OneIsland Media and the Caribbean Film Academy present Caribbean Rising, an interdisciplinary film series celebrating Caribbean heritage and resilience. In this first edition, will be in conversation with artists, curators, and change makers from the Small Island States of the Caribbean. On the heels of Carnival, we travel to Trinidad and Tobago through film to explore the role of pan music in Carnival and how communities are reclaiming ocean habitats.

Conceptualized by OneIsland Media, the series explores the links between culture, heritage, and environmental resilience and how can urban dwellers support sustainable Caribbean economies.


PanoMundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steel Pan
directed Charysse Tia Harper and Keith Musaman Morton
US/UK/Trinidad & Tobago | 2017
Documentary, 47 mins

Slavery may have been the catalyst, but culture and passion formed this sound in Trinidad and Tobago. The first section of this two-part film highlights the precursors of the steelpan and the creation of the instrument until it gained international recognition in Britain in 1951. Interviews from steelpan legends, such as Ellie Mannette, Sterling Betancourt, Cliff Alexis and Ray Holman, are included.

Watch the trailer:

Ours To Protect
Dir. Miquel Galofre (Trinidad & Tobago)
Produced by Carver Bacchus, Sustainable T&T

Simone Devi (Guyana/USA)
Arielle John (Trinidad & Tobago/USA)

Our other partners are Rush Arts Galleries and Sustain TT.