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rinidad+tobago film festival

Founded in 2006, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is the largest event of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. The Festival, which takes place in September, is a celebration of the best films from Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Last year, the Festival hosted a special focus on Canadian cinema to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Trinidad & Tobago and Canada. This focus acknowledged the presence of a large Caribbean community in Canada, as well as Canadian filmmakers at work in the Caribbean itself.

We are proud to feature this series at VLAFF, which showcases highlights from the dynamic cinematic relationship between Canada and the Caribbean region.

The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song

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.

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Dal Puri Diaspora

Thin, doughy folds encasing a savoury filling of meat and vegetables: The recipe for dal puri travelled with indentured workers from India’s Gangetic plain to British and Dutch Caribbean colonies in the 19th Century. In the 1960s, the wrapped roti migrated from Trinidad to North America, where it is known as West Indian roti. As the dish moved from home fire to street stall to restaurant chain, and from festival to fast food, the flatbread was transformed in ingredients, cooking method, ways of eating and identity.

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