Karib/Caraïbe: 33rd Douarnenez Film Festival

The 33rd Film Festival of Douarnenez [Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez] will be dedicated to the Caribbean. With the title “Karib/Caraïbe,” the festival will be held from August 21 to 28, 2010, at 13 Michel Le Nobletz Street in Douarnenez, Brittany, France.

Their brief description and invitation to this cinematic voyage is amusing (well, I am in a good mood today): “Relatively unknown archipelago with moving borders and turbulent history. Amerindians, colonization, slavery, independence… the struggles have never ended, and the latest ones reached us from Guadeloupe at the edge of winter 2009. Images abound, photos too! Have a good trip!”

The poster (above) for the festival was designed by one of the participating directors from Martinique, graphic artist Gilles Élie (aka Cosaque). His short film, Zétwal, has been described as a cinematic poem. Other films range from a 1937 documentary (by the INA) describing pearls from Martinique and the 1953 full-color pirate film by Jacques Tourneur—La filibustière des Antilles [Anne of the Indies], to a Costa Rican film on Jamaican national hero Marcus Garvey. There will also be short jewels like Cuban film noir director Santiago Álvarez’s Now and Cerro Pelado. Haitian filmmaker Arnold Antonin will present the latest scenes of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake on January 12, 2010, and Véronique Kanor will show uncut images from the February 2009 strikes in Fort-de-France, Martinique. The Douarnenez Film Festival will also afford an opportunity to see Raoul Peck’s Moloch tropical.

For more information, you may write to fdz@wanadoo.fr or visit http://www.festival-douarnenez.com/fr

For full program, see http://www.festival-douarnenez.com/fr/media/fichiers/films_et_rencontres_2010

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