The Audacity of the Creole Imagination

trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening

Year 2010
Duration 13 minutes
Type Documentary short
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Language English
Director(s) Kim Johnson
Rating All Ages


Using photographs, television footage and interviews, this documentary looks at the creation of the steel pan and the milestones along the road to the modern instrument. It records the shift from bamboo to steel, the first notes and the years of fighting, the inclusion of the middle class, the invention of the “Spider Web” pan and the Bomb competition. The tale is told to a score of early recordings, including the first iron band recording in 1940 and the first steelband recording of 1947.


Date: Tue 31 Aug, 2010
Category: ttff news and features

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