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TT Film Fest Film of the Day for Sunday 23rd September

The 13th Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival runs until September 25th on two screens in MovieTowne Port of Spain, one in San Fernando, another in Tobago and at the University of the West Indies. Film writer, BC Pires, will be picking a Film of the Day every day. Pires sat on the first TT Film Fest Jury and wrote the Judge’s Report and has been the Youth Jury’s mentor since its inception in 2014. A different film will be picked every day, and other worthwhile films mentioned. Because of the limitations of programming schedules, the film of the day may not necessarily be the “best” one. Films with an * have been or will be daily picks.

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.