Sym­po­sium on Caribbean cin­ema to be held at film fes­ti­val

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Agroup of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional scholars will con­verge in Port of Spain this Septem­ber, to ex­am­ine some of the core is­sues driv­ing and im­pact­ing con­tem­po­rary Caribbean cin­ema.

Or­gan­ised by the Trinidad & Tobago film fes­ti­val (ttff) in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Film Pro­gramme of the Univer­sity of the West Indies, St Augustine cam­pus, the Caribbean Cin­ema Now sym­po­sium will be held from Thurs­day 24– Satur­day 26 Septem­ber, at the Hy­att Re­gency Trinidad. The sym­po­sium takes place dur­ing the ttff/15, which runs from 15–29 Septem­ber.

Caribbean Cin­ema Now will use the work of Caribbean film­mak­ers, to ex­plore is­sues such as the aes­thet­ics of re­sis­tance, the pol­i­tics of hunger, new Cuban cin­ema, Puerto Ri­can iden­tity in the twenty-first cen­tury, and the use of folk­lore to take back and de­colonise knowl­edge.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of pa­pers in­cludes: “My story is not a nice story: Raoul Peck’s African films”, by Pro­fes­sor Jane Bryce, Univer­sity of the West Indies, Cave Hill; “Fe­male di­rec­tors and kin­ship in Caribbean cin­ema: An on­go­ing trend” by Norma Liz Ro­dríguez-San­ti­ago, Univer­sity of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras; and “Telling Caribbean sto­ries: Storm Saulter’s place in the new Caribbean canon” by Rachel Mose­ley-Wood, Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona.

There will also be pre­sen­ta­tions by scholars from the Univer­sity of the West Indies, St Augustine; Univer­sity of Mis­souri; New York Univer­sity; Univer­sity of Kansas; the Cuban In­sti­tute of Cin­e­mato­graphic Art and In­dus­try; and Univer­sity of the French West Indies.

Ac­cord­ing to Bruce Padding­ton, Founder and Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor, ttff, “With the Fes­ti­val mark­ing its tenth an­niver­sary this year, we felt it was im­por­tant to for­mally ac­knowl­edge the place of Caribbean film in the canon of film stud­ies. The sym­po­sium, with pre­sen­ta­tions by a renowned group of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional aca­demics, marks an im­por­tant stage in the val­i­da­tion and ac­cep­tance of Caribbean cin­ema.”

Caribbean Cin­ema Now takes place in the San Fer­nando room of the Hy­att Re­gency Trinidad, each day from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. The sym­po­sium is free and open to the public.

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