I’m actually surprised that there aren’t more than a few black film festivals with named after the great Sir Sidney Poitier; then again, I guess we can’t have too many, otherwise there’d be all this confusion.
But I suppose if there was one Sidney Poitier Film Festival, The Bahamas would be the *logical* place for it to call home… for what should be very obvious reasons.
The Sidney Poitier Film Festival kicks off in The Bahamas on February 29th, and will run through March 4th. It was established by the School of English Studies at The College of The Bahamas as a means of honoring the achievements of a great Bahamian actor and filmmaker, Sir Sidney Poitier.
The festival states that it hopes to preserve his legacy for future generations of Bahamians.
The festival takes place each year in late February. All films screenings are FREE and open to the public and take place at The College of The Bahamas Nassau Campus, Oakes Field.
The lineup isn’t quite what you’d expect; you won’t find many Sidney Poitier films here; a few – maybe 1 or 2.
Instead, there are a lot of old classics, mixed in with more contemporary fare. From Paris Blues (1961), to The Harder They Come (1972), to Sugar Cane Alley (1983), to Sankofa (1993), to Sugar (2008), and much more between each of those titles.
Also featured will be a roundtable discussion on Migration and World Cinema, with panelists, Dr. Keithley Woolward, Dr. Toni Francis, Dr. Mayuri Deka, Dr. Raymond Oenbring, and Dr. Ian Bethel-Bennet.
For our readers within the islands (we have readers all over the world) who are interested, click HERE for the full lineup of festivities.
Here’s the festival’s full poster: