By Athena Yuan
Do you still remember the feelings of growing up while battling a myriad of emotions enwrapping your soul – sensations of love, loss, or betrayal?
The Trinidadian film Green Days by The River might help you relive those feelings again. Featured at the recent media launch of the 13th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), the film features memorable soundtracks by four-time Emmy Award winner - Laura Anne Karpman. Adding to the delight of audiences, director Michael Mooleedhar features the stunning natural beauty of the Caribbean, the tension between generations, and human connections with the land.
CTFF is something you don’t want to miss, especially if you are amongst those who are heavily intrigued by the diversity of Caribbean culture.
The festival, scheduled to take place from September 5th to 20th will present 10 feature films and 20 short films. Highlights include HALL, a true crime documentary of the life of Barbados’ most famous fugitive Winston Hall; Saturday Church, a touching musical of a 14-year-old boy’s identity exploration; and It Says with You: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti, a film that unveils the impact on the local community from UN peacekeepers’ use of force in Cité Soleil, Haiti from 2004 to 2007.
Frances Anne Solomon, Executive Director of CTFF said:
“Our festival theme this year is ‘Light it Up’. The world can sometimes be very dark. Just as the media world is on fire with the strong voice of colour, CTFF will light up screens with provocative, on-point films that showcase the issues Caribbean filmmakers are all thinking about and call for action to be taken.”
Solomon’s feature film Hero will be the opening night screening at CTFF, on September 5th. The story will unfold the life of Ulric Cross, a World War II Squadron Leader born in colonial Trinidad.
The CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI) has also launched a year-round program to help Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora producers create strong, compelling, and sustainable content, as well as to increase the pool of world-class indigenous films and television content.
Festival participants are welcome to attend the Big Pitch- Breakfast at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 9 (8 am). You will have the opportunity to taste authentic Caribbean breakfast, listen to Incubator participants pitch their new series ideas, and network with industry professionals.
CTFF also offers community screenings for those who did not purchase a festival pass; more than five screenings will be held in the GTA and beyond from July 11 – August 11. Most of the CTFF community screenings are free and open to the public.
Visit the festival’s website for a full list of films and ticket information.
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