Movies Under the Stars: Celebration of Modern Caribbean Cinema
Friday, August 24, 2018
7:45 p.m.–9:45 p.m.
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Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for these free films!
Journey to Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Barbados, Haiti, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic through these wonderful short films, presented in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy.
Ti Coq / Guadeloupe / 23 mins
A roguish boy living with his grandmother. He has a pet rooster that he loves and wishes to train him to become a dreaded fighting cock. A succession of unexpected events, however, looks set to frustrate his plans.
Sugar / Jamaica / 19 mins
A young girl from the underclass and on the brink of womanhood works at a Jamaican resort where she witnesses tourists’ affluence on a daily basis. As the de facto breadwinner for her very large family, she faces a crisis of conscience when a tourist couple seems to be the answer to her financial predicament.
Yolanda / Dominican Republic / 14 mins
A single mother struggles to raise her children in the poverty-stricken outskirts of Santo Domingo. She soon decides to risk it all and illegally immigrate in the search of a better life.
Mommy Water / Guadeloupe / 25 mins
Eight-year-old Rosental lives with his father in the seaside village of Port Louis. He is intent on finding his mother, who recently passed away. Kamo, the village sorcerer, informs him that she has turned into a mommy water, a siren who lures fishermen to a realm deep beneath the ocean.
Auntie / Barbados / 17 mins
A middle-aged seamstress and respected caregiver in her rural Barbadian community. Raising children whose parents are unwilling or unable, Auntie instills discipline, traditional values and a strong moral code. Twelve-year-old Kera is her latest ward and a special child to whom she has grown uncharacteristically close.
Papa Machete / Haiti / 11 mins
Two hundred years ago, the slaves of Haiti defeated Napoleon’s armies in the historic revolution of 1791-1804. One of their weapons was the very tool they used to work the land: the machete. Papa Machete explores the esoteric martial art through the practice and life of a farmer named Alfred Avril. The film documents his proud devotion to his heritage in the face of increased globalization, and his efforts to keep this mysterious art alive.
Before You Go:
You should come before 7:45 p.m. to get your spot for the movies. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.
This screening will be held on Lincoln Road lawn in Prospect Park.