2010 DC Caribbean Filmfest
June 4 - 6
In recognition of Caribbean American Heritage Month in June, AFI Silver is proud to once again host screenings of the DC Caribbean Filmfest, now in its 10th year.
The festival is co-presented by Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF Staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and TransAfrica Forum.
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films in the 2010 DC Caribbean Filmfest.
All films presented in digital format except EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY (35mm).
ON THE VERGE OF A FEVER
[Le goût des jeunes filles]
Taking place in 1971, in the chaotic days after the death of dictator "Papa Doc" Duvalier, this is the coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Fanfan, who, despite the political chaos and armed clashes around him, is mainly concerned with losing his virginity. When Fanfan is falsely implicated in an incident involving the Tonton Macoutes (the infamous paramilitary enforcers of the Duvalier regimes), he finds refuge in the brothel across the street. Based on the novel Le goût des jeunes filles by Haitian author Dany Laferrière.
DIR John L'Ecuyer; SCR Dany Laferrière, based on his novel; PROD Anne-Marie Gélinas, Andrew Noble. Haiti/Canada, 2004, color and b&w, 88 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Friday, June 4, 7:00
EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY
[Mange, ceci est mon corps]
"Quay's feature debut is a visually stunning and occasionally disturbing meditation about the ghosts of French colonialism in contemporary Haiti.
Full of dreamlike contrasts between documentary-style footage and perfectly poised and studied moments, the film finds its own rhythms and ways of suggesting ideas and emotions. Quay is definitely an artist to watch."--NOW Toronto. Grand Jury Prize, 2008 Miami Film Festival, Official Selection, 2007 Toronto and 2008 Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Michelange Quay; PROD Tom Dercourt. Haiti/France, 2007, color, 105 min. In French and Creole with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Note: Suggested for mature audiences.
Friday, June 4, 9:30
A colorful biopic of one of the biggest legends in Cuban music, 1950s bandleader and all-around mambo king Benny Moré. Exciting music and dance numbers sparkle against the darker passages in Moré's life, including his hard drinking and struggles to retain his artistic integrity in the face of those who would seek to manipulate him for economic or political gain. Best Film, 2007 Cartagena Film Festival; Official Selection, 2006 Locarno, Mar del Plata and 2007 Miami Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Jorge Luis Sánchez; SCR Abrahán Rodríguez; PROD Iohamil Navarro. Cuba, 2006, color, 132 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Saturday, June 5, 7:30
MADE IN JAMAICA
This film is a powerful portrait of the leaders of the Jamaican music movement and how reggae in particular became a worldwide phenomenon. It is the story of how the three million residents of a small island nation in the Caribbean took their human experience and turned it into songs full of emotions that resonate around the world. "If you want to understand what is popular music, its power and its role in a postcolonial society like Jamaica; how the songs are able to do better than any study in sociology, translate the sufferings, the hopes, the dead-ends, the revolts, and the energy of all the people, then it is absolutely necessary to watch MADE IN JAMAICA." -- Le Nouvelle Observateur
DIR/SCR Jérôme Laperrousaz; PROD Pascal Hérold. France/US, 2006, color, 120 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, June 5, 10:00
WAR STORIES: WALTER ANTHONY RODNEY
In Person: director Clairmont Chung!
This film covers the life of world-renowned historian, author and activist Dr. Walter Rodney, who was assassinated at age 38 on Friday, June 13, 1980, in his native Guyana. This is the story of a man who dedicated his life, and ultimately gave his life, to the struggle for equal rights and justice. He did so through his considerable intellectual gifts and actual grassroots involvement everywhere he went.
DIR/SCR/PROD Clairmont M. Chung. US, 2010, color and b&w, 90 min. NOT RATED
Sunday, June 6, 5:00
JACQUES ROUMAIN: PASSION FOR A COUNTRY
This exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti's most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. In his perceptive writings, Roumain raised questions about the issues facing Haiti that remain relevant today. Some of Jacques Roumain's best writings were translated by the legendary African-American poet Langston Hughes. Paul Robeson Award, FESPACO 2009.
DIR/SCR/PROD Arnold Antonin. Haiti, 2008, color and b&w, 111 min. In French and Creole with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Sunday, June 6, 7:30
Tickets just $5!
This film chronicles the evolution of popular Garifuna music in Belize. The Garifuna, an Afro-Indigenous people exiled from the Caribbean to the coast of Central America in 1798, have carried on a rich and vibrant culture whose expression is found in the electric sound called 'punta rock' and the more soulful 'paranda.' This documentary explores the role of the music in the cultural renaissance of ethnic communities in Belize. Features Garifuna great Andy Palacio.
DIR/SCR/PROD Nyasha Laing. Belize, 2008, color, 40 min. NOT RATED
Sunday, June 6, 9:45