The Madonna Murti

Directors: Sharon Syriac, Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade
2011, Trinidad+Tobago
Documentary short 50 minutes


Siparia in southern Trinidad is home to a mysterious spiritual icon: a black female statue venerated by Catholics and Hindus alike. Through interviews with devotees, pilgrims, pundits and priests, the movie explores the obscure origins of Divina Pastora or Siparee Ke Mai and her continuing relevance today.

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Sharon Syriac       

Sharon Syriac is a Communications lecturer at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and a Cultural Studies postgraduate student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad. She has twice won scriptwriting awards from the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, for The Madonna Murti (2008) and From Adam’s Rib (2011).


Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade

Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade is a graduate of the BA (Film) programme at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. He has directed three short films: an investigative documentary, Who Let the Dogs Out (2008), an animated narrative film, Suck Meh Soucouyant, Suck Meh (2009) and Shouters and the Control Freak Empire (2010), a documentary that was screened at the ttff/10.



Thur 22 Sept 2.00pm* + Tue 27 Sept 12.00pm, MovieTowne





Date: Sun 17 Jul, 2011
Category: ttff news and features

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