Gina Belafonte to Attend “Sing Your Song” at CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2012 in Barbados

Susanne Rostock’s Sing Your Song is the highlight of the Opening Gala of CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2012 in Barbados. The 7:00pm screening will follow an opening reception and takes place on Wednesday, April 11, at Frank Collymore Hall. Tickets are available online ( Rostock, who will be celebrating her directorial debut, will be present to speak about the film.

Gina Belafonte—the youngest daughter of world-famous American singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte—and the producer of the highly regarded bio-documentary of her father’s life, will attend next week’s premiere.

Belafonte is an TV and film actress in her own right. She has worked with her father as coach on several movies, and produced more than six films. She helped found “The Gathering For Justice”, an inter-generational, intercultural non-profit organisation working to reintroduce non-violence to stop child incarceration.

[. . .] “Sing Your Song,” opened the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and according to, was launched with the emotional charge of a political rally combined with the enthusiasm of a revival meeting.” [. . .]  Speaking about the film recently, Harry Belafonte credited the team that worked on it for their sterling contributions.

“I’ve had the extreme fortune to have a man, (“Sing Your Song” producer) Michael Cohl…who gave us the money to make “Sing Your Song”. “Then there were 800 hours of footage. That’s a lot of story… If it hadn’t been for (“Sing Your Song” writer/director/editor) Susanne Rostock, who has a remarkable gift as a cinema artist, her vision, her sense of where one moment touched another, and you could make the linkage of this way … if we had not been walked through the labyrinth by a genius…Life hands you a lot of things. It’s how you make fruit salad with the ingredients at your disposal.”

Asked about his expression of guilt or anxiety in the film over the worsening of some of society’s problems which he fought as an activist, Belafonte – who is of Jamaican and Martinican descent – conceded that both his generation and their offspring are to blame. [. . .]

[Many thanks to Frances-Anne Solomon for bringing this item to our attention.]

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