NAGB To Screen Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase 2012


The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to announce that it will screen select films from The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase. The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is a gathering of films from around the Caribbean showcasing the talent of our region. As the name implies, the showcase travels around the region and the Bahamas.

Below is a schedule of the films, days and times. Films are screening at The National Art Gallery. For further information or questions, please call us at 328.5800/1.

In case of rain, films will be shown inside of the NAGB instead of the outdoor theater.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
7.00 PM
: Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (USA)
: Katrina Browne
Length: 86 min.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
7.00 PM: Yo soy tumbero (Cuba)
Director: Bilko Cuervo
Length: 15 min.
Synopsis: French Tumba in Bejuco fights to keep alive the magic of its ancestors, who gave us the strength of their passion and art.

7:30PM: Cheila Una Casa Para Maita (Venezuuela)
Director: Eduardo Barberena
Length: 90 min.(Feature film)
Synopsis: Cheila returns from Canada to spend Christmas in the beautiful house that he gave his mother with a great effort. He brings with great news: finally he’’s going to make real his dream of a sex change and being “a total woman”. The operation is soon, but he needs his family support. After seeing the once-beautiful “villa” in absolute decline and occupied by a chaotic rush of brothers, sisters-in-law, and nephews, Cheila finally understands hard truths that will make her redefine the relation with himself and with his family, when he finds out their biggest lack: the intolerance, the meanness and lack of affection.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
7.00PM: The Amerindians (Trinidad and Tobago)
Director: Tracy Assing/ Spohie Meyer
Duration: 40 min.
Genre: Documental
Synopsis: ““The only real Caribs are dead Caribs.”” In this revealing film, Tracy Assing seeks to put to rest that historical saw. Assing was raised a member of the Santa Rosa Carib Community, the only recognized group representing indigenous descendants in Trinidad and Tobago. Until now, ␣Amerindian descendants have depended on the stories of their grandparents and great grandparents for their history, while the indigenous story of survival has been written out of the history books. Assing walks us through her own exploration of the history of the Santa Rosa Community and, as her great aunt, the Carib Queen, prepares to join the Great Spirit, ponders an uncertain future.

8:00PM: Ticket to Paradise (Cuba)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
Length: 88 min
Genre: Feature film
Synopsis: The movie is the chronicle of the physical and spiritual trip of Eunice, the protagonist. A physical trip, which begins in her small town in the interior of Cuba, continues in the road up to Havana, and ends in a sanatorium for AIDS patients. A spiritual trip towards the maturity, which goes of a teenager violated by her father. The dramatic arch that the protagonist crosses, has a particular visual atmosphere in each of three acts of the script, according to the physical landscape and, especially, to her spiritual condition.

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
4:00PM: Classical Steel (Trinidad and Tobago)
Director: John E. Barry
Length: 42 min.
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Playing classical music on the steel pan showed Trinidad society that a percussion instrument invented in the poorer areas of Port of Spain could reach the heights of a symphony orchestra. The film looks at the importance of classical music in the development of the steel band and its acceptance worldwide as a legitimate instrument.

5:00PM: The Promised Ship (Costa Rica)
Director: Luciano Capelli/ Yazmin Ross
Released in: 2000
Length: 52 min.
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: “The promised Ship”” is a bilingual documentary that goes after the oral trace of the Black Star Line, a shipping adventure taken by Marcus Garvey, the leader of the first black mass movement of the XX century and founder of a line of steamboats intended to cross the Atlantic in search of a lost continent. Today, a barber, and fourteen officers keep alive the utopia that mobilized millions of people of African descent around the world.

7.00PM: Barra-bas
Director: Giuliano Salvatore
Released: 2009
Length: 90 min.
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: This documentary is about Rafael Serrano Toro, Venezuelan writer, famous in the 70’’s as “The number 1 public enemy in Venezuela””. He was put in jail and condemned. In jail became a writer.

8:30PM: Rain
Director: Maria Govan
Released: 2008
Length: 85 min.
Synopsis: A teenager named Rain has lived her entire life with her grandmother on a tiny rural island in the Bahamas. When her grandmother dies, Rain goes to Nassau to find her mother, Glory, whom she has never met. When she arrives, Rain is devastated to discover that Glory lives in a desperately poor, AIDS ravaged neighborhood called ““The Graveyard”” and that she turns tricks to support her drug habit. With no strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running. Rain receives guidance from her school’’s track coach, Ms.Adams, but Rain’’s living situation threatens to spoil her dream.

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