No Bois Man No Fraid (2013) is a film by Christopher Laird, produced by Banyan and The Bois Academy of Trinidad and Tobago. In this film, two young Trinidadian internationally certified, multi-disciplined martial artists re-discover their roots in the unique martial art named “Kalinda” and are accepted for mentorship by living legends of the art. This film will have its world premiere on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at the 8th annual Toronto CaribbeanTales Film Festival; it was screened for the first time in the Caribbean at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
Description: From the heart of the Caribbean comes a tale of two young martial artists who rediscover the roots of an ancient martial art tradition born in the bowels of Africa and alive and well in Trinidad and Tobago. Similar to more well-known traditions like Brazilian Capoeira, ‘Kalinda’ is a half dance and half deadly game with long sticks, which was brought to the Caribbean slave plantations from the Congo and Angola. The Kalinda is accompanied by fiery drumming and chants from the ‘chantuelle’ (chant-well) who drives the combatants onward in the community arenas called “gayelles” (gah-yells).
In No Bois Man No Fraid, follow Keegan and Benji as they journey through the history of the Kalinda martial art form of Trinidad and Tobago. Learn with them as they sit at the feet of the warrior elders of the Moruga community – the home of a specific faction of stickfighters, decendants from the ‘Merikins’ Tribe, with a long and rich tradition. Be enlightened by the history of the craft, the ancestry, the meaning of the drums and the “lavways” sung by the Chantuelle singers.
In this feature-length movie, see live footage from some of the best fights as well as the progress of Keegan and Benji being accepted by the elders, taught and told stories of stick fighting legends. After rigorous training in the art form, they prepare to ‘dance de dance’ and face the ring of the gayelle themselves and prove their skill as stick fighters of the Kalinda tradition.
For more information, see http://caribbeantales-events.com/?page_id=8279 and http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/film-synopsis/no-bois-man-no-fraid/