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Elizabeth Topp & Alex Devertuil | Documentary | Trinidad & Tobago | 2011 | 113 mins | English | HD

SYNOPSIS Between February and April 1970, the streets of Port of Spain were filled with angry young black men and women chanting ‘Power to the People’, fists raised in a salute learned from the Black Panthers of the U.S.A. This was the legendary Black Power revolution, which captivated the imaginations of their youthful followers and made the government of Dr. Eric Williams and the white establishment very nervous indeed. This important story, with its hits and misses, its tragedy and its humour, is told through interviews with a broad cross section of those who were actually there. Their memories and anecdotes, by turns moving and hilarious, surprising and shocking, are supported by newly-unearthed archival film footage.

As the first Dominican-Haitian documentary co-production, this film retraces the liberation legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Namibia and the United States, its place of origin.

These shared narratives on struggles against enslavement and apartheid are told in three different languages (English, French, Spanish) and in the voices of nineteen (19) interviewees. The Mother Bethel AME Church was founded by Bishop Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1794, as the first Protestant church ministered exclusively by former enslaved people. AME became a legally incorporated denomination in 1816.

Upon the request of the Haitian government, AME sent 6,000 individuals to the island of Saint-Domingue between 1824-1826, two decades after this first Black Republic in the world came into being. The Haitian Revolution is an integral part of the history of AME in the island. It is also crucial to note that Richard Allen was deeply involved in the logistics of this immigration, the most important nineteenth-century one of its kind in Dominican history.

Nicole Brooks | Canada | 6 mins | Documentary | 2012 | English

SYNOPSISDance film that celebrates the lives of enslaved Africans. As they are released from their daily work, they gather to prepare and participate in Sunday worship in solidarity with their Ancestors and for the Orishas (revered deities in the Yoruba religion). Ase gives us a glimpse into this awe-inspiring service and in turn pays homage to those slaves who managed through terrible adversity to conserve a piece of their heritage and identity in song and dance.

Christopher Laird | Trinidad & Tobago | 60 mins | Documentary | 1999 | English

SYNOPSIS On a beach where hundreds of the largest turtles in the world come to nest, international artist are sharing their experiences. The interaction between the artists, the community and the environment results in the creation of amazing installations and stimulating work which has left an indelible mark both on the community and the artists themselves.

Judy Singh | Cuba | 24 mins | Documentary | 2005 | English

SYNOPSIS The film is part extraordinary music video (shot on locations around Havana, Cuba) and part entertaining after-dinner conversation between d’bi young and her friends. Directed and produced by Cayman-based filmmaker Judy Singh, the film features performances by the Cuban female Hip-Hop Group Las Krudas.

Pascale Obolo | Trinidad & Tobago | 87 mins | Documentary | 2005 | English

SYNOPSIS This film recaptures the glory of classic calypso in all of its splendour. Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Terror, Bomber, Superior and Relator are gathered around Syl Dopson’s orchestra on the scene at Dirty Jim’s Club, specially recreated for the film. Lively and touching, filled in the sidelines of Trinidad Carnival, this musical documentary provides a sensitive and original rendering of calypso, its culture and the legendary singers at Dirty Jim’s.

Awards:
Best Documentary, Cannes Film Festival
Jury Special Award, Vues d’Afrique
Montreal Film Festival

Calypso like you’ve never heard before.

Geoffrey Dunn | Trinidad & Tobago | 90 mins | Documentary | 2004

Calypso Dreams is an intimate portrait of some of the true calypsonians in Trinidad & Tobago, in performance and in conversation

Rachèle Magloire & Chantal Regnault | Haiti | 71 mins | Documentary | 2012 | English, French Creole, subtitled in English | PG | HD

Since 1996 and 2002 respectively, the United States of America and Canada have conducted a systematic policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who have committed crimes ranging from violent ones to petty theft. Every two weeks, about 50 Haitian nationals are deported from the United States; 40 percent are convicted legal residents who completed their jail sentence in America

For three years, filmmakers Rachèle Magloire and Chantal Regnault followed members of a unique group of outcasts in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America. A new life begins for these deportees in an environment that is both completely unfamiliar and quite hostile on an island that they left as very young children.

Many no longer have family on the island and speak little, if any, Creole. Some struggle with addiction and others are coping with mental illness. Most have very limited financial means with which to manage any sort of reintegration. Further, the Haitian people are generally less than welcoming as they know that these North Americans have committed crimes and view them with suspicion. Through a series of individual portraits, DEPORTED gives voice to the former offenders and their families.

Viewers are left to ponder the multifaceted impact of repatriation and whether it creates more problems than it solves.

Charles Mugaviri Jr. | Zimbabwea | 70 mins | Feature Film | 2015 | English & Shona w/ English subtitles | HD

SYNOPSIS: Benji, a thug bred in the streets of Mbare, impregnates a girl who walks away from her comfortable lifestyle and home to start a life with him. Soon, Benji abandons the girl at his rural homestead.
Years later, he has to take responsibility to look after his daughter. What can he do when his criminal way of life makes it hard for him to father an eight year-old girl?

Actors: Hannah Madzikanda, Gani Phiri, Stacey Danana, John Cole, Ammara Brown, Denise Edwards, Jonathan Denga
Awards: Hannah Madzikanda – Actress of the Year (ZIWAs) 2015

Music by: Hugh Kalino
Cinematography: Blessing Chinanga
Edited by: Denise Edwards
Production Company: Invision Studios
Production Associates: The Decent Arthouse, TV Yangu, P.O Box

An inquiry into the transformations of culture and place when a spiritually vivid past meets the intransigent reality of a Western city. Rastafarians Lyndon, I-Shaka and Elroy reinvent themselves as rude-boy rappers and small-time hustlers on the East End nightclub circuit. Will their dreams of celebrity be realized before the law catches up with them? There will be difficult choices to be made. Told through the eyes of the men themselves, the women who love them and the elders who guide them. Awards: Audience Award Freestyle Life Film Festival 2012; Special Mention, Aruba International Film Festival 2011; Bronze Palm award, Mexico International Film Festival 2010; Honorable Mention, COMMFFEST MADA AWARDS, Toronto. ‘Best MusicÕ nomination, Jamaica Reggae Film Festival 2012

Andrea Leland| USA, Belize | 46 mins | Documentary | 1998 | English

SYNOPSISShot entirely in Belize, the filmmakers worked closely with Garifuna tradition bearers, anthropologists and cultural activists during the research, scripting, production and editing phases of this project.

The documentary resulting from this “outsider and insider” collaboration is the first of its kind, one that captures the triumph of spirit of the Garifuna people.

Faisal Lutchmedial | Canada | 6 mins | Documentary | 2010 | English

SYNOPSIS A short experimental film that explores the director’s connection to his father, an upcoming wedding, and Expo ’67.

Christopher Laird | Trinidad & Tobago | 97 mins | Documentary | 2013 | English

SYNOPSIS Trinidadian Donald ‘Jackie’ Hinkson, in his 70th year and on the occasion of a massive retrospective in four exhibition spaces talks about his life’s work and demonstrates his techniques in expressing his intention while creating a water colour from the blank page to completion and working on a number of sculptures, public murals and drawings.

His obvious skill expressed with candour and humility imbue this uniquely structured film with charm and ease while stunning the viewer with an unusual insight into the creative process of one of the country’s greatest living artists.

Frances-Anne Solomon | USA | 34 mins | Documentary | 2012 | English

SYNOPSIS This documentary records the themes and outcomes of a Conference on Human Trafficking hosted by Duke University, October 11-13 2011. An intimate weekend of discussion and presentation that aimed to tease out some of the themes as well as the fallacies and myths that afflict this troubling phenomenon.

Produced by the Center for African and African American Research at Duke University. Executive Producer: J. Lorand Matory PhD; Associate Producer: Michaeline A. Critchlow Presenters include: Siddharth Kara, Robert Bach, Gunther Peck, Cindy Hahamovitch, Jacqueline Bhabha.

Andrea. E. Leland | U.S.A, Virgin Islands | 70 mins | Documentary | 2006 | English

SYNOPSIS 79-year old James Brewster is an uncompromising musician from the Caribbean island of St. Croix known for his humorous, provocative and playful compositions and lively performances. As a young boy, he made his own instrument out of a sardine can and a piece of white pine lumber. In the six decades that have followed, Jamesie and other musicians continued to use instruments that one can “scratch up” when performing and recording music along with more contemporary instruments.The music has crudeness to it that is intoxicating and rhythmic speaking to both the beauty and the hardship of the Crucian (of St. Croix) lifestyle. The lyrics are a form of oral history used to immortalize historical events, spread “rude” gossip about one’s neighbors, and relay the day-to-day trials and tribulations of living on a small Caribbean island.