Film: Screening of “Bim”


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] There will be a screening of Bim (1974) on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 7:00pm at the St James Amphitheatre (located at Western Main Road, St James, Trinidad). This event—presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff)—is free and open to the public. Here is a post from the ttff blog, “Bim comes to We Beat We Film Night”:

Forty-four years since its first release, the highly acclaimed local film Bim, will screen once again at We Beat’s We Film Night, on Wednesday 06 June 2018, at 7pm. The free screening, at the St James Amphitheatre, is presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) in partnership with the St James Community Improvement Committee and ttff ‘s official technical partner North Eleven Projections.

Described as “the best T&T film ever made” by film critic B.C Pires, Bim is revered as a West Indian cult classic of Caribbean cinema. The script was written by local playwright and newspaper journalist, Raoul Pantin, and co-produced by Susanne Nunez, wife of the director, Hugh A. Robertson.

Bim tells the story of Bheem Singh, who is sent to live with his aunt in Port of Spain. Bullied at school and abused at home, he runs away and begins a life of petty crime. After returning to the countryside-and taking a new name, Bim-he becomes leader of the sugar workers, and eventually leader of the colony’s opposition party. It isn’t long, however, before his violent past catches up with him.

The role of Bim is played by Ralph Maraj, a politician, playwright and actor, of both stage and screen. Music for the film was written by the late Andre Tanker who worked with some of the country’s best musicians to fuse African and Indian rhythms.

Shot a decade after our country’s independence, Bim did not open to much fanfare in 1975. However, it was shown at the United States Virgin Islands Film Festival in St Thomas in 1975 and at the CARIFESTA Film Festival in Jamaica and Los Angeles Film Festival, both in 1976. Bruce Paddington, founder and festival director of the ttff described the film as “one of the most important films to be produced in Trinidad and Tobago and … one of the classics of Caribbean cinema”. [. . .]

For original article, see

Also see: “Bim at 45,” Owen Thompson, Wired 868, May 25-27-30, 2018

Part 1: Production far from perfect but Andre Tanker’s music scores big

Part 2: Robertson’s masterful camera work adds to Tanker’s music to make a politician cringe

Part 3: Melodies from a master craftsman; is Tanker the Derek Walcott of Caribbean music?

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