3 YEARS OF CARIBBEAN FILM LIGHT IT UP It’s a call to action. A call to arms. A call to change. A call that’s been ringing
3 YEARS OF CARIBBEAN FILM
LIGHT IT UP
It’s a call to action. A call to arms. A call to change. A call that’s been ringing out for a long time and Caribbean filmmakers are answering that call in force. We’re asking them to focus their light on all the changes in the world, to showcase their vision of change and spread their message, to lead the way. The world can be a dark place, but we can look at that darkness and say “Light it Up.”
Our film selection panel has received numerous entries and after a rigorous process has programmed a number of films that we believe will be enjoyed by audiences in Toronto. This year we have selected 10 feature films for competition, paired with a number of short films that complement the featured selection.
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- Day 9
- Day 10
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- Day 15
- Day 16
- September 5, 2018
7:00pm Trailblazers directed by Frances-Anne Solomon @ The Royal7:00pm - 9:00pmHERO A Tall Caribbean Tale Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr Ulric Cross directed by Frances-Anne Solomon FEATURED SCREENING – WORLD PREMIERE A docudrama that presents a hitherto untold perspective on the life and times of Ulric Cross DFC, DSO, a World War II Squadron Leader born in colonial Trinidad whose distinguished international career as a soldier, jurist and diplomat spanned key events of the 20th Century when independent African and Caribbean nations came of age, a new brand of Black leadership was born and post-colonial societies emerged to find their place today on the world’s stage. QUEEN OF HEARTS directed by Kyisha Williams, Lindsey Addawoo SHORT FILM A magical infusion of West African culture in a setting portrayed as European. A Queen’s world is shattered when she discovers that the love of her life is not who she thought he was. With succubus-like abilities that arise in moments of distress, she fights to protect herself and the ones she loves against those who want what she has: power.
- September 12, 2018
8:00pm Shine Ya Light: Caribbean Canadian @ The Revue Cinema8:00pm - 10:00pmBONUM directed by Sabrina Naz-Comanescu SHORT FILM After they cycle through two steps back and one step forward again, the dangers of complacency are revealed and the reward that is nestled in perseverance is imagined. Conceivably this is the taste of Bonum. ACCIDENTALS directed by Natalie Novak SHORT FILM An estranged father and daughter come to terms with their frayed relationship during a tense road trip as they each limp towards the realization that neither of them is doing okay on their own. HEARTS OF STEEL directed by Gayle Wilmot SHORT FILM Hearts of Steel is a fun, inspiring, compelling documentary film that follows a group of Toronto teenagers as they prepare and practise rigorously for a musical competition for steel bands. Along the way they learn leadership, commitment, trust, multi-cultural respect and the value of belonging to a musical family. The film captures their hard work, emotional stress and unbridled joy as they move toward the finish line.
- September 13, 2018
9:00pm Cinefam: Africa @ The Revue Cinema9:00pm - 11:00pmDEEP END directed by Jachintha Timothy FEATURED SCREENING – WORLD PREMIERE Sunitha Patel has lived her ‘daddy’s’ dream all her life and now wants to find her own way in the world, even if it means making waves in her society. Through her desire to become a surfer, she gets into conflict with her father who has different visions for her future. But by finding herself on her surfboard, she finds love and even herself. PALADIN directed by Lu Asfasha SHORT FILM While reading comic books on the roof of her apartment building, a young woman’s psychosis causes visions of herself as the valiant superhero Paladin, saving citizens from the evil Iblis, who seeks to steal their fate, and ultimately their freedom. At great personal risk, she charges head first into battle, hoping to emerge victorious. DREAMS UNTOLD directed by Jamie Whitecrow SHORT FILM Upon returning from a long trip, a young woman hopes to recover after leaving an abusive relationship, but as she lays down to rest, her dreams urge her to confront her deepest horror. Mare is a sleep paralysis demon that is as old as sleep, theorized to haunt individuals who’ve experienced traumatic events. As Mare comes to her bedside, she must choose save herself or to be eaten by fear.
7:00pm Building Bridges @ The Revue Cinema7:00pm - 9:00pmUNFINISHED SENTENCES directed by Mariel Brown FEATURED SCREENING A filmmaker daughter and her writer father navigate the conflicting issues of their relationship: ￼race and art, adoration and disappointment, success and failure. Until he dies and in her grief, she discovers that his poetry and prose transcend death, allowing her to hear his voice again and find a way back to herself. THE HAIRCUT directed by Maya Annik Bedward SHORT FILM Marvin came to Canada from Jamaica in the early 1950s. With no Black barbers in his new neighbourhood, he endured many painful haircuts as a child. At 65, he still hates to get his haircut. A funny and refreshing take on the classic immigrant story, The Haircut is an exploration of assimilation and resistance through the portrait of one man’s refusal to cut his hair. SIN AYO directed by Elizabeth Francisco SHORT FILM We are immediately drawn to the humming of a young girl. We see her uncovering the past through old memorabilia belonging to our protagonist Flor Marie. This work of fiction takes us on a reflective journey around the true events on the morning of November 6th of 1967 in Curacao.
- September 14, 2018
8:00pm ROOTS/ROUTES @ The Revue (part of Drawfire: Bajan Night screening) 8:00pm - 10:00pmDirected by Kia Redman. SHORT FILM. “If you think of culture always as a return to roots — R-O-O-T-S — you’re missing the point. I think of culture as routes — R-O-U-T-E-S — the various routes by which people travel, culture travels, culture moves, culture develops, culture changes, cultures migrate, etc.” – Stuart Hall
- September 15, 2018
9:00pm LESSONS INJUSTICE (part of Shades of Justice screening)9:00pm - 11:00pmDirected by Karen Chapman. SHORT FILM. Danardo Jones sets out on a car ride with his teenage son in hopes of having a conversation that some parents dread and others are unaware of. As a lawyer, Jones is well aware that the law can do little to protect his son against the anti-black racism and discrimination that has become a part of his complicated identity.
- September 19, 2018
7:00pm THE INCURSION (part of Redemption Song screening)7:00pm - 9:00pmDirected by Sasha-Gay Lewis. SHORT FILM. On May 23, 2010 a joint police/military operation famously known as “The Incursion” was launched in the innercity community of Tivoli Gardens, Jamaica to capture the notorious drug lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. This search climaxed in a deadly clash between the security forces, residents and supporters of Coke. Told from the perspective of the residents, “The Incursion” is an immersive experience that chronicles the events of that day, the emotional and personal trauma the residents’ endured and its lingering effects on their lives today.
- September 20, 2018
7:30pm IT STAYS WITH YOU: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti @ Cineplex (part of Torchsong screening)7:30pm - 9:30pmDirected by Cahal McLaughlin & Siobhan Wills. FEATURED SCREENING. Between 2005-2007 UN peacekeeping troops carried out several raids on Cité Soleil, a severely economically depressed neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince. Although the raids were specifically targeted against leaders of criminal gangs, scores of civilians were killed and many more injured. This film returns to Cité Soleil to examine the impact of those raids on the community and to find out how survivors of the raids have fared in the ten years since. The film is produced using participatory practices, where the survivors retain control over their own contribution and were consulted during the filmmaking process and prior to public viewing.