Film: News from ttff 2014

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Our friendly correspondent in Tobago, Taí Fernández, gives us a closer look at award-winning short films: Bullock by Carlos Machado Quintela (2014, Cuba), which received the Award for Best Narrative Short; Luna vieja [Old Moon] by Raisa Bonnet (Puerto Rico), which received the RBC: Focus Filmmakers’ Immersion Pitch Prize; Davina Lee’s The Coming of Org (St. Lucia), which received the Pitch Prize Honorable Mention; winner of Best Short Film-Documentary, ABCs by Diana Montero (Cuba); and the People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film, Flying the Coup by Ryan Lee (Trinidad & Tobago). [See full list of winners in our previous post Winners announced for 2014 trinidad+tobago film festival.] Here are the synopses for these short films.

Bullock (Cuba): A man walks down a dusty road under a merciless sun. He holds in his hands a seemingly endless, tattered rope, by which means he attempts to keep hold of something that, in fact, is pulling him. Bullock is a story of defiance, rebellion and death—or a primitive love story [see still above]. http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/film-synopsis/bullock/

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Luna vieja / Old Moon (Puerto Rico):  Elsa’s husband has just died and her relatives come to take their leave of him. Elsa observes with concern the relationship between her son-in-law and his daughter. Nonetheless, she continues to go about preparing food, hanging out the washing, feeding the chickens and tending the garden. Only her face gives away her unease [see still above]. http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/film-synopsis/old-moon/

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The Coming of Org (St. Lucia): In this supernatural tale, three people come face to face with Org, a figure from St Lucian folklore that manifests itself in their day-to-day existence. The film is based upon the short story of the same name, written by John Robert Lee[see still above].

ABCs (Cuba): Leoneidi is a 12-year-old girl with a baby living in Sierra Maestra, Cuba, where the incidence of child pregnancy is high. Forced to abandon school, and verbally abused by her baby’s father, she struggles with her childish urges to play, the demands of motherhood and the obligations of family life.

Flying the Coup (Trinidad and Tobago): Leoneidi is a 12-year-old girl with a baby living in Sierra Maestra, Cuba, where the incidence of child pregnancy is high. Forced to abandon school, and verbally abused by her baby’s father, she struggles with her childish urges to play, the demands of motherhood and the obligations of family life

For more information, see http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/

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