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The ongoing Caribbean Film Series continues to bring fresh and mostly undiscovered films to Brooklyn and New York City audiences at BAMcinematek’s BAM Rose Cinemas with their upcoming screening of the heartwarming and award-winning documentary “Art Connect.” 

Directed by Miquel Galofré (“Hit Me with Music” – 2012), the film focuses on a group of “at-risk” students in Laventille, one of the most notorious and violent neighborhoods in Trinidad’s capital city Port-of-Spain, who are selected for an urban art project that blossoms into a two-year process of these young people receiving guidance on how to use the arts to share their personal stories with their community, and ultimately the entire world.    

The first workshop is devoted to visual art and painting through community murals (with artist Wendell Mc Shine), the second on poetry and music, with lessons from popular local artists, Muhammad Muwakil and Lou Lyons of Freetown Collective, and the final one based on dance and theatrical expression.  All three workshops unlock particular emotions from these dynamic students, revealing how their newfound creativity transformed their outlook on their lives, and futures, for the better. 

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And as you can glean from some of the imagery, the kids are also lent GoPro cameras to document their home lives and activities outside of school. These small, portable and durable cameras allowed the students to use creative ways to further tell their own stories. Within these unforced and whimsical moments, viewers become cloyingly endeared to these youngsters’ hopes and dreams.  

The Caribbean Film Series is produced by the Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA) and Brooklyn Cinema Collective, in partnership with BAMcinematek.  Justen Blaize, co-founder of The Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), shares, “To quote one of the young men in the film, “Art is a picture of life.” To see these Trinidadian youths lives transform on screen is amazing. We’re ecstatic to finally be able to present this documentary to Brooklyn and New York City audiences.” 

Art Connect” will screen at BAM Rose Cinemas on Tuesday, March 15th, at 7:30pm, preceded by Lisa Harewood’s short film “Auntie” (15 min - 2013). A Q&A with Galofré, “Art Connect” executive  producer Charlotte Elias, and Harewood  will follow, moderated by Michelle Materre of Creatively Speaking.  The short film Auntie by Barbadian writer and director Lisa Harewood, precedes the film. 

For ticket information go to the series page at BAM.org. For overall information about the Caribbean Film Series go to www.caribbeanfilm.org and contact Romola Lucas, at romola@caribbeanfilm.org.