Caribbean Tales Presents An Exciting Day of Films at the Harbourfront Center’s “Island Soul” Festival
Caribbean Tales Annual Film Festival is proud to partner with the Harbourfront Centre to present a day of exciting film screenings and thought-provoking Talk Back sessions at the Island Soul Festival.
Curated by Caribbean Tales’ artistic director, Frances-Anne Solomon, an accomplished filmmaker, writer, director and producer, the day promises to be one you don’t want to miss.
August 2, 2009 1.30pm
Featuring a selection of dynamic documentaries from the Caribbean and it’s Diaspora.
Alex Cuba: The Making of Alex Cuba by Safiya Randera
From the Cuban countryside to rural British Columbia, discover Juno winner Alex Cuba. The Making of Alex Cuba observes the artist in his emerging success as an international musician from recording in Havana’s famous Egrem Studios through behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming music video, Tu Boca. Join Alex Cuba as he looks within his own history for discoveries on bridging culture through music. (24 min)
The Insatiable Season: Making Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago by Mariel Brown
The Insatiable Season: Making Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, a documentary production of SAVANT Ltd, was launched in January 2008, just in time for carnival. “The Insatiable Season is … a film that, simply and appropriately, finds joy in the mundane romance of putting a mas together, from the conceptualising of the band to the construction of the costumes . . . and yes, in the end, to wining down to the ground come Carnival Tuesday. . . This is a highly enjoyable film, not least for the bits of candour it is so adroitly able to capture.” –The Caribbean Review of Books, August 2008
Ramabai Espinet: Coming Home by Frances-Anne Solomon
Ramambai Espinet visits her home town of San Fernando, Trinidad. What was planned as “a simple, nostalgic trip” soon becomes a fascinating journey into a brilliant writer’s personal history and cultural heritage. (44 min)
August 2nd, 2009. 5pm
A spotlight on the explosion of new film and television work from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Bacchanal by Lisa Wickham
Music video from Destra Garcia’s 2009 abum, Hott. (4 min)
Mami Wata by Yao Ramesar
An Orisha ceremony at the feast for Yemanja, the water goddess, at Salibiya Bay in Trinidad whee the river delta meets the sea. (11 min)
Reunion by Frances-Anne Solomon
In 1943, three hundred middle class “coloured” women from across the West Indies were recruited to the ATS, a branch of the British Army. This documentary documents for the first time the contribution of these women to WW2.(25mins)
Carmen and Geoffrey by Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob
This beautiful feature documentary is about the work of two exceptional artists, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and director, painter, choreographer and designer Geoffrey Holder, who stepped forward in the 1950’s to play a vital part in the newly energized world of American modern dance. It is also about a fifty-four year long love affair and the creative partnership that sustained their accomplishments. (80mins)