Music features strongly in the inaugural Tobago Jazz Film Festival with dancehall, jazz and classic cuban music all finding a place in the lineup. Supported by after-parties and limes, dinner with the movies, prize giveaways and a workshop for filmmakers – there is something for everyone aged 16 and over in this film festival, which is presented by Flow and the trinidad+tobago film festival.
A night of dancehall
The line up begins on Sunday 23 April, with the Tobago-made short film Redman – about Jerry, a young man who is confused about what women want.Made by Tobagonian screenwriter, film director and actor – Jared Prima, co-founder of Triple Spades Studios Ltd, Redman is a humourous look at colourism and male preening and pretensions in Caribbean society.
Redman is followed by the full length feature film from Jamaica, Dancehall Queen, which, as the name suggests, is steeped in dancehall music and dance. It tells the story of Marcia, a single mom and street vendor barely scraping by even with financial assistance from Larry, a gun-toting strongman with a twisted desire for Marcia’s teenage daughter Tanya who he pursues.