The Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival is set to launch in Barbados next week, screening some of the best Caribbean films made in recent years, alongside a symposium on Global Distribution, a Caribbean Film Market, workshops, master classes, and youth screenings.
Other celebrated films are Maria Govan’s stunning critically acclaimed Bahamian feature Rain; Nurse. Fighter. Boy. by Jamaican/Canadian Charles Officer, award-winning documentary feature The Solitary Alchemist by T&T’s Mariel Brown, Coolie Pink and Green, an experimental short exploring Bollywood images in a Caribbean context by Pat Mohammed, award-winning shorts by Yao Ramesar, and Lisa Wickham and many more!
Silence on this blog compounded by the earthquake(s) in Haiti and the resulting tragedies.
For those who don’t know Caribbean geography, The Bahamas lies between Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and Florida, with the Turks and Caicos Islands at our tail.
One of our greatest challenges is managing the constant influx of Haitian migrants seeking a better life. We have no solutions, and have hitherto not managed it all that well. We anticipate even more challenges in the months to come. In my free time all my focus falls on Haiti and on the Bahamian response.
Keep our neighbours in your thoughts, y’all.
OK, so if you’ve been following my other social networks, you’ll have heard somewhere, somehow, that Derek Walcott’s in town. (If you’re not sure where “town” is, it’s Nassau, Bahamas, where I am too). He’s got here through the actions of two groups, one of which happens to be the School of English Studies at the College of The Bahamas, where I also am. I used to be in the School of English, but now I’m where I figure I actually belong according to my terminal degrees, in the School of Social Sciences. But the School of English still treats me like I’m with them, and I don’t mind. I pinch-hit some of the courses on that side every now and then and still enjoy myself.
The time has come.
Nanowrimo is over, and Christmas is around the corner, and it’s time to be thinking about new year’s resolutions.
So I’m in the process of trying to finish the Africa Reading Challenge I blogged about earlier. I’ve read two Abouet books and I’m still swimming in a slow and stately fashion through Ngugi’s latest. I’m going to save the last part of the challenge for Karen King-Abisola’s Hangman’s Game, though, because it’ll be a good segue into Caribbean books.
The Caribbean Reading Challenge kicks off on January 1st!
- The Hangman’s Game, Karen King-Aribisala
- “New Negroes from Africa”: slave trade abolition and Free African settlement in the nineteenth-century Caribbean, Roseanne Marion Adderley
- Omeros, Derek Walcott
- A Turn in the South, V. S. Naipaul
- There is an Anger that Moves, Kei Miller
Those of you who’re interested in it, have no fear — I’ve set up the page and it will be published come November. In the meantime, spread the word.
Edit: This post will become a page in a month or so, in preparation for the challenge, which kicks off in 2009. If you want to read more, check below the fold.
Right. Since I’m covering Africa on Blogworld, why don’t I follow this challenge over here? Blogworld’s more locally focussed anyway, and Blogsphere is more global. OK, so they’re silly distinctions, but it’s a nice way to see it.
I love these challenges!!! I’m going to start a Caribbean Reading Challenge in 2009 in answer to the African one. We don’t have the same kind of organization as Africa, being mostly submarine and afloat in the Caribbean Sea as well as in the world, but there’s no shortage of writing to be read — in English, French, Spanish and Dutch.
But in the meantime, time to read round the world.