A new symposium with the mandate of examining the issues facing contemporary Caribbean cinema, attended by regional and global scholars, will take place during this year’s Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (ttff), in association with the Film Programme of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus.
Dubbed Caribbean Cinema Now symposium, the event will take place September 24 to 26 in Port-of-Spain, in conjunction with ttff, which runs from September 15 to 29. The seminar will use the work of Caribbean filmmakers “explore issues such as the aesthetics of resistance, the politics of hunger, new Cuban cinema, Puerto Rican identity in the twenty-first century, and the use of folklore to take back and decolonise knowledge.”
“With the Festival marking its tenth anniversary this year, we felt it was important to formally acknowledge the place of Caribbean film in the canon of film studies,” said Bruce Paddington, founder and festival director for ttff. “The symposium, with presentations by a renowned group of regional and international academics, marks an important stage in the validation and acceptance of Caribbean cinema.”
For more information on the 2015 Trinidad & Tobago Film festival, visit the ttff website.