Film-fest attracts big names
Gina Belafonte, youngest daughter of world-famous American singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte and the producer of the highly regarded bio-documentary of her father’s life – will attend this week’s premiere of Sing Your Song In Barbados.
The film will be the highlight of Wednesday’s opening gala of CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2012, the third annual edition of the foremost gathering of regional film professionals, including directors and producers. The 7 p.m. screening will follow an opening reception at Frank Collymore Hall.
Gina Belafonte is a TV and film actress. She has worked with her father as coach on several movies and produced more than six films. She helped found The Gathering For Justice, an inter-generational, inter-cultural non-profit organization working to reintroduce non-violence to stop child incarceration.
Also attending the premiere will be Susanne Rostock who enjoyed her directorial debut on Sing Your Song.
Two Barbadian film-makers – Penny Hynam and Alison Saunders – will share the spotlight during the opening gala.
Hynam is producer of a ten-part series entitled A Day In A Bajan Life, which features short films on the lives of “interesting but not necessarily famous Bajans”.
Saunders will be offering Panama Fever, a sneak peek of the documentary Panama Fever: A Caribbean Journey, which she has been working on, having already shot footage in Barbados, Cuba and Panama.
Saunders, the great-great niece of a Barbadian Panama Canal worker, traces her journey of discovery of the sacrifices, challenges and achievements of her ancestor and other West Indian workers on the Panama Canal and their descendants. (PR)