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Caribbean youth and agriculture will be the focus of attention on the first evening of CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2012 with a screening of the winning short films in the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) 2011 Caribbean Agriculture & Science Film and Video Competition.
The top three films as well as two others which received special prizes will be shown at George Washington House Theatre on Tuesday April 10, starting at 5 p.m. The competition, which was held last October and required entrants to produce a short film with an agricultural theme, was open to Caribbean film makers, ages 18-35. Vincent Lewis of Trinidad & Tobago emerged the winner with his entry “Bee wise” while Jamaican Marlon Johnson’s “Trial and Error” took second place and Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe of Grenada copped third with “Food For Thought”. Special prizes were awarded to Kevin Bhall for “Nightmare 2020” and to Crystal Naipaul for “Step Into Mr. Gregory’s Home”.
Lewis and Brooks-Smith-Lowe will attend the screening and field questions from an audience which is expected to include guests from agricultural and youth organisations, such as persons studying science and agriculture at Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. Lennox Chandler, President of the Caribbean Council of Science and Technology – who partnered with Netherlands-based CTA on the project – will briefly address the gathering. Admission is free and a reception will be held in the winners’ honour.
Reflecting on the film and video competition and the upcoming screening, CTA’s Senior Programme Coordinator – Science & Technology Strategies, Judith Ann Francis, noted “Caribbean agriculture is underperforming and the region is finding it difficult to respond effectively to the multiple complex challenges; climate change, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, high food prices and soaring food imports”.
However, she added, there are a number of talented, skilled and motivated young professionals whose resourcefulness is not being tapped.
“If the agricultural sector is to provide opportunities for young Caribbean people and at the same time provide adequate food at affordable prices, youth must be mobilized. The Caribbean also needs to invest more in science and innovation.
CTA saw a golden opportunity to work with key strategic partners to mobilize Caribbean youth and engage them in science and innovation for agricultural transformation,” she explained.
“We are pleased with the outcomes of the science and agriculture film and video competition. The youth addressed all the challenges facing Caribbean agriculture and worked with science and film mentors to get their message out. We are happy to be part of CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2012 and expect this partnership will expand the reach of the films produced by Caribbean youth and serve as an additional medium for putting the spotlight on Caribbean agriculture to mobilize investments and encourage policymakers, scientists, society and the youth to collaborate and act urgently.”