In the follow up to his Genie-awarded short film, Doubles With Slight Pepper, and after a successful festival run, which saw the film playing at the Toronto International Film Festival, Trinbagonian/Canadian filmmaker, Ian Harnarine’s CARONI, is making it’s debut on Studio Anansi.
Inspired by his experiences seeing brown nannies caring for white babies in New York City, and by thoughts around who they were and who was taking care of their brown babies, Harnarine crafted this story.
Synopsis: In New York City, Rajni (Radha Singh), is a homesick nanny to the upper middle class. She keeps in touch with her own daughter, Mosaic (Arianna Ruben), back in Trinidad by videochatting with her. When Mosaic realizes that her mother will not be there for her birthday party, Rajni obsesses with how she can join her.
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Ian Harnarine was born in Toronto to parents from Trinidad & Tobago. He studied physics and astronomy at York University. Harnarine earned a Master’s in nuclear physics at the University of Illinois, and an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School, where he taught in both the film school and the Physics Department. Harnarine is a member of the National Board of Review, the Television Academy and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. His films includes work for Sesame Street that earned an Emmy nomination. His short film Doubles With Slight Pepper, Executive Produced by Spike Lee, won the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Academy Award. He was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film and profiled in the New York Times.