2017 Films

Dance With Your Heart (Tengo Talento Cuba) (USA)

Dance With Your Heart- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Jennyselt is a dancer of Afro Cuban Folklore, with great prestige within Cuba and internationally and currently dances with the group Yoruba Andabo. She seeks her successor to keep the legacy of Afro-Cuban culture, dance and religion alive. Jennyselt takes us to the side of Havana that is rarely seen by tourist, Juanelo. Where there is a community project cultivating dreams and teaching the next generation of dancers. Who will she choose to keep the legacy alive?

 
Director(s):  Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
Genre:  Documentary, Short
Country of Origin:  USA
The Homicide (Cuba)

An official is disturbed by his calm when Carlos J. breaks into his office to apply for a license that he has committed a sin for homicide. But that must prove it.

 
Director(s):  Maysel Bello 
Genre: Short 
Country of Origin:  Cuba
PastPort: Cuba-The Search for Nicolita (USA)

PastPort: Cuba CaribbeanLens

The NY Emmy Award winning documentary PastPort: Cuba – The Search for Nicolita follows fashion designer Nicole Di Rocco’s journey with her parents back to Cuba, a country they left over 50 years ago, to find a model to represent her Cuba-inspired swimwear line and, more importantly, to discover her roots.  The film unveils the mystery behind a country often misunderstood and bridges
the gap between the family that left and those who stayed.
Executive Producers: Nicole Di Rocco & Marlen Landin
Genre:  Documentary
Country of Origin:  USA

Urbi et orbi (Cuba)

Urbi Et Orbi Cuba- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Urbi et orbi Cuba tells the historic process of reconciliation between the Cuban revolution and the Catholic faith which has culminated in the visit three Popes from 1998 to today.

Director’s own recordings of the visit of John Paul II, and others followed over the next years are mixed with historical footage and interviews present a whole walk the path of rapprochement between utopia and faith along several decades.
Urbi et orbi Cuba also shown in this context, as the actual Cuban expressions of faith from the worship of the patron saint of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, to the Afro-Cuban syncretism, resist any attempt to indoctrination foreign, forming an indestructible part of the Cuban identity.
 
Director(s): Andros Barroso
Genre: Documentary
Country of Origin: Cuba

Fionia (Cuba)

Fionia

Fionia- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Melquiades a 79 year-old intellectual, isolated by too many years, idealizes a travel to Fionia, as a possibility of escape of his claustrophobic reality, but Arcadio also 79 years old,  tries to persuade him by showing that is impossible to get out of a position adopted long time ago, because of fear, of past… Both of them, represent the doubts and the fears of the same person.

 
Director(s):  Miguel Arturo Sarduy
Genre:  Short
Country of Origin:  Cuba

Fiorella (USA)

Fiorella- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Liberian-American teenager Fiorella wants to fit in with her new crew. But when harrowing secrets are revealed, Fiorella must make the impossible choice between her Christian beliefs and loyalty to her friends.

 
Director:  Angela McCrae
Genre:  Short
Country:  USA

It’s Really Renee (USA)

Situational Comedy based on a homeless woman’s journey and her struggle through life. It will focus on how Homeless people are often mistreated, by people never taking the time to see them for who they truly are, despite their outer appearance.
Initially, everyone pushes her away until she shows the entire community that she’s actually intelligent and very wise, the community takes notice and she changes their lives forever.
 
On this journey, we will see how even though she is Homeless, and sometimes appears drunk or to have a mental problem, that she too, can have a major impact on a person’s life. When we see who she really is you will fall in love, so let’s all enjoy the ride with Renee, and maybe it will teach us all to be more receptive to those less fortunate.
 
Director:  Lemo Coney
Genre: Situation Comedy
Country of Origin: U.S.

Haiti- DR Binational Market (Dominican Republic)

Haiti and the Dominican Republic are one of the cases of island duality in the world. The binational trade between the two countries was taken as an object of research, marked by complex socio-historical processes underpinning the different cultures. This film proposes a discourse in which these aspects are explored in their territorial dimension. At the same time, it constitutes a reflection on the limits and the human contributions of both territories in that space of coexistence and exchange at the present time and that has its immediate effect on the economy, the politics, the ideology and the culture.

Under this theme we study the dynamism between these aspects and explore the consolidated cross-border space between both countries.
 
Genre:  Documentary
Director(s):  Elvin Diaz
Country of Origin:  Dominican Republic
Torments of Love/ Tourments d'Amour (Guadeloupe)

CaribbeanLens Film Festival Film Torments of Love

Hidden love, untold feelings and tormented relations between two sisters in their thirties and their father, symbolized by a culinary specialty of the Island of Guadeloupe. When Vanessa brings these “torments of love” for lunch, she doesn’t know yet that the ones that will be consumed during the lunch are going to be much more bitter…
 
Genre:  Feature/Drama
Country of Origin:  Guadeloupe
Director:  Caroline Jules

Quiet Revolution (Trinidad & Tobago)

Quiet Revolution- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

‘Quiet Revolution’ follows a group of everyday heroes who aim to give voice to permaculture (“the quiet revolution”) in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T).

Erle “the crazy runner” is a farmer, an adventure racer and barefoot ultra marathoner, and now a major advocate for Permaculture in T&T. He was raised in non-farming African and Canadian urban settings, with no prior knowledge of the Caribbean landscape. Armed only with an old photocopy of a permaculture (“permanent agriculture/ culture”) manual, Erle set out to regenerate the land. Against a land history of fire damage, herbicide and pesticide use, his permaculture farm, Wa Samaki Ecosystems, is a hub for ecological farming and learning.
‘Quiet Revolution’ is a portrait of the community at Wa Samaki and their lifelong efforts to learn and practice permaculture amidst the dominant culture of conventional agriculture. The film is timely in that it was completed days before the passing of permaculture founder, Bill Mollison, whose wisdom punctuates the film.
 
Director(s):  Rhonda Chan Soo, Edward Inglefield and Dominic Koo
Genre: Docmentary
Country of Origin:  Trinidad & Tobago
ArtCity, Guadeloupe to Cameroon (Guadeloupe)

CaribbeanLens Film: ArtCity, Guadeloupe to Cameroon

When Jonathan arrived in Africa for the first time, he could immediately feel how symbols could interact one to each other. It seemed to him that the Universe as a whole was at the core of this harmony. It was like a conspiracy.
Although he did not have much time left, when he heard about Bimbia, he knew he couldn’t leave this part of Africa without going there.

Director(s):Jonathan Drumeaux
Genre:  Documentary Short
Country: Guadeloupe

The Machinator (Antigua & Barbuda)

It is a love story of John, a young inventor of tin robots, and Anna, a beautiful girl selling paper cranes in place of Arthur, his father.

Arthur oppose the relationship and try to prevent it. John achieve overcome all obstacles and get to his love.

 
Director(s):  Pablo Latorre
Genre: Animation, Romance, Steampunk, Humor
Country of Origin: Antigua & Barbuda

Cuentas por Cobrar (Dominican Republic)

After serving a sentence of 10 years, Achilles have to choose between saving the life of his son or start a new path of honesty.

 
Director(s): Ronni Castillo
Genre:  Feature
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Mr. Santa Monica (USA)

Mr. Santa Monica is story of an African-American man from the south who came to Santa Monica and made a lifetime difference in his seaside community.

 
Director(s):  Mark Lawson Shepard
Genre:  Documentary, Short
Country of Origin:  USA
The Warehouse (Trinidad & Tobago)

The Warehouse - CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Two men must try to work together, when they wake up in a warehouse without any knowledge of who they are or how they got there.

 
Director:  Stephen  Hadeed, Jr.
Genre: Short, Psychological Thriller
Country of Origin:  Trinidad & Tobago

 

Mr. Windy (USA)

CaribbeanLens Film Mr. Windy

A man journeys to increase his education through music and filmmaking at a prestigious university, but throughout that journey is faced with repeated devastating challenges while on campus.
 
Director:  Rachel F. Betts
Genre:  Documentary, Short, Student
Country of Origin:  USA
The Transition (Puerto Rico)

The Transition- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

A father must deliver a message to his son before his life is exchanged for a newborn.

Director(s):  Jose Calleja
Genre:  Short
Country of Origin:  Puerto Rico
Marc Chung Protects His Address (USA)

Marc Chung Protects His Address- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Marc Chung recounts a story to his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led up to purchasing a pellet gun to protect his address. He suspects a man name Robert is committing fraud under his address. Robert shows up at Marc’s door and flees after being caught that he’s been lying. Marc shows up at the police station to file a report but is denied due to insufficient evidence.
 
Genre:  Short, Student
Director(s):  Michael Chan
Country of Origin:  USA
Dos Santos (The Netherlands)

Poster Dos Santos

Dos Santos is a stylized murder mystery based on a true story. Using a weapon forced on him by his dealer, the drug addict Fausto Dos Santos shoots someone over a fix. Overcome by guilt, he spends the night wandering aimlessly. When he gets arrested, he finds ‘himself’ in prison in a way that changes his life completely. The intensely filmed acts – the shaving, the bathing, the submission – look like reverent rituals.

Director:  Kees-Jan Mulder
Film Type:  Short
Genres:  Drama, Thriller, Crime, Spiritual, Papiamentu
Runtime: 20 mins.
Country of Origin: The Netherlands
Language:  Dutch/English Subtitles

70 X Seven (Jamaica)

L.J. is a superstar – or at least he was until his life spun out of control with vices. In an effort to stay out of prison, he returns home to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, to chill out and relax while he gets his life together. Or so he thought. News of his demise went ahead of him and now he’s stuck at a crossroads, caught up in the battle between those who want him there and those who don’t.

 
Director:  Judith Falloon-Reid
Genre:  Feature

Country:  Jamaica

The House of Nwapa (USA)

The House of Nwapa- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

A documentary film on the life of Africa’s first female novelist, Flora Nwapa.

 
Director(s):  Onyeka Nwelue
Genre:  Documentary, Feature
Country of Origin:  USA

The Sons of Mapes (Aruba)

CaribbeanLens Film Festival- The Sons of Mapes

In The Sons of Mapes, the filmmaker creates an intimate portrait of his Afro-Caribbean father, following his youth on the island of Curaçao and rise to international success as a professional tennis player in the 1960s and 70s. The film also chronicles his father’s 40-year reunion with his all-Latin American collegiate tennis team and their 86 year-old coach from Texas. This is a story about love, faith, perseverance, and the unbreakable bonds between family and old friends.
Genre:  Documentary Short
Director(s):  Aaron Hose
Country:  Aruba

The Letter (The Netherlands)

The Letter- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

A love story about a young Geisha and her admirer who stood by her in trying times. The letter is her declaration of gratitude to the man she loves.

 
Director(s):  Winston Catarroja
Genre:  Animation, Music,Video, Short
Country of Origin:  The Netherlands

Sweeter (USA)

Sweeter- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

A precocious six-year-old switches places with her young mother for a day to discover the true meaning of working twice as hard for half as much.

 
Director:  Emily Eaglin
Genre:  Documentary, Short, Comedy
Country of Origin:  USA
 
The Outcast (USA)

The Outcast- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

After escaping a war-torn country, a young woman is left alone when her husband is denied entry to the United States. All alone and with little money, she searches for a way for him to enter the country before being deported back. Surrounded by an alien culture, she must learn to quickly adapt to a foreign country as she experiences what it’s really like to be an outcast.

 
Director(s):  Bucher Almzain
Genre:  Drama, Fiction
Country of Origin:  USA

Maisa the Chamoru Girl Who Saves Guahan (Guam)

Maisa the Chamoru Girl Who Saves Guahan

Based on a beloved classic Legend from the island of Guam, ‘Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan’ tells the story of how a young Chamoru girl finds the strength, wisdom, and courage to lead the women of Guåhan (Guam) into battle against a giant creature from the Marianas trench that is devouring their island home.

‘Maisa’ is the first animated film to feature the endangered indigenous Chamorro language of Guam. For this film cultural and language experts along with the GDOE Chamorro Studies Special Projects Division worked diligently on bringing the language back to its historical pre contact era.

Director: Michael Q. Ceballos
Film Type: Animated Short
Genres: Cultural Adventure, Legend, Inspirational
Runtime: 35 Mins. 26 secs.
Country of Origin: United States Minor Outlying Islands/Guam
Language: Chamorro/English Subtitles

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (Jamaica)

Gloria Simms as Queen Nanny

She was a queen captured in her homeland, and forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean in the belly of a slave ship. In the New World, she would eventually rise up to become the leader of a new nation – of free Africans. However, not many people outside of Jamaica know of the legendary ‘Nanny’, warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons, one of the most celebrated, but least recognized heroines in the resistance history of the New World.

Nanny is the only female among Jamaica’s seven national heroes. Her likeness appears on the country’s $500 bill. Yet, not much is known about this mystical person, who led a band of former enslaved Africans in the rugged and remote interiors of Jamaica in their victory over the mighty British army during the early to mid-eighteenth century.

Most of what we know about Queen Nanny comes through Maroon oral history and folklore, and very little is written about her in historical texts. So, who was this herbal healer, prophetess, and African warrior queen? Conceived by award-winning Jamaican-born, New Jersey-based filmmaker, Roy T. Anderson, and history professor, Harcourt T. Fuller, this landmark one-hour documentary film, Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, will unearth and examine this mysterious figure that is Queen Nanny of the Maroons.

About the middle of the 18th century, runaway enslaved Africans in the Americas and the Caribbean were generally referred to as Cimarrones or Maroons. In Jamaica, this group waged an 80-year military campaign that resulted in the defeat of the formidable British army. As a result, two peace treaties were signed in 1738/39 granting the Maroons territorial sovereignty in their remote mountainous strongholds, including what is now the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable military genius, ‘Grandy’ Nanny. A spiritual leader, skilled in the use of herbs and ‘guerilla warfare’ tactics, from her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the vaunted British firepower.

Nanny symbolizes the pride of today’s Caribbean women. In fact, Jamaica’s first female and current Prime Minister, the Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, paid homage to Queen Nanny in her January 2012 inauguration speech, and continues to do so at every opportunity. And although Maroons, who all proudly proclaim to be Grandy Nanny’s ‘pickibo’ (children), are appreciative that she was named National Hero in 1976, to them her historical importance is such that she is seen as a powerful, living, breathing presence for almost three centuries.
To be shot in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, and the United States over the course of two years, the film features interviews and conversations with world-renowned scholars and present-day Maroons. We also engage a select group of women, to explore Queen Nanny’s impact on their lives, and how she has influenced them in their own pioneering work.

One of the highlights of the film is a historic 35-person expedition to the rugged hills of Old Nanny Town in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. Legend has it that only the bravest Maroons or those “free of bad deeds” can safely venture up to this sacred spot where Nanny’s powerful spirit still inhabits. As we seek to uncover the history and legacy of Queen Nanny, her intriguing story is also told through songs, performances, poetry, narration, and a series of re-enactments.

Following on the heels of Akwantu: the Journey (Action 4 Reel Flimworks, 2012), Anderson’s award-winning film on the history of the Jamaican Maroons, Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess will expand on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom-fighters by shedding light on to one of the leading figures in that struggle. This documentary also serves as a prelude to the dramatic telling of the epic story of this larger-than-life iconic persona.

Hill and Gully (USA)

Hill and Gully

This urban Cinderella story, set in a Brooklyn, Jamaican restaurant, during the election campaign of Barack Obama, explodes when ten year old, Sara Sapphire, chokes a child at school, and is forced to go into therapy with her mom, Carin, who becomes challenged to face her issues, celebrate her own beauty and open herself up to dating again.

Director: Patrice Johnson Chevannes
Film Type: Feature
Genres: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 1 hr 52 mins.
Country of Origin: United Sates
Language: English

Broken (UK)

Broken- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

A young woman has her world turned upside down as she finds herself deep within a relationship that has both a physical and mental grip over her very being. With complications keeping her bound in turmoil, it seems as there is more to this story than first meets the eye.

 
Director(s):  Daniel Alexander
Genre:  Short
Country of Origin: UK
The Knot (St. Lucia)

The Knot- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

A couple use magic to bind their relationship together, now that the thrill is gone they must undo what they have done.

 
Director(s):  Davina Lee
Genre:  Drama, Magical Realism
Country of Origin:  St. Lucia
Jamaican (Canada)

Jamaican- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Through interviews and through dance, the film Jamaican is a futile exploration of the definition of “Jamaican-ness”

 
Director(s):  Peter Chin & Jeremy Mimnagh
Genre:  Documentary,  Dance Film
Country of Origin: Canada

I Am Bolt (UK)

CaribbeanLens Film Festival- I Am Bolt Screening

Usain Bolt is a globally adored icon. He is a man who defines athletics, transcends sport and embodies his homeland, a man whose signature lightning pose has become a symbol of inspiration for generations now and to come. He is a man we know from the track – his focus, his smile, his winning and now I Am Bolt lets us see the real man behind the Triple Treble Olympic Gold Medals for the very first time. Usain shares unprecedented access to himself, welcoming us into his life as an Olympic & sporting legend, best friend, teammate and son. Experience first-hand & close up what being Usain Bolt is really like – from his grueling training days with his incredible coach and sprint team, to competing on the global stage, much of which was shot by Usain himself. See how he overcomes major setbacks and challenges along the way and discover how he spends his downtime and relaxes with his true inner circle, friends and family, allowing the directors unprecedented access into all facets of his life, both on and off the track. Hear from those closest to him –his parents, his agent, his coach, his fellow athletes and of course from the legend himself. This is the real Usain – as you have never seen before. Raw, revealing, joyful and inspiring. Prepare to smile and be surprised.

Genre: Documentary/Biography/Sport
Country: UK

The Northern King (Ghana)

The Northern King- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Battle lines are drawn when two childhood friends are pitted against each other in the battle of a life time as Amin, a former United States Airman returns to his home country to discover his best friend has become a drug king. After being put in charge of the case, Amin vows to bring down Mannahn. But it took great sacrifice to become the King. And the King will not go down without a fight!

Genre:  Feature:  Action, Crime, Drama
Director:  M. Sayibu
Country of Origin:  Ghana

Below 0° (Costa Rica)

Below 0- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

A meteorologist who narrates his experience in the Arctic through a voice recording; And how his life is linked physically and spiritually to nature.

 
Director(s):  Itai Hagage & Jonathan Gomez 
Genre: Animation, Documentary 
Country of Origin:  Costa Rica
Weirder Objects (USA)

Weirder Objects- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

A parody of NetFlix Stranger Things centered around Bacon and other dimensions. Weirder Objects takes bacon and the fear of government control and conspiracies to another dimension.

 
Director(s):  Matt Boothe
Genre:  Shorts
Country of Origin:  USA
Dreadlocks Story (US)

Dreadlocks Story- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

Dreadlocks Story opens up the history of Rastas in a new light. It shows the spiritual history behind the criticized dreadlocks hairstyle and the roots of the Rastafari culture, which is entangled with the Hindu tradition in Jamaica. Also, Although some accommodations have been made towards Rastas, the struggle against prejudice and discrimination are still prevalent.

 
Director(s): Linda Ainouche
Genre:  Documentary
Country of Origin:  USA

Outside Your Window (Australia)

Outside Your Window- CaribbeanLens Film Festival

As Claire gets home and gets ready for bed, she is being watched by a true monster…

 
Director(s):  Paul Cavallo & Darren K. Hawkins 
Genre: Short, Horror, Comedy 
Country of Origin:  Australia
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