Major boost for film industry

The film industry in the region and Africa received a major boost this past week with the inaugural hosting of Cross Continental Forum (CCF) in Barbados.

The forum, devised and hosted by Frances Ann Solomon, founder of CaribbeanTales Media Group out of Canada, and Lisa Wickham, president and chief executive officer of Imagine Media International in Trinidad and Tobago, along with the Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies (UWI), brought together film producers and executives, entertainment lawyers and those who wanted to pitch their films to top producers such as Paul Garnes, during a five-day event at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

It was officially launched on Monday with the screening of the film, Origin, written and directed by award-winning screen writer and director Ava Marie DuVernay and co-produced by award winning producer, Garnes. Top Hollywood actress CCH Pounder was among those in attendance.

The movie, which delves into the deep-seated intricacies of caste and how it underpins much of society’s discrimination, sometimes transcending even race, was inspired by American writer, journalist (and the first woman of African-American heritage to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism), Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste: The Origin Of Our Discontent. (CH)

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