The 2018 BFI London Film Festival opened on October 10 and runs through October 21. Several Caribbean-related films are being screened at the festival, including Miriam miente (Dominican Republic/Spain), Rue Cases-Nègres (Martinique), Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records (UK/Jamaica), and Pájaros de verano (Colombia/Denmark/Mexico). Here is a related post by Peter Jordens:
As Harri Grace reports for the Independent (UK), the film industry remains dominated by male stories and voices, and often limited to American visions. But this year’s BFI London Film Festival is striving to change all that. Out of 385 films originating across 77 countries being shown over 12 days (10-21 October), 38 per cent are directed by women. It’s a number that has steadily increased since the 19.9 per cent of 2011. Tricia Tuttle, artistic director of the LFF, says: “It’s really important that the BFI London Film Festival is diverse, inclusive. It’s what we want; it’s what audiences want.” Mia Bays, director-at-large of feminist film collective Birds Eye View, which seeks to promote the work of female filmmakers, says: “It’s really heartening to see certain key festivals making a concerted effort to set and meet higher than average programming targets, to move the dial on gender equality. We do applaud women in influential positions taking on the ‘bro culture’ of festivals.”
The 62nd BFI London Film Festival, which runs from October 10-21, 2018, includes the following four Caribbean-related films, of which three are (co-)directed by women:
– Miriam miente [Miriam Lies], Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, Dominican Republic/Spain, 2018, 90 min, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XqEBb3-3ak
– Pájaros de verano [Birds of Passage], drama, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, Colombia/Denmark/Mexico, 2018, 120 min, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkDWkMa7dN4
– Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, documentary, Nicolas Jack Davies, UK/Jamaica, 2018, 86 min, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_wJHMZURrM
– Rue Cases-Nègres [Sugar Cane Alley], drama, Euzhan Palcy, Martinique, 1983, 103 min, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoUjDdRYizA
For the full program of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival, visit https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp.