This year’s Cannes Film Festival will run from May 13-24, in Cannes France. As with previous posts, we will take a look at the Caribbean films appearing in this year’s festival. While there are no Caribbean films in competition, several films from the Spanish Caribbean and one from the English Caribbean, have been selected to be a part of the Short Film Corner.
One woman defies Fidel Castro’s ban on female boxing to follow her dream of Olympic glory. Boxeadora tells the story of her harrowing journey against insurmountable odds to become Cuba’s first female boxer.
Since Castro’s Revolution, Cuba has won more Olympic gold medals in boxing than any other country in the world. Although this boxing powerhouse has more than 19,000 male boxers, female boxing is nonexistent on the island – the result of a ban on female boxing put into place after the revolution. Boxeadora follows Namibia, a Cuban woman who has been training in secret as a boxer for five years, hoping the government would lift its ban. Now 38, she only has two years left of boxing eligibility. Journey with Namibia as she tries to leave the island to follow her only dream: to compete as a boxer.
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Charlie wakes up to go to school and their unique shoes have disappeared from the house.
A nine year old boy tries to complete a school test while his mind travels to a deeper world.
Watch the teaser here.
Two angels who lost God’s favor are now working under the orders of heaven to catch the lost souls in a decadent Quisqueya. A story about redemption and about achieving a single goal: to dream their missions again and be able to walk in the ways of the Lord.
Daniel, an old man, revives with nostalgia the last moments in the field where he grew up next to his older brother Luis. Luis was a born dreamer looking for a scholarship to study in the city during the Trujillo dictatorship. An approach to the loneliness and the circularity of dreams.
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Wilito is a 13 year-old boy who lives in Los Praditos, a slum in the heart of Santo Domingo. It is in slums like this where a vast part of the working class lives.
Federico is a Spanish painter who lives in Dominican Republic since he was little. Despite his unique ability, he spends his days painting in a park. His paintings reflect a dark inner world, true reflection of a traumatic past that he cannot forget.
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An 11-year-old Dominican deaf boy searches for a job in order to help his financially struggling single-mother help make ends meet.
Two lovers on a crossroad, solving an unexpected surprise!
Six year old Aurora, an immigrant child is abandoned in the mountains by humans traffickers. She wanders until she finds a cabin in the woods. The owner returns and realizes somebody has been at his place. The next day, at dawn, he is taken by surprise with the discovery of a high-spirited child.
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A visceral drama about love, loss and redemption which portrays the confrontation between a sister and a big brother, both immersed within their own different addictions, that culminates in the discovery of the deliverance of their fraternal bond.
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Two male lovers are hiding in a big, mysterious house. They want to make love. Apparently, nobody is watching them.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Can a country achieve economic development without losing its soul? Artists, musicians, designers, public servants, food producers, industry leaders, actors and entrepreneurs from the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago weave a story about creativity, culture and sustainable development.
If you get to the Festival, show your support for these filmmakers by checking out their films.