Founded in 2016, the Barbados Independent Film Festival, is one of the newer entrants in the film festival scene, in the Caribbean.
This year, the Festival runs from Jan 9-14, and brings a mix of Caribbean and international films, with narratives and documentaries, and a focus on women and the environment, to Barbados.
Lets take a look at the Caribbean films at this year’s Festival:
GREEN DAYS BY THE RIVER
Directed by Michael Mooleedhar
Trinidad & Tobago, 2017
GREEN DAYS BY THE RIVER – In a remote village in 1952 Trinidad, a curious boy pursues the affection of two girls. Despite his ailing father’s advice, Shell follows the compassionate Mr Gidharee to work on his plantation along the river, in hopes of attracting his daughter Rosalie, but then falls for Joan, a sweet, sensible girl from the city. From the love triangle that ensues, Shell learns bittersweet lessons of life and love that will define his manhood and future forever.
Green Days by the River, is one of the best-loved works of Caribbean literature. Written by lauded Trinidadian author Michael Anthony in 1967, the book illuminates the formative years of a boy growing up on the island. This coming of age story has enthralled readers all over the world for decades, and it is now being brought to life.
The screening will be accompanied by a VIP Green Carpet cocktail reception, with a book signing by acclaimed author Michael Anthony.
Green Days by the River Trailer:
ABIOLA (Season 1)
Directed by Rommel Hall
ABIOLA – tells the story of Abiola Adams, as she looks back on her life as a teenager, thirty years earlier in 2017.
MACHEL MONTANO: JOURNEY OF A SOCA KING
Directed by Bart Phillips
Trinidad & Tobago, 2017
JOURNEY OF A SOCA KING – With a lifelong mission to put soca music on the international map, Machel Montano has pioneered the evolution of the genre throughout his 34-year career. Journey of a Soca King chronicles his rise from a child star competing on Star Search, to his reign as a Soca Monarch collaborating with Grammy Award-winning songwriters and producers such as Angela Hunte and Diplo. The film utilizes never before seen vintage footage along with insight from band members, peers, and family to tell the phenomenal story of the “Michael Jackson of the Caribbean”, while giving viewers a backstage pass to his 15 high energy, non-stop, live performances during the last 5 days before Carnival Monday 2015 in Trinidad.
Journey of a Soca King Trailer:
POETRY IS AN ISLAND: DEREK WALCOTT
Directed by Ida Does
St. Lucia, 2013
POETRY IS AN ISLAND – Derek Walcott, Literature Nobel Laureate has traveled the world while remaining closely connected to his beloved island St. Lucia. As a poet, playwright, painter and even filmmaker, Derek Walcott has been hymning the Caribbean for over 60 years. This documentary presents an intimate portrait of him, set in his beloved native island St. Lucia. The place he always longs for, when he is taken to far away places by his universally acclaimed work. What moves and inspires this great poet? Who are the people whose lives became poetry through his writings? And how do they experience the gift of language of their friend, their mentor, and their father? This film explores the poetry of Derek Walcott, the landscapes and people that inspire it. It observes Walcott in places essential to his work and life and gathers the thoughts of some of his closest childhood friends. Most importantly, this documentary is a celebration of the greatest gift Walcott has given the world: his poetry.
Poetry is an Island Trailer:
Directed by Shari Petti
Trinidad & Tobago, 2017
SORF HAIR – explores the natural hair experience in Trinidad and Tobago as several people from different walks of life with different hair textures unearth their stories, challenges and give their point of view on how and why naturals are treated the way they are in this country.
Sorf Hair Trailer:
ORI INU: IN SEARCH OF SELF
Directed by Chelsea Odufu
Brasil/Trinidad & Tobago/USA, 2015
ORI INU: IN SEARCH OF SELF – is a coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble.
Ori Inu: In Search of Self Trailer:
WILDFLOWER – Twenty-two-year-old Rorie Burgess goes on a mental journey to help cope with her feelings toward her father, who was never a part of her life, though she had always longed for a relationship with him. After the death of her paternal grandmother, she discovers a bag of letters that she wrote to him over the years, all unopened.
For more details and the full film lineup and schedule, visit the Festival website at: barbadosfilmfest.org.