member of the non-profit IAMovement. Initially an editor and camera operator, he made his directing debut in 2016 with his short documentary Small Change. His latest film, Metiver in Paramin, is part of a community project led by Vetiver TT and the Paramin Development Committee";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Metiver-in-Paramin-Dylan-Quesnel-e1502981473790.jpg";}} 1
Mermaids Barbados 2017 12 PG-13 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? a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Volney Smith";s:9:"biography";s:352:"Vonley Smith began producing animated music videos (AMVs) from the  age of 14. He has already won five AMV contests and has thousands of followers on YouTube. He has also won awards for Best Original Script and Best Editing in a Barbadian 48-hour film challenge. He has produced and directed a number of films, which include Chain Effect and Virtuoso.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vonley-W-Smith-Filmaker-e1505672160809.jpg";}} 1
Men Are Dogs Trinidad & Tobago 2017 21 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Steve Hernandez";s:9:"biography";s:214:"Before getting into filmmaking in 2012, Steve Hernandez served in the T+T Defence Force. He has made a number of experimental films, including Men are Dogs, which was inspired by goings-on within the Defence Force.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Men-Are-Dogs-Steve-Hernandez.jpg";}} 1
Kafou (Crossroad) Haiti 2017 a:1:{i:0;s:8:"thriller";} narrative featurette 50 18+ 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. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/BAYAKOU-CLEANERS-4.jpeg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Bruno Henri Mourral ";s:9:"biography";s:373:"Bruno Henri Mourral is a Haitian director, producer and a screenwriter. After studying film at Eicar in Paris in 2007, he returned to Haiti, where he founded Muska Group. In 2013, he created Muska Films, and has produced a number of commercials and short films, including Kafou. He is working on his first feature film, Kidnapping Inc., which is due to be released in 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/BAYAKOU-CLEANERS-Bruno-Mourral.jpeg";}} 1
Just Cheer Up Trinidad & Tobago 2017 19 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Sinead Hamel-Smith";s:9:"biography";s:157:"Sinead Hamel-Smith is studying film production at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. She has made several short films, including Just Cheer Up.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Just-Cheer-Up-Sinead-Hamel-Smith.jpg";}} 1
Jess Trinidad & Tobago 2017 26 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Aaron Caruth ";s:9:"biography";s:172:"Aaron Caruth is a Trinidadian-based filmmaker with 15 years of experience in creative video production. He makes his directorial debut in film with his dramatic short Jess.";s:10:"photograph";s:75:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jess-Aaron-Caruth.jpg";}} 1
I Wish I Were My Girlfriend’s Cellphone Guyana 2017 33 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Bonny Alves";s:9:"biography";s:385:"Bonny Alves is a singer, musician, arranger, writer, producer and director from Guyana. In 2005, he founded the production company and band Signal, with the theme “Making stars of our own.” Since 1991, he has written, produced and directed a number of TV commercials, music videos, and films, which include The Will to Live, Deception and I Wish I Were My Girlfriend’s Cellphone.";s:10:"photograph";s:123:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/I-wish-I-were-my-girlfriends-cellphone-Bonny-Alves-e1502979012519.jpg";}} 1
It Still Haunts Me Trinidad & Tobago 2017 9 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Anna-Lisa Wickham";s:9:"biography";s:237:"Anna-Lisa Wickham is studying film production at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. Her documentary Living Without You was nominated for Best T+T Documentary Short at ttff/16. It Still Haunts Me is her first narrative film.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/It-Still-Haunts-Me-Anna-Lisa-Wickham.jpg";}} 1
Invisi-Bill Trinidad & Tobago 2017 10 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:58:"Jabari Daniel, Amrit Galbaran, Riaz Jokan + Jairam Hanuman";s:9:"biography";s:369:"Jabari Daniel, Amrit Galbaran, Riaz Jokan and Jairam Hanuman are Form 5 students at Hillview College. During a biology class, they decided to make a movie “just for kix.” After a lot of deliberation, they developed the plot and storyline, and produced Invisi-Bill. All members of the school’s photography and film club, they intend to expand Just Kix Productions.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Invisi-bill-Jabari-Daniel.jpeg";}} 1
In Frame Trinidad & Tobago 2017 28 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Shane Lee Kit ";s:9:"biography";s:177:"Shane Lee Kit is studying film production at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. As a filmmaker, he tries to focus on matters rarely addressed within the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/In-Frame-Shane-Lee-Kit.png";}} 1
How to Kill a Fish Janaica 2017 10 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Danielle Russell";s:9:"biography";s:509:"Danielle Russell is an independent Jamaican filmmaker who also lectures in storytelling and scriptwriting at UTech, Jamaica. She has a BA in media and communication from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and an MFA in film and TV production from the Communication University of China in Beijing. She has worked as a TV producer and on the set of several short films. Her films include The Bakers of Oriental Gardens and How to Kill a Fish";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/How-to-Kill-a-Fish-Danielle-Russell.jpg";}} 1
Homeless 24 Barbados 2017 7 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Damien Pinder";s:9:"biography";s:529:"Damien Pinder is a Barbadian filmmaker whose goal goes beyond mere entertaining to making people question the way they go about their lives and how they treat others. He has made a number of short films, including Going Beyond, which has been screened at film festivals worldwide, and earned him the prize for best editing at the Barbados Film and Video Association Awards. In 2012, he co-organised the Barbados leg of the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase with works from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and its diasporas.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Homeless-24-Damien-Pinder1.jpg";}} 1
Flower USA 2017 15 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Che Walker ";s:9:"biography";s:162:"Che Walker is an actor, playwright, theatre director and filmmaker. He has produced and directed a number of films, among them Lil Benny, Been So Long and Flower.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Flower-Che-Walker.jpeg";}} 1
Finding Dowry Trinidad + Tobago 2017 20 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Shivanee Loach";s:9:"biography";s:218:"Shivanee Loach is a filmmaker from T+T. During her studies at COSTAATT, she was introduced to the world of local films, and as a result she based her final thesis on the local industry. Finding Dowry is her first film.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Finding-Dowry-Shivanee-Loach-e1502976248322.jpg";}} 1
Féfé Limbé Guadeloupe 2016 28 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:" Julien Silloray";s:9:"biography";s:293:"Silloray Julien was born in France, but grew up in the French West Indies, then went back to France to study law and politics at the University of Lyon. Since then, he has written and directed a series of short films, which include Un Toit Pour Mes Vieux Os, Ma Maman D'Lo and Féfé Limbé. ";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Féfé-limbé-Silloray-Julien-e1504192393896.jpg";}} 1
entre 2 rives: de saint-domingue à pointe-à-pitre (between 2 shores: from santo domingo to pointe-à-pitre) Guadeloupe 2016 53 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Mariette Monpierre";s:9:"biography";s:724:"Mariette Monpierre was born in Guadeloupe, but grew up in Paris, where she became fascinated with film. With a BA in television and media from l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne and a master’s degree in American Studies from Smith College in Massachusetts, her portfolio includes advertising, podcasts, music videos, documentaries and narrative films. Her feature film Elza (Le Bonheur d’Elza) was the New York Times Critics’ Pick and won several awards, including Best First Time Feature Director at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles; the Paul Robeson Award for Best Film of the Diaspora at FESPACO 2013; and Best Narrative Feature at the Roxbury Film Festival and the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Between-2-Shores-Mariette-Monpierre.jpg";}} 1
El Despertar de las Hormigas: Niñez (The Awakening of the Ants: Childhood) Costa Rica 2016 18 PG-13 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 a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Antonella Sudasassi";s:9:"biography";s:383:"Antonella Sudasassi is an author and director with experience in communication and a strong inclination for the visual arts, especially design and photography. She has a degree in mass communication and one in audiovisual production from the University of Costa Rica. Previously, she co-ordinated the Documentary Campus Masterschool, a training programme for European documentalists.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/AntonellaSudasassi.jpg";}} 1
Dreamshire Barbados 2017 23 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Vonley Smith";s:9:"biography";s:133:"Vonley Smith began producing animated music videos (AMVs) at 14, has won five AMV contests and has thousands of followers on YouTube.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vonley-W-Smith-Filmaker-e1505672160809.jpg";}} 1
Dream Trinidad & Tobago 2016 3 All Ages English Dream is an exhilarating film about a world where animals run free and humans are at one with nature. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Elspeth Duncan";s:9:"biography";s:288:"Elspeth Duncan is a Tobago-based yoga teacher, writer, photographer, musician, and filmmaker. She has directed a number of short films, which have been screened at various film festivals worldwide. After a hiatus from filmmaking, she plans to explore the medium through a new perspective.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Dream-Elspeth-Duncan.jpg";}} 1
De Kiskeya a Haiti: Mais Où Sont Passés Nos Arbres? (Where Have Our Trees Gone?) Haiti 2016 52 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Delatour Mario Louis";s:9:"biography";s:329:"Born in South America to Haitian parents, Delatour Mario Louis is a filmmaker and has travelled throughout the US, Middle East and Haiti. He has produced a number of films, including Quarante Ans Après (Forty Years After), Dead or Victorious but not Prisoner, and one of his most acclaimed documentaries, Un Certain Bord de Mer.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Where-Have-Our-Trees-Gone-Mario-L.-Delatour.-Delatour.png";}} 1
Dancing on the Edge Trinidad & Tobago 2018 28 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Teneil Rodney";s:9:"biography";s:261:"Teneil Rodney has a degree in psychology and has worked in finance for just over three years. With a deep passion for the performing arts and literature, she has returned to her first love, storytelling. She makes her directorial debut with Dancing on the Edge.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Dancing-on-the-Edge-Teneil-Rodney.jpg";}} 1
Visibly Me Trinidad & Tobago 2017 13 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nicola Cross";s:9:"biography";s:326:"After more than 10 years working with community groups on environmental initiatives in Trinidad + Tobago through non-profit and governmental organisations, Nicola Cross worked with independent filmmakers and non-profits that helped communities make their own films before returning home, where she worked with film festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Visibly-Me-Nicola-Cross.png";}} 1
Temple in the Sea Trinidad & Tobago 2017 15 GA 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kevin Bhall";s:9:"biography";s:359:"Kevin Bhall graduated witha degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the West Indies, St Augustin. He is a self-taught artist and animator, whose animated productions have earned critical nominations and local awards. His films Morning Glory and Scraps: The Animated Series won awards at the Animae Caribe Festival in 2005 and 2016 respectively";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Temple-In-The-Sea-Kevin-Bhall.jpg";}} 1
Short Drop Trinidad & Tobago, USA 2017 28 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Maya Cozier";s:9:"biography";s:367:"Maya Cozier is a T+T filmmaker who studied film and video at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has written and directed several short films, including Shan, Dimebag, Dashkar and Short Drop, which was awarded the New York Women in Film and TV Grant at the Dusty Film Festival. She is working on a feature-length screenplay, which she hopes to produce in 2018.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Short-Drop-Maya-Cozier-e1502883802644.jpg";}} 1
Salty Dog Trinidad & Tobago 2017 26 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Oliver Milne";s:9:"biography";s:316:"Oliver Milne is a Trinidadian filmmaker who has worked in the US, Canada, Bermuda, Grenada and T+T. Since graduating from the Vancouver Film School in 2009, he has worked on many commercials, music videos, documentaries, short films and feature films. He has directed films such as Traffic and his latest, Salty Dog.";s:10:"photograph";s:69:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Salty-Dog-1.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj2h5KDr3z0 1
Culture Consciousness Trinidad & Tobago 2017 19 All Ages 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? a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Amanda Mendes ";s:9:"biography";s:235:"Amanda Mendes is studying film production at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. Her passion for photography and filmmaking emerged from her curiosity about T+T culture. Culture Consciousness is her first solo documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Culture-Consciousness-Amanda-Reanna-Mendes.jpg";}} 1
Con Sana Alegria (With Wholesome Joy) Cuba 2016 14 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Claudia Muñiz Pérez ";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Claudia Muñiz Pérez was born in Havana, Cuba. She graduated from the National Art School in 2004 and the High Institute of Art in 2013 with a degree in acting. Since 2012 she has been a member of El Público Theatre Company. She has written and acted in three features directed by Kiki Álvarez: Marina, Jirafas and Venecia. Con Sana Alegría is her debut as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:68:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CLAUDIABW5.png";}} 1
Come Out Come Out USA 2017 12 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ron Morales";s:9:"biography";s:241:"Award-winning writer-director Ron Morales is signed with the APA. His second feature, Graceland, won the Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted by the Philippines as a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar candidate.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Come-Out-Come-Out-Ron-Morales.jpg";}} 1
Class 15 UK 2016 13 16+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Dean Leon Anderson";s:9:"biography";s:372:"Dean Leon Anderson has written and directed a number of short films, which have been screened at numerous international film festivals. In 2015, he was selected to take part in the B3 Media TalentLab Programme, where he developed the screenplay for Class 15. He is currently working on a slate of original film projects, including a feature-length screenplay for Class 15.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Class-15-Dean-Leon-Anderson-e1504192250188.jpg";}} 1
Chocolate Dominican Republic 2016 11 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:33:"Fernando Arturo Peña Castellanos";s:9:"biography";s:209:"After doing a degree in advertising communications at UNIBE in 2015, Fernando Arturo Peña Castellanos decided to challenge himself and produce his first short film, Chocolate, shot in the Dominican Republic.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CHOCOLATE-Fernando-Peña-e1504127882290.jpg";}} 1
Charcoal USA 2016 6 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Francesca Andre";s:9:"biography";s:408:"Francesca Andre is a Haitian-born photographer and filmmaker whose work has been published in the New York Post, New York Daily News, Stamford Advocate, She Caribbean magazine and Fairfield Living magazine, to name just a few. Her short film Charcoal has received the visionary awards at the Crystal Ship Film Festival and the Juror's certificate at the 16th annual women of African Descent Film festival";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Charcoal-Francesca-Andre-e1504127821647.jpg";}} 1
Centerstitch Trinidad & Tobago 2015 12 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Celoi Carr";s:9:"biography";s:353:"Celoi Carr is a 16-year-old student at Signal Hill Secondary School in Tobago with a passion for poetry and theatre arts.  Along with other students, she formed CDR and The Beacon Initiative, which focus on addressing social issues relevant to secondary-school students. The group placed second at the ttff/15 Secondary Schools’ Short Films Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Centerstitch-Celoi-Carr.jpg";}} 1
Carl’s Present Bahamas 2016 17 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kevin Taylor";s:9:"biography";s:267:"Kevin Taylor is an award-winning filmmaker who has specialised in documentaries. The Bahamian government has commissioned him to produce a series of documentaries about Bahamians who have gained international recognition. Carl’s Present is his first narrative film.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Carls-Present-Kevin-Taylor.jpg";}} 1
Birdsong Trinidad & Tobago 2017 12 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Vibert Medford";s:9:"biography";s:176:"Vibert Medford is an artist, photographer and videographer from Trinidad + Tobago. He graduated with honours in visual arts from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/birdsong-Vibert-Medford.jpg";}} 1
Big Fish St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2017 15 PG 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.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Yonnette Belmar";s:9:"biography";s:318:"Yonnette Belmar is from Bequia in St Vincent and the Grenadines. She has a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom. Through video, multimedia journalism and photography, she plans to continue raising awareness of social issues. Big Fish is her debut as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Big-Fish-Yonette-Belmar.jpg";}} 1
Back to Freeport Trinidad & Tobago 2017 105 16+ 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. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jian Hennings";s:9:"biography";s:321:"Jian Hennings has a BA in film production from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. He has produced several short films, which reflect various aspects of T+T’s cultural and geographic makeup. His first feature film, Back to Freeport, which he co-directed with Kyle Sahadeo, is being screened at the ttff/17.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Back-to-Freeport-Kyle-Sahadeo.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kyle Sahadeo";s:9:"biography";s:356:"Kyle Sahadeo has a BA in film production from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. He has a passion for writing and directing stories that reflect the unique lives of the people of T+T. He has produced a number of short films and documentaries, with Back to Freeport being his debut feature-length film, which he co-directed with Jian Hennings.";}} 1
Babe, I Hate to Go Canada/Jamaica 2017 19 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Andrew Moir";s:9:"biography";s:194:"A producer and documentary filmmaker, Andrew Moir pursues under-told stories from an intimate, highly personal point of view. His films include Uprooted and the award-winning Just As I Remember.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Babe-I-Hate-To-Go-Andrew-Moir.jpg";}} 1
Adero Guyana 2017 13 14+ 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? a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Kojo Chukwuma (McPherson)";s:9:"biography";s:391:"Kojo Chukwuma (McPherson) is a writer, producer and director of radio serial dramas and educational video productions in Guyana. He is also a freelance photographer, spoken-word artist and stage director. McPherson won the RBC Focus: Filmmaker’s Immersion Best Project & Pitch  Award for feature-length films hosted by the ttff/15. Adero is one of three short films he has also completed.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Adero-Kojo-McPherson.jpg";}} 1
A Dark Horror Trinidad & Tobago 2017 15 14+ 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Siobhan Millette";s:9:"biography";s:363:"After starting a career in IT, Siobhan Millette studied acting and worked on movie crews, where her love for film developed into passion. She then taught for ten years in the US, including developing a school drama programme and putting on many plays. Moving back to Trinidad, Millette studied film at UWI. This is the first film she has made outside film school.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/A-Dark-Horror-Siobhan-Millette-e1504127205385.jpg";}} 1
A Broken Appointment UK + Jamaica 2017 2 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Kaleb D'Aguilar";s:9:"biography";s:362:"Kaleb D'Aguilar was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Rasta father and British mother. His career started at ten, when he began acting both on screen and in theatre. After being selected for a writing workshop in New York in 2014, he transitioned into writing and directing. To date, he has written and directed two short films, A Broken Appointment  and Day One.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/A-Broken-Appointment-Kaleb-DAguilar-e1504127126188.jpg";}} 1
two soft things, two hard things Canada 2016 71 16+ 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   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:34:"Mark Kenneth Woods + Michael Yerxa";s:9:"biography";s:551:"Mark Kenneth Woods is a Canadian writer, producer, director, actor and TV host whose films have been televised in over a dozen countries and screened at international film festivals.  He is the creator and star of Canada’s OUTtv Network TV sitcom and web project The Face of Furry Creek, as well as the world's first all-LGBTQ comedy The House of Venus Show. He co-directed his latest film Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things, with Michael Yerxa. Michael Yerxa is a writer and director whose films include 1 Girl 5 Gays (2009), and MTV Creeps (2012).";s:10:"photograph";s:73:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/two-soft-things.jpg";}} 1
la matamoros Panama 2017 60 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Defina Vidal";s:9:"biography";s:138:"Defina Vidal has directed a number of documentaries, including Out: La Salida está en tu Mente, Box 25 (co-directed with Mercedes Arias).";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DELFINA-VIDAL-DIRECTORA-2017-FOTO.jpg";}} 1
I Am Not Your Negro USA 2017 93 PG-13 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Raoul Peck";s:9:"biography";s:422:"Raoul Peck’s work includes Lumumba (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2000). He served as a jury member at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as well as at the Berlinale 2002, and is chairman of the National French film school La Femis.In 2001, the Human Rights Watch Organization presented him with the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award.His latest feature film, The Young Karl Marx, will premiere at the 67th Berlinale.";s:10:"photograph";s:66:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/download.jpg";}} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNUYdgIyaPM 1
viaje (journey) Costa Rica 2015 70 18+ 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 a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Paz Fábrega";s:9:"biography";s:262:"Paz Fábrega grew up in Costa Rica and studied film in the UK. Her first feature film, Agua Fría de Mar (2010), premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival, where it won the Tiger Award. Viaje (2015) is her second feature. She lives in San José, Costa Rica.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:63:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Paz-1.jpg";}} 1
The Violin Teacher Brazil 2015 100 14+ 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.     a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Sérgio Machado";s:9:"biography";s:479:"Sérgio Machado of Brazil started making films in 1993. In 2001, he directed the documentary Onde a Terra Acaba, which won awards at 15 festivals, among them the Biarritz, Havana and Rio Film Festivals. He also won over 30 awards with his first feature Cidade Baixa, among them the Youth Award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In 2007, he directed and co-wrote the TV series Alice for HBO. In 2009, he adapted and directed Jorge Amado’s novel Quincas Berro D’Agua. ";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/sergio-machado.jpg";}} 1
Sound of Silence Indis 2017 87 All Ages 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Dr Bijukumar Damodara ";s:9:"biography";s:270:"Dr Bijukumar Damodara is an Indian filmmaker who has won one of India’s top film awards, the National Film Award, three times. His films have been screened at many international film festivals, such as Cannes, Montreal, Shanghai, Cairo, New York, Telluride and Jeonju.";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Director-photo.jpg";}} 1
la soledad (desolation) Venezuela 2016 89 PG-13 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.     a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Jorge Thielen Armand";s:9:"biography";s:1086:"Jorge Thielen Armand is a Venezuelan director based in Toronto and Caracas. His debut feature film La Soledad (2016) had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and has since received the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 34th Miami IFF, and the Special Jury Prize at the 41st Atlanta IFF. La Soledad was also screened at BAFICI, Cartagena, Istanbul, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.  His documentary Flor de la  Mar (2015) won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, and was screened at over 20 festivals around the world. Armand did communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal, and is an alumnus of the Venice Biennale College, Hot Docs Accelerator, RIDM Talent Lab, Doc Institute's Breakthrough Program, and Buenos Aires Lab (BAL). In 2015, with Rodrigo Michelangeli, he founded La Faena, a production company dedicated to art-house films. They are currently developing Armand’s second feature, which won the ARTE France Cinéma International Prix at BAL 2017.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jorge-Thielen-Armand_LaSoledad.jpg";}} 1
king of peking China 2017 87 PG 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.     a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Sam Voutas";s:9:"biography";s:315:"Sam Voutas is an Australian actor and independent filmmaker. He is best known for writing and directing Red Light Revolution, China's “first sex shop comedy,” nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay at the 2008 Australian Inside Film Awards,  and showcased at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/KING-OF-PEKING-Sam-Voutas.jpg";}} 1
keyla Colombia 2016 90 PG 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. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Viviana Gómez Echeverry";s:9:"biography";s:307:"Viviana Gómez Echeverry is a Colombian director, screenwriter and cinematographer. She teaches at a university in Bogota. She wrote and directed two short films, Exotic Tropical and 16th Birthday, and co-directed the documentary Life is Sacred. She has also worked as photographer on several documentaries.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Foto_Viviana_Gomez_300DPI.jpg";}} 1
Shashamane Ethiopia /Jamaica/UK 2016 80 PG 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.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Giulia Amati";s:9:"biography";s:282:"Giulia Amati is an Italian-French filmmaker who studied digital video production at New York University. In 2010, with Stephen Natanson, she directed the documentary This is My Land... Hebron, which won over 20 awards at film festivals. Shashamane is her second feature-length film.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Shashamane-Giulia-Amati.jpg";}} 1
neruda Chile 2016 107 16+ 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.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Pablo Larraín";s:9:"biography";s:543:"Pablo Larraín was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1976.  In 2010, he directed Prófugos, HBO’s first ever series produced in Chile. In 2014 his No premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. The Club won the Grand Jury Prize Silver Bear at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. Neruda is his sixth feature film.  In 2016, Larraín also directed his first English-speaking feature, Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/PabloLarrain_Neruda.jpg";}} 1
Nadie Nos Mira (Nobody’s Watching) Argentina 2017 102 18+ 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.   a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Julia Solomonoff";s:9:"biography";s:647:"Julia Solomonoff, from Argentina, teaches film directing at Columbia University, New York. She is a Fulbright and PEO Scholar. In 2011, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrated her work in a special showcase of her shorts and features. She wrote, directed and co-produced The Last Summer of la Boyita (El último verano de la Boyita, 2009), co-produced by Almodóvar's El Deseo (Spain), winner of over twenty international awards. She was associate producer of Everybody's Got a Plan, starring Viggo Mortensen, which premiered at Toronto 2012 and The Third Bank of the River, directed by Celina Murga, with executive producer Martin Scorsese.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"https://ttfilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/JULIA-SOLOMONOFF.jpg";}}