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A week of movies begins today - Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase to feature 30 films in one week

Published:Sunday | November 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM
'Better Must Come', written, produced, directed, and performed by Jamaicans, chronicles the political polarisation of the Jamaican society. - Contributed
Luciano Blotta, videotapes Turbulence while he sits on a bike during the shooting of 'RiseUp'.
The promotional poster for 'RiseUp'.

The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase comes to Jamaica from November 28 to December 4, 2010. There are 30 films in the showcase including an animated short film from Jamaica, Anancy and Common Sense, directed and produced by Andrew Davies, and written by Joan Andrea Hutchinson.

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is working with Jamaica Promotions Corporation, the Creative Production and Training Centre, the Jamaica Library Service, the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica, and members of the film sector to stage the showcase.

The director of cultural policy and monitoring in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Tanya Batson-Savage, said this year's showcase was very timely given the profile and interest in two recent major feature films: RiseUp and Better Mus' Come.

"The presence of these two feature films reminds us of the need to focus on Caribbean stories in the Caribbean landscape as there is clearly a growing appetite among our Caribbean people for local content.

"Given the dominance of films from the United States in local cinemas, and the importance of film in maintaining and promoting culture, the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is a meaningful tool for encouraging a Caribbean film and video industry as well as for highlighting the diversity and unity of Caribbean culture.

"This showcase gives us an opportunity to spread our lens to the wider Caribbean."

The films are being screened at:

  • Sagicor Auditorium (New Kingston)
  • The Bob Marley Museum
  • The St James Parish Library
  • The Manchester Parish Library.

The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase was initiated in 2007 with the participation of 23 countries. It features films and videos in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Haitian Creole.

The showcase provides an opportunity for Caribbean film-makers and produ-cers to screen their work to the people of the Caribbean.