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Trinidad Crime Film “God Loves the Fighter” Makes Its Brooklyn Premiere, April 7th at BAMcinématek

Trinidad Crime Film “God Loves the Fighter” Makes Its Brooklyn Premiere, April 7th at BAMcinématek

Having successfully navigated the international film
festival circuit for over a year, the gritty Trinidadian drama God Loves the Fighter makes its way to
Brooklyn, NY via the new ‘Caribbean Film Series’ on April 7th at
7:30pm, marking its premiere in the largest enclave of Caribbean immigrants and
first-generation Caribbean-Americans outside of the West Indies.  

Check out the cool trailer below.

A modern and raw exploration into the illicit underworld in Trinidad’s
capital city Port-of-Spain

(specifically the east in Laventille), director Damian Marcano’s debut feature
film dispels the archetypes of the beach-laden, Carnival-minded landscape most
think they know with his gritty perspective on the crime and violence that
pervades the city. “Fighter” has already been compared to Brazil’s “City of
God” and the Jamaican classic “The Harder They Come.”

Marcano will be in attendance on
April 7th for an audience Q&A following the screening.  The short film Vivre (13 mins – 2013) by Martinican director Maharaki precedes the film. 

What Charlie (Muhammad Muwakil, of the
reggae/spoken word group Freetown Collective, who also provide original dub reggae songs to the soundtrack)
falls on hard times, he tries his best to not fall into a life of crime, but
succumbs in order to survive.  When prostitute Dinah (model Jamie-Lee Phillips) crosses his path and desperately needs help, Charlie reaches a crossroads in his life that releases a ripple that affects others in and surrounding their
forbidden, violent world.  Boasting a 100% Trinidadian cast, the film’s tragic plot is
narrated by street vagrant King Curtis (Lou Lyons, the other-half of Freetown
Collective).  “Fighter” also stars veteran stage and screen actors Penelope
Spencer (“Home Again” 2012), Errol
Sitahal (“Doubles With Slight Pepper” – 2011), and Albert Laveau (“The
Mystic Massuer” – 2001).

This presentation of “God Loves the
Fighter” is the first (hopefully of many) of the Caribbean Film Series,
presented by host BAMcinématek, the Caribbean Film Academy
(CaFA) – a non-profit organization dedicated to
the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region
and the diaspora, and independent film programmer Curtis
John.  CaFA co-founder Romola Lucas
shares that the Caribbean Film Series will, “shed light on the
richness and viability of Caribbean cinema.”

“God Loves The Fighter” has already
played to much acclaim having won the Yellow Robin Award at the 2014 Curaçao
IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam), the Audience Award at the
2013 Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival, and a sell-out performance last September at
the Urbanworld Film Festival, as well as attaining mentions in
Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and here on Shadow and Act

See it at BAMcinématek April 7th at 7:30pm.  Tickets and information can be found
HERE and you can
discover more about the Caribbean Film Academy at CaribbeanFilm.org

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