A report from Jamaica’s Gleaner.
AS CANADA delights in all its diversity this year, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) marks its 12th annual festival with a street party celebrating the legacy, people and beauty of the Caribbean.
On September 6, 2017, Clinton Street at College Street in Toronto will be magically transformed with the sights and sounds of the islands, co-hosted by the consulate general for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. International Caribbean stars of film and television will greet their many fans there – at CTFF’s Opening Gala and Film Premieres.
Music superstar Machel Montano, actor Joseph Marcell (best known as ‘Geoffrey’ the butler from Fresh Prince of Bel Air); Barbados’ soca queen Alison Hinds, Jamaica’s Sheldon Sheperd and Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickolai Salcedo are among the luminaries who will attend the College Street party and Talkback after the screening. They will also attend the Encore Screening slated for September 7, 2017 at Cineplex Morningside Cinema, 785 Milner Ave, Scarborough.
“After 12 years, we can look back to our most humble beginnings – as well as look forward – to the great narratives that are still to be explored through the power of film for audiences in Canada and worldwide,” said Frances-Anne Solomon, executive director, CTFF.
“It was hard to pick this year’s programme – but those we’ve chosen will not only entertain, but also challenge our audiences to consider our legacy as Caribbean peoples here and throughout our diaspora. We need to think about what we’re leaving now for future generations.”
This year’s festival boasts 14 feature films and 30 short films, from 18 countries – all featuring stories centring on Caribbean legacy. Throughout the two-week event, audiences will enjoy themes including Bajan Excellence, Legacies of Race, Roots of Culture, Legacies of the Land, #BlackLoveMatters, CineFAM (Women in film), and #INTERSECT – Queer and Trans People of Colour.