T & T Film ‘For­ward Ever’ screens at Pan African Film Fes­ti­val

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For­ward Ever: The Killing of a Revo­lu­tion, di­rected and pro­duced by Bruce Padding­ton, was an of­fi­cial se­lec­tion at the Pan African Film Fes­ti­val in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

For­ward Ever ex­plores the achieve­ments and short­com­ings of the Peo­ple’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Gov­ern­ment (1979-1983) of Gre­nada as it at­tempted to forge a new rev­o­lu­tion­ary so­ci­ety. The film fo­cuses on the year 1983 with pre­vi­ously un­seen archival footage as well as first hand rec­ol­lec­tions of per­sons who wit­nessed the tragic events of 19 Oc­to­ber. It ex­am­ines the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of Prime Min­is­ter Mau­rice Bishop and his close col­leagues whose bod­ies were never re­cov­ered.

The Pan African Film Fes­ti­val (PAFF) was es­tab­lished in 1992 and is the largest and most pres­ti­gious black film fes­ti­val in Amer­ica. It show­cases 150 new films each year and its goal is to present and show­case a broad spec­trum of black cre­ative works, par­tic­u­larly those that re­in­force pos­i­tive images and help de­stroy neg­a­tive stereo­types. PAFF be­lieves that film and art can lead to bet­ter un­der­stand­ing and foster com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween peo­ples of di­verse cul­tures, races, and life­styles, while at the same time serve as a ve­hi­cle to ini­ti­ate dia­logue on the im­por­tant is­sues of our times.

For­ward Ever was rep­re­sented at PAFF by the film’s co-direc­tor Luke Padding­ton.

Play­wright and direc­tor Kwame Kwei-Amah called the film “a spec­tac­u­lar and hon­est piece of film­mak­ing” while film­maker Anup Singh praised “its nu­anced con­cern, com­pas­sion and re­strained rage”. The film was pro­duced with the as­sis­tance of the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies, The Fun­dashon Bon In­ten­shon, FLOW (Colum­bus Com­mu­ni­ca­tions) and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Com­pany.

The PAFF screen­ing was the USA west coast pre­miere of the film that has pre­vi­ously been shown on the east coast in Syra­cuse, Rochester, New York and At­lanta. For­ward Ever had its world pre­miere at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber 2013 where it was well re­ceived with four sold out screen­ings and lively ques­tion and an­swer ses­sions. Out­side of Amer­ica the film has been shown through­out the Caribbean, in Canada, Eng­land and re­cently in Venezuela and Ecuador.

Bruce Padding­ton (right), Co-direc­tor of For­ward Ever: The Killing of a Revo­lu­tion.

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