TT Film Festival Offers “Private Violence” For Public Debate

Private Violence, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Continuing it series of ‘Community Cinergy’ film screenings on issues of human rights – the trinidad+tobago film festival will be focusing on domestic violence, this weekend, with the screening of the film Private Violence, on Sunday 19 April, 4pm, at the Laventille Community Complex, in Movant. The series is sponsored by the US Embassy, in association with the Hearts and Minds of the Police Service and FireCircle.

Using film to support on-going discourses on the protection of the rights of women and children in Trinidad and Tobago, the ttff will also be hosting a special screening of the film Bully, followed by a workshop conducted by the Anti-Bullying Association of Trinidad and Tobago for schools, at Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA), San Fernando on 22 April. This school screening and workshop is by reserved bookings only.

Each film will be followed by a community discussion or workshop on the issues of personal freedom, security, community support, public policy and legislation.

According to the ttff’s founder and director, Bruce Paddington: “Film is a powerful medium for public education and advocacy. It has an amazing ability to bear witness and tell compelling stories that challenge individuals and encourage understanding, empathy and a demand for justice for all. It can encourage audiences to suspend their ignorance, understand the diversity of humanity and to create wider public discourse. And we are thrilled to have the support of the US Embassy in this initiative”

About Private Violence

Developed as a documentary film and public advocacy vehicle that engages audiences in debates, prevention and other public action strategies – Private Violence raises a troubling fact – sometimes the most dangerous place for a woman is in her own home. The award-winning documentary takes us behind closed doors into the often-invisible world of domestic violence. Through the eyes of two survivors and an advocate, we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate-partner violence. The film shatters general assumptions about why women stay in abusive relationships, and will form the basis of a public discussion led by representatives from the police service, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Organisation for Abused and Battered Individuals (OABI), FireCircle, CAISO and social justice activists, after the film.

Private Violence (Cynthia Hill/2014/81′) Sunday 19 April, 4:00pm / Laventille Community Complex

The community discussion after the film will be led by:

  • Hearts and Minds, Inter Agency Task Force, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
  • Diana Mahabir-Wyatt – Chair of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Sherna Alexander- the Organisation for Abused and Battered Individuals (OABI),
  • Nicole Hendrickson and Steve Cupid Theodore – FireCircle
  • Luke Finnette – CAISO: Trinidad & Tobago’s Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation.
  • Cherylann Gajadhar – author of The Girl in The Cupboard\ and child abuse survivor
  • Working Women for Social Progress

Admission to these screenings is free.

About the trinidad+tobago film festival

The trinidad+tobago film festival is presented by FLOW, given leading sponsorship by bpTT and supporting sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and the Embassy of the United States of America in Port of Spain. Technical services are provided by ttff’s technical partner, North Eleven.

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