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FFrances-Anne Solomon | Drama | 2007 | Canada | 101 min | HD | English IMDb  |  Website

In Frances-Anne Solomon’s elegaic A Winter Tale, six Black men, all patrons at Miss G’s Caribbean TakeAway Restaurant, form an ill-fated support group in an attempt to salvage their broken spirits and beseiged community, following the local shooting death of a young child.

Karen Martinez | Trinidad & Tobago | 20 mins | Short Film | 2013 | English

SYNOPSIS AFTER MAS is a new short film from London-based Trinidadian filmmaker Karen Martinez. It tells the story of a love that flourishes under the cover of darkness during the festival of J’ouvert on the streets of Port-of-Spain. Shot in Trinidad in February 2013 during Carnival, we experience the charge of this bacchanalian drama before following the characters return to their separate lives. In the cold light of day, can these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires?

Actors: Glenda Collens, Carly Coutts, Khafra Rudder
Awards:Winner best local short 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Festival

Producer: Janine Mendes-Franco
Associate Producer: Andy Lambert
Edited by: Scott Cato
Music by: Colin Smith
Art Direction by: Melanie Archer
Camera: Miquel Galofré

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.

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.

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.

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.

CaribbeanGirlNYC, an ensemble female-driven sitcom from NY-based Guadeloupian filmmaker/ producer Mariette Monpierre, whose award-winning lm Elza won, among others, the prestigious NYT award.

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.

Selwyn R. Cudjoe & Christopher Laird | Trinidad & Tobago | 46 mins | Short Documentary | 1994 | English

SYNOPSIS Centred around the First Conference of Caribbean Women Writers held at Wellesley College, Boston, this documentary showcases readings and discussions by the region’s major literary figures. Featuring: Lorna Goodison, Afua Cooper, Opal Palmer Adisa, M. NourbeSe Philip, Olive Senior, Dionne Brand, Ramabai Espinet, Claire Harris, Jean Binta Breeze, Jamaica Kincaid, Grace Nichols, Merle Collins, Erna Brodber, Zee Edgell, Merle Hodge, Marion O’Callaghan, Helen Pyne-Tomothy, Michelle Cliff, Jean D’Costa, Sylvia Wynter, Rosa Guy

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.

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

Lisa Wickham | Trinidad & Tobago | 50 mins | Short Documentary | 2011 | English

SYNOPSIS Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora, a documentary filmed in nine countries, reveals the economic power of the people of the Caribbean Diaspora living in global cities as well as the significance of their contributions to their homeland, as travellers, expatriates and entrepreneurs. Forward Home is based on two yearsÕ academic research – entitled Strategic Opportunities in Caribbean Migration — by economist Dr. Keith Nurse who was also the film’s executive director.

With Lisa Wickham’s astute directing and Sheldon Felix’s clear-eyed photography, it is “a rich piece of investigative film work combining academic insights with a profound portrayal of different Caribbean peoples, cultures and landscapes.” (By Fernando Luis Gonzalez Mitjans)

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.

Hosted in a cocktail bar, three cosmopolitan women of color talk about lifestyle topics targeted to women of similar interests.

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