About the Festival:
The Urbanworld Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld Digital track focused on digital and social media. Over the last fifteen years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld to premiere box office and award-winning hits. Urbanworld has also provided a platform for some of today’s leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace.
The Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes. Urbanworld endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary filmed entertainment. By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects. Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer & Head of Programming for the Urbanworld Film Festival, as well as leads ancillary Urbanworld Foundation endeavors.
Courtesy of UrbanWorld website.
Now we’ll take a look at Caribbean films in this year’s festival:
A searing drama in the vein of City of God, Home Again tells the story of three young people deported ‘home’ to Jamaica after being raised abroad since infancy. Once landed in Kingston and without a compass of any kind, each of the characters embarks on a journey that pushes their endurance beyond measure and forces them to discover who they truly are. On the most fundamental level, Home Again asks the question, “How would you survive?” For more information, visit the film’s website and FB page. Watch the trailer below:
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Narrated by Gbenga Akinnagbe (HBO’s The Wire), Children of the Wind tells the story of the Bonaire windsurfers, a group of native Caribbean kids, who under the mentorship of the remarkable Elvis Martinus, overcame insuperable odds to not only dominate an inherently elitist sport but to revolutionize it. The film focuses on brothers Tonky and Taty Frans and their cousin Kiri who come from a poor fishing family and began windsurfing before the age of ten, using whatever broken or discarded equiPMent they could scrounge, and who are now, twenty years later, global superstars. Winner of 7 festival awards. For more information, visit the film’s website and FB page. Watch the trailer below: