Greta Mendez’s film “Ah! Hard Rain” addresses migration through Mas characters

Hard-Rain-(Fishermen-in-(T&T)

Stephen Spark (Soca News) reports that Greta Mendez’s film Ah! Hard Rain will be screened at Omnibus on July 26, at 6:00pm at to the Omnibus Theatre at 1 Clapham Common Northside, London. The screening will follow a Moko Jumbie parade, starting at 4:45pm at the Grasshopper Festival Site on Clapham Common. In Ah! Hard Rain, Trinidadian-born Mendez addresses migration and uses the memories of a fisherman, taking the viewers from his village through time and across the oceans, using traditional Mas characters such as La Diablesse, the Sailor, and Jab Jab. See Spark’s description below:

Myth, migration and moko jumbies feature in a new work by acclaimed producer, director, performance artist and carnivalist Greta Mendez. Described as a story of aspiration, greed and shattered dreams, Ah! Hard Rain combines cultural myths with the all-too-real contemporary tragedies that unfold as thousands of people fleeing poverty, war and environmental destruction try to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life.

[. . .] As Mendez points out, all through history people have taken to the ocean to flee poverty, wars and religious persecution. The film uses the memories of a survivor, a fisherman, to take us from his village through time and across the oceans, using traditional mas characters such as La Diablesse, Sailor and Jab Jab.

The launch promises to be an unusual and stimulating occasion, as these ole mas characters bring the film to life through street theatre performances. It starts at 4.45pm next to the bandstand on Clapham Common, with an appearance by two moko jumbies called The Sweet Waters of Africa and Hard Rain. The T&T Guardian newspaper reported of Stephanie Kanhai’s winning presentation for the band Touch D Sky, “The Sweet Waters of Africa wowed both the judges and spectators at Friday’s [NCBA Queen] competition, as her fluid dance moves accentuated the costume, which consisted of layers of free-flowing fabric.”

From the bandstand, the performers will lead the crowd to the Omnibus Theatre at 1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0QW, where there will be live performances by other characters leading up to the screening itself at 6pm. Afterwards, Mendez, the creative team and cast will give a talk.

More details at: omnibus-clapham.org/event/follow-the-moko-jumbies.

For full article, see http://www.socanews.com/articles/article.php?Greta-Mendez-to-launch-film-with-mas-in-Clapham-1101#.VamYJ_mjOFw

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