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“PLAY THE DEVIL” Caribbean Film Series at BAMcinématek June 6  //  7:30pm Set in Trinidad, director Maria Govan’s LGBT drama possesses what ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ calls, “primal intensity,” in this tale where religious conservatism and macho patriarchy, combined with denial and sexual suppression, culminates into a passionate reality. In “Play The Devil,” 18 year-old Gregory (Petrice Jones) is set to graduate and make his family, and rural Trinidad village Paramin, proud that their local boy is headed to medical school. However, Greg secretly desires a life far-removed from his religiousRead More
CaFA Cinema Nights May 5, 2017 // 6:30PM IFP Media Center // 30 John St, Brooklyn Purchase Tickets here On March 17, Derek Walcott, St. Lucia’s and the Caribbean’s Nobel Prize Laureate, passed away.  In honor of his memory, and for those who missed the film the last time it was screened in Newy York, we are hosting a special screening of “Poetry is an Island,” the documentary on his life.  The film will be preceded by the screening of the short film, The Coming of Org, by St. Lucian filmmaker, DavinaRead More
The 4th biennial Haiti Film Fest, hosted by the Haiti Cultural Exchange, will be taking place this year, from May 11 – 14.  The Festival, which is a celebration of leaders and trailblazers in Haitian film. Taking place during Haitian Heritage Month in venues throughout Brooklyn, the Festival – featuring over 25 movies, along with panel discussions and networking receptions – will showcase the authentic soul of Haiti and its Diaspora. Haiti Film Fest Schedule Opening Night Fundraiser Thursday, May 11 | Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Opening Night will celebrate diverse depictions of Haiti on the silverRead More
Released in 2015, “DREAMS IN TRANSIT,” was the winner of the Caribbean Spirit Award, at the 2016 Caribbean Tales Film Festival. The film was shot in both Trinidad & Tobago and London, UK, with an evocative musical score by renowned composer Dominique Le Gendre and the narration voiced by London-based Trinidadian actor, Martina Laird. The film was produced by Riposte Pictures. SYNOPSIS: Dreams in Transit is a poetic, cine-essay style documentary reflecting on the theme of identity and belonging for contemporary migrants. The narrator, a London-based Trinidadian, returns to the Caribbean toRead More
As first published in BassCulture Islands Magazine. Kareem Mortimer, is a Bahamian filmmaker, who has made several feature length films, including The Eleuthran Adventure (2006), Children of God (2010), Windjammers (2011), and his latest, Cargo (2017), which premiered at this year’s Miami International Film Festival. How did you know being a writer/director was meant for you? I’ve always loved movies.  I grew up exceptionally close with my paternal grandmother and she had a neverending supply of videotapes ranging from “Imitation of Life to Tango and Cash.” We would watch moviesRead More
Released in 2011, “10 AVE MARIA,” won the jury award for best short film at the 2011 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, and is one of series of shorts by Juan Francisco Pardo, being made available to the public, through Studio Anansi Tv.  “Awa Brak,” is also available on the site. SYNOPSIS:  No man is an island, it is said. In this beautifully observed film, we follow Mark, a lonely young man in search of happiness. Through his daily encounters he struggles with his desires and his fears, until atRead More
“The House on Coco Road,” Highlights the Roles of Black Women in the Fight for Justice Amidst The Grenada Revolution – The Caribbean Film Series, April 11th at BAMcinématek Damani Baker’s intimate family portrait of his stalwart mother who moves her family to Grenada to fight for social justice and Black life, and encounters an invasion by the United States.  Q&A with the Director following the film. March 13, 2017/Brooklyn, NY – Filmmaker Damani Baker has amassed a career that spans documentaries, most notably as one-half of the directing teamRead More
CaFA Cinema Nights April 1, 2017 // 7:00PM Brooklyn Studios for Dance // 210 Lafayette St, Brooklyn Purchase Tickets here This season of the CaFA Cinema Nights, will see the return of “Julia and Joyce,” to the screen in Brooklyn.  We will be presenting the film in collaboration with Brooklyn’s own, Dance Caribbean Collective.  In this, the first collaboration between the two organizations, the film, which features the work of two pioneering Caribbean dancers, is a logical connection – promoting both dance and film, in the Caribbean context. JULIA andRead More