We seldom get to report or explore on the film and arts community in Newark,
so this upcoming event is a treat.
Caribbean-American filmmaker Charysse Tia Harper will host an
afternoon screening of her documentary films at the Newark Public Library
(Auditorium, 4th Floor) this Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm. These award-winning selections include:
(2014), in which a man rents his home for $1 per month to a woman and her four children
for a year to help them with transitional housing.
Side of Carnival” (2010), alook at the social and economic impact of Trinidad &
Tobago’s Carnival. Winner of New
York International Film Festival’s Best Cultural Documentary.
The Evolution of the Steelpan” (2015 – part 1) The history of the steelpan and its influence in seven countries, from
its origins in the 18th century to its international recognition in
“This is a very exciting opportunity,” exclaims Harper. “We have
recently moved our base to New York City and are very happy to start the new
year this way.” A sneak preview of
Harper’s newest film, “Not In Our Culture” (2015), a 12-part Nigerian
mini-series that celebrates and criticizes traditional aspects in that country,
precedes the afternoon of documentaries.
The Southern California born and raised director/producer is of
Trinidadian descent and founded Xplore the World in 2010, which focuses on
social and cultural documentaries. In 2013, the company relocated to London while working on “Panomundo.”
“This screening is more of an
exhibition for the community to know who we are, as well as for us to know
them,” states Harper.
This Newark Public Library ( 5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102) event is
free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of any amount to help
raise funds to complete “Panomundo Part 2:
Pan Worldwide.” See the
promo flier below.
There will be a Q&A after each
film with Director/Producer Charysse Tia Harper.
For more on Harper go to her website.