Caribbean end to film festival

Dalton Narine

THE final screenings for the five-day Jamaica Film Festival was held at Jamaica Promotions Corporation's (JAMPRO) Business Auditorium on Braemar Avenue in Kingston on Saturday.

On show was a triplet of tales from the Caribbean twin-island republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Pan and Mas Man, both by Dalton Narine, and Sally's Way by Joanne Johnson.

First up was supposed to be Narine's nine-minute Pan. However, due to a mix-up of tapes Jean Michael Gilbert's PAN took the slot. After 20 minutes into the film and capturing viewers, it came to a halt when the mistake was discovered. PAN, which debuted at Triple Century Sports Bar on Wednesday, was given a second chance after the evening's schedule was completed.

Narine's Pan was quick look at the steel pan and its move to the international stage. The director's view of Trinidadian culture on the world stage continued with Mas Man, which covers the life and achievements of Guyana-born Peter Minshall. Minshall, who lives in Trinidad, is known for his unparalleled career in artistic design that includes three Olympic Games opening ceremonies.

Sally's Way was a slice of life picture which covered a host of social topics that easily resonated with the audience. An interesting blend of juvenile and adult themes, it follows the life of Sally -- an imaginative young country girl -- who is thrust into reality when her grandmother falls ill. She finds herself living with an Indian family until things stabilises. Through the length of the film, she must overcome the obstacles that life has now thrown at her without losing the essence of herself.

Published Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015