Community Folk Art Center's Caribbean Cinematic Festival 2014 Set for 2/5-8


Community Folk Art Center's Caribbean Cinematic Festival 2014 Set for 2/5-8

Community Folk Art Center's annual Caribbean Cinematic Festival (Feb. 5 - Feb. 8) will showcase films and performances that capture the spirit and cultural richness of the Caribbean islands.

The four-day festival will highlight cultural contributions as well as address polarizing issues in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora. These will be explored through film, dance, spoken word, discussion, book signing and food. The festival is an expansion of last year's programming.

"The response from the community for last year's festival was phenomenal. This year we will continue to provide a multi-dimensional look at the Caribbean culture," Community Folk Art Center's Education Director Tamar Smithers explained.

The festival will include performances and post screening discussions by the following guests: acclaimed actor and model Jimmy Jean-Louis, award winning filmmaker Bruce Paddington, celebrated cinematographer Joshua Alafia, Jamaican dub poet Ras Howard Henry, Miami based scholar and curator Babacar M'bow, SU Professors Cecilia Green, Arthur Paris, and Asomgyee Pamoja. There will be a book signing with Carole Boyce Davies and performance by Syracuse University Caribbean dance troupe Kalabash.

Community Folk Art Center's Executive Director Kheli Willetts expressed her enthusiasm for the one-of-a-kind festival. "We are very excited for this opportunity to celebrate the diversity, complexity and creativity of the Caribbean Diaspora," Willetts said.

This event is free and open to the public; however, donations are welcome. This event is sponsored by: The Gifford Foundation.


This year's line-up includes: "Toussaint L'ouverture"; "Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution" (Grenada, 2013); "Better Mus Come"; "Akwantu: The Journey"; "Fyah"; and"El Medico: The Cubaton Story"

The films focus on the infusion of Caribbean culture into the United States, touching on topics such as politics, history, human rights and feminism.


On Saturday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. Syracuse University Dance Troupe Kalabash will perform in conjunction with the screening of El Medico with a lively demonstration of Caribbean dance.

Spoken Word

Veteran dub poet, songwriter, and spoken word artist Ras Howard Henry will perform at Community Folk Art Center on Friday at 6:30pm. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Henry performs poetry that examines the political and social themes within Caribbean culture. His collection of poetry, Door to Reality II (Rags to Riches Press, 2000), examines the powerful effects of social injustice. Henry also has a regular poetry column in the local Syracuse newspaper, The Pride of Syracuse.

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