Organized by Dr. Trevor Michael, and Jennifer Smith, the first Barbados Independent Film Festival, will be held from Jan 11-15, 2017, in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Slated to be held at several venues in Bridgetown, the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, Limegrove Cinemas, the Barbados Museum, and Dover Beach, the Festival will bring about 20 films to screen in, and will honor the work of Machel Montano.
Let’s take a look at the Caribbean films being screened as part of the Festival.
by Miquel Galofre
Trinidad & Tobago
Art Connect is a feature length documentary film that reveals and illuminates how creativity has inspired and changed the lives of “at risk” kids, aged twelve to sixteen, living in the disenfranchised and volatile area of Laventille — Port of Spain, Trinidad.
by Nadia Charlery
Josué is a roguish boy living with his grandmother. He has a pet rooster that he loves, and wishes to train him to become a dreaded fighting cock. A succession of unexpected events, however, looks set to frustrate his plans.
by Jason Jeffers and Keisha Rae Witherspoon
Haitian farmer, Alfred Avril, is one of the last remaining masters of tire machèt, the martial art created by enslaved Haitians to fight Napoleon’s armies. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete—both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival—Avril provides a link between his country’s past and its present.
by Gladstone Yearwood
Roy Ashby, who immigrated to Brooklyn as a child and grew up in New York City, has no place to turn when deported to Barbados. Roy’s mother died in an automobile accident and he grew up knowing nothing about his family. A chef by trade, Roy cannot get a job on the island without a Police Certificate of Character. He now finds himself on an island that is strange and foreign with no family and no home. Now destitute in a strange environment, Roy will do anything to get back to New York.
A CARIBBEAN DREAM
by Shakirah Bourne
This beautiful re-imagining of Shakespeare’s magical fairy tale “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is set modern day, under a full moon and during a Caribbean Festival.