Caribbean Film Highlights at the 2013 Pan African Film Festival


The 2013 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is under way in Los Angeles and Caribbean filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon (Indiewire) reminds us that the Festival is celebrating its 21st anniversary. This year the festival is screening a record number of Caribbean and Caribbean-themed films, “a testament to the growing importance of the Caribbean voice in cinema around the world,” says Solomon. The article points out that hundreds of young filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora—in Europe, North America, Africa, India, Lebanon, and more—are providing unique voices for the expression of extraordinary stories of common (and diverse) experiences through Caribbean film. The PAFF has provided a showcase for emerging filmmakers, representing numerous territories and ethnicities, to tell these stories.

In congratulating the Pan African Film Festival, Solomon has compiled a list and short summaries of some of the Caribbean films being showcased, along with their corresponding trailers—Stud Life; Toussaint L’Ouverture; Fish; Awantu—The Journey; Home Again; and Songs of Redemption—and mentions others such as Island Song; Grenada: Colonialism and Conflict; Born In Trench Town; Charles Officer’s Nurse Fighter Boy; multi-award-winning feature debut from Guadeloupe filmmaker Mariette Monpierre, Elza; and the anthology of seven short films, Ring De Alarm [also see previous post Film: The “Ring Di Alarm” Anthology Makes its Los Angeles Debut], among others, showing us the richness of the program this year. Here is her list:

Fish – Sean Escayg’s masterful short drama redefines the Trinidad landscape.

Akwantu: The Journey – Filmmaker Roy Anderson’s important personal tribute to his forefathers who were Maroons from Jamaica – runaway ex-slaves who lived and fought for their freedom in the hills of Jamaica.

Home Again – The husband and wife filmmaking team of Sudz Sutherland and Jen Holness wrote, directed and produced this deftly-crafted feature film, the second from their company Hungry Eyes Film and TV.

Songs of Redemption – Trinidad-based, Spanish born filmmaker Miquel Galofré, who gave us Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast and Hit Me with Music, co-directs [with Amanda Sans] this compelling documentary set in Jamaica’s prisons.

Toussaint L’Ouverture – The epic story of our greatest hero, told by French African filmmaker Philippe Niang.

Stud Life – The lighter side of queer cinema. This quirky lesbian romantic comedy is the feature debut of iconic British Trinidadian indie filmmaker Campbell X.

For full article and clips, see

For the full PAFF page, see

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