Thursday 8 August 2013


September 4 – 14, 2013

The World Premiere screening of No Bois Man No Fraid, a feature documentary directed by Trinidad and Tobago filmmaker, Christopher Laird, will kick off the Red Carpet Gala at the 8th annual CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase. The event opens the festival’s main film showcase, which is co-produced with the Harbourfront Centre and that will take place September 4 – 14. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4 where guests will enjoy a Caribbean reception, entertainment and the screening at 9 p.m. Co-hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto and Harbourfront Centre, the gala will be held along Toronto’s waterfront at the Harbourfront Centre Lakeside Terrace.

“We are exceptionally proud to open our Harbourfront Centre festival with this extraordinary film that provides an empowering window on the authentic culture of our region,” said Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO and Festival Director of CaribbeanTales.

“CaribbeanTales is an important platform for Caribbean film, and has pioneered the international establishment of the Caribbean film brand. I am deeply honoured that my film was selected as this year’s Gala screening,” said Christopher Laird, director and producer of  ‘No Bois’.

No Bois Man No Fraid (Trinidad and Tobago, 2013, 86 mins.) tells the story of two internationally certified martial artists, who are introduced to a very different style of combat sport. Kalinda, a combination of stick-fighting, dance, and folk music, is commonly practiced during the Carnival season, and draws on traditions handed down from slavery. The film follows Keegan and Benji as they rediscover their roots by entering into the potentially lethal arena of the Gayelle.

"This is one of the most important films ever made in Trinidad." said Tony Hall, preminent playwright, actor and director. "Once you enter the gayelle you have to be courageous. Keegan and Rondell have dragged us all into the gayelle."
Christopher Laird has produced and directed over 300 documentaries, dramas and other video productions. Richard Fung, award-winning Canadian/Trinidadian filmmaker and curator, calls him “one of the most important filmmakers working in the Anglophone Caribbean.” Laird is the Founder and Managing Director of Banyan Ltd., which has produced arguably the world’s largest collection of Caribbean culture on video over the past 30 years. In 2004, he co-founded Gayelle: The Channel, the region’s first all- Caribbean free-to-air television station.

Before the screening at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre, guests will enjoy delicious Caribbean culinary delights specially prepared by award-winning executive chef, Selwyn Richard of The Art of Catering. They will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with filmmakers, celebrities and other dignitaries, while enjoying live music and a sit-down interview with Christopher Laird.

The 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase begins at the CNE with the Gems of the Caribbean screening series from August 17-30. The festival also hosts an intensive five-day Incubator Program (September 3-9), that provides world-class training to filmmakers, and culminates in a “Pitch Breakfast” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. There will also be special community screenings of selected films over the course of the festival. More information to follow.
 The Harbourfront Centre leg of the festival takes place from September 4 - 14 where ten feature-length films and 30 short films will be screened in Official Competition. The diverse selection includes features and documentaries from 25 countries. Directors will be in attendance throughout the duration of the festival, giving the audience a chance to participate in feedback sessions. The full film schedule can be found below.
 Tickets to Harbourfront Centre screenings can be purchased by calling CaribbeanTales at 416-598-1410 or Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-743-4000. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office, located at 235 Queens Quay West. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on evenings of performance.  For information about getting to Harbourfront Centre during the Queen’s Quay revitalization, please visit
Ticket Prices:
Red Carpet Gala: $45
Centrepiece Films (at Harbourfront Centre): $20
Other Harbourfront Screenings: Free
Opening Night
Red Carpet Gala, Harbourfront Centre - Rate: $45
6:30 p.m. Gala Reception – Lakeside Terrace, York Quay Centre
 9 p.m. “TRINI 2 DE BONE” Program
Shorts: No Creo Que Somos Iguales  & Cinco Minutos Para Mi Pais - Dominique Telemaque (Haiti/Dominican Republic); Captain T&T – Christopher Guiness (Trinidad &Tobago).
 Feature: No Bois Man No Fraid - Christopher Laird (Trinidad & Tobago), 86 mins, 2013. World Premiere.
Two martial artists rediscover their roots through the unique Trinidadian martial art of Kalinda (or Stickfighting) by entering the potentially lethal arena of the Gayelle.
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6:30 p.m. “BAJAN INVASION 1” Program
Short: The Cool Boys – Michael Mooleedhar (Trinidad & Tobago)
 Feature: Chrissy  - Marcia Weekes (Barbados), 87mins, 2012.
A 10 year-old girl facing discrimination from her peers and teachers at school, must stay strong in faith and relentlessly pursue academic success to get her family out of the dumps.
 9 p.m. “BAJAN INVASION 2” Program
Shorts: Five Bones  - Tyler Johnson (Bahamas); Diary of an Immigrant – Satya Collymore (Barbados)
 Feature: Payday – Selwynne “Get Busy” Browne (Barbados), 75 mins, 2013, World Premiere.
A comedy-drama/buddy film about aspiring mechanics Romie and Pack, who make the down-payment to own a garage. But Romie's love-life, and Pack's need for cannabis, create hilarious complications.
6:30 p.m.“HAITI MON AMOUR” Program
Shorts: No Creo Que Somos Iguales - Dominique Telemaque (Haiti/Dominican Republic); Conversations with the Dead – Haiti Reporters (Haiti); Stilt Walker – Francisco Montas (Dominican Republic)

Feature: Adopted ID  - Sonia Godding-Togobo (Canada/Haiti) 60 mins, 2012.
Abandoned at birth, a Haitian girl adopted by Canadians bravely returns to the impoverished nation to find her parents.
9 p.m.“WARRIORS” Program
Short: Women’s West Indies Diaspora – Steve and Stephanie James (Guadeloupe)
 Feature: Garifuna in Peril – Ali Allee and Ruben Reyes (Honduras), 2013,  99mins (International Premiere)
A Garifuna language teacher fights to keep his endangered language alive in the face of personal betrayal and tourism's encroachment.
6:30 p.m.“CARIBBEAN VISIONS 1” Program
Shorts: Things I see – Shirley Bruno (UK); Mom – Ryan Singh (Canada / Trinidad & Tobago)
 Feature: Kingston Paradise - Mary Wells (Jamaica/Canada), 86 mins. 2013.  World Premiere
 When Rocksy, the street hustling taxi-driver, devises a not-so clever plan to steal a fancy car right under the Lebanese owner’s nose in order to sell its parts, chaos naturally ensues.
 9 p.m.“CARIBBEAN VISIONS 2” Program
Short: Jab in the Dark – Robert MacFarlane (Trinidad & Tobago)
Feature:  El Medico - Daniel Fridell, (Cuba), 85 mins, 2012, Canadian Premiere.
A young Cuban man has to choose between his duty to the State, and to his mother, and fulfilling his own ambitions to become a hip hop artist.
Closing Night
3 p.m.“NEW VOICES” Program
Shorts: Midnite Affair – Ryan Khan (Trinidad and Tobago); Remembering Maroonage - Ashley Alexis McFarlane (Canada/Jamaica); Hope – Shaundelle Phillips (Guyana)
 Feature: ABO SO (Only You) - Juan Francisco Pardo, (Aruba), 75 mins, 2013 (International Premiere)
Aruba’s first ever feature-length musical recunts the conflicted star crossed love between conservative middle class Tatiana and the quirky native Santiago.  Features music
6:30p.m.“QUEER CARIBBEAN” Program
Shorts: Healing Power of Jamaica – Kalmplex (Jamaica); Tickle Me Rich – Sonja Dumas (T&T); Mizz Jinnay (T&T) by Randy Stanley
 Feature: Elliot Loves - Gary Terracino, (Dominican Republic/USA) 2012, 95 mins. (Canadian Premiere)
A delightful romantic comedy about a young boy’s transition from island life with his mother to finding romance in the Big Apple.
Shorts: Wake Up - Jeng Leong and Ken Wolff (Aruba); Stain  - Karen Chapman (Canada)
 Feature: Songs of Redemption, Miquel Galofre, (Jamaica) 2013, English, 74 mins.  (Canadian Premiere)
Entertaining, heartbreaking, moving, and at times funny, this extraordinary documentary tells the story of inmates at General Penetentiary , Kingston who use music  to heal from the  “dark place,”  through recording and producing their own songs.

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