Caribbean Calling For Havana

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A scene from 'Vivre' (Maharaki, Martinique, 2013).
News Americas, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Fri. Nov. 29, 2013: The Havana Film Festival this year will again feature a number of films from other Caribbean nations under the banner, ‘Caribbean Calling.’

The line-up will be presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) for the second year in a row, and will feature four feature-length and five short narrative and documentary films, all of which screened either at this year’s festival.

The films represent a wide cross-section of the non-Spanish speaking Caribbean, and come from countries such as Aruba, Barbados, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago. They include Broken Stones (Guetty Felin, Haiti, 2012); Payday (Selwyne Browne, Barbados, 2013); Poetry Is an Island: Derek Walcott (Ida Does, Suriname/Aruba/The Netherlands, 2013); Songs of Redemption (Miquel Galofré + Amanda Sans, Jamaica/Spain, 2013); Auntie (Lisa Harewood, Barbados, 2013); The Gardener (Jo Henriques, Aruba, 2013); One Good Deed (Juliette McCawley, T&T, 2012); Passage (Kareem Mortimer, Bahamas, 2013) and Vivre (Maharaki, Martinique, 2013)

“Cuba, with its great cinematic tradition, has long been a byword in the wider world for Caribbean cinema,” said Jonathan Ali, ttff Editorial Director, and one of two ttff team members who will attend the HFF. “We are therefore pleased to once again present at Havana a showcase of films reflecting the rich diversity of contemporary Caribbean cinema, both in terms of style and content.”

Officially known as the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the HFF – which, in its 35th year, is the oldest film festival in the region, runs from December 5 – 15. Caribbean Calling takes place from December 6 – 10.

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