FEATURE PRESENTATION

Before The Trees Was Strange

Derek Burrows | Feature | 85 mins | 2016 | USA/Bahamas | English | PG 13

Filmmaker Derek Burrows’ intimate portrait of his own family and their relationship with their racial identity. The documentary contains footage shot over 30 years, and uses interviews, storytelling as well as poetry performances to tell this complex story.

The story revolves around the filmmaker and his siblings’ relationship with their mother, who insisted on seeing herself and her children as white, though it is apparent that they are not. The filmmaker chronicles his journey when he left the Bahamas in 1974, only to arrive in the States where he was seen and accepted as Black. He returns to the Bahamas, and after his mother dies, he feels free to explore the question of his own heritage in the Bahamas National Archives, through interviews of relatives and finally through DNA testing to come to terms with who he really is.

Short Film Presentation

Short Drop

Maya Cozier | Short | 28 mins | 2017 | Trinidad and Tobagoa | English | PG 13 Explicit Language

In Port of Spain, an unlikely encounter brings strangers together. Shanice jumps into the back seat of retired civil servant, Bartholomew’s car, mistaking it for a taxi and refuses to get out. What follows is a long day of reckoning with memories, friendships and revelations about the society of Trinidad and Tobago.