This year brings the second edition of The Island House Film Festival, in the Bahamas. The Festival will be held Jan 24-28, 2018, at the Island House Cinema, in Nassau. The Island House Film Festival, celebrates films and filmmakers emerging from the Caribbean, and features Bahamian premieres of international, regional and local narrative films and documentaries. The Festival also includes panels and workshops to educate and inspire creativity in the Bahamas.
Let’s take a look at the Caribbean films selected for this year’s Festival:
Bad Lucky Goat
Directed by Samir Oliveros
Providencia, Colombia, 2017
After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father’s truck, two incompatible siblings in their teenage years, embark on a journey of reconciliation. Corn and Rita must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family’s hotel. As they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident, the siblings will visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around Port Paradise.
Directed by Kareem Mortimer
The Bahamas, 2017
A Bahamian fisherman with a gambling addiction in Nassau takes a job smuggling Haitians to Florida in a desperate ploy to support his family.
Green Days by the River
Directed by Michael Mooleedhar
Trinidad & Tobago, 2017
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.
The Price of Memory
Directed by Karen Marks Mafundikwa
Queen Elizabeth II is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations, whilst visiting Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. This documentary follows the petition and a reparations lawsuit, whilst exploring the enduring legacies of slavery in Jamaica and the Rastafarian quest to return to Africa.
Directed by Darisha Beresford
Trinidad & Tobago, 2017
Inspired by true events, THE CUTLASS is a dramatic thriller set in the tropical wilderness of Trinidad and tells the story of a young woman who falls into the grasp of a dangerous sociopath. She finds herself isolated and musters the courage to emotionally battle the unsettled mind of her abductor.
Directed by Yannilys Perez
Dominican Republic, 2017
Twelve-year-old Jeffrey’s mother wakes him not for school but to clean windshields in traffic to pay the rent, as he’s done for 6 years. His older brother sings reggaetón, and – anxious to break free of their crushing poverty – he hopes to follow suit as “Jeffrey the Nightmare”.
To get the full schedule and tickets for the screenings and events, visit the Festival website, here.