The Caribbean’s first traveling film showcase will be making a stop in Jamaica , May 29 to June 4. The seven-day showcase will feature 30 films from 15 Caribbean countries selected from a total of 110 films from 21 countries in the region.
The over 30 hours of Caribbean movies, documentaries and short films, focus on ‘stories of the Caribbean,’ aimed at promoting Caribbean cultural identity and raising awareness of the region’s film making industry. “This we hope will contribute to showing the rest of the world our diversity in this side of the world,” says Film Commissioner, Del Crooks.
The showcase has been to Haiti , Barbados , Bahamas , St. Kitts, and will be in Trinidad and Tobago the week before it stops in Jamaica .
The idea for the traveling showcase was born in Jamaica in 2005 when officials from Cuba and Jamaica sought help from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
President of the showcase is Rigoberto Lopez of Cuba , whose film, Roble de Olor (Scent of Oak) will also be shown. Lopez is also expected to be in Jamaica and will be available for one-on-one meetings with practitioners in the industry to discuss future collaborations.
The showcase was launched in St. Kitts in February this year and will end in Havana , Cuba ; venue for the International Congress, Culture and Development, June 11 – 14.
Jamaica ’s The Harder They Come (1981), Life and Debt (2001) and Countryman (1982) are among the 30 films to be shown. In a statement made to CARICOM, Lopez says “The selection process was inspired by the principle of the respect for the quality of the films, the power of the stories they tell us, as well as their capacity to represent the linguistic and cultural diversity featuring our region.”
The stories range from a seven minutes feature “Steps to Forgiveness” (Barbados) to a 125 minutes “Scent of Oak” (Cuba) and a number of other films from Curacao, Aruba, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, just to name a few.
The main venue for the screenings will be at the Bob Marley Museum , 56 Hope Road in Kingston and they are brought to you in association with regional partners UNESCO and the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematography (ICAIC), as well as the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, the Embassy of Cuba and the Women in Film and Television Association, Jamaica Chapter.