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LONG Métrage | 2011
Calypso Rose
Titre original : Calypso Rose Diva / Rose, la Diva du Calypso [Working Titles]
Pays concerné : Trinité-et-Tobago
Durée : 85 minutes
Genre : portrait
Type : documentaire


Calypso Rose, né sous le nom de Mc Artha Lewis, est une ambassadrice de la musique caribbéenne et une forte légend de la calypso.

Un film de Pascale Obolo

Documentaire | France / Trinidad et Tobago | 1h25′ & 52mins

« Je ne suis pas devenue une chanteuse de Calypso, je suis née dans le Calypso » dit Calypso Rose.
Ce film est tout d’abord un portrait intimiste sur la grande diva du Calypso, mais c’est aussi un voyage qui nous emmène de l’ile de Tobago (l’idyllique île de Robinson Crusoë), à New York, Paris, Ouidah et Cotonou. Chacune de ces destinations nous fait découvrir un épisode particulier de la vie de Rose.
Calypso Rose se livre : elle évoque son enfance, ses sources d’inspiration, son parcours, son engagement pour l’humanitaire et pour la reconnaissance des droits des femmes… mais aussi la foi qui guide sa vie et a une importance capitale dans son cheminement artistique.

Pôle Pixel – 24, rue Emile Decorps – 69100 Villeurbanne – France
Tel : +33 (0)4 78 30 85 65 – Fax : +33 (0)4 78 30 85 66

Coproduction :
Maturity Productions (Trinidad & Tobago)
Trinidad & Tobago Film Company
Traces Tropical

Producteurs associés : Tanja Meding / Lorraine O’Connor / Pascale Obolo
Participation : CNC
Soutien : Tobago House of Assembly

Diffusion : PBS USA (53′)

Distribution : ARTE (53′ et 85′)


Présenté aux Hot Docs 2009

– 2012/ Quintessence – Festival international du film de Ouidah (Bénin)

– 2012 : Femi Guadeloupe

– 2012 : Kapu film (Autriche)

– 2012 : Washington DC Film Festival (Etats-Unis)

– 2012 : Festival international du film documentaire Millenium Bruxelles (Belgique)
* Film d’ouverture

– 2012 : Visions du reel Nyon (Suisse)

– 2012 : Festival PanAfricain Cannes

– 2012 : 52nd Krakow film festival Cracovie (Pologne)

– 2012 : Sakifo musik festival Réunion

– 2012 : Belize international film festival (Belize)

– 2012 : Samsung women’s international film festival Chennai (Inde)

– 2013 : Fespaco (Burkina Faso)
* 2ème prix – Compétition documentaires


Calypso Rose. The Lioness of The Jungle
Calypso Rose is an ambassador of Caribbean music. Living legend of Calypso music, she is a charismatic character often compared to the great Soul singers such as Aretha Franklin. She did a reprise of her famous song « Say a Little Prayer for You ». Or Miriam Makeba, with who she will sing « Voodoo Lay Loo » in the 1980?s. This music, in its’ rebellious and mocking style, is Trinidad & Tobago’s soul, ex English colony, located in the Caribbean sea. Born in the village of Bethel in Tobago in 1940, she has been singing since the age of 15 years and hasn’t stopped spreading the daily tales of her native island, on the world stages, with an inbred energy and a contagious love for life. IN 1978, she will become the first woman to be crowned « Calypso Queen » during Trinidad’s famous carnival, (which after her win, was changed to the title of « Calypso Monarch »). During her career, she wrote more than 800 songs and recorded 25 albums, making her the uncontested diva of Calypso.

A film by Pascale Obolo

Documentary | France/Trinidad and Tobago | 85′

Country: France, Trinidad and Tobago, 2011
Runtime: 85′
Genre: Documentary

Directed by: Pascale Obolo
Written by: Pascale Obolo
Cinematography by: Sylvain Verdet
Music by: Calypso Rose
Editting by: Yannick Coutheron, Mathieu Desport
Produced by: Dynamo Production (Jean-Michel Gibert, Thierry Planelle, Philippe Djivas), Maturity Productions, Trinidad & Tobago Film Company

Director’s Intention
Together, we retraced the footsteps of her past and present life. I was with her when she recorded her latest album in Paris, visited with her in New York where she has lived for the last twenty years and travelled with her to Tobago, the island where she was born and where returns regularly to reconnect with her African roots » and her great passion for fishing and her spirituality, and on to Trinidad, where her international career started – and all the way to Africa to rediscover her African roots.

Each location presets an important place and time in Calypso Rose’s life and in each place, we learn a little more about the many faces and facets of her life – the life of a diva with a remarkable personality

Transmission as at stake on a political and cinematographic level: at the dawn of her life, I accompany a great lady down memory lane. In this quest, we find some accomplices, fellow travelers of conflict or long time friends. By advancing on the thread which links her private world to the outside, we add and subtract the rest of her dreams and her disappointments. She shares with us what makes her live and what makes us live. Because her history is also ours.


Author, Director: Pascale OBOLO

Production Companies:

Producers : Philippe DJIVAS / Jean-Michel GIBERT

Genre : Documentary
Length : 52 and 85 minutes
Camera: HD et Super 8
Estimated date to remit to PAD: March 2011 for the 85 minutes

Shooting Locations: France (Paris) ; Trinidad and Tobago ; USA (New York) ; (Benin)

Source: KFF 2012


Calypso Rose, urodzona jako Mc Artha Lewis, jest ambasadorką muzyki karaibskiej i niekwestionowaną legendą calypso. Towarzyszymy jej podróżom z Trynidadu i Tobago do Nowego Jorku, gdzie mieszka, oraz do Paryża i na kontynent przodków – do Afryki. Nakręcony w konwencji filmu drogi intymny portret artystki przedstawia coraz to nowe oblicza: charyzmatycznej diwy, obrończyni praw kobiet, w końcu człowieka – ze zmartwieniami i lękami, ale przede wszystkim z mocną miłością do muzyki i życia.

Produkcja: Francja, Trynidad i Tobago, 2011
Czas trwania: 85′
Gatunek: Dokument

Reżyseria: Pascale Obolo
Scenariusz: Pascale Obolo
Zdjęcia: Sylvain Verdet
Muzyka: Calypso Rose
Montaż: Yannick Coutheron, Mathieu Desport
Producent: Dynamo Production (Jean-Michel Gibert, Thierry Planelle, Philippe Djivas), Maturity Productions, Trinidad & Tobago Film Company

Source: KFF 2012
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