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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.

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.

Serenity Callender: 8-year-old student at Christ Church Girls Primary.

Chelsea Tuach: a big surfboarding talent with a dream to become a world champion

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

FAISAL LUTCHEDIAL | Documentary | Canada | 2007 | 75 mins | English | HD

SYNOPSIS: Accompanied by his ailing mother, Lutchmedial takes us on a very personal journey to bridge the gap between his heritage in Bangladesh and his life in Canada. He connects his politics with his humanity, and weaves together a story that is both thought provoking and touching.

Candice Lela | Trinidad & Tobago | 24 mins | Documentary | 2010 | English

SYNOPSIS When a pregnant young woman discovers she is HIV-positive, her world comes crashing down. As she exhausts her possible options, the damage caused by her own errors overshadows whatever hopes she foresees for her child.

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Maria Govan | Bahamas | 123 mins | Feature Film | 2008 | English

SYNOPSIS: A teenaged girl with no parental role model in her life, must look within herself for strength and discovers she has a gift for running. She receives guidance from her school’s track coach, Ms. Adams, but the poverty and despair of her mother’s reality threatens to spoil her dream.

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Lisa Valencia-Svensson | Canada | 48 mins | Short Documentary | 2010 | English

SYNOPSIS With honesty, intelligence and humour, Nancy, Simone and Gloria reflect on their experiences of balancing single parenthood, working life, relationships and the fulfillment of their own goals in the context of a society that is often harshly judgmental. By interweaving these intimate stories, the documentary offers a deeper understanding of the challenges, practical strategies and dreams of three resilient women and, indeed, of many black single mothers in Canada. Notable Festivals & Screenings: Ontario Black History Society’s International Film Festival; DOC Night Out; African Diaspora Film Festival; Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival; International Black Film Festival of Nashville; Detroit Windsor International Film Festival

Mariel Brown | Trinidad & Tobago, UK | 70 mins | Documentary | 2009 | English

SYNOPSISTrained at England’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Barbara Jardine moved back to her native Trinidad in 1974. Here she developed new techniques in working with traditional and indigenous materials and evolved a personal narrative style for making wearable works of art.

But 30 years on from returning to the Caribbean, and in spite of having her work purchased by a major metropolitan museum, there are nagging questions she just can’t shake: Why isn’t my work more recognised? Have I made a crucial mistake?
An opportunity to create a new piece for an exhibition in Scotland presents itself and Jardine is both nervous and hopeful. Will this be the chance to finally carve out her own space in the world?

A young woman from England goes to Trinidad to bury her father. Reluctantly she agrees to meet her mother, whom she thinks abandoned her when she was a child. Her mother tells her stories that reveal her parents troubled and violent marriage and she is forced to face the truth. What My Mother Told Me is one of the few works produced by a Trinidadian woman that deals with the survival strategies of middleclass Caribbean women. Exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving, it is a dramatic journey towards self-discovery.

Frances-Anne Solomon | UK, Trinidad & Tobago | 1995 | 57 min | SD
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