FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 5TH, 2016
AWARD-WINNNG WRITER’S DEBUT FILM TAKES TRINDADIAN LEGENDS TO THE WORLD STAGE AT CANNNES WITH ‘LEGENDS REVISITED: A CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY’
This film explores the re-imagining of storytelling in a modern world and makes the statement, legends are a people’s creative history.
“Legends Revisited,” makes its World Premiere at the Cannes PanAfricain Film Festival – April 16-20, 2016. The film was shot in Trinidad and completed in December, 2015. The Cannes PanAfricain Film Festival marks its first screening.
Described as “an important work” by world-renowned folklorist, Dan Ben-Amos, “Legends Revisited,” modernizes five Trinidadian legends and weaves them together with text and dramatic characters. Viewers will be nudged into considering two important questions: how do legends add ‘colour’-that is, meaning, personality, vibrancy- to the black and white ‘facts’ of history and what is the value of legend in shaping identity and connecting people beyond history and geography.
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Using the techniques of storytelling, the film explores how the art form of storytelling might be re-imagined for a modern, global world; it employs the vernacular, drama and the unfinished ending of the Caribbean ‘for true?’ storytelling style, while the text and connecting characters work very much like the live storyteller, including the audience by asking questions, injecting thoughts and reaching beyond the boundaries of geography with the universal themes of identity and connectivity.
As a writer, I see the film as simply a continuation of the work I began more than ten years ago with the award-winning short story collection Sapotee Soil (WINNER- DEREK WALCOTT LITERATURE PRIZE). The goal of Sapotee Soil, as is the goal of this film, is to modernize legends and legendize history to encourage their retention in a modern world and to create a history that is told through its people rather than about its people. For me, the film is an extension of the book; the five shorts are chapters and the connecting characters and text are the underlying themes.
The film’s selection in the international, prestigious Cannes PanAfricain Film Festival, is a tremendous accomplishment for me and my 21 year old son, Ka’en, who directed the film with me. I see it as an opportunity to encourage others to consider the statement that legends are a people’s creative history, which can have positive implications for all people everywhere – reclamation of one’s legends is a reclamation of one’s authentic voice; modernizing of legends and legendizing of history can be a means of retaining authentic voice in a global world.
About the Filmmakers:
Joanne Haynes is an award-winning writer from Trinidad and a creative facilitator. She is a former teacher/lecturer who founded Pepperpot Productions as a means of marrying her creativity with her passion for educating beyond the classroom. Her first film, “The Fallen People of the Black Land,” an animated shortt, was an official selection of both the Trinidad and Tobago film festival and the Anime Caribe Film Festival, in 2013. “Legends Revisited,” is her first live- action film, directed along with her 21 year old son, Ka’en. Most recently, her work has been gaining international attention- her first published novel, Walking, is being used by the University of Munster, Germany, for a caucus on English, she has been in discussions about her work on legends with University of Pennsylvania Professor Dan Ben-Amos and her film “Legends Revisited,” has been selected for the Cannes PanAfricain Film Festival.
Ka’en Haynes is a law student at the Institute of Law and Academic Studies with a passion for art and film. He has been creative advisor for Pepperpot Productions for the past three years. He makes his directing debut with “Legends Revisited.”
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