We are pleased to announce our 2018 Award Winners:
THE EMPTY BOX; A CAJA VACIA a film by :Claudia Sainte-Luce
A 60 ans, en raison d’une santé fragile, Toussaint doit s’installer chez sa fille Jazmin, qui vit à Mexico. D’origine haïtienne, Toussaint n’a jamais été capable de prendre racine nulle part. Il n’a pas été un père aimant et est un parfait inconnu pour Jazmin. Au gré de cette cohabitation forcée, Toussaint recompose le puzzle de son passé sous le regard tantôt sévère, tantôt bienveillant de sa fille. Il permettra à Jazmin d’aller de l’avant avec sa propre vie.
Pimento & Hot Pepper: The Mento Story
In Jamaica, before ska, reggae and dancehall there was mento. This is a history of Jamaica’s first commercially viable music, which peaked with the popularity of Calypso. The film captures performances from some of the bands that have been playing for over 50 yrs, as well as interviews from leading authorities on mento.
- Snow White (incorporating Vitiligo awareness, and speaking on the story of Gene Miles of Trinidad)
- The Wizard of Oz (incorporating The heroes of the Haitian Revolution, incorporating Orisha elements )
- Alice in Wonderland (the story of the black Caribs ) Ras-punzel – merging Caribbean folklore.
Stanley, a male child crocodile living in a zoo, was being attracted to fireworks set off far away on a certain night. But just finding him getting on a fence, Stanno, his father, brought his painful memory back and scolded Stanley severely. The next day, Stanley finally decided to escape from the zoo, with a longing heart for the outside world and rebellion spirit to his father in his mind.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject.
Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love is the Drug,” and more. Jones herself has said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked” and, indeed, Fiennes’s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself.
Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan
Slavery may have been the catalyst, but culture and passion formed this sound in Trinidad & Tobago. The steelpan (steel drum) can take the claim of being the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century. However, this sound not only moves people today, but it paralleled the island’s history of colonization and the demand for independence.
The first section of this two-part film highlights the precursors of the steelpan and the creation of the instrument until it gained international recognition in Britain in 1951. Interviews from steelpan legends, such as Ellie Mannette, Sterling Betancourt, Cliff Alexis and Ray Holman, are included.