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The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song

Canada / Denmark, 2012

English and Guyanese Creole with English subtitles

Director: Christy Garland Producers: Christy Garland, Chris Bennett Co-producers: Louise Køster, Margareta Jangård Cinematographers: Justin Lovell, Christy Garland Editor: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen Composer: Tom Third Sound: Peter Albrechtsen

Georgetown, Guyana. Muscle is a busy man. Striving to pull his family up into the middle class, he ekes out a living raising fighting cocks and songbirds. And he’s trying, not very successfully, to get his mother, Mary Smith, off the booze. At 75, she’s still able to recite poems that she wrote years ago to her family who listen with love and admiration, but she also has a troublesome tendency to head off down the road to get drunk on “high wine.” Mary drinks to forget, in particular to drown out the night, which she has good reason to dread. Her determination to thwart Muscle and his attempts to control her drinking, leads her son to take drastic action to try to save her. ''One of the most poignant and melancholic true stories ever told''. Chase Whale, Film Threat. Director Christy Garland will be in attendance to have a dialogue with the audience.

5:15 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Christy Garland was born in 1968 and is currently based in Toronto, Canada. She has directed numerous award-winning films including Dual Citizen (2001) and Doormat (2008). The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song won the Best Caribbean Feature by an International Filmmaker Award at the 2012 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and the 2013 Royal Anthropological Institute Film Prize.