The ongoing Caribbean Film Series continues to
bring fresh and mostly undiscovered films to Brooklyn and New York City audiences
at BAMcinematek’s BAM Rose Cinemas with their upcoming screening of the
heartwarming and award-winning documentary “Art Connect.”
Directed by Miquel Galofré (“Hit Me with Music”
– 2012), the film focuses on a group of “at-risk” students in Laventille, one of the most
notorious and violent neighborhoods in Trinidad’s capital city Port-of-Spain, who
are selected for an urban art project that blossoms into a two-year process of
these young people receiving guidance on how to use the arts to share their
personal stories with their community, and ultimately the entire world.
first workshop is devoted to visual art and painting through community murals (with artist Wendell Mc Shine),
the second on poetry and music, with lessons from popular local artists,
Muhammad Muwakil and Lou Lyons of Freetown Collective, and the final one based
on dance and theatrical expression.
All three workshops unlock particular emotions from these dynamic students,
revealing how their newfound creativity transformed their outlook on their
lives, and futures, for the better.
as you can glean from some of the imagery, the kids are also lent GoPro cameras
to document their home lives and activities outside of school. These small,
portable and durable cameras allowed the students to use creative ways to
further tell their own stories. Within these unforced and whimsical moments, viewers
become cloyingly endeared to these youngsters’ hopes and dreams.
The Caribbean Film Series is produced by the
Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA) and Brooklyn Cinema Collective, in partnership
with BAMcinematek. Justen Blaize,
co-founder of The Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), shares, “To quote one of the
young men in the film, “Art is a picture of life.” To see these Trinidadian
youths lives transform on screen is amazing. We’re ecstatic to finally be able
to present this documentary to Brooklyn and New York City audiences.”
“Art Connect” will screen at BAM Rose Cinemas on Tuesday, March 15th,
at 7:30pm, preceded by Lisa Harewood’s short film “Auntie” (15 min – 2013). A
Q&A with Galofré, “Art Connect” executive producer Charlotte Elias, and Harewood will follow, moderated by Michelle Materre of Creatively
Speaking. The short film Auntie by Barbadian
writer and director Lisa Harewood, precedes the film.