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About our Festival

The Timehri Film Festival (TFF) is an annual film festival, aimed at showcasing the work of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers in the Region and Diaspora. The Festival is hosted by the Caribbean Film Academy (CAFA), in partnership with the Caribbean-American culture blog, Rewind & Come Again (RACA).  This year, we will be partnering with Green Screen TT, the Environmental Film Festival in Trinidad & Tobago, and the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, in Guyana.

feature length + short films

Official Selections

This year’s program will showcase feature length and short films from countries all over the Caribbean.  Check them out below.

linda ainouche
DREADLOCKS STORY
Jamaica – Dreadlocks Story, is a feature documentary, which sheds light on the extraordinary untold story of Hindu roots in Jamaican Rastafari culture. As a cross-cultural historical study, Dreadlocks Story uses its global perspective
to present a diverse and vivid portrayal of Rasta culture and the array of cultural influences that guide it.

Documentary Feature
2014 | 83 mins

gabrielle blackwood
DENIS
Jamaica – Denis Mckenzie, a proud and independent family man from Jamaica, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 43. The disease eventually renders him almost completely paralysed and speechless. Given five years to live, Denis tries, with the assistance of his wife, to fight the aggressive and emaciating illness. Interspersed with imaginative recreations, Denis is a touching, uplifting testament to the dogged and indomitable character of the human spirit.  Watch the trailer here.

Documentary Feature
2015 | 60 mins

ed laborde
TIMELESS
US Virgin Islands – Alphonse, a writer who has just returned home to the U.S. Virgin Islands, has caught Malinda’s eye. Malinda is a Senator whose sketchy history has set in motion a twisted love story all its own. She is determined to helpAlphonse further his career, but at what cost?

While deciding his next move with Malinda, Carnival in the Virgin Islands
brings an unexpected love interest into the picture, forcing Alphonse to
choose between his future or his destiny, haunted by ghosts from the past.
Narrative Feature
2016 | 114 mins

juan francisco pardo
10 AVE MARIA
Aruba – No man is an island, it is said. In this beautifully observed film, we follow Mark, a lonely young man in search of happiness. Through his daily encounters he struggles with his desires and his fears, until at last he is forced to come face to face with himself.

Narrative Short
2011 | 15 mins

LGBT

kyle chin
SUNDAY
Jamaica –  With a vigilante crowd and the police on his tail a gunman seeks refuge in the neighborhood church. Will Randy find redemption or is it too late? Sunday is a look at salvation among imperfect circumstances.

Narrative Short
2013 | 13 mins

kojo mcpherson
ADERO
Guyana – Vivid, haunting dreams push a man to search for the identity of his parents. An elderly and enigmatic Indigenous woman seems to hold the answers to his questions but will she give up her secrets  or simply lead him down the rabbit hole?

Narrative Short
2017 | 13 mins

WORLD PREMIERE

stefon bristol
SEE YOU YESTERDAY
USA – Two Brooklyn teenaged prodigies, Sebastian Thomas and CJ Walker, determined to outwit fate and role-play as God build a time machine to save CJ’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by the police.

Narrative Short
2017 | 16 mins

chelsea Odufu
ORI INU: IN SEARCH OF SELF
USA – “Ori Inu: In Search of Self “ is a coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble.  Watch the trailer here.

Narrative Short
2016 | 29 mins

carver bacchus + miquel galofré
A BETTER PLACE
Trinidad & Tobago – Directed by award-winning filmmaker Miquel Galofré and produced by Sustain T&T’s own Carver Bacchus, A Better Place tells the story of 5 five community- based organizations through the work that they do and how their experiences in diverse communities areas impacts their view of the world.

Infused with local music, stunning visuals complement stories of hope, resilience and survival.  Watch the trailer here.

Documentary Feature
2015 | 60 mins

damian marcano
HEART OF A MONSTER
Curaçao – The strongest and most agile of all the men, Dada is ready for the battle. A wise young man – He learns of the monster’s weaknesses in order to defeat it. The villagers fear Dada will never return. The simple premise of good and evil collide in this tale to a surprising end. Having underestimated the force of the monster’s evil, Dada may have to sacrifice himself to save everyone else.

Narrative Short
2016 | 15 mins

damani baker
THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD
Grenada/USA – For a brief moment, between 1979 and 1983, the island of Grenada was a bastion of black revolutionary activism ushered in by a socialist revolution—until a US military invasion put an abrupt end to the peoples’ dreams of building an Afro-diasporic utopia. Filmmaker Damani Baker (Still Bill) explores this often-overlooked chapter in the history of black struggle via his own family’s heartrending story.  Watch the trailer here.

Feature Documentary
2016

julien silloray
MOMMY WATER
Guadeloupe – Eight-year-old Rosental lives with his father by the seaside. Intent on finding his mother, he visits Kamo, the village sorcerer, who tells him she has turned into a mommy water, a siren who lures fishermen to a realm deep in the ocean.

Narrative Short
2015 | 25 mins

cassie quarless + usayd younis
GENERATION REVOLUTION
United Kingdom – Running parallel to the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, a surge of young black and brown activists has emerged in the UK fighting for racial, economic, and gender equality. This propulsive documentary immerses viewers in the inner-workings of some of London’s most prominent revolutionary groups—including the Black Revs and the R Movement—as they take to the streets, score successes, suffer disappointments, and transform Britain.  Watch the trailer here.

Documentary Feature
2016 | 80 mins

karen chapman
WALK GOOD
Canada – Walk Good is an unflinching documentary about a mother who lost all three of her children in three separate and unrelated acts of gun violence.

Short Documentary
2016 | 12 mins

max orter
A BITTER LIME
Guyana – A Bitter Lime is an Australian-American-Guyanese Independent Feature Film that begs the question: ‘What if your dreams came true?’  When Thom, a Los Angeles businessman and his girlfriend are attacked during a trip to tropical Guyana, thom seeks justice which sets in motion a trail of ever-increasing dangerous and bizarre events.

Narrative Feature
2016

mariel brown
SMALLMAN: THE WORLD MY FATHER MADE
 Trinidad & Tobago – John Ambrose Kenwyn Rawlins, was an ordinary man of modest means. He was a great father, grandfather and husband; an obedient public servant. Yet the most vivid part of his life was lived in was a small workshop beneath his house. In there, at the end of his workday, he made things. From simple push toys to elaborate 1/16th scale waterline battle ship models and dockyards, miniature furniture and dolls houses, he painstakingly constructed everything from scratch, sometimes spending upwards of a year on a single model. Smallman is an exploration of the worlds both real and imagined that Kenwyn Rawlins made, as told by his son Richard.  Watch the trailer here.

Short Documentary
2013 | 11 mins

shea j. best
DARKIE
Trinidad & Tobago – Darkie is a film about a young man, Chris (East Indian descent) Chris, whose relationship with his girlfriend, Britney (African descent), ended when she migrates.  The film explores how Chris deals with getting over his ex-girlfriend, as her memory haunts him in his daily life.

Narrative Short
2012 | 18 mins

wayne benjamin
THE CROFT
Jamaica – Aspiring screen writer Derrick Myers, retreats to a vacation house in the mountains for seclusion, so he can get the time and space needed to complete his break-through project. He believes Jamaica needs a change in it’s ways of screenwriting, so he decides to create something new and different – a Jamaican horror story – with the hope of getting a movie deal.

On the way to his mountain getaway, Derrick has an encounter with an apparition on the side of the road which leads to his next few days in the mountains being filled with a series of bizarre and terrifying events – his horror story is about to become a true story.  Watch the trailer here.

Narrative Feature
2012 | 46 mins

howard and mitzi allen
DIABLESSE
Antigua & Barbuda – Diablesse, is a humorous take on Caribbean Folklore. This is a whimsical tale of a young man who finds himself trapped in a bizarre wedding ceremony with a she-devil…it becomes a race against time to find him and save him before he says “I do.”  Watch the trailer here.

Narrative Feature
2005 | 46 mins

karen martinez
DREAMS IN TRANSIT
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – A poetic, cine-essay style documentary reflecting on the theme of identity and contemporary migration. The filmmaker, a Trinidadian based in London, returns to the Caribbean to explore what ‘home’ really means and where it is that both migrants and non-migrants might be said to ‘belong’, especially in the age of cheap air travel and Skype. Using a kaleidoscopic collage approach she talks to a range of people: a chocolate producer; an activist; a forest dweller; a fisherman; a doubles vendor; an artist; an architect; writers and cultural commentators and the always entertaining Carnival designer Peter Minshall. Watch the trailer here.

Short Documentary
2015 | 30 mins

miquel galofré
ART CONNECT
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – A winner at the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Art Connect, vividly illustrates how creative intervention changed the lives of a group of young people in Laventille, a disenfranchised and volatile community in T&T. The film documents the profound impact painting, poetry, music and dance had on the children, who were given digital cameras to record their experiences. By allowing the viewer intimate access to their world, they reveal their hopes and fears, and we witness their lives transform. Watch the trailer here.

Feature Documentary
2014 | 74 mins

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DREADLOCKS STORY
linda ainouche
DENIS
gabrielle blackwood
TIMELESS
ed laborde
10 AVE MARIA
juan francisco pardo
SUNDAY
kyle chin
ADERO
kojo mcpherson
SEE YOU YESTERDAY
stefon bristol
ORI INU: IN SEARCH OF SELF
chelsea Odufu
A BETTER PLACE
carver bacchus + miquel galofré
HEART OF A MONSTER
damian marcano
THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD
damani baker
MOMMY WATER
julien silloray
GENERATION REVOLUTION
cassie quarless + usayd younis
WALK GOOD
karen chapman
A BITTER LIME
max orter
SMALLMAN: THE WORLD MY FATHER MADE
mariel brown
DARKIE
shea j. best
THE CROFT
wayne benjamin
DIABLESSE
howard and mitzi allen
DREAMS IN TRANSIT
karen martinez
ART CONNECT
miquel galofré

Dates and Times

SCREENING SCHEDULE

ADERO

Guyanese Shorts
31.05.2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM/
Guyana – Vivid, haunting dreams push a man to search for the identity of his parents. An elderly and enigmatic Indigenous woman seems to hold the answers to his questions but will she give up her secrets  or simply lead him down the rabbit hole?

Narrative Short
2017 | 13 mins

WORLD PREMIERE

VENUE: Moray House

ORI INU

Guyanese Shorts
31.05.2017
7:00 PM - 9:00PM/
USA – “Ori Inu: In Search of Self “ is a coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble.  Watch the trailer here.

Narrative Short
2016 | 29 mins

VENUE: Moray House

WALK GOOD

Guyanese Shorts
31.05.2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM/
Canada – Walk Good is an unflinching documentary about a mother who lost all three of her children in three separate and unrelated acts of gun violence.

Short Documentary
2016 | 12 mins

VENUE: Moray House

SEE YOU YESTERDAY

Guyanese Shorts
31.05.2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM/
USA – Two Brooklyn teenaged prodigies, Sebastian Thomas and CJ Walker, determined to outwit fate and role-play as God build a time machine to save CJ’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by the police.

Narrative Short
2017 | 16 mins

VENUE: Moray House

Art Connect

Miquel Galofré
01.06.2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM/
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – A winner at the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Art Connect, vividly illustrates how creative intervention changed the lives of a group of young people in Laventille, a disenfranchised and volatile community in T&T. The film documents the profound impact painting, poetry, music and dance had on the children, who were given digital cameras to record their experiences. By allowing the viewer intimate access to their world, they reveal their hopes and fears, and we witness their lives transform. Watch the trailer here.

Feature Documentary
2014 | 74 mins

VENUE: Moray House

DREAMS IN TRANSIT

Karen Martinez
01.06.2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM/
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – A poetic, cine-essay style documentary reflecting on the theme of identity and contemporary migration. The filmmaker, a Trinidadian based in London, returns to the Caribbean to explore what ‘home’ really means and where it is that both migrants and non-migrants might be said to ‘belong’, especially in the age of cheap air travel and Skype. Using a kaleidoscopic collage approach she talks to a range of people: a chocolate producer; an activist; a forest dweller; a fisherman; a doubles vendor; an artist; an architect; writers and cultural commentators and the always entertaining Carnival designer Peter Minshall. Watch the trailer here.

Short Documentary
2015 | 30 mins

VENUE: Moray House

DENIS

Gabrielle Blackwood
02.06.2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM/
Jamaica – Denis Mckenzie, a proud and independent family man from Jamaica, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 43. The disease eventually renders him almost completely paralysed and speechless. Given five years to live, Denis tries, with the assistance of his wife, to fight the aggressive and emaciating illness. Interspersed with imaginative recreations, Denis is a touching, uplifting testament to the dogged and indomitable character of the human spirit.  Watch the trailer here.

Documentary Feature
2015 | 60 mins

VENUE: Moray House

02.06.2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM/
Trinidad & Tobago – John Ambrose Kenwyn Rawlins, was an ordinary man of modest means. He was a great father, grandfather and husband; an obedient public servant. Yet the most vivid part of his life was lived in was a small workshop beneath his house. In there, at the end of his workday, he made things. From simple push toys to elaborate 1/16th scale waterline battle ship models and dockyards, miniature furniture and dolls houses, he painstakingly constructed everything from scratch, sometimes spending upwards of a year on a single model. Smallman is an exploration of the worlds both real and imagined that Kenwyn Rawlins made, as told by his son Richard.  Watch the trailer here.

Short Documentary
2013 | 11 mins

VENUE: Moray House

A BETTER PLACE

Carver Bacchus & Miquel Galofré
03.06.2017
10:30 AM/
Trinidad & Tobago – Directed by award-winning filmmaker Miquel Galofré and produced by Sustain T&T’s own Carver Bacchus, A Better Place tells the story of 5 five community- based organizations through the work that they do and how their experiences in diverse communities areas impacts their view of the world.

Infused with local music, stunning visuals complement stories of hope, resilience and survival.  Watch the trailer here.

Documentary Feature
2015 | 60 mins

VENUE: Umana Yana
Co-Presented with GreenScreenTT and Iwokrama

A BITTER LIME

Max Orter
03.06.2017
1:00 PM - 3:00PM/
Preceded by “10 AVE MARIA,” by Juan Francisco Pardo (Aruba)

Guyana – A Bitter Lime is an Australian-American-Guyanese Independent Feature Film that begs the question: ‘What if your dreams came true?’  When Thom, a Los Angeles businessman and his girlfriend are attacked during a trip to tropical Guyana, thom seeks justice which sets in motion a trail of ever-increasing dangerous and bizarre events.

Narrative Feature
2016 | 97 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

10 AVE MARIA

JUAN FRANCISCO PARDO
03.06.2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM/
Aruba – No man is an island, it is said. In this beautifully observed film, we follow Mark, a lonely young man in search of happiness. Through his daily encounters he struggles with his desires and his fears, until at last he is forced to come face to face with himself.

Narrative Short
2011 | 15 mins

LGBT

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

DREADLOCKS STORY

LINDA AINOUCHE
03.06.2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM/
Preceded by “SUGAR,” by Michelle Serieux (Jamaica)

Jamaica – Dreadlocks Story, is a feature documentary, which sheds light on the extraordinary untold story of Hindu roots in Jamaican Rastafari culture. As a cross-cultural historical study, Dreadlocks Story uses its global perspective
to present a diverse and vivid portrayal of Rasta culture and the array of cultural influences that guide it.  Watch the trailer here.

Documentary Feature
2014 | 83 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD

DAMANI BAKER
03.06.2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM/
Preceded by “HEART OF A MONSTER,” by Damian Marcano (Curaçao)

Grenada/USA – For a brief moment, between 1979 and 1983, the island of Grenada was a bastion of black revolutionary activism ushered in by a socialist revolution—until a US military invasion put an abrupt end to the peoples’ dreams of building an Afro-diasporic utopia. Filmmaker Damani Baker (Still Bill) explores this often-overlooked chapter in the history of black struggle via his own family’s heartrending story.  Watch the trailer here.

Feature Documentary
2016

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

HEART OF A MONSTER

Damian Marcano
03.06.2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM/
Curaçao – The strongest and most agile of all the men, Dada is ready for the battle. A wise young man – He learns of the monster’s weaknesses in order to defeat it. The villagers fear Dada will never return. The simple premise of good and evil collide in this tale to a surprising end. Having underestimated the force of the monster’s evil, Dada may have to sacrifice himself to save everyone else.

Narrative Short
2016 | 15 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

12:00 PM/ 04.06.2017

NO SOCA NO LIFE

Caribbean Shorts
Trinidad & Tobago – OLIVIA is a teenage girl from an impoverished community with a fabulous singing voice, honed in the church choir. When she decides to use her voice to sing soca, however, Olivia must face many hurdles – not least of all a stiff opposition from her mother.

Narrative Short
2012 | 30 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

04.06.2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM/
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – John Ambrose Kenwyn Rawlins, was an ordinary man of modest means. He was a great father, grandfather and husband; an obedient public servant. Yet the most vivid part of his life was lived in was a small workshop beneath his house. In there, at the end of his workday, he made things. From simple push toys to elaborate 1/16th scale waterline battle ship models and dockyards, miniature furniture and dolls houses, he painstakingly constructed everything from scratch, sometimes spending upwards of a year on a single model. Smallman is an exploration of the worlds both real and imagined that Kenwyn Rawlins made, as told by his son Richard. Watch the trailer here.

Short Documentary
2013 | 11 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

SUNDAY

CARIBBEAN SHORTS
04.06.2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM/
Jamaica –  With a vigilante crowd and the police on his tail a gunman seeks refuge in the neighborhood church. Will Randy find redemption or is it too late? Sunday is a look at salvation among imperfect circumstances.

Narrative Short
2013 | 13 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

10 AVE MARIA

CARIBBEAN SHORTS
04.06.2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM/
Aruba – No man is an island, it is said. In this beautifully observed film, we follow Mark, a lonely young man in search of happiness. Through his daily encounters he struggles with his desires and his fears, until at last he is forced to come face to face with himself.

Narrative Short
2011 | 15 mins

LGBT

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

ADERO

CARIBBEAN SHORTS
04.06.2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM/
Guyana – Vivid, haunting dreams push a man to search for the identity of his parents. An elderly and enigmatic Indigenous woman seems to hold the answers to his questions but will she give up her secrets  or simply lead him down the rabbit hole?

Narrative Short
2017 | 13 mins

WORLD PREMIERE

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

GENERATION REVOLUTION

CASSIE QUARLESS & USAYD YOUNIS
04.06.2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM/
Preceded by “MOMMY WATER,” by Julien Silloray (Guadeloupe)

United Kingdom – Running parallel to the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, a surge of young black and brown activists has emerged in the UK fighting for racial, economic, and gender equality. This propulsive documentary immerses viewers in the inner-workings of some of London’s most prominent revolutionary groups—including the Black Revs and the R Movement—as they take to the streets, score successes, suffer disappointments, and transform Britain.  Watch the trailer here.

Documentary Feature
2016 | 80 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

MOMMY WATER

JULIEN SILLORAY
04.06.2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM/
Guadeloupe – Eight-year-old Rosental lives with his father by the seaside. Intent on finding his mother, he visits Kamo, the village sorcerer, who tells him she has turned into a mommy water, a siren who lures fishermen to a realm deep in the ocean.

Narrative Short
2015 | 25 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

DIABLESSE

HOWARD & MITZIE ALLEN
04.06.2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM/
Antigua & Barbuda – Diablesse, is a humorous take on Caribbean Folklore. This is a whimsical tale of a young man who finds himself trapped in a bizarre wedding ceremony with a she-devil…it becomes a race against time to find him and save him before he says “I do.”  Watch the trailer here.

Narrative Feature
2005 | 46 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

THE CROFT

WAYNE BENJAMIN
04.06.2017
4:00 PM - 6:00PM/
Jamaica – Aspiring screen writer Derrick Myers, retreats to a vacation house in the mountains for seclusion, so he can get the time and space needed to complete his break-through project. He believes Jamaica needs a change in it’s ways of screenwriting, so he decides to create something new and different – a Jamaican horror story – with the hope of getting a movie deal.

On the way to his mountain getaway, Derrick has an encounter with an apparition on the side of the road which leads to his next few days in the mountains being filled with a series of bizarre and terrifying events – his horror story is about to become a true story.  Watch the trailer here.

Narrative Feature
2012 | 46 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

TIMELESS

ED LABORDE
04.06.2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM/
Preceded by “DARKIE,” by Shea Best (T&T)

US Virgin Islands – Alphonse, a writer who has just returned home to the U.S. Virgin Islands, has caught Malinda’s eye. Malinda is a Senator whose sketchy history has set in motion a twisted love story all its own. She is determined to helpAlphonse further his career, but at what cost?

While deciding his next move with Malinda, Carnival in the Virgin Islands
brings an unexpected love interest into the picture, forcing Alphonse to
choose between his future or his destiny, haunted by ghosts from the past.
Narrative Feature
2016 | 114 mins
VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

DARKIE

SHEA J. BEST
04.06.2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM/
Trinidad & Tobago – Darkie is a film about a young man, Chris (East Indian descent) Chris, whose relationship with his girlfriend, Britney (African descent), ended when she migrates.  The film explores how Chris deals with getting over his ex-girlfriend, as her memory haunts him in his daily life.

Narrative Short
2012 | 18 mins

VENUE: Dutch Bottle Cafe

Official Selctions

2016 FESTIVAL TRAILER

Check out a preview of the films selected for last year’s Festival.  The 2017 trailer coming soon.

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