Today, Sunday December 7, 2014, at 2:30pm, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF 2014) presents Trinidadian film Knockabout (2013), directed by Emilie Upczak, and The Price of Memory, a feature documentary film by Jamaican filmmaker Karen Marks Mafundikwa.
Knockabout and The Price of Memory will be followed by a Q&A. Screenings begin at 2:30PM at Teachers College, Cowin Center, Columbia University, in New York.
Knockabout: The streets of Port of Spain and its varied cast of characters are the backdrop for this Trini-style neo-noir. Philo, an expat detective, turns to his previous partner Monique for help in solving a high-profile kidnapping case. But where this leads them is to the past, and an old rift regarding the disappearance of Monique’s brother.
The Price of Memory: This is a poetic documentary exploring the legacy of slavery in Jamaica and the movement for slavery reparations. In the 1960s, a group of Rastas petitioned the Queen Elizabeth II for reparations, starting an ongoing demand that spans decades. When the Queen visited Jamaica in 2002 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee celebrations, she was again petitioned by a small group of Rastafarians for reparations for her family’s participation in slavery. Having received no response from the Queen, another group files a lawsuit against her. While these actions unfold, there is a growing movement for slavery reparations internationally. Eventually, the debate for reparations reaches the Jamaican parliament where it spurs further government action. Interwoven between these actions are the filmmaker’s own memories of first consciously encountering the legacy of slavery while growing up in Jamaica.
For tickets, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/922706
Also see previous post Film: “The Price of Memory” to Screen at the Pan African American Film Festival