Director: Miquel Galofré
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Year of Production: 2014
Total Running Time: 74 min
Language: Trinidad & Tobago Creole with English subtitles
ABOUT THE FILM
The Art Connect Project was created by Artist Wendell McShine and is rooted in the philosophy that investment in education, art and humanities is vital for the uplift and development of a society. This program was created to promote self-awareness through the use of educational and dynamic, creative workshops.
The film Art Connect began by documenting Trinidad and Tobago students’ collaboration with visiting artist Wendell McShine, as they embarked on a series of dynamic community murals in an ongoing visual dialogue on the walls of Laventille. Then it concentrated on the powerful process of creative intervention on a group of students, aged between 13-17, living in communities that are considered to be the most marred by violence in Trinidad and Tobago.
These students were given Gopro film cameras to take home, during the workshops and they narrate their story documenting the highs and lows of their lives and introducing us to their mentors and communities.
The film captures their moments of struggle, vulnerability and overcoming obstacles, as their confidence grew and was applied to their personal lives.
Miquel Galofré is a multiple-award-winning independent filmmaker born in Barcelona and based in the Caribbean. He is a director, cinematographer and editor of films, documentaries, commercials and television. His “Jamaican trilogy” of documentaries has won several prizes, including Best Documentary at CaribbeanTales International Film Festival in
For the last three years he has been taking photographs around T& T, under the banner “T& T Rocks!”. He is currently at work on his first narrative Feature Film .
Galofré claims that “ I’ve loved to play with cameras since I was a child and to ‘capture the heart’ is my passion”.