Caribbean Cinema Nights
March 4, 2016 at 8:00PM
2806 Newkirk Ave – St. Stephen’s Church Extension, 2nd Fl, Brooklyn.
Admission: $10 – General | $5 – Children, Students and Seniors
The Caribbean Film Academy and the Guyana Cultural Association, both Brooklyn-based organizations working in the cultural space of the Caribbean community, are collaborating in an effort to bring more Caribbean films to audiences in Brooklyn.
Together, they will be hosting the “Caribbean Cinema Nights,” a film screeningn series, highlighting the work the filmmakers from across the Caribbean. The 2016 season will consist of 6 total screenings, spread over the year, hosted by the GCA at the Guyana Arts & Cultural Center, housed in St. Stephen’s Church – Extension, in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
The first screening in the series, will present two family-friendly films, both with a Guyanese connection.
by Maria Govan
Bahamas | 2007
Determined to reconcile with the mother who abandoned her when she was just a toddler, a Bahamian adolescent boards a local mail boat and sets sail for Nassau in director Maria Govan’s intimate family drama. Rain has lived a sheltered life on Ragged Island, but now the death of her grandmother has forced her to get out and explore the world on her own. Upon arriving in Nassau the young girl is overwhelmed by the sights of the big city, and soon finds her idealistic illusions shattered when she witnesses firsthand just how deviant and destructive her mother’s lifestyle has truly become. Stranded in a an unfamiliar environment that fills her with dread and confronted by a mother she has never known, Rain searches deep within herself to summon the strength needed to find her own place in the world.
Starring Renel Naomi Brown and CCH Pounder (actress of Guyanese heritage).
Watch the trailer:
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by the Witness Project Youth – Guyana
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.
About the Guyana Cultural Association:
Preserve, Promote and Propagate Guyanese creativity
Their mission is to document, showcase and celebrate the multiple roots of Guyana’s cultural heritage. Through their work, they preserve Guyana’s cultural heritage and make it available through various channels to inspire future generations of Guyanese at home and abroad. For more details about GCA’s work, visit their website.
About the Caribbean Film Academy:
Established in 2012, CaFA, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. CaFA’s work is focused on promoting and sharing the art of storytelling through film from the unique perspective of the Caribbean.
See you there!