"Three Caribbean Shorts" presented by SCFF & Jouvayfest CollectiveSunday, February 21, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (120 min total run-time including discussion and Q&A)
*Please note the 6:00 PM EST start time*
In honor of Carnival traditions around the world, JouvayFest Collective and Sabira Cole Film Festival present Mout’ Open, Story Jump Out!, a film series exploring and celebrating Caribbean culture.
This 2nd installment of the series features three short film screenings: Limeru Barana Short (2019), La’ DiaBlesse Curse (2020), and Paradise Lost (2015). These short films are closely tied to Carnival traditions in Trinidad and Tobago, and attempt to capture the complex history and dynamic energy of the art form.
The program will conclude with a live panel discussion entitled “Global Caribbean Culture: Resistance and Spiritual Fusion”with “Paradise Lost” director, Chris Laird, “La’ Diablesse Curse” director and producer, Jared Prima and Millicent Johnnie, and transformative arts leader, Janera Solomon; moderated by Ogechi Chieke of SCFF & Sandra A. M Bell of JouvayFest Collective.
Christopher Laird has produced over 300 documentaries, dramas and other video productions with Banyan Ltd. over the past 40 years garnering a score of national, regional and international awards.
Jared Prima is a Trinidad and Tobago cultural activist, teacher, dramatist, and performer. Jared’s work exposes the world to the immense potential of Caribbean cultural stories and folklore.
janera solomon is a cultural strategist, curator, producer and nonprofit executive based in Pittsburgh. Recognized for her creative energy, janera brings passion and a wide breadth of experience to cultural projects locally, nationally and internationally.
Millicent Johnnie is the C.E.O. of Millicent Johnnie Films and the Chief Visionary Producer of 319 productions. A two time United States Artists nominee in Dance, as a teenager Johnnie hosted a local social justice TV show met by protests from the KKK; she traces her professional determination and commitment to social issues in Black culture to this early opposition. Johnnie is the producer of La’DiaBlesse Curse.
Paradise Lost: Carnival artist Peter Minshall tells the story of the design and construction of “Paradise Lost,” his first masquerade band for the Trinidad and Tobago carnival in 1976, via the lens of the only known film footage of the band on stage.
La’ DiaBlesse Curse : A womanising absentee father is hunted by La’Diablesse, a powerful shape-shifting Caribbean spirit who demands his soul in exchange for his son’s freedom.
Limeru Barana: Arisa dances every day and night to songs that tell of the struggles of her people. Her mother warns her not to make the same mistakes that she did as a young woman. Poetic and atmospheric, Liremu Barana subtly addresses themes of race and colonialism.