Trinidad and Tobago’s film festival will have again a human rights award

September 4, 2016

Amnesty International will again award a human rights prize at the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) which runs from September 20 – 27.  Established in an effort to support the promotion of human rights in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, the Amnesty International Human Rights Prize will be awarded to the maker of the feature-length Caribbean film screening which best highlights a human rights issue. 
Caribbean film-makers continue to speak out about issue impacting gender equality, indigenous people’s rights, the treatment of children, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, the situation of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent and so much more, empowering many who remain voiceless, through their medium. As long as human rights violations continue to exist, there will always be a need for films that speak so eloquently about the issues,” Chiara Sangiorgio, thematic adviser at Amnesty International, said in a media release.
According to Annabelle Alcazar, programme director at the ttff: “Caribbean film-makers and writers have always been fearless in addressing issues that affect and impact the region, and the medium of film remains a powerful vehicle in the struggle for justice, equality and peace. As a showcase for the best in Caribbean cinema, the trinidad+tobago film festival remains committed to providing a space for such important work.

This year the three films in competition for the Amnesty International prize are:

  • Se Bondye vie Yuli /God Willing Yuli – Director: Jean Jean Haiti/Dominican Republic
  • Antes que Cante el Callo / Before the Rooster Crows – Director: Arí Maniel Cruz Puerto Ric
  • El Acompañante/The Companion – Director: Pavel Giroud Cuba.

The winning film will be chosen by a three-member jury comprised of Sunity Maharaj, a media consultant and trainer, Folade Mutota, a social development advisor and lobbyist, and Sangiorgio, Amnesty International’s London-based co-ordinator of the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty.  In addition to receiving a trophy, the winning film-maker will also TT $5,000 cash.

Source: Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday : newsday.co.tt :

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