Catch a Fire: Caribbean Diaspora
Six jours de cinéma carribéen à New York


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ArtMattan Productions and BAM Rose Cinema invite you to mark
your calendar for the « Catch a Fire: Caribbean Diaspora » film series
with six days of films celebrating the diverse populations and
lifestyles in and from the Caribbean.

All showings are held at the BAM Cinema, located in Brooklyn on Fulton

CARIBBEAN IN PARIS(Antilles sur Seine) (2000) 104min
Directed by Pascal Légitmus.
With Pascal Légitmus, Med Hondo, Laure Moutoussamy.
Directed by and starring Pascal Légitmus (often referred to as the
French Eddie Murphy), Caribbean in Paris is a hilarious comedy about
a family from Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean, and the mishaps
that occur when the family patriarch’s wife is kidnapped during a
business trip to Paris. Frantic chase scenes and kinetic comedy
collide in Légitmus’ film about the importance of family and
In French with English subtitles.
Thu, August 29 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm

PAPA’S SONG(1999) 95min
Directed by Sander Francken.
With Rene Van Asten, Romana Vrede, Lisette Merenciana.
A Dutch magistrate is happily married to Shirley, a woman from
Curaçao, who has her two nephews staying with her. Things are fine
until Magda, the boys’ mother, arrives and creates turmoil in
Shirley’s household. Francken’s emotional film is a meditation on the
nature of family and race relations, with stunning performances from
Merenciana and Vrede as the two sisters.
In Dutch and Papamiento with English subtitles
Fri, August 30 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm

Directed by Perry Henzell.
With Jimmy Cliff, Carl Bradshaw, Basil Kean.
An instant classic, The Harder They Come not only broke open reggae
music to a wide audience and launched Jimmy Cliff to superstardom,
but also put forward a political and social message that remains as
potent today as ever. A young man from the countryside (Cliff) has
dreams of becoming a reggae superstar, but gets tangled up in
corruption and drug-dealing along the way. Henzell’s film explores
the seedy side of Kingston, with Cliff proclaiming that he’d « rather
be a free man in my grave, than living as a puppet or a slave. »
In English
Sat, August 31 at 3:30, 6:30*, 9:40pm
Q&A with director Perry Henzell follows the 6:30pm screening.

LIFE AND DEBT (2001) 80min
Directed by Stephanie Black.
Back by popular demand, Life and Debt is a film that demands to be
seen. Based on the book by Jamaica Kincaid, this lyrical documentary
details with great precision how international banks and
conglomerates, under the guise of `globalization,’ are slowly robbing
Jamaica of her natural resources, self-sufficiency, and culture.
Don’t miss this one-most shows sold out during its last engagement.
In English
Sun, September 1 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm

AVA AND GABRIEL: A Love Story (1990) 100min
Directed by Felix de Rooy.
With Cliff San-A-Jong, Nashaira Desbarida.
On the colonial island of Curaçao in the 1940s, a Dutch painter is
commissioned by the local church authorities to paint a mural of the
Virgin Mary. However, racial tensions rise within the community when
the artist turns out to be originally from Surinam and chooses Ava, a
Black woman, as his model.
In Dutch and Papamientu with English subtitles.
Mon, September 2 at 2, 5:20, 9:10pm

With THE LAST RUMBA OF PAPA MONTERO(La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero)
(1992) 52min
Directed by Octavio Cortazar.
A fascinating film about Papa Montero, one of Cuba’s legendary
rumberos (the men who dance the rumba). Afro-Cuban mythology and bits
and pieces of everyday life in Havana, Cuba are interwoven throughout
this magical film about the power of dance and love.
In Spanish with English Subtitles.
Mon, September 2 at 4, 7:30pm

LOOKING FOR LIFE(Chercher la Vie) (1999) 60min
Directed by Claudette Coulanges.
This documentary about working conditions in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
centers on two women: Anne-Rose and Rosememe. Anna makes lunches to
sell to factory workers, and Rosemene works in the factory, making t-
shirts. Looking For Life dramatically illustrates the impact of
globalization on the Haitian economy.
In Creole and French with English subtitles.

Preceded by

CATCH A FIRE(1995) 30min
Directed by Menelik Shabaz.
Shabaz’s gripping docudrama focuses on Paul Bogle, a 19th century
Deacon in a Jamaican church, who became involved in the struggle for
civil rights and helped initiate the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865.
In English
Tue, September 3 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:10pm
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