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Shades of Intolerance (VOD)

La Bestia

Directed By: Marlijn van Nuenen / Ram Tamez / Alfredo Gerard Kuttikatt⎥ France ⎥ 2020⎥ 7m 41s⎥


In Mexico there is a cargo train that runs from the south to the north. For years people have been using this train, by travelling illegally on top of its roof, to get to USA. Because all the dangers that comes with this odyssey, people know this train by the name “La Bestia” which means The Beast.. GUAYABA a young and stubborn Mexican smuggler, is traveling on “La Bestia”. He carries a package, LUPITA, a little girl who’s family hired Guayaba to deliver her to the U.S.A. But an injury caused by the train on Guayaba’s leg makes him sick, and he starts to perceive the train as a giant beast.

Syncopation…Lives at Crossroads

Directed By: Tendayi Charles Tshuma⎥ South Africa⎥ 2020⎥ 15m⎥

In the wake of recurring, violent anti-immigrant marches, Leather Craftsman Kwesi Joseph Acheampong ventures on foot, for the first time, into the soul of a city he has lived overly cautious in for the past 7 years. An intimate glimpse into his proverbial ‘stride of pride’ has Kwesi confront his apprehensions to discover a melting pot of migrants steadfastly plying their trade within this vibrant anomaly of a city founded on a diverse migrant history. We engage in Kwesi’s caravan-esque walk through three city districts that spark nostalgia of Ghana, his place of birth, Ivory Coast, where he leant his craft and his rejection at a German Airport, when he had fled Ivory Coast’s Civil War.

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Directed By: Kaleb D’Aguilar⎥ UK⎥ 2021 ⎥ 12m 30s ⎥

Against the backdrop of the Windrush scandal, a Jamaican mother, Valerie Powell, struggles to keep her relationship with her son Eli intact. She suffers in silence as she battles with the government’s hostile environment tactics, as she keeps the threat of deportation a secret, her psychological state begins to deteriorate as she grapples with the fear of losing her son and the country, she calls home.

From Gangsta to Pastor

Directed By: Miquel Galofre⎥ Trinidad & Tobago⎥ 2019⎥ 51m⎥


The documentary chronicles the life of Gary Grant – once a gangster and now a pastor – who works to help the community he once hurt. Born and raised in Laventille, his troubled childhood led him down the path of crime. Abandoned by his father he found protection and power in the strength of a gang. By telling his story he hopes to keep others from making the mistakes he did. Having many unresolved questions about his father’s absence – he decides to get some answers and closure from his relationship with his father.

Right Now I Want to Scream: Police and Army Killings in Rio – The Brazil Haiti Connection

Directed By: Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhán Wills⎥ UK⎥ 2020⎥ 1hr 2m⎥

“Right now I want to scream”; this cry of urgency is how Vanessa Félix, mother of 8 year old Ágatha, shot by the police in Rio de Janeiro, September 2019, closes her interview that connects two worlds: the marginalised black communities of Cité Soleil and Rio. Right Now I Want to Scream builds on another film, It Stays with You: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti (2018)*, by Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhán Wills. Both films aim to provide platforms for residents of marginalised communities to tell their stories. The films also critique public security policies by the Bolsonaro government and by UN peacekeeping troops in Haiti, under Brazilian military command. Others interviewed include community leaders from Mothers of Manguinhos, Redes da Maré, and Women in Action in Alemão; experts from Fiocruz, a public health institute in Latin America, the human rights NGO Conectas; and a Rio police officer.


September 11, 2021
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Courtney Panchan
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