Movies Under the Stars: Celebration of Modern Caribbean Cinema
Friday, June 21, 2019
8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for these free films!
Journey to Jamaica, Barbados, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, and Puerto Rico through these wonderful short films, presented in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy.
An Excavation of Us (Le Déterrement de Nous) / Haiti / 23 mins / dir. Shirley Bruno
This 2D+3D compositing animation depicts the shadows of Napoleon's army falling upon a boat traveling through the mysterious cave named after her legend, Marie Jeanne, a female soldier who fought in the Haitian Revolution.
Caroni / Trinidad / 7 mins / dir. Ian Harnarine
Working as one of the many Trinidadian nannies in New York City, Ranji (Radha Singh) spends time with her daughter, Mosaic (Arianna Ruben), via video chat. The distance between the mother and daughter takes its psychological toll on both of them, but young Mosaic is able to find and feel the presence of Ranji through her love of birds, particularly the Scarlet Ibis, the national bird of Trinidad.
Cross My Heart / Jamaica / 14 mins / dir. Sontenish Myers
An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves.
Dadli / Antigua / 17 mins / dir. Shabier Kirchner
Tiquan, a 13-year-old Antiguan, recounts bits of his daily life in his small village and community.
For Gregorio / Puerto Rico / 9 mins / dir. Cristóbal Guerra
Gregorio Guerra migrated from Puerto Rico to New York in 1964. More than 40 years later, we catch a glimpse of his current life in Queens and his coping with a bad health diagnosis.
She Paradise / Trinidad & Tobago / 14 mins / Maya Cozier
A teenage girl finds that becoming a glamorous soca-music dancer is a lot harder than she first reckoned.
The Book of Jasmine / Barbados / 14 mins / dir. Melanie Grant
A young Spiritual Baptist undergoes the mourning ritual to seek guidance to suppress her desires for the woman she loves.
Before You Go:
You should come before 8:30 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.
NYC Parks, Caribbean Film Academy, NYC Council Member Matthieu Eugene