CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival & TIFF join forces to celebrate Black History Month
The CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival (CTYFF) is partnering with TIFF to celebrate Black History Month with a fundraising Gala that recognizes the 50th Independence anniversaries of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and includes screenings of Storm Saulter’s stunning award-winning feature film Better Mus’ Come. The celebrations will take place on February 4th and 5th, 2012 at the Bell Lightbox, as part of a special TIFF screening series entitled “Music, Magic, Clash: New Voices in the African Diaspora“.
“TIFF’s Black History Month programme seeks to showcase some of the African Diaspora’s most engaging new filmmaking voices,” said Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Through our partnership with CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival, we can bring one of the region’s most celebrated new films to an even wider Toronto audience.”
“We are excited to work with TIFF to grow and diversify Canadian audiences and help bring great Caribbean and Diaspora films to the world stage,” says Frances-Anne Solomon, founder and CEO of CaribbeanTales.
Set within the politically turbulent turf wars of 1970’s Kingston, Jamaica, Saulter’s film tells the story of the Green Bay Massacre, a landmark in Jamaica’s political history, and a young gang leader who must choose between fighting for his tribe and making a better life for his five-year old son. Hailed as “heralding a new era in Jamaican film-making“, Better Mus’ Come is currently on a successful festival tour and most recently won the Audience Award at the highly regarded Bahamas International Film Festival.
Solomon says Better Mus’ Come is important because it represents a contemporary take on the region’s historical reality. “Young people need to know where they come from in order to step forward with confidence and pride. Better Mus’ Come is a fresh dynamic approach to the past that enhances our critical perspective on Canada’s children of the African Diaspora.”
On 4th February 2012 at noon, there will be a Gala Caribbean Brunch at TIFF Bell Lightbox culminating in the Canadian premiere of Better Mus’ Come, hosted by Cameron Bailey.
On 5th February 2012 at 3.45 pm, Bailey will host a Youth and Community screening of Better Mus’ Come.
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