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Reflection: Last Week at the CaribbeanTales Film Festival

April 19, 2012

I feel like a kid who just left camp. The 3rd Annual CaribbeanTales Film Festival in Barbados was so incredible that I almost didn’t want to come back home. I wasn’t expecting to be there. Only a few days before the start of the festival I was told that Food for Thought, a short film that I made with Richie Maitland (co-founder of Groundation) would be screened there since it won 3rd place in last year’s Caribbean Science & Agriculture Film Competition. Then thanks to the an unexpected case of the law of attraction, I was asked if I was available to attend the festival under the sponsorship of CTA. Look at that, agriculture funding art baby!

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I had the opportunity to meet so many inspiring people, such as: Sr. Perez, Film Commissioner of the Dominican Republic, Carla Foderingham, CEO of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, Evie Creary, actor & member of the band Nomaddz, Susanne Rostock, award-winning director & editor and ofcourse Gina Belafonte, producer and social activist. It was such an honor to dig into conversation, hear about their experiences and get real feedback about my own vision & creative work.

In the midst of all of the incredible media and film guests, Henry Robinson & Adjani Salmon of Believe Love Inspires People (B.l.i.p productions) in Jamaica, made the most intense impact on my experience. Thanks to Akley Olton, a young filmmaker and an organizer at CaribbeanTales, I was invited to join forces with these two amazing artists for the 48 hour film challenge. In the style of reality tv shows like “Project Runway”, this was a chance for filmmakers from across the region to put their skills to the test. We rose to the challenge and extended ourselves in ways that allowed us to grow exponentially as artists. We worked together openly & organically creating an experimental non-linear narrative. Our film was screened at the VIP room of the Olympus theater in Barbados as one of the top 5 films and Adjani won best director! Check the video interview below to see the film, Reverb, which is about 6 minutes long.

~ Malaika

Oooh yea… the criteria for the video was: theme~ broken promise, scene~ beach, prop~ blackberry, quote~ One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you cannot utter.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz L permalink
    April 20, 2012 2:13 pm

    definately sounds like an amazing and life changing experiance that can fuel and empower the arts. Well done!

  2. Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
    April 20, 2012 4:22 pm

    Liz, it was really an honor. I hope that more opportunities like this become available to the community.

  3. April 20, 2012 11:22 pm

    As usual you interview beautifully; articulate and charming. I knew your foot from the very instant I saw it 🙂 but found myself asking at least three times, “Is that Malaika?” at the crying face and talked myself out of it an equal number of times until the shot widened. I know that such a reaction would please you for reasons that were not overtly expressed or intended messages of the film but comes from knowing you.

    • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
      April 22, 2012 4:56 pm

      Thank you Ms.Contessa. I appreciate your nuanced reading. ^_^

  4. June 26, 2012 9:59 am

    Hey Malaika , great stuff . we really need to talk …let me know what is the best way to reach you.

    • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
      June 29, 2012 4:14 pm

      Sure no prob, link me at groundationgrenada[a]gmail[dot]com or my personal email malaikabsl[a]gmail[dot]com.


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