Caribbean Film School, Trinidad & Tobago

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Moriri - 28min
Mohau Mannathoko, Tlotlo Rasesia (Botswana, South Africa)

A gripping documentary addressing the contentious issue of black hair. The evolution of hair from pre-colonial era to post looking at the natural hair and weave phenomena.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Maid In Hell - 59min
Søren Klovborg (Saudi Arabia, Kenya)

Women from Africa (Kenya) are being sent to be house maids in Saudi Arabia with little to no human rights.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

We Are All Migrants - 20min
Rowenna Baldwin (UK)

Activism and performance that take place at this annual carnival are discussed.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

The Dream of El Dorado - 12min
Miriam Alexa (Germany, France)

"Coming to Europe for an African is like El Dorado." This is a biographical journey of an African trying to find "home" in France. She tells her experience of acclimating to this culture. A mother tells how this migration has separated her from her children and the hardships she has aced.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Emails to My Little Sister - 35min
Soloman A. Mekonen (Ethiopia)

Not another-film-about-refugees or “the misery” of Africans for there is never a single story. Emails to My Little Sister is an anthropologically intended film project concerning the phenomenology of Blackness in Berlin. The film, however, takes place in Ethiopia where becoming Black is reflected back on in siblings email conversations.

Thursday, Aug 29, 2019

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Atena/Nets - 6min
Mark Freeman (USA, Ghana)

This is a site-specific contemporary dance set in Jamestown, a traditional fishing community in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Rising stars in Ghana’s dance community, Julius Yaw Quansah and Sena Atsugah are enmeshed in the challenges of daily life. Drawing from Ghanaian customs and traditions, they cast a wide net, remaking their world.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Golden fish, African fish - 60min
Thomas Grand (Senegal)

The Casamance region in the South of Senegal is one of the last area of traditional fishing in West Africa. Facing the growing menace of industrial fishing companies and overcoming very harsh working conditions, the fishermen of Casamance contribute to the food supply (ou food safety) of many African countries. But for how long?

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Conquest and Prison - 8min
Mark Freeman (USA, South Africa)

Conquest and Prison is a two-part suite combing text, spoken word and site-specific dance set in Grahamstown, South Africa. Part I –– Oscar’s Journey –– is a solo performance by Oscar Buthelezi, the first African choreographer to win the prestigious Kurt Jooss Prize (Road 2016). This personal work combines personal poetic reflection and a performance at British built Ft. Selwyn. Part II –– Child’s Play–– features Lorin Sookool and Julia Wilson at the Old Gaol, which imprisoned 1000’s of black South Africans. This virtual duet in words and images attempts to reclaim and re-imagine this site of suffering.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Children of the Incursion - 24min
Ina Sotirova, Eka Campbell (Jamaica)

In May 2010, the Jamaican government carried out a controversial military operation in downtown Kingston’s notorious inner city communities of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town, where the area don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke ruled a state of his own. The Tivoli Incursion, as the operation came to be known, left many dead and many more scarred for life, especially the children. Seven years later, now in their late teens and early twenties, they reflect on the traumatic experience and how it continues to affect their lives. Children of the Incursion is a poetic journey through memories, realities and universal truths seen through the eyes of inner- city youths that attempts to understand the rampant and increasing violence in Jamaica.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Congo - A Political Tragedy - 87min
Patrick Kabeya (Congo)

This is a history based film telling the political tragedy of Democratic Congo.

Friday, Aug 30, 2019

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Skin - 80min
Directed by Daniel Etim Effiong (Lagos, Nigeria)

This film explores the hierarchy of skin--light verssus dark. It discusses how this has split up communities and identities.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Mis(s) Interpreted - 5min
Ayesha Kosaka (USA)

The film is a short film on the suppression of the black female voice. Although society traps black women in a box, we want to express that we can still move past the stereotypes and break through.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

The Rise of The African Female Drummer - 26min
Akin Alabi (Nigeria)

Drumming has been, culturally, a men driven art. This films tells the process and path of a female talking drummers and how women are gaining more rights.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba - 51min
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi (USA, Cuba)

Afrobeat has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which itself is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film shows the technology, culture and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion.

Saturday, Aug 31, 2019

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Skin - 80min
Directed by Daniel Etim Effiong (Lagos, Nigeria)

This film explores the hierarchy of skin--light verssus dark. It discusses how this has split up communities and identities.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Maid In Hell - 59min
Søren Klovborg (Saudi Arabia, Kenya)

Women from Africa (Kenya) are being sent to be house maids in Saudi Arabia with little to no human rights.

6:00 PM - Caribbean Film School

Emails to My Little Sister - 35min
Soloman A. Mekonen (Ethiopia)

Not another-film-about-refugees or “the misery” of Africans for there is never a single story. Emails to My Little Sister is an anthropologically intended film project concerning the phenomenology of Blackness in Berlin. The film, however, takes place in Ethiopia where becoming Black is reflected back on in siblings email conversations.

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