The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series, kicks off this Saturday, Oct 3, with a series of screenings at Raw Space, in Harlem. The Festival continues on Oct 24 and 25, with screenings at the LIU theater on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.
Now, let’s take a look at the Caribbean films being screened at the Festival.
Oct 3 @ Raw Space in Harlem (1:30pm – 9pm)
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (bet. 121 & 122 Streets)
The Festival is giving away tickets to the first 20 people arriving, who are CaFA supporters (just let them know at the box office).
Celebrating Spirit Section — 1:30 pm – 2:34 pm
Earth, Water, Woman
by Alexandra Swati Guild, Sarah Feinbloom
Trinidad & Tobago
Earth, Water, Woman tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community in Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies, called Fondes Amandes, led by a charismatic Rastafarian woman, Akilah Jaramogi.
American Past Time SECTION— 4:15 pm – 5:18 pm
by Gina Rodgers-Sealy
Born in 1934, André Rodgers grew up in a Bahamas, which was then a British colony. He played cricket and had never even seen a baseball game before trying out for the San Francisco Giants minor league farm system in Melbourne, Florida in 1954. Millions of American teenagers try out for a baseball contract each year after making their way through Pee Wee, Little League and many years of training, only to be turned away. Rodgers came from a country with a population of a mere 86,000 at the time and no prior training, but he was a natural and was signed immediately.
Reparations SECTION— 7:10 pm – 8:43 pm
The Price of Memory
by Karen Marks Mafundikwa
It’s 2002 and Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. While there she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations is linked to a desire to move back to Africa, the homeland of their African ancestors who were brought to Jamaica as slaves. The film traces this petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit filed against the Queen.
Oct 24 – The Spike Lee Screening Room, LIU
by Tilsa Wright + Stephen Williamson
Star Boy is based on a three part book series. The main characters, Tania and Brian started out as teenage lovers who later marry and have children. Being a great Cricketer, Brian has trouble being faithful to his wife and many dramas enter the union.
LA BELLE VIE: THE GOOD LIFE
by Rachelle Salnave
La Belle Vie: The Good Life takes a look into a filmmaker’s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of the Haitian society but also chronicles her voyage to find hope in this nation on the brink of a new Haiti.
by Selena Blake
“Taboo…Yardies” The concept of the documentary is to explore the perception of Jamaica as an Island that is saturated with intolerance towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) by giving a voice to Jamaicans who are pro or con and everywhere in between this highly controversial issue, by giving a voice to those Jamaicans who dare to stand up for human rights.