TT Film Fest Film of the Day for Sunday 23rd September
An excellent extended Sunday buffet of films include Raymond Ramcharitar’s strong documentary, Sun, Sea & Science – Trinidad after Oil (1pm MT POS) and Pather Panchali, the first instalment of the great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s towering Apu Trilogy (3.30pm MT POS).
Today’s film is:
Breaking the Silence (Miquel Galofre/ 2018/ Trinidad & Tobago / Documentary short / 61 mins/ PG) 8.30pm MovieTowne TOBAGO SCREENS AGAIN TOMORROW WITH Q+A at 1pm, Sc 8 MovieTowne Port of Spain.
In the last five years, Miquel Galofre, who comes from Barcelona via Belmont, has made or co-authored half-a-dozen outstanding documentaries, notably Songs of Redemption (with Amanda Sans), a jaw-droppingly powerful film about the redemptive power of music, even in Jamaica’s toughest prison and Art Connect, a serious documentary that brought laughter back to children in financially poor communities. Galofre has a remarkable gift for extracting from his first person, direct-to-camera protagonists a deep, soul-searching honesty that translates into spellbinding cinema: this is the human condition, not portrayed, but revealed on the silver screen. Like 2017’s Green & Yellow, which humanised and dignified a homeless drug addict, Breaking the Silence presents a human being coping with what might be the most distressing of situations: domestic violence. In this barely-hourlong film, the strength and dignity of a woman in overcoming the smothering cocoon of psychological and physical stress to emerge as a frail and beautiful butterfly would make you proud to be human, but for the shame of what we do to one another. This is an excellent film of a sordid subject.
Also consider: *The Twin Island State and *Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, 6pm MT POS; Sun, Sea & Science: Trinidad after Oil, 1pm MMT POS; Pather Panchali, 3.30pm MT POS; …And Suddenly the Dawn, 8.30pm MT POS; Children of the Incursion, 8.30pm MT San Fernando.