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open for entries
The 2018 Commonwealth Short
Story Prize, the flagship project of
Commonwealth Writers,is open for
entries until November 1. Entry is
The prize is for the best piece of un-
published short fiction (2,000- 5,000
words) in English; regional winners
receive £2,500 and the overall winner
The five winning stories from the
2018 competition will be published
online by Granta Magazine.
Trinidadian writer Ingrid Persaud
won the regional and overall prize in
the 2017 competition; she is one of a
number of T&T writers who have had
success in the prize, including Sharon
Millar, Lance Dowrich and Kevin Jared
More info: Go to: commonwealthwriters.
In 1948, at the start of the Cold War, the Chile-
an poet and politician Pablo Neruda denounced
the president of the country, for whom he had
campaigned. Neruda was a communist, and
President Vileda's government had recently
started rounding up and imprisoning left-wing
activists, supposedly at the behest of US Presi-
dent Harry S Truman.
That's the point at which Pablo Larraín's mul-
ti-award-winning 2016 film Neruda begins.
Last year Larraín also directed the mainstream
Hollywood film Jackie, about Jacqueline Kennedy,
starring Natalie Portman. That story began just after
the assassination of John F Kennedy, at the moment
when his widow began to romanticise his adminis-
tration with the myth of Camelot. But much of Jack-
ie is based in historical fact; Larraín's Neruda has a
less straightforward relationship with what actually
For one thing, the opening scene, in which Neruda
first voices his objections to the President's silencing
of any opposition, takes place not on the Senate floor,
but in a vast, ornate marble-tiled men's room in the
Senate building. This surreal beginning is in keeping
with much of the rest of the film, which includes in-
terludes in which the portly poet frolics with naked
prostitutes; the condemnation of communists because
South to get a whole week of screenings
Film buffs in south Trinidad will be pleased to know
that there will be a full week of films shown in San
Fernando at this Year's T&T Film Festival (TTFF).
TTFF programme director Annabelle Alcazar said
this is the first year there will be a full week of pro-
gramming in the southern city.
Over 120 films will be screened during this year's festival,
including short and feature-length films from T&T and
Festival highlights will include Feature T&T (a full day
of screenings in support of National Patriotism Month);
panels and films on gender and social justice; a strong
industry programme with a focus on screenwriting and
script development; Code Orange (regional incentives and
co-productions with our Latin American neighbours);
panels and films examining the representation of women
and girls in film; and the youth initiatives the RBC Future
Critics Program and the RBC Youth Jury, both mentored
by former Sunday Arts Section film critic BC Pires.
Speaking at the festival's media launch on September
5 about bpTT's sponsorship of two films, the narrative
feature Green Days by the River and the documentary To
Be a Renegade, the company's communications manager
Danielle Jones said, "There is nothing better you can do
for your child than to expose them to the arts in T&T." She
recalled her own experience being on the track listening
to the steelband Renegades play Lord Kitchener's Bees
Melody and how this inspired her to push for the making
of the film.
She challenged corporate T&T to step up their support
of film, reminding them that film is not there to tell the
sponsor's story, but the stories of the people affected by
the film. There will be a free screening of the Renegades
documentary on September 22.
Trudy de Verteuil of Columbus Communications/Flow,
the festival's presenting sponsor, said what Caribbean
filmmakers are able to contribute to Caribbean content
"This is really the way that we get to see ourselves on the
silver screen, that we hear ourselves speaking in our own
accents, we're listening to us speaking to each other. So we
recognise how very important the local film industry is."
She reminded the audience that filmmakers can show
their films on Flow's Video on Demand (VOD) service,
and that 100 per cent of the proceeds from each viewing
go back to the filmmaker.
Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the
Arts representative Patricia Henderson-Browne said there
was a diverse range of talents in T&T. She challenged the
TTFF to take an interest in the Prime Minister's Best Vil-
lage Trophy Competition, which, she said, "is very seldom
appreciated, possibly because it is not marketed in the right
way". She challenged filmmakers to explore the scripts
coming out of Best Village.
The festival opens with a gala screening of the film ad-
aptation of the Michael Anthony novel Green Days by the
River, and runs from September 19-26 at MovieTowne's
various locations, and the UWI Film Program, St Augustine.
More info: Go to: ttfilmfestival.com or find Trinidad+Tobago
Film Festival on Facebook.
Members of Under the Pipel Tree Ashram from San Juan carry out the Lord
Ganesh murti out to sea at Manzanilla for immersion during the Ganesh Utsav
celebrations on September 3. Dissolving the murti in the water symbolises the
cycle of creation as well as the dissolution of sin, obstacles and trouble in the
devotee's life. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
A scene from Pablo Larraín's award-winning film
Neruda. PHOTO: Courtesy TTFF
at a legend
Danielle Jones, left, Annabelle Alcazar, Trudy de Verteuil, Patricia
Henderson-Browne and Bruce Paddington at the media launch of the
2017 T&T Film Festival, September 5, Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: PAULA LINDO
Ingrid Persaud, T&T writer, took the regional and
overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017.
PHOTO: Courtesy Commonwealth Writers
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