April 1, 2017 // 7:00PM
Brooklyn Studios for Dance // 210 Lafayette St, Brooklyn
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This season of the CaFA Cinema Nights, will see the return of “Julia and Joyce,” to the screen in Brooklyn.  We will be presenting the film in collaboration with Brooklyn’s own, Dance Caribbean Collective.  In this, the first collaboration between the two organizations, the film, which features the work of two pioneering Caribbean dancers, is a logical connection – promoting both dance and film, in the Caribbean context.

by Sonja Dumas
Documentary Feature
T&T | 2010

Story: The dance history of Trinidad and Tobago often remains in the memories of those who executed it, and when they pass on, there is precious little left behind. This documentary looks at aspects of the Trinidad and Tobago dance world and its local and global impact through the eyes of two local dance legends – Julia Edwards and Joyce Kirton. These two women, now in their seventies, have collectively contributed over 110 years of dedicated, pioneering work to the dance community of Trinidad and Tobago. Between them, they have been instrumental in the preservation of and innovation in countless traditional dance forms, and their commitment to dance is echoed in the accomplishments of the many dancers and choreographers of the generations that have come after them.

The film will be preceded by a short film from the same filmmaker …

by Sonja Dumas
Narrative Short
T&T | 2012

DAYS BEFORE her wedding, a distraught Lizzie reveals to her friends that her fiancé, Stephen, is having an affair with another woman. Her friends rally around her, and help Lizzie plot revenge.

About Sonja Dumas
Sonja Dumas is a performer, choreographer, writer and arts development consultant. She is also a filmmaker, having written, directed and produced various films having to do with selected aspects of Trinidad and Tobago dance history or which use dancers to tell the story. These include: Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers (winner of the Best Local Film at the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival), and Tickle Me Rich (Special Mention – Best Local Short Film – 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival; Honourable Mention: Rochester International Film Festival 2014; Nominee, 2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards).  She also produced her own spoken-word CD, Once Upon a Caribbean Time, a series of original stories for children based on traditional folklore characters of Trinidad and Tobago and on new characters which she created. Some of the stories have been adapted for film and television.  She recently completed her sixth short film, Avocado and Zaboca, adapted from the eponymous story from Once Upon a Caribbean Time, and is currently writing a scripts for a full-length animated film, The Twelve Dancing Mango Ice-Cream Princesses, also for young children and a general audience comedy – Angels Live in Tunapuna (also titled the Tunapuna Angel Boys).

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About Dance Caribbean Collective
Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE is a representative body that facilitates and promotes Caribbean Dance, Caribbean Dancers and those that present and practise Caribbean dance forms and/or deal with Caribbean content.

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