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Welcome to the ninth annual trinidad+tobago film festival! The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad+Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival screens more Caribbean films from more Caribbean countries than any other film festival. We also screen films curated from contemporary world cinema. As ever, the ttff presents a varied lineup of feature-, short and medium-length films—narrative, documentary and experimental— screening at venues on both islands. A number of these films will form the official competitive selection, with over TT$100,000 worth of awards to be won. This includes a new prize sponsored by Amnesty International, for the Caribbean feature film that best highlights a human rights issue. Also for the first time, the Festival will have a youth jury. This jury of teenagers and young adults will view a number of youththemed films in the ttff/14 lineup and select the film it deems to be the best. In addition to screening films, the ttff also seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions, seminars and networking opportunities. A number of the industry initiatives this year are in anticipation of the tenth edition of the Festival in 2015, when we will launch the Caribbean Film Mart + Regional Film Database, with the financial contribution of the European Union (European Development Fund) and the assistance of the ACP Group of States. Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors, partners and especially our audience for their support, without which the ttff would not be possible. You keep us looking good!

who we are THE FESTIVAL TEAM Bruce Paddington Founder + Festival Director Annabelle Alcazar Programme Director Emilie Upczak Creative Director Jonathan Ali Editorial Director Nneka Luke External Relations Director Melanie Archer Art Director Melvina Hazard Director of Community Development Magella Moreau Director of Public Relations Shea Best Technical Operations Manager Dominic Koo Technical Operations Coordinator Rhonda Chan Soo Technical Operations Coordinator James Barber Online Strategist + Coordinator Roma Zachemba Filmmaker + Guest Services Coordinator Rayya Mustapha Little Carib House Manager Dainia Wright Little Carib House Manager Pauline Mark MovieTowne House Manager Nicola Cross Special Projects Coordinator Susanne Müeller-Seidel Event Manager Christopher Meir UWI Coordinator Rhian Vialva Industry Training Coordinator Azreena Khan Industry Training Coordinator Aurora Herrera Blogger + Writer Ayrïd Chandler Graphic Designer Amy Matthew MovieTowne Coordinator Laura Jensen New Media Coordinator Susanne Ramrattan MovieTowne Tobago Coordinator Kedon Charles MovieTowne Projectionist Jasbinder Birk ACP Coordinator Gaby Attong ACP Database Coordinator

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who we are festival basics sponsors + partners video on demand secondary schools’ short film festival university of the west indies bpTT youth jury panels / presentations / pitches rbc focus: filmmakers’ immersion eave producers’ lab caribbean film mart + regional film database participating filmmakers + industry awards + juries opening night gala closing night film introduction to films caribbean + diaspora feature films panorama feature films short + medium-length films new media schedule at a glance index of films

festival basics WHERE TO GET TICKETS Tickets are available at venues in advance at the box office, and at the time of screenings from Wednesday 17 September. Tickets at MovieTowne and The Little Carib Theatre are $30. Schoolchildren in uniform and tertiary-level students (with student ID) $15. Screenings at all other venues are free.

Drink Lounge & Bistro 63 Rosalino Street Woodbrook, Port of Spain Tel: (+)1.868.223.7243

VENUES  MovieTowne Audrey Jeffers Highway Port of Spain Lowlands Mall, Tobago Tel: (+)1.868.627.8277 movietowne.com Please vacate the cinema between screenings.

UTT/Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) Queen’s Park Savannah South, Port of Spain u.tt

Alliance Française 17 Alcazar Street, St. Clair Port of Spain Tel: (+)1.868.622.6112 alliancetnt.org

MERCHANDISE Film festival merchandise will be sold at MovieTowne POS, The Little Carib Theatre and at the ttff The Little Carib Theatre Secretariat at the Hyatt Regency Corner White and Roberts Streets Trinidad. Woodbrook, Port of Spain Tel: (+)1.868.622.4644 Hyatt Regency Trinidad littlecaribtheatre.com 1 Wrightson Road Please vacate the cinema Port of Spain between screenings. Tel: (+)1.868.623.2222 trinidad.hyatt.com University of the West Indies Film Programme building ttff Office 12 Carmody Road, St Augustine 199 Belmont Circular Road, sta.uwi.edu/fhe/film Port of Spain, Trinidad+Tobago Tel: (+)1.868.621.0709 Medulla Art Gallery Tel: (+)1.868.621.3473 37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook ttfilmfestival.com Port of Spain We are pleased to announce the Tel: (+)1.868.622.1196 launch of our ttff/14 app. Head to your app store to download, Alice Yard for iPhone and Android. 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook Port of Spain Cover photograph: aliceyard.blogspot.com Alex Smailes © 2003

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sponsors + partners The trinidad+tobago film festival would like to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors and partners.

PRESENTING SPONSOR Flow LEADING SPONSORS BPTT Trinidad and Tobago Film Company SUPPORTING SPONSORS RBC Royal Bank The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism Embassy of the United States of America OFFICIAL PARTNERS North Eleven Hyatt Regency Trinidad Guardian Media Limited SCRIP-J BOSS Drink Lounge & Bistro MINI University of the West Indies Hardys Caribbean Airlines Digimedia Photo + Cinema SPECIAL INITIATIVES African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States / European Union Carib Export Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communication Amnesty International World Cinema Fund / Goethe Institut Embassy of France Embassy of Mexico + AMEXCID

PROGRAMMING PARTNERS ARC Magazine University of the West Indies

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VENUE PARTNERS MovieTowne Port of Spain MovieTowne Tobago The Little Carib Theatre Medulla Art Gallery University of Trinidad and Tobago Alice Yard Alliance Française

IN-KIND SPONSORS Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago Apsara Aveda Day Spa Button Guys Chaud Café & Wine Bar Cocobel Chocolate L’Oreal

More Vino Restaurant Chaud Ruby Tuesday The Shanghai Experience Subway Texas de Brazil Trader Jack’s Veni Mangé Zanzibar


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video on demand

secondary schools short film festival

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A still from The Saints, one of the films available on VoD this October

VIDEO ON DEMAND (VoD) is helping to increase audiences for filmmakers by giving cable viewers the option to view, at their leisure, a selection of short films that have participated in the ttff/14. You can show your support for local short films from the comfort of your home. VoD puts the power in your hands. The ttff, with our presenting sponsor Flow, offers subscribers an opportunity to see selected short films from the Festival, once the ttff/14 comes to an end. Films range from local to regional documentaries and narrative films, and 100% of the profits go to the filmmakers. For more details, visit VoD on Channel 1000 or discoverflow.com.

THIS YEAR, the Secondary Schools Short Film Festival (SSSFF) celebrates its tenth anniversary. The SSSFF, which is open to all secondary schools and registered youth groups in Trinidad and Tobago, is a project of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and is supported by the Ministry of Education; the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport of the Tobago House of Assembly; the Maracas Valley Action Committee; MovieTowne; and the ttff. Since inception, more than 2,500 students have participated in the SSSFF, submitting over 200 short films on a variety of themes. In 2014, the themes are “Culture”, “Peace and Social Change” and “The Environment”. The SSSFF seeks to encourage T+T’s student population to produce responsible local content, promote career opportunities in the industry, and encourage innovation in the youth of Trinidad and Tobago. Awards are handed out in a number of categories. The 2014 winning films will be presented at the SSSFF awards ceremony on Tuesday 16 September 2014, and will premiere at the ttff/14.

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university of the west indies

Andrea Calderwood’s ttff/13 presentation at UWI

THE FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP between the ttff and the University of the West Indies’ Faculty of Humanities and Education’s Film Programme continues in this, its sixth year. The Film Programme building at 12 Carmody Road, St Augustine, will be the place on campus to experience a selection of ttff/14 films, as well as several events. The screenings will take place over two days (19 and 24 September) and three nights (19, 25 and 27 September).

Screenings will include films by filmmakers from T+T, the wider Caribbean and from our Panorama section, as well as films by students and alumni of the Film Programme. On Friday 19 September, British filmmaker, Stevan Riley (Fire in Babylon, ttff/11) will present his documentary about the James Bond franchise, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012). Then, on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September, Riley will facilitate a documentary masterclass.

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Dr. Toni Pressley-Sanon

On Tuesday 23 September, visiting scholar Dr Toni Pressley-Sanon will give a talk on auteur Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck at 6.30pm. Finally, the ttff’s New Media programme will present an evening of avant garde and experimental film works on Thursday 25 September. This is being held in association with the Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Studies.

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documentary masterclass, are free of charge. See pages 44–47 for the schedule of films that will be screened on campus. Details of the masterclass and talk are on pages 6 + 7.

All events taking place at UWI, with the exception of the

the bpTT youth jury prize

The Way He Looks

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IN AN EFFORT to stimulate interest in and a critical appreciation of independent film among young people, the ttff has joined forces with leading sponsor bpTT to establish a prize to be adjudicated by a youth jury at the ttff/14.

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The bpTT Youth Jury Prize will be awarded to the best film as decided by a jury of five young people, ranging in ages from 16 to 21. Jurors were selected by an open call. To be considered for the jury, applicants had to submit an essay saying what their favourite film was, and why.

The five selected jurors will meet at the ttff/14. Under the guidance of Barbados-based Trinidadian film critic BC Pires, the jury will watch seven Caribbean and international feature-length fiction films that deal with themes and issues affecting young people.

For a list of the films in competition for the bpTT Youth Jury Prize, see the awards and juries section of the guide, on pages 12 + 13.

After the jury has viewed all the films in competition, it will choose the winning film. The director of this film will receive a trophy plus a cash award of TT$5,000, to be presented at the ttff/14 awards ceremony on Sunday 28 September at the Central Bank Auditorium.

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panels / presentations / workshops

FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER Hyatt Regency Trinidad 9.00am–12noon DISTRIBUTION FOR FILM AND TELEVISION Sponsored and presented by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company This workshop on distribution will be especially focused on film and television outlets. Lorène Gaudet, founder and president of Cap Programmes, will lead the workshop. She will review French-language markets and platforms suitable for Trinidad and Tobago film and television content, and discuss the kinds of programmes suitable for different channels and platforms, the range of fees available, and the possibility for co-productions, among other topics. Facilitator: Lorène Gaudet has 30 years’ experience in the global television industry. Her company, Cap Programmes, advises media corporations on production, acquisition and distribution of television shows. She was formerly Editorial Director of Canal+ France. $300.00 per session. Pre-registration required. Call the TTFC office at 625.3456 to register. Drink Lounge & Bistro 5.00pm–6.00pm FILMMAKERS’ PANEL 1 Every year, the Festival provides a public platform for local and visiting filmmakers to discuss their craft, from the creative idea to production to the business of financing, marketing and, ultimately, distribution of films. The Filmmakers’ Panels provide an opportunity for local, regional and international filmmakers to come together to discuss the shared experience of making films within an independent industry context. Free and open to the public. SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER Hyatt Regency Trinidad 9.00am–12noon DIRECTING WORKSHOP Sponsored and presented by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company In this workshop, Jérôme Guiot—director of the opening night film Pan! Our Music Odyssey—will cover the technical basics of filmmaking, the international production process, the main tasks of the director, and the importance of a good team in making a good film. He will also talk about his experience on various projects, including Pan! Our Music Odyssey. Facilitator: Born in Belgium, Director Jérôme Guiot studied editing and directing at the National Institute of Radio Engineering and Cinematography (INRACI). He has directed several music videos for the Belgian pop artist Stromae, including “Alors on danse”, “Allez vous faire” and “Tous les mêmes”. He also directed the short film Retour simple (2009), and has directed web documentaries and commercials. $300.00 per session. Pre-registration required. Call the TTFC office at 625.3456 to register. 9.00am–12noon FILM APPRECIATION WORKSHOP It takes a variety of talents and interests to foster a healthy and thriving film industry. This workshop targets film enthusiasts—people who may not be interested in making films, but are fascinated by questions of cinema, and image-making and meaning in general. The workshop will encourage a

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culture of appreciating film by equipping participants to think and talk about themes, motifs, styles, psychological and historical references, and more. Facilitator: Kaleem Aftab is the author of Spike Lee’s authorised biography, Spike Lee: That’s My Story and I’m Sticking To It. He is a film writer for the Independent and National newspapers and Filmmaker magazine; Film Editor of VS Magazine; Contributing Editor of Interview Magazine; and Editor-atLarge of www.thetalks.com. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended. Call the ttff office at 621.0709 to register. 1.00pm–4.00pm PRODUCING WORKSHOP Sponsored and presented by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company This workshop will be led by Barthélémy Fougea, producer of Pan! Our Music Odyssey. Some of the topics he will cover include the job of the producer, the different kinds of documentary films, budgeting and distribution. Facilitator: Barthélémy Fougea is a French documentary film producer with over 25 years’ experience. He has produced some 30 documentaries for cinema and television, which have screened and been broadcast all over the world. He is the producer of On the Way to School, which received the César, the French equivalent of the Oscar, for best documentary in 2014. $300.00 per session. Pre-registration required. Call the TTFC office at 625.3456 to register. 4.00pm–5.00pm THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS: LET’S TALK TAXES Hosted by the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, this workshop will address certification of film and how this can benefit business owners within the film community. The focus will be film production companies and clarifying how claims can be made for their own productions by accessing the Art and Culture Allowance of the Corporation Tax Act. Be sure to attend this session for information on how your registry certificate can work for you. Free and open to the public. SATURDAY 20 + SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER University of the West Indies, Film Programme building 10.00am–4.00pm DOCUMENTARY MASTERCLASS The documentary masterclass will address topics such as how to develop a documentary treatment, the differences between creative, traditional and reportage documentaries and deciding what form the project should take, how documentary sales differ from narrative film distribution, the subjective nature of the documentary form, using archive footage, research and scripting. Facilitator: Filmmaker Stevan Riley studied modern history at Oxford University, which was also the setting for his first documentary feature, Blue Blood (2006), on the Varsity boxing rivalry. Fire in Babylon (ttff/11), about the all-conquering West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and 80s, collected a prestigious Grierson award, among others. Stevan then directed Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012; ttff/14), to mark the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. He is currently helming a film on Marlon Brando for NBC Universal and Showtime. Prerequisite: Participants must have made at least one short or featurelength documentary. Pre-registration required. Call the ttff office at 621.0709 to register. $300 for both days; includes lunch.


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University of Trinidad and Tobago, APA building 10.00am–4.00pm ACTING WORKSHOP In this workshop, actors will gain a strong understanding of how valuable a tool writing can be when looking to reveal a character’s truth with clarity and conviction, and directors will have an opportunity to work with their talent to collaboratively tell a story. Participants will have their work heard, developed and brought to life in a safe, collaborative environment, and will gain a better grasp on how to communicate in order to work effectively. Facilitator: Kirk Baltz has been a working actor in film, theatre and television for 25 years and has worked with such noted directors as Warren Beatty, Oliver Stone, John Woo, Kevin Costner and Quentin Tarantino. Prerequisite: Participants must have made or acted in at least one short or feature-length film. Pre-registration required. Call the ttff office at 621.0709 to register. $600 for both days; includes lunch. MONDAY 22 SEPTEMBER Hyatt Regency Trinidad 9.30am–1.00pm EAVE SCRIPT SESSION Clare Downs (Script Consultant, UK) will introduce the main script development tools to strengthen the participants’ understanding of narrative principles, in order to enable them to assist their writers in the process from the “white-hot first draft” to the final version of the script. In the workshop, principles of the script analysis will also be applied through the study of a selected film. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended. Call the ttff office at 621.0709 to register. TUESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER University of the West Indies, Film Programme building 6.00pm RAOUL PECK’S CINEMA FROM BELOW As an internationally renowned filmmaker of Haitian origin, Raoul Peck has spoken about how his consciousness of being from the “third world” while coming of age in a largely first world environment gave him insight into the nature of power. It was during his formative years that he made the decision to align himself with those who are disenfranchised by historical and contemporary systems of power in various “third world” contexts, including the Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Haiti. Presenter: Dr Toni Pressley-Sanon is a graduate of Hamilton College (BA), The New School for Social Research (MA) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she earned her MA and PhD in African Languages and Literature with a minor in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies. She has conducted extensive research in Benin Republic, West Africa and Haiti. Her work focuses on memory, history and cultural production in Africa and its diaspora. Free and open to the public.

FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER Hyatt Regency Trinidad Pre-registration required. Call the ttff at 621.0709 to register. Prerequisite: Participants must have made at least one short or feature-length film. 9.00am–10.30am HOW THE GLOBAL FILM INDUSTRY WORKS This presentation will address the evolution of film festivals, the diversification of the market, the role of sales agents, the variety of distribution models, crowdfunding, new patterns of content consumption and emerging opportunities in digital distribution. Facilitator: Lucius Barre focuses his expertise on strategic planning and management of promotional campaigns for new films, filmmakers and companies. He was the first crossover international publicist for Pedro Almódovar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Shinji Aoyama (Eureka), Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne (La Promesse), Atom Egoyan (Exotica), Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). In recent years, he has served on the organising teams of the Locarno and Rotterdam film festivals, and has represented films from 19 countries at key festivals and markets and promotional screenings in New York. 10.45am–12.15pm EAVE PITCH TRAINING This presentation will address the tools of script development and pitching, presented by EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), the continent’s leading training, development and networking organisation for producers. Founded in 1988, their objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. EAVE’s unique international network comprises over 1,300 producers and key decision makers (funders, sales agents, distributors and commissioning editors). See page 9 for bios of the facilitators. 1.15pm–2.45pm WORLD CINEMA FUND The World Cinema Fund (WCF) is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the German Federal Cultural Foundation, and the Goethe Institute. The WCF supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots. This presentation will give an overview of the WCF as well as address coproductions, and how they have impacted the global filmmaking landscape. Facilitator: Marjorie Bendeck Regalado. For her bio, see page 13. 3.00pm–4.30pm GROUP SPEED DATING Lucius Barre, International Publicist | Sydney Levine, Indiewire | John Lee, Tribeca Film Institute | Marjorie Bendeck Regalado, World Cinema Fund | Paula Madison, Television Executive / Journalist | Drink Lounge & Bistro 5.00pm–6.00pm FILMMAKERS’ PANEL 2 Free and open to the public.

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SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER Hyatt Regency Trinidad Free and open to the public. Registration recommended. Call the ttff office at 621.0709 to register. 9.00am–10.00am ACP CULTURES+ PROJECTS: CARIBBEAN FILM MART + REGIONAL FILM DATABASE The Caribbean Film Mart + Regional Film Database will be launched in 2015 and are intended to strengthen the production and distribution of Caribbean films through two main actions: the implementation of a film market through the framework of the annual ttff, and the development of an online database of regional films and filmmakers. This presentation will give an overview of the projects and provide filmmakers with information on how to apply for the Caribbean Film Mart. Facilitators: ttff Creative Director, Emilie Upczak / Art Director, Melanie Archer / External Relations Director, Nneka Luke 10.15am–11.15am TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE To cultivate exceptional and under-the-radar talent, Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has established a strong presence in film festivals and industry markets throughout Latin America, hosting workshops in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. The TFI champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Through over US$2.2 million in annual grants and professional development programmes, TFI supports a diverse, exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists, providing them with resources to fully realise their stories and connect with audiences. Facilitator: John Lee, Manager, Feature Programming at TFI, is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a BA in Communication Arts. John manages TFI programmes, Tribeca All Access® and Sloan Filmmaker Fund, among other things. He has held positions at Paramount Pictures in distribution, Rogers & Cowan in publicity, and Nickelodeon in marketing. Prior to joining TFI, he worked in the film festival world with seasonal positions at Sundance Film Festival, Independent Filmmaker Project, Hamptons Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival.

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11.30am–12.30pm FILM COLLECTIVES Filmmaker Keith Miller, a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers’ Collective, will discuss participating in an association of filmmakers and the various forms this might take. Topics will include forming a collective, keeping it together, workshopping scripts, rough cuts and fine cuts, as well as how best to think about outreach and sharing information and production resources. Facilitator: Keith Miller is a filmmaker and painter who made his first short film in 2004. His first feature was Welcome to Pine Hill (2012; ttff/13). Five Star (2014), his most recent film, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is a ttff/14 selection. 1.30pm–4.00pm WEB SERIES, MUSIC VIDEOS AND SHORT FORM CONTENT This presentation will explore creative approaches to the writing, directing, producing and positioning of short-form web content. Facilitator Terence Nance will address viable options for monetising web content and how to parlay the web space into television and feature films. Facilitator: Terence Nance. For Terence’s bio, see page 13. Facilitator: Chanelle Aponte Pearson is a visual artist, filmmaker, and photographer. Most recently, Chanelle produced the critically acclaimed feature An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Chanelle is making her directorial debut on a narrative web series called 195 Lewis, about four queer women living in Brooklyn, and is also producing a feature-length documentary on the global practice of skin bleaching.


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rbc focus: filmmakers’ immersion + pitch session

RBC Focus 2013 participants with facilitator Julia Solomonoff (third from left)

FOR THE fourth year, the ttff is hosting RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, an intensive, four-day development programme that gives ten emerging Caribbean filmmakers the opportunity to learn from film professionals. The selected filmmakers will enter the programme with a concept for a feature-length narrative film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment. RBC Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of narrative filmmaking, sharpening the

RBC Focus 2013 winner, Shakirah Bourne

skills and abilities of participants. The programme is open to Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the region); filmmakers of the diaspora (people of Caribbean descent who reside outside of the region and intend to shoot at least part of their prospective project in the region); and international filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean. RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion takes place from 23–26 September.

RBC FOCUS: FILMMAKERS’ IMMERSION PITCH The second and final stage of the RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, the pitch session, will see the ten participants pitch the projects they worked on during the first three days of the workshop to a panel of film industry professionals. The person with the best pitch as determined by the panel will win a prize of $20,000, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. Closed session.

RBC Focus 2014 facilitator, Clement Virgo

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR Born in Jamaica, Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s foremost filmmakers. He is the director of four feature films and one made-fortelevision film. His boxing drama Poor Boy’s Game, starring Danny Glover, world-premiered at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival and was a ttff/08 selection. He has also directed episodes of The Wire, The L Word and Soul Food. In early 2014, Virgo directed a screen adaptation of the bestselling novel The Book of Negroes. The six-part mini-series, which stars Lou Gossett Jr and Cuba Gooding Jr among others, will air in early 2015.

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Gloria (ttff/13) was produced by an EAVE graduate

EUROPEAN Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) combines the extensive experience that it has in international training and networking with a tailor-made approach for producers from the Caribbean. The objective is to improve the participants’ skills in film finance and management, marketing, script breakdown and budgets, and to confront them with the reality of the international market. EAVE also takes into account the current local reality while providing participants with the skills needed in order to succeed in a highly competitive international market.

The Lunchbox (ttff/14) was produced by an EAVE graduate

The lab will consist of group work for eight selected projects in development (documentary and feature films). During the lab, all projects will be discussed and general topics will be tackled as they arise (basic tools of script development and structure, terminology, legal issues, author rights/options/ contracts/music rights, cooperation, producer-writer issues, co-production, development and project finance, pitching, packaging and marketing).

organisation for producers. The participating trainers are Diana Elbaum, Clare Downs and Tobias Pausinger.

tant and scriptwriter, and visiting lecturer at the National Film and Television School (UK) and the MA Screenwriting Department at De Montfort University.

Diana Elbaum has produced a wide range of award-winning films since becoming a producer in 1989. Her films span all genres and cultures and have received worldwide critical acclaim. In 2009 she received the Eurimages Award, a prize given to producers playing an active role in European co-productions.

Tobias Pausinger is co-founder of ART:FILM, an initiative designed to enhance and nurture artistic cinema and visual arts. He is also the co-founder of ChakaPro, a B2B social network and cloud office for international film production and co-financing.

ABOUT THE FACILITATORS EAVE is Europe’s leading training, development and networking

Clare Downs has been a member of the EAVE script analysis team since 1989. She is a script consul-

The Producers’ Lab takes place 22–26 September at the ttff office in Belmont.

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caribbean film mart + regional film database ACP partners’ meeting in Trinidad, June 2014

ttff/13 winner, caption ttff/13 awards

THE ttff is set to create a Caribbean Film Mart + Regional Film Database. The project is being made possible with the financial contribution of the European Union (European Development Fund) and the assistance of the ACP Group of States. Both projects will be launched next year, at the ttff/15.

THE REGIONAL FILM DATABASE The Regional Film Database is an online portal—a website that will gather available information on Caribbean films, filmmakers and industry professionals in one virtual location. Users can access content and information for sales, co-productions and distribution. The online database will, in the first instance, comprise independent feature-length films made in and about the Caribbean, and will act as a resource for filmmakers, producers, scholars and industry professionals. The database will be accessible in English, Spanish and French.

THE CARIBBEAN FILM MART The Caribbean Film Mart will bring together ten regional filmmakers with projects in development. These filmmakers will be given the opportunity to meet with 30 international film financiers, distributors, broadcasters, sales agencies, producers, film festival programmers, public relations consultants, film journalists and critics— all with the aim of creating professional relationships and partnerships that will enable the production and distribution of the ten participating projects. At the end of the Caribbean Film Mart, one project will be awarded a cash prize. The call for submissions will be made in early 2015. The Caribbean Film Mart + Regional Film Database are being implemented in association with the Fundación Global Democracia y Dessarollo from the Dominican Republic, the Association for the Development of Art Cinema and Practice in Guadeloupe, the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema and the Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe. These partners have continuously demonstrated their commitment to the development of the regional film industry and their contributions will be critical to the success and sustainability of both the Caribbean Film Mart and the Regional Film Database.

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The impact of these initiatives on the Caribbean film sector is anticipated to be substantial. By creating networking opportunities for Caribbean filmmakers with international film industry stakeholders, the ttff will help competitive businesses to start and grow, promote entrepreneurship and innovation through independent local film productions, and allow greater visibility and opportunities in the global film industry through increased production and access to international markets. The Caribbean Film Mart will present enhanced opportunities for Caribbean filmmakers to learn, connect and develop in their chosen profession and contribute to the success of the Caribbean film industry as major players on the international film scene. The connections made during the Caribbean Film Mart with internationally-recognised industry film professionals can add value beyond quantitative analysis, as many of these relationships grow over time and become fruitful collaborations, thus feeding the growth of the film industry and the possibilities and potential opportunities for our filmmakers. The Regional Film Database will be designed to provide a platform for ongoing dialogue between filmmakers and film sector professionals such as film commissioners, festivals, funders and within the Caribbean Women in Film section of the website. It will allow culture sector professionals access to information regarding productions, knowledge interchange and resource gathering which will nurture collaboration in the region and enable the capacity of film professionals through access to experts in their relative fields. This level of interchange will help build the capacity of the film industry and a skills-training exchange will begin to occur within the region. The creation of both a physical space as well as a virtual space will help regional film industry professionals to share resources, and help secure sales and distribution for Caribbean films/makers. The best practice for the dissemination and promotion of Caribbean film will be utilised: communicating with audiences and filmmakers through partner websites and social networks. The Regional Film Database will further provide policymakers with concrete data on local cultural products that have been developed, financed and produced, not solely through local funding and support, but also by regional and international coproductions, financiers and film crews to further encourage, facilitate and improve government support for the creation of feature films. The project can also directly enhance opportunities towards strengthening and making actionable Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) through participatory efforts created by regional collaboration. Finally, there is a significant expectation that as a direct result of the Caribbean Film Mart + Regional Film Database, more Caribbean films will be produced and exhibited, with regional audiences given more opportunities to see reflections of themselves and their stories on the screen. It is hoped that this will contribute towards a more educated, aware and objective society; one that can celebrate its history and heritage, critique its social and political misgivings and explore its collective creative identity.


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participating filmmakers

EVERY YEAR, the ttff invites local, regional and international guest filmmakers and industry experts to attend the Festival, to interact with audiences and one another, sparking conversations and forging connections. Our guests are looking good! SELECT 2014 PARTICIPATING FILMMAKERS

Dawn Lundy Martin Yams Collective (USA)

Kiki Álvarez Giraffes (Cuba)

Karen Marks Mafundikwa The Price of Memory (Jamaica)

Shakirah Bourne Two Smart (Barbados) José María Cabral Wake (DR) Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada You and Me (DR)

Keith Miller Five Star (USA) Terence Nance An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (USA) Kaz Ové Dubois (T+T, UK)

Kirk Baltz Actors’ Intensive / USA

Annabelle Mullen Pacheco Producers’ Lab / PR

Lucius Barre Public Relations Consultant / USA

Anne Pampin Publicist / Spain

Marjorie Bendeck Regalado World Cinema Fund / Germany

Tobias Pausinger EAVE / Germany

Holly Bynoe ARC / St Vincent

Percy Pinedo Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam / Curaçao

Claudia Calviño Producers’ Lab / Cuba

BC Pires Journalist / Barbados Nelson Carlo Lullabies (DR) Erin Christovale, Amir George Black Radical Imagination (USA) Cherien Dabis May in the Summer (USA)

Yao Ramesar Haiti Bride (T+T, Haiti) Tim Reid Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions (USA)

Casey Cipriani Indiewire / USA Omar de la Cruz Global Dominican Republic Film Festival / DR Priscilla Delannay FEMI / Guadeloupe

Luc De Saint-Sernin France TV / France Chiara Sangiorgio Amnesty International / UK

Melvin Durán Blanco (DR)

Stevan Riley Everything or Nothing (UK)

Storm Saulter Producers’ Lab / Jamaica

Shaun Escayg Noka: Keeper of Worlds (T+T, USA)

Claudia Sainte-Luce The Amazing Catfish (Mexico)

Diana Elbaum EAVE / France

Iván Trujillo Bolio Guadalajara International Film Festival / Mexico

Miquel Galofré Art Connect (T+T)

Alex Santiago Pérez Cows Wearing Glasses (PR)

Ian Harnarine Filmmaker / Jury / USA

Nina Vilus, Maharaki Producers’ Lab / Guadeloupe + Martinique

Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles Mala Mala (PR)

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro Journalist / USA

Clement Virgo Filmmaker / Canada

Lacey Schwartz Little White Lie (USA)

John Lee Tribeca Film Institute / USA

Eamonn Walker  Actor / USA

Michèle Stephenson American Promise (USA)

Sydney Levine Indiewire / USA

Paula Williams Madison Television Executive, Journalist / USA

Rigoberto Lopez Traveling Film Showcase / Cuba

Steve Zabina Martinique Film Festival / Martinique

Emiel Martens Caribbean Creativity / The Netherlands

FOCUS 2014 PARTICIPANTS Vashti Anderson, T+T , USA Darisha Beresford, T+T Raisa Bonnet, PR Cristian Carretero, PR Miquel Galofré, T+T Carlos Lechuga, Cuba Davina Lee, St Lucia Teneille Newallo, T+T Nile Saulter, Jamaica Gabriel Valencia, DR

Clare Downs EAVE / UK

Jean Michel Gibert, Jérôme Guiot, Barthélémy Fougea, Kim Johnson Pan! Our Music Odyssey (T+T, France) German Gruber, Ewoud Bon Sensei Redemption (Curaçao) David Gumbs Interactive Works (Martinique) Iván Herrera The Mountain (DR)

Leticia Tonos Paniagua Cristo Rey (DR)

Sean Hodgkinson A Story About Wendy 2 (T+T)

Neto Villalobos All About the Feathers (Costa Rica)

Bruno Irizarry 200 Cartas (PR)

SELECT 2014 INDUSTRY GUESTS

Irene Javier Gutiérrez Hotel Nueva Isla (Cuba, Spain) Brad Klein Legends of Ska: Cool & Copasetic (Jamaica , USA)

Chanelle Aponte Pearson Media MVMT / USA Kaleem Aftab Journalist / UK

Patricia Monpierre APCAG / Guadeloupe Kareem Mortimer Producers’ Lab / The Bahamas Zita Morriña International Festival of New Latin American Cinema Havana / Cuba

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At the ttff/13 awards ceremony

AWARDS THE ttff awards prizes in three categories: jury prizes, people’s choice awards and special awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 28 September at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain.

BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM – DOCUMENTARY TT$7,500 / Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company In competition: Cutass By Cutlass: 3 Canal Making a Statement – Jacqui Thompson | Field Notes – Vashti Harrison | Glass Bottom Boat – Kyle Walcott | My Name is Ali – Nicholas Clarke | Shan – Maya Cozier

JURY PRIZES BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE TT$20,000 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company In competition: Behaviour – Ernesto Darnas Serrano, Cuba | Cows Wearing Glasses – Alex Santiago Pérez, Puerto Rico | Cristo Rey – Leticia Tonos Paniagua, Dominican Republic | Giraffes – Kiki Álvarez, Cuba | Haiti Bride – Robert Yao Ramesar, Trinidad and Tobago/Haiti | Sensei Redemption – German Gruber, Curaçao BEST FEATURE FILM – DOCUMENTARY TT$20,000 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company In competition: Art Connect – Miquel Galofré, Trinidad and Tobago | Blanco – Melvin Durán, Dominican Republic | Hotel Nueva Isla – Irene Gutiérrez Torres and Javier Labrador Deulofeu, Cuba | Mala Mala – Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini, Puerto Rico | The Mountain – Tabaré Blanchard and Ivan Herrera, Dominican Republic | Pan! Our Music Odyssey – Jérôme Guiot, Trinidad and Tobago | The Price of Memory – Karen Marks Mafundikwa, Jamaica | You and Me – Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, Dominican Republic BEST SHORT FILM – NARRATIVE TT$10,000 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company In competition: Bullock – Carlos Machado Quintela, Cuba | Broken Ceilings – Yanillys Pérez, Dominican Republic | Chula – Victoria Soberal, Puerto Rico | Cleaning House – Toni Blackford, Jamaica | Creole Soup – Karine Gama, Guadeloupe | Dubois – Kaz Ové, Trinidad and Tobago | The Good, the Bad and the Apprentice – Amiral Gaspard, Haiti | How Many Times? – Ryan Khan, Trinidad and Tobago | Noka: Keeper of Worlds – Shaun Escayg, Trinidad and Tobago | Old Moon – Raisa Bonnet, Puerto Rico | Red Light – Lucas Estrella, Dominican Republic | This Island – Cristian Carretero, Puerto Rico | The Trout – Luis Ernesto Doñas, Cuba BEST SHORT FILM – DOCUMENTARY TT$10,000 / Sponsored by the National Gas Company In competition: ABCs – Diana Montero, Cuba | Crisálida – Alejandro Alonso Estrella, Cuba | Field Notes – Vashti Harrison, Trinidad and Tobago | Glass Bottom Boat – Kyle Walcott, Trinidad and Tobago | Pillowman – Nile Saulter, Jamaica BEST LOCAL FEATURE FILM TT$15,000 / Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company In competition: Art Connect – Miquel Galofré | Pan! Our Music Odyssey – Jérôme Guiot BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM – NARRATIVE TT$7,500 / Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company In competition: The Cutlass – Darisha Beresford | Cubes – Ryan Lee | Dubois – Kaz Ové | How Many Times? – Ryan Khan | Noka: Keeper of Worlds – Shaun Escayg

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BEST FILM AS DECIDED BY A YOUTH JURY TT$5,000 / Sponsored by bpTT In competition: Behaviour – Ernesto Darnas Serrano, Cuba | Brooklyn – Pascal Tessaud, France | Five Star – Keith Miller, USA | The Forgotten Kingdom – Andrew Mudge, Lesotho/South Africa/USA | Pelo Malo – Mariana Rondón, Venezuela | Siddharth – Richie Mehta, Canada/India | The Way He Looks – Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE TT$5,000 In competition: The Abominable Crime – Micah Fink, Jamaica, USA | Cristo Rey – Leticia Tonos Paniagua, Dominican Republic | Mala Mala – Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini, Puerto Rico BEST NEW MEDIA FILM TT$5,000 In competition: All That is Left Unsaid – Michele Clarke, Canada | Bain de mer – Andrea Chung, Jamaica, USA | Bottleneck – Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe, Grenada | Dark Morass – Storm Saulter, Jamaica | Evidence of Absence – Dominique Knowles, The Bahamas | A Gust of Wind – Ian Deleon, Cuba, Brazil, USA | Lullabies – Nelson Carlo, Dominican Republic | My Dreams, My Works Must Wait Till After Hell – Girl (Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh), Jamaica, India, USA | Otherness – Olivia McGilchrist, Jamaica | They Say You Can Dream a Thing More Than Once – Versia Harris, Barbados | Visión doble – Anabel Vasquez, Cuba, Puerto Rico | Water & Dreams – David Gumbs, St Martin PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE BEST FEATURE FILM – DOCUMENTARY BEST SHORT FILM TT$5,000 each / Sponsored by Flow SPECIAL AWARDS BEST STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES FILM PROGRAMME An all-expenses paid trip to the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 / Sponsored by bpTT FILM IN DEVELOPMENT AWARD A place in the Rotterdam Lab for film producers at the International Film Festival Rotterdam / Sponsored by bpTT RBC FOCUS: FILMMAKERS’ IMMERSION PITCH WINNER TT$20,000 / Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank


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THE JURIES Four juries—each comprising three members—will judge the awards for the best feature and short films, the best New Media film, and the Amnesty International Human Rights Prize. FEATURES JURY

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Marjorie Bendeck Regalado is a consultant for the Creative Europe Film Development Fund (European Union) and on the Project Evaluation Committee for the World Cinema Fund. She worked on the Selection Committee and as the Participants Coordinator for the Berlinale Talent Campus (Berlin International Film Festival) from 2003 to 2012. Marjorie is also a film producer and attended a graduate course in film production at the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), Cuba. Zita Morriña began her career at the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) as a researcher and scriptwriter. She has worked as an assistant on several Cuban films, and in 1994 was assistant director on Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club. She joined the International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema (Havana Film Festival) when it was founded in 1979, and since 2004 has been its Programme Director. Since 2010 Steve Zebina has been the film programmer for CMAC, the Martiniquan Centre for Cultural Action, which oversees Les Rencontres au Cinema de la Martinique, an annual film festival. He teaches film analysis, gives lectures on the history of Caribbean cinema, and puts together film programmes geared towards Martiniquan youth. He is a member of the Cinematheque Française and the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. SHORTS JURY

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Christopher Cozier is an artist, curator, and writer living and working in Trinidad and Tobago. He has participated in a number of exhibitions focused on contemporary art in the Caribbean and internationally, with work spanning a variety of media. Cozier is an active curator and, in 2006, he co-founded Alice Yard, a not-for-profit art organisation and space in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Terence Nance was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He studied visual art, and in addition to being an artist and filmmaker, he makes music under the name Terence Etc. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (p. 28), his first film, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. He is at work on his second feature, The Lobbyist. Marsha Pearce is a scholar and writer whose work focuses on visual culture. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago where she teaches in the Department of Creative and Festival Arts. She is also the Senior Art Writer and Editor of ARC Caribbean Art and Culture magazine.

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Priscilla Delannay is the General Delegate of the Guadeloupe International Film Festival (FEMI), the Guadeloupe International Film Festival. She holds a degree in Cultural Heritage Preservation and Development and has several years’ experience in the areas of sustainable development and cultural engagement. She joined the FEMI team in 2008, as assistant to the Programme Director. Ian Harnarine was born in Toronto to Trinidadian parents. He has an MFA from New York University’s Graduate Film School where he now teaches. His short film Doubles With Slight Pepper (2011; ttff/12) won prizes at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Academy Awards. He is currently co-writing, with Spike Lee, a film called Time Traveler, and is in pre-production on a feature adaptation of Doubles With Slight Pepper. Iván Trujillo Bolio has a degree from Mexico’s Central University of Cinematographic Studies (CUEC). He has made many documentary films, with his abiding subject being nature. In 1980 he joined the Film Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and in 1989 was named its Director, a post he held for 20 years. Currently he is the General Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

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Christopher Laird has produced over 300 documentaries, dramas and other video productions over the past 35 years with Trinidad and Tobago’s pioneering Banyan Limited, garnering multiple awards. In 2003, he cofounded the region’s first all-Caribbean television station, Gayelle. His most recent film is the stickfighting documentary No Bois Man No Fraid (ttff/13). Diana Mahabir Wyatt is a former Independent Senator of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, a position she held from 1991 until she left the Senate in 2000. She is at present head of the Child Protection Task Force and was a member of the recent commission of enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup. She is also on the board of Servol and the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights. She is chair of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Childline and other community organisations. Chiara Sangiorgio joined Amnesty International’s global death penalty team in January 2008, and since then has coordinated its campaign for the abolition of the death penalty. She has authored Amnesty International’s annual report on the worldwide use of the death penalty, coordinated its work in support of the adoption of UN General Assembly resolutions on a moratorium on the death penalty, and participated in research and advocacy missions for the organisation.

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opening night gala TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER Globe Cinema 6.00pm – Doors open (park and ride the shuttle from NAPA, 5–6.15pm) 6.30pm – Film screening: Pan! Our Music Odyssey Zen Nightclub 8.30pm – Reception 10.00pm – After-party (cash bar) Limited tickets are available for $150. Call 621.0709.

PAN! OUR MUSIC ODYSSEY

Director: Jérôme Guiot 2014, Trinidad+Tobago English, French and Japanese, with English subtitles Documentary feature  / 80 minutes / WORLD PREMIERE PAN! Our Music Odyssey is the story of the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the only new acoustic musical instrument invented in the twentieth century. The film boldly dramatises the almost mythical invention of pan in the 1940s, and then surges forward to tell the stories of people from all over the world—T+T, France, Japan, the USA—who have staked everything on their love of the instrument, and whose passion and daring draw them each year to the “world championships” of steelband, Panorama. Written by Kim Johnson, T+T’s foremost pan writer and researcher, Pan! is interlaced with dramatic re-enactments of the rags-to-riches tale of the steelband movement, which was born into poverty and violence but climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic acceptance without losing its life-or-death urgency. The result is an extraordinary global human adventure, as rousing and life-affirming as any great pan symphony. The director, Jérôme Guiot, writer, Kim Johnson, and producers Barthélémy Fougea and Jean Michel Gibert will be present to introduce their film. Born in Belgium, Jérôme Guiot studied editing and directing at the National Institute of Radio Engineering and Cinematography (INRACI). He has directed several music videos for the Belgian pop artist Stromae, including “Alors on danse”, “Allez vous faire” and “Tous les mêmes”. He also directed the short film Retour simple (2009), and has directed web documentaries and commercials.

closing night film TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER MovieTowne, Port of Spain 6.30pm – Film screening: Cristo Rey

CRISTO REY

Director: Leticia Tonos Paniagua 2013, Dominican Republic, Haiti, France Spanish and Haitian, with English subtitles. Narrative feature  / 96 minutes  /  T+T PREMIERE JANVIER is a good-natured young man living in the town of Cristo Rey (Christ the Redeemer) in the Dominican Republic. The son of a Haitian mother and Dominican father, Janvier, like so many Haitian-Dominicans, is the constant target of casual discrimination and police harassment. After his mother is deported to Haiti, he is desperate to reunite with her in Port-au-Prince. Reluctantly he takes a job with a gang leader, El Bacá, as a bodyguard to Jocelyn, El Bacá’s sister. Soon the youngsters are in the grip of a clandestine love affair. As Janvier becomes more entwined with both Jocelyn and El Bacá, he is forced to make a difficult, dangerous decision. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Leticia Tonos Paniagua’s enthralling and energetic film updates Shakespeare’s play to a contemporary Caribbean setting, with a fresh, urgent take on the classic story that makes it feel as though it’s been ripped from the daily headlines. Leticia Tonos Paniagua will be present to introduce her film. Leticia Tonos Paniagua was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She completed her studies at the London Film School, where her thesis was an adaptation of the Junot Díaz short story “Ysrael”. La hija natural (2010; ttff/11), her first feature, was the Dominican Republic’s entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Cristo Rey (2013) is her most recent film.

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the ttff/14 film lineup CARIBBEAN

PANORAMA

SHORT AND MEDIUMLENGTH FILMS

The Caribbean section comprises feature-length narrative and documentary films from the Caribbean, the diaspora, as well as films by international filmmakers made in and about the region. Selected films comprise the official features competition.

The Panorama section consists of feature-length narrative and documentary films from heritage countries of Trinidad+Tobago, including India, countries in Africa and Europe, and, for the first time, the Middle East. Also included in the Panorama section are films from Latin America, Canada and the USA.

This section comprises films under 30 minutes in length (short films) and films between 30 and 60 minutes in length (medium-length films) that are from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Selected films comprise the official competition for short and medium-length films.

NEW MEDIA

Film and art are natural partners and the ttff annually screens a selection of video art and experimental films. These works are shown as part of New Media, which is presented in collaboration with ARC Magazine. (See pages 40–41 for details on New Media.)

The ttff/14 programming committee: Annabelle Alcazar, Jonathan Ali, Melvina Hazard, Christopher Meir and Emilie Upczak

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200 CARTAS

THE ABOMINABLE CRIME

Director: Bruno Irizarry 2013, Puerto Rico English and Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 98 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Micah Fink 2013, Jamaica, USA English and Dutch, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 66 minutes

RAÚL is a comic-book artist living in New York. One night in a bar he meets María, a young Puerto Rican woman visiting the city. When a fight breaks out they find themselves suddenly separated. Having been struck by love at first sight, Raúl travels to Puerto Rico in search of Maria, and winds up having the adventure of his life. This is a romantic comedy with plenty of charm and a winning spirit.

THE ABOMINABLE CRIME is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s love for his country. Told as they unfold over several years, these personal, intimate accounts of discrimination and violence perpetrated against gays in Jamaica take the audience on an emotional journey. The film also seeks to get to the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, revealing the psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians.

Fri 19 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne Tobago Sat 27 Sept, 3.45pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Mon 29 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne Tobago

Wed 17 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 3.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

ART CONNECT

BEHAVIOUR

Director: Miquel Galofré 2014, T+T English Documentary feature / 74 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Ernesto Daranas Serrano 2014, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 100 minutes T+T PREMIERE

ART CONNECT vividly illustrates how creative intervention changed the lives of a group of young people in Laventille, a disenfranchised and volatile community in T+T. The film documents the profound impact that painting, poetry, music and dance had on the children, who were given digital cameras to record their experiences. By allowing the viewer intimate access to their world, they reveal their hopes and fears, and we witness their lives transform.

LIFE ISN’T EASY for 11-year-old Chala. When he isn’t getting into trouble at school for his violent behaviour, or with the police for raising fighting dogs, he has to contend with an alcoholic mother who spends her nights hustling in Havana’s nightclubs. Chala has one person on his side: his teacher, Carmela, who absolutely believes that no child is a lost cause. But when Carmela falls ill, Chala himself is in danger of falling through the cracks of an unforgiving system, in this heartfelt, clear-eyed drama.

Thu 18 Sept, 6.15pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Fri 19 Sept, 11.00am, UWI, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sat 27 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Tue 30 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Wed 24 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Fri 26 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sun 28 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Tue 30 Sept, 8.15pm, Little Carib Theatre

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Screenings are subject to change, so please check our website before attending a screening.

BLANCO

COWS WEARING GLASSES

Director: Melvin Durán 2014, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 62 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Alex Santiago Pérez 2014, Puerto Rico Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 93 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

BLANCO portrays the daily life and human side of six albinos of different ages and stages in life, who have more in common than just their physical condition. Uninformed about the symptoms related to albinism, these people live their lives with normalcy despite their unique appearance, visual impairment and the harmful effects of the sun on their skin. Shot with an often ethereal beauty, Blanco neither exploits nor patronises its subjects, instead presenting them as they are, with warmth and compassion.

MARCELINO is a celebrated painter and art teacher with a curmudgeonly reputation. On the verge of losing his sight and being squeezed to retire from the university, he reaches out to his only daughter, Isabel, a writer of self-help books. With his thoughts turning to his final end, Marso seeks forgiveness for abandoning his family decades ago. The wounds of the past prove difficult to heal, however, in this engaging and touchingly bittersweet comedy-drama.

Thu 18 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Fri 26 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

Mon 22 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 24 Sept, 12.00pm, UWI Fri 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sat 27 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

GIRAFFES

HAITI BRIDE

Director: Kiki Álvarez 2013, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 93 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Robert Yao Ramesar 2014, T+T, Haiti Haitian and English, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 65 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

MANUEL AND LIA are a young couple desperate to find accommodation in Havana. They manage to illegally lay their hands on the keys to an old house in the city centre, from which Tania has been evicted. Tania, however, refuses to give up her home. A silent domestic war among these three beautiful twenty-somethings ensues, until an impending hurricane places them under lockdown. All their pent-up irritation and desire reach boiling point, in this exciting and provocative chamber drama.

HAITI BRIDE centres around Marie-Thérèse, who leaves Haiti for New York with her family when Jean-Bertrand Aristide is thrown out of power. Years later Marie-Thérèse meets and falls in love with Paul, a fellow Haitian. They go back to Haiti to get married, but unfortunately the date and time of the wedding coincide with the 2011 earthquake. The lovers are separated, and fear that the other is dead. A year later, however, they meet again.

Sat 20 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Fri 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Fri 19 Sept, 6.30pm, UWI, Q+A Sat 20 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Thu 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

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HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

Directors: Irene Gutiérrez Torres, Javier Labrador Deulofeu 2014, Cuba, Spain Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 71 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Rommel Hall 2014, Barbados English Narrative feature / 111 minutes T+T PREMIERE

THE FORMERLY LUXURIOUS Hotel Nueva Isla in Old Havana is now in ruins, but it is home to people living on the fringes of society, like the retired public servant Jorge. Abandoned by his wife and children, Jorge’s only motivation, like a Don Quixote forgotten and gone astray, is to continue a quest he’s followed for years: dig among the dangerous ruins of the hotel, where he is convinced that the former owners hid valuable objects before fleeing the Cuban Revolution.

BASED ON a popular television sitcom, Keeping up with the Joneses is centred around the Jones family: Irving Jones, his wife Angela, their daughter Tracy and son Nathan, who are stars in a reality show called Life & Times in the Caribbean. When the Joneses are kidnapped, all is thought to be lost. That is until Angela’s mentally ill brother, Anderson, and three friends from Green Meadows Mental Institution, go on a mission to save them.

Wed 17 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Q+A

Sat 20 Sept, 1.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Fri 26 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

LEGENDS OF SKA: Cool & Copasetic

MALA MALA

Director: Brad Klein 2014, Jamaica English Documentary feature / 102 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Directors: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini 2014, Puerto Rico English and Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 87 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

BEFORE REGGAE conquered the world, Jamaica gave us ska. This exciting and uplifting documentary tells the story of ska music in the words of the musicians themselves, from the rhythm-and-bluesinfluenced sound-system dances in Kingston in the 1950s to the classic ska period of the 1960s to the coming of reggae. The film is punctuated by performances from the 2002 “Legends of Ska” concert, and features interviews with Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jimmy Cliff, Keith Richards and others.

THE TRANSGENDER community of Puerto Rico is as diverse as it is vibrant. A unique exploration of self-discovery and activism, Mala Mala features a cast of unforgettably colourful and vivacious subjects that includes LGBT advocates, business owners, sex workers and a group of drag performers who call themselves The Doll House. This is a passionate and winning documentary, one that portrays a fight for personal and community acceptance punctuated by discouraging lows and triumphant highs.

Fri 19 Sept, 2.00pm, UWI Thu 25 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sun 28 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Tue 30 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

Sun 21 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Sat 27 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

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THE MOUNTAIN

THE PRICE OF MEMORY

Directors: Tabaré Blanchard, Iván Herrera 2013, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 84 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Karen Marks Mafundikwa 2014, Jamaica English Documentary feature / 83 minutes T+T PREMIERE

IN MAY 2011, history was made when the flag of the Dominican Republic crowned the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest, marking the first Caribbean expedition to reach the mythical peak. That mission inspired three young Dominican boys, fishermen’s sons, who set out to conquer the highest mountain in their country, and the Caribbean: Pico Duarte. The Mountain unites both missions, intercutting one with the other. The result is an epic adventure, built on motivation, inspiration, determination and achievement.

WHEN QUEEN ELIZABETH II visited Jamaica in 2002, she was petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations are linked to moving to Africa, from where their ancestors were brought as enslaved people. This timely, important film traces the Rastafarian petition and a reparations lawsuit against the Queen over a decade into both the British and Jamaican parliaments, while interweaving stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s.

Mon 22 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 1.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

Sun 21 Sept, 12.30pm, Little Carib Theatre This screening will be followed by a panel discussion presented in association with The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited. Sun 28 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

SENSEI REDEMPTION

A STORY ABOUT WENDY 2

Director: German Gruber 2014, Curaçao Papiamentu, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 119 minutes INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Director: Sean Hodgkinson 2014, T+T English Narrative feature / 63 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

AFTER AN ACCIDENT in the world of illegal street fighting and gambling, Sandro is sentenced to ten years in prison. He has to leave his only son, Shendel, behind. When Sandro is free again, all he wants is to recover the relationship with his now-teenaged son. What Sandro doesn’t know is that Shendel’s obsession with easy money has led him to follow in his father’s footsteps, into the world of underground fights. In order to protect his son and win back his trust, Sandro will have to engage in his toughest fight yet.

FOLLOWING ON FROM A Story about Wendy (2012), when she was dumped by her fiancé and sought to get her life back together, Wendy Phillips returns in this hilarious second chapter of her adventures. Excited to start work at Quirky TV as Simone Davies’ personal assistant, Wendy proves that she is dedicated and efficient. But when she inadvertently discovers information that reveals what really happened to Simone’s previous assistants, Wendy realises that her life is in danger.

Wed 24 Sept, 6.00pm, UWI Sat 27 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Wed 17 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 3.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

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caribbean features

THEY ARE WE

TWO SMART

Director: Emma Christopher 2014, Cuba, Sierra Leone, Australia Spanish, English, Mende, Krio, Gbande and Kono, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 77 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Directors: Shakirah Bourne, Ricky Redman 2014, Barbados English Narrative feature / 90 minutes INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

IN PERICO, Cuba, an Afro-Cuban community has kept alive songs and dances brought from West Africa via the slave trade almost two centuries ago. Through years of searching, filmmaker Emma Christopher tried to find the origins of these cultural artefacts. Then, in a remote village in Sierra Leone, people watching a recording of the Cubans’ songs and dances joyously declared “They are we!”, and joined in with the songs. In this extraordinary film, their Cuban brothers and sisters finally come home.

JON AND MADJ SMART offer to give Desiree, a young clerical officer, a ride in their van, but during an argument with her husband, Madj crashes the van into a gully. With cell phones dead and torrential rain falling, the threesome decide to wait out the storm and find help in the morning. However the long night reveals a tangled web of lies and betrayal, where some relationships are more deadly than the raging storm. Fri 19 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

Tue 23 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Tue 30 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS

WAKE

YOU AND ME

Director: José María Cabral 2013, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 80 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Directors: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada 2014, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 87 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

RENE AND NAOMI are a young married couple. One night Naomi disappears without leaving any hint of her whereabouts. Rene receives a phone call from someone who claims to have seen her in a car accident, but there is no evidence whatsoever of this. Rene later discovers that he and Naomi were both in the accident, but he can’t remember because they were taken right after to an experimental lab, where they are both connected to a computer that provides them with virtual life.

THE MRS, an old widow, and Aridia, her young domestic servant, live together in an orchid-filled house in Santo Domingo. Aridia cleans, the Mrs gardens; sometimes they gossip. But the atmosphere can get tense: when the Mrs gets angry with Aridia and Aridia defends herself, the Mrs reminds her “where her place is”. You and Me is a moving, closely observed portrait of the complex relationship between two women that goes beyond merely employer and employee.

Thu 18 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Mon 29 Sept, 3.30pm MovieTowne POS, Q+A

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panorama features

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ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS

THE AMAZING CATFISH

Director: Neto Villalobos 2013, Costa Rica Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 85 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce 2013, Mexico Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 89 minutes T+T PREMIERE

CHALO is a friendless security guard with a boring, monotonous job in an abandoned factory. A cockfight lover, he is desperate to have his first gamecock. Once he gets this bird—which he names Rocky—his life changes. Not having a proper place to keep and train Rocky triggers a series of events that will put Chalo’s love for his new, feathered friend to the test, in this quirky and hilarious deadpan comedy.

TWENTY-SOMETHING Claudia, who has been alone all her life, is admitted to the hospital for appendicitis. Here she meets Martha, an ailing matriarch with four children by three fathers. The women bond, and when they’re released, Martha invites Claudia into her home. Claudia quickly becomes one of the family, proving a helpmeet with Martha’s biological children, especially as Martha’s condition begins to worsen. This is a joyous, beautiful comedy-drama about the true meaning of family.

Sat 20 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sun 28 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS

This film is presented in association with the Embassy of Mexico and AMEXCID. Fri 19 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Fri 26 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS

AMERICAN PROMISE

BELLE

Directors: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson 2013, USA English Documentary feature / 135 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Amma Asante 2013, UK English Narrative feature / 105 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

SPANNING thirteen years, American Promise follows Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents and filmmakers in Brooklyn, New York, as they turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun (of T+T parentage), who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

IN LATE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY England, Dido Elizabeth Belle is born to a white British admiral and an enslaved, black Caribbean woman. When her father returns to sea, he entrusts Dido to the care of his appalled family, led by the imposing Lord Mansfield. Dido is raised to be a lady, albeit one with a unique status: too high in rank to dine with the servants, but too low to dine with her family. Inspired by true events, this is a stirring, thought-provoking historical drama.

Thu 18 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 3.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

Fri 19 Sept, 8.45pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Tue 30 Sept, 8.45pm, MovieTowne POS

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BROOKLYN

CONCERNING VIOLENCE

Director: Pascal Tessaud 2014, France French, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 83 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Göran Hugo Olsson 2014, Sweden, USA, Denmark, Finland English, Swedish, French and Portuguese, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 84 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Coralie dreams of becoming a hip-hop star. She runs away from her comfortable middle-class life in her native Switzerland and moves to the suburbs of Paris to pursue her goal. She gets a job as a cook at a local youth centre, where she meets the magnetic Issa, the rising rap star of the ‘hood. When Coralie’s skills on the mic are discovered, however, attraction is replaced by envy, in this edgy and captivating urban drama. This film is presented in association with Alliance Française. Thu 18 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Thu 25 Sept, 7.00pm, Alliance Française

“COLONIALISM IS...violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence.” So declared Frantz Fanon in his classic indictment of European imperialism, The Wretched of the Earth. This provocative film matches astounding file footage of the fight for decolonisation in Africa with selections of Fanon’s incendiary text, powerfully voiced by musician Lauryn Hill. The result is a bold, empowering visualisation of colonial (and neo-colonial) power and its dehumanising effects on the people who exist under its rule. Fri 19 Sept, 12.30pm, UWI Tue 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Mon 29 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

DIFRET

DUST

Director: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari 2014, Ethiopia Amharic, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 99 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Julio Hernández Cordón 2012, Guatemala Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 80 minutes T+T PREMIERE

MEAZA, a young lawyer and women’s advocate in Addis Ababa, provides free legal services to the poor. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted by a farmer who intends to marry her, she shoots and kills him with his own rifle in an attempt to escape. Hirut is charged with murder, and Meaza takes on her case. Inspired by this young girl’s courage, Meaza embarks on a long, tenacious battle to save Hirut’s life, in this compelling drama based on true events.

JUAN is obsessed with the death of his father, who was “disappeared” by the Guatemalan military during the country’s civil war. He knows who his father’s informant was, and engages in petty acts of revenge against this man. When a filmmaker arrives in the village to make a documentary about the search for remains of the disappeared, Juan and his mother Delfina are given a chance at achieving some sort of resolution, in this sometimes painful, yet tender testament to the act of not forgetting.

Wed 17 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS

This film is presented in association with World Cinema Fund + the Goethe Institute. Wed 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

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EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: The Untold Story of 007

FIVE STAR

Director: Stevan Riley 2012, UK English Documentary feature / 98 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Keith Miller 2014, USA English Narrative feature / 83 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

NO FILM FRANCHISE has had more influence and staying power than the James Bond series, the longest-running franchise in cinema history. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire in Babylon), this film tells the story of 007’s creation by author Ian Fleming, and his move to the big screen in the 1960s, a dream shared by Fleming and producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. This is a thrilling and inspiring tale of one of cinema’s most iconic characters.

PRIMO is a member of Brooklyn’s Bloods gang. After John’s father is killed, Primo takes the boy under his wing. John is uncertain about committing to gang life, while Primo—with a wife and children—wants to leave the life altogether. Matters come to a boil, and both men find themselves with tough choices to make. Blurring reality and fiction, Five Star is an intense, authentic-feeling portrait of gang culture, one that raises profound questions about what it means to be a man. This film is presented in association with the US Embassy.

Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, UWI, Q+A Sun 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Sat 20 Sept, 6.15pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 8.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM

THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Director: Andrew Mudge 2012, Lesotho, South Africa and USA Tsotsitaal and Sesotho, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 96 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Lucía Puenzo 2013, Argentina Spanish, German and Hebrew, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 94 minutes T+T PREMIERE

ATANG, a young man living in South Africa, reluctantly embarks on a journey to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning. Fri 19 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 24 Sept, 2.00pm, UWI

PATAGONIA, 1960. A German doctor becomes the first guest at a hotel that an Argentinean family have just inherited. Eva and Enzo welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith, to his care. What the family don’t know is that they are harbouring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world—the former Nazi officer Josef Mengele, known as the “Angel of Death”. Inspired by true events, The German Doctor is an unsettling, enthralling thriller. Sun 21 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS

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panorama features

ILLITERATE

THE LIBERATOR

Director: Moisés Sepúlveda 2013, Chile Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 73 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Alberto Arvelo 2013, Venezuela, Spain Spanish, French and English, with English subtitles. Narrative feature / 119 minutes T+T PREMIERE

XIMENA, an illiterate woman in her fifties, lives alone and tries to keep her illiteracy a secret. Jackeline is a young unemployed school teacher who tries to convince Ximena to take reading classes. Persuading her proves to be almost impossible, until one day Jackeline finds something Ximena has been keeping as her only treasure since she was a child: a letter her father left when he abandoned her many years before. Gradually, the two women embark on a learning journey together.

SIMÓN BOLÍVAR (1783–1830) is arguably the greatest figure in the struggle for independence in the Americas. This sweeping, stirring epic—anchored by a star-making turn by Édgar Ramírez—tells the story of his life. It depicts the childhood that laid the seeds of Bolívar’s determination to defend the rights of the indigenous and enslaved, and his decadent years in Europe after his wife’s tragic death. Finally, it shows his return to South America, his social conscience reawakened, to lead the fight against the Spanish crown for freedom.

Tue 23 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Tue 30 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

LITTLE WHITE LIE

THE LUNCHBOX

Director: Lacey Schwartz 2014, USA English Documentary feature / 65 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Ritesh Batra 2013, India Hindi and English, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 104 minutes T+T PREMIERE

AS A CHILD growing up in a Jewish family in upstate New York, Lacey Schwartz was always told that her relatively dark skin and curly hair were the result of a certain Sicilian ancestor. As a young woman, however, she began to pull back the curtain on matters of race and family secrets, as chronicled in this deeply personal and riveting documentary. The film raises larger questions: What factors make us who we are? And what happens when we are forced to redefine ourselves?

SAAJAN is a taciturn, middle-aged widower about to take early retirement. Ila is a young housewife caught in a loveless marriage. One day the lunchbox that Ila sends to her husband via Mumbai’s celebrated delivery system accidentally starts going to Saajan. Ila and Sajaan begin sending secret handwritten notes to one another via the lunchbox, until the day that they decide it is time for them to meet. Deftly avoiding trite sentimentality, this is an utterly charming and poignant romantic drama.

Wed 17 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A Fri 19 Sept, 3.45pm, UWI, Q+A

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Sun 21 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Fri 26 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Tue 30 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago


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MANAKAMANA

MAY IN THE SUMMER

Directors: Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez 2013, USA, Nepal Nepali and English, with English subtitles Documentary feature / 120 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Cherien Dabis 2013, USA, Jordan, Qatar English and Arabic, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 100 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

IN THE FOOTHILLS of the Nepalese Himalayas is a temple dedicated to Manakamana, the Hindu goddess of good fortune. To get there, pilgrims travel via cable car above a lushly forested landscape. In this absorbing documentary, a fixed 16mm camera placed inside the car records various groups going to and from the temple: first a trio of elderly women, then a pair of young American tourists, now a small herd of goats. The cumulative effect is near transcendental, creating a unique (and uniquely cinematic) experience.

MAY HAS IT ALL—a celebrated book, a sophisticated New York life and a terrific fiancé. But when she heads to Amman, Jordan, to plan her wedding, she lands in a bedlam of family chaos. Her Christian mother disapproves of her marrying a Muslim and threatens to boycott the wedding. Her younger sisters lean on her like children, and her estranged father suddenly comes out of the woodwork. Meanwhile, doubts about her marriage surface, and May’s carefully structured life spins out of control.

Fri 19 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Wed 24 Sept, 1.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

Sun 21 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Thu 25 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Fri 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sun 28 Sept, 3.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

MOTHER OF GEORGE

OF GOOD REPORT

Director: Andrew Dosunmu 2013, USA English and Yoruba, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 106 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Jahmil XT Qubeka 2013, South Africa Xosa, Sotho and English, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 109 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

AYODELE, owner of a Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn, weds his fiancée, Adenike, and the couple start a new life together. Their traditional Yoruba wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Ma George is torn between her Yoruba culture and her new American life, as she faces uncomfortable choices in her struggle to save her marriage. This is a beautifully shot, astonishingly radiant portrait of Nigerian immigrant family life.

PARKER arrives in a poor rural township to begin a new job as a teacher at the local school. He appears to be of unimpeachable character, yet almost immediately he begins an affair with a student, 16-year-old Nolitha. Soon the true nature of this seemingly mildmannered man is revealed: Parker is a bloody psychopath. Of Good Report is a stylishly made, provocative and disturbing noirish thriller that boldly challenges the usual representations of South Africa’s contemporary reality.

Mon 22 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Sun 28 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre

Tue 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Mon 29 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS

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panorama features

OMAR

AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY

Director: Hany Abu-Assad 2013, Palestine Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 98 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Terence Nance 2013, USA English Experimental feature / 95 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

EVERY DAY young Omar, a Palestinian baker, risks being shot by Israeli military forces as he traverses the occupied West Bank to visit Nadia, his girlfriend. Tarek, Nadia’s domineering older brother, enlists Omar and another friend, Amjad, to execute a hit on an Israeli soldier. Omar is then caught and tortured by the Israelis, who set him free with an ultimatum: give up Tarek or suffer the consequences with Nadia. This is an unforgettable, heart-stopping thriller, with an absolutely astonishing finale.

WITH ARRESTING INSIGHT, vulnerability and a delightful sense of humour, this explosively creative film documents the relationship between a young man and a young woman as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. An Oversimplification... creates an exquisite tapestry of live action and various styles of animation to delve deeply into the male psyche, as the young man sweats and stretches toward maturity. The result is an exciting and breathtakingly original film. This film is presented in association with the US Embassy.

Tue 23 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS

PELO MALO

QISSA

Director: Mariana Rondón 2013, Venezuela Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 93 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Anup Singh 2013, India, The Netherlands Punjabi, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 109 minutes T+T PREMIERE

MARTA lives in a Caracas apartment building with her young son, Junior, and baby. Fired from her job as a security guard, she is desperate to get it back. Junior, meanwhile, is obsessed with straightening his curly hair, as his gaze starts lingering on a neighbourhood teenage boy. This unleashes a tidal wave of homophobic panic in Marta, which threatens to wreck the already tempestuous relationship between mother and son.

INDIA, 1947. Umber Singh, a Sikh, is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing with the coming of independence and partition. He decides to fight fate and build a new home and life for his family. After his wife has two daughters, Umber is overjoyed at the birth of a son, Kanwar. But when Kanwar marries Neeli, a girl of lower caste, both families are forced to confront a painful hidden truth, in this exquisitely wrought tale.

Presented in association with World Cinema Fund + the Goethe Institut. Thu 18 Sept, 8.00pm Little Carib Theatre Wed 24 Sept, 4.00pm, UWI Wed 24 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Thu 25 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Sat 27 Sept, 3.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

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Mon 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 8.45pm, MovieTowne POS


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SIDDHARTH

TROOP 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions

Director: Richie Mehta 2013, Canada, India Hindi, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 96 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Praheme 2013, USA English Narrative feature / 105 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

AFTER sending away his 12-year-old son Siddharth to work in a factory, Mahendra, who fixes broken zippers on Delhi’s streets, is relieved—his financial burdens will be alleviated. But when Siddharth fails to return home, Mahendra learns he may have been taken by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, he travels across India in pursuit, a fervent sense of hope his only comfort. Inspired by true events, Siddharth is a simple yet profoundly resonant social-realist drama.

TROOP 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions follows Tristan, a naïve young boy coping with life in the inner city. When he witnesses a homicide, the neighbourhood gang leader demands his silence. Tristan’s mother enrolls him in the Boy Scouts in an effort to keep him off the streets. With the help of his new friends Tristan learns that doing the right thing isn’t easy, but will he follow the code of the Scouts, or the code of the streets?

Sat 20 Sept, 8.45pm, MovieTowne POS Mon 29 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS

Thu 18 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sat 27 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS

THE WAY HE LOOKS

THE WORLD OF GOOPI AND BAGHA

Director: Daniel Ribeiro 2014, Brazil Portuguese, with English subtitles Narrative feature / 96 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Shilpa Ranade 2013, India Hindi, with English subtitles Animated feature / 78 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Leo is best friends with Giovana. Tired of his parents’ overprotective attitude, Leo, who is blind, applies to go on a school exchange abroad. When Gabriel, a new student, arrives at the school, Leo reassesses his plans. Yet as Leo becomes aware of his feelings for Gabriel, he finds he must also deal with Giovana’s jealousy. This is a sweet and charming coming-of-age drama, a film of fierce attractions, shy games of hide-and-seek, and timid encounters in the name of first love.

GOOPI loves to sing (badly) and Bagha loves to the play the drum (badly too). When the villagers cannot bear to listen to them anymore, both are banished to the forest. They manage to enchant the king of ghosts, who gives them four boons: they can always be well fed, transport themselves anywhere in an instant and mesmerise anyone with their music, with the fourth boon to be granted when they need it. And thus begin the extraordinary adventures of Goopi and Bagha!

Sun 21 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 24 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre

Sat 20 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Wed 24 Sept, 10.00am, UWI Sun 28 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS

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short + medium-length films

34 IS BLIND MAN, 14 IS MONEY

ABCs

THE ABSENT HOUSE

Director: Steve Hernandez 2014, T+T English Documentary short / 9 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Diana Montero 2013, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary short / 15 minutes T+T PREMIERE

34 IS BLIND MAN, 14 is Money is a commentary on corruption in Trinidad and Tobago. The film highlights the late Gene Miles and the stand she took against state corruption, as depicted by playwright Tony Hall and masman Peter Minshall in the 2014 Carnival band Miss Miles.

LEONEIDI is a 12-year-old girl with a baby living in Sierra Maestra, Cuba, where the incidence of child pregnancy is high. Forced to abandon school, and verbally abused by her baby’s father, she struggles with her childish urges to play, the demands of motherhood and the obligations of family life.

Director: Rubén Abruña 2013, Puerto Rico Spanish and English, with English subtitles. Medium-length doc / 55 minutes. Distributed by Icarus Films (USA, Canada), Espresso TV (rest of the world). T+T PREMIERE

Sun 21 Sept, 12.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

THE ABSENT HOUSE is a portrait of Fernando Abruña Charneco, a designer from Puerto Rico and a pioneer of green architecture. He confronts climate change with sustainable constructions such as a roofless house that is independent of power and water utilities, a micro-eco-house on wheels and a solar-electric car. This screen-

Wed 17 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

ing takes place in association with Sustain T&T and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Sun 28 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

ART CONNECT: LIVERPOOL Director: Wendell Mc Shine 2012, UK, T+T English Documentary short / 6 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE TRINIDAD and Tobago contemporary artist Wendell Mc Shine goes on a captivating journey where art, animation, music and Carnivallike mythology are used to stitch together a tapestry that unites a community in the city of Liverpool in the UK. Thu 18 Sept, 6.15pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 24 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sat 27 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Tue 30 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS

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BAD DOG

BE A GOOD LIAR, JACKIE CHANG

THE BIG HOUSE

BIKE TALES

Director: Stefan FoderinghamGarraway 2014, T+T English Medium-length doc / 32 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Directors: Adolfo Mena Cejas, Grethel Castillo 2014, Cuba No dialogue Narrative short / 12 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Juliette Touin 2013, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary short / 24 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Jaselle Martino 2013, Canada, T+T English Narrative short / 14 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

BAD DOG investigates the issues surrounding Trinidad and Tobago’s Dangerous Dogs Act of 2013, and its impact on pet owners and non-owners. The film considers the effect the law will have on all citizens as well as on animal rights.

CHAN LEE and Gloria meet in a bar. He takes her to his place, cooks a feast and fantasises about an erotic encounter with her. As they are about to eat, Chan Lee discovers Gloria’s awful table manners and the evening takes a different turn.

SEVERAL pregnant women needing particular attention live in a maternal waiting home in Cuba known as the Big House. Yudi, a 15-year-old girl tries, just as the others, to maintain a distant and dysfunctional relationship with the father of her future child.

Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, UWI, Q+A

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

SOFIA is disappointed when her father has no time to teach her to ride her new bicycle. So she gets her hyperactive, hyperbole-prone friend Ren to teach her instead. Things come to a head when Ren introduces Sofia to a timehonoured tradition: free-wheeling down the largest hill in town.

Tue 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Mon 29 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Thu 18 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Fri 26 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

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BLACK NIGHT

A BOY’S CHOICE

BROKEN CEILINGS

THE BULL & THE BASS

Director: Francisco Rojas 2013, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles Animated short / 5 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Juliette McCawley 2014, T+T English Narrative short / 13 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Yanillys Pérez 2014, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 17 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Becca Hyman 2014, UK English Documentary short / 18 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

IN the wilderness of Santo Domingo in 2048, Oscar Perez struggles to survive the system, society and finally himself.

RICHARD, a politician’s son, is friends with Kendell, who comes from a humble background. Despite their differences, the boys bond over a mutual love of football, girls and big dreams. When fate and circumstances step in and impact the friendship, Richard is forced to make a life-changing choice.

IN a small village in the Dominican Republic, Anna, a 12-year-old girl, is living a difficult childhood. Faced with an irresponsible mother, she must take care of her two younger sisters. Meanwhile she dreams of making her first communion, and of wearing an immaculate white dress.

HOW DOES an entertainer come to forbid his daughter from entering the world of entertainment? Alongside vintage 16mm footage, Karen recounts her father’s story— his struggle as an Afro-Caribbean entrepreneur in 1960s London, the lengths he goes to for success, and the sacrifice of one of the most important relationships of all.

Wed 17 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Fri 19 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 21 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Fri 26 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Wed 17 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

Sat 27 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne, Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 5.30pm, Movie Towne, Tobago

BULLOCK

THE CAST

THE CAT’S DEATH

CHULA

Director: Carlos Machado Quintela 2014, Cuba No dialogue Narrative short / 18 minutes INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Director: Shea Best 2014, Dominican Republic, T+T Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 15 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Lilo Vilaplana 2014, Cuba, Colombia Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 27 minutes T+T PREMIERE

A MAN walks down a dusty road under a merciless sun. He holds in his hands a seemingly endless, tattered rope, by which means he attempts to keep hold of something that, in fact, is pulling him. Bullock is a story of defiance, rebellion and death—or a primitive love story.

WHEN Jonas loses a package that may cost him dearly, it is up to his quick-witted friend Paz to help him come up with a solution to his problems.

HAVANA, 1989. Raul, Camilo and Armando are three friends who plot to kill a neighbour’s cat to get meat to eat during Cuba’s “Special Period”. This leads to a series of conflicts, with an unexpected finale.

Director: Victoria Soberal 2014, Puerto Rico, USA Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 17 minutes T+T PREMIERE FREDO, the best man at a wedding, gets a call from the groom, who is at a cock fight. Fredo goes to convince the groom to come to the church, and takes his daughter for the ride. When he returns to the car he finds it and the child missing.

Sat 20 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS

Sun 21 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sat 27 Sept, 1.00 pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, UWI Mon 29 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

Sat 20 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS

Wed 17 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

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CLEANING HOUSE

THE CLOUD

CREOLE SOUP

CRISÁLIDA

Director: Toni Blackford 2013, Jamaica English Narrative short / 14 minutes T+T PREMIERE AT A GLANCE, Susan is a quiet, pensive housecleaner who takes her job seriously. A single phone call is all that she needs to clean up the mess and leave things pristine. But initial impressions rarely, if ever, give the full scope of a person— especially in the case of Susan.

Director: Marcel Beltrán 2013, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 20 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Karine Gama 2013, Guadeloupe French, with English subtitles Narrative short / 15 minutes T+T PREMIERE

ANA, a single mother living in a country town, is surprised by the sudden death of her father, the head of the family. With the arrival of her brother Ulises, Ana is forced to take stock of her life.

HÉLÈNE spends the afternoon in high anticipation as she prepares her traditional Sunday soup for her family. A sudden call from one of her children will change the direction of the rest of the evening.

Directors: Alejandro Alonso, Esther de Rothschild, Laura Cantal, Rossana Méndez 2012, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary short / 8 minutes T+T PREMIERE

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

Mon 22 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 7.00pm, Alliance Française, Q+A

Wed 24 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 1.30pm, Little Carib Theatre,

Wed 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Friday 26 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne, Tobago

Q+A

Sun 28 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre

Mon 29 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Tue 30 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne, Tobago

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. Tue 23 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Tue 30 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS

CRUDE PROCESSIONS

CUBES

CUTASS BY CUTLASS: 3Canal Making a Statement

THE CUTLASS

Director: Karina Griffith 2013, Germany English and German, with English subtitles Documentary short / 7 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Ryan Lee 2013, T+T English Narrative short / 10 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Jacquie Thompson 2014, T+T English Medium-length doc / 30 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Darisha Beresford 2013, T+T English Narrative short / 11 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

CRUDE PROCESSIONS juxtaposes two “movements” of people: the carnival practices in Buenos Aires and Cologne, and the forced migration of Africans across the Atlantic. It is a largely nonverbal exploration of the filmmaker’s reaction to witnessing black-facing in Germany: one of confusion, fear, anger and compassion.

A SEEMINGLY AVERAGE office serves as the backdrop for Sean’s first day on the job. He quickly realises things are far from normal when he shows interest in his coworker Candice, which piques the ire of the boss.

RAPSO GROUP 3Canal are known for their hard-hitting lyrics and penchant for speaking out against societal injustice. This film showcases their use of music as a forum for voicing their opinions or “making a statement” about issues affecting citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

BASED ON true events, The Cutlass is a thriller set in the forests of Trinidad that tells the story of a young woman who falls into the hands of a dangerous sociopath. She finds herself isolated, and has to muster the courage to battle the unsettled mind of her abductor.

Tue 23 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Tue 30 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS

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CRISÁLIDA (Chrysalis) is an 86-year-old Cuban woman who interacts with the world through her bedroom window. As she reveals her contradictory past and present, both converge in a deeply ironic way.

16–30 september 

Wed 17 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 3.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, UWI, Q+A

Tue 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Mon 29 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS

Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A


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DARK LIGHT

DIARIES OF AN IMMIGRANT

DUBOIS

ENTRE DEUX

Director: Per Hüttner 2013, T+T English Narrative short / 7 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Satya Collymore 2013, Barbados, T+T English Medium-length narrative / 32 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Kaz Ové 2013, T+T, UK English Medium-length narrative / 31 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Nadia Charlery 2013, Martinique French, with English subtitles Narrative short / 8 minutes T+T PREMIERE

DARK LIGHT follows two men who live parallel lives and who cannot see or communicate with each other. The main protagonist’s research finally unearths an object that allows the two to communicate in unexpected ways.

A YOUNG Guyanese woman migrates to Barbados to work as a domestic servant, to make a better life for herself and her young daughter. When her employer exploits her, she reluctantly becomes a sex worker.

IN THE middle of nowhere, a man is surprised by the ring of a telephone booth. He hesitates to answer. Finally, he picks up. On the other end is a woman, who talks to him thinking he is someone else.

Fri 19 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Wed 24 Sept, 1.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

Wed 17 Sept, 1:00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 3.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

A YOUNG WOMAN from London attempting to recover from the grief of the death of her husband visits family in Trinidad and Tobago. There she finds herself strangely drawn to a mentally ill homeless man she sees wandering the streets, and he to her. A metaphysical, spiritual journey follows. Sat 20 Sept, 6.15pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sat 27 Sept, 8.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

Mon 22 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Fri 26 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Tue 30 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne Tobago

This film is presented in association with the Guadeloupe International Film Festival (FEMI).

FIELD NOTES

FINDING SAMUEL LOWE:

THE FIRE BEHIND

FLYING THE COUP

Director: Vashti Harrison 2014, T+T, USA English Documentary short / 18 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Jeanette Kong 2014, Canada, USA English and Chinese, with English subtitles Medium-length doc / 58 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Leo Aguirre 2014, USA English and Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 16 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

FIELD NOTES is an experimental documentary about the ghosts embedded in the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. The film is structured as a visual and aural field guide to the soucouyants, lagahoos and jumbies throughout the islands.

THREE SIBLINGS from Harlem seek to learn about their Chinese grandfather who was forever separated from their mother—his half-Chinese, half-Jamaican daughter—in 1920. After a 91-year separation, his black-Chinese grandchildren journey from Harlem to Toronto to Jamaica to China, in search of Samuel Lowe.

STAN, a suicidal writer, is faced with a difficult decision when Luz, a young immigrant girl from Mexico, is caught in a precarious situation after an unexpected crime is committed in the border town of El Paso, Texas.

Director: Ryan Lee 2014, T+T English Narrative short / 24 minutes WORLD PREMIERE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD troublemaker and a police officer on his first day on duty reluctantly team up in order to escape Port of Spain during the first day of the 1990 attempted coup. They trip over each other’s personalities as they stumble to escape the chaos-filled streets of the capital.

Sun 21 Sept, 3.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Fri 26 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre

From Harlem To China

Tue 23 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Sun 21 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sat 27 Sept, 6.30 pm, UWI, Q+A

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FULL CIRCLE

GLASS BOTTOM BOAT

Director: Maria Govan 2014, The Bahamas English Narrative short / 17 minutes WORLD PREMIERE FULL CIRCLE explores the cycle of violence that plagues many Caribbean communities. It follows several characters living in a working-class neighborhood in Nassau, Bahamas, over the course of twenty-four hours.

Director: Kyle Walcott 2014, T+T English Documentary short / 15 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Wed 17 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

GLASS BOTTOM BOAT is a poignant tale of enduring love. It tells the story of Janet Wells, who came to Tobago on vacation with her sister and fell in love with more than just the beauty of the island. This enduring love became her solace despite profound loss and pain.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE APPRENTICE Director: Amiral Gaspard 2013, Haiti Haitian, with English subtitles Narrative short / 19 minutes T+T PREMIERE RICARDO is hired by an old man to be the caretaker of an empty house. Unknown to Ricardo, the old man is a magician, and soon Ricardo finds himself pulled along on a supernatural adventure. Thu 18 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Thu 25 Sept, 7.00pm, Alliance Française

HIDDEN AVENUE Director: Daniel Ahye 2014, T+T English Narrative short / 4 minutes T+T PREMIERE A YOUNG MAN is a member of a charity organisation. While he is well-intentioned, his dishonest colleagues make off with a significant amount of the charity’s money. He chooses to turn a blind eye, then finds he must pay the consequences. Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre,

Mon 22 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne

Fri 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne

POS, Q+A

Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago, Q+A

HOW MANY TIMES?

IN-BETWEEN

THE INTERVENTION

KASITA

Director: Ryan Khan 2014, T+T English Narrative short / 9 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Ramaz Melashvilli 2014, The Netherlands Dutch and English, with English subtitles Documentary short / 11 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Kimberly Huie 2013, Canada English Narrative short / 5 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Gabri Christa 2014, Dutch Antilles Papiamentu, with English subtitles Narrative short / 22 minutes T+T PREMIERE

A BRIDE-TO-BE finds out her abusive mother has been released from prison, and has trouble dealing with the news.

IN-BETWEEN questions and shows how Caribbean artists express their complex relationship with their always-changing environment. The film seeks to understand the term “the ones in-between”, and the writers and artists who are, in their personal life, dealing with diverse cultural shiftings and differences.

KEI is in denial, so her six closest friends—an eclectic international set—stage an intervention to help her out. In a classic clash of personalities with a surprising twist, we find out that while addictions aren’t fun, sometimes they can be funny.

WHEN LITTLE LUNA can’t keep the dog she’s rescued, she knows just what to do. Together with her cousin, Sol, she sets off to house the dog in one of the empty old huts that held enslaved Africans on Bonaire. Things don’t go as planned, however.

Sun 21 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Thu 25 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Fri 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 3.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

Sun 21 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne, POS Sat 27 Sept, 1.00 pm, MovieTowne, Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne, Tobago

Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Thu 25 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS

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LA TRINITARIA MARCHITA

LAST NIGHT

LINCOLN

MY NAME IS ALI

Directors: Elyse Isebia, Inez Loods 2013, Curaçao English Narrative short / 5 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Ayesha Jordan 2014, T+T English Narrative short / 6 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Dion Samsoondar 2014, T+T English Documentary short / 17 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Nicholas Clarke 2014, T+T English Documentary short / 3 minutes WORLD PREMIERE

LA TRINITARIA MARCHITA is a film about the bitter process of losing someone. It concisely depicts how a confrontation with loss miraculously becomes beautiful, and how memories are transformed into bridges, uniting us with those we’ve lost.

A YOUNG GIRL awakes in the middle of the night and has an encounter with a strange entity.

CONFINED TO a wheelchair, former Trinidad and Tobago government minister Lincoln Myers makes a pilgrimage to the steps of the Hall of Justice to commemorate the anniversary of his 40-day fast for better governance. The film deals with Myers’ internal struggle with his health and his external struggle for a better society.

ALI TAKI is a Lebanese gyro vendor living and working in Trinidad and Tobago. Like many other immigrants, he has come to the country for a better future for himself and his family. This is his story.

Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A Wed 24 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Fri 19 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Tue 23 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sun 28 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

Tue 23 Sept, 1.00 pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, UWI, Q+A Mon 29 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

NOKA: Keeper of Worlds

OBSIDIAN TEARS

OLD MOON

ON THE OTHER SIDE

Director: Shaun Escayg 2014, T+T, USA English Narrative short / 23 minutes T+T THEATRICAL PREMIERE

Director: Edward Andres 2014, Puerto Rico Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 14 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Raisa Bonnet 2013, Puerto Rico Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 11 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Yanillys Pérez 2011, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 14 minutes T+T PREMIERE

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Gabriel suffers from schizophrenia and, like his deceased grandfather, is a timid recluse. He encounters an old friend of the family, Midnight, who gives him his grandfather’s journal. This journal opens a portal into a parallel world filled with creatures and mystics, challenging his beliefs and empowering the young boy.

A LONELY DOCTOR takes a wounded young homeless man to his house, only for the man to experience manifestations of the doctor’s dark past.

ELSA’S HUSBAND has just died and her relatives come to take their leave of him. Elsa observes with concern the relationship between her son-in-law and his daughter. Nonetheless, she continues to go about preparing food, hanging out the washing, feeding the chickens and tending the garden. Only her face gives away her unease.

IN SANTO DOMINGO, while others dream of migrating to the US, Miguel, a young Dominican, dreams of building a home on his island with his childhood love Laura, who lives under her grandmother’s roof. When the grandmother discovers her relationship with Miguel, Laura’s life changes forever.

Thu 18 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Wed 24 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Thu 25 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A Sat 27 Sept, 3.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

Wed 17 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Thu 18 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Mon 29 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Wed 17 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

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OSLO

A PARADISE

PILLOWMAN

PRINCESS JULIE

Director: Luis Ernesto Doñas 2012, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 13 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Jayisha Patel 2013, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary short / 13 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Nile Saulter 2013, Jamaica English Documentary short / 5 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Daniel Brimacombe 2013, T+T English Documentary short / 4 minutes T+T PREMIERE

RAUL AND AMANDA, an elderly couple, live in the midst of the hot Cuban countryside. Amanda has an obsession to see snow, leading to absurd attempts to realise her dream. Raul decides to bring winter to her.

DAMARIS AND ALBERTO live in rural Cuba. Four months ago, their 12-year-old son committed suicide. While looking to family and a newfound religion to help deal with their loss, an even more disturbing issue is revealed.

LEONARD SMITH has been an affable, ubiquitous figure on the streets of Kingston for the last 30 years, a maker and seller of one product: pillows. This film is a meditation on the man behind the smile.

ON THE ISLAND of Tobago, a young horse has fallen head-first from a cliff over 40 feet high. This short film documents her courageous rescue and struggle for recovery aided by the extraordinary efforts of her loving caregivers.

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

Wed 17 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

Fri 19 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre,

Sun 28 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

Q+A

Tue 30 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

Wed 17 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

PROJECT 40

REBECCA’S STORY

RED LIGHT

THE SAINTS

Directors: Nadia Charlery, Maharaki, Teddy Albert, Khris Burton, Christian Foret, Olivier Ozier Lafontaine, Patrice Le Namouric, Vianney Sotès 2014, Martinique French, with English subtitles Medium-length narrative / 35 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Directors: Kwesi Archer, Haresh Bhagwan and Teriq Mohammed 2013, Guyana English Documentary short / 13 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Lucas Estrella 2013, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 10 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Coraly Santaliz 2013, Puerto Rico Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 10 minutes T+T PREMIERE

AN ORPHANED young girl imagines escaping from her grandmother’s punitive custody, when a sudden visit from a neighbour reveals a better way out.

RED LIGHT is the story of a day in the life of a poor boy, struggling to get by on the streets of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Sun 21 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 1.00pm, Movietowne Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

Wed 17 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

JUAN SANTOS and his wife are kidnapped by mistake. To their surprise they are not the only couple with the name Santos kidnapped by accident. The various Santos couples decide to work together to escape their less-thanintelligent captors.

EIGHT DIRECTORS, seven short films, one theme: the number 40. This film is presented in association with Rencontres au Cinema de la Martinique Mon 22 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 7.00pm, Alliance Française, Q+A Fri 26 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne, Tobago Mon 29 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A Tue 30 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne, Tobago

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Wed 17 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Thu 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS


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SONS OF THE OLD WHITE AND BLUE

TANIA KROSS: I Want It All

Director: Maya Cozier 2014, T+T, USA English Documentary short / 7 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Mariel Brown 2013, T+T English Medium-length doc / 55 minutes

Director: Barbara Makkinga 2014, The Netherlands, Curaçao Dutch and Papiamentu, with English subtitles Medium-length doc / 56 minutes T+T PREMIERE

THE SEAWALL centres around Marjorie, a Guyanese woman, as she prepares for her ten-year-old grandson’s move to America to be with his mother. Struggling with impending loneliness and abandonment, Marjorie sacrifices her happiness for her grandson’s future.

SHAN is a portrait of a young Trinidadian dancer at the Universoul Circus, which tours the USA. This experimental work follows Shan backstage and on stage, moving between darkness and light, as she prepares to pass under the limbo stick, reflecting on her past, present and future.

COMMISSIONED BY St Mary’s College (CIC) to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the school, Sons of the Old White and Blue is a loving homage to CIC’s long and impressive history. It looks at several key facets of the college including education, religion, sport, culture and ethics and values.

Sun 21 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Sat 27 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

Tue 23 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Sun 28 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS

Thu 25 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A

THE SEAWALL

SHAN

Director: Mason Richards 2010, Guyana, USA English Narrative short / 9 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Mon 29 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

TANIA KROSS is a successful opera singer, wife and mother living in the Netherlands. But this formidable mezzo-soprano wants more. This documentary follows Tania over two years as she seeks to produce and star in a slaverythemed opera sung in Papiamentu, the indigenous language of her beloved native island of Curaçao. Fri 19 Sept,10.00am, UWI Tue 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Mon 29 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS

TEACHER

THIS ISLAND

THE TIDE

THE TROUT

Director: Catherine Murphy 2013, Cuba, USA Spanish, with English subtitles Medium-length doc / 33 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Christian Carretero 2014, Puerto Rico Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 12 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Adam Breier 2013, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 16 minutes T+T PREMIERE

Director: Luis Ernesto Doñas 2013, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative short / 20 minutes T+T PREMIERE

CUBA, 1961. In the wake of the Revolution, one hundred thousand young people joined the National Campaign for Literacy, over half of them young women and girls. They taught their country to read and write—and were deeply transformed in the process.

TWO adolescent lovers flee society, and escape to the mountainous centre of Puerto Rico.

CAMELIA plans to celebrate her son Ángel’s birthday at the beach. When Ángel’s father goes missing, Camelia engages in a search that turns up a dark surprise.

PILAR looks after the first ballerinas of a ballet company in Havana. After she leaves the ballet on evenings, she earns a living performing at private events as Gloria, “The Trout”. At one particular event, however, Ramoncito stands in her way.

Tue 23 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Tue 30 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Sun 21 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 24 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A

Sat 20 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre Fri 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS

This film is presented in association with Muestra Joven ICAIC and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. Sun 21 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre Sat 27 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS

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VIEQUES, HANDS UP

WALKING WITH THE ANCESTORS

Director: Nadjah Rios-Villarini 2014, Puerto Rico Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary short / 14 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

A WRITER IN HIS PLACE

YEARS OF LIGHT

Director: Alysha Higgins 2014, T+T, USA English Medium-length doc / 33 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Director: Funso Aiyejina 2014, T+T English Medium-length doc / 55 minutes

Director: Aldemar Matías 2013, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary short / 13 minutes T+T PREMIERE

VIEQUES, HANDS UP explores the music tradition of calypso and steelpan in the small municipality of Vieques, Puerto Rico. These musical rhythms have travelled up from Trinidad and Tobago to Puerto Rico, demonstrating that borders among the Caribbean islands are fluid and dynamic.

WALKING with the Ancestors takes a glimpse at Orisha practice in Trinidad and Tobago, and looks toward the future of the religion through an evolving art form, dance. Featuring local Orisha and African dance practitioners, the film shows how reclaiming and re-imagining cultural heritage brings power.

A WRITER IN HIS PLACE presents Trinidadian novelist Earl Lovelace as a writer rooted in his Caribbean space and inspired by the people and cultures of the region. In this “docu-commentary”, Lovelace emerges as a writer who is driven by a passion for life, and a love and respect for ordinary people.

IN 1958, in Cuba’s Sierra Maestra, Gregorio Rivera was ordered to fight alongside Fidel Castro’s rebel army not with a weapon, but with his camera. Now “Goyo” tells his story. However, at 93 years of age, his memory is not as precise as the photos he used to take.

Thu 25 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sun 28 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

Thu 25 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS

Fri 19 Sept, 5.15pm, UWI, Q+A Thu 25 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS,

Mon 22 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Tue 30 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre

Q+A Sun 28 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne  Tobago Tue 30 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

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Sat 27 Sept, 1.30pm, Little Carib Theatre


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FESTIVAL GUIDE

new media

Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera

FOR THE fourth consecutive year, the ttff and ARC Magazine present New Media, a collection of artists’ works that explore a range of themes and issues, while pushing and blurring the boundaries between film and art.

ALL THAT IS LEFT UNSAID Michèle Pearson Clarke Canada / 2014 / 2’ This short, experimental documentary takes Audre Lorde as its subject in contemplating an aspect of grief, and depicts as well the absence of wisdom, guidance and love as an ongoing loss.

CYOA RHYTHMS Janine Ramlochan Canada, T+T / 2014 / 8’ CYOA Rhythms explores themes of gender politics, inherited legacy and diasporic experience through the lens of a child, and was inspired by the “scratch video” movement – video collage projections.

BAIN DE MER Andrea Chung USA, Jamaica / 2013 / 8’ A meditative, unfolding work, Bain de Mer was inspired by the tragic story of Le Morne, a coastal mountain in Mauritius where an entire village of escaped slaves leapt to their deaths to avoid recapture.

DARK MORASS Storm Saulter Jamaica / 2014 / 5’ Dark Morass was the result of a collaboration with visual artist Rodell Warner. By projecting Rodell’s images onto bodies, Saulter was able to re-imagine them as building blocks of nature at the beginning of an evolutionary journey.

BEFORE THE RAIN Emilie Upczak T+T / 2013 / 4’ Filmed inside of an operational steel plant, Before the Rain depicts the separating and melting of iron ore to create steel products as a dangerous, violent and visually hypnotic process – one that here becomes serene.

EVIDENCE OF ABSENCE Dominique Knowles The Bahamas / 2014 / 8’ Evidence of Absence is an adaptation of a performance art exercise regarding an unsolidified connection with partners navigating themselves through a space.

NEW MEDIA LAUNCH FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 7.00pm | MEDULLA ART GALLERY 37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook. Tel: 622.1196 GOOD STOCK ON THE DIMENSION FLOOR: AN OPERA HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican? USA / 2014 / 54 minutes Good Stock on the Dimension Floor reimagines the traditional opera to pose a central question: “What happens to the black body when it is haunted by a ‘blackness’ outside of it?” The spoken, chanted, sung, and screamed libretto explores the consequences of centuries of global racial strife that are thrust upon those born of African descent. HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican (Yams Collective) is a group of musicians, poets, actors, writers and visual artists from around the world. Dawn Lundy Martin, a member of the collective, will be present for the launch of New Media.

PROGRAMME SATURDAY 20–TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 12.00pm–6.00pm daily Regular Programme Medulla Art Gallery, Woodbrook SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 5.30pm Black Radical Imagination collection of short films (see page 41) Q+A with curators Erin Christovale + Amir George The Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook TUESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 7.00pm Interactive Yard | Works by David Gumbs (see page 41) Alice Yard, Woodbrook THURSDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 6.30pm New Media Night Selected works + Otherness by Olivia McGilchrist (see page 41) University of the West Indies, Film Programme Building

For the list of works in competition for the Best New Media Film, see page 12. Bios of the New Media jury members can be found on page 13.

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BOTTLENECK Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe Grenada / 2014 / 2’ Bottleneck is an experimental video that uses a jar of sprouting mung beans as a metaphor, it takes into consideration contemporary manifestations of national borders.

A GUST OF WIND Ian Deleón Cuba, Brazil / 2012 / 5’ A Gust of Wind combines found footage of the late 60s/early 70s construction of the World Trade Center towers in New York with karaoke-style lyrics from the Talking Heads song “Listening Wind”.


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HOW DO YOU TALK ABOUT THREE HUNDRED YEARS IN FOUR MINUTES Jeannette Ehlers Denmark / 2014 / 4’ This subtle piece about the legacy of the Middle Passage poetically confronts notions of dislocation, uprootedness, longing and isolation on a personal as well as on a broader historical level.

LULLABIES Nelson Carlo USA / 2014 / 32’ Lullabies is a fake autobiography in which the artist explores the semantics and signification that add to the complexities and chaos of Dominican Spanish, and uses them as inspiration to create narratives.

MY DREAMS, MY WORKS MUST WAIT TILL AFTER HELL Girl (Simone Leigh+Chitra Ganesh) Jamaica, India, USA / 2011 / 7’ This single channel video was inspired by African-American and Pulitzer Prize poetry winner Gwendolyn Brooks. Soundtrack from Kaoru Watanabe.

ORISHAS Santiago Echeverry USA, Colombia / 2014 / 7’ Orishas is a virtual threedimensional mathematical representation of dancers’ movements.

STARK ELECTRIC JESUS Hyash Tanmoy and Mrigankasekhar Ganguly India / 2014 / 12’ After being provoked by a decision of the Indian Supreme Court, a claustrophobic man cages himself into a circle of hallucination.

WATER & DREAMS David Gumbs St Martin / 2014 / 6’ Inspired by Bachelard’s studies in Water and Dreams, this personal interpretation depicts micro and macroscopic universes of underlying memories – a recollection of transforming fluids. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

SUN SONG Joel Wanek USA / 2013 / 15’ Sun Song is a poetic journey on one bus route, from the darkness of early dawn into the brightness of the midday sun in the American South. It is a celebration of light and a meditation on leaving.

THEY SAY YOU CAN DREAM A THING MORE THAN ONCE: JUST BECAUSE YOU WISH FOR SOMETHING, DOESN’T MAKE IT TRUE. OR DOES IT? Versia Harris Barbados / 2013 / 11 minutes This work revolves around ideas of desire and loss / desire and unfulfilled fantasies, which unfold in a changing landscape.

VISIÓN DOBLE Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez Puerto Rico / 2014 / 12’ This film was shot over the span of a decade primarily in Puerto Rico and New England, and evokes the daydream-like state of constantly travelling between the two places.

INTERACTIVE YARD | WORKS BY DAVID GUMBS Tuesday 23 September, 7pm Alice Yard Indicible Camouflage Soleil Magma St Martin / 2013 / Interactive Interactive video installations that use the spectator’s motions to create graphic, organic-like shapes.

The ttff is pleased to present three works by Cuba-born performance artist Ana Mendieta. Ochún and Flower Person have been exhibited on a limited basis, and all three works were chosen as pieces that represent and tie Mendieta’s work to the Caribbean. Although she spent the majority of her life and artistic career in the USA, Mendieta’s work reflects a longing for her Caribbean ancestry and a reimagining of her return to her real and imagined homeland. OCHÚN 1981 3/4 inch Beta SP tape, sound, transferred to DVD 8 minutes, 12 seconds Edition of 6 FLOWER PERSON (FLOWER BODY) 1975 Super-8mm colour, silent film transferred to DVD 6 minutes, 27 seconds Edition of 6 ANIMA, SILUETA DE COHETES (FIREWORK PIECE) 1976 Super-8mm colour, silent film transferred to DVD 2 minutes, 22 seconds Edition of 6

BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION Saturday 20 September, 5pm The Little Carib Theatre, TRT 73’ Curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George, Black Radical Imagination is a touring programme of visual shorts that delve into experimental narratives to focus on aesthetics of futurism, surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema. Christovale + George will be present for a Q+A after the screening. WORKS: Reifying Desire Jacolby Satterwhite | Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful Akosua Adoma Owusu | The Golden Chain Adebukola Bodunrin + Ezra Clayton Daniels | Mae’s Journal Amir George | American Hunger Ephraim Asili | Moonrising Sanford Biggers + Terence Nance | Get the Bones from 88 Jones Because She Also Eats Meat Lauren Kelley | The Baptist Lewis Vaughn

All films are © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

OTHERNESS Olivia McGilchrist Jamaica / 2014 / 15’ Otherness is a multiple-screen video installation, which was done in collaboration with GuyaneseJamaican traditional storyteller, Jean Small. The work is based on the concept of otherness expressed through the body, and narrated through an original semi-abstract sound composition.

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wednesday 17 sept

thursday 18 sept

friday 19 sept

10.30am

MOVIETOWNE POS

SSSFF + Black Night 5’ + Oslo 13’ (GA) + Red Light 10’ (PG) + The Saints 10’ (PG) + Obsidian Tears 14’ (PG13) + On the Other Side 14’ (PG) + Chula 17’

SSSFF + Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions 105' (PG) Q+A

SSSFF + 200 Cartas 98' (GA)

1.00pm

MOVIETOWNE POS

Diaries of an Immigrant 32’ (16+) + The Abominable Crime 66’ (PG)

The Big House 24' (GA) + Blanco 62' (GA)

Pillowman 5' (GA) + Two Smart 90' (16+)

3.30pm

MOVIETOWNE POS

A Paradise 13’ (GA) + ABCs 15’ (GA) + Hotel Nueva Isla 71’ (GA)

American Promise 135' (PG)

La Trinitaria Marchita 5' (PG) + The Forgotten Kingdom 96' (PG13)

6.00pm

MOVIETOWNE POS

Cubes 10’ (PG) Q+A + A Story About Wendy 2 63’ (PG) Q+A

6.15pm Art Connect: Liverpool 6' (GA) + Art Connect 74' (GA) Q+A

Broken Ceilings 17' (PG) + The Amazing Catfish 89' (PG) Q+A

8.30pm

MOVIETOWNE POS

Full Circle 17’ (14+) Q+A + Difret 99’ (14+)

Noka: Keeper of Worlds 23’ (16+) Q+A + Wake 80’ (16+) Q+A

8.45pm Belle 105' (PG)

1.30pm

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

3.30pm

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

5.30pm

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

The Bull and the Bass 18’ (GA) + Little White Lie 65’ (GA) Q+A

The Good, The Bad and the Apprentice 19’ (14+) + Brooklyn (16+) 83’

Dark Light 7' (PG) + Manakamana 120' GA

Old Moon 11' (PG13) + Pelo Malo 93' (16+)

Hidden Avenue 4' (PG13) Q+A + Last Night 6' (PG13) Q+A + How Many Times 9' (14+) Q+A + The Cutlass 11' (14+) Q+A + Cleaning House 14' (14+) + Flying The Coup 24' (PG13) Q+A

8.00pm

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

10.00am

UWI

Tania Kross: I Want it All 56' (GA)

11.00am

UWI

Art Connect 74' (GA) Q+A

12.30pm

UWI

Concerning Violence 84' (GA)

2.00pm

UWI

Legends of Ska: Cool & Copasetic 102' (GA)

3.45pm

UWI

Little White Lie 65' (GA) Q+A

5.15pm

UWI

A Writer in His Place 55' (GA) Q+A

6.30pm

UWI

Haiti Bride 65' (PG) Q+A

8.00pm

UWI

Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 98' (GA) Q+A

10.00am

UTT

9.00am

HYATT REGENCY TRINIDAD

9.00am–4.00pm PANELS + PRESENTATIONS (p. 6 for details)

5.00pm

DRINK LOUNGE AND BISTRO

FILMMAKERS’ PANEL

12.00pm– 6.00pm

MEDULLA ART GALLERY

7.00pm

MEDULLA ART GALLERY

7.00pm

ALICE YARD

16–30 september 

The Liberator 119’ (14+)

New Media Launch: Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera


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saturday 20 sept

sunday 21 sept

monday 22 sept

tuesday 23 sept

11.00am The World of Goopi and Bagha 78' (GA)

The Seawall 9' + Rebecca's Story 13' + A Boy's Choice 13' Q+A + Bike Tales 15' + The Cast 15' Q+A + Kasita 22' (GA Package)

SSSFF + Entre Deux 8' (PG13) + Creole Soup 15' (GA) + Project 40 35' (PG13)

SSSFF + Shan 7' (GA) + Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China 58' (GA)

Bullock 18’ (14+) + Haiti Bride 65’ (PG) Q+A

This Island 12' (16+) + The Way He Looks 96' (14+)

The Mountain 84' (GA)

Lincoln 17' (GA) + Concerning Violence 84' (GA)

The Cat's Death 27' (16+) + All About the Feathers 85' (PG13) Q+A

The Lunchbox 104' (PG)

Years of Light 13' (GA) + You and Me 87' (GA)

Cutass by Cutlass: 3 Canal Making a Statement 30' (GA) Q+A + Tania Kross: I Want it All 56' (GA)

6.15pm Dubois 31' (16+) Q+A + Five Star 83' (16+)

Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 98' (GA) Q+A

Qissa 109' (16+)

My Name is Ali 3' (GA) Q+A + Omar 98' (16+)

8.45pm Siddharth 96' (PG)

The Fire Behind 16' (14+) + The German Doctor 94' (14+)

Glass Bottom Boat 15’ (GA) Q+A + Cows Wearing Glasses 93’ (PG)

Be a Good Liar, Jackie Chang 12' (16+) + Of Good Report 109' (18+)

Keeping Up with the Joneses 111' (PG)

12.30pm 34 Is Blindman, 14 Is Money 9' Q+A + The Price of Memory 83' (GA)

The Absent House 55' (GA)

Field Notes 18' (PG) + An Oversimplification of Her Beauty 95' (16+)

Black Radical Imagination Shorts Programme 73' Q+A

The Trout 20' (14+) + Mala Mala 87' (16+)

Mother of George 106' (16+)

Crude Processions 7' (GA) + Crisálida 7' (GA) + They Are We 77' (GA)

The Tide 16' (16+) + Giraffes 93' (16+)

The Intervention 5' (GA) + May in the Summer 100' (14+)

Private Screening

Teacher 33’ (GA) + Illiterate 73’ (14+)

10.00am–3.00pm DOCUMENTARY MASTERCLASS

10.00am–3.00pm DOCUMENTARY MASTERCLASS

Lecture on Raoul Peck (UWI)

10.00am–4.00pm ACTING WORKSHOP

10.00am–4.00pm ACTING WORKSHOP

9.00am–5.00pm PANELS + PRESENTATIONS (p. 6 + 7 for details)

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

INTERACTIVE YARD: WORKS BY DAVID GUMBS

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wednesday 24 sept

thursday 25 sept

friday 26 sept

10.30am

MOVIETOWNE POS

Hidden Avenue 4' (PG13) Q+A + Last Night 6' (PG13) Q+A + How Many Times 9' (14+) Q+A + The Cutlass 11' (14+) Q+A + Cleaning House 14' (14+) + Flying The Coup 24' (PG13) Q+A

SSSFF + In-Between 11' + Walking with the Ancestors 33' + A Writer in His Place 55' Q+A (GA programme)

SSSFF + Broken Ceilings 17' (PG) + The Amazing Catfish 89’ (PG)

1.00pm

MOVIETOWNE POS

Full Circle 17' (14+) Q+A + Difret 99' (14+)

Sons of the Old White & Blue 55' (GA) Q+A

Keeping Up with The Joneses 111' (PG) Q+A

3.30pm

MOVIETOWNE POS

The Cloud 20’ (PG) + Dust 80’ (16+)

Black Night 5' + Oslo 13' + Red Light 10' + The Saints 10' + Obsidian Tears 14' (PG13) + On The Other Side 14' (PG) + Chula 17' (GA programme)

Glass Bottom Boat 15' (GA) + Cows Wearing Glasses 93' (PG) Q+A

6.00pm

MOVIETOWNE POS

Belle 105' (PG)

Bullock 18' (14+) + Haiti Bride 65' (PG) Q+A

The Intervention 5' (GA) + May in the Summer 100' (14+) Q+A

8.30pm

MOVIETOWNE POS

The Liberator 119' (14+)

The Fire Behind 16' (14+) + The German Doctor 94' (14+)

The Tide 16' (16+) + Giraffes 93' (16+) Q+A

10.00am

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

1.30pm

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

Dark Light 7' (PG) + Manakamana 120' (GA)

3.30pm

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

Cubes 10’ (PG 13) + A Story About Wendy 2 63’ (PG) Q+A

5.30pm

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

Behaviour 100’ (14+)

Pillowman 5' (GA) Q+A + Two Smart 90' (16+) Q+A

The Big House 24' (GA) + Blanco 61' (GA) Q+A

8.00pm

THE LITTLE CARIB THEATRE

This Island 12' (16+) Q+A + The Way He Looks 96' (14+)

Old Moon 11' (PG 13) Q+A + Pelo Malo 93' (16+)

Field Notes 18' (PG) + An Oversimplification of Her Beauty 95' (16+) Q+A

11.00am

MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO

200 Cartas 98’ (GA)

Entre Deux 8’ (PG13) + Creole Soup 15’ (GA) + Project 40 35’ (PG13)

1.00pm

MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO

3.00pm

MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO

5.30pm

MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO

Old Moon 11' (PG13) + Pelo Malo 93' (16+)

Vieques, Hands Up 14' (GA) + Legends of Ska: Cool & Copasetic 102' (GA)

Behaviour 100' (14+)

8.00pm

MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO

Art Connect: Liverpool 6' (GA) + Art Connect 74' (GA)

The Intervention 5' (GA) + May in the Summer 100' (14+)

The Lunchbox 104' (PG)

10.00am

UWI

The World of Goopi and Bagha 78’ (GA)

12.00pm

UWI

Cows Wearing Glasses 93’ (PG)

2.00pm

UWI

The Forgotten Kingdom 96’ (PG13)

4.00pm

UWI

Pelo Malo 93’ (16+)

6.00pm

UWI

Sensei Redemption 119’ (16+)

7.00pm

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

9.00am

HYATT REGENCY TRINIDAD

9.00am–4.30pm PANELS + PRESENTATIONS (p. 7 for details)

5.00pm

DRINK LOUNGE AND BISTRO

FILMMAKERS’ PANEL

12.00pm– 6.00pm

MEDULLA ART GALLERY

16–30 september 

Secondary Schools Short Film Festival Selections 90’ (GA)

Secondary Schools Short Films Festival Selections 90’ (GA)

6.30pm New Media Presentation of Films The Good, The Bad and the Apprentice 19’ (14+) + Project 40 10’ (PG13) + Creole Soup 15’ (GA) + Brooklyn 83’ (16+)

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION


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saturday 27 sept

sunday 28 sept

monday 29 sept

tuesday 30 sept

Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions 105' (PG)

The World of Goopi and Bagha 78' (GA)

SSSFF + Entre Deux 8' (PG13) + Creole Soup 15' (GA) + Project 40 35' (PG13) Q+A

SSSFF + Art Connect: Liverpool 6' (GA) + Art Connect 74' (GA) Q+A

The Trout 20' (14+) + Mala Mala 87' (16+) Q+A

Shan 7' (GA) + Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China 58' (GA) Q+A

Cutass by Cutlass: 3 Canal Making A Statement 30’ (GA) + Tania Kross: I Want it All 56’ (GA)

Crude Processions 7' (GA) + Crisálida 7' (GA) + They Are We 77' (GA)

3.45pm 200 Cartas 98' (GA) Q+A

34 Is Blindman and 14 Is Money 9' (GA) + The Price of Memory 83' (GA) Q+A

Noka: Keeper of Worlds 23' (16+) + Wake 80' (16+) Q+A

Teacher 33' (GA) + Illiterate 73' (14+)

Sensei Redemption 119' (16+) Q+A

The Cat's Death 27' (16+) + All About the Feathers 85' (PG13)

Siddharth 96' (PG)

6.30pm Cristo Rey 96' (16+) Q+A

8.45pm Qissa 109' (16+)

My Name is Ali 6' (GA) Q+A + Omar 98' (16+)

Be a Good Liar, Jackie Chang 12' (16+) + Of Good Report 109' (18+)

8.45pm Belle 105' (PG)

Years of Light 13' (GA) + You and Me 87' (GA) Q+A

Cleaning House 14’ (14+) + The Mountain 84' (GA) Q+A

American Promise 135’ (PG) Q+A

Diaries of an Immigrant 32' (16+) + The Abominable Crime 66' (PG)

6.30pm A Paradise 13' (GA) + ABCs 15' (GA) + Hotel Nueva Isla 71' (GA) Q+A

The Cloud 20' (PG) + Dust 80' (16+)

Lincoln 17' (GA) + Concerning Violence 84' (GA)

Vieques, Hands Up 14' (GA) + Legends of Ska: Cool & Copasetic 102' (GA) Q+A

8.30pm Dubois 31' (16+) + Five Star 83' (16+) Q+A

Mother of George 106' (16+)

The Lunchbox 104' (PG)

8.15pm Behaviour 100' (14+)

200 Cartas 98’ (GA)

Entre Deux 8’ (PG13) + Creole Soup 15’ (GA) + Project 40 35’ (PG13)

The Seawall 9' + Rebecca's Story 13' + A Boy's Choice 13' + Bike Tales 14' + The Cast 15' + Kasita 22' (GA Package)

Princess Julie 4' (PG13) + A Writer in His Place 55' (GA)

Old Moon 11' (PG13) + Pelo Malo 93' (16+)

The Intervention 5' (GA) + May in the Summer 100' (14+)

Art Connect: Liverpool 6' (GA) + Art Connect 74' (GA)

Vieques, Hands Up 14' (GA) + Legends of Ska: Cool & Copasetic 102' (GA)

The Seawall 9' + Rebecca's Story 13' + A Boy's Choice 13' + Bike Tales 14' + The Cast 15' + Kasita 22' (GA Package)

Princess Julie 4' (PG13) + A Writer in His Place 55' (GA)

Glass Bottom Boat 15' (GA) + Cows Wearing Glasses 93' (PG)

Behaviour 100' (14+)

Glass Bottom Boat 15' (GA) Q+A + Cows Wearing Glasses 93' (PG)

The Lunchbox 104' (PG)

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

6.30pm Cubes 10’ + The Cast 15’ + Lincoln 17’ (GA) + Flying The Coup 24’ (PG13) + (GA) + Bad Dog 32’ (PG)

9.00am–4.00pm PANELS + PRESENTATIONS (p. 8 for details)

NEW MEDIA EXHIBITION

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200 Cartas 34 Is Blind Man, 14 Is Money ABCs The Abominable Crime The Absent House All About the Feathers The Amazing Catfish American Promise Art Connect Art Connect: Liverpool Bad Dog Be a Good Liar, Jackie Chang Behaviour Belle The Big House Bike Tales Black Night Blanco A Boy’s Choice Broken Ceilings Brooklyn The Bull & the Bass Bullock The Cast The Cat’s Death Chula Cleaning House The Cloud Concerning Violence Cows Wearing Glasses Creole Soup

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32 15 32 32 32 32 33 33 24 33 24 33 25 33 33 33 25 33 25 34 25 19 34 34 19 34 20

Crisálida Cristo Rey Crude Processions Cubes Cutass by Cutlass: 3Canal Making a Statement The Cutlass Dark Light Diaries of an Immigrant Difret Dubois Dust Entre Deux Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 Field Notes Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China The Fire Behind Five Star Flying the Coup The Forgotten Kingdom Full Circle The German Doctor Giraffes Glass Bottom Boat The Good, the Bad and the Apprentice Haiti Bride Hidden Avenue Hotel Nueva Isla

34 26 34 34 34 20 35 35 20 26 35 26 26 20 27 27 27 21 35 35 35 27 35 28 35 36 28 15 36 28 36

How Many Times? Illiterate In-between The Intervention Kasita Keeping Up With the Joneses La Trinitaria Marchita Last Night Legends of Ska: Cool & Copasetic The Liberator Lincoln Little White Lie The Lunchbox Mala Mala Manakamana May in the Summer Mother of George The Mountain My Name Is Ali Noka: Keeper of Worlds Obsidian Tears Of Good Report Old Moon Omar On the Other Side Oslo An Oversimplification of Her Beauty Pan! Our Music Odyssey A Paradise Pelo Malo Pillowman

21 36 36 28 36 36 36 37 21 37 29 37 22 37 37 22 37 37 29 37 22 38 22 38 29 29 38 38 22

The Price of Memory Princess Julie Project 40 Qissa Rebecca’s Story Red Light The Saints The Seawall Sensei Redemption Shan Siddharth Sons of the Old White and Blue A Story About Wendy 2 Tania Kross: I Want it All Teacher They Are We This Island The Tide Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions The Trout Two Smart Vieques, Hands Up Wake Walking with the Ancestors The Way He Looks The World of Goopi and Bagha A Writer in His Place: Earl Lovelace Years of Light You and Me


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