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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 PLUIE D’ESPOIR

  • 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 identify with.

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