And now the documentaries …
Winner of the Best Documentary at this year’s Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, this film sheds light on a forgotten period of British musical, social and political history that allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dancing to Lovers Rock (romantic reggae), a uniquely black, British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots and racial tension.
For more information visit the film’s FB group.
Destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 2010, the cathedral of Port-au-Prince was one of the most beautiful and symbolic edifices in all of Haiti. Amidst its post-apocalyptic-like ruins children play, foreign missionaries pray for lost souls, and men and women roam almost aimlessly. Part historical meditation, part political invective, this is a captivating documentary which uses the reconstruction effort as a metaphor for the rebuilding of the Haitian self. This film was also a winner of the Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.
Akwantu: The Journey, explores an important part of Jamaican culture that has long fascinated observers. Through the film, audiences will learn about a people – the Maroons – who are often referred to as the Spartacus’ of their time, except, these enslaved Africans were victorious in their fight for freedom. Poorly armed and outgunned, these brave warriors engaged the mighty British super power over an 80-year period to military stalemate.
Other great documentaries of 2012:
Children of the Wind tells the story of the Bonaire windsurfers, a group of native kids, who under the remarkable mentorship of Elvis Martinus, founder of the Bonaire Aquaspeed windsurfing club, 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.
Produced and directed by award-winning Trinidad-based filmmaker Lisa Wickham, this documentary film illuminates the findings of executive producer Keith Nurse’s ground-breaking research project, “Strategic Opportunities in Caribbean Migration,” which studies four Caribbean countries and their counterpart communities in global cities: Jamaica and London; Guyana and Toronto; Suriname and the Netherlands; and the Dominican Republic and New York City.
Check out the film’s website and watch the trailer here:
Muscle raises fighting cocks and races songbirds in Georgetown, Guyana. His mother, Mary, drinks and recites poetry to escape her traumatic past. Whenever Mary attempts to sneak away, Muscle is forced to confine her to her room. Sensitive and profound, tragic and life-affirming, this is a searching film about family, and a son’s flawed but brave attempts to care for his mother. Listen carefully and you’ll realize even a sad song has its high notes.
For more information and screening times, check out the film’s page on FB, and watch the trailer here:
Next up: Animations …