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What goes into making a successful Caribbean film? Pain, drama and diplomacy.

The Jamaican born writer-producer Jennifer Holness arrived in Canada when she was 5 years old, growing up in an immigrant community. One day in her twenties, she picked up a paper, to her horror, to find an article on someone she recognised from her childhood in Canada, “It was a story about his deportation and his subsequent murder so I was shocked.

To my understanding, he had come to Canada when he was seventeen or eighteen months old, so I couldn’t understand at the time how someone could come to a country as a baby and then in adulthood get deported”. Alarmed, she set about doing some research.

Chrissy! Drama – Feature

The inspirational and educational film chronicles the story of a poverty-stricken 10 year-old girl, Chrissy Wright (Mikaela Harrison), who lives on the rough side of town with a bedridden mother (Sharon Griffith) and two siblings.

Chrissy faces much discrimination from her peers and teachers at school yet fortunately gets support from a Science Teacher, Mr. Fenton (Peter Boyce) and later meets a new student, Melissa Edghill (Cara Odonnel), but the best friends are from two different worlds. Join us to find out what decisions Chrissy makes and if she triumphs by overcoming bullying and pulling her family out of the dumps, using her strong faith and relentless pursuit of academic success

THE SKIN: Supernatural Thriller – Feature

A young couple encounter strange occurrences after they find and sell an ancient artifact in Howard Allen’s highly anticipated new feature film. Based on Caribbean mythology and set in Antigua and Barbuda, THE SKIN is written and directed by Allen, produced by Mitzi Allen, and executively produced by HAMAfilms, Antigua.

Director: Howard Allen
Country: Antigua
Year of Production: 2011
Total Running Time: 100 min
Language: English
Rating: PG

Elza (Le bonheur d’elza) Drama – Feature
Bernadette, a single mother in Paris, tries to provide her daughters with everything. She is thrilled when her eldest daughter, Elza, is the first in the family to graduate from college earning a master’s degree summa cum laude.

But Elza breaks her mother’s heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers.

This feature debut by writer/director Mariette Monpierre offers an unusual insider’s view of lush island culture as she captures the passion and contradictions of this family.

Home Again (2012): Three Jamaicans, who are deported from the U.S., Canada, and England, must make their way in a land that they are not familiar with.

Director: Sudz Sutherland (as David Sutherland)

Writers: Jennifer Holness, Sudz Sutherland (as David Sutherland)

Stars: Tatyana Ali, CCH Pounder, Stephan James | See full cast and crew

Every day is a fight for survival in a place where family support, friendships, and shelter are elusive. Danger also surrounds them at every turn in a country that has the third highest murder rate in the world (per capita). Then there is the fact that Jamaicans uniformly blame deportees for much of their crime. Home Again follows the lives of three individuals that embark on a journey filled with great obstacles, but along the way they find the most human of emotions…hope!

Vigilante - The Crossing is a must-see Caribbean movie made in Barbados. Larry Dunn former music director of Earth Wind & Fire watched Vigilante at the Pan African Film Festival in LA and had this to say about the movie "What a great message, stuff like this can change the world". Petra Roach New York Director of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

says "I was blown away !!!! both by the rawness of emotion that came across on that 100 ft screen as well as by the purity of purpose behind the script". April Sutton former BET magnate, Ray Charles Jr., John Wilson, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend, Iris Little, Rosa Parks actor among others absolutely loved Vigilante - The Crossing. Red Plastic Bag (RPB) cannot stop hyping about the movie (not just because he is in it) and The Mighty Gabby says "This movie is Epic".

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