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2020 Films

directed by Tony Hall
Short | Trinidad & Tobago | English | 2018 | 8 Min
Dawad Philip reads poems, from his recent book by the same name, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of his beloved ‘hometown’ San Fernando. He pays a moving homage to his childhood and lifelong friend Dr. Leroy ‘Black Stalin’ Calliste in ‘Sando Proper’, a poem dedicated to him. This short video sets out to allow Dawad, the poet and masman, to settle comfortably into the source of his inspiration, the city of San Fernando, through his poems.

directed by Dylan Quesnei
Short | Trinidad & Tobago | English | 2020 | 20 Min
Two NGOs, IAMOVEMENT and Sustrust partner in the attempt to rehabilitate five acres of National Quarries’ Sand and Gravel division in Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago.

directed by Jian Hennings
Feature | Trinidad & Tobago | English | 2019 | 93 Min
An unintended road trip, a comical first dinner and an awkward meeting of families on Christmas day all encompass Grace and Saleem’s story of an unlikely couple told via three distinctive chapters of their relationship together.

directed by Sonja Dumas
Short | Trinidad & Tobago | English | 6 Min

As the world continues to consume single-use plastic at alarming rates, this silent, atmospheric film imagines a world where plastic replaces water – our singular life force. It is a Caribbean call to action – and a message to all of us who share the planet.

directed by Joram Savion
Short | USA | English | 2019 | 8 Min

The threat is your inheritance /
Rejecting it is perilous /
Sometimes the guilty stand paralyzed /
and the innocent run…

directed by Rashad Frett
Short | USA | English | 12 Min

A troubled teenager ventures into an unkown city to seek his unknown father

directed by Kia Moses
Short | Jamaica | English | 2018 | 13 Min

A Jamaican boy sets out on a dream, ten times his size, to fly to the moon, despite his circumstances and opposition from his father.

directed by Sirad Balducci
Documentary | USA | English | 17 Min

Generation Lockdown is a film born from a combination of terrifying events that came crashing together. The tragedies of school shootings are personal attacks on our collective freedoms to live in a safe society. Those that suffer the most are the children we are supposed to protect. These routine safety drills train our youngsters to protect themselves from being massacred in school, which, is unconscionable. Yet, the grim reality if that they are necessary in the world we live in today. As a mother, I’ve become
passionate about shining a light on the emotional toll the gun epidemic is having on our country’s children.

directed by Chia Hunter
Short | Canada | English | 2020 | 8 Min

P!GS is an absurdist take on one woman’s animalistic fantasy during a catering shift from hell.

directed by Nathalie Younglai
Short | Canada | English | 2019 | 7 Min

Zahira is ashy suburban Blerd (Black nerd) who is tired of being a bystander and must tap into her inner strength to become Super Zee, defender of victims of everyday injustices. If only she could use that superpower to pursue the love of her life…

directed by Mercedes Papalia
Short | Canada | English | 2020 | 8 Min

A desperate server confronts her disappointed table, a young couple celebrating their Tinder anniversary, after they write a negative review about her service (and hair) online.

directed by Louis Taylor
Web Series | Canada | English | 2019 | 22 Min

A satirical, socio-comedic web series that follows a 60+ year-old, contrarian, straight, black father (Geezer) and his 22 year-old gay, biracial, non-binary identifying, millennial child (Spawn) as they struggle to understand each other, their evolving roles, and the ever shifting world around them.

directed by Calyx Passailaigue
Documentary | Canada | English | 30 Min

“Zeen” is a Caribbean patois phrase, originally from Jamaica, meaning “do you understand?” Or, more casually, “Do you get me?” As a title for this film, it is full of’s children.

directed by Rick Elgood
Feature | Jamaica | English | 2020 | 30 Min

Ellen Thompson has grown conscious of the shortcomings of Jamaican entertainers, she believes there is a huge market for training these acts. Armed with that rationale, plus the emotional drive and music business experience she gained through her artist son’s demise, she sets out to fill the void with the advent of The Agency – Artiste management and counseling is it’s business. However business is never as usual.

directed by Rhett Butler
Feature | Jamaica | English | 2020 | 87 Min

Mark leaves his girlfriend to be with Natasha, the girl he truly loves, but her brother Andrew comes with the relationship. Willing to sacrifice all, he adheres to Andrew’s manipulations while keeping Natasha ignorant of their deeds, which takes him through a series of violent and necromantic events, thus leading to his purpose in a much darker scheme. Ultimately, Natasha knows that love can be a cure..

directed by Nadia Charlery
Short | Martinique | French w/ English Subtitles | 2019 | 10 Min

New Year’s Day 2019 in Martinique. Like every year at this time, Alex and Samuel share a moment with family and friends. As every year, laughter flies to the rhythm of the champagne bottles opening. Between teasing and good-natured play, who will still be at the table to hear the twelve strokes of midnight?

directed by Michelle Mohabeer
Feature | Canada | English | 2019 | 86 Min

Queer Coolie-tudes is a creative queer ethnographic documentary which utilizes experimental aesthetics that mirrors Caribbean philosopher Edouard Glissant’s concept of opacity, to reclaim the slur of Coolie and compellingly visualizes the inter-generational lives, histories, identities, familial relations and sexualities of a diverse range of subjects (artists, academics, and activists) from the Queer Indo-Caribbean and Black diasporas in Canada. Queer Coolie-tudes is a powerful collection of testimonies which embraces the complexities of Creole (mixed-race) identities, gender/genderqueer identity, age, and mobility are portrayed in nuanced ways. Queer Coolie-tudes embraces the importance of not accepting erasure.

directed by Pascal Sanchez
Short | Canada | English | 2019 | 18 Min

In a Guadeloupean village, a young boy adopts a stray dog. Devastated by his new companion’s sudden disappearance, he sets out on a quest through this unknown island.

directed by Isa Benn
Short | Canada | English | 2019 | 13 Min

On a cool and wet morning, Sydney, a 26-year-old black female in the midst of an existential crisis bumps into her charming and all around nice guy ex-boyfriend. After they “hmm” and “haw” awkwardly, she finally musters the courage to ask what went wrong between them. Upon receiving the answer, she realizes it’s a response she may not have been ready to hear.

directed by Zoë Davidson
Short | Canada | English | 2019 | 6 Min

Growing up as a non-white Canadian, you experience racism every day. What makes Toronto’s racism so unique, is that you almost don’t notice it.

directed by Danielle Ayow
Short | Canada | English | 2019 | 19 Min

Danielle Ayow has attended Toronto’s Caribana for most of her life, part of her parents’ Trinidadian culture, but Danielle is also visibly Chinese. She struggles with how people see her background, and how she should see herself. Using heart and humour, Danielle tries to anchor herself to the culture she knows should feel like hers.

directed by Zahra Golafshani
Short | Canada | English | 2019 | 9 Min

Muslim teenager Leila’s beliefs, religion and culture gets tested when she conspires with her friend to change from her modest dress into a more typical “American” dress at her senior prom. Throughout the course of the night, she experiences who she thinks she wants to be, and what she might have to give up to become it.

directed by Richard B. Pierre
Short | Canada | English | 2020 | 3 Min

When a Black man is viciously assaulted by police right outside their window, all of the guests at a dinner party seem to consider the attack unremarkable except for one.

directed by Adian Wallace
Short | Canada | English | 2019 | 8 Min

Sherri Bonnelli, a white woman who raised and lost her black son, looks to advocate for anti-gun violence through her community activism, and Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, a black filmmaker, aims to shed emotional intelligence through the creation of her first feature “Summer of the Gun”, based on one of Toronto’s deadliest summers.

directed by Keoni K. Wright
Short | Suriname | French w/ English Subtitles | 2019 | 10 Min

Six women of Afro-Surinamese descent passionately express themselves through the traditional performance arts, martial arts, and visual arts. Their modes of creative self-expression contradict the original intent of the colonizers who brought Africans to Suriname’s shores centuries ago.

directed by Shinichi Takahashi
Feature | Japan/Cuba | English | 2019 | 98 Min

Two Genius musicians…
One still living in Cuba, the other taking refuge in New York U.S.A.
When the prodigal son came back to his hometown of Havana, a fascinating jam session starts

directed by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi
2019 | Haiti | 29m 21s

Haiti, nowadays. One day in the life of a family of three : three men, alone with their dreams and frustrations. Three generations under the burning sun. A day like every other day… And between them, everywhere, in every hand, there are blades: machetes. So when the night eventually comes

directed by Héctor M. Valdez
2019 | Dominican Republic | 1hr 20 m

Candido and Braulio are twin brothers growing up near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While Candido stays home secluded due to his albinism, Braulio helps his grandfather sell coal in the market. Their life takes a turn for the worst after the unexpected death of their grandfather. Now Braulio will need to look after his brother and will attempt to make ends meet in the border town market. All the while, Candido dreams of the eventual return of their absent father.

directed by Stuart Napier
Short | UK | English | 2019 | 11 Min

An absent mother returns to visit her young daughter. This is a testing time for Rochelle, she has to prove she has moved on from her wild and dangerous past in order to keep her ties to her daughter and build a future for both of them, together.

directed by Tony Oldham
Documentary | UK | English | 2019 | 88 Min

Ayesha, is a young mixed-race British girl on a journey to find out the truth about what Notting Hill Carnival really represents. From its genesis out of the 1958 race riots and a young mans murder, to its contemporary perception as a Carnival of violence, Ayesha discovers that this vibrant, colourful carnival, represents something much deeper in British History.