|As the CaribbeanTales family expands, we have embarked on an exciting series of community partnerships and screenings, aimed at serving our diverse communities while introducing Caribbean Cinema across Toronto.
CTFF will co-present a series of diverse short films on Caribbean and Canadian/Caribbean Culture with Island Soul at Harbourfront Cinema on July 29, 30 and August 1: Free and open to the public.
FRIDAY, JULY 29
Theme: Caribbean Culture
9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
(Christopher Laird, 2016, Trinidad & Tobago, 10 minutes)
Based on a reinterpretation of Mikhail Fokine’s classic ballet the Dying Swan for a ‘Moko Jumbie’ (a stilt dancer) in drag, Dying Swan is a documentary chronicling the assemblage and performance of Mas artists during Peter Minshall’s first mas for carnival in nearly ten years.
(Justin Lovell, Canada, 2008, 22 minutes, English)
Sara Renelik is a Montreal singer, choreographer, and dancer of Haitian descent who has toured and performed with Cirque de Soleil, Celine Dion, Yaya Diallo, Eval Manigat and Yves Dechary.
Kobo Town: “Storytelling In ‘Storytelling’
(Safiya Randera, Canada, 2008, 22 minutes, English)
These talented musicians invite us into the dazzling world of wordplay and images that define calypso tradition and Trinidadian culture.
Alex Cuba: “The Making Of Alex Cuba”
(Safiya Randera, Canada, 2008, 22 minutes, English)
Born Alexis Puentes to a Cuban musician father, Alex Cuba is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer.
Saturday July 30th,
Theme: Caribbean Diaspora
5:00 – 6:30 pm
(Lisa Wickham, 2011, Trinidad and Tobago, 50 mins)
SUMMARY: Forward Home is a 50-minute documentary, shot in 9 countries, revealing the economic power of the Caribbean Diaspora living in global cities and their significance to their homelands as travellers and entrepreneurs. Producer-Director Lisa Wickham, Director of Photography, Sheldon Felix, Executive Producer, Dr. Keith Nurse.
VisualEyes Short Film Series
(Various, 2015, Canada, 12:20 mins)
SUMMARY: A series of short films created by first time filmmakers from the VisualEyes Film Program for Young Black Women, a new community initiative created by Ella Cooper Creative, Reel Youth and the Nia Centre, with support from Black Women Film!, Children’s Peace Theatre and funded by the Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts VisualEyes.
Theme: Freedom Celebrations
Monday August 1st, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
(Rubén Durán, 2015, Dominican Republic; 53)
SUMMARY: In the Dominican Republic, as early as 1512, African slaves escaped from Spanish plantations and lived with the island’s Taíno Indians or on their own in mountainous jungles in the remote frontier land of Hispaniola. These people who were known as “cimarrones,” meaning “maroons,” created their own independent communities that have survived for centuries and until recently remained isolated from mainstream Dominican society. These resilient and resourceful “outlaws” have long developed their own celebrations, many of which mock a society that enslaved and branded them.
Mystic Revelers – 8 MILES FROM KINGSTON
(Kush Asher & the Soulkisser, 2015, Jamaica; 20:15 mins)
SUMMARY: A 20 to 30 minute drive from the city gets you in Bull Bay at the place called Jamnesia, a hub for live reggae music and a hot spot for surfers. The site was established by Anthony Wilmot aka Billy Mystic, lead singer of Mystic Revealers, and his family, now renowned as the incubator of the reggae revival movement.
Theme: Caribbean Environmentalism
Monday August 1st, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
A Better Place
(Miquel Galofre, 2015, Trinidad & Tobago, 63 mins)
SUMMARY: From the National Center for persons with Disabilities to Parvati Girls’ Hindu College, A Better Place captures the dedication of five community-based organisations and their commitment to environmental preservation and awareness. Each segment has a unique musical theme from Trinidad and Tobago artists who also showcase their different styles of music in boosting the theme of the particular segment. With a commitment to keeping it local, A Better Place shows how one small country can make a contribution to saving the earth through the power of people, inspiration and hope.
Clish A. Gittens, Barbados, 2015, 20 minutes, English
H20 is a creative informative work of visual art, shot on location in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; which highlights awareness to the impact of water sources, and its management.
CTFF has partnered with the Regent Park Film Festival, once again, for the Under the Stars Community Screeningon August 3, featuring the short film Mr. Crab (Faisal Lutchmedial, 2011, Canada, 8 minutes) and feature film The Jungle Book (Jon Favreau, USA, 2016, 1 hour 46 minutes). The Jungle Book is a well known story featuring Mowgli, a man cub raised by a wolf pack who has to decide whether he is human or part of the wild. This film is the latest adaptation of the well loved book. The screening is free and open to the public.
CTFF will be partnering with the Scarborough Community Multicultural Festival to co-present a series of Caribbean related films from August 5-7.
Scarborough Civic Centre
Albert Campbell Square
150 Borough Drive, Toronto, ON
Visit www.scarboroughcommunityfestival.ca/ for more info
FRIDAY AUGUST 5
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Jeff Simbalist and Michael Zimbalist, Brazil/USA, 2016,107 mins)
SYNOPSIS: Pele’s meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
(Joanne Johnson, Trinidad and Tobago, 2015, 76 minutes, English)
This family classic tells the story of Sally, a determined and resourceful girl determined to make the best of her situation and care for her family.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(Geoffrey Dunne, Trinidad & Tobago, 2004, 60 minutes, English)
An intimate portrait of some of the tried and true Calypsonians in Trinidad & Tobago captured in performance and in conversation.
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About CaribbeanTales International Film Festival
The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practise their art across the Caribbean Diaspora worldwide – including Canada and the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, Africa, China, India and the Middle East. CTFF presents a multi-ethnic mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse shared stories and cultures.
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Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) is a full service communications and entertainment provider, operating in the Caribbean and Latin America. With annual sales of over $2.4bn, it operates both mobile and fixed networks, supported by submarine and terrestrial optical fibre backhaul capacity. Through the acquisition of Columbus International Inc. on 31 March 2015, CWC now delivers superior high-speed mobile data, broadband and video services. It has leading market positions in Mobile, Fixed Line, Broadband and Video consumer offers.
Through its business division, CWC provides data centre hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customised IT service solutions, utilising cloud technology to serve business and government customers.
The company also operates a state-of-the-art subsea fibre optic cable network that spans more than 48,000 km – the most extensive in the region – as well as 38,000 km of terrestrial fibre providing wholesale and carrier backhaul capacity.
CWC has more than 7,200 employees serving over 6.3 million customers (Mobile 4.1m; Fixed Line 1.1m; Video 465k and Broadband 680k) as well as over 125k corporate clients across 42 countries. The Company’s leading brands include; LIME and Flow in the Caribbean; BTC in The Bahamas; Mas Movil in Panama; C&W Business and C&W Networks. CWC is the market leader in most products offered and territories served. It is a major contributor to local communities through its corporate social responsibility programmes.
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