Events Category

1970’s Jamaica Explodes in “Better Mus’ Come” – Caribbean Film Series, Sept. 30th at BAMcinématek Gangs versus government drama continues partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy and BAMcinématek. Director Storm Saulter, in attendance for post-screening Q&A. August 20, 2015/Brooklyn, NY – Turbulent times rocked the Caribbean during the 1970’s. Many of the newly independent countries while still working to establish viable governments, had to also deal with a sudden worldwide economic downturn. In Jamaica, two key political factions violently clashed as the urban poor demanded better, and more equal, standards of living. Inspired by theseRead More
Brooklyn, NY – The Caribbean Film Series will be back this fall.  For one night only, Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 7:30pm, we will be bringing another outstanding Caribbean film to Brooklyn’s finest film venue, BAMcinématek.  Full details of the event will be released in early September – in the meantime, SAVE THE DATE and watch this space for updates. The first screening in the Series, featured God Loves the Fighter, by Damian Marcano, a filmmaker from Trinidad & Tobago (read about the first screening here).  The film screened to aRead More
The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday, on Saturday Aug 1, promises to be a real treat for the Caribbean culture lover.  One look at the evening’s activities will reveal why.  Let’s take a look at what they have planned. Source: Target First Saturdays  MUSIC 5:00 p.m. BombaYo performs traditional Afro Puerto Rican bombadrumming, which combines West African, Taino, and Spanish percussion. Presented in partnership with CaribBEING. FILM 5:00–9:00 p.m. Experimental media program, Black Radical Imagination presents short films made by women of color who have connections to the Caribbean. PERFORMANCE 6:00 p.m. The BraataRead More
On July 7, God Loves the Fighter, the T&T film likened to City of God and The Harder they Come, will finally be released internationally.  Just about everyone will be able to see the film everywhere.  Film Doo, which has the UK rights to the film will be releasing it on their website at:, and at the East End Film Festival in London.  In the US, the film will be available on DVD directly from its website,, as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Winning the Curaçao International Film FestivalRead More
June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the US, and there is no where better to celebrate it than in Brooklyn, NY – home of the largest Caribbean population in the US.  Here’s a look at some of the hottest celebratory events in the Borough. Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration with the Brooklyn Borough President at Borough Hall June 5-26   Caribbean Diaspora Forum Wyndham New Yorker Hotel June 1-5   Rum & Rhythms Benefit at the Tribeca 360, New York, NY Friday, June 5, 2015 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM This signatureRead More
Haiti Cultural Exchange presents The Third Biennial Haiti Film Fest As a part of Haitian Heritage Month, May 8 -15, HCX will present over 15 screenings showcasing a variety of documentary, feature and short films exploring subjects such as exile, memory, and cultural heritage. Taking place in venues throughout New York City and kicking things off with the Haiti Film Fest Opening Night on Thursday, May 7th at DROM NYC, the festival explores pressing issues in contemporary Haitian and Diaspora Communities. Over its first two installments, Haiti Film Fest has drawn thousands of attendees and expectsRead More
Hit Trinidadian Crime Film “God Loves the Fighter” Makes Its Brooklyn Premiere, April 7th at BAMcinématek Trinidad’s newest narrative film opens the Caribbean Film Academy’s new ‘Caribbean Film Series’ in partnership with BAMcinématek; director Damian Marcano in attendance for post-screening Q&A  March 5, 2015/Brooklyn, NY –  Having successfully navigated the international film festival circuit for over a year, the gritty, urban Trinidadian drama, God Loves the Fighter, makes its way to Brooklyn, NY, marking its premiere in the largest enclave of Caribbean immigrants and first-generation Caribbean-Americans outside of the WestRead More

Posted On January 25, 2015By Romola LucasIn Blog, CaFA News, Events

The Mango Experience – New York

HaMA Films will be in New York on February 15, to host a fund-raiser for their latest production, Deep Blue.  The fund-raiser, dubbed “The Mango Experience,” will be hosted by the Antigua & Barbuda Progressive Society.  At the event, Howard and Mitzi Allen will give a presentation on their filmmaking journey showing clips from all 4 of their films, followed by a Q and A.  They will also talk about their newest production Deep Blue and attendees will be able to purchase copies of their films. Check out the flyerRead More

Posted On November 15, 2014By Romola LucasIn Blog, CaFA News, Film Screenings in New York

The Price of Memory at ADIFF

We first met Karen Marks Mafundikwa at this year’s Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. Well actually, we met her film first – on our first full day of attending screenings. Watching the film completed our full re-absorption into Caribbean life during our 2 week stay there. Fully exploring the ideas of reparations and repatriation, the film generated a riveted and heated post-screening discussion, keeping us all glued to our seats. The Price of Memory:  When Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002, she is petitionedRead More
“God Loves the Fighter,” a film by T&T filmmaker, Damian Marcano, is the other Caribbean film showing at this year’s Urban World Film Festival, in New York.  The gritty urban drama follows homeless street poet, King Curtis, a prophetic, omniscient narrator telling the raw, tragic story of Charlie, growing up in Laventille. He wants an honest job, but hopeless circumstances nevertheless lead him towards crime. When prostitute Dinah crosses his path and desperately needs help, Charlie reaches a crossroad in his life. Set in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, the murder capital of the Caribbean,Read More