Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New pan docudrama to open Trinidad and Tobago film festival


Eagerly-awaited: A scene from the docudrama, “Pan! Our Music Odyssey”.

Mark Fraser

 “Pan! Our Music Odyssey,” an eagerly-awaited docudrama about the steelpan, will have its world premiere when it opens the ninth edition of the Trinidad and Tobago film festival (ttff) on September 16.

The film, several years in the making, was written by Kim Johnson, who is a well known pan researcher. He is the author of such books as The Illustrated Story of Pan and If Yuh Iron Good You is King: The Pan Pioneers of Trinidad and Tobago.

Eighty minutes long, “Pan! Our Music Odyssey” tells the epic story of pan, the only new acoustic musical instrument invented in the twentieth century. 

The film boldly dramatises the almost mythical invention of pan in the 1940s, and then surges forward to tell the stories of people from all over the world—Trinidad and Tobago, France, Japan, the USA—who have staked everything on their love of the instrument, and whose passion and daring draw them each year to the “world championships” of steelpan, Panorama. 

Opening night events for the festival is September 16 at the Lord Kitchener Auditorium, National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port of Spain. The Festival will run until September 30.