SYNOPSIS: Oseyi, an eight-year-old boy, lives in the village of Colihaut, in Dominica, which is the home of a particular masquerade/carnival art-form/African Retention known as the Band Mauvais (Bad Band). He has developed a deep-seated fear of the masquerades, even when they are worn by children his own age, like Tamika, his close friend, from a combination of a picture of his father in a red costume hanging menacingly in his house, a frightening early childhood experience with a costume from this band, and his mother Rita’s oft repeated hatred of it as the cause of his father’s death.
Run Time: 29:47
Release Year: 2018
2018 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival – People’s Choice Award Category
Wednesday, Sept 19 / 3:30PM / MovieTowne, POS / Screen 7
Wednesday, Sept 24 / 1:00PM / MovieTowne, San Fernando
WRITER/DIRECTOR – ALWIN BULLY
Alwin Bully is one of the Caribbean’s best known multi-media artists. Born and raised on the Nature Island of Dominica, he established and developed the Department of Culture and was it first Director. Later he was resident in Jamaica for twenty years where he worked, up to 2006, as UNESCO’s Caribbean Culture Advisor.
Having gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the West Indies, he has received numerous awards for his work as playwright and director, graphic artist, set designer, poet and short story writer, carnival designer, and composer. He was inducted into Jamaica’s Culture for Development Hall of Fame, received the University of Technology’s 2006 Arts Award and was honoured with the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2007 CACIQUE AWARD for Regional Theatre.
In 2011 the University of the West Indies conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in recognition of his work in Arts and Culture. He received Dominica’s Sisserou Award of Honour for his cultural and artistic leadership and for his design of the National Flag. His work always focuses on issues of social transformation and the preservation and promotion of Caribbean culture.
PRODUCER – ROMOLA LUCAS
Romola Lucas, is a Founder and Executive Director of the Caribbean Film Academy, Inc., a New York not-for-profit, created to support and share the work of Caribbean filmmakers in the Region and Diaspora. Created in 2012, the organization hosts film screenings in Brooklyn, film festivals in Miami – the Third Horizon Film Festival, and Guyana – the Timehri Film Festival, co-produces films with emerging Caribbean writer-directors through the Caribbean Film Project, and runs a video-on-demand platform for Caribbean films, Studio Anansi Tv.
Romola, is an attorney, and fellow in the New York Foundation for the Arts’, Arts Business Incubator.
Caribbean Film Academy Inc. (CaFA)
Kaz Kweyol Productions
Time Warner Inc.
ASSISTANT CAMERA + GAFFER
SOUND + B CAMERA
ALBERT TOUSSAINT – GIS
Sandra Vivas Nassief
TITLE DESIGN AND ANIMATION
BANN MOVE – DRUMMERS
SYLVAIN FELIX PARILLON
BANN MOVE ADULTS
ERIC WILLIAMS JNR
BROTHER EMMANUEL JOHN PAUL
GLORIA SEPTRA AUGUSTUS
DELIA CUFFY WEEKES
LEANDRA BELLE CHARLES
SELENA JOHN PAUL
SYLVIAN FELIX PARILLON
Music – Traditional
Lyrics and Bridge Adaptation – Alwin Bully
Arrangement – Pearle Christian
Musicians – Tyson Johnson, Ashton “Wakas” Lugay
Performed By – Michele Henderson
Song Engineering – Earlson Matthew
Recorded at Sonic Sounds
Sylvain Felix Parillon
Colihaut Village Council
Parish Priest – Colihaut Catholic Church
Principal Colihaut Primary School
Minister of Education – Government of Dominica
Dominica Film Office
Government Information Service (GIS)
“Oseyi and the Masqueraders,” is the second film produced as a part of the 2015 Caribbean Film Project. The first was “Adero.”
The Caribbean Film Project, is a scriptwriting competition. To be eligible, writers had to be from one of the English-speaking Caribbean countries, underrepresented in the current surge in Caribbean filmmaking – Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The winning writer from each country was paired with a writing coach to make the script production ready, then participate in a directing workshop, before the story is turned into a film.