The Caribbean Film Series returns with director
Maya Cozier’s kinetic debut feature film
February 22 at Brooklyn Academy of Music
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Trinidad & Tobago’s soca dance scene takes center stage in this electrifying drama.
Director Maya Cozier in attendance for post-screening Q&A.
(Brooklyn, NY, Feb 4, 2022) The Caribbean Film Series returns to Brooklyn, NY for a screening of the dance-centered coming-of-age film, She Paradise, on Tuesday, February 22, 7:30pm at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Following the film screening, there will be a talkback featuring the film’s director Maya Cozier, and moderated by Brooklyn’s own, DJ GabSoul.
She Paradise centers on Sparkle (Odessa Nestor), a naïve 17-year-old girl seeking community, excitement, and cash when she stumbles upon a free-spirited Soca dance crew in the bustling streets of downtown Trinidad. Though lacking dance experience and street smarts, she auditions, convincing the women to take her under their wing. Caught up in an exciting, dangerous new world revolving around partying, glamour, and cash, Sparkle is forced to make tough decisions as life spirals out of control. Directed by Maya Cozier, a dancer herself, She Paradise, captures unapologetic femininity and profound soul-searching amongst the ups and downs of the Trinidadian soca scene.
“She Paradise in a very authentic way, captures the reality of the experiences of many women ” said Romola Lucas, Co-producer of The Caribbean Film Series and Co-Executive Director of Third Horizon, “coupled with a banging soundtrack and dance moves, the film tells a familiar story, but not quite told like this before” continued Lucas.
Now in its seventh year, the Caribbean Film Series is an ongoing program of Third Horizon (the result of the merger between the Brooklyn based Caribbean Film Academy, and Miami based Third Horizon Media), The Luminal Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Next up in the series is Gibrey Allen’s debut feature, Right Near The Beach (2019), screening Wednesday, April 27th.
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2021/USA, Trinidad & Tobago/74 minutes
Directed by Maya Cozier
With Odessa Nestor, Kimberly Crichton, Chelsey Rampersad, Kern Mollineau, Michael Cherrie
17 year old Sparkle discovers a free spirited group of Soca dancers at a car show in the bustling streets of downtown Trinidad. Enamored by the glimpse of sisterhood, she uses her wit to convince them to take her under their wing. The women bring Sparkle into a dizzying nightlife of partying, glamour, and money, but as things spiral out of control, Sparkle is forced to make some tough decisions.
The screening of She Paradise, will be preceded by the short film, Cousins, by Mandy Marcus. In Cousins, “a Brooklyn teenager is reunited with her Guyanese cousin for the funeral of a relative. On the last day of the wake, the girls venture out into the city alone.” You can watch the trailer HERE.
About Third Horizon: Third Horizon is an award-winning creative collective dedicated to developing, producing, exhibiting and distributing film and other art forms that give voice to stories of the Caribbean, its diaspora and other marginalized and underrepresented spaces in the Global South.
Our flagship initiative is the Third Horizon Film Festival, which takes place every year in Miami and celebrates the exciting new wave of cinema and creativity emerging from the Caribbean and its diaspora. It was recently named “one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine.
Our own film work has screened and been awarded at some of the world’s leading film festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale BlackStar and Toronto International Film Festival and on platforms such as National Geographic and The Atlantic.
In 2020, Third Horizon merged with Caribbean Film Academy, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. This newly evolved iteration of Third Horizon will allow the organization to expand its reach to Caribbean communities worldwide.
About The Luminal Theater: Established in 2015 in Brooklyn NY, The Luminal Theater (LT) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. LT is a nomadic cinema that due to the arts being underserved in too many urban and rural communities, brings Black films straight to the people.
We provide fully-curated exhibitions of diverse and complex cinema and media of the Black/African diaspora, allowing these artists to present their work within our unique brand of shared audience experiences, presented in majority-Black communities across the United States & virtually. By continuing the life of Black independent films beyond the art house, film festivals, and streaming services, LT helps community members to expand their minds, their bonds, and to imagine possible, unlimited futures. For more information about LT and their upcoming events, please go to: https://www.luminaltheater.org/
About Brooklyn Academy of Music – BAM Film: BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.