Thursday, 3 May 2012

SCREEN TEST: Four Leonie Forbes films take the spotlight this weekend

SHE IS LEGEND: The talented Miss Forbes.

As a Jamaica 50-inspired salute to the illustrious life and work of our very own queen of stage and screen, Leonie Forbes, the New York-based Medgar Evers College is putting on a special Leonie Forbes Film Festival, featuring Caribbean classics, this Saturday, May 5, at the college. Here’s a look at the programme:

2:00 pm – What My Mother Told Me
A journey towards self-discovery forces a young woman to meet her mother, whom she thought had abandoned her as a child. From Trinidadian director Frances-Anne Solomon.

3:00 – Children of Babylon
Love, lust, race, and class collide on a hedonistic pleasure dome as life on an old plantation is confronted by a changing society. Featuring Bob Andy. From Jamaican director Lennie Little-White.

5:15 – Guttaperc
A storied past and the yearning for development creates conflicts for the feature of a village and family. From Barbadian director Andrew Millington.

7:00 – Tellin We Own Story: A Conversation with Leonie Forbes
Journalist Pat McKay interviews the iconic actress on life, art, and life imitating art.

8:45 – A Winter Tale
Families struggle to reconcile their immigrant dreams after a bullet meant for a drug dealer kills a 10-year-old boy. From Canada. Directed by Frances-Anne Solomon and featuring Dennis ‘Spragalang’ Hall.

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