Caribbean filmmakers and officials at the Caribbean Film Festival in China. (GP)
Two Barbadian films premiered this week in the central Chinese province of Hunan during The Caribbean Film Festival, which opened on Monday, April 1 and will end Friday, April 5.
The event was organised by the Barbados Embassy in Beijing and other Caribbean embassies in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, as well as regional authorities in China.
The aim of the initiative is to raise the profile of Caribbean culture in China and create opportunities for Caribbean cultural practitioners there.
The featured films from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were shown to audiences at four major universities in Hunan’s capital city, Changsha.
Representing the embassy on the opening night of The Caribbean Film Festival, were Ambassador François Jackman and First Secretary Ruth Jordan. The ambassador noted the occasion was significant since the festival marks the first time that Caribbean films have been shown outside China’s capital of Beijing.
The Barbadian films featured were Auntie by Lisa Yearwood and H20 by Clish Gittens.
Barbadian filmmaker Rommel Hall is in Hunan for the festival. He is also a participant in the third UNESCO International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage.
Later this month, the second annual Caribbean Film Festival will be held in Beijing in conjunction with Beijing Normal University.
The Abiola Movie and Liquid Gold: The Story of Rum in Barbados by Rommel Hall and A Hand Full of Dirt by Russell Watson will be screened then.
Hall said the experience has been enlightening.
“Being in China for the first time has opened my eyes to the fact that there is a massive creative space out there, and it has shown me that there is a potential audience outside the western world,” he said. (BGIS)