Starting at 9 pm | George Washington House
Short Films (in competition)
ViZion – The Beach House
Richard Lynch | Music Video – 3 minutes | 2011 | Barbados
The Beach House
is a mainstream Pop record that fuses Reggae, Dance and Hip Hop elements with an up-tempo lyrical flow describing the artist’s relationship with a woman.
Margaret Lawrence | 11 minutes | Guyana
A family battles with personal loss and anger while a young boy tries to hold on to the traditions of his father and the yearnings of his heart. Set this against the need to succeed in a world that sets academic achievement above cultural prowess. Through the cultural artifact of the Masquerade, the past, present and future collide in a surprising end.
Tradition, produced in 2011-UN Year for People of African Descent, advocates the preservation of Guyana’s Masquerade, one of the few Afro based retentions in Guyana. Shot on the historic locations of Theatre Guild, Girl Guides &Tiger Bay.
Feature Films (in competition)
The Story of Lover’s Rock
Menelik Shabazz | 96 minutes | UK | 2011
Often dubbed ‘romantic reggae’, Lover’s Rock is a unique British sound, developed against a backdrop of racial tension, the Brixton riots and sound systems in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. It went from being a small UK scene to become a global phenomenon that defined a generation through artists such as UB40 and Maxi Priest.
Directed by award winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz,
The Story Of Lover’s Rock
combines comedy, live performance, interviews and archive footage to shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Contributors to the documentary include UB40; Maxi Priest; Levi Roots; Linton Kwesi Johnson; comedians Angie Le Mar, Robbie G and Eddie Nestor, alongside new artists such as Ava Leigh and Lovella Ellis.
Best known for his award winning feature film BURNING AN ILLUSION, Menelik Shabazz is one of the pioneers of black British cinema. THE STORY OF LOVER’S ROCK marks his return after a 30 years absence from cinema.