There’s nothing quite like watching a wonderful movie under the stars, and that’s just what the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is bringing to audiences across the country in its third annual Community Cinergy series, starting Friday 21 March.
Sponsored by bpTT, Community Cinergy consists of four free open-air screenings of great movies, all past ttff selections, from T&T and around the world, plus one special screening for the lads of the Youth Training Centre.
Refreshments and crafts will be on sale. There will be full seating at the Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association. You may wish to bring cushions to the St James Amphitheatre. There will be limited seating at San Fernando Hill, so you may wish to bring your own chairs or blankets. Please bring chairs or blankets to the UWI screening.
The full Community Cinergy lineup is as follows. Doors open at 6pm for screenings starting at 7pm.
Friday 21 March, 7pm
Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association, Chaguaramas
The Wind That Blows
Director: Tom Weston
2013/St Vincent and the Grenadines, USA/Documentary/60mins/All ages
This is a revealing portrait of a group of men from the island of Bequia, who engage in a dangerous and controversial activity: the hunting of humpback whales.
Alamar (To the Sea)
Director: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio
Poetically told and breathtakingly shot, this film tenderly observes the relationship between an Amerindian fisherman and his young son.
Saturday 22 March, 7pm
UWI, St Augustine (opposite the Learning Resource Centre)
Doubles with Slight Pepper
Director: Ian Harnarine
A young doubles vendor faces a difficult decision when his estranged father returns home after years abroad.
Director: Jayan Cherian
Set against the lush backdrop of Kerala in south India, this is a provocative film about the Dalits, a group of landless, indigenous people fighting against caste oppression.
Friday 28 March, 7pm
San Fernando Hill
Director: Leroy Smart
A bus passenger suspects that a crime is about to happen.
Director: Avie Luthra
After his mother dies, young Lucky, who is black, travels from the countryside to the city, where he forms an unlikely relationship with an elderly Indian widow.
Saturday 29 March, 6:30pm (closed screening)
The Youth Training Centre, Golden Grove
Director: Dane John
A hilarious film about a rag-tag group of maxi-taxi passengers stuck in traffic.
Director: Evan Kaufman
2012/USA, US Virgin Islands
A powerful story about the lengths a young man would go for his loved ones.
Sunday 30 March, 7pm
St. James Amphitheatre
Director: Juliette McCawley
An illegal immigrant in London is forced into an act of quiet desperation.
Twa timoun (Three Kids)
Director: Jonas D’Adesky
Inspired by true events, this is a moving portrait of three orphaned boys’ attempts at survival in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
Image: A shot from Alamar