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The Belize International Film Festival is fast becoming the second largest film festival in the region, for Caribbean films.  It will be held this year, July 16-21.  Check out all the wonderful Caribbean films selected for the Festival.

 

FEATURES

better mus comeBetta Mus’ Come
by Storm Saulter
Jamaica, 2010

“You cannot fight the righteous battle with weapons of war, or else you will join the army of destruction” In Kingston, Jamaica, in the late 1970s, the two main political parties enlist the support of gangs to enforce their policies and advance their political agenda. Young Ricky is a community leader and father, whose gang is aligned to one party. One day he meets Kamala, who belongs to a community controlled by the other party, and the two instantly connect. Will their love triumph, or will bigger forces win the day? Based on true events.

For more information, visit the film’s website and FB page.  View the trailer here:

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Better Mus Come Official Trailer (english subtitles)

 

Kingston_ParadiseKingston Paradise
by Mary Wells
Jamaica, 2013

A hustler’s journey into chaos to steal a car and his lady friends dream for peace from a painting, forces a crime that changes their lives dramatically, forever. Life on the streets is about frantic survival for small time hustler Rocksy (Chris ‘Johnny’ Daley), a taxi driver/ part-time pimp and Rosie, (Camille Small), a prostitute, his roomie and business investment. They dream of something different, another life with a future.

For Rocksy, getting out of poverty at any cost is all that matters, as he has nothing to lose, he’s invisible. For Rosie it’s a bit different. In their modest room, she prominently places a watercolor panting that helps her to escape into a dream for peace that gives her hope and something tangible to cling to.

For more information, visit the film’s FB page.  View the trailer here:

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La-Pelicula-de-AnaAna’s Movie
by Daniel Diaz Torres
Cuba, 2012

This is the story of Ana, an unlucky Cuban actress whose economic problems push her into prostitution. When she dares to participate in a pseudodocumentary as one of its protagonists, her adventures begin.

View the trailer here:

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La película de Ana Trailer

 

abo soAbo So
by Juan Francisco Pardo
Aruba, 2013

The musical film ‘Abo So’ (Only You) tells the story of Tatiana (Raphaela Mahadeo), an intelligent, conservative, young woman who moves with her mother and brother to their aunt’s house in the neighborhood, ‘Seroe Patrishi’. There, she meets Santiago (Miguel Genser), a quirky young man of Latin origin, who can’t take Tatiana’s Diva attitude. Yet secrets are revealed. They discover compassion for one another out of which a beautiful love grows. This almost impossible love will force them through different tests.

For more information, visit the film’s website and FB page.  View the trailer here:

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Abo So Trailer 2014

 

yurumeinx380Yurumein
by Andrea Leland
St. Vincent & the Grenadines/USA, 2014

The Caribs of St. Vincent, a new documentary from independent filmmaker Andrea Leland, recounts the painful past of the Carib people – on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent – their extermination at the hands of the British, the decimation of their culture on the island, and the exile of survivors to Central America. But the Caribstory does not end there.The film also captures the powerful moment of homecoming for descendants of the St. Vincent Caribs, when members of the National Garifuna Folkloric Ballet from Honduras makes an official pilgrimage (organized by both governments) to St. Vincent. The trauma and painful dislocation that the returning Garifuna dancers experience, especially when they visit Balliceux (the site where over 3,000 Caribs were massacred in 1793), becomes a celebration of reunification, and incites the beginnings of a movement among Garifuna people to revitalize their traditional language, music, dance, and rituals. As Garifuna from around the world come together to remember and celebrate the lives and resilience of their shared ancestors, they also begin to discover possibility and hope for the future of Garifuna culture and community.

For more information, visit the film’s website and FB page.  View the trailer here:

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Yurumein Trailer

 

no-boisNo Bois Man, No Fraid
by Christopher Laird
Trinidad & Tobago, 2013

The Kalinda dance was brought to the Caribbean slave plantations from the Congo and Angola. In Trinidad, the Kalinda accompanied a development of the African warrior game of stick fighting and is practiced in arenas called “Gayelles”. Two young Trinidadian internationally certified, multi-disciplined martial artists re-discovered their roots in this unique Trinidadian martial art and were accepted for mentorship by living legends of the art. Follow Keegan and Benji as with humility, respect and the total commitment of the martial artist they enter the potentially lethal arena of the Gayelle which to them is like a ring of liberation, “where I am a human being and I deserve to be alive and anybody in this circle I respect because they understand the value of life.”

For more information, visit the film’s FB page.  View the trailer here:

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NO BOIS MAN NO FRAID – Extended Trailer

 

SHORTS

auntieAuntie
by Lisa Harewood
Barbados, 2014

Sometimes love means letting go. When a barrel arrives from London bearing an unwelcome parcel, a caregiver in Barbados makes a hasty decision that risks destroying her special bond with a beloved child.

For more information, visit the film’s website and FB page.  View the trailer here:

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Auntie, by Lisa Harewood (Barbados)

 

jab-darkJab in the Dark
by Robert McFarlane
Trinidad & Tobago, 2013

Temptation. Deliverance. Redemption. The discovery of a secret diary draws a drug-addicted security guard into a world of demons and the struggle for inner redemption.

For more information, visit the film’s website and FB page.  View the trailer here:

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Jab in the Dark [Official Trailer]

 

noka-keeperNoka: Keeper of Worlds
by Shaun Escayg
Trinidad & Tobago, 2014

Noka Keeper of Worlds is a coming of age story centered around an eight year old American boy named Gabriel. Gabriel suffers from a rare form of schizophrenia and like his now deceased grandfather. While at a wake in honor of his grandfather; he encounters an old “friend” of the family, who challenges his concepts of reality. The man Named Midnight, gives Gabrie his grandfather’s greatest possession, his journal. This journal opens a portal into a parallel world filled with creatures and ancient mystics; challenging his beliefs and empowering the young boy.

For more information, visit the film’s FB page.  View the trailer here:

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NOKA-keeper of worlds- Official Trailer2014

 

passagePassage
by Kareem Mortimer
Bahamas, 2014

Sandrine and her younger brother leave Haiti in the hold of a dilapidated boat, facing shocking dangers in their search for a better life.

For more information, visit the film’s FB page.  View the trailer here:

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Passage Trailer

 

rebeccas-storymovieposterRebecca’s Story
by Kwesi Archer, Haresh Bhagwan and Teriq Mohammed
Guyana, 2014

WITNESS PROJECT FILM WORKSHOP:
With absolutely no prior experience in filmmaking, the Witness Project youths wrote, directed, acted in, and shot the short film “Rebecca’s Story” under the teaching guidance of industry filmmakers Morgan Riles and Ginger Theisen. The film is a nuanced testament to the lives of these youths, and their commitment to raise awareness about endemic cultural violence against women and children in Georgetown, Guyana. The Witness Project is a community youth initiative founded by Margaret Clemons Foundation in 2011, with a mission to use the arts to change the culture of domestic violence in Guyana, South America.

REBECCA’S STORY SYNOPSIS:
On a beautiful day in the Caribbean city of Georgetown, Guyana, a young couple drop off their daughter Rebecca and her little brother Aaron with their Grandmother before traveling on business. With parting hugs and words of love, Rebecca retrieves her favorite book, not realizing that it would be the last time she would see her parents alive.

Weeks later, their days are marred by their distressed Grandmother’s harsh words and rough hands. Rebecca yearns for an escape, and finds hope in the intervention of Lindsey, a young witness to Rebecca’s plight who offers respite through an after school program.

Plagued by her own demons, her Grandmother dismisses his help. Undaunted, Rebecca soon discovers that her Granny’s violent harshness and sharp tongue hide a troubling disability and desolate past. In a small but powerful gesture, Rebecca reaches out with an offer of her own, opening the door to better days for her new family.

For more information, visit the film’s website.  View the trailer here:

View the trailer here:

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REBECCA’S STORY TRAILER

 

HAPPY FESTIVALLING!!