CARIBBEANTALES CONTINUES WITH “BY POPULAR DEMAND” SCREENING SERIES AT THE OLYMPUS THEATRES V.I.P CINEMA
CaribbeanTales is continuing the special film screening series “By Popular Demand” showcasing contemporary Caribbean films.
The series takes place every last Monday of the month at the VIP Cinema, Olympus Theatres starting at 6:30pm with a cocktail sponsored by Mount Gay. Screenings begin at 7:00 pm sharp.
We are showcasing special films made in the Caribbean and the Diaspora which stand out by tackling topics that are usually covered by the veil of taboo and/or excel with creative cinematography. Ticket price is 16 BDS$. The series is organized by CTWD Barbados Co-ordinator Tina Puckerin. For reservations please call 824-9609.
“Calypso Dreams” by Geoffrey Horne and Michael Dunn chronicles the fascinating spirit and traditions of Calypso music of Trinidad and Tobago, dating back to its complex Afro-Caribbean roots in the 18th and 19th centuries. With narrative commentary by the popular Caribbean musician David Rudder, the film captures riveting, contemporary performances by a host of legendary Calypso performers including the Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Lord Superior, Black Stalin, Mighty Bomber, Lord Blakie, Singing Sandra and Mighty Terror, and pays homage to recently deceased Calypsonians, including Lord Kitchener and Lord Pretender. The film also includes a rare and exclusive interview with Harry Belafonte on the issue of his early involvement with Calypso and his complex relationship with Lord Melody in the early 1950’s and 60’s.
Using a rich array of archival footage and photographs Calypso Dreams illustrates how the music was corrupted and homogenized by the American music industry only to survive and ultimately thrive in international anonymity. The film is a celebration not only of the music of Calypso, but of the intense sense of community it engenders in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean and of the art form’s dynamic social and political roots, which sustain it.
Horn and Dunn have been friends since 30 years and began discussing plans for making a film about calypso 20 years ago, following Horne’s first trip to Trinidad. They began the production of calypso dreams in the winter of 2001 and made six production trips to Trinidad and Tobago in order to complete the film. The executive Producer of this documentary is Eddy Grant.