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Urbanworld is the premiere Afrocentric film festival in the New York City area.  This year, it is poised to bring the New York premiere of 4 Caribbean films.  Let’s check them out. Double Play 2 Directed by Ernest Dickerson Narrative Feature Curaçao, 2017 | 130 mins Set in Curaçao, Double Play, is the story of Dr. Ostrik Fiel’s return to his childhood home, and the haunting memory of fateful events from when he was a young boy. Forty years earlier, over a long standing game of dominoes, the destinies ofRead More
“ALTO VISTA,” by Juan Francisco Pardo, an official selection of the 2015 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, is a visceral, heart-stopping short addressing the high suicide rate in a part of Aruba. SYNOPSIS: Souls trapped in a moment, searching for love, satisfaction and forgiveness. Alto Vista is a place that not only unites a family, but also divides them, repeating their past and reflecting their future. Watch Now: About Juan  Juan Francisco Pardo is an Aruban filmmaker. His first film, 10 Ave Maria, won the Jury Prize for Best Short Film atRead More
“DENIS,” by Gabrielle Blackwood, an official selection of the 2015 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, is a poignant and touching documentary on the life of man diagnosed with ALS.  As the story unfolds, we hear from Denis’ wife and primary caregiver, as well as Denis himself, as we learn exactly what it takes to care for someone with this disease. SYNOPSIS: Denis Mckenzie, a proud and independent family man from Jamaica, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 43. The disease eventually renders him almost completely paralysedRead More
“MOKO JUMBIE” Caribbean Film Series at BAMcinématek September 6  //  7:30pm Purchase Tickets Here! We are excited to announce our next screening at BAM.  We will be bringing a Special Sneak Preview, of Moko Jumbie, Vashti Anderson’s first feature length film, which premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival. While the film is still hot on the festival trail, we are working with Vashti to present a sneak preview the film specially for our Brooklyn audiences. About the Film: With Vanna Vee Girod, Jeremy Thomas, Dino Maharaj, NickolaiRead More

Posted On July 10, 2017By Romola LucasIn Blog, CaFA News, caribbean, caribbean film, Interviews

CaFA Q+A with Ryan Lee

Last Tuesday, Ryan Lee’s film, “Flying the Coup,” was released on Studio Anansi Tv.  The film, which premiered at the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, was a winner of the People’s Choice Award – Short Film.  The film was shot in both Trinidad & Tobago, while Ryan was a student in the UWI Film Program. We vibed with Ryan, on making the film and on his views on filmmaking in the Caribbean. RYAN LEE Filmmaker FLYING THE COUP Trinidad & Tobago Born into a family of photography enthusiasts in Trinidad & Tobago, RyanRead More
CaFA Cinema Nights July 21, 2017 // 6:30PM IFP Media Center // 30 John St, Brooklyn Purchase Tickets here For this, the Fifth Edition of the 2017 Series, we will be featuring a film exploring environmental issues in Trinidad & Tobago. Through the stories in A BETTER PLACE, we learn of the work of organizations in Trinidad & Tobago, working with youth and communities, to help facilitate sustainable living environments. A BETTER PLACE by Carver Bacchus and Miquel Galofré Trinidad & Tobago, 2015 Directed by award-winning filmmaker Miquel Galofré and produced by Sustain T&T’s own CarverRead More
The Haitian Experience in Dominican Republic  This documentary showcase does not pretend to be a socio-political analysis on the immigration of Haitians to Dominican Republic.  It is simply a cinematic blueprint with descriptive and peculiar characteristics of a migration with the need of the immigrants, to find a proper identity outside of their motherland. These works, with rich images and diverse stories, represent part of the life and culture of the Haitian immigrants who live in the Dominican Republic. Created by emerging voices and with a linguistic and cultural background,Read More
The Timehri Film Festival, is a Guyanese and Caribbean film festival we, i.e., CaFA, started in 2016, in partnership with Rewind and Come Again (Blog).  Now in its second year, the Festival is slowly but surely growing into what we envisioned for it. Our very first year coincided with Guyana’s 50th Independence celebrations.  All of the 30+ films were screened at the Moray House Trust, over a period of 4 days.  Although not the first film festival in Guyana – SASOD, a local organization has been hosting a queer filmRead More
Premiering at the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, “FLYING THE COUP,” was a winner of the People’s Choice Award – Short Film.  The film was shot in both Trinidad & Tobago, while Ryan was a student in the UWI Film Program. SYNOPSIS: A young man’s first day as a police officer turns into a disaster as the 1990 attempted coup in Trinidad & Tobago erupts. He reluctantly joins forces with the neighbourhood slacker to escape the gauntlet that is a curfew enforced Port-of-Spain. RYAN LEE Writer/Director Trinidad & Tobago Born into a family of photographyRead More

Posted On May 28, 2017By Romola LucasIn Blog, CaFA News, caribbean, caribbean film

Travolta Cooper at Cannes: Day 9

Words by Travolta Cooper The State of Caribbean Film: Trinidad & Tobago Cannes, France —- It is safe to say, Trinidad and Tobago is leading the charge for the development of a lucrative film industry in the Caribbean Region. Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island Republic, lead for mainly two reasons: One? The best and most imaginative films have come from under T&T over the last five years. Two? As a nation, they have done more to unite the Region under one Caribbean Film banner. We have talked about thisRead More