Festival Program: 2007 Schedule at a Glance

 




FRIDAY, JULY 13th, 2007
NFB Mediatheque, 150 John Street


10:00 a.m.

lesramartin

TRINIDADIAN-CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY MAKERS
Screening / Q&A

Older, Stronger, Wiser
– Claire Prieto (CAN)
A unique history of Canada’s Black people through the eyes of four Black women.

Journey to Justice
– Roger McTair (CAN)
Canada’s civil rights movement and the brave Black Canadians who led the fight for equality.

Journey of Lesra Martin
– Selwyn Jacob (CAN)
An inspiring story about a young boy’s heroic defense of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.


   

12:00 pm

 

lordhavemercy

 

WORKSHOP: SITCOMS & SERIES
Screening / Q&A

Westwood Park – Danielle Diefenthaller (T&T)
Popular and groundbreaking tongue-in-cheek Caribbean soap opera.

Lord Have Mercy! – Frances-Anne Solomon (CAN)
A wildly irreverent take on Black church life, set in Toronto’s Caribbean community.

Who the C.A.P. Fits – Christopher Laird (T&T)
A 13-episode soap drama, which was the first of its kind in Anglophone Caribbean. 


 

1:30 p.m.

animaecaribe

WORKSHOP: CARIBBEAN ANIMATION
Screening / Informal Discussion

Camille Selvon Abrahams presents a selection of the best animation films from the Animae Caribe: Caribbean Animation, Film & New-Media Festival in Trinidad. 


 

3:00 p.m.

 

 

WORKSHOP: THE NEW MEDIA
Interview with Georgia Popplewell on Caribbean Free Radio and Global Voices 


 

4:00 p.m.

 

WORKSHOP: MUSIC VIDEOS FROM TRINIDAD & TOBAGO


 

5:00 p.m.

MEET & GREET

Carla Foderingham, Horace Ové, Bruce Paddington, Georgia Popplewell, Camille Selvon Abrahams. Sponsored by S.M. Jaleel and Co. Ltd. and Tropical Treets.


 

6:00 p.m. 

OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION: HONOURING HORACE OVÉ

FILM AND TV OPPOTUNITIES IN T&T
with Carla Foderingham (CEO of the T&T Film Company)  


TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ON FILM: A visual presentation of Film and Television in Trinidad and Tobago
with Bruce Paddington (Co-Curator)


 


dreamtochange

HORACE OVÉ
Screening highlights of his film career (showreel)

Dream to Change the World
– Horace Ové (UK)
A profile of British-Trinidadian activist John La Rose, founder of New Beacon Books and the Caribbean Artists’ Movement. 


 

9:15 

uncomfortable-fung

Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier Richard Fung (CAN)
 
The work and ideas of artist Christopher Cozier in the context of post-independence Trinidad’s oil-rich economy, complicated ethnic politics, and vibrant cultural forms.

   

 


 

SATURDAY, JULY 14th, 2007
NFB Mediatheque, 150 John Street


10:00 a.m.

 

shanimootoo

Screening / Q&A

English LessonShani Mootoo (CAN)
A “native West Indian” gives an “English lesson” in his kitchen.

Barrel Children – Cara Elmsie Weir (USA/T&T)
An intimate look at a Trinidadian family separated because of migration.

Mennonites of Belize – Bruce Paddington (T&T/Belize)
The complex and fascinating world of an exclusive white Mennonite community in Belize.


  

12:00 p.m.

 

doctorsdaughter

Screening / Q&A

Her Sweetness Lingers – Shani Mootoo (CAN)
Poetry and lyrical imagery combine to explore the fatal possibilities that begin with a caress.

The Doctor’s Daughter or the Secret and the Lie – Janine Fung (CAN)
An exploration of the volatile and compelling nature of relationships.


 

1:30 p.m.

Screening / Q&A

Short Elspeth Duncan (T&T)

Concert in the Rainforest
– Michael Gilkes, Christopher Laird (GUYANA)
Pianist Ray Luck holds a concert in the rainforest for the Waiwai Amerindians.

JAB! The Blue Devils of Paramin – Alex De Verteuil (T&T)
Every Carnival, Kootoo, a hillside farmer, becomes the “Blue Devil of Paramin.”


   

3:00 p.m.

 

paradiselost

Screening / Q&A

Black Men and Me – Michèle Pearson Clarke (CAN)
A Trinidadian dyke explores her complex relationships with Black men.

Paradise Lost – Inge Blackman (UK)
Trinidad’s uneasy relationship with queer folk, mixing tolerance and censure, religion and ritual.

What My Mother Told Me – Frances-Anne Solomon (UK)
A young British woman goes to Trinidad to bury her father and meets her mother for the first time. Her mother tells her stories, revealing a troubled and violent past.


 

5:00 p.m. 

MEET & GREET

Christopher Laird, Yao Ramesar, Janine Fung, Shani Mootoo, Michèle Clarke. Sponsored by Island Foods, Harlem Restaurant, S.M. Jaleel and Co. Ltd., Irie Food Joint and Tropical Treets.


 

6:00 p.m. 

SPOTLIGHT: GAYELLE THE CHANNEL
Screening / Q&A

A Day in the Life of Gayelle – Christopher Laird (T&T)
featuring Christopher Laird (CEO, founder of Gayelle)
An insider’s look at the dynamic young Trinidad-based TV station.

In Conversation with ... Christopher Laird

Christopher Laird is the Founder/ CEO of Gayelle The Channel, and the co-founder and MD of Banyan Productions, Trinidad's leading production company. "One of the most important filmmakers working in the Anglophone Caribbean..." (Richard Fung, leading Toronto critic & award-winning video-maker).


   

8:15 p.m.

sistagod-ramesar

 FILMMAKER PROFILE: YAO RAMESAR
Screening / Q&A

Sista God – Yao Ramesar (T&T)
The coming of a Black female messiah in a future time called “Apocalypso,” a global holocaust only she survives.

 

 

 


 

SUNDAY, JULY 15th, 2007
Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen Street West


10:00 a.m.
 

sharonmlewis 

Screening 

Ritch Sharon M. Lewis (CAN)
A modern hip-hop adaptation of “Richard Cory,” poet Edwin Arlington Robinson's shockingly ironic poem about loneliness.

Jorge y la bomba (George and the Bicycle Pump)
– Asha Lovelace (CUBA)
An adaptation of Earl Lovelace’s short story “George and the Bicycle Pump,” Asha's thesis film at Cuba’s School of Cinema and Television.

Animae Caribe
(repeat / T&T)

Leftovers
– Janine Fung (CAN)
A dinner-table argument  that reveals issues of identity, otherness and belonging.

Cold Dead Hands
– Kaz Ové (UK) A chilling journey through the underbelly of London, from the point of view of a gun.


 

11:00 a.m.

Screening

Music Video – W. Lovelace (T&T)
A Day in the Life of Gayelle (repeat) – Christopher Laird (T&T)


 

12:00 p.m. 

 

pressure_ove

SPOTLIGHT: HORACE OVÉ
Screening

Pressure – Horace Ové (UK)
Ove’s first film, Pressure, which tells the story of a London teenager who joins the Black Power movement in the 1970s, was banned for two years by its own backers, the British Film Institute (BFI). The story of Tony: torn between the churchy conformity of his Trinidadian parents and his brother’s Black Power militancy. An unflinching look at 1970s Britain from a Black point of view.
   

  

2:00 p.m.

horaceovesmall

IN CONVERSATION WITH...HORACE OVÉ 

Horace Ové is a Trinidadian-born British filmmaker, painter and writer and one of the leading Black independent filmmakers to emerge in Britain since the post-war period. "Undoubtedly a pioneer, his work provides a perspective on the Black experience in Britain." (BFI Screen Icons) 

 


 

3:30 p.m.

little_x

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH...
JULIEN “LIL X” LUTZ

Presented by Eye Weekly & FLOW 93.5 FM

The acclaimed Hollywood music video director opens up to fans during an in-depth, hour-long interview with radio personality Rudy Blair of 680 News.


  

5:30 p.m.

frances

CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION
Special Community Screening / Q&A 

CaribbeanTales is proud to announce the Launch of our new project TALK IT OUT, a nationwide anti-violence tour of  A Winter Tale, that uses the film as a tool for discussion for youth.

After the screening members of the cast will talk about the movie, and the projected tour. 

"Solomon and her cast deliver extraordinarily credible, emotionally raw and sincere performances..."

"...violence is not a spectator sport, and nowhere in this film could you simply watch — you felt the call to action, and even discussion." Expose Entertainment Magazine (Read the full review here).

A Winter Tale – Frances-Anne Solomon (CAN)

The film tells the emotional story of a Black men's support group that meets in a Caribbean Takeaway restaurant, in the wake of the death by gunfire of a young child in Toronto.

Winner of the Tonya Lee Williams Award for Outstanding Canadian Feature at this year's ReelWorld Film Festival. 

 

 

 
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