Caribbean Film Series Category

“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
“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
“ESTA ISLA,” by Cristian Carretero, was released on Studio Anansi Tv today.  The film was an official selection of the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, and won Best Short Film by a unanimous decision at the 5to Festival de Cine Europeo (2014, PR). SYNOPSIS: After a surprising turn of events, two young lovers escape off into the innermost part of Puerto Rico, finding freedom within.   CRISTIAN CARRETERO Writer/Director/Producer Puerto Rico Cristian Carretero is originally from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He graduated with his bachelors degree from Sarah Lawrence College.Read More
The Personal and Political Awakenings of New Black Activists Converge in ‘Generation Revolution’ – The Caribbean Film Series, February 22nd at BAMcinématek Black and brown youth in Britain fighting for racial, social, and economic justice, inspired by the USA’s #BlackLivesMatter movement, explore the messy world of activism in Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis’ gripping documentary. Q&A panel with the directors and special guests from activist community will follow the film. January 18, 2017/Brooklyn, NY – If you asked older generations, just a few years ago whether young people, millennials ifRead More
Classic British-Trinidadian Film “PRESSURE” Returns to Brooklyn For One Night Only at The Caribbean Film Series, December 5th at BAMcinématek Horace Ove’s underrated 1976 masterpiece highlights generational Caribbean immigrant tensions in Great Britain’s first Black feature film. Press Contact:  Romola Lucas –  romola@caribbeanfilm.org Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release, “PRESSURE” is the first dramatic feature film by a Black director in Great Britain, the Trinidad-born Horace Ové. In the seminal film, generational tensions between Caribbean immigrants living in the Notting Hill area of London are examined with both dramaRead More
COWS WEARING GLASSES (Las vacas con gafas) directed by Alex Santiago Pérez Caribbean Film Series Thursday, November 10th, 7:30pm | BAM Rose Cinemas When eccentric painter and art professor Marcelino (Daniel Lugo) contracts a disease that makes him lose his eyesight, he is forced to rethink his relationship with his daughter, and take stock of a life full of professional success but a personal one that’s totally unsatisfactory, in “Cows Wearing Glasses (Las vacas con gafas),” an intimate portrayal filled with biting humor and a dynamic performance by star DanielRead More
Award-Winning Puerto Rican Drama “Cows Wearing Glasses” at The Caribbean Film Series, October 19th at BAMcinématek Intimate portrait of an elderly, ill-tempered painter losing his sight and trying to reconcile his past. Director Alex Santiago Perez in attendance for post-screening Q&A. September 15, 2016/Brooklyn, NY – What significance will your life have when it’s most critical component begins to vanish?  Who will you now be?  This is the crux of Marcelino ‘Marso’ Sariego’s new way of life as the eccentric painter and university professor learns he is going blind inRead More
Carnival Meets Bollywood in Machel Montano starring in “Bazodee” – Caribbean Film Series, September 7th at BAMcinématek Soca music superstar Machel Montano makes his film debut in this classic love story set in modern day Trinidad & Tobago August 12, 2016/Brooklyn, NY – Trinidad is known for more than sandy beaches and tropical flavor – it is also the birthplace of Soca, an increasingly popular soul & funk music version of standard Calypso music. And the leading voice in Soca, singer/songwriter Machel Montano, has now stepped into acting, parlaying his musical drive into drama for the new film “Bazodee,” showing at BAMcinematek just days after New YorkRead More
This June, Travolta Cooper’s, “THE BLACK MOSES,” was released on Studio Anansi Tv.  In the film, Travolta explores the life of Sir Lynden O. Pindling, the Bahamas’ first Prime Minister.  Pindling is regarded as the “Father” of the Bahamas, having led it to independence in 1973.  He served as Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 1969 to 1992, and was leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) from 1965 to 1997 when he resigned from public life.  He died in 2000.  While the film’s focus is on Pindling’s life, itRead More
by Melissa Noel “Cristo Rey” is a Dominican drama set against the poverty of a Santo Domingo slum where many undocumented Haitian immigrants violently clash with Dominicans. The film tells the ill-fated love story of Janvier, a teenager often unfairly treated because of his mixed Haitian-Dominican descent and Jocelyn, the sister of a local drug kingpin he’s hired to protect. Although forced to take this job for quick cash to get to his mother who was deported by police to Haiti, Janvier and Jocelyn end up falling in love. They plan to leave theRead More