La Tête Ailleurs #4 Focus Carabbiean

La Tête Ailleurs, let’s digress into a little trip down the cinematographic production of one area of the world. The Trinidad + Tobago Film Festivalnous offers us a tour of the Caribbean through the lens of short films. Careful, any similarity to real or fictional people is purely coincidental!

Phone Connection
Sophie Robert
Mautitius / 2015 / Fiction / 4′
Mauritian Creole, English subtitles
Today, Neha and Hanuman both celebrate their birthdays. But they cannot get along because of some communication problems.

Filmmaker in attendance
Old Moon
Raisa Bonnet
Puerto Rico / 2013 / Fiction / 11′
Spanish, subtitled in English

Elsa’s husband has just died and her relatives come to take their leave of him. Elsa observes with concern the relationship between her son-in-law and his daughter. Nonetheless, she continues to go about preparing food, hanging out the washing, feeding the chickens and tending the garden. Only her face gives away her unease.
Grave Digger
Gabrielle Blackwood
Jamaïca/ 2012 / Fiction / 13′
English and jamaican creole, subtitled in English

Two kingston street boys, Brinks and Moses, make a living selling stolen items from freshly laid graves. One night in the graveyard they discover a stash of buried firearms. Brinks decides to sell the guns to an unscrupulous customer despite Moses’s objections – with serious repercussions.
Doubles With Slight Pepper
Ian Harnarine
Trinida and Tobago / 2012 / Fiction / 16′
English, subtitled in English

In rural Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles by the market. When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.
Diana Montero
Cuba / 2013 / Documentary/ 15′
Spanish, subtitled in English

Leoneidi is a 12-year-old girl with a baby living in Sierra Maestra, Cuba, where the incidence of child pregnancy is high. Forced to abandon school, and verbally abused by her baby’s father, she struggles with her childish urges to play, the demands of motherhood and the obligations of family life.
Un Toit Pour Mes Vieux Os
Julien Silloray
Guadeloupe / 2013 / Fiction / 22′
French, subtitled in English

JBB is an old man in Guadeloupe. He lives in a shack on a plot of land from which he is set to be evicted. He despairingly seeks the help of Hilaire, a witch doctor. But Hilaire will cause a bigger mess for JBB than he’s already in.

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