Caribbean Film Festival at Harquail

Three Caymanian films are among 32 that will be shown at the F. J. Harquail Cultural Centre during The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase (17 – 31 August).

The trio are Swallow and Haven by Cayman’s Frank E. Flowers and Galore by Tim Kelly, a film about climbing the corporate ladder, which debuted at Cayfest earlier this year.

According to the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, which is bringing the festival here, the showcase will give movie fans the rare chance to view the cream of Caribbean cinema.

The film festival opens with a reception at the Cultural Centre this Friday followed by the screening of Rue Cases Negres (Black Shack Alley). Set in 1930s Martinique, it is the story of a boy who runs away after his teacher accuses him of plagiarism. The festival was launched in St. Kitts in February 2007.

Film fans are invited to attend the festival’s discussion on The Potential of Caribbean Cinema Saturday. The 5pm forum will include Cayman and Cuban filmmakers Frank E. Flowers and Rigoberto Lopez.

Films will be screened both in the Harquail Theatre and in the smaller Studio Theatre.

The film festival includes cinematic works from across the region including Trinidad, Cayman, Aruba and Cuba. Genres range from feature film such as The Harder They Fall to documentaries. The schedule includes film shorts as brief as seven minutes to feature length films lasting two hours. The subject matter and genre is equally varied.

For children, there are three films, ‘The Banana Robber’ (Trinidad), ‘The Boabab Tree’ (Barbados) and Cuba’s, ‘Viva Cuba’.

CNCF’s Artistic Director, Henry Muttoo says the film festival has been well-received elsewhere.

‘We believe that by screening these films in the Cayman Islands we will help to forge an even closer cultural understanding, among our own people, of the realities of our region.’

Tickets, $5 (adults) and $3 (children), are available at the Harquail Theatre box office. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount and individuals buying tickets to 10 or more shows receive a 10 percent discount. For more information call the box office at 949-5477.

For the schedule of films see Friday’s Caymanian Compass.

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