A sold-out audience was on hand yesterday afternoon at the TTFF for the screening of the films Alabaster Moon and the Siege. Made by first-time director, artist Sarah Beckett, with assistance from veteran filmmaker Alex de Verteuil, Alabaster Moon is a visually sumptuous experience, a film that looks at the process of making art, particularly the process of collaboration.
In contrast, the Siege is a haunting, disturbing document of the events that took place at Trinidad and Tobago Television during the attempted coup of 1990. It is directed by Junior-Andrew Lett, a former TTT employee and a student in the film studies programme at the University of the West Indies.
If the slew of audience comments after the screening of the Siege is anything to go by, the events of July-August 1990 still touch a raw nerve for many in this country. The filmmakers admitted the half-hour documentary is a work in progress, and are intent on expanding it to include more interviews and file footage, to give a fuller picture of those six days of terror.