Guyanese and Caribbean films are among the main features at the fourth Annual Timehri Film Festival, which takes place from June 6 to June 9, 2019.
This year’s venues for screening are Moray House and Dutch Bottle Café. As done in previous years, the festival will also showcase mini LGBTQI and environmental films, with community screenings at schools, prisons, the juvenile detention centre and the drop-in centre in Sophia.
There is also a special world premiere in store.
On the opening night, movie enthusiasts will have a chance to view the Walter Rodney film “In the Sky’s Wild Noise,” by the Victor Jara Collective in 1985.
This is to be preceded by the brand-new “The Past Is Not Our Future: The Student Years of Walter Rodney”, done by Matthew J Smith, on Rodney’s time in Jamaica.
Several other pieces by filmmakers of Guyanese heritage will be showcased. These include: “For You” by Alvin Seenauth and “From Ashes We Rise” by Khadijah Carberry.
Kojo McPherson’s “Adero” is also set to make its Guyana debut, as part of the Festival.
This year, Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts has been appointed Associate Director to the Timehri Film Festival team.
The Caribbean line-up for the Festival includes “Douvan Jou Ka Leve” by Haitian filmmaker Gessica Généus, and “Cargo” by Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer, which was recently showcased in theatres.
There will also be a throwback, with “God Loves the Fighter” by Trinbagonian filmmaker Damian Marcano.
Time has also been allotted for some favourites (shorts blocks) like “Flight” by Jamaican filmmakers Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald; “Cross My Heart” by Sontenish Myers; an animated short, “Abeeku and the Maroons,” by Jamaican animator Kevin Jackson, and “Hairouna: Land of the Blessed”, a work-in-progress, by Vincy filmmaker Akley Olton.
The second film from the Caribbean Film Project, “Oseyi and the Masqueraders” by Dominican writer/director Alwin Bully, will also be shown.
This year’s Timehri Film Festival will bring new and exciting programming, and along with an expansion of last year’s documentary filmmaking workshop, it will be offering two workshops – “Developing the Short Film”, led by St Lucian filmmaker Michelle Serieux, and “The Nuts and Bolts of Cinematography”, led by Guyanese filmmaker Yaphet Jackman.
In partnership with Bent Street Films, Jackman’s production company, the Festival committee will also host Guyana’s first 48-hour Film Challenge.
With these exciting line-ups, organisers are hoping that the public join them in celebrating Guyanese and Caribbean excellence in film.
For further details, please visit timehrifilmfestival.com