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Canada’s CaribbeanTales FF Announces Queer Caribbean Program

Canada's CaribbeanTales FF Announces Queer Caribbean Program

For the fourth consecutive year the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival
(CTFF),which takes place in Toronto,Canada, will present a program titled Queer Caribbean,
exploration of the contemporary Queer Caribbean
experience. A total of seven films (three features and four shorts) in
this years
10-day festival, will throw a spotlight on
issues of sexuality and gender from a Caribbean perspective. This year’s
Queer Caribbean is co-presented by

, Toronto’s premier Caribbean and diaspora LGBTQQIA+ community organization.

“CaribbeanTales continues to have its finger
on the pulse of a dynamic movement of evolving film expression across
the region and
its Diaspora,” said founder and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon.
“In just ten years, a very short period of time,
our film stories have matured to become
stunningly assured, explosive, transgressive, probing, beautiful and
urgent. And this is
what we see represented on screen in this
year’s selections.”

The film selection includes Venezuelan feature “Pelo Malo,” a provocative film about a young boy’s search for
beauty, the short film “You. Me. Bathroom. S*x. Now.,” and the Canadian Premier of the extraordinary and moving documentary
about the Peurto Rican trans community, “Mala Mala.”

Jamea Zuberi, founder of MasQUEERade,
saids “It’s great to have the
opportunity to use film as a medium to
educate and celebrate Caribbean arts, culture and experiences to the
MasQUEERade community
and beyond.”

CTFF 2015
kicks off its 10th Anniversary with a

Gala Caribbean Reception and Screening

on Wednesday September 9th, at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street in Toronto.

Festival screenings will continue at The Royal Cinema, Sunday – Friday, September 13 – 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15
p.m. daily. On Closing Night, Saturday September 19, there will be three screenings at 3:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m. &
9:30 p.m.

Schedule: Queer Caribbean Programming

Tuesday September 15

9:15 p.m.

Theme: “Caribbean Masculinities”

Pelo Malo

Mariana Rondón, Venezuela, 2013, 93 min, Spanish, R

Turmoil is created when a nine-year old boy’s
obsession with straightening his “bad hair” for his school picture
causes his single
widowed mother to worry about the boy’s
Junior is a nine-year-old boy who has stubbornly curly
hair, or “bad hair” that he wants to have
straightened for his school picture, like a fashionable pop singer. This
puts him at odds
with his mother Marta, a young, unemployed
widow. Overwhelmed by what it takes to survive in the chaotic city of
Caracas, Marta finds
it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s
fixation with his looks, fearing that it also means that her son is
homosexual. This
film tackles issues of race and sexual identity
through external appearances in the Venezuelan society.


Bronze Alexander, Thessaloniki 2013;
Fipresci Award, International Film Critics, Thessaloniki 2013; Best
Director, Best Screenplay,
Mar del Plata Film Festival, 2013; Best
Screenplay, Best Actress, Torino Film Festival 2013; Best Caribbean
Film, Puerto Rico Film
Festival 2013; Best Director, Vina del Mar
Film Festival 2013; Best Performance, Festival du Nouveau Cinema
Montreal 2013.

Short: “Going Beyond

Damien Pinder, Barbados, 2014, 15min, English, PG

Wednesday September 16

9:15 p.m.

Theme: “Borders of Love” 

Feature: “Sand Dollars

Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán, Dominican Republic/Mexico, 2014, 83 min, Spanish/English, R

Sand Dollars
is a delicate examination of the relationship
between a local woman, her wealthy, expatriate lover and her boyfriend.
This film is a
nuanced portrait of an older, well to do
European woman, Anne (Geraldine Chaplin) who is in love with Noeli
(Yanet Mojica) in the
idyllic seaside town, Samana, in the Dominican
Republic. Their relationship is complex, a mixture of real affection
also tainted by the
money that Anne gives Noeli regularly, which
makes Noeli’s boyfriend encourage the relationship. In this complex
inter-web Anne
(sensitively played by Chaplin) falls hopelessly
in love with Noeli (who lives with her boyfriend), even as Noeli is
torn between
leaving with Anne and staying with her man. Love
brings a flow of entanglements in a drama which unfolds like palm trees
in an
irresistible storm.


Cairo International Film Festival, FIPRESCI
Prize; Chicago International Film Festival Silver Hugo Best Actress
Geraldine Chaplin
Cine Cearo – National Cinema Festival –
Feature Film Trophy Best Sound; Havana Film Festival, Best Actress
Geraldine Chaplin;
Nashville Film Festival Best Actress
Geraldine Chaplin.

Short: “Glass Bottom Boat

Kyle Walcott, Tobago, 2014, 15 min, English, PG

Saturday September 19 

9:15 p.m.

Closing Night & Awards

Theme: “Queer Caribbean”

Co-presented by Jamea Zuberi of MasQUEErade

Feature: “Mala Mala

Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles, Puerto Rico, 2014, 89 min, Spanish, R

“Mala Mala”
is a feature length documentary exploring the
lives of Puerto Ricans in the trans-community. It is an evocative
examination of the
transgender world in Puerto Rico; from the glam
and glitter of the drag queens to the strong desire to be accepted as
part of the
mainstream community in Puerto Rico, as
themselves. The oldest member of the cast of characters, Soraya Santiago
Solla, is a pioneer of
the gender change movement in Puerto Rico and
makes the distinction that people do not have to be dolls to be women,
while Sophia
Voines simply wants to be accepted as herself, a
woman. This film is at times graphic in its presentation to a general
audience but
leaves no doubt that in the end, that there is a
human rights issue at stake when it comes to the transgender community
being a welcome
and legal part of the wider society, in the
supermarket, on the street and especially in the workplace.


You, Me, Bathroom S*x, Now“(Canadian Premiere)

Francisco Lupini Basagoiti, USA, 2012, 17 min, Spanish, R

Three days before Christmas, Antonio finds out
that his boyfriend of 8 years is cheating on him. Heartbroken, he looks
for solace in
his favorite dive bar where a mysterious visitor
has a keen interest in him. A comedy about a man who tries to forget
about love, in
all the wrong places.

Short: “Chham Chham

Maneesh, Canada, 2014, 4 min, English, PG14

In this digital story Maneesh explores how his
own culture and gender queer-ness are expressed and reinforced across
borders. From
memories that span childhood days in Trinidad to
performances on Canadian stages, Sheesha looks at how she celebrates
her femininity
and Indo-Caribbean heritage on colonized lands.
It is in that exquisite sound – resonating from tiny pieces of metal
clashing into each other – where discovery

Tickets can be purchased online HERE


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