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Welcome to the twelfth annual contents


trinidad+tobago film festival!
1 who we are
1 festival basics
Welcome to the twelfth edition of the ttff. This year we are 2 sponsors + partners
particularly pleased to have added MovieTowne San Fernando 3 patriotism day
to our screening venues, to be working in close partnership 3 screenings at uwi
with a number of agencies to help strengthen the capacity 5 focus on youth development
and skills of filmmakers, and to put the spotlight on issues 6 industry activities
of gender and social justice. Through this support we have a 9 country in focus: costa rica
strong industry programme with a focus on screenwriting and 10 awards + juries
script development, co-productions — particularly with our Latin 13 opening night film
American neighbours, and an examination of the representation 13 special screening
of women and girls in film. 15 introduction to films
16 caribbean feature films
We are excited once again to be opening the Festival with a local 21 panorama feature films
feature — Green Days by the River — which was one of the 15 26 short + medium-length films
films in development that participated in our Caribbean Film 35 jafta propella
Mart in 2015. It is such a joy to see the film come to fruition. It 36 experimental film
will no doubt play to sold-out audiences across the country. It is, 37 women in film
of course, just one of the 100+ films we will be screening at five 39 a look back at 2016
venues across Trinidad and Tobago. 40 schedule at a glance
44 index of films
Our line-up of Caribbean films is especially strong and includes
a day of films from T+T — in recognition of National Patriotism
Month. As always, the films are both thought-provoking and
entertaining — and many are supported by Q+As with the film
directors — with opportunities to mingle with them afterwards at
festival basics
our many networking events.

So, as we kick off this year’s Festival, high on film — we


say “Thank you” to all who have contributed to our growth
and development over our twelve years: sponsors, partners,
filmmakers, volunteers and staff - both past and present, and
the the viewing public. Each one of you has played an invaluable WHERE TO GET TICKETS MERCHANDISE
role in our development. Tickets are available at venues Festival merchandise will be sold
at the time of screenings, and in at MovieTowne Port of Spain.
Thank you. advance at the box office. Tickets
at MovieTowne are $30. Students
in uniform and with student ID
pay $20. Screenings at all other
venues are free.

VENUES  ttff office


MovieTowne 199 Belmont Circular Road
who we are Audrey Jeffers Highway Port of Spain
Port of Spain Trinidad+Tobago
Corinth Road, San Fernando Tel: (+)1.868.621.0709
THE FESTIVAL TEAM Lowlands Mall, Tobago Tel: (+)1.868.621.3473
Bruce Paddington Founder + Festival Director Tel: (+)1.868.627.8277 ttfilmfestival.com
Annabelle Alcazar Programme Director movietowne.com
Magella Moreau Director of Public Relations Please vacate the cinema
Melvina Hazard Director of Community Development between screenings.
Azreena Khan Events + Sponsorship Coordinator
Johanna Thomas PR + Marketing Coordinator The University of the West
Tamara Dwarka Administrative Coordinator Indies
Karina Wharton Hospitality and Industry Coordinator Film Programme Building
Ayrïd Chandler Graphic Designer 12 Carmody Road, St. Augustine
Shaun Rambarran Webmaster sta.uwi.edu
Judy Raymond Guide Editor + Writer
Aurora Herrera Writer + Blogger Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Dina Poon Chong Programme Committee Wrightson Road
BC Pires Youth Jury Mentor + Programme Committee Port of Spain
Neala Bhagwansingh Social Media Coordinator Tel: (+)1.868.623.2222
Whitney Punch MovieTowne Port of Spain House Manager trinidad.hyatt.com
Anne-Marie Thomas MovieTowne POS, House Manager/Schools
Dianne Hazard-Chase MovieTowne San Fernando House Manager Drink Lounge & Bistro
Susanne Ramrattan MovieTowne Tobago Coordinator 63 Rosalino Street Find us on
Dominic Koo Technical Manager Woodbrook
Jeunanne Alkins Industry Coordinator Tel (+)1.868.223.7243
Cover photograph: Marlon James©

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sponsors + partners

PRESENTING SPONSOR
Flow

LEADING SPONSORS
Ministry of Community Development,
Culture and the Arts
BP Trinidad and Tobago (BPTT)

SUPPORTING SPONSORS
UN Women
Inter-American Development Bank
(IDB)

CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR
RBC Royal Bank

OFFICIAL PARTNERS
North Eleven
Hyatt Regency Trinidad
SCRIP-J/BOSS

PARTNERS
519 Trinidad
868live
All Italian
British Council Caribbean
Copa Airlines
Drink Lounge & Bistro
Fusionn
MEP Publishers
Neufx
OMG
Zoom Caribbean

PROGRAMMING PARTNERS VENUE PARTNERS IN-KIND PARTNERS The trinidad+tobago film festival
Embassy of Costa Rica MovieTowne Port of Spain Subway would like to acknowledge
Embassy of Panama MovieTowne San Fernando KFC the generous support of our
Embassy of Mexico MovieTowne Tobago Burger King sponsors and partners.
Canadian High Commission The University of the West Indies Royal Castle
Häagen-Dazs
The Plant People

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patriotism day screenings at uwi

A still from Pierott Noir ... A Gothic Trousseau of Trinidad + A still from I Am Not Your Negro,
Tobago, one of the2017 films showing on Republic Day one of the films screening at UWI.

SPOTLIGHT ON T+T FILMS Since our inaugural year, 2006, we have partnered with the UWI Film
IN CELEBRATION OF PATRIOTISM MONTH Programme to both provide students with a platform to showcase their
work and to screen some regional and international films from the festival. 
In support of National Patriotism Month from 31 August–24 September, In 2017, we will be screening on two days: Friday 22, documentary day,
and in partnership with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Saturday 23, highlighting the work of the UWI students with Q+As
and the Arts, the ttff presents a day-long celebration of T+T through the promoting stimulating discussion.
screening of local, short and feature films, followed by Q+A sessions with
the filmmakers. On Republic Day - September 24th, the screenings will be
held at MovieTowne Port of Spain, San Fernando and Tobago. It is a day
for Trinbagonians to come together to celebrate who they are through the
cinematic stories of some of the nation’s finest filmmakers, as well as those
now emerging.

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KEN GORDON SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM


AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES
PARTNERING WITH THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FILM FESTIVAL (TTFF) 2017
AND THE FUTURE CRITICS PROGRAMME

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focus on youth development

Some members of the 2016 Youth Jury meeting wih BC Pires.

The ttff is committed to developing film-related, transferable, critical


skills among our future generations, using film as a vehicle for
developing film literacy and appreciation, adjudication, journalism,
critical analysis and review. This year, we continue to foster emerging
talents through two youth-focused initiatives, sponsored by RBC Royal
Bank (Trinidad and Tobago).

RBC FUTURE CRITICS PROGRAMME


For the second consecutive year, this initiative prepares students
of the Ken Gordon School of Journalism at the College of Science,
Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad + Tobago (COSTAATT) for
the rigour, best practices and industry standards of critical film analysis
and festival reporting. Ten students from the Programme are selected
to attend special Festival events for professional journalists, as well as
public screenings, in order to write critical reviews of films under the
mentorship of a film critic and journalist, BC Pires. The students are
expected to write daily reviews for our website and post social media
reports during the Festival period.
The Violin Teacher
RBC FUTURE CRITICS AWARD
At the conclusion of the Festival, the best Future Critic is selected on
the basis of the quality of their writing and analysis, their ability to meet
tight deadlines, and the number of reviews published. They are awarded
a cash prize, which is presented by the sponsor, at the ttff’s award
ceremony at the end of the Festival.

THE RBC YOUTH JURY


This Programme affords young people - aged 16–21, the opportunity
to view and adjudicate on youth-themed films that are in competition
for the annual Youth Jury Award during the official Festival period.
Following a national call for submissions, 5 jurors are selected on the
basis of the strength of their application. Under the mentorship of
professional film critic, BC Pires, the Youth Jury views 6 films focusing
on young protagonists dealing with coming-of-age issues, challenges
and triumphs. This is a valuable opportunity to develop competence in
critical analysis skills and teamwork.

RBC YOUTH JURY FILM AWARD


The main objective of the Youth Jury is to select the winning Youth Jury Keyla
film. The director of the winning film receives a trophy and cash award,
presented by the sponsor, at the awards ceremony on 26 September.

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industry activities

THURSDAY 21 + FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER LUDO SMOLSKI


Hyatt Regency Trinidad Ludo Smolski is a development consultant, script
editor and reader for a variety of companies in
Script Development Workshop in partnership with the British the UK, training internationally on all aspects of
Council and facilitated by Ludo Smolski. This is a follow-up to a script development and screenwriting. He has
workshop held in March 2017. In Part 2, the 15 participants, who have worked with the Media Development Authority
been mentored by Smolski over the last six months, will come together in Singapore, at the Berlin Talent Campus, and
to review and assess the progress of their projects and discuss the led script-development training programmes
way forward. and workshops at the Edinburgh, Warsaw,
Gothenburg and Sarajevo film festivals, and for
Creative England. Smolski was part of the team
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER delivering the DigiShorts training programme
(2007–2010), and currently consults and edits
CODE ORANGE: Co-productions and Regional Incentives scripts for iFeatures4, Creative Scotland, Scottish
Sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank Film Talent Network, Creative England, Film4 and
Hyatt Regency Trinidad the BFI Film Fund.

9.00am Registration and coffee JOANNE BUTCHER


Joanne Butcher has worked as a global marketing
9.30am–10.30am Regional Incentives and Opportunities consultant for YouTube, and is a former director of
Presenters: the Alliance Cinema at Miami Beach, a founder of
Max Valverde, Deputy Minister of Culture, Costa Rica; the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP/National)
Renee Robinson, Film Commissioner of Jamaica; and of IFP/Miami. She has taught film financing
Nneka Luke, General Manager, FilmTT; and screenwriting and has worked extensively
Cindy-Ann Gatt, Director of Marketing, Flow with hundreds of filmmakers from the US, UK,
Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America.
10.30am –11.00am Feedback and discussion Butcher has been mentored by James Schamus
(producer/screenwriter of Ang Lee’s The Ice
11.00am–12.00pm Co-Productions with the Americas Storm and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); and
Presenters: Lucy and Luis Carlos Barreto, who have made
Omar de la Cruz, Funglode, Dominican Republic; over 200 films in Brazil.
Laura Ávila Tascan, Producer, Entonces Nosotros, Costa Rica;
Jorge Lopez Sotomayor, President, Association of Film Directors SAMUEL CHAUVIN
and Scriptwriters, Chile; Samuel is the founder and manager of
Samuel Chauvin, Producer, Santa y Andres Promenades Films, which focusses on
international co-production and the discovery of
12.00pm–12.30pm Feedback and discussion new talent worldwide. His many projects include
Carlos Lechuga’s Melaza (Cuba), coproduced
1.30pm–2.30pm Presentation of case study The Cutlass with Arte France Cinéma and released in 2014,
by Joanne Butcher Lechuga’s latest film, Santa y Andres, Carlos
Tribino’s El Silencio del Rio (Colombia) - winner
2.30pm–3.30pm Feedback and discussion of the Best Colombian film at Cartagena Film
Festival in 2015, and Alvaro Aponte-Centeno’s El
3.30pm–4.00pm Wrap-up of the day Silencio del Viento (Puerto Rico), which is soon
to be released. Chauvin was a facilitator at ttff’s
2015 Caribbean Film Mart and is part of many
SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER juries and industry workshops globally.
10.00am–12.00pm
RENEE ROBINSON
One-on-One Sessions: An opportunity to sit with international Renee Robinson is the Film Commissioner of
industry professionals for direction + advice on a current film project Jamaica, and a multi-lingual cultural industry
With: Joanne Butcher, Jorge Lopez Sotomayor, Samuel Chauvin, strategist and thought-leader. She has worked
Laura Avila. Registration in advance is required. in Canada, Europe, South Africa, and the
Caribbean – within the verticals of film, television,
digital media, arts and culture, entertainment, and
SATURDAY 23 + SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER communications. With over 15 years of senior
Hyatt Regency Trinidad management experience in content programming,
regulation/policy, strategic planning, and industry
Scriptwriting Workshop with Ludo Smolski intelligence, she has held leadership roles at the
In partnership with the British Council Ministry of Culture in Jamaica, the ReelWorld Film
Festival, the Harbourfront Centre, Women in Film
This two-day Workshop for 15 writers will give in-depth training on & Television, and the Toronto International Film
writing for screen. Working through a series of lectures and writing Festival.
exercises on story, character, structure, genre, dialogue and imagery,
this workshop aims to help you test and sharpen your technical skills
and find and express your voice in your storytelling. The primary
focus is on writing fiction for cinema, across all budget levels, with
occasional detours into smaller-screen narrative.

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SATURDAY 23 + SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER


9.30am - 4.00pm LAURA AVILA TACSAN
Hyatt Regency Trinidad ​​Laura Avila Tacsan is a Costa Rican independent
producer living in Los Angeles. She is the
Scriptwriting Workshop with Ann Marie Morais producer of the Costa Rica/USA romantic
Sponsored by the Ministry of Community Development, comedy Entonces Nosotros (2016) and the
Culture and the Arts Costa Rica/ Singapore feature film Rosado
Part 2 follow-up workshop Furia (2014). She has also produced music
videos, institutional videos, and short films. In
The fifteen aspiring screenwriters who attended a scriptwriting TV, she worked at mun2 (NBC Universo) in the
workshop with Ann Marie Morais in March 2017, were set a writing Programming and Development Department,
assignment that will be reviewed and developed during this collaborating on the show RPM MIAMI. Tacsan
two-day session. also worked at DestinosTV, a travel show, where
she wrote and produced shows in Costa Rica,
Mexico, Colombia, and Peru.
SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
1.00pm - 2.30pm JORGE LÓPEZ SOTOMAYOR
Hyatt Regency Trinidad Jorge López Sotomayor made his feature debut
in 1983 with El Ultimo Grumete, which is now
Creative Industries and the Orange Economy: a public a classic Chilean film. His feature film XS - La
presentation by the Inter-American Development Bank about the Peor Talla (The Worst Size) was awarded
impact and opportunities provided by the orange economy (driven Best Feature Film in the Youth Film Festival of
by the creative industries), drawing on the research presented in its Auburn, Australia, 2003, the Audience´s Award
two publications, The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity, and at the Lebu International Film Festival in Chile,
Orange Economy: Innovations you may not know were from Latin 2004, and the Best Actor Award at the Cuenca
America and the Caribbean. The event will address the importance of International Film Festival, Ecuador, 2005.
the orange economy for the social and economic development of Latin His latest feature film, Patagonia of Dreams,
America and the Caribbean, with the film sector highlighted as one of premiered at the Film Market in Cannes, and
the examples. is currently being screened in Chile. He is the
president of the Chilean Association of Film
Directors and Scriptwriters, ADG.

INFORMAL NETWORKING ANN MARIE MORAIS


Ann Marie Morais has written for major TV
FILMCO’s Games Night networks including CBS, SyFy and Canada’s
Thursday 21 September, 6.30pm Global TV. She is a graduate of York University’s
65 Carlos Street, Woodbrook film and video production programme. In 1999,
(opposite Brooklyn Bar) she was the first Canadian to receive a Nicholl
Screenwriting Fellowship, sponsored by the
Under the umbrella of ttff/17 - FILMCO, the Filmmakers Collaborative Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences,
of Trinidad and Tobago, will host a Filmmaker Games Night for local and considered screenwriting’s most prestigious
visiting film professionals as a fun, networking mixer. Better polish up on competition. Morais won for her dramatic
your pop culture trivia knowledge! feature-film script Bleeding. Her inaugural
feature film, How She Move, was a 2007
Sundance Film Festival Selection, and received
worldwide release through US distributor
Filmmakers’ Lounge Paramount Vantage.
Saturday 23 September, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Drink Lounge + Bistro MAX VALVERDE
63 Rosalino Street, Woodbrook Max Valverde is a lawyer and filmmaker. Currently
the Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth, he
An evening of networking over drinks, the Filmmakers’ Lounge provides was previously the director of the Costa Rican
an informal space for filmmakers and other film professionals from T+T Film Production Centre (Centro de Cine), where
and across the region to meet each other, and make lasting connections. he promoted the creation of a national fund for
audiovisual productions and the first plan to
develop the industry. He is also the co-author
of the Film Act. He has also been the director
and screenwriter of several feature films, has
a master’s degree in film arts from Florida
State University, training in educational video
production from the Japanese Co-operation
Agency, and another master’s degree in
international trade law.

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costa rican cinema: reality or fiction?

short films. By 2002, with films such as Password, Asesinato en El


Meneo (Murder in El Meneo), Marasmo, Caribe (Caribbean) and
El Camino (The Trail), the country was witnessing steady growth in
production and local audience interest, with local films being shown
in commercial movie theatres. But perhaps it was the production
of internationally acclaimed, award-winning films like Gestación
(Pregnancy), by Esteban Ramírez, in 2009, that signalled the true
emergence of Costa Rican cinema, with a number of films surpassing
Entonces Nosotros (About Us) expectations at the box office. The national cinema was revitalised
with some 40 independent film productions, many of which received
A BRIEF REVIEW OF A LONG JOURNEY state support through the Ibermedia programme, while others were
While the first Costa Rican narrative feature film, El Retorno (The backed by the national production support fund El Fauno.
Return), was produced in 1930 (and there were some works
produced on 35mm film as early as 1910), Costa Rican cinema Costa Rica has now produced more films since 2000 than it did in
can really be said to have started in 1973, with the creation of the the entire previous century. Among them was the nation’s foreign-
Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinematográfica (Centre of language Oscar entry, Red Princesses, by Laura Astorga. Currently,
Cinematographic Production – CCPC) and its mandate to “give a the CCPC is the main organisation which encourages independent
voice to the voiceless.” productions, supporting them through production, co-production,
distribution and representation abroad. Its 20 years of screenings
The establishment of CCPC was made possible through funding of Costa Rican cinema and video evolved into the Costa Rican
from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under International Film Festival in 2012. The festival includes a works-
the condition that it would not be used for government propaganda. in-progress lab, with films in various stages of post-production
About 75 documentaries in the 16mm film format were produced being showcased from across Central America, in addition to
during the first stages of the institution. Later, with the arrival pre-production projects from Costa Rica. Participants meet with
of video and its lower costs, audiovisual production increased filmmaking mentors and industry professionals and distributors from
considerably. Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico. The underlying goal is to
gain traction for the projects outside the area.
In the 1990s, a generation of young filmmakers returned to the
country after pursuing formal studies in film and video production
abroad, and began to produce a number of fiction and documentary

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awards + juries

ttff/16 award winners At the ttff/16 awards ceremony

AWARDS SPECIAL PRIZES


The ttff awards prizes in three categories: jury prizes, people’s choice BEST T+T FILM IN DEVELOPMENT
awards, and special awards. The awards ceremony will take place on TT$10,000 / Sponsored by BP Trinidad and Tobago
Tuesday 26 September at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain.
BEST FILM AS DECIDED BY A YOUTH JURY
TT$5,000 / Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
JURY PRIZES In competition:
BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE Green Days by the River - Michael Mooleedhar, Trinidad+Tobago
TT$10,000 / Sponsored by Flow Moko Jumbie - Vashti Anderson, Trinidad+Tobago
In competition: Reinbou - David Maler + Andrés Cubelo, Dominican Republic
Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) - José María Cabral, Dominican Republic The Violin Teacher - Sérgio Machado, Brazil
Cargo - Kareem Mortimer, The Bahamas El Techo - Patricia Ramos, Cuba
El Techo (On the Roof) - Patricia Ramos, Cuba Keyla - Viviana Gómez Echeverry, Colombia
Santa and Andres - Carlos Lechuga, Cuba
Ultimos Días En La Habana (Last Days In Havana) - Fernando Pérez, Cuba FUTURE CRITICS PRIZE
TT$5,000 / Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
BEST FEATURE FILM – DOCUMENTARY Mentor BC Pires selects the top future critic from the COSTAATT
TT$10,000 / Sponsored by Flow journalism students participating in this initiative.
In competition:
Jeffrey - Yanillys Perez, Dominican Republic BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Kingston Crossroads - Oliver Becker + Jonas Schaul, Jamaica/Germany TT$5,000 / Sponsored by ttff
In competition:
BEST SHORT FILM Chaotic Beauty - Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Jamaica
TT$5,000 / Sponsored by Flow Cathedral - Juliette McCawley, Trinidad+Tobago
In competition: Reforget - Vonley Smith, Barbados
Con Sana Alegria (With Wholesome Joy) - Claudia Muñoz, Cuba Xerox Island - Alex Kelly, Trinidad+Tobago
Tourments D’Amour - Caroline Jules, Guadeloupe/France A Dress to the Nation - Richard Rawlins, Trinidad+Tobago
Chocolate - Fernando Peña, Dominican Republic Uncertainty and Failure - Luis Vasquez La Roche/Joanne Helfer, Venezuela/
Paddlin’ Spirit: A Portrait of the Artist Laura Facey - Amanda Sans, Jamaica Scotland
Féfé Limbe - Julien Silloray, Guadeloupe Afloat - Devon Narine Singh, USA
After La Monte Young - Sandra Vivas, Dominica
BEST T+T FEATURE FILM
TT$10,000
Sponsored by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE
In competition: TT$5,000
Moko Jumbie - Vashti Anderson In competition:
Green Days by the River - Michael Mooleedhar Cargo - Kareem Mortimer, The Bahamas
Entre 2 Rives: De Saint-Domingue à Pointe-à-Pitre (Between 2 Shores:
BEST T+T SHORT FILM From Santo Domingo to Pointe-à-Pitre) - Mariette Monpierre, Guadeloupe
TT$5,000 Jeffrey - Yanillys Perez, Dominican Republic
Sponsored by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts
In competition: PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
Short Drop - Maya Cozier TT$5,000 each / Sponsored by Flow
Salty Dog - Oliver Milne BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE
Visibly Me - Nicola Cross BEST FEATURE FILM – DOCUMENTARY
Temple in the Sea - Kevin Bhall BEST SHORT FILM

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THE JURIES
Samuel Chauvin
FEATURES Samuel is the founder and manager of Promenades Films, which focusses
on international co-production and the discovery of new talent worldwide.
His many projects include Carlos Lechuga’s Melaza (Cuba), coproduced
with Arte France Cinéma and released in 2014; Lechuga’s latest film,
Santa y Andres, Carlos Tribino’s El Silencio del Rio (Colombia) - winner
of the Best Colombian film at Cartagena Film Festival in 2015, and Alvaro
Aponte-Centeno’s El Silencio del Viento (Puerto Rico), which is soon to be
released. Chauvin was a facilitator at ttff’s 2015 Caribbean Film Mart and is
part of many juries and industry workshops globally.
Joanne Butcher
Joanne Butcher has worked as a global marketing consultant for YouTube,
eventually running its UK movie rental unit and collaborating with engineers AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE
and curatorial teams around the world. She has been mentored by
James Schamus (producer/screenwriter of Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); and Lucy and Luis Carlos Barreto,
who have made over 200 films in Brazil. Butcher is a former director of the
Alliance Cinema on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, IFP/Miami and a founder
of IFP/National. She has taught film financing and screenwriting and has
worked extensively with hundreds of filmmakers from the US, UK, Brazil,
Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Gregory Sloane-Seale
Priscilla Anany Since 2006, Sloane-Seale has successfully coordinated the Citizen
Priscilla Anany was born in Ghana and migrated to the US. She studied Security Programme in the Ministry of National Security, which has been
film at the University of NC School of Arts, and has a master’s degree achieving its main objectives of reducing levels of crime and violence in
in communications from New York University. Anany is an advocate for specific “high needs” communities in Trinidad + Tobago. Over his career,
women’s empowerment and as a filmmaker, she likes to tell stories that Sloane-Seale has presented his work in youth and community outreach
challenge unfavourable social norms. Her films include KORJI (2013), with an emphasis on crime and violence reduction as a sector specialist
and her latest film, Children of the Mountain (2016). at local, regional and international conferences.

Steve Zebina Pamela Carmona


Director of Cinema and Film Festival Rencontre Cinémas Martinique as Pamela Carmona is the current Regional Youth and Activism Coordinator
well as cinema curator for the year-long programme at Tropiques Atrium for the Americas at Amnesty International Americas Regional Office based
in Fort de France. Steve teaches film analysis and the history of cinema, in Mexico City. Her daily job is to bring youth perspectives to the job
provides programming advice at various film festivals, and is an expert on Amnesty does around Human Rights. She had also worked at Amnesty
Caribbean film. International Chile, TECHO Mexico and the MARIA Abortion Fund for
Social Justice.
SHORTS

Ann Marie Morais


Ann Marie Morais has written for major TV networks including CBS, SyFy
and Canada’s Global TV. She is a graduate of York University’s film and
video production programme. In 1999, she was the first Canadian to receive
a Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts & Sciences, considered screenwriting’s most prestigious
competition. Morais won for her dramatic feature-film script Bleeding.
Her inaugural feature film, How She Move, was a 2007 Sundance Film
Festival Selection, and received worldwide release through US distributor
Paramount Vantage.

Dion Boucaud
Dion Boucaud’s broad portfolio dates back to the 1990s and includes
news features and entertainment programmes, live broadcasts, and
magazine-format shows, as well as several corporate and personality
videos. In his 27 years in the industry, he has led production teams in North
and South America, Europe, and many Caribbean destinations. In 2006,
he enrolled in the UWI BA film programme and earned several awards for
his work, graduating with honours in 2009. He is a co-owner of PixelPlay
Media Limited, a director of the Filmmakers Collaborative of Trinidad and
Tobago (FILMCO) and a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Board of
Film Censors.

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Film for a sustainable world

The emergence of Trinidad and Tobago film adds


to the diversity and unique voice of a country.The UN
acknowledges the work of the T&T Film Festival in
Leaving No One Behind.

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opening night film

GREEN DAYS BY THE RIVER A film adaptation of Michael Anthony’s classic 1967 novel of the
same name, Green Days by the River, gets this year’s Festival
Director: Michael Mooleedhar off to a running start. Bringing to life childhood memories of the
2017, Trinidad + Tobago book, and a Trinidad perhaps long forgotten, director Michael
Narrative Feature / 100 minutes Mooleedhar’s film is set in the idyllic countryside of 1950s Mayaro
WORLD PREMIERE and re-tells the story of 15 year old Shell.

Newly arrived in the village, he quickly gets caught between his


longing to be a man, and his child-like innocence in the face of adult
TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER cunning. With adolescent hormones raging amidst the breath-
NATIONAL ACADEMY FOR THE taking beauty of the local girls and the Mayaro landscape, the quiet
PERFORMING ARTS (NAPA) storm that’s brewing may prove more than he can handle, and life as
Port-of-Spain he once knew it, will certainly never be the same again.

6.00pm – Cocktail Reception Beautifully shot — echoing the book’s emphasis on nature – and
7.30pm – Film Screening: Green Days by the River faithful to the novel in other ways, the film has strong performances
from newcomer and secondary school student - Sudai Tafari (Shell),
Anand Lawkaran (Mr. Gidharrie), and veterans Che Rodriguez (Pa),
and Dara Healy (Ma Lammy).

special screening
In search of her roots, Asha flies in from England to visit her old fam-
ily home, situated amongst the ruins of a coconut plantation in rural
Trinidad. But there’s trouble in paradise. She finds herself drawn
to her neighbour, a young fisherman, whose family rents a house
from Asha’s aunt. The strain between the two families - one Indian
and one African, is palpable and as Asha’s attraction deepens, she
must navigate racial taboos, family disapproval, political turmoil, and
mysterious hauntings from ancestral spirits.

MOKO JUMBIE Trinidadian-American director, Anderson’s striking imagery mingles


Director: Vashti Anderson memory and imagining, the mundane and the supernatural, in
2017, Trinidad + Tobago, Trinidad English, with English subtitles examining family, race, class, and the quest for home.
Narrative Feature / 94 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE Moko Jumbie, Anderson’s feature film debut, was a selection at the
Sat 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS 2017 LA Film Festival.

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Photo of Christiane Emmanuel


Company by Nadine Eversley.

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the ttff/17 film lineup

SHORT AND MEDIUM-


CARIBBEAN PANORAMA
LENGTH FILMS

The Caribbean section The Panorama section consists This section comprises films
comprises feature-length of feature-length films from world under 30 minutes in length
films from the Caribbean, cinema. The films in this section (shorts) and films between
the diaspora, and films by come from North America, Latin 30 and 72 minutes in length
international filmmakers made in America, Europe, Africa, India (medium-length films) from
and about the region. and China. the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Films in competition
for all categories are
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A CARIBBEAN DREAM ANGÉLICA

Director: Shakirah Bourne Director: Marisol Gómez Mouakad


2017, Barbados 2016, Puerto Rico English + Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 82 minutes Narrative Feature / 95 minutes
T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

The Cropover festival, lovers’ quarrels, powerful herbs …and fairies. Angélica works in a clothes factory in New York, sewing her own designs
Those are the ingredients that director and screenwriter Shakirah Bourne in the little spare time she has free from the demands of boyfriend Jose.
has brewed into a modern-day retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then her father, Wilfredo, has a heart attack and she flies home to Puerto
Set in Barbados, the film mixes Shakespearean language with Barbadian Rico. Wilfredo is black, but Angélica’s mother is white, and it’s only upon
dialect amid lush tropical imagery for a Caribbean take on a comic her return that she fully understands the virulent racism (and sexism) she’s
classic. battled all her life. She finally grasps the choice she must make: conform
to the wishes of those who should have her interests at heart,
Sat 23 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A or follow her own path, independent, but completely alone.

Thu 21 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne Tobago


Thu 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A
Tue 26 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7

CARGO CARPINTEROS (WOODPECKERS)

Director: Kareem Mortimer Director: José María Cabral


2017, The Bahamas 2017, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 105 minutes Narrative Feature / 106 minutes
T+T PREMIERE T&T PREMIERE

Kevin owns a battered boat, but a living from fishing won’t keep his The inmates of the Najayo men’s prison perch by a high window to
wife and his mother - who has Alzheimer’s, or pay his mortgage and communicate in sign language with the women in the female prison
his son’s school fees. His wife’s career is over because she served jail yards away. Julian, a newcomer to this hell-hole, acts as a go-between
time for his involvement in the drug trade. Now even more desperate, for Manaury, a fellow prisoner in solitary confinement, and the hot-
he puts his boat to another use: transporting equally desperate Haitians tempered Yanelly. But Julian and Yanelly are drawn to each other, and
from the Bahamas on their way to enter the US illegally. He’s taken in this intense, brutal atmosphere, the situation quickly escalates out
risks before — this time he must pull off the biggest one of all. of control.

Wed 20 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sat 23 Sept, 9.00pm MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Fri 22 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando Tue 26 Sept, 8.30pm MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Sat 23 Sept, 6.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7, Q+A

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EL HOMBRE QUE CUIDA EL TECHO (ON THE ROOF)


(THE WATCHMAN)
Director: Alejandro Andújar Director: Patricia Ramos
2017, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles 2016, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 87 minutes Narrative Feature / 75 minutes
T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

Juan gave up fishing and became caretaker of a beach house to Three young friends daydream on the roofs of the apartment blocks of
support his wife. Now she’s left him for another man, and, feeling the Havana. Anita wonders who’s the father of her unborn child. Yasmani
villagers are mocking him, he’s retreated into a passive, solitary exile watches his pigeons fly free and tries to coax his father into leaving
there. When his employer’s son sneaks some friends over for a wild their apartment. Vito, convinced he’s really Italian, tries to contact his
weekend, Juan realises the house has become a cage and he’s let imagined family in Sicily. In a world of their own, they try to find a way
himself be exploited. Will he be able to break free of his self-imposed to begin their lives in the real world.
imprisonment?
Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A
Wed 20 Sept, 6.00pm MovieTowne San Fernando Mon 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7, Q+A
Fri 22 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7, Q+A Mon 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

EXTRA TERRESTRES GREEN DAYS BY THE RIVER


(EXTRA TERRESTRIALS)
Director: Carla Cavina Meléndez Director: Michael Mooleedhar
2016, Puerto Rico + Venezuela Spanish, with English subtitles 2017, T+T
Narrative Feature / 113 minutes Narrative Feature / 100 minutes
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE

Teresa, an astrophysicist, goes back to her family in Puerto Rico to invite In a remote village in 1952 Trinidad, a curious boy pursues the
them to her wedding. This is not an easy task, as she has an ongoing affection of two girls. Despite his ailing father’s advice, Shell follows
battle with her father. As tensions grow from mounting frustrations, her the compassionate Mr. Gidharee to work on his plantation along
anxious fiancé becomes impatient and pays the family an unexpected the river, in hopes of attracting his daughter Rosalie, but then falls
visit. Her mystery love unravels a number of the family secrets, but a star for Joan, a sweet, sensible girl from the city. From the love triangle
2.5 million light years away will help to bring them all together again. that ensues, Shell learns bittersweet lessons of life and love that will
define his manhood and future forever.
Wed 20 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Fri 22 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando Mon 25 Sept, 6.00pm MovieTowne San Fernando, Q+A
Sat 23 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

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JEFFREY KINGSTON CROSSROADS

Director: Yanillys Perez Directors: Oliver Becker + Jonas Schaul


2016, Dominican Republic/France Spanish, with English subtitles 2016, Germany/Jamaica Jamaican English, with English subtitles
Documentary Feature / 78 minutes Documentary Feature / 72 minutes
T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

Twelve-year-old Jeffrey’s mother wakes him not for school but to clean An exciting and intimate journey through one of the world’s most diverse
windshields in traffic to pay the rent, as he’s done for 6 years. Most of and controversial cities, Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. Kingston
her children live with her, because their estranged father used to beat her Crossroads is a snapshot of the country’s current social and political
and doesn’t support them. One older brother sings reggaetón, as “Jeffrey situation, told through the personal perspectives of several fascinating
the Nightmare”, the hopeful and enterprising little boy follows suit, taking Jamaicans. At the crossroads of the title, old and young generations,
what pleasure he can from small things and anxious to break free of their unique storylines and inspiring visions meet.
crushing poverty.
Wed 20 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando
Thu 21 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Screen 7 Thu 21 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Thu 21 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne San Fernando Sat 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago
Tue 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7

MELOCOTONES (PEACHES) MOKO JUMBIE

Director: Héctor Valdez Director: Vashti Anderson


2015, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles 2017, T+T Trinidad English, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 80 minutes Narrative Feature / 94 minutes
T&T PREMIERE CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

For their anniversary, Diego has planned a repeat of his first weekend Asha flies in from England to visit her old family home. But there’s
with his girlfriend Laura. In fact he’s planned it too exactly, and Laura is trouble in paradise. Her aunt Mary doesn’t like her associating with their
bored by his lack of spontaneity. Luckily Diego, an inventor, can rejig Afro-Trinidadian neighbours. Then Asha begins to realise this aban-
his Sexotron machine, travel back in time and make everything different. doned seaside coconut estate is not as tranquil as it looks. Trinidadian-
Filmed in Technicolor hues, this sex/science-fiction comedy has a American director Anderson’s striking imagery mingles memory and
1950s look, and the gadgets have a distinctly antiquated air. So Diego’s imagining, the mundane and the supernatural, in examining family, race,
scientific experiments have some unexpected and hilarious outcomes. class, and the quest for home.

Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A
Mon 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando, Q+A
Tue 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando Mon 25 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

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PANAMA DREAMS QUICK PICK

Director: Alison Saunders Director: Miguel K Lashley


2017, Barbados/T+T French Creole with English subtitles 2017, T+T
Documentary Feature / 75 minutes Narrative Feature / 90 minutes
T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE

Panama Dreams transports the viewer on filmmaker Alison Saunders’ Twenty-four-year-old construction worker Travis Duke runs completely
modern-day search for descendants of an ancestor who left Barbados in out of luck with love, work and money. His fortunes change when he
the early 1900s to build the Panama Canal – one of the seven wonders buys a lotto ticket with the winning numbers. He curses his boss and
of the modern world. After five years of creating compelling re-enact- starts making plans. No cash in hand yet, he borrows money from
ments and collecting archival film and photos, as well as contemporary “Bling,” a drug lord, to kickstart the celebrations, buy a car and even a
images and interviews, she tells a larger, poignant story of strength, condo. Did Travis put the cart before the donkey? What happens when
endurance and sacrifice and uncovers troubling issues of race, class he goes to cash his winning ticket?
and power that face descendants of those canal workers in Panama, the
West Indies, the USA and Cuba today. Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7, Q+A
Sun 24 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago, Q+A
Fri 22 Sept, 12.00pm, UWI Film Programme
Mon 25 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS Screen 8

SANTA Y ANDRES
REINBOU (RAINBOW) (SANTA AND ANDRES)
Directors: David Maler + Andrés Cubelo Director: Carlos Lechuga
2017, Dominican Republic Spanish, with English subtitles 2016, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 100 minutes Narrative Feature / 100 mins
T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

Ángel Maceta is a sweet 7-year-old, cared for by his mother and aunts, In the 1980s, Andres lives in a shack in the Cuban hills, selling
and roaming wherever his imagination takes him. He finds a book that preserves for a living, but is considered a dangerous dissident. So
will help him discover treasure — but it also reveals the story of the during a nearby conference attended by foreigners, Santa, a farm
1965 civil war that tore the Dominican Republic apart. Meanwhile, his worker, is sent to ensure he has no contact with them. A true believer,
innocent curiosity about his absent father brings back memories for his she’s puzzled to find she relates to him as a fellow, wounded human
mother that are bittersweet, until the story told by his book reaches its being. But even the smallest defiance of revolutionary doctrine must be
conclusion. ruthlessly repressed.

Thur 21 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Wed 20 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Thur 21 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando Tue 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS Screen 8

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THE LIES WE TELL ULTIMOS DÍAS EN LA HABANA


(LAST DAYS IN HAVANA)
Director: Clifford Seedansingh Director: Fernando Pérez
2017, T+T 2016, Cuba Spanish with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 90 minutes Narrative Feature / 93 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

Sam is a serial adulterer, whose many businesses and personal interests The melancholy Diego washes dishes in a Havana restaurant, hoping
make him the point of contact for his friends who are struggling with to migrate to the US, and cares for his childhood friend Miguel, who
fidelity accusations, including his best friend John and his fiancée Susan. has AIDS. Diego’s quietness contrasts with the lively neighbours who
Although Sam constantly encourages John to cheat, John resists. share their lives in a place where privacy is almost impossible, espe-
However, when Sam catches Susan in a compromising situation with cially when Miguel’s firebrand niece comes to stay with them. Despite
another man, rather than telling his best friend, he sexually blackmails her. Diego’s inscrutable quality, the film is gentle and moving.

Wed 20 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A Thu 21 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Thu 21 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Tue 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Sun 24 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando Tue 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando
Sun 24 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7, Q+A

VIENTOS DE HABANA YO SOY UN POLITICO


(THE WINDS OF HAVANA) (I AM A POLITICIAN)
Director: Felix Viscarret Director: Javier Colon
2017, Cuba Spanish, with English subtitles 2016, Puerto Rico Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 96 minutes Narrative Feature / 93 minutes
T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

Mario Conde is the maverick, lone-wolf policeman in this beautifully I Am a Politician follows Carlos, a former filmmaker recently released
shot noir film, set amidst the fading, ramshackle charms of Havana. from jail. Looking for a job where he can make a lot of money fast, he
Conde’s personal and professional lives come together as he pursues teams up with his cellmate Cangri and runs for governor of Puerto
the killer of a young teacher at his own former high school. Both a Rico. Running for one party won’t be enough, so he approaches each
hard-boiled cop and a romantic, literary-minded man, he has another of the island’s three main parties, pitching his candidacy to the highest
mystery to solve: where is the red-headed beauty with whom he’s fallen bidder. During his campaigning, he falls in love and begins to change
madly in love? his outlook.

Fri 22 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Wed 20 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Fri 22 Sept, 10.15pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A
Sat 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando Tue 26 Sept, 6.00pm, Movietowne Tobago

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ADAMA BAD LUCKY GOAT

Director: Simon Rouby Director: Samir Oliveros


2015, France French, with English subtitles 2017, Colombia Jamaican English, with English subtitles
Animated Feature / 78 minutes Narrative Feature / 75 minutes
T+T PREMIERE
Adama lives a traditional life in a sheltered valley in West Africa. Then
his older brother runs away to be a warrior, tempted by the gold of Corn and his sullen sister, Rita, set out on an errand for their mother,
the mysterious Nasseras people. Adama goes in search of him, only along what turns out to be a long and winding road, thanks to the
to find the strangers are the French, and his quest takes him as far as eponymous animal (played by Vincent van Goat). The film is set on one
the Western Front in the middle of World War I. The horrors of modern of Colombia’s San Andrés islands, which have strong historical links
warfare mingle with magical realism in this one-of-a-kind feature. with Jamaica. Hence the language, offbeat humour, colourful charac-
ters—and the teens’ fear that it’s a duppy that has caused the chaos.
Wed 20 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Screen 7 Can the enterprising Corn beat a supernatural jinx?
Fri 22 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne San Fernando
Tue 26 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Wed 20 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago
Sat 23 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Mon 25 Sept, 11.00am MovieTowne San Fernando
Mon 25 Sept, 1.00pm MovieTowne POS Screen 8

ENAMORÁNDOME DE ABRIL
CHILDREN OF THE MOUNTAIN (ROMANCING APRIL)
Director: Priscilla Anany Director: Joel Núñez
2016, Ghana Twi, with English subtitles 2015, Mexico Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 100 minutes Narrative Feature / 90 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Essuman’s life collapses when her baby is born with disabilities. A yam- When a hopeless romance writer and a pragmatic independent
seller in the Accra market, she doesn’t have the money for surgery, so journalist meet by chance and spend a night together, they are forced
she turns to folk remedies. The same folk beliefs make her life harder, to question their notions of love and relationships. The couple has even
however, when she is blamed for her son’s condition. Yet, it’s an old more in common than they first thought, since they are both liars as
woman in her home village whose wise advice offers hope for her and writers — he signs his books under a female pseudonym, while she
her child. writes her column as a man. A witty, romantic comedy which shows the
lighter side of Mexican cinema.
Wed 20 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando
Fri 22 Sept, 9.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7, Q+A Thu 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago
Sat 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago Fri 22 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8

Presented by the Embassy of Mexico

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to their own devices, with no buffer around them. I had characters Did music have an influence on your choosing Kinshasa?
that were naked and, as a result, who had rare strength. Kinshasa is Yes. It really came with Kasai Allstars, which is a conglomerate of
nothing more than our world. four or five different groups. It’s both traditional music and music
that has become urbanized, that smells of grease and the forest.
How does one shoot a film in such a chaotic city? Transcendental, electric, almost rock or electro. This music links tra-
It’s a city like any other, with its ins and outs. What is key is always dition with modernity and, as I see it, embodies the African city.
having the right adviser on site. Thanks to Dieudo Hamadi, a young
and brilliant Congolese documentary maker, I was put in touch with Were the members of Kasai Allstars immediately receptive to the
Roger Kangudia, a location manager and producer who was able project?
to take me everywhere, roaming the city to find the various places I went to meet with them, one group after the other, to talk to them
where I’d pictured the film. The heart of the possibility of a film about the film and they showed a lot of interest and curiosity. It
in this kind of situation resides in the location management and was pretty simple, and we were able to work with their label, Cram-
executive production - in this particular instance, Oumar Sall, the med Discs. Muambuyi, the singer, coached Tshanda and was gene-
Senegalese co-producer. If they’re well connected, know how to get rous enough to let her take her place, lend her her voice, teach her
around in the various locations where we’d like to film, if they know the songs and how to dance… We filmed the songs both live and
how to talk and get people involved in the film… Then we can shoot in playback over several nights and over very long durations. All
anywhere. It’s almost the same thing as filming in Paris, except that over Kinshasa there was an enormous desire, the energy to create,
the terms are sometimes different. We try to remain accessible to to build. You might think the people would have become sluggish
get as much of what happens as possible, to never play against, to from being kicked around for so long, but instead you find an insa-
remain attentive. Then, you’ve always got someone from the intel- ne construction force. By the way, it’s no coincidence that it’s one of
ligence service at your side, and a powerful bureaucracy with which the rare places in Africa where you can find a symphony orchestra!
you need to be able to dialogue. You also have people who are of-
ten recalcitrant toward the camera because they are wary about the When you suddenly hear the orchestra begin “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt,
image conveyed, so you have to talk to them. You’re filming using you feel a genuine sense of elevation.
the city – it’s the city that makes the film. When I arrived in Kinshasa, my first reaction was “when do I get

ENTONCES NOSOTROS (ABOUT US) FÉLICITÉ

Director: Hernán Jiménez Director: Alain Gomis


2016, Costa Rica Spanish, with English subtitles 2017, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Narrative Feature / 76 minutes Lingala and French, with English subtitles
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE Narrative Feature / 123 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE
The earnest, neurotic Diego loves his girlfriend Sofía — but somehow
things just aren’t going right. They decide to spend a week at the beach Félicité sings in a club, barely scraping a living in the tough city of
to work out their problems, and at first things go swimmingly, until Kinshasa — grittily, vividly conveyed here. Even fixing her fridge seems
Sofía meets an old friend, Malena. The chemistry between the three of too much. Then her son is badly injured in an accident and the fiercely
them sparks, fizzes and explodes as this romantic comedy lurches from independent Félicité must ask for help to raise the huge price of the
slapstick to bathos to bittersweet. surgery he needs. This film explores the resilience of people who find
small ways to transcend their troubles and acknowledge their kinship.
Sun 24 Sept, 6.15pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A
Sat 23 Sept, 3.45pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Presented by the Embassy of Costa Rica Mon 25 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO KEYLA

Director: Raoul Peck Director: Viviana Gómez Echeverry


2017, USA Documentary Feature / 93 minutes 2016, Colombia English + Spanish, with English subtitles
T+T PREMIERE Narrative Feature / 90 minutes
T+T PREMIERE
James Baldwin began but never finished a book about his friends
Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, martyrs of the You can’t get away from the sea on the tiny island of Providence,
1960s US civil rights movement. Haitian director Raoul Peck helps between Jamaica and Colombia. Certainly it’s never out of Keyla’s mind
him posthumously bear witness, using Samuel Jackson’s voicing after her father and his fishing boat disappear. They call the Caribbean
of Baldwin’s writing, and television footage of the writer. The film is “the sea of seven colours” here, and among the bright hues of tropical
also a depiction of a disturbing, divided America and a paradoxically fish and corals are sinister tones. There are territorial disputes, rumours
intimate portrait of Baldwin himself, anguished yet calm, and rivetingly of drug-running, pirate legends; and all the complications of family and
charismatic. love, undercurrents of old hurts and the forging of new bonds as Keyla
comes of age.
Fri 22 Sept, 6.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Fri 22 Sept, 7.30pm, UWI Film Programme Thu 21 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Mon 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Mon 25 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando
Mon 25 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando

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KING OF PEKING LA MATAMOROS

Director: Sam Voutas Director: Delfina Vidal


2017, China Mandarin, with English subtitles 2017, Panama Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 87 minutes Documentary Feature / 60 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE CARIBBEAN PREMIERE

Big Wong is a movie fanatic, and wants Little Wong to be one too. A factory seamstress in the 1940s, she became a unionist and
Sadly, Big Wong’s ambition outweighs his achievements. He’s a lowly international activist, fighting for the rights of women, workers and
cinema janitor, struggling to earn enough to keep custody of his son her countrymen. The fearless Marta Matamoros couldn’t be bribed
from his estranged wife. In the dawn of the digital age, he finds a way of or intimidated, despite being imprisoned numerous times. Her former
making and selling pirate DVDs — with Little Wong’s help. They bond sisters-in-arms recount her inspiring life with love and admiration.
over their ethically dodgy business in this affectionate tribute to the
golden age of film. Fri 22 Sept 1.00pm, UWI Film Programme, Q+A
Sat 23 Sept, 5.00pm, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Q+A
Thu 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Sun 24 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Presented by the Embassy of Panama

LE GANG DES ANTILLAIS


LA SOLEDAD (DESOLATION) (GANG OF THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN)
Director: Jorge Thielen Armand Director: Jean-Claude Barny
2016, Venezuela Spanish, with English subtitles 2016, Guadeloupe/France French, with English subtitles
Documentary Feature / 89 minutes Narrative Feature / 90 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

When the owners abandon La Soledad, a decaying mansion, they let In the 1970s, Martiniquans were lured to mainland France with the
their former maid, Rosina, stay there, and her family moves in. They’re promise of opportunities, but found only menial jobs and rampant
all struggling in Venezuela’s economic crisis, and the owners decide racism. Jimmy tries to make an honest living, with help from the various
to demolish the house and sell the land — leaving the ailing Rosina women in his life. But he falls in with a motley crew of fellow Caribbean
and her grandson Jose’s family destitute if he can’t find a solution. men, some motivated by money, others by the desire for revenge and
The story is re-enacted by the real-life participants: José is Thielen’s revolution. Jimmy wants to settle down with his daughter and girlfriend
boyhood friend. La Soledad is best translated as “desolation” here, — but first he must carry out one final, daring heist with the gang. The
and its collapse becomes a metaphor for the lost grandeur and film is based on a true story.
wealth of Venezuela.
Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando
Sat 23 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7, Q+A
Mon 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne, POS Screen 7 Tue 26 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8

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NADIE NOS MIRA


LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA (NOBODY’S WATCHING)
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava Director: Julia Solomonoff
2016, India Hindi, with English subtitles 2017, Argentina Spanish, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 117 minutes Narrative Feature / 102 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

Set in bustling Bhopal, this award-winning comic-but-serious drama Nico is a rising young actor in his native Argentina, but he wants to
chronicles the lives of four very different women who dream of freedom make it big in America — and he’s running from some demons at home.
from the patriarchal society that confines them. The normally feisty Shi- He has some good friends in the US, and success dangles almost
rin has to keep her job secret from her domineering husband. Rehana within reach as he makes some promising contacts. But unless those
sews burkhas for her family business, then sneaks off to live her fantasy promises are fulfilled, he’s just another illegal immigrant struggling to
of being Miley Cyrus. Leela faces an arranged marriage to a dull Hindu make not only a living, but also to find a sense of home.
husband, while carrying on outrageously with her Muslim boyfriend.
And middle-aged Usha is content to read steamy romances …until she Fri 22 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
meets a very unsuitable boy. Tues 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8

Wed 20 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8


Mon 25 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8

OPSIS

nd the Cold War


Chile. In congress,
o Neruda (Luis
es the government
the Communist
iftly impeached by
alez Videla (Alfredo
e Prefect Oscar
Gael García Bernal)
rest the poet.
to flee the country
he painter Delia del
s Morán), but they
hiding. Inspired by
vents of his new
, Neruda writes his
of poems, “Canto
while, in Europe, the
NERUDA
He plays with the inspector, leaving
clues designed to make their game
SHASHAMANE
oet hounded by the of cat-and-mouse more dangerous,
s, and artists led by more intimate. In this story of a
lamor for Neruda’s persecuted poet and his implacable
Director: Pablo Larrain
adversary, Neruda recognizes his Director: Giulia Amati
2016, Chile Spanish + French, with English subtitles
ver, sees this struggle own heroic possibilities: a chance to 2016, Ethiopia/Jamaica/UK
Peluchonneau as an become both a symbol for liberty and
nvent himself. Narrative Feature / 107 minutes
a literary legend. English + French, with English subtitles
T+T PREMIERE Documentary Feature / 80 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE
In 1948, the Chilean poet and communist activist Pablo Neruda had
to go into hiding to avoid arrest. Larrain’s film is loosely based on the Shashamane chronicles a chapter of the lengthy history of the African
story of how the beloved poet escaped capture, evading a pompous, diaspora, through the voices of men and women who have left the
bumbling policeman. Sometimes it’s a detective movie, sometimes West 400 years since the dawn of slavery, to return to their forefathers’
surreal; sometimes it resembles film noir, at other times a western. land and reclaim their African identity. It’s an exodus that becomes an
Neruda weaves together scenes of great beauty and bathos, between extraordinary homecoming to a place that for some is a haven, but for
the words of the poet, the Andean snows, and the plodding Inspector others a cage with no escape.
Peluchonneau.
Thu 21 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Thu 21 Sept, 8.45pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago
Mon 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Sat 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando
Sat 23 Sept, 5.00pm, UWI Film Programme

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SOUND OF SILENCE THE VIOLIN TEACHER

Director: Bijukumar Damodaran Director: Sérgio Machado


2017, India Hindi + Tibetan, with English subtitles 2015, Brazil Portuguese, with English subtitles
Narrative Feature / 87 minutes Narrative Feature / 100 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

Set in a beautiful Himalayan valley, Sound of Silence follows the journey Laerte wants to be a professional violinist, but everything in his life
of a mute boy who loses his mother at birth and is neglected by his seems to go wrong at once. Reluctantly taking a job in a slum school,
father. His relationship with an elderly Buddhist monk helps him to he’s confronted with a band of delinquent string players — not an easy
detach from his voiceless suffering and to explore the bond that each task even without his intense, perfectionist nature. But the tide begins
creation shares with nature. When his father is jailed, the boy stares to turn, and he even discovers a violin prodigy. Then trouble threatens
at an even lonelier life. With nowhere to go, he joins the Buddhist as some of the boys in the band are drawn to an easier life. Classical
monastery, as he fights an inner battle of unrequited love. music is combined with elements of an edgy urban thriller in this quirky,
touching drama.
Wed 20 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Sat 23 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne San Fernando Wed 20 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Mon 25 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Tue 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7

TWO SOFT THINGS, TWO HARD THINGS VIAJE (JOURNEY)

Directors: Mark Kenneth Woods + Michael Yerxa Director: Paz Fábrega


2016, Canada English/Inuktitut 2015, Costa Rica Spanish with English subtitles
Documentary Feature / 71 minutes Narrative Feature / 70 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

This film explores a dramatic period in the 1950s when colonisation and Luciana and Pedro bond after a party, over the weird way their friends
religion shamed and erased traditional beliefs about sexuality and family have settled down to marriage and children, and Luciana goes with
structure among the Inuit population in northwest Canada. Now a new Pedro on a no-strings-attached field trip into the bush. Their innocence
generation of Inuit people share their stories, committed to uncovering is matched by the lush, edenic rainforest, lovingly shot in black and
and reclaiming their hidden histories, discovering ancient words passed white. But casual fun threatens to become more serious, and grown-up
down by elders to describe same-sex relationships. For women, it choices have to be made.
translates as: two soft things rubbing against each other; for men, it’s two
hard things. Wed 20 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7

Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Q+A Presented by the Embassy of Costa Rica

Presented by the Canadian High Commission

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A BROKEN A DARK HORROR ADERO BABE, I HATE TO GO


APPOINTMENT

Director: Kaleb D’Aguilar Director: Siobhan Millette Director: Kojo McPherson Director: Andrew Moir
2017, UK + Jamaica 2017, T+T 2017, Guyana 2017, Canada/Jamaica
Narrative Short / 2 minutes Narrative Short / 15 minutes Narrative Short / 13 minutes Jamaican Creole + English
T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE Documentary Short / 19 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE
A vignette. A relationship. A rise A group of friends, with a new token Vivid, haunting dreams push a man
and fall. Set to the backdrop of white “friend”, meet up after a long to search for the identity of his Goodbyes are routine for Delroy,
the poem “Epilogue” by Kei Miller, time for a beach getaway. During parents. An elderly and enigmatic, but this one he cannot accept. A
A Broken Appointment explores a power outage, people try to get indigenous woman seems to hold Jamaican migrant worker, he has
the dynamics of closeting within a their “happy” on, but, unknown to the answers to his questions. spent half of each year for 30 years
young gay relationship, and how them, they are being stalked by a Will she help him and give up her in the tobacco fields of Ontario to
“hiding in the dark” may lead to a stranger. secrets, or will she lead him down provide for his wife and children.
destructive end. the rabbit hole? Diagnosed with late-stage skin
Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, UWI Film cancer, he continues to work, hiding
Thu 21 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Programme, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San the truth from his family.
Screen 7 Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Fernando
Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Screen 7, Q+A Mon 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Fri 22 Sept, 6.30pm, MovieTowne POS
Sat 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne Screen 7 Screen 7
Fri 22 Sept, 7.30pm, UWI Film
San Fernando
Programme
Sat 23 Sept, 5.00pm, UWI Film Mon 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne
Programme POS Screen 8
Mon 25 Sept, 8.30pm MovieTowne
San Fernando

BACK TO FREEPORT BIG FISH BIRDSONG CARL’S PRESENT

Directors: Jian Hennings + Kyle Director: Yonnette Belmar Director: Vibert Medford Director: Kevin Taylor
Sahadeo 2017, St Vincent and the 2017, T+T 2016, The Bahamas
2017, T+T Grenadines Documentary Short / 12 minutes Narrative Short / 17 minutes
Narrative Short / 60 minutes Documentary Short / 15 minutes T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE
WORLD PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE
Mia Gormandy is a talented After Carl’s doctor tells him to
Jamal, 30, lives an unsatisfying life For generations, the island of Bequia musician and the first woman to be start making his final preparations,
in busy Port of Spain, but has to go depended on the surrounding appointed arranger for the birdsong the dying man gets help from an
back to his dilapidated childhood waters for food. Bequians are one Steel Orchestra. This documentary unlikely source that gives him a new
home in Freeport, where his younger of the last groups in the world follows her during one night of outlook. Life is about choices. It is
brother Joseph still lives. Jamal allowed to hunt whales for steelband practise, as she prepares about time, people, connections
begins renovating the house, subsistence, under an international the panside for the 2017 Panorama and love.
plagued by memories of his abusive convention. But anti-whaling nations competition.
childhood and his broken and environmentalists still pressure Wed 20 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne
relationship with his brother. this small community to end its long Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Tobago
tradition of whaling. Screen 7, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS
Sat 23 Sept, 7.00pm, UWI Film Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San Screen 7
Programme, Q+A Wed 20 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Fernando Mon 25 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne San
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Tobago Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Fernando
Screen 7, Q+A Fri 22 Sept, 12.00pm UWI Film Tobago Mon 25 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Programme Screen 8
Fernando Fri 22 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San
Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Fernando

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CENTERSTITCH CHARCOAL CHOCOLATE CLASS 15

Director: Celoi Carr Director: Francesca Andre Director: Fernando Peña Director: Dean Leon Anderson
2015, T+T 2016, USA 2016, Dominican Republic 2016, UK
Narrative Short / 12 minutes Narrative Short / 6 minutes Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative Short / 13 minutes
T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE Narrative Short / 11 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE
T+T PREMIERE
Is there a link between fashion, “Stay away from the sun …you are This dramatic film shows the
media and school behaviour? already dark as coal!” Charcoal Yan gets stood up by his date, and change in attitude of young Alicia
Centerstitch takes the unique point focuses on two black women who ends up meeting his friend at a local after the man she once knew as her
of view of a young schoolboy, who constantly face a barrage of social club. To get Yan out of his distress, father walks out on the family, taking
is obsessed with his shoes. This messages that erode their self- his friend challenges him to talk to her brother Shane with him. Fast-
film looks at the issues plaguing worth and self-esteem. This film is a girl who is standing across from forward to ten years later, at the
the local school system, such as about their redemption, overcoming them. Yan uses different tactics to Belrose Secondary School, when
bullying, unprotected sex, drug use pain and embracing their dark try to lure her. Mr Campbell, an English teacher,
and gambling. skins. expresses his frustration over the
Fri 22 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS child’s conduct to her mother. This
Wed 20 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne Wed 20 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San Screen 7 leads to the revelation of the source
Tobago, Q+A Fernando Tues 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS of her disruptive behaviour.
Fri 22 Sept, 9.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Screen 7 Thur 21 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San
Fernando
Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS
Screen 8

CON SANA ALEGRIA CULTURE


COME OUT COME OUT DANCING ON THE EDGE
(WITH WHOLESOME JOY) CONSCIOUSNESS

Director: Ron Morales Director: Claudia Muñoz Director: Amanda Reanna Mendes Director: Teneil Rodney
2017, USA 2016, Cuba 2017, T+T 2017, T+T
Narrative Short / 12 minutes Spanish, with English subtitles Documentary Short / 19 minutes English + Spanish, with English
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE Narrative Short / 18 minutes T+T PREMIERE subtitles
T+T PREMIERE Documentary Short / 28 minutes
When a single mother decides Culture Consciousness stems from WORLD PREMIERE
to go on her first date in years, Zaydita doesn’t get to spend much the desire to dig into the Caribbean
her estranged partner pays her time out of the house. Her parents region’s history. These nations have The members of La Chacaita
a surprise visit in an attempt to have migrated and Zaydita takes been influenced by their colonial Kingdom Crew hit the streets with
reconcile with her. When she care of her grandmother, who has past and by the generations that one thing on their minds: dancing.
refuses to give him a final kiss dementia. Zaydita decides to go followed thereafter. The importance But first, they must overcome
goodbye, his violent temper erupts out on the town on the eve of her of literature is showcased, as literary stereotypes, criticism and the
and she must take drastic action to birthday, which happens to be the and artistic representations lay possibility of being arrested. When
save herself and their baby. coldest day of winter in Cuba. the foundation for nation-building. the lights turn red, they go.
How do we define who are we as a
Sat 23 Sept, 9.00pm, MovieTowne POS Thu 21 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Caribbean people? Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San
Screen 7, Q+A Screen 7 Fernando, Q+A
Tue 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Tue 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, UWI Film
Screen 8 Screen 8 Programme, Q+A
Tue 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San
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DE KISKEYA À HAITI: DEAR JANE DREAM DREAMSHIRE


MAIS OÙ SONT PASSÉS
NOS ARBRES?
(WHERE HAVE OUR TREES Director: John Quarrell Director: Elspeth Duncan Director: Vonley Smith
GONE? 300 YEARS OF TREE
CUTTING IN HAITI) 2016, UK 2016, T+T 2017, Barbados
Narrative Short / 13 minutes Narrative Short / 3 minutes Narrative Short / 33 minutes
Director: Delatour Mario Louis T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE
2016, Haiti
French, with English subtitles Dr. Jane Harte is a world-renowned Dream is an exhilarating film about An autocratic government uses a
Documentary Short / 52 minutes counsellor who has helped millions a world where animals run free and drug to generate a passive society
T+T PREMIERE of couples solve their marital issues. humans are at one with nature. which can dream no more. Then
On her wedding anniversary, she one man reawakens the power
A plea for a green Haiti, this film discovers her own husband has Sat 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne to dream. He joins an ex-army
raises the alarm about the effects left her. Worse, she must take in Tobago, Q+A professor to help those stuck in a
of deforestation, showing the her emotionally unbalanced sister, comatose, non-dreaming state and
complexity of the phenomenon. Rhonda. thus foil the government’s plans.
Through interviews and unpublished
archives, it exposes the impact of Fri 22 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 20 Sept, 1.00 MovieTowne POS
the timber trade during the colonial Screen 8 Screen 7
period, the American occupation Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San Thu 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San
and the Duvalier dictatorship. Fernando Fernando
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS
Fri 22 Sept, 5.00pm, UWI Film Programme Screen 8
Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Tues 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne
Screen 7 Tobago

E YOBIDA DI AYERA EL DESPERTAR DE LAS ENTRE 2 RIVES: DE


(YESTERDAY’S RAIN) HORMIGAS: NIÑEZ FÉFÉ LIMBÉ
SAINT-DOMINGUE
(THE AWAKENING OF THE ANTS:
CHILDHOOD) À POINTE-À-PITRE
Director: Armand Simon (BETWEEN 2 SHORES: FROM Director: Julien Silloray
SANTO DOMINGO TO POINTE-À-
2016, Aruba Director: Antonella Sudasassi PITRE) 2016, Guadeloupe
Narrative Short / 10 minutes 2016, Costa Rica French, with English subtitles
T+T PREMIERE Spanish, with English subtitles Narrative Short / 28 minutes
Director: Mariette Monpierre
Narrative Short /18 minutes T+T PREMIERE
2016, Guadeloupe/France
Expressing your romantic feelings to T+T PREMIERE French + Spanish, with English
the person you are secretly in love At 65, Féfé gets his heart broken for
subtitles
with is never easy. Especially when Ten-year-old Luciana speaks the first time. During his divorce, his
Documentary Short / 53 minutes
this person is your best friend. But to animals and has an special friend goes on a quest to get him
T+T PREMIERE
Monica has made her decision. This relationship with nature. During a out of the house and takes him to
will be her coming-out day. Today family trip, she has some sensations a dating agency. There they decide
The struggle of two Dominican
the sun will start to shine, and the — for the first time ever — that will to pursue Suzie, another divorcee.
women, who left everything behind
rain will belong to yesterday. transform her world and trigger her Féfé and Suzie hit it off nicely, but
- including their children, to move to
curiosity, anger, confusion, guilt and Féfé just cannot seem to get over
Guadeloupe in hope of a better life.
Wed 20 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS
fantasy. his first love.
More than ten years later, they still
Screen 8
fight every day to bring their children
Fri 22 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San
Wed 20 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS to their new home. Two women, two
Fernando Fernando
Screen 7 shores, one dream.
Sat 23 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Sat 23 Sept, 3:30pm, MovieTowne POS
Presented by the Embassy of Screen 7
Fri 22 Sept, 5.00pm, UWI Film Programme
Costa Rica Tues 26 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Screen 8
Screen 7

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FINDING DOWRY FLOWER HOMELESS 24 HOW TO KILL A FISH

Director: Shivanee Loach Director: Che Walker Director: Damien Pinder Director: Danielle Russell
2017, T+T 2017, USA 2015, Barbados 2017, Jamaica
Narrative Short / 20 minutes Narrative Short / 15 minutes Documentary Short / 7 minutes Narrative Short / 10 minutes
T+T PREMIERE CARIBBEAN PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE

This satirical film showcases the In an average day in the life of a In a social experiment, Nicholas, a Michael is cooking dinner for
development of modern habits and young sex worker, Su Ming, she young Barbadian, takes to the street Christina in an attempt to woo her.
materialistic desires. Coming from encounters various types of men, and pretends to be homeless for 24 He dices, measures, boils and even
a family with strong East Indian among them a bookish, professorial, hours. Passers-by react differently dances as he cooks. Then, about to
traditions, Mohan finds a way to use old man, a troubled and needy as he reaches out for their help. prepare the fish, he hears sounds
these customs to his own benefit, young man, and a disturbed veteran. What he finds out is heartbreaking: coming from it. He tries to convince
and unexpectedly announces that One client at a time, she is seen vagrants and the homeless need himself it’s just a fish — but can’t
he is ready to get married. struggling through the trials and more than food and shelter; they seem to bring himself to kill it.
tribulations of her dark world. need to feel human.
Sat 23 Sept, 7.00pm, UWI Film Thu 21 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Programme Fri 22 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 23 Sept, 3.45pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS, Screen 8 Screen 8 Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago
Screen 7, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San Mon 25 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando Screen 7 Fernando
Fernando, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 5.00pm, UWI Film
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne Programme
Tobago

I WISH I WERE MY GIRL-


IN FRAME INVISI-BILL IT STILL HAUNTS ME
FRIEND’S CELLPHONE

Director: Shane Lee Kit Directors: Jabari Daniel, Amrit Director: Anna-Lisa Wickham Director: Bonny Alves
2017, T+T Galbaran, Riaz Jokan + Jairam 2017, T+T 2016, Guyana
Documentary Short / 28 minutes Hanuman Narrative Short / 9 minutes Narrative Short / 33 minutes
T+T PREMIERE 2017, T+T T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE
Narrative Short / 10 minutes
Is there a film culture in Trinidad T+T PREMIERE While having a drink at a bar, a Ron becomes frustrated over
+ Tobago? In Frame looks at the young woman struggles to come his girlfriend’s fixation with her
issues affecting the local film industry Bill Aman is a 15-year-old outcast to terms with her troubled past. cellphone. While venting to his
and its members. Local filmmakers who attends Hillview College. He Her childhood memories are not as friends, he wishes she could give
speak out about the issues they is socially invisible and craves the deeply buried as she thought they him the same courtesy. When
face, such as developing film within attention of others in order to feel a were. Her tough exterior dissolves his wish is granted, he gains her
a post-colonial society, overcoming sense of purpose. One day, in the and she is forced to come face to attention and the rest becomes
stereotypes, and addressing the lack woods, he is bitten by an invisible face with herself. history.
of infrastructure to make viable films. space bug and literally becomes
invisible. With this new power, Bill Fri 22 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Fri 22 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, UWI Film has the ability to seek vengeance. Screen 8, Q+A Screen 8
Programme, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San
Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, UWI Film Fernando Fernando
Programme, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 7.00pm UWI Film
Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS Programme, Q+A
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JESS JUST CHEER UP KAFOU (CROSSROAD) MEN ARE DOGS

Director: Aaron Caruth Director: Sinead Hamel-Smith Director: Bruno Mourral Director: Steve Hernandez
2017, T+T 2017, T+T 2016, Haiti 2017, T+T
Narrative Short / 26 minutes Documentary Short / 19 minutes French, with English subtitles Narrative Short / 21 minutes
T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE Narrative Short / 51 minutes T+T PREMIERE
T+T PREMIERE
Jessica and David’s marriage is The issue of mental illness in Why do local, uniformed men
in troubled waters after David’s Trinidad + Tobago has often been Amateurs Doc and Zoe, hired “horn” their wives and girlfriends?
infidelity. The existence of his lover swept under the rug. Just Cheer by a company that specialises in Men Are Dogs explores the
isn’t something that Jessica is Up is a documentary that highlights kidnapping, have to pick up and infidelity of military men in T+T.
about to roll over and take. With that fact and how mental illness deliver a car. Their job has three Though these servicemen take a
a daughter caught in the middle, affects those suffering from it. This rules: never stop the car or open serious tongue-lashing, the film
Jessica and David struggle with the film serves to raise awareness, the window or the trunk. But Zoe, levels the playing field.
possibility of saving their marriage or educate and motivate the country to curious, opens the trunk — to
losing it all. face this taboo topic. discover the man inside is his uncle. Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS,
Screen 7, Q+A
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, UWI Film Wed 20 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San
Screen 7, Q+A Programme, Q+A Fernando Fernando
Sun 24 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Thu 21 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne
Tobago Screen 8 Tobago
Sat 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne
Tobago

MERMAIDS METIVER IN PARAMIN NANNAN; Alternative art NARIVA: An Under-


explorations #Martinique Recognised Treasure

Director: Vonley Smith Director: Dylan Quesnel Directors: Aymeric Cattenoz, Director: Akilah Stewart
2016, Barbados 2017, T+T Christian Foret 2017, T+T
Narrative Short / 12 minutes Documentary Short / 9 minutes 2017, Martinique Documentary Short / 10 minutes
T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE French, with English subtitles T+T PREMIERE
Documentary Feature / 60 minutes
A fisherman refuses to give up on In the hillside agricultural village T+T PREMIERE Wetlands — water combined
the depleted fishing industry on of Paramin, farmers suffer great with a diverse group of ecological
his island. In his quest, he finds loss of topsoil and property owing Nannan is a travel diary taking you landscapes — are important
a mermaid washed up on shore to erosion and slippage. This through Martinique, at the heart because they provide a range
amongst the seaweed. Later, he documentary captures the return of the process of creation, and of benefits to people and the
wakes up looking to find her. Was it to Paramin of “metiver” — an featuring several artists working on environment. However, few people
a dream, or has hope finally come to invaluable plant to a hillside farming contemporary projects in dance, the realise just how many benefits they
the dystopian island? community, which was lost over the visual arts, and music. provide. This film ventures into a
generations because of the overuse swamp to take a closer look.
Thu 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne of weedicides. Fri 22 Sept, 2.30pm UWI Film
Tobago Programme, Q+A Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Thurs 21 Sep, 8:30pm, MovieTowne San Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Mon 25 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Screen 7, Q+A
Fernando Screen 7, Q+A Screen 7, Q+A Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San
Fri 22 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando
Screen 8 Fernando Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago
Tobago

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PADDLIN’ SPIRIT: PIEROTT NOIR ...


ONE IN A PORTRAIT OF THE PADLOCK A GOTHIC TROUSSEAU
ARTIST LAURA FACEY OF TRINIDAD + TOBAGO
Director: Vasha Narace Director: Ben Hyland
Director: Amanda Sans 2016, UK Director: Christopher Pinheiro
2016, T+T/USA
2016, Jamaica Narrative Short / 18 minutes 2017, T+T
Narrative Short / 15 minutes
Documentary Short / 26 minutes CARIBBEAN PREMIERE Documentary Short / 16 minutes
CARIBBEAN PREMIERE
T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE
All Kassie really wants for her Matt is trapped in a claustrophobic
The controversial Jamaican artist and manipulative situation. He This film celebrates the architectural
birthday is a lock for her bedroom
Laura Facey explores the stares at the padlocked cabinet in and cultural heritage of Trinidad
door. Instead, she gets an Elsa
indescribable cruelty of slavery, but his bathroom, the contents of which + Tobago, commemorating some
dress from Frozen and a pearl
also the resilient nature of humanity. remain a mystery. His fears and highlights of the country’s history.
necklace. She throws a tantrum, but
is unable to tell her father the reason Loved and hated equally in Jamaica, uncertainties are revealed one night
Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS
for her wish, leading him to believe mainly because of the explicitness when Julie, his partner, turns the
Screen 7, Q+A
that she wants to talk to boys in of her work, Facey denounces the key, unlocking the truth behind their
Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne San
private. abuse of women and uses her art relationship.
Fernando
as therapy to overcome traumas.
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne
Thu 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Fri 22 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Tobago
Screen 8 Wed 20 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8
Tue 26 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San
Screen 7 Fri 22 Sept, 2.30pm, UWI Film Programme Fernando
Sat 23 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne San
Fernando
Mon 25 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS,
Screen 7

PIMENTO + HOT PEPPER RAINDROPS ON


PROTEST RAPATRIATION
The Mento Story MY HEAD

Director: Rick Elgood Director: Seon Thompson Director: Ayesha Jordan Director: Jonathan Drumeaux
2016, Jamaica 2016, T+T 2017, T+T Drums
Documentary Short / 58 minutes Narrative Short / 3 minutes Narrative Short / 9 minutes 2017, Guadeloupe No Dialogue
T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE Narrative Short / 1 minute
T+T PREMIERE
In Jamaica, before there was This marriage between the creative Raindrops on my Head follows a
ska, reggae and dancehall, there forms of animation and spoken young boy as he struggles through He was supposed to leave home
was mento. This is the history of word tells the story of protesting. trials and hardship, facing the world …and never return. He thought he
Jamaica’s first popular music, which It is seen through the eyes of an alone, in the hope of a good day was courageous to travel far from
peaked along with the worldwide unsuspecting Trini, and reflects to come. Faith, hope and love are his island. But let him tell you the
popularity of Trinidadian calypso the cultural nuances of Trinidad + said to be connected, so if you love odyssey of his return. Now it will
in the 1950s. Stylistically unique, Tobago. Now this is protest! something, you will have faith in it. be all right, for whatever it is …he’s
mento is the original sound of there!
Jamaica and is still played across Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS
the island. Screen 7, Q+A Screen 7 Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne San Fernando
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS, Fernando Fernando, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 3:30pm, MovieTowne POS
Screen 8, Q+A Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne Screen 7
Tobago Tobago Tues 26 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Presentation by Ray Funk “Mento and Screen 8
Calypso”.

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ROOTS | ROUTES SALTY DOG SCARLETT-ANGELINA SEE YOU YESTERDAY

Director: Kia Redman Director: Oliver Milne Director: Lorette Bayle Director: Stefon Bristol
2017, Barbados No Dialogue 2017, T+T 2017, USA 2017, USA
Narrative Short / 11 minutes Narrative Short / 26 minutes Narrative Short / 10 minutes Narrative Short / 17 minutes
T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE

Stuart Hall said, “If you think of When the rug is pulled from under Never underestimate a little girl Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies,
culture always as a return to roots his feet, a savvy old salt must with good manners. Scarlett- CJ Walker and Sebastian Thomas,
— R-O-O-T-S — you’re missing the navigate the stormy waters of his Angelina, the pampered daughter are determined to outwit fate and
point. I think of culture as routes — relationship with his estranged of wealthy parents, takes it in her build a makeshift time machine
R-O-U-T-E-S — the various routes son. As tensions flare between the stride when she is kidnapped by to save CJ’s brother, Calvin, from
by which people travel, culture two, the son checks out retirement Ralph, who poses as the family’s being wrongfully killed by the police.
travels, culture moves, culture homes for his father. chauffeur. When his plans don’t go When these heroes first witness
develops, culture changes, cultures as he had envisioned, Ralph finds the death of Calvin, they jump back
migrate, etc.” Roots | Routes is a Thu 21 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS out - a little too late, the reason for in time to save him, but only to fail.
series of animated shorts detailing Screen 7, Q+A her attitude. Determined to save his life, they risk
different aspects of the Barbadian Sun 24 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS their lives and try again ...and again.
experience. Screen 8, Q+A Tue 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS
Mon 25 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Screen 7 Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Sat 23 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS Tobago Screen 8
Screen 8 Mon 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne
Tobago
Tue 26 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San
Fernando

SELF SÈPTANT LANNÉ SHORT DROP SNAPSHOT KINGSTON


ANSANM (SEVENTY
YEARS TOGETHER)
Directors: C’drick Fremont + Director: Maya Cozier Director: David Johnson
Lucas Sousseing 2017, T+T / US 2016, Jamaica
Director: Cassandra Joseph
2017, Guadeloupe Narrative Short / 28 minutes Narrative Short / 4 minutes
2017, T+T
French, with English subtitles T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE
English + Creole Patois
Narrative Short / 8 minutes
Documentary Short / 14 minutes
T+T PREMIERE Bartholomew, a retired civil servant, Kaleb plans to take his girlfriend
WORLD PREMIERE
takes a drive downtown, where to some of the best places around
A young man is trying to determine Shanice mistakes his car for a taxi. Kingston, Jamaica. When you are
Pin and Norma are a nostalgic,
who he is. He wonders why he Along the way, they encounter a with the right person, you tend to
bilingual couple, celebrating 70
is always sad. Why can’t he be wide range of Trinidadian characters, see and appreciate the beauty
years of marriage. This is a golden
happy? He becomes lost in his from cross-dresser Hott Pepper to around you even more. He plans to
moment for the couple as they
own mind and begins to wander in a gang member Tan Tan. It becomes ask her a question that may change
go down memory lane, sharing
dream, which feels truer than reality. a long day of reckoning with her life and perspective forever.
their journey of love, trust and
He is followed by a shadow. Will he memories, friendships, and
partnership.
be able to face the truth? revelations. Thu 21 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7
Thu 21 Sept, 8.45pm, MovieTowne POS Wed 20 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fri 22 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago
Screen 7, Q+A
Screen 8 Fernando Sat 23 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San
Mon 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Fri 22 Sept, 3.30pm , MovieTowne POS Fernando
Fernando
Screen 8 Screen 7, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 5.00pm, UWI Film
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne
Tobago Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne San Programme
Fernando
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

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TEMPLE IN
SORF HAIR TALENT INC. THE BOOK OF JASMINE
THE SEA

Director: Shari Petti Director: Taromi Lourdes Joseph Director: Kevin Bhall
2016, T+T 2017, T+T Director: Melanie Grant
2017, T+T
Narrative Short / 10 minutes Narrative Short / 15 minutes 2017, Barbados
Documentary Short / 24 minutes
T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE Narrative Short / 14 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE
T+T PREMIERE
From discrimination to lost Network mogul Ms. O decides to A chronicle of the life and
move back to her native country. In contribution of Siewdass Sadhu, Jasmine is a young Spiritual Baptist
opportunities, attitudes can take
Triniwood, she comes into contact an indentured labourer, who is who must choose between her
a toll on “naturals” – people with
with many unique characters, all of regarded as a legend for building faith and her sexuality. As she
kinky/curly hair – around the globe.
who want to make it into the big the Temple in the Sea at Waterloo, undergoes the mourning ritual to
Sorf Hair explores the natural-hair
league. Day in and day out, she is Carapichaima. The story is told seek guidance to suppress her
experience in T+T as people from
confronted with many issues in both through the eyes of a young girl desires for the woman she loves,
all walks of life and with different
her personal and professional life. coming to terms with her heritage she is taken on a spiritual journey
hair textures reveal their stories and
and identity. on which she finds the answer she
challenges.
has been looking for.
Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS
Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, UWI Film Screen 7, Q+A Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm MovieTowne POS
Tue 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San
Programme, Q+A Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Screen 7, Q+A
Fernando
Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS Fernando, Q+A Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm MovieTowne San
Tue 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne
Screen 7, Q+A Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Fernando
Tobago
Sun 24 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne San Tobago Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm MovieTowne
Fernando Tobago
Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne
Tobago

THE KNOT THE WEEKEND TIME TO DIE TO BE AN ALL STAR

Director: Davina Lee Director: Sean Hodgkinson Director: Joel Joseph Director: Mario Faggion
2017, St Lucia 2017, T+T 2017, T+T 2017, T+T
Narrative Short / 15 minutes Narrative Short / 30 minutes Narrative Short / 10 minutes Documentary Short / 20 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE

In this magical realism film, Gina and Filmmaker Gregg Pinto invites his Newly recruited by law-enforcement Trinidad + Tobago is more than a
Gerald secretly cast love spells on closest friends to a villa on Trinidad’s authorities, Jason is assigned to people, place and culture. It is an
each other without the other one north coast for a memorable protect Hailee, the daughter of a inexplicable energy. To Be An All Star
knowing. Both are now unhappy, weekend commemorating his prominent, politically exposed person is the fortuitous story of possibly the
but unable to leave the relationship milestone fortieth birthday. In (PEP). Unaware of a lethal scheme, biggest moment in the 2017 Trinidad
because they are tied together by a house filled with clashing he obstructs a plan to kidnap Hailee + Tobago Carnival. The documentary
the magic they have created. They personalities, lies and deceptions, and put her in a safe house — and captures and shares the moments
must find a way to reverse what they what could possibly go wrong? finds himself in a life-threatening of the extraordinary energy of the
have done. situation. festivities when the Massy Trinidad All
Wed 20 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Stars steelband wins the Big Band
Wed 20 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A Sat 23 Sept, 7.00pm, UWI Film Panorama finals.
Screen 7 Thur 21 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Programme, Q+A
Tue 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Tobago Sun 24 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne, San Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm MovieTowne POS
Screen 7 Sun 24 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San Fernando, Q+A Screen 7, Q+A
Fernando Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm MovieTowne San
Sun 24 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7, Q+A Fernando
Screen 7, Q+A Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm MovieTowne
Tobago Tobago

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TOURMENTS UN DESISHON
TO BE A RENEGADE UNBOUND
D’AMOUR (ONE DECISION)

Director: James O’Connor Director: Caroline Jules Director: David Johnson Director: Chantal Anthonia
2017, T+T 2017, Guadeloupe/France 2017, Jamaica 2017, Netherlands Antilles
Documentary Short / 45 minutes French, with English subtitles Narrative Short / 30 minutes Dutch, with English subtitles
WORLD PREMIERE Narrative Short / 54 minutes T+T PREMIERE Narrative Short / 3 minutes
T+T PREMIERE WORLD PREMIERE
A pore-raising look at the past, This film highlights the issues of
present and future of the BP Two sisters go to sort out human trafficking, sex tourism and A young man is unable to cope with
Renegades Steel Orchestra. their deceased grandmother’s revenge/murder though the stories the pressures in both his personal
Touching on the violent beginnings belongings. When Vanessa learns of three different characters, each and professional life. He makes
of pan, through the era of change, that Myriam has invited their bound in their own way. Whether a series of bad decisions and
to its present state as a positive father, it is too late to leave, and man, woman or child, anyone can consequently pushes everybody
influence on the community confrontation is inevitable. Facing be affected by these issues, but a away from him. After consuming a
and steelbands as international their distant father, Myriam tries to way must be found to free oneself large amount of alcohol, he jumps
ambassadors, this film seeks to hide her wounds behind a mask from victimhood. Trauma does not into his car and is ready to reverse
provide a sense of what it really of perfection; Vanessa chooses need to define who someone is. his actions and start doing the right
means To Be A Renegade. cynicism and provocation. thing.
Fri 22 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago
Fri 22 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 23 Sept, 1.15pm, MovieTowne POS Fri 22 Sept, 10.15pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 23 Sept, 6.30pm, MovieTowne POS
Screen 8, Q+A Screen 8 Screen 8 Screen 7
Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago Mon 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS Sat 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne San
Mon 25 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne San Screen 7 Fernando
Fernando Mon 25 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne
Tobago

VISIBLY ME WE LOVE MOSES WETLANDS AND US WILDFLOWER

Director: Nicola Cross Director: Dionne Edwards Director: Omodara Mills Directors: Kerry-Lyn Coppin +
2017, T+T 2016, UK 2017, T+T Allison Philips
Documentary Short / 11 minutes Narrative Short / 15 minutes Documentary Short / 25 minutes 2017, Barbados
WORLD PREMIERE CARIBBEAN PREMIERE T+T PREMIERE Narrative Short / 16 minutes
T+T PREMIERE
Visibly Me tells the story of a When Ella was twelve, she had her Wetlands and Us is an educational
47-year-old woman with no partner first fight. At the same age, she also documentary on the importance Twenty-two-year-old Rorie Burgess
and no children who finds herself discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella of wetlands in Tobago and what goes on a mental journey to help
invisible and feels she has no reflects on how her obsession with their presence means for the cope with her feelings toward her
choice but to find the antidote. her brother Michael’s gorgeous best island and the world. The negative father, who was never a part of her
This is a film about memory and friend Moses left her with a secret impact of human activity on these life, though she had always longed
perspective where the director’s that she still carries. Is she the only systems is highlighted, along with an for a relationship with him. After the
deeply personal reflections resonate one who loves Moses? examination of what is being done death of her paternal grandmother,
with those of us who have found and what still needs to be done to she discovers a bag of letters that
ourselves invisible at some point in Wed 20 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS help preserve these habitats for she wrote to him over the years, all
our lives. Screen 7 future generations. unopened.
Tue 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne
Sat 23 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 7 Sat 23 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Thu 21 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Screen 8 Tobago, Q+A Screen 8
Sun 24 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Mon 25 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San
Fernando Tobago, Q+A Fernando
Mon 25 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS
Tobago Screen 7

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JAFTA PROPELLA 2017


New Shorts from Jamaica
60 minutes / WORLD PREMIERE

Sat 23 Sept, 6.30pm, MovieTowne POS Screen 8, Q+A


Tue 26 Sept, 6.00pm, MovieTowne San Fernando
Tue 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago

YO SOY DE ALLÁ FEVER DREAM Director: Nile Saulter


WITHER A solitary scrap-metal collector must navigate his way back to the path
(I WAS BORN THERE)
of promise after disaster strikes. Meanwhile, he’s plagued by dreams of a
beautiful life once lived, or yet to come.
Director: Chenelle Spooner Director: Andrés Madrigal +
2017, T+T No Dialogue Nacho Rodriguez THIS CITY OF MINE Director: Danielle Russell
Narrative Short / 12 minutes 2016, Costa Rica Spanish + It is the first day of a brand-new job for Julia Aitken, a young university
WORLD PREMIERE Boruca, with English subtitles graduate. She is on her own in Kingston, and determined to be the
Documentary Short / 18 minutes independent woman that her parents don’t believe she can be. Julia decides
Wither presents a Caribbean T+T PREMIERE to use the affordable public transportation system to get to work, but on
woman’s desire for love and the way, she encounters a few people and situations for which she was not
prepared, all while trying to make it to work on time.
stability. Melissa becomes Yanory is a young, indigenous
obsessed with the idea of marriage woman from the rural, undeveloped
CODE Director: Sarah Manley
and her fantasy lover. Dressed in a area of Boruca, who also studies
Code is about the struggle between the old ways of Rastafari livity and new,
bride’s gown, she is driven to fulfil economics and anthropology in the modern technology. It is also about a boy who defies a father he loves and
her desire. Will her fate be met or city. She tells how she reconciles respects to prove his manhood.
will she face a harsh reality? her double life.
MANGO WARS Director: Kyle Chin
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne POS Sun 24 Sept, 6.15pm, MovieTowne Mr. Brown struggles to defend his large mango tree from the constant raids
Screen 7, Q+A Screen 8 of passersby, neighbours and a particular set of clever thieves.
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne San
Fernando Presented by the Embassy of ONE PATTY Director: Eugene Williams
Sun 24 Sept, 1.00pm, MovieTowne Costa Rica An impatient young man enters a patty shop. All he wants is one patty. But
Tobago the colourful patrons in the line all unknowingly hamper his efforts at getting
his one patty. His impatience causes him to make rash decisions and he
learns a valuable life lesson – the hard way.

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experimental film

FRI 22 SEPT, 2.30PM, UWI FILM PROGRAMME, Q+A


MON 25 SEPT, 1.00PM, MOVIETOWNE POS, Q+A

BEARINGS
Experimental films

This experimental film package is the result of an open call for submissions
on the theme Bearings. It invited multi-disciplinary artists to submit
explorations and presentations of identity, globalisation, placement/
displacement, migration, contemporary politics and belonging.

Ranging from overt activist political commentary to social and personal


interrogations and interventions, the works presented are often very
different from conventional forms of filmmaking and visual presentations.
Guests and installations at 2016 New Media Food for Weapons.

CHAOTIC BEAUTY AFTER LA MONTE YOUNG CATHEDRAL REFORGET


2016 Jamaica | 2:25 mins 2017 Dominica | 1:50 mins 2017 T+T | 1:34 mins 2017 Barbados | 5:25 mins
Director: Di-Andre Caprice Davis Director: Sandra Vivas Director: Juliette Mc Cawley Director: Vonley Smith

Chaotic Beauty seeks to compare This experimental film is inspired A woman’s spiritual journey leads A barbadian Arist goes on an
and contrast the ways in which by a score by the avant-garde her away from traditional religion inner cerebral journey through
the human brain perceives, composer La Monte Young, Draw to find her bearings and peace in a his memories where he tries to
processes and interprets visual a Straight Line and Follow It. It different kind of church. remember his identity while talking
imagery gathered from everyday poetically reflects the struggle to himself using “fling” (a bajan rap
experiences, with imagery that is of being a conceptual artist on a flow) to help free his mind from the
generated solely through the use of remote island in the Caribbean. shackles of social conditioning and
digital technology. reclaim his individuality.

AFLOAT A DRESS TO THE NATION XEROX ISLAND UNCERTAINTY AND FAILURE


2017 USA | 6:43 mins 2017 T+T | 1:00 min 2017 T+T | 0:021 secs (looped) (Incertidumbre y Fracaso)
Director: Devon Narine Singh Director: Richard Mark Rawlins Director: Alex Kelly 2017 T+T, Venezuela, Scotland
8:18 mins
A personal journey through OCD A Dress to the Nation, is commentary The work considers the quality Directors: Luis Vasquez La
and memory as told by the water on our existence in this post colonial of thought and education and Roche, Joanna Helfer
cycle. island. We are orphaned children examines their deterioration over
being handed over (along with the time in a cycle devoid of innovation. This work represents an attempt
problems of our poor parenting), Everything is a copy of a copy of by the artists to explore their
every five years to a new parent. We a copy. experience of a transnational
are promised a better tomorrow. encounter, and is composed by
Yeah. Right ...wait for that. their interests in language, sound,
video, memory and ritual.

JURY + PRIZE:
The submission that best captures the theme will be awarded the ttff/17
Experimental Film award valued at $5,000.

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women in film

THE POWER OF WOMEN IN FILM UN Women, the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, UWI, and ttff,
Sponsored by UN Women present a day of panels and presentations on the Power of Women in Film.
Friday 22 Sept 9.00am–4.00pm Speakers from across the region will explore depictions of women and girls
Registration from 8.00am and how filmmakers can, and do, address issues of gender inequality and
Hyatt Regency Hotel female empowerment, through film.

Participants must register in advance. Admission free.

FEMINIST CINEMA
Three days of films by or about women that present stories from
a female point of view, highlighting political, economic or cultural
discourse about women’s lives and critiquing the power structures
holding gender inequality in place. The free screenings will be
followed by facilitated discussions.

Friday 22 Sept 10.30am, MovieTowne POS Saturday 23 Sept 7.00pm, Hyatt Regency Trinidad
3 BELLEZAS (3 BEAUTIES) CHOCÓ
Carlos Caridad-Montero / 2014 / Venezuela / 97 minutes/ 16+ Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza / 2012 / Colombia / 80 minutes / 18+
Objectification + representation of women Violence against women + girls

Perla’s obsession with having a beauty queen in the family instigates rivalry Chocó, who lives with her abusive husband and their children, is strapped
between her two daughters – for her affection and for the crown, in this for cash and desperate to buy a cake for her daughter’s birthday. The
dark comedy with a satirical message about the value placed on women’s village shopkeeper is more than willing to provide it – but at what price? A
bodies, perpetuated by a beauty industry intent on serving its own ends. hymn to female resilience and endurance in the face of societal violence.

Friday 22 Sept, 7.00pm, Hyatt Regency Trinidad


Sunday 24 Sept 6.30pm, Hyatt Regency Trinidad
MUSTANG
RAIN
Deniz Gamze Ergüven / 2015 / France + Turkey / 94 minutes / 18+
Maria Govan / 2008 / The Bahamas / 93 minutes / 14+
Gender inequality
Female Empowerment
When five sisters in a small village in Turkey stop to play innocently
Fourteen-year-old Rain had always dreamed of uniting with her estranged
with some boys on their way home from school, their uncle is outraged.
mother, but her dreams don’t match her reality. Her mother, a prostitute
Suddenly, home is transformed into a prison; school is banned, and
and drug addict, forces Rain to search deep within herself for the strength
marriages start being arranged. It will take all their female ingenuity to
to find her own place in the world.
overcome these constraints.

Saturday 23 Sept 5.00pm, Hyatt Regency Trinidad Sunday 24 Sept 8.30pm, Hyatt Regency Trinidad
LA MATAMOROS IXCANUL
Delfina Vidal / 2017 / Panama / 60 minutes / PG / Q+A Jayro Bustamante / 2015 / Guatemala + France / 93 minutes / 16+
Female Empowerment Gender inequality

A factory seamstress in the 1940s, she became a unionist and interna- María, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, dreams of going to the big city. An
tional activist, fighting for the rights of women, workers and her country- indigenous woman, trapped by an imminent arranged marriage, she has
men. The fearless Marta Matamoros couldn’t be bribed or intimidated, no opportunity to change her destiny. Then, in a life-threatening twist, she
despite being imprisoned numerous times. Her former sisters-in-arms is forced to go to the city, at great cost.
recount her inspiring life with love and admiration.

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ttff’s Caribbean Film Database (CFDb) is poised to be the largest


single source of information on films produced in and about the
Caribbean- specifically the insular Caribbean plus Belize, Guyana,
Suriname and French Guiana.

The definitive authority on Caribbean film for researchers, distributors,


academics, film lovers:

• Independent made in and about the Caribbean after 2000


• Information on more than 600 films from the English, Dutch,
French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean
• Classic Caribbean films section
• No subscription or registration required

The CFDb an initiative of the trinidad+tobago film festival 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 in Cuba and the Festival Régional et International
du Cinéma de Guadeloupe.

Phase 1 of the CFDb was funded by the Cultures+ Programme, funded


by the European Union (European Development Fund) and implemented
by the ACP Group of States.

For more information visit

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a look back at 2016

Sharing a sound bite at one of the pre-festival limes. Part of a session at the RBC Focus: Filmmaker’s Immersion.

Lead actors from Play the Devil at the Opening Night red carpet.

Caribbean Film Mart one on one meetings with filmmakers.

Tenille Newallo sharing a moment at The Cultass launch at MovieTowne. Part of the audience at the Awards Ceremony.

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time venue wednesday 20 sept thursday 21 sept friday 22 sept

MOVIETOWNE POS
10.30 am Adama 85' Jeffrey 78' 3 Beauties 93’
SCREEN 7

A Broken Appt 2' + Snapshot


MOVIETOWNE POS Dreamshire 33' + Yo Soy Un Politico Chocolate 11' + Nadie Nos Mira
1.00 pm (I Am A Politician) 90'
Kingston 4' + How To Kill A Fish 10'
(Nobody's Watching) 102'
SCREEN 7 + Shashamane 80'

MOVIETOWNE POS The Knot 15' + Santa and Andres Carl's Present 17' + Bad Lucky Goat Short Drop 29' + Q+A + El Hombre
3.30 pm 105' 76' Que Cuida (The Watchman) 85' + Q+A
SCREEN 7

El Despertar De Las Hormigas


MOVIETOWNE POS Salty Dog 28' + Q+A + King Of 6:30pm Babe I Hate To Go 19' + I Am
6.00 pm (Awakening Of The Ants) 18' +
Peking 88' Not Your Negro 95'
SCREEN 7 Journey (Viaje) 76'

Con Sana Alegría (With Wholesome


MOVIETOWNE POS We Love Moses 15' + The Violin 9:00pm Charcoal 5' + Children Of The
8.30 pm Teacher 102'
Joy) 18' + Ultimos Días En La
Mountain 100' + Q+A
SCREEN 7 Habana (Last Days In Havana) 93'

MOVIETOWNE POS
10.30 am The Tempest 94' Reinbou (Rainbow) 100' Angélica 95'
SCREEN 8

It Still Haunts Me 9' + Q+A + Dear


MOVIETOWNE POS Paddlin' Spirit 30' + Sound of Silence Jane 15' + Flower 15' + Padlock
1.00 pm 87'
Wildflower 15' + Keyla 90'
18' + I Wish I Were My Girlfriend's
SCREEN 8
Cellphone 32'

MOVIETOWNE POS E Yobida Di Ayera (Yesterday’s Rain) Kafou (Crossroad) 48' + Kingston Mermaids 15' + Enamorándome De
3.30 pm 10' + Extra Terrestres 113' Crossroads 72' Abril (Romancing April) 92'
SCREEN 8

MOVIETOWNE POS See You Yesterday 17' + Melocotones


6.00 pm Lipstick Under My Burkha 117' One In 15' + Angélica 95' + Q+A
(Peaches) 87' + Q+A
SCREEN 8

MOVIETOWNE POS The Weekend 30' + Q+A + The Lies 8.30pm To Be A Renegade 45' + Q+A
8.30 pm We Tell 90' + Q+A
8.45pm Self 5' + Neruda 107'
Sponsored by BPTT
SCREEN 8

MOVIETOWNE POS 10:15pm Unbound 30’ + Vientos De


10.00 pm Havana (Winds of Havana) 95’
SCREEN 8

MOVIETOWNE
10.30 am The Tempest 94' Jeffrey 78' Adama 85'
SAN FERNANDO

MOVIETOWNE
1.00 pm SAN FERNANDO

MOVIETOWNE Kafou (Crossroad) 48' + Kingston Class 15 13' + Reinbou (Rainbow) E Yobida Di Ayera (Yesterday’s Rain)
3.30 pm SAN FERNANDO Crossroads 72' 100' 10' + Extra Terrestres 113'

Rapatriation 2' + Féfé Limbé 28' +


MOVIETOWNE Short Drop 29' + El Hombre Que Mermaids 15' + Enamorándome de
6.00 pm Le Gang Des Antillais (Gang of the
SAN FERNANDO Cuida (The Watchman) 85' Abril (Romancing April) 92'
French Caribbean)

MOVIETOWNE Charcoal 5' + Children Of The


8.30 pm Lipstick Under My Burkha 117' Big Fish 15' + Cargo 105'
SAN FERNANDO Mountain 100'

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saturday 23 sept sunday 24 sept monday 25 sept tuesday 26 sept

11.00am Invisi-Bill 9' + Pierott Noir 10' +


11.00am Carl's Present 17' + Bad Lucky 11.00am Paddlin' Spirit 30' + Sound of
Raindrops On My Head 9' + Talent Inc. Romeo and Juliet 117’
Goat 76' Silence 87'
10' + Sorf Hair 24' + Men Are Dogs 21'

Protest 3' + Wither 12' + Metiver In


Paramin 9' + Sèptant Lanné Ansamn
Entre 2 Rives (Between 2 Shores) 60'
(70 Years Together) 13' + Birdsong 11' Bearings 30' + Q+A + Nannan 60' +
+ De Kiskeya (Where Have Our Trees One In 15' + Angelica 95'
+ Nariva 10' + Temple In The Sea 11' + Q+A
Gone?) 58'
Wetlands and Us 25' + To Be An All Star
20' + Q+As

Rapatriation 2' + Féfé Limbé 28' +


Finding Dowry 20' + Jess 25' + Back To Tourments D’Amour (Torments of Love)
Le Gang Des Antillais (Gang of the Scarlett Angelina 10' + Jeffrey 78'
Freeport 60' + Q+As 48’ + El Techo (On The Roof) 75’
French Caribbean) 90' + Q+A

6:30pm One Decision 3' + Cargo 105' A Dark Horror 10' + Time To Die 10' + We Love Moses 15' + The Violin Teacher
Adero 13' + La Soledad (Desolation) 90'
+ Q+A Quick Pick 90' + Q+As 102'

Come Out Come Out 12' + Q+A + The Weekend 30' + The Lies We Tell 60'
Homeless 24 7' + Félicité 123' The Knot 15' + Santa and Andres 105'
Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) 108' + Q+As

11.00am Roots 10' + A Caribbean 11.00am Class 15 13' + Reinbou 11.00am Mermaids 15' + Panama
Adama 85'
Dream 82' + Q+A (Rainbow) 100' Dreams 75'

1.15pm Tourments D’Amour (Torments Pimento and Hot Pepper 60' + Q+A Rapatriation 2' + Féfé Limbé 28' + Le
of Love) 48' + El Techo (On The Roof) + Ray Funk Presentation "Mento and Carl's Present 17' + Bad Lucky Goat 76' Gang Des Antillais (Gang of the French
75' + Q+A Calypso" Caribbean) 90'

Con Sana Alegría (With Wholesome Joy)


Dreamshire 33' + Yo Soy Un Politico (I
3.45pm Homeless 24 7' + Félicité 123' Self 5' + Neruda 105' 18' + Ultimos Días En La Habana (Last
Am A Politician) 90' + Q+A
Days In Havana) 93'

6.15pm Yo Soy De Allá (I Was Born


Babe I Hate To Go 19' + I Am Not Your Chocolate 11' + Nadie Nos Mira
6.30pm Jafta Propella 2017 60’ +Q+A There) 18' + Entonces Nosotros (About
Negro 95' (Nobody's Watching) 102'
Us) 76' + Q+A

Visibly Me 11' + Moko Jumbie 94' + Salty Dog 28' + Q+A + King Of Peking Come Out Come Out 12' + Carpinteros
Lipstick Under My Burkha 117'
Q+A 88' (Woodpeckers) 108'

11.00am Pierott Noir 10' + Raindrops


11.00am Paddlin' Spirit 30' + Sound of 11.00am Carl's Present 17' + Bad Lucky
On My Head 9' + To Be An All Star 20' + Romeo and Juliet 117’
Silence 87' Goat 76'
Sorf Hair 24' + Short Drop 29'

Protest 3' + Wither 12' + Metiver In


It Still Haunts Me 9' + Dear Jane 15' Paramin 9' + Sèptant Lanné Ansamn
+ Flower 15' + Padlock 18' + I Wish I (70 Years Together) 13' + Birdsong 11' Wildflower 15' + Keyla 90'
Were My Girlfriend's Cellphone 32' + Nariva 10' + Temple In The Sea 11'+
Dancing On The Edge 20' + Q+As

A Broken Appt 2' + Snapshot Men Are Dogs 20' + Time To Die 10' +
See You Yesterday 17' + Melocotones
Kingston 4’ + How To Kill A Fish 10' + Talent Inc 10' + Finding Dowry 20' + To Be A Renegade 45'
(Peaches) 80'
Shashamane 80' Back To Freeport 60' + Q+As

Adero 13' + La Soledad (Desolation) Visibly Me 11' + Moko Jumbie 94' + The Book of Jasmine 14' + Jafta
Green Days By The River 100' + Q+A
90' Q+A Propella 2017 60'

Con Sana Alegría (With Wholesome Joy)


Unbound 30' + Vientos De Havana Babe I Hate To Go 19' + I Am Not Your
The Weekend 30' + The Lies We Tell 90' 18' + Ultimos Días En La Habana (Last
(Winds of Havana) 95' Negro 95'
Days In Havana) 93'

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time venue wednesday 20 sept thursday 21 sept friday 22 sept

Centerstitch 10' + Q+A + Reinbou


11.00 am MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO (Rainbow) 100'
Angélica 95' The Tempest 94'

1.00 pm MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO

3.30 pm MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO

A Broken Appt 2' + Snapshot


Carl's Present 17' + Bad Lucky Goat Mermaids 15' + Enamorándome de
6.00 pm MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO 76' Abril (Romancing April) 92'
Kingston 4' + How To Kill A Fish 10'
+ Shashamane 80'

The Weekend 30' + The Lies We Unbound 30' + Vientos De Habana


8.30 pm MOVIETOWNE TOBAGO Big Fish 15' + Cargo 105'
Tell 90' (Winds Of Havana) 95'

HYATT REGENCY
3.30 pm
TRINIDAD

HYATT REGENCY
5.00 pm
TRINIDAD

HYATT REGENCY
7.00 pm Mustang 94'
TRINIDAD

12.00 pm UWI - FILM PROGRAMME Big Fish 15' + Panama Dreams 75'

1.00 pm UWI - FILM PROGRAMME La Matamoros 60' + Q+A

Bearings 15' + Paddlin' Spirit 30'


2.30 pm UWI - FILM PROGRAMME + Nannan 60' + Q+As

Entre 2 Rives (Between 2 Shores)


5.00 pm UWI - FILM PROGRAMME 60' + De Kiskeya (Where Have Our
Trees Gone) 58'

7.30pm Babe I Hate To Go 19’ + I Am


7.00 pm UWI - FILM PROGRAMME Not Your Negro 95’

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saturday 23 sept sunday 24 sept monday 25 sept tuesday 26 sept

Romeo and Juliet 117’

Protest 3' + Metiver In Paramin 9' +


Sèptant Lanné Ansamn (70 Years
Wetlands and Us 25' + Q+A + To Be
Together) 13’ + Nariva 10' + Temple In Salty Dog 25' + Sound of Silence 87'
A Renegade 45'
The Sea 11' + Birdsong 12' + Wetlands
and Us 25' + Q+A

Pierott Noir 10' + Raindrops On My


Kafou (Crossroad) 48' + Kingston See You Yesterday 17' + Melocotones
Head 9' + To Be An All Star 20' + Sorf
Crossroads 72' (Peaches) 80'
Hair 24' + Short Drop 29'

Men Are Dogs 20' + Time To Die 10' +


E Yobida Di Ayera (Yesterday’s Rain) Tourments D'Amour (Torments Of Love) Dreamshire 30' + Yo Soy Un Politico
Talent Inc. 10' + Finding Dowry 20' +
10' + Extra Terrestres 113' 48' + El Techo (On The Rooftop) 75' (I Am A Politician) 93'
Back To Freeport 60'

Dream 5' + Q+A + Children of The The Book of Jasmine 14' + Jafta
Jess 25' + Quick Pick 60' + Q+A Visibly Me 11' + Moko Jumbie 94'
Mountain 105' Propella 2017 60'

Two Soft Things Two Hard Things 71'


+ Q+A

La Matamoros 60' + Q+A 6.30pm Rain 93'

Chocó 80' 8.15pm Ixcanul 93'

Invisi-bill 10' + Just Cheer Up 19’


+ A Dark Horror 10' + Culture
Consciousness 19' + In Frame 28' +
Sorf Hair 24’ + Q+As

A Broken Appt 2' + Snapshot


Kingston 4’ + How To Kill A Fish 10' +
Shashamane 80'

It Still Haunts Me 9' + Time To Die


10' + Finding Dowry 20’ + Back To
Freeport 60' + Q+As

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index of films
26 A Broken Appointment 28 El Despertar de Las Hormigas: 23 Le Gang des Antillais (The Gang of (Seventy Years Together)
16 A Caribbean Dream Niñez (The Awakening of the Ants: the French Caribbean) 24 Shashamane
26 A Dark Horror Childhood) 24 Lipstick Under my Burkha 32 Short Drop
36 A Dress to the Nation 17 El Hombre Que Cuida 18 Melocotones (Peaches) 32 Snapshot Kingston
21 Adama (The Watchman) 30 Men Are Dogs 33 Sorf Hair
26 Adero 17 El Techo (On the Roof) 30 Mermaids 25 Sound of Silence
36 Afloat 21 Enamorándome de Abril 30 Metiver in Paramin 33 Talent inc.
36 After La Monte Young (Romancing April) 18 Moko Jumbie 33 Temple in the Sea
16 Angélica 22 Entonces Nosotros (About Us) 24 Nadie Nos Mira (Nobody’s 33 The Book of Jasmine
26 Babe, I Hate To Go 28 Entre 2 Rives: de Saint-Domingue Watching) 33 The Knot
26 Back to Freeport à Pointe-à-Pitre 30 Nannan; Alternative Art Explorations 20 The Lies We Tell
21 Bad Lucky Goat (Between 2 Shores: From Santo #Martinique 25 The Violin Teacher
26 Big Fish Domingo to Pointe-à-Pitre) 30 Nariva: An Under-Recognised 33 The Weekend
26 Birdsong 17 Extra Terrestres (Extra Terrestrials) Treasure 33 Time to Die
16 Cargo 28 Féfé Limbé 24 Neruda 34 To Be a Renegade
26 Carl’s Present 22 Félicité 31 One In 33 To Be an All Star
16 Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) 29 Finding Dowry 31 Paddlin’ Spirit: A Portrait of the Artist 20 Tourments d’Amour
36 Cathedral 29 Flower Laura Facey (Torments of Love)
27 Centerstitch 17 Green Days by the River 31 Padlock 25 Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
36 Chaotic Beauty 29 Homeless 24 19 Panama Dreams 20 Ultimos Días en la Habana
27 Charcoal 29 How to Kill a Fish 31 Pierott Noir ... A Gothic Trousseau of (Last Days in Havana)
21 Children of the Mountain 22 I Am Not Your Negro Trinidad + Tobago 34 Un Desishon (One Decision)
27 Chocolate 29 I Wish I Were My Girlfriend’s 31 Pimento and Hot Pepper — The 34 Unbound
27 Class 15 Cellphone Mento Story 36 Uncertainty and Failure
27 Come Out Come Out 29 In Frame 31 Protest (Incertidumbre y Fracaso)
27 Con Sana Alegria 29 Invisi-bill 19 Quick Pick 25 Viaje (Journey)
(With Wholesome Joy) 29 It Still Haunts Me 31 Raindrops on my Head 20 Vientos de Habana
27 Culture Consciousness 35 Jafta Propella 31 Rapatriation (Winds of Havana)
27 Dancing on the Edge 18 Jeffrey 36 Reforget 34 Visibly Me
28 De Kiskeya à Haiti: Mais où Sont 30 Jess 19 Reinbou (Rainbow) 34 We Love Moses
Passés Nos Arbres? (Where Have 30 Just Cheer Up 32 Roots | Routes 34 Wetlands and Us
our Trees Gone? 300 Years of Tree 30 Kafou (Crossroad) 32 Salty Dog 34 Wildflower
Cutting in Haiti) 22 Keyla 19 Santa y Andres (Santa and Andres) 35 Wither
28 Dear Jane 23 King of Peking 32 Scarlett-Angelina 36 Xerox Island
28 Dream 18 Kingston Crossroads 32 See You Yesterday 35 Yo Soy de Allá (I Was Born There)
28 Dreamshire 23 La Matamoros 32 Self 20 Yo Soy un Politico
28 E Yobida di Ayera (Yesterday’s Rain) 23 La Soledad (Desolation) 32 Sèptant Lanné Ansanm (I Am a Politician)

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