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Galen Brown | Canada / Belize | 23 mins | Short Documentary | 2016 | English

SYNOPSIS:In the small village of Placencia, Belize, recent road access has meant a boom in tourism and general rise in population.
With little land available for development, some have started to remove mangrove forests and fill the area in to create their own. Those who have lived in Placencia their whole lives understand the importance of mangroves to coastal ecosystems, how they filter run off from the mainland, provide nursery habitat for juvenile fish and buffer storm energy from sweeping away land, and are pushing for the government of Belize to declare the lagoon a protected area.

Awards: Yosemite Film Festival – Winner 2013 (ZIWAs) 2015

Director and Executive Producer: Galen Brown
Production Manager: Monica Gutierrez
Production and writting: Sara Daniels
Edited by: Galen Brown

Haiti / USA | 2015 | 15 min | HD | creole w/ english subtitles

Ben seems to have a perfect life in his new life in Haiti. Raised in suburban Wisconsin, Ben now lives in a beautiful home overlooking the Caribbean and trains Haitian teachers in Creole at a school just a quick walk away. He loves the solitude and peace that he finds in this remote rural village. Yet, when Ben returns home to the United States to visit his family, he struggles with his identity and asks himself: “what am I doing with my life?”

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Ella Cooper | Canada | 28 mins | Short Documentary | 2014 | English

SYNOPSIS Black Men Loving is a heartwarming film that challenges racial assumptions and stereotypes often associated with Black fathers in the media. Through short intimate profiles with men from Regent Park and across Toronto, the film strives to share a new perspective on Black fathers, as they take on parenthood in full stride.

Alex Deverteuil & Elizabeth Topp | Short Documentary | 2003 | 57 mins | Trinidad & Tobago | English |

SYNOPSIS: This documentary records with intelligence and insight the influence of French culture on the life and history of Trinidad. The role of the Catholic Church, of the French and Patois (Creole) languages, of educational institutions, of family values and the impact of racism, prejudice and cultural stereotypes are discussed frankly and fairly. This is essential viewing for anyone wishing to gain deeper understanding of the social and cultural fabric of Trinidad & Tobago.

Ali Jafri | Canada | 5 mins | Mini-Doc | 2016 | English
A CaribbeanTales Mini-Doc: A profile on Cameron Bailey, film critic, writer and co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)… a Caribbean success story.

Cameron Bailey is a Canadian film critic and festival programmer.  He has been the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2012.

Of Barbadian heritage, he was born in London, England and spent his early childhood in Barbados before coming to Canada with his family at age eight.  Educated at the University of Western Ontario, he worked as a film reviewer for CBC Radio One, Now, Canada AM, Take One and other media publications before joining TIFF as a programmer.  With Clement Virgo, he co-wrote the screenplay for The Planet of Junior Brown (2007).  He also wrote and directed the short film Hotel Saudade (2004).  Cameron participated in Canada Reads (2015) as the advocate for Kim Thúy's novel, Ru, that won!

Director: Mandisa Pantin  |  Trinidad & Tobago  |  38min  |  2010  |  English

Interviews with African-Caribbean people and scholars define and explain some of the complexities of race in Caribbean society.

Renee Pollonais | Trinidad & Tobago | 12 mins | Short Documentary | 2008

No one gives directions like a Trinidadian. Ask a Trini how to get to a certain place and if he doesn't know the way, instead of admitting his ignorance, he'll send you on a roundabout route guaranteed to get you hopelessly lost.

In this short dramatization of that endearing and frustrating phenomenon, a number of persons are asked to give directions to a well-known Port of Spain landmark, with unsurprisingly hilarious results.

Fil Fraser (1932 – 2017) was born and educated in Montreal. In the 1970s, he formed a production company to produce educational television films. He then went on to produce four feature films, from 1977-82, including Why Shoot the Teacher? (executive producer), The Hounds of Notre Dame (producer), and Latitude 55° (executive producer). Fil was a founding member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. He also became well known as a book author, columnist, radio personality, television program director. He was a member of the Order of Canada; received the Alberta Achievement Award and in 2015 was made a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence. Fil served on the Alberta Task Force on Film and the Federal Task Force on Broadcasting Policy and was the Governor of the Canadian Journalism Foundation as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists. He organized the first Alberta Film Festival in 1974, which later became the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association, and was central to founding the Banff International Television Festival.

Hubert Davis is a Canadian filmmaker and the first African-Canadian to be nominated for an Academy Award for Hardwood (2005) for Documentary Short Subject and he was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming for his directorial debut in this film. The latter is a short documentary exploring the life of his father, former Harlem Globetrotter, Mel Davis.

He was awarded the Don Haig Award for top emerging Canadian director at the 2007 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. His documentary Invisible City (2009) was a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada His film, Aruba (2006) was a Canadian coming-of-age dramatic short film and his fiction debut.

His most recent film, Giants of Africa (2016) is a Canadian documentary film that centers on Nigerian-Canadian sports executive Masai Ujiri's Basketball Without Borders program to promote and build the sport of basketball in Africa. The film garnered two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017 — for Best Editing in a Documentary and Best Cinematography in a Documentary.

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Frances-Anne Solomon | UK | 50 mins | Short Documentary | 1990 | English

SYNOPSIS An extraordinary video based on Grace Nichols’ collection of poems that chronicles the history of slavery through the eyes of Caribbean women, it is a striking combination of monologue, dance, and song – griot-style – that conveys a young African woman’s quest for survival in the New World. The poems are performed by two narrators. The first, played by Adjoa Andoh, is a young girl, painfully trying to come to terms with her enforced reality. The second, Leonie Forbes, is a mature woman who has seen and survived all. The dramatic narration is juxtaposed with dance sequences performed by Malisha Adlum, Eusebia Suffren and Steve Wright, along with archive stills of enslavement and revolt. Awards: Gold Award for Television Performing Arts, New York International Film & Television Festival Best Feature Documentary (BBC Radio Version), Sony Radio Awards. Most Innovative Radio Feature (Nominated), Prix Futura

Jacob Cino | Trinidad and Tobago | N/A mins | Short Documentary | 2015 | English

Through non-indigenous forms of dance that reference Japanese butoh, this video piece explores aspects of identity: how identity becomes hidden and transformed, and what identity means in different environments.

Mariel Brown | Trinidad & Tobago | 52 mins | Short Documentary | 2007 | English

SYNOPSIS It is January 2006 and Brian MacFarlane’s carnival workshop is quiet and practically empty – littered with left-over costumes and a couple of hangers-on from last year’s carnival. As the days pass the atmosphere starts to change. One by one, carnival costume makers begin arriving at the workshop (mas camp) anticipating the release of designs and the work that’s to come for the 2006 band, Threads of Joy.
The Insatiable Season is a fun and intimate look at the creations, crises and passion of the MacFarlane camp as they produce a beautiful costumed band for Trinidad’s Carnival.

Alex Deverteuil & Elizabeth Topp | Trinidad & Tobago | 47 mins | Short Documentary | 2006 | English

SYNOPSIS Isolated in the mountains of Trinidad, the district of Paramin, once a year at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of blue-painted ‘jabs’ or devils. Kootoo, King Devil, prepares with his three brothers to once again win the village competition for the most convincing devil band.
Known for his athletic prowess, and given to extraordinary feats like ripping up trees and scaling tall buildings, the charismatic Kootoo must still work hard with his band of devils to win the prize in the face of serious competition from a new generation of ‘jabs’.

 

Edited by: Luke Paddington
Producer and director: Alex de Verteuil
Co-directors: Luke Paddington, Max Bitzer
Concept and co-producer: Elizabeth Cadiz Toppin
Sound: Luke Paddington
Camera: Max Bitzer

Kyle Mitchell | Trinidad and Tobago | 20 mins | Short Documentary | 2016 | English

SYNOPSIS: John Agitation is a ‘superstar’ of comedy in Trinidad and Tobago. He is rated the first stand-up comedian in the local arena.
Here, he recounts his past and recollects an unfortunate incident that forced him to relocate from the community he knew and loved.

Karen King’s career has spanned the private, public and non-profit sectors including a senior management role at Quebecor as Executive Director, a drama content executive at Global Television, producer at the National Film Board of Canada on the Special Mandate Team for Cultural Diversity, and host of a live hotline television show at TVO. King has commissioned and supervised the development and production of prime-time scripted content, including commercials, and films reflecting Canada’s racial and cultural diversity. Her credits include Da Kink in My Hair, the hit series Combat Hospital, and the films Rude, Bollywood Bound, Unwanted Soldiers, and Film Club.