Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - Saint Lucia will host its first Creole Film
Festival on Wednesday, October 26th as one of the main activities planned in
celebration of Creole Heritage month. The festival will be formally launched at
the Alliance Franciase in Castries with film screenings taking place at the
Cinema 2000 in Rodney Bay.
The festival is spearheaded by Lindy-Ann Alexander, Chairperson of the Saint
Lucia Creole Language Committee, and is held to celebrate Creole language Day
one of the activities held during Creole Heritage month.
The Creole language and culture will be highlighted through this festival, which
will run throughout the day Wednesday, with one session taking place on the
Thursday. It will be expose the Saint Lucian public to five (5) ground-breaking
films, three of which were released this year in the French Caribbean
territories and in France, where they were box-office hits.
All the films featured were produced by French Caribbean and Saint Lucian film
directors and were all filmed entirely in Caribbean French Creole islands. The
special attraction of the festival is the presentation of these films by the
directors themselves, who will in Saint Lucia from Martinique for this special
purpose, through the kind compliments of Air Caraibes, one of the sponsoring
partners of this Festival.
These specially invited guests include:
Jean Claude Flamand Barny from
Guadeloupe, who will present the film NEG MARON
Jacques Roc from Haiti presenting
Max Télephe, of Martinique, the
principal actor and accomplished musician from the film BIGUINE
Joby Bernabé of Martinique, actor
from the film RUE CASES NEGRES
Mathurine Emmanuel, St. Lucia’s
budding film director who will present RIBBONS OF BLUE.
The films will sensitize the local
public and visitors to aspects of the culture which is shared with the other
French Creole speaking islands and will portray a way of life that they can all