DANCEHALL'S ASIAN AMBASSADORS

directed by Kaneal Gayle

FEATURED SCREENING

This documentary takes a look at the lives of four Japanese women who fell in love with Dancehall music and decided to move to Jamaica to build lives and careers. They also dismiss talks about cultural appropriation and profess their love for the island, the music, the people and the culture.

Runtime: 43 min
Country of Production: Jamaica
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PROGRAMMERS ABOUT THE MOVIE

Loved, loved, LOVED this documentary! Not only was it informative and insightful (especially the creative and business aspects of the interviewees’ musical professions) but also rather inspirational -not just to Japanese women wanting to make a name for themselves in Jamaican music, but to women in general seeking a career in music.

— Matthew Bailey

ABEEKU AND THE MAROONS

directed by Kevin Jackson

SHORT FILM

Set in 18th century Jamaica, an escaped slave tries to free his pregnant sister from McNab’s cane plantation. They are forced to separate when they are attacked by guardsmen. Abeeku must find the freedom fighters called the Maroons to help him find and rescue his sister once again.

Runtime: 4 mins
Country of Production: Jamaica
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THE INCURSION

directed by Sasha-Gay Lewis

SHORT FILM

On May 23, 2010 a joint police/military operation famously known as “The Incursion” was launched in the innercity community of Tivoli Gardens, Jamaica to capture the notorious drug lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. This search climaxed in a deadly clash between the security forces, residents and supporters of Coke.

Told from the perspective of the residents, “The Incursion” is an immersive experience that chronicles the events of that day, the emotional and personal trauma the residents’ endured and its lingering effects on their lives today.

Runtime: 24 mins
Country of Production: Jamaica
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KINTO

directed by Joshua Paul

SHORT FILM

Kinto, 14 years of age, lives on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica wiping the windscreens of cars at stoplight intersections. This graphic short story depicts a day in the life of this young boy and the hardships he has to endure. Despite the harsh circumstances he faces, Kinto embraces his identity when he makes an unexpected act of kindness.

Runtime: 16 min
Country of Production: Jamaica
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