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Community Folk Art Center hosts Caribbean Cinematic Festival

Five-day festival features film, dance, spoken word, photography, discussion, and food

Jan. 29, 2013, by Tanya Johnson-Ruffin

Caribbean Cinematic Festival Poster
Caribbean Cinematic Festival Poster
The Community Folk Art Center’s annual Caribbean Cinematic Festival, running Feb. 6-10, will showcase films and performances that capture the spirit and cultural richness of the Caribbean islands. CFAC is a partner of the Department of African-American Studies, which is housed in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences.

The five-day festival will highlight cultural contributions, as well as address polarizing issues in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora through film, dance, spoken word, photography, discussion and food. The festival is an expansion of last year’s programming. Events are free and open to the public; however, donations are welcome. For more information, call 315-442-2230.

The festival will include performances and artist talks by veteran spoken-word artist and two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard, acclaimed filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, Bronx-based dance theater company Areytos Performance Works, Fulbright Scholar Kishi Ducre, celebrated Jamaican filmmaker Selena Blake, feminist educator and filmmaker Celiany Rivera-Velazquez, and multimedia artist Sandra Stephens.

The schedule is as follows:

The films focus on the infusion of Caribbean culture into the United States, touching on topics such as migration, LGBT issues, human rights and feminism. This year’s line-up includes: "What My Mother Told Me" (UK, 1995); "Queen of Myself: Las Krudas de Cuba" (Cuba, 2011); "Taboo ... Yardies" (Jamaica, 2012); "Art, Craft or Soul" (Jamaica, 2011); "Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories" (Trinidad & Tobago/France/US, 2011); “Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle”; “Haiti: One Day, One Destiny” Haiti, 2011, and “Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories” (US/Cuba, 2000).

On Saturday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m., Dance Theater Company Areytos Performance Works will perform an original piece.

Spoken Word
Veteran spoken word artist Roger Bonair-Agard will perform at Community Folk Art Center and lead a workshop at the YMCA Downtown Writer’s Center. Bonair-Agard is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and is the author of "Tarnish and Masquerade" (Rattapallax, 2007). His most recent book of poems is "GULLY" (Cypher Books, 2010).

Syracuse University Professor Kishi Animashaun Ducre will host a discussion and book signing about the photovoice exhibition, “Our Community, Our Vision, Our Voices.” The presentation will be followed by a talk and book signing of "A Place We Call Home: Gender, Race and Justice in Syracuse" (Syracuse University Press, Fall 2012).

Each of the films will be followed by discussions with a featured guest, including: Frances-Anne Solomon, Selena Blake, Celiany Rivera and Sandra Stephens.

The festival will close with a Caribbean Brunch provided by a local Caribbean restaurant and will be followed by a discussion, "Food and Sensibilities of the Caribbean with Asomgyee Pamoja."

The Caribbean Cinematic Festival is sponsored by Central New York Community Foundation, YMCA Downtown Writers Center, Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, the Gifford Foundation and various Syracuse University departments and organizations: La Casita Cultural Center, Student African American Society, University College, Maxwell School, LGBT Resource Center, and the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Program.

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Tanya Johnson-Ruffin