For the third year in a row, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is set to present Caribbean Calling, a showcase of Caribbean films, at the Havana Film Festival (HFF) in Cuba.
The showcase comprises four feature-length and five short documentary and narrative films, all of which were selections at the ttff/14. The films represent a cross-section of the non-Spanish speaking Caribbean, and a number of them were ttff/14 prizewinners.
Officially known as the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the HFF is the oldest film festival in the region. This year, its 36th, the festival runs from December 04–14. Caribbean Calling takes place from December 04–07.
The lineup is as follows:
The Abominable Crime (Micah Fink, Jamaica, 2013)
The Price of Memory (Karen Marks Mafundikwa, Jamaica, 2014)
Sensei Redemption (German Gruber, Curaçao, 2014)
Legends of Ska (Brad Klein, Jamaica, 2014)
The Seawall (Mason Richards, Guyana, 2010)
Glass Bottom Boat (Kyle Walcott, T&T, 2014)
Field Notes (Vashti Harrison, T&T, 2014)
Cleaning House (Toni Blackford, Jamaica, 2013)
Creole Soup (Karine Gama, Guadeloupe, 2013)
In addition to the Caribbean films in the showcase, two other Caribbean films, both from T&T, will screen at Havana as official selections of the festival. The first is Art Connect, a documentary directed by Miquel Galofré, while the other, Dubois, is a short narrative film directed by Kaz Ové.
A number of the filmmakers with work in Caribbean Calling will be in Havana to introduce their films and engage in Q&A sessions after the screenings.
“Once again, the ttff is pleased to share films from our Festival with our Cuban brothers and sisters,” said ttff Programme Director Annabelle Alcazar. “Also, the directors of the films involved also get a chance to make fruitful connections with members of the international film industry who are at Havana, long considered a prestigious festival.”
Image: a still from Legends of Ska