Cuban Embassy To Host Film Showcase

Cuban Embassy To Host Film ShowcaseAntigua St. John's - The Cuban Embassy and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda will host the presentation of the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Fourth Edition.

The festival will run from Friday January 10 to Sunday January 12, and feature 22 films from 16 Caribbean countries.

The showcase has been touring the region since 2007.

This will be its second exhibition in Antigua & Barbuda. Among the other countries represented in the 4th edition are Haiti, Guadeloupe, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba, Jamaica, Venezuela, The Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. The films include documentaries, fiction, and a wonderful collection of animated films and shorts.

One of the highlights of the festival is a documentary out of Cuba and the United States, “Traces of the Trade”.

Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in US history. She and nine cousins retraced the Triangle Trade and gained powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

Other films include “Rain,” a feature film from Bahamian director Maria Govan, and “Classical Steel,” a Trinidadian documentary highlighting the importance of classical music in the development of the steelband. Also on the lineup is “Rise Up,” a Jamaican documentary, which journeys into the heart of Jamaica’s flourishing underground music scene. There is also the Haitian documentary “An Unwelcome Lot” looking at the Syrian/Lebanese experience in Haiti. The Film Showcase also includes a special screening of the critically acclaimed Antiguan film “The Skin” on Saturday January 11.

The regional film festival aims to bring Caribbean audiences closer to the knowledge and acknowledgement of their own reality, history, and culture through cinema, and to encourage an interest in productions by Caribbean filmmakers.

The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Film Art and Industry (ICAIC), UNESCO, UNICEF, TELESUR, Republic Bank Ministry, and the Cuban Ministry of Culture, with the collaboration of CARICOM and Caribbean academic institutions.

The co-ordinator in Antigua is HAMAfilms.

The festival opens to the general public on Saturday at 2 pm at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda on Long Street. Admission to all the screenings is free.

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Cuban Embassy To Host Film Showcase

#1 Smoke n Mirrors » 2014-03-03 09:50

Nice. Real nice. Hope to catch a few of the films. Big up to HAMA!

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