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Opening Night Gala Featuring The MIGHTY SPARROW!

THE MIGHTY SPARROW will be ATTENDING the OPENING NIGHT  RECEPTION and Q & A!
September 3 @ 6:00 p.m.

Slinger Francisco, better known as The Mighty Sparrow, affectionately dubbed The Birdie is the unrivaled Calypso King of the World, with a career that spans over 40 years. This artist par excellence has earned his rightful place as “King of the Calypso World”, defeating every other pretender to his throne

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The Glamour Boyz Again! Sparrow and Superier on the Hilton Rooftop
Trinidad and Tobago| 2014 | 65 min | English |  PG

The fest kicks off with a delicious Caribbean reception on Wednesday September 3, in association with the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago in Toronto at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. The evening will include the World Premiere of The Glamour Boyz Again! Sparrow and Superior on the Hilton Rooftop (Geoffrey Dunn, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014, English, PG). The feature-length documentary reveals a remarkable acoustic performance by two of Calypsos most venerated figures, the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Superior. The film includes reminiscences by both Sparrow and Superior, whose friendship dates back more than 55 years, to the mid-1950s. Sparrows execution at the Hilton is arguably his best-rendered acoustic performance ever recorded.

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Featured Films

The annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF2014), returns to Toronto beginning September 3 Caribbean films from 15 selected countries around the Region with public, community and online screenings. This includes 11-feature length and 20 short films 7 are in competition for the CTFF Audience Prize, which will be announced on Closing Night September 13.

 Festival screenings run from September 8, 10, 12 & 13 at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. The films will screen Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 9:30 p.m

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MONDAY SEPT 8, 6.30 PM

“Indigenous Caribbean”

 

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Yurumein
(Co-Presentation with MUSKRAT Magazine)
Andrea L. Leland| St.Vincent | 2014 | 50 min |English | PG

YURUMEIN (your-o-main) is an important UNTOLD STORY of Carib/Garifuna resistance against slavery that deserves its place in the annals of the African Diaspora. The film recounts the painful past of the Caribs on St Vincent and the extermination of scores of their ancestors at the hands of the British, while building an intimate portrait of Garifuna culture in-transition today. We are given firsthand accounts from both Carib descendants who remain on the island of St Vincent and voices of returning descendants whose ancestors were exiled to Central America; where Garifuna traditional culture was able to survive and flourish

“Political People”

 

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Thunder in Guyana
Suzanne Wasserman| USA | 2003 | 50 min |English | PG

The tale of Janet Rosenberg is almost too fantastic to be believed. It’s the love story of two idealistic young radicals, the Chicago-born Rosenberg and Cheddi Jagan, a native of Guyana on South America’s northern coast, who fell in love, married and set off for the British colony to start a socialist revolution.

Though Jagan and Rosenberg became the most important political figures in Guyana, they also faced arrest, repression and the active oppression and intervention of world figures such as Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy. At one point, the British press even dubbed Rosenberg the “Second Eva Peron.”
After years of tireless work, free and fair elections were finally instituted in Guyana in the early 1990′s, and Janet Rosenberg-Jagan was elected the first foreign-born, female president of the country in 1997. Combining biographical portrait with social and political history, THUNDER IN GUYANA illuminates an overlooked corner of recent history in a story packed with real drama.

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MONDAY SEPT 8  - 9.30 PM

“Caribbean Literature”

 

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Poetry is an Island – Derek Walcott
(Co-Presentation and In Association with the St. Lucian Tourist Board)


Ida Does |  St. Lucia | 2013 | 105 min |English | PG

Poetry is an island is a feature documentary film about Nobel laureate, poet, playwright, and visual artist, Derek Walcott. The film depicts an intimate portrait of the poet, as we visit his art studio, his childhood home, and his current residence in St. Lucia. We share Caribbean moments with Walcott as we visit some of his favorite places, his studio, and St. Lucia home. We discover the anger and frustration that the poet holds against the downtime of the arts as he talks to us about the meaning of poetry to him personally, and about the significance of art for humanity. Family members reveal some of the poet’s life challenges, and people who have worked with him speak frankly about their experiences with Walcott. Poetry is an island is an intimate portrait of the man, the poet, and son of the Caribbean: Derek Walcott.

 

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT 10  - 9:30 p.m. 

“Caribbean- Journey Back Home”

 

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Elza
Mariette Monpierre | Guadeloupe| 2011 | 80 min |French with English Subtitles | PG

Bernadette, a single mother in Paris, tries to provide her daughters with everything. She is thrilled when her eldest daughter, Elza, is the first in the family to graduate from college earning a master’s degree summa cum laude. But Elza breaks her mother’s heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers. This feature debut by writer/director Mariette Monpierre offers an unusual insider’s view of lush island culture as she captures the passion and contradictions of this family.

Critically Acclaimed 

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FRI, SEPT 12  - 6:30 p.m. 

 

“Queer Caribbean “

 

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Gavin Ramoutar| Guyanna| 2011 | 20min |English | PG

Set in Guyana, South America, ANTIMAN is a film about self-discovery and masculinity in the Caribbean. Anil, an introverted young boy, is pressured by his abusive father, Max, to become a skillful cricket player the way he himself was years before.  Although skilled in the game, Anil refuses to play and takes refuge in his love for Dano, an older boy in the village.  In order to attend the local masquerade and see the boy he pines for, Anil must win the cricket tournament.

“Spotlight on Richard Fung”

 

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Dal Puri Diaspora
Richard Fung | Canada/ Trinidad & Tobaco | 2012 | 80 min |English | PG

The recipe for dal puri traveled with indentured workers from India’s Gangetic plain to southern Caribbean colonies of Britain and the Netherlands in the 19th Century. In the 1960s the wrapped roti migrated from Trinidad to North America, where it is known as Caribbean or West Indian roti and is popular in cities like New York and Toronto. As the dish moved from home fire to street stall to restaurant chain, and from festival to fast food, the flatbread was radically transformed in ingredients, cooking method, ways of eating and identity. Shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India, this documentary tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes. The documentary features interviews with leading food writers and scholars including Pushpesh Pant, Naomi Duguid, Brinsley Samaroo, Radhika Mongia and Patricia Mohammed.

FRI, SEPT 12  - 9:30 p.m. 

“Best of the Fest”

 

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Kingston Paradise
Mary Wells | Jamaica | 2013 | 90 min | English |14A

Finding himself stuck in the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, a sympathetic street hustler (Christopher Johnny Daley) devises a daring but not-so-clever plan to steal a fancy sports car, right under the owners nose, after which things rapidly go downhill until he finds himself at rock bottom and begins to realize that he has to change in order to fulfill his dreams Awards: Best Diaspora Feature, African Movie Academia Awards (AMAA) 2014, Festival Programmers Award- Narrative Feature: Pan-African Film Festival 2014, Audience Award and Special Mention Best Mention CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase.

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SAT, SEPT 13  - 2:30 p.m. 

“Caribbean  Canadian Film “

 

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Colour Me
Sherien Baroum | Canada | 2011 | 76 mins | English | PG

COLOUR ME is a documentary film that will change the way you think about race. We follow motivational speaker Anthony McLean into the ethnically explosive city of Brampton, Ontario – where is his forced to critically examine his own identity while mentoring six youth grappling with theirs. At a time when statistics on black youth in crime, drop-outs, and pregnancy are rising, we ask ‘why’ while exploring the confines of race, the complexity of identity and the need to find our voice.

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Cricket Nation
Stephen Young-Chin | Canada |2012 | 45 mins | English | G

It’s one of the most popular sports on the planet and has a strong root in Canada’s history. Cricket Nation looks at the widespread impact of the game on various Canadians including some beer league hockey players who gave the sport a try.

SATURDAY, SEPT 13  - 6:00 p.m

“Caribbean Revolutions “

 

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Forever Ever: The Killing of A Revolution
Bruce Paddington |  Grenada | 2013 | 150 min | English, 14A

The 1983 US-led invasion of Grenada, which followed the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, echoed around the world and ended a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. What were the circumstances that led to this extraordinary chain of events? This comprehensive, gripping and revealing documentary tells the story of the Grenada revolution as never before. The film features extensive, previously unseen file footage, as well as old and new interviews with many of the key players of the time.

SATURDAY, SEPT 13  - 9:30 p.m. 

“Bajan Invasion! Closing Night Awards”

 

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Two Smart
feat. Alison Hinds

Alison Hinds will be present for the Q&A!

Shakirah Bourne & Ricky Redman| Barbados | 2014 | 90 mins | English | R

Two Smart is a Barbadian psychological thriller about a disgruntled married couple and a hitchhiker trapped in a gully during a tropical storm.

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CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES: The 9th CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF 2014)

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CaribbeanTales celebrates Our Lens, Our Perspective

The 9th annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), returns to Toronto beginning September 3 – 13 with special community screenings on July 26 and August 30th.

The festival showcases Caribbean films from 15 selected countries around the Region with public, community and online screenings. This includes 10-feature length and 20 short films in competition for the CTFF Audience Prize, which will be announced on Closing Night – September 13. The program will include an intensive four-day Market Incubator program as well as various networking sessions.

“As we continually grow in capacity and impact, the Canadian arm of CaribbeanTales is proud to present our flagship event for the ninth consecutive year.” says founder and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon.  Presently, she is directing her attention towards working internationally with CTFF and its companies to produce, distribute, market and exhibit Caribbean-themed films and events for audiences everywhere.

This year’s event welcomes Malinda Francis as the new CTFF Director. One of her main goals is to build community partnerships to bring access of Caribbean film throughout Toronto. The festival launches this summer with two special community screenings on July 26 and August 30.

“This summer we have formed a new relationship with Scotiabank Toronto Junior Carnival with carnival-themed films, and we continue to work with West Side Arts Hub in the North End of the city,” said Francis. “We continue to build relationships across the city and throughout the year, to expose and create space and audience exposure to Caribbean Film.”

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COMMUNITY SCREENINGS 

The free community screenings confirmed to date are: (These are not ticketed events):

SATURDAY JULY 26

“Carnivalesque”
CTFF Partnership with Scotiabank Toronto Junior Carnival
Family Afternoon Community Screening
1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Malvern Public Library – 30 Sewells Road

Short Film

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Atiba Williams
Christopher Laird | Trinidad & Tobago | 1997 | 15 min | English | PG

Nine-year-old Atiba Williams is the youngest person to arrange for a steel band during the Panorama competition. This film looks at a day in his life, from home, to school, to rehearsal to performance. Screeners are available. Atiba Williams is distributed by CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.

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Calypso Dreams
Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne | Trinidad & Tobago | 2004 | 85 min | English |PG

Calypso Dreams is an intimate portrait of some of the true Calypsonians in Trinidad & Tobago, in performance and in conversation. Shot over three years in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the documentary includes such legendary Calypsonians as Lord Pretender, Lord Kitchener, the Mighty Bomber, Relator, Lord Superior, Brigo, Mystic Prowler, Calypso Rose, the Mighty Sparrow, Terror, Valentino, Lord Blakie, David Rudder, Regeneration Now, the Mighty Duke, Conqueror and many others.

 SATURDAY AUGUST 30
“Caribbean Spirituality”
CTFF Partnership with West-Side Arts Hub Outdoor Screening at the Farm – The Jane and Finch Community 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Black Creek Farm, 4929 Jane Street

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The Orisha Suite
Nicole Brooks | Canada | 2010 | 34 min | English | PG

Docu-dance film documenting the tradition, song and dance of Trinidadian slaves honouring the Orishas. The Orate Suite is a celebration of the spirit of enslaved Africans, who were able to preserve some of their culture and ritual practices in the new lands where they were taken to by force. Journeying through spirit to a period of ancestor reverence and ritual, a little boy experiences history on the shores of the ocean, through song, dance and rhythm. The film pays homage to the Orishas, and celebrates one of the rich cultural legacies of the Caribbean.

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Kali Worship in Trinidad & Tobago
Christopher Laird | Trinidad & Tobago | 1991 | 27 min | English |PG

Trinidad & Tobago is one of the few places in the new world where worship of the Hindu goddess Kali is accessible. Involving the legendary “Fire-pass” (walking over a pit of glowing coals) ceremony, healing and possession rituals, the presenter and the camera become players and participants.

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Voodoo Dance

Elsie Haas | Haiti | 1989 | 52 min | Haitian Creole and French with English subtitles | PG

Voodoo’s significant role in Haitian culture. This film documents the significant role of voodoo in Haitian culture from the perspectives of Voodoo priests, government officials, historians and politicians. Attacked by Western clerics and declared a “superstition” by law in 1935, voodoo has always been a source of empowerment for the average Haitian. Despite its exploitation, romanticization and vilification, scholars in this documentary also note the ways in which it remains an authentic and stabilizing cultural base of everyday Haitian society.

Screeners are available.

Our Community Screenings are presented by and can be purchased from CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, a full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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CaribbeanTales Market Incubator

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From September 2 – 7, the festival hosts the Market Incubator, which gives selected filmmakers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills, through workshops and one on one mentoring by world-class specialists. It will culminate in a pitching session in front of international funders and buyers at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The fest also organizes a number of intimate events at the University of Toronto with many opportunities to network informally with international industry players.

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 Opening Night Gala

 

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The fest kicks off with a delicious Caribbean reception on Wednesday September 3, in association with the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago in Toronto at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. The evening will include the World Premiere of The Glamour Boyz Again! Sparrow and Superior on the Hilton Rooftop. (Geoffrey Dunn, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014, English, PG). The feature-length documentary reveals a remarkable acoustic performance by two of Calypso’s most venerated figures, the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Superior. The film includes reminiscences by both Sparrow and Superior, whose friendship dates back more than 55 years, to the mid-1950s. Sparrow’s execution at the Hilton is arguably his best-rendered acoustic performance ever recorded.

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CENTERPIECE FILMS

Festival screenings run from September 8, 10, 12 & 13 at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. The films will screen Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Saturday at 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

To date we have confirmed the following films:

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10  - 6:30 p.m. 

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Poetry is an Island – Derek Walcott
Ida Does |  St. Lucia | 2013 | 105 min |English | PG

Poetry is an island is a feature documentary film about Nobel laureate, poet, playwright, and visual artist, Derek Walcott. The film depicts an intimate portrait of the poet, as we visit his art studio, his childhood home, and his current residence in St. Lucia. We share Caribbean moments with Walcott as we visit some of his favorite places, his studio, and St. Lucia home. We discover the anger and frustration that the poet holds against the downtime of the arts as he talks to us about the meaning of poetry to him personally, and about the significance of art for humanity. Family members reveal some of the poet’s life challenges, and people who have worked with him speak frankly about their experiences with Walcott. Poetry is an island is an intimate portrait of the man, the poet, and son of the Caribbean: Derek Walcott.

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12 – 9:30 p.m.

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Kingston Paradise
Mary Wells | Jamaica | 2013 | 90 min | English | 14A––

Finding himself stuck in the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, a sympathetic street hustler (Christopher “Johnny” Daley) devises a daring but not-so-clever plan to steal a fancy sports car, right under the owner’s nose, after which things rapidly go downhill… until he finds himself at rock bottom and begins to realize that he has to change in order to fulfill his dreams.

Awards: Best Diaspora Feature, African Movie Academia Awards (AMAA) 2014, Festival Programmers Award- Narrative Feature: Pan-African Film Festival 2014, Audience Award and Special Mention Best Mention CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13 - 6:30 p.m.

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Forever Ever: The Killing of A Revolution
Bruce Paddington |  Grenada | 2013 | 150 min | English, 14A

The 1983 US-led invasion of Grenada, which followed the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, echoed around the world and ended a unique experiment in Caribbean politics.

What were the circumstances that led to this extraordinary chain of events? This comprehensive, gripping and revealing documentary tells the story of the Grenada revolution as never before. The film features extensive, previously unseen file footage, as well as old and new interviews with many of the key players of the time.

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