THE BLACK MOZART IN CUBA
SAT, Dec. 3 @ 4:30pm – Cinepolis
Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de St George, was a Black classical composer and violin virtuoso born in Guadeloupe in the mid 18th century. The son of a slave and her master, he achieved enormous success as a musician, fencer, and military man. Yet, when he died in 1799, he was all but erased from history. The Black Mozart in Cuba is the latest act in the rehabilitation of the memory of this extraordinary human being. The film skillfully combines biographical information with performances of his works. The event, held in Cuba in 2005 in his honor, is truly engaging and important and inspired a remarkable film.
Guadeloupe, 2006, Steve and Stephanie James, 52 min, Documentary, French/English/Spanish with English subtitles
RED CARPET @ 6PM
GANG OF THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN – Q&A (Centerpiece)
SAT, Dec. 3 @ 7pm - Cinepolis
Jimmy Larivière is struggling to make ends meet. He has to support his daughter and find his place in society. He gets involved with the Gang des Antillais (Gang of the French Caribbean), a group of idealist crooks, members of an exasperated community that has arrived in mainland France with the Bumidon (the Bureau for the Development of Migration in the Overseas Departments). Jimmy gets tangled up in violence, friendship, rivalry and betrayal: a gun in hand, how can you not become a slave to easy money?
Cast: Djedje Apali, Eriq Ebouaney, Adama Niane, Vincent Vermignon, Djibril Pavade, Zita Hanrot, Jocelyne Béroard, Lucien Jean Baptiste, Romane Bohringer, Mathieu Kassovitz, Julien Courbey, and Karim Belkhadra.
(Dir. Jean-Claude Barny, 90 min, 2016, Guadeloupe, Thriller, French with English subtitles)