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Caribbean film showcase features over 30 films

Friday, November 26, 2010

THE Travelling Caribbean Film showcase comes to Jamaica starting this Sunday, November 28 to Saturday, December 4, 2010. There are 30 films in the showcase including an animated short film from Jamaica -- Anancy and Common Sense -- directed and produced by Andrew Davies, and written by Joan Andrea Hutchinson.

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is working with JAMPRO, the CPTC, Jamaica Library Service, PBCJ and members of the film sector to stage the showcase.

The Director of Cultural Policy and Monitoring in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Tanya Batson-Savage, said this year's showcase is very timely given the profile and interest in two recent major feature films: RiseUp and Better Mus' Come.

"The presence of these two feature films reminds us of the need to focus on Caribbean stories in the Caribbean landscape, as there is clearly a growing appetite amongst our Caribbean people for local content.

"Given the dominance of films from the United States in local cinemas, and the importance of film in maintaining and promoting culture, the Travelling Caribbean Film showcase, is a meaningful tool for encouraging a Caribbean film and video industry as well as for highlighting the diversity and unity of Caribbean culture.

"This showcase gives us an opportunity to spread our lens to the wider Caribbean."

The films are scheduled to be screened at the Sagicor Auditorium in New Kingston and the Bob Marley Museum in the Corporate Area. Rural Jamaica has not be left out as screenings will also take place at the St James Parish Library and the Manchester Parish Library.

The Travelling Caribbean Film showcase was initiated in 2007 with the participation of 23 countries. It features films/videos in English, Spanish, French, Dutch and Haitian creole. The showcase provides an opportunity for Caribbean film-makers and producers to screen their work to the people of the Caribbean.