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Cascadoo s Caribbean New Voices International
Festival of Spoken Word will be held from August
10-16. In part, it will commemorate International
Youth Day, observed on August 12, as well as a
wider celebration. In an interview with the Sunday
Arts Section, event organiser Mtima Solwazi
explained the benefits of holding Cascadoo s second
spoken word festival in August, since that month
is internationally recognised as the "What Will Be
Your Legacy?" month.
Cascadoo held its inaugural festival in 2013, pre-
sented by the Oral Tradition Roots Foundation in
conjunction with the Poet Society of T&T. Last year s
festival focused on spoken word as an art form and
sought to showcase the concerns of the artist in soci-
ety. Its headline performers went by the combined
stage name "Vocal"--Voices of Canadian Artists Across
Each of these performers, while based in Canada,
had significant ties to the Caribbean and its diaspora.
Their presence at the 2013 Cascadoo festival was
partially sponsored by the Canada Council for the
Arts. The event was co-managed and co-ordinated
by Canadian spoken word artist Anthony Bansfield,
known by the stage name "nth digri."
This year s festival structure, Solwazi says, will
remain identical to its previous year s, but for the
"panchayats" forum discussions, modelled on a village
council style of dialogue between elders and students.
These panchayats will take the form of panels, with
room for greater interchange, an improvement on
last year s lecture-based format.
In addition to the panchayats, workshops will be
delivered by industry professionals and practising
spoken word artists. Solwazi reports that 2013 s work-
shops proved useful to those in attendance, based
on feedback received. Some of 2013 s workshop mod-
erators included children s author Joanne Gail Johnson;
poet and arts facilitator Rachel Collymore; and the
popular spoken word group Freetown Collective.
The Also-Ran section is overflowing
with strong films today, including a con-
tender for Best Documentary Ever Shot
(Project Nim, 11.15 am HBOC), a Best
Picture Oscar-winner (The Artist, 3.55
pm MaxW), an oddball Western worth
watching for the theme song alone
(Alvarez Kelly 11.05 am and 7.05 pm,
and again 9 pm Thursday Enc 3), a
recent choice important for teens
(*Smashed, 7.30 pm Max), Meryl Streep
and Tommy Lee Jones in top dramatic gear (Hope Springs, 5 pm MaxW),
a great sci-fi action flick (Looper, 5.55 pm HBO) and a source graphic novel-
as-storyboard film version even diehard Batman comic fans should love (The
Dark Knight Returns Part I, 5.45 pm HBOC---this is an animated movie, not
to be confused with a Christian Bale Dark Knight film). The week offers a
recent pick that might be Spike Lee s best film, ever (Mike Tyson: The Undis-
puted Truth, 9 pm Tuesday HBO).
TODAY'S BEST FILM: The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino/1978/War/UK-
USA/182 mins/R) BEST FILM OF THE WEEK 1 pm Turner Classic
Movies. Watch this if you liked Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket or
Coming Home. One of the great American films (better by far than the
AFI s # 79 ranking) paints a complete picture of the lives of young men and
women destroyed by war, and the knock-on devastation on the communi-
ties from which they come. It moves slowly but, for those with a bit of
brains, the pacing is rewarded with one of the most powerful denoue-
ments in film history; a film that changes lives. Robert De Niro, Christo-
pher Walken and Meryl Streep and a strong supporting cast are all terrific.
Few films are genuinely magnificent; this one is. The violence is, however,
TODAY AND REST OF THE WEEK: Django Unchained (Quentin Taran-
tion/2013/USA/Western-Action-Drama-Thriller/165 mins/R for strong
graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity) 2.45
pm today HBO and again Monday 10.45 pm and Wednesday 9 pm HBOC.
Watch this if you liked Inglorious Basterds, 3.10 to Yuma or Saw. Quentin
Tarantino s latest film jumps past everything since Reservoir Dogs and Pulp
Fiction to sit, along with the screenplay of True Romance, as a contender
for his best. Long on homage and filled to bursting with the originality with
which he can so often explode, his take on the Western is extremely violent
and just as thought provoking. The trouble with his brand of lavish violence
is it is artistically justified in his case, but never could be in the thousands
of copycats he inspires. Dark, troubling, upsetting and, somehow, hugely
entertaining. Not for the Sunday School crowd, perhaps, but excellent.
Grosse Pointe Blank (George Armitage/1997/USA/Satirical comedy-
Thriller/107 mins/R for strong violence, language and some drug content)
4 pm Thursday HBOC. Watch this if you liked Fargo, Heathers or Kiss Kiss
Bang Bang. John Cusack is perfectly cast as the hit man going to his high
school reunion to try to get a grip on his life (as well as, um, execute a
contract). Even for the literalists or unimaginative who might miss the very
black comedy, it should remain engaging and enjoyable. Exactly the sort of
sleeper BC on TV exists to recommend.
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Romeo & Juliet (1988 version), 3 pm TCM;
Tues: *Anonymous, 11 pm HBOC; Wed: Argo, 9 pm HBOC; Thurs: Horrible
Bosses, 6.30 pm HBO; Fri: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, 3 pm TCM; Sat:
Moon, 6.45 am MaxW.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
A Trifecta of the Week's
Best Films on the Box
Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter.
Cascadoo looks to second
spoken word festival
CONTINUES ON PAGE B21
Mtima Solwazi, of Cascadoo's Caribbean New
Voices International Festival of Spoken Word.
PHOTO COURTESY: MTIMA SOLWAZI.
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