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Friday, June 19 • 10:00am - 3:00pm
Traveling Caribbean Film Festival Selections LIMITED

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10am Fly by Ermitis Blanco/Yolanda Durán (Animated short - 12 mins) Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Aj5bWauiQwFly is a girl who lives in an unreal world.  Wants to fly but space has become smaller.  

10:15amTengo Talento 'El Niño Jesus' by Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi (Documentary - 13 mins) Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAz2EyAbIpcJulito Padrón is an excellent Cuban musician; a trumpet player teaches us trough Jesus Anduz, a 14 year old boy that Cuban musical richness, as heritage is kept by the new generations.  

10:30amDudamel by Alberto Arvelo (Documentary - 84 mins) http://www.dudamel.net/Children's and youth orchestras are emerging in many countries of the world, inspired by the Venezuelan musical and educational program "El Sistema", which immerses children in the world of music, art, team work, discipline, cooperation, fun, learning, creativity, and high values.  Gustavo Dudamel, the amazingly gifted Venezuelan conductor, entirely educated in "El Sistema",  leads this journey through the stories of some of the young people who are experiencing the joy of music in the most diverse and contrasting corners of the world. These children are bringing a simple message to all of us: art is a universal right. Filmed in seven different countries, "DUDAMEL: Let the Children Play" is an opportunity to glimpse the world of orchestras, conducting, and the importance of art as a hopeful path to face the educational crisis worldwide. "DUDAMEL: Let the Children Play" is a story of hope for the future unfolding right now.

12noonYoung Explorers Caribbean: Point Fortin by Lorraine O'Connor (Documentary - 18 mins)
'Young  Explorers  of  the  Caribbean'    is  a  television  series  in  which  a  group  of young people  makes  a  great  discovery  in  Trinidad  and  Tobago  to  learn  about  the culture,  beauty  and  the  characteristics  of  each  community  they  visit  through  theeyes  of  children  in  the  area.  The  programs  appeal  to  young  and  not  so  young  as they are  full  of  fun,  educational  brushstrokes  and  beautiful  landscapes.  The children  are  accompanied  in  his  adventures  from  2  animated  characters;  SuniCaracol  and  Fredo  Frog.  Point  Fortin  is  one  of  the  oldest  cities  in  the  country.  Is located on  the  southwest  coast  of  Trinidad.  On  the  way  to  Point  Fortin,  passed  by the  famous  Pitch  Lake  in  La  Brea,  the  largest  of  the  three  natural  asphalt  lakes  inthe  world.  In  Point  Fortin,  the  Young  Explorers  meet  some  very  talented  children and  learn  to  play  the  steelpan,  sing  in  a  choir  and   visit the city.

12:20pmAtiba Williams, Pan Prodigy by Christopher Laird/Bruce Paddington (Documentary - 7 mins)
Trailer: http://caribbeantales-worldwide.com/catalogue/documentaries/atiba-williams/Nine-year-old Atiba Williams is the youngest person to arrange for a steelband during the Panorama competition. This film looks at a day in his life, from home, to school, to rehearsal to performance. - See more at: http://caribbeantales-worldwide.com/catalogue/documentaries/atiba-williams/#sthash.hVpAV6E3.dpuf

12:30pmEyerí, Un Músico Con Magia by Frank Elías (Documentary – 12 mins)
 It is the history of  a  4-year-old boy with a great talent  for  the  music.  The documentary contrasts the boy's  innocence with the mother's concerns about a future in the music industry for him.     

12:45pmHerby, Jazz and Haitian Music by Arnold Antonin (88 mins)
Through the story of Herby Widmaier who recorded musicians and orchestras for nearly 40 years in Haiti and who played with many national and international groups, we discover the popular urban dance music of Haiti and its relationship with Latin music and jazz. All the major figures and all the controversies that agitated them appear in this fascinating film that will leave no one indifferent.

2:15pmThe Creole Kings of Champeta by Lucas Silva/Sergio Arria (Documentary - 30 mins) 
Trailer: http://palenquerecords.blogspot.com/2012/02/la-huit-production-palenque-records.htmlThis documentary tells the story of the CHAMPETA or CREOLE TERAPIA, one of the most innovative, ignored and marginalized musical kinds of Colombia and perhaps of Latin America. This musical movement, which mixes African rhythms like Soukouss from Congo (ex-Zaire), Mbaqanga from South Africa and Highlife from Ghana-Nigeria, with rhythms of the French and English Speaking West Indies (Haïtian "Compass ", Socca, Calypso, and Reggae), runs as a Master on dancers 'feet all along the Colombian Atlantic Coast, from Turbo to Riohacha.  Born in the black districts from Carthagena at the end of the Seventies, and in villages like Palenque de San Basilio, this Afro-Colombian rhythm, made popular by some fish salesmen, shoeshiners and self-educated musicians of popular origin, is going to extent and to conquer all the country thanks to its West-Indian and Colombian rhythms.  The documentary is a portrait of CHAMPETA's most famous artists and discjockeys, as well as the story of the birth of this music, which looks like the one of Reggae and Rap in Jamaica and in the United States.  One of its goals is to make known the talent of these artists, humble people who built alone and without any help all the necessary structure for the production and the distribution of this music:  independent labels, recording studios, disc stores... and a public which shows its support at every new production. African rhythms of the whole world, mixed with the rhythms of our Colombian Caraibes, meet in Carthagena to mix with the new vacile efectivo of Creole Terapia.

6th TCFS in CAYMAN : Dedicated to Music of the Caribbean

The 6th TCFS features more than 25 films, many of which will be screened during CayFilm (June 19th & 20th).  All of the films will then travel through Cayman Islands' districts (June 22nd-27th 2015). Click here to download the full 6th TCFS programme (a complete listing of films and venues for the districts will be available on www.artscayman.org/tcfs as of May 15th).  


The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase (TCFS) is an annual film festival representing filmmakers from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and its diasporas. The Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) is proud to be the Organising Committee for the Cayman Islands. TCFS is produced by the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Office, a division of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) located in Havana, Cuba. CNCF is the Organising Committee for the Cayman Islands. 

The films cover a wide variety of subjects; TCFS offers short, feature length and animated films for people of all ages. The Showcase is a creative and effective way to share films not readily available online, in theatres or in stores. Organisations, businesses and schools are welcome to attend the Festival as well as browse the film synopses from the various Showcases and rent TCFS films. All films are subtitled when not in English.

TCFS is supported by ICAIC, UNICEF, UNESCO and MINCULT, and seeks to encourage film and audiovisual co-productions among Member States as well as promote the exchange of films and audiovisuals to be disseminated through the national broadcasting TV stations of the Member States.  The TCFS office http://www.caribefilm.cult.cu/en/contact also organizes annual film conferences in the Caribbean which are open to filmmakers, film authorities, exhibitors, cultural promoters and representatives of academic institutions in the wider Caribbean. Join the forums to discuss the most sensitive issues of the cinematographic and audiovisual realities in our countries, build bridges of cooperation and conclude initiatives that contribute to the consolidation, development and visibility of Caribbean filmmakers' work in the region and in other venues in the world. Click here cayfest@candw.ky for more.

Where traditional education sometimes leaves gaps, TCFS movies often fills them in.  And just when you think you have a grasp on the history of the region, a film appears that inspires the viewer to dig deeper.  TCFS films from previous showcases have also aired on Cayman 27.  Selections included the Cuban masterpiece 20 Years by Bárbaro Joel Ortiz, Jennifer Galvin’s poignant documentary Free Swim, set in the Bahamas, and the wonderful children’s film, The Baobab Tree by Claire Ince, which was also a selection for the Chicago International Children’s Festival. 

Once you’ve been to a TCFS screening, you return to your daily activities more aware of the Caribbean’s myriad stories.  Stephanie and Steve James, Lester Hamlet, Gerardo Chijona, Maria Govan, Catherine Murphy, Frankie Flowers, Rigoberto López, Francis Anne Solomon, Ernesto Padrón....these are just a few of the names to keep in mind when it comes to film in the Caribbean....and the list goes on.  Get in touch with CNCF to learn more about this unique festival: cayfest@candw.ky.  


Friday June 19, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm CDT
Harquail Theatre Main Stage

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