Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Caribbean Filmmakers Stepping Up*

The Finest Caribbean Films at ttff

A scene from the movie, A Caribbean Dream, one of the Caribbean films to be screened at the 2017 trinidad+tobago film festival in September.

A strong line-up of critically acclaimed, award-winning Caribbean films will screen at this year’s trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), to be held from September 19-26, at MovieTowne Port of Spain, San Fernando and Tobago, as well as at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus.
The films from some of the Caribbean’s finest filmmakers include, from the Dominican Republic, Jose Maria Cabral’s Carpinteros (Woodpeckers), a high-octane, no-holds-barred movie about a forbidden relationship conducted through prison bars and across the 200 yards of empty space dividing the male and female prisons in Santo Domingo. Described by critics as a raw, intriguing and energetic blend of the tough and the tender, Carpinteros played at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA, to great acclaim.
Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer’s moving and topical film, Cargo, tells the tragic story of human trafficking from the point of view of reluctant trafficker, Kevin. An American exile with a gambling addiction, living in the Bahamas, he begins smuggling Haitians to Florida in an act of desperation, to keep his secrets buried and get out of a financial bind.

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