The 2015 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, will be held from 15–29 September 2015.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival will be launching the Caribbean Film Mart + Regional Film Database, and will be hosting a symposium on Caribbean Cinema.  This year’s Festival will also feature a lineup of Classic Caribbean films.

The ttff celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities.

Let’s take a look at some of the Caribbean films, selected for this year’s Festival:

FEATURES

ttff15_sweet-micky-for-president-1024x683Sweet Mickey for President
by Ben Patterson
Documentary Feature
Haiti/USA | 2015

Opening Night Film
Sweet Micky for President, follows Pras Michel, founder of the acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group, the Fugees, as he returns to his homeland of Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake and finds a country in paralysis. With no experience or money, Pras mobilises a presidential campaign for the unlikeliest of candidates: his friend Michel Martelly – aka Sweet Micky, Haiti’s most popular, outlandish and controversial pop star. The naively idealistic and politically inexperienced pair set out to triumph against a corrupt government, civil unrest and a fixed election. When Pras’ former bandmate, superstar Wyclef Jean, also enters the presidential race, their chances seem further doomed, but despite the odds, they never give up on their dream of changing the course of Haiti’s future forever.

Pras Michel as storyteller and Ben Patterson as director of Sweet Micky for President, brilliantly capture an important — and improbable — moment in Haiti’s history, as a fledgling democracy battles to produce a government worthy of the country’s status as the world’s first black republic.

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ttff15-murder-in-pacot-1024x683Murder in Pacot
by Raoul Peck
Narrative Feature
Haiti/France/Norway | 2014

Film in Competition
After the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, a bourgeois couple struggles to rebuild a life amid the rubble of their luxurious home. Needing money, they decide to rent the habitable part of their villa to Alex, a French aid worker. He brings with him Andrémise, a poor but ambitious Haitian girl. The couple, strained by the loss of their social position, their ideals and their dreams, must face up to this unwelcome intrusion.

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MURDER IN PACOT Trailer | Festival 2014

ttff15-denis-1024x576Denis
by Gabrielle Blackwood
Documentary Feature
Jamaica | 2015

Film in Competition
Denis Mckenzie, a proud and independent family man from Jamaica, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 43. The disease eventually renders him almost completely paralysed and speechless. Given five years to live, Denis tries, with the assistance of his wife, to fight the aggressive and emaciating illness. Interspersed with imaginative recreations, Denis is a touching, uplifting testament to the dogged and indomitable character of the human spirit.

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DENIS – Trailer

ttff15-my-fathers-land-1024x683My Father’s Land
by Miquel Galofre + Tyler Johnston
Documentary Feature
Haiti/Bahamas/Trinidad & Tobago | 2015

Film in Competition
Papa Jah, a Haitian gardener, has spent the last forty years in the Bahamas, living in a marginalised community named the Mud. When news arrives that his 103-year-old father has taken ill back in Haiti, Papa Jah fears he may not see him before he passes. Papa Jah travels back to Haiti, to his family’s small village on the island La Tortue, to reunite with his father, hopefully before it is too late.

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My Father’s Land – TRAILER

ttff15-vanishing-sail-1024x683Vanishing Sail
by Alexis Andrews
Documentary Feature
Antigua | 2015

Film in Competition
In the Grenadines, the traditions of boat-building were once crucial to the survival of the islanders. Today, these skills have all but vanished. Alwyn Enoe, one of the last boat-builders of Carriacou, practises a trade passed down the generations from the Scottish settlers who arrived in the 19th century. Approaching his 70s, Alwyn decides to create a final sailing vessel before the skills introduced by his ancestors are lost forever.

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Vanishing Sail – A Caribbean Tradition on the Verge of Extinction

ttff15-bazodee-1024x576Bazodee
by Todd Kessler
Narrative Feature
Trinidad & Tobago | 2015

Film in Competition
Anita is the daughter of Ram, a secretly deep-in-debt businessman. About to marry a wealthy suitor, Anita meets a rugged soca singer, Lee, hired at the last minute to perform at her engagement party. Sparks fly, and soon the two have fallen for each other. Nikhil, Anita’s malevolent, future brother-in-law, notices. Once he discovers the truth about Ram’s finances, he threatens to expose everything, forcing Anita to fight for the wealth that truly matters—love.

ttff15-pendulum-1024x428Pendulum
by Michael Rochford
Narrative Feature
Trinidad & Tobago | 2015

Film in Competiton
When Luther, the CEO of a major software company, realises he has a stalker intent on doing him harm, he calls in Ryan, an old friend and former soldier. Ryan, who is battling with post-traumatic stress disorder, tracks down the stalker and is forced to kill him, but in so doing, makes a shocking discovery. Now Ryan must decipher whether he is being framed or succumbing to the delusions of his illness.

ttff15-sallys-way-1024x576Sally’s Way
by Joanne Gail Johnson
Narrative Feature
Trinidad & Tobago | 2015

Film in Competition
Twelve-year-old Sally needs to use her ingenuity to help her ailing grandmother, the only family she has left. Sally’s way is not easy. She must battle bullies and integrate herself into the life of the household that has taken her in, a place her grandmother once worked as a maid. Along the way, terrified that she is about to be sent to an orphanage, she has to overcome obstacles no child should have to face.

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Sally’s Way – The Movie Trailer

ttff15-trafficked-1024x576Trafficked
by Sean Hodgkinson
Narrative Feature
Trinidad & Tobago | 2015

Film in Competition

George, Penny and Nadia are best of friends. While on vacation on an idyllic Caribbean island, they find themselves being seduced by a stranger’s wealth and charm. When the stranger’s true motives are revealed, the three friends realise that they are pawns in a deadly game.

ttff15-our-soul-turned-inside-out-1024x400Our Soul Turned Inside Out
by Mary-Ann Brailey
Documentary Feature
Trinidad & Tobago | 2015

Film in Competition
Our Soul Turned Inside Out looks at the traditional mas characters of Carnival and the psychic impulses behind them. These characters include blue devils, jab jabs, midnight robbers and stick-fighters. Through them a depth of conflict is seen: physical and verbal aggression, negotiation and sublimation. The film explains how this has changed and why.

ttff15-re-percussions-1024x576Re-Percussions: An African Odyssey
by Kim Johnson
Documentary Feature
Trinidad & Tobago | 2015

Film in Competition
Re-Percussions: An African Odyssey is the return of the Trinidad and Tobago steelpan to its African roots. As Nigerian panman Bowie Sonnie Bowei attempts to nurture a steelband movement in Africa, he has to confront the challenge of propagating a creation of the descendents of enslaved people in a complex society, with its own percussive traditions.

ttff15-dreadlocks-story-1024x576Dreadlocks Story
by Linda Aïnouche
Documentary Feature
Jamaica/India | 2014

Dreadlocks Story explores the history of Rastafarianism through a previously unexplored prism: hair. It shows the spiritual significance of the much-criticised dreadlocks hairstyle as well as the roots of Rastafari culture, both of which are entangled with the Hindu tradition in Jamaica. The film features revealing interviews with historian Verene Shepherd, David Hinds of the reggae band Steel Pulse, and Monty and Blade Howell, sons of Leonard ‘Gong’ Howell (‘the first rasta’).

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DREADLOCKS STORY – Documentary trailer

ttff15-a-journey-through-frank-etiennes-world-1024x576A Journey Through Frank Etienne’s World
by Arnold Antonin
Documentary Feature
Haiti | 2015

Frank Etienne is one of Haiti’s most prolific writers. He is also a multidimensional artist, who defines himself as “the greatest creator worldwide.” This film is a trip into the literary, poetic, theatrical and picturesque work of Frank Etienne. Also included are interviews with Etienne’s family, friends and peers, including the Haitian-Canadian novelist Dany Lafèrierre.

Happy Festivalling!!