'AMAZING VOICE': Terri Lyons in a scene from the film No Soca, No Life.

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Soca star Terri Lyons shines in acting role

The lads of the Youth Training Centre (YTC) will be in for a Carnival treat as the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) screens two movies at the YTC in Arouca, on Saturday, as part of the Festival's Carnival Film Series (CFS).

Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Co Ltd, the CFS is a showcase of Carnival-themed narrative and documentary films. Public screenings have been taking place across the country since January, but the YTC screening is a closed event.

The two films to be screened are by young local filmmakers.

The first, Pashan of the Froot, written and directed by Nadissa Haynes is a hilarious mock documentary about a singer who believes himself to be much more talented and popular than he actually is.

The second film, No Soca, No Life, written and directed by Kevin Adams, is an inspirational film about a young woman, Olivia, from a deprived background. Blessed with an amazing singing voice, Olivia is determined to overcome the obstacles before her and make it as a soca star.

Terri Lyons, who plays Olivia, won the award for best actress at the ttff/12 for her performance in the film.

Both Nadissa Haynes and Kevin Adams will be on hand at the screening to introduce their films and engage the young people in question-and-answer sessions afterwards.

This is the second time the ttff will host a screening at YTC, after a successful event there in 2012.

"The YTC screenings reinforce our commitment to using film as an instrument of social transformation," said Melvina Hazard, ttff's director of Community Development.

"Through these films and Q&A sessions, we hope to inspire the lads towards productive forms of creative expression. We also hope that sometime in the future we will be able to showcase a film made by the lads in our annual festival."

The YTC has as its main aim the rehabilitation and training of the lads committed to its custody, which would allow them to return to and function beneficially in the society from which, by due process of law, they have been temporarily set apart.

To this end the centre has an active and varied programme of activities, including academic study, arts, sports and technical-vocational training.

The ttff is held annually in September and October and is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT.

For more information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

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