Mystic Masseur – UK/Trinidad – 2001 – Comedy/Drama. A Merchant Ivory production of the novel by Nobel Prize-winner V. S. Naipaul. Set amid the large and prosperous Indian community in Mid-20th century Trinidad, The Mystic Masseur is a magical, bittersweet fable about Ganesh, a young, aspiring author whose unexpected talents as a healer bring him local… Continue reading The Mystic Masseur
Waste Land – Brazil – 2010 – Documentary. “A remarkable testament to working class lives and the unifying power of art, Waste Land is a rare thing – a film that makes you proud to be human.” Elliot Noble, Sky Cinema. WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to… Continue reading Waste Land
Buena Vista Social Club – Cuba – 1999 – Music Documentary. “The music is incredible enough on its own–but the lives and the culture behind it, that’s what makes this documentary a must-see.”-Widgett Walls. In 1996 famed musician Ry Cooder travelled to Havana, hoping to find some musicians who were legends in the 1950’s. If they were… Continue reading Buena Vista Social Club
Alamar– Mexico – 2007 – Drama. “Moving but never sentimental, ambient but rigorously focused, this is an assured, refreshingly simple film where the dramas and responsibilities of parenthood exist inside a bubble of blissed-out tropicalia.”-Time Out. Jorge has only a few weeks before his five-year-old son Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome.… Continue reading Alamar
Viva Cuba – Cuba – 2005 – Comedy/Drama – Boy and girl best-friends are threatened with separation by their class-conscious single moms, so they decide to run away to find her father.
Sugar Cane Alley – (French title: La Rue Cases-Nègres) is a 1983 film directed by Euzhan Palcy. It is set in Martinique in the 1930s, where blacks working sugarcane fields were still treated harshly by the white ruling class. It is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Joseph Zobel of the same name, or, alternatively titled… Continue reading Sugar Cane Alley