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May 17, 2017

Children’s Drop-In Center – Sophia*

Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM

Rebecca’s Story
The Witness Project Youth – Guyana
Narrative Short
Guyana | 2014

SYNOPSIS:  On a beautiful day in the Caribbean city of Georgetown, Guyana, a young couple drop off their daughter Rebecca and her little brother Aaron with their Grandmother before traveling on business. With parting hugs and words of love, Rebecca retrieves her favorite book, not realizing that it would be the last time she would see her parents alive.

Weeks later, their days are marred by their distressed Grandmother’s harsh words and rough hands. Rebecca yearns for an escape, and finds hope in the intervention of Lindsey, a young witness to Rebecca’s plight who offers respite through an after school program.

Plagued by her own demons, her Grandmother dismisses his help. Undaunted, Rebecca soon discovers that her Granny’s violent harshness and sharp tongue hide a troubling disability and desolate past. In a small but powerful gesture, Rebecca reaches out with an offer of her own, opening the door to better days for her new family.

 

The Little Boy and The Ball
Damian Marcano
Narrative Short
Trinidad & Tobago | 2012

SYNOPSIS: Taking place in the lush and diverse Northern coast of Trinidad & Tobago; ‘The Little Boy and The Ball’ explores the relationship of a young boy and his favorite companion: his ball. Richard, a 10-year-old boy who lives with his grandparents, has an attachment to a soccer ball as if it were his best friend. Every where Richard goes, so goes the ball. As time progresses, the ball develops different blemishes as a result of their activities together. We are reminded that inanimate objects can have memories as well; maybe just in the form of a scratch. ‘The Little Boy and The Ball’ is a simple story with a simple moral, a friend is a friend no matter the person or the thing.

The screenings will be followed by a workshop hosted by the Witness Project Youth.

 

*THIS SCREENING IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Category: Shorts