The 11th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival, will be held this year in Nassau from December 4 – 9 and Harbor Island from December 10-14.

Let’s take a look at the Caribbean films being featured at this year’s Festival:

604Abo So (Only You)
by Juan Francisco Pardo
Narrative Feature
Aruba | 2014

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.  Watch the trailer:

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Abo So trailer ttff/13

 

701Caliente’s Demise
by Jason Evans
Narrative Short
Bahamas | 2014

Caliente, a beautiful young woman falls for a mysterious young man. After months of sneaking off in the night by her new husband and father, she asks about it, he refuses to tell. She then seeks advice from Obead, the alchemist, who warns her and gives her protection. Does she follow his advice or is love stronger? This is a Bahamian folk legend about the Chickcharney, a half man, half bird.

618De Pez en Cuando (Once Upon a Fish)
by Francisco Adolfo Valdez
Narrative Feature
Dominican Republic | 2014

Ben, a frustrated writer has decided to end his life. But when his suicide attempt is unknowingly interrupted by his neighbor, who has come to ask for a favor, his life will be thrown in disarray following a series of misadventures that will bring his world truly upside-down, giving him the reality check he maybe needed.

642Love Me Haiti
by Hugues Gentillon
Narrative Short
Haiti, Poland, Sweden | 2014

In Haiti, Dr Jeudi Forstner is trapped in a prison cell for voluntary manslaughter of the potential suspect who might have killed the popular French-Haitian activist Thomas De Lussac, an agronomist-journalist who spent 50 years of his life criticizing and exposing government corruptions within Haiti and corruptions channeling from other countries-to-Haiti. Dr. Marie Forstner must overcome the dirty side of geopolitics to free her husband.

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

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Love Me Haiti – trailer

705Rebecca’s Story
by The Youth of the Witness Project
Narrative Short
Guyana | 2014

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.

Watch the trailer:

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REBECCA’S STORY TRAILER

656Ring di Alarm!
by the New Caribbean Cinema
Narrative Feature
Jamaica | 2013

“OUT OF MANY, one people” is Jamaica’s national motto. And out of eight short films this one feature-length film about life in modern-day Jamaica, made by the New Caribbean Cinema filmmakers’ collective, was born. Moving from the majestic Blue Mountains to the gritty ghetto to the stunning north coast, and spinning stories funny, suspenseful, thrilling and poignant, this is a cinematic mosaic as diverse and complex as the island that inspired it.

For more information and to see the film, visit, Ring di Alarm on Studio Anansi Tv.  Watch the trailer:

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Ring Di Alarm [Official Trailer]

691When Pigs Swim
by Charles Allan Smith
Documentary Short
Bahamas | 2014

For many years people from around the World have visited the beautiful island of Exuma in The Bahamas, to see the peculiar yet cute phenomenon of the ‘Swimming Pigs’. Filmed throughout the magnificent waters of The Exuma Cays, this short documentary tries to find out, where they came from, how they got there and who put them there.

Happy Festivalling!!