Brooklyn’s Caribbean Film Series Celebrates 5th Anniversary at BAM

Still from "Panomrama" via of Christine Shaw


    For the fifth year in a row, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is hosting their series of new Caribbean cinema.

    Beginning March 14, the series opens with “Yardie,” a Jamaica and London-set crime film directed by the actor Idris Elba. Over the next four days, there are films from Haiti (“The Sun Will Rise”), Puerto Rico (“1950: The Nationalist Uprising”), and Dominican Republic (“Cocote”) and Guyana (Victor Jara Collective).

    One of the most exciting projects is “Panorama: Jamming to the Top,” a documentary about the annual steel band competition in Brooklyn. New York-based photographer Khalik Allah’s “Black Mother,” his impressionistic portrait of Jamaica, will close out the festival.

    Still from “Black Mother” via of Grasshopper Films

    In addition to the films, there will be talks on the past, present and future of Caribbean cinema, and how Caribbean filmmakers are working independently. On March 16, there is a party at Cafe Erzulie (894 Broadway); the next morning, the festival will host a roti brunch at the 33 Wine Bar and Lounge (33 Lafayette Avenue).

    The entire series runs from March 14-17. Caribbean Film Academy, The Luminal Theater and Third Horizon are the co-organizers. Except for the party and following day’s brunch, all the events take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music at 30 Lafayette Avenue. For more information on tickets for the series, click here.

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