“AVOCADO and ZABOCA,” by Sonja Dumas, was released on Studio Anansi Tv today. Geared for a very young audience, the film tells the story of two warring pears who discover their similarities, and also discover friendship.
Set in the clearing of a Caribbean rain forest full of lively characters and quirky songs, two pears called Avocado and Zaboca respectively, battle for alphabet supremacy. The film uses live action and two types of animation to explore the themes of conflict resolution, tolerance and friendship, all while teaching very young children their ABCs.
Sonja Dumas is a performer, choreographer, writer and arts development consultant. She is also a filmmaker, having written, directed and produced various films having to do with selected aspects of Trinidad and Tobago dance history or which use dancers to tell the story. These include: Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers (winner of the Best Local Film at the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival), and Tickle Me Rich (Special Mention – Best Local Short Film – 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival; Honourable Mention: Rochester International Film Festival 2014; Nominee, 2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards). She also produced her own spoken-word CD, Once Upon a Caribbean Time, a series of original stories for children based on traditional folklore characters of Trinidad and Tobago and on new characters which she created. Some of the stories have been adapted for film and television. She recently completed her sixth short film, Avocado and Zaboca, adapted from the eponymous story from Once Upon a Caribbean Time, and is currently writing a scripts for a full-length animated film, The Twelve Dancing Mango Ice-Cream Princesses, also for young children and a general audience comedy – Angels Live in Tunapuna (also titled the Tunapuna Angel Boys).