Shelley V. Worrell recently shared news on the success of caribBEING’s 2nd Annual Heritage Film Series [see previous posts TODAY! Steelpan Day in Brooklyn and Final Screenings of Heritage Film Series and caribBEING presents HERITAGE FILM SERIES]:
The annual Heritage Film Series offered new releases and classic of Caribbean cinema from Brooklyn and beyond to various museums. Participation from filmmakers and artists representing countries like France, UK, Poland, Jamaica, Texas, Dominican Republic, Bronx, and Trinidad & Tobago were in attendance to host/engage in interactive “talkbacks,” following screenings at Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum and Brooklyn Historical Society.
Opening night was hosted by the very popular, rising Brooklyn-based soca star Lyrikal and the Polish Vice-Consul on June 23, 2016.
Films screened included:
Studio Screen: …when they grow up… (The Studio Museum in Harlem) Inspired by Ebony G. Patterson…when they grow up… this selection of short films focuses on Caribbean youth as they struggle with tough decisions, and confront their own innocence in the face of societal pressures that prescribe adult responses from them. The screening will be followed by a public dialogue and Q&A with the featured filmmakers.
Sketches from the Underground (Brooklyn Museum) Dir. Lucas Machowski, 2015, 30 min. A love letter to New York City and its poets and musicians from the Caribbean, Poland, France, and the United Kingdom. Event will be hosted by soca musician Lyrikal with a performance by Bronx-based rapper La Bruja.
Cimarrón Spirit (Brooklyn Museum) Dir. Rubén Durán. 2015, 53 mins. The film celebrates the diverse, resilient, and resourceful masquerade traditions of the cimarrones, descendants of Taíno Indians and escaped enslaved Africans that exist outside mainstream Dominican society. The New York City premiere will be followed by a talkback with the director, and a performance by Taíno folk singer Irka Mateo. [See poster above.]
Sweet Micky For President (Brooklyn Museum) Dir. Ben Patterson, 2015. 89 mins. Film follows Pras Michel, Brooklyn-born Grammy award–winning rapper and founder of the hip-hop group The Fugees, who ran the presidential campaign of Haiti’s most popular and outlandish pop star, Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly.
Chisholm ‘72: Unbought and Unbossed (Brooklyn Museum) Dir. Shola Lynch, 2004. 77 mins. Documentary is a tribute to Brooklyn’s trailblazing Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman in the U.S., who fought for change and became a popular candidate for president in 1972.
Taboo Yardies (Brooklyn Historical Society) Dir. Selena Blake, 2011. 79 mins. A film capturing the homophobia and violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender in Jamaica, West Indies.