A number of past trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) selections will screen at the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF), which kicks off its 10th annual edition tomorrow.
According to VLAFF’s mission, the festival seeks to “provide Canadian audiences with an opportunity to observe a variety of films, which closely reflect the society and people of Latin American countries.”
This mission has now been extended to include films from the Caribbean with a Canadian connection, and vice versa. These films comprise the VLAFF 2013 Caribbean-Canadian showcase, programmed by VLAFF’s director, Christian Sida-Valenzuela (a ttff/12 juror), in association with the ttff.
The Caribbean-Canadian showcase comprises eight films (two features and six shorts). Five of the films were ttff/12 selections, while three screened at the ttff/11.
The two features are the documentary Dal Puri Diaspora, directed by Trinidadian-Canadian Richard Fung, and The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song, a Guyana-set documentary directed by Canadian filmmaker Christy Garland. Dal Puri Diaspora enjoyed its world premiere at the ttff/12, while The Bastard… won the jury prize for Best Caribbean Film by an International Filmmaker.
See the full Caribbean-Canadian showcase in the VLAFF programme.
VLAFF is the latest of a series of international film festivals at which the ttff has programmed a showcase of films. Other such festivals include the Havana Film Festival and the Zanzibar International Film Festival.
Image: A still from Dal Puri Diaspora (Richard Fung, 2012)