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Issue 157 • Friday, Septembet 12, 2014
"Art is a picture of life." From the mouth of
babes, these words pulled from a student at Suc-
cess Laventille - the South East Port of Spain
school featured in Art Connect, a film by director
Galofré, an award-winning director originally
from Barcelona but now resident in Trinidad, has
a knack for giving clarity to the Caribbean voice.
His previous films include; Why do Jamaicans
Run so Fast, Songs of Redemption and Mike Men.
Art Connect centers on the student community
of Success Laventille, a school located in one of
the most notorious and under-served parts of
Trinidad. The children living in these hills, are
much too well acquainted with violence and loss.
The film documents how painting, poetry, music
and dance changed the lives of those who partici-
pated. By intimately filming their experience with
digital cameras given to them by the filmmakers,
we are given an all-access pass into the young
lives of this marginalised community, hearing
their stories and hopes ring out loud and clear.
• Thu 18 Sept, 6.15pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A
• Fri 19 Sept, 11.00am, UWI, Q+A
• Wed 24 Sept, 8.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago
• Sat 27 Sept, 5.30pm, MovieTowne Tobago
• Tue 30 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A
Former NAR minister Lincoln Myers is an im-
portant character in T&T's political lore; a real
man though now weakened by physical ailments,
he is mighty all the same. In Lincoln, a short by
Dion Samsoondar, we see the man for what he
was then and is today.
Lincoln is about Myers and his journey back to
the place of his peaceful rebellion, 28 years ago.
We follow him to the Hall of Justice steps in re-
membrance of his 40-day fast for change in
Trinidad & Tobago. We learn of his strength,
struggles and want for a better society.
Dion Samsoondar is an award-winning
Trinidad-born filmmaker, his works include:
Hosay Cedros, a ttff/12 world premiere and the
short docs Down South and Ganga Dashara.
• Tue 23 Sept, 1.00 pm, MovieTowne POS, Q+A
• Sat 27 Sept, 6.30pm, UWI, Q+A
• Mon 29 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre
Who was Miss Miles? 34 is Blind, 14 is Money
delves into the story behind the woman and the
legend. The late Gene Miles was a figure at the
center of a government scandal in 1960s Trinidad.
An enigmatic and unique person, she threatened
to expose the corruption, with pizzazz, and paid for
it. This short film takes us back from whence she
came, then to the present homage to her legacy -
as depicted in Miss Miles: a Carnival band created
by playwright Tony Hall and masman Peter Min-
shall for carnival 2014.
The film, directed by Steve Hernandez, (Chang-
ing of the Gods, Riddum & Rhyme) a local photog-
rapher and filmmaker is eloquent about the goings
on of corrupt governments here and everywhere.
Miles stands as a figurehead of this issue that still
plagues Trinidad & Tobago.
• Sun 21 Sept, 12.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A
• Sun 28 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS
Though many try, it's hard to forget the 1990
coup d'état in Trinidad and the Jamaat al Mus-
limeen's attempt to overthrow the Government.
Where were you during the coup? Flying The Coup
explores this query through a comical and fictional
In this short film, we follow a trickster and rookie
policeman as they join forces to stage an exodus
out of Port of Spain during the first day of the
coup. Their personalities clash and other hi-jinx
ensue as they struggle for freedom from the chaos
and violence of the day.
The director, Ryan Lee is a Trinidad born film-
maker and graduate of the UWI Film Programme.
His first film, the short documentary Popo's Jour-
ney (2012), was a ttff/12 selection. In addition to
Flying the Coup (2014), his short film Cubes (2013)
is also a ttff/14 selection.
• Fri 19 Sept, 8.00pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q+A
• Wed 24 Sept, 10.30am, MovieTowne POS, Q+A
• Sat 27 Sept, 6.30 pm, UWI, Q+A
In this year's trinidad+tobago film festival
(ttff/14), a number of local filmmakers are
delving into the murky waters of social injus-
tice - searching the fabric of our commonality,
and spotlighting those that have made, some-
times dire personal choices, for the greater
As the official media partner of ttff/14, the
Guardian newspaper and Metro magazine are
honouring our nation's filmmakers and their col-
lective, creative voice. The four featured this
week, show that the struggle for social change
in T&T is real but the potential, palpable.
For 2014, local films and filmmakers are look-
FLYING THE COUP
34 IS BLIND, 14 IS MONEY
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