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Third Horizon Film Festival ’18

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The third annual Third Horizon Film Festival (THFF) returns to Miami from September 27–30, with a line-up of urgent new cinema from the Caribbean, its diaspora and beyond.


Douvan jou ka leve (The Sun Will Rise) – Fri, Sept. 28th @ 7:30pm

In this textured and surprising personal documentary, Haitian filmmaker and actress Gessica Généus undertakes a journey to understand what she calls Haiti’s “illness of the soul”—the country’s fraught religious divide between Vodou and Christianity. With her mother’s bipolarity as her poignant point of departure, Généus skilfully interweaves traditional interviews and ethnographic-style observation with poetic narration as she seeks to connect the dots of her family’s, and her island’s, fractured history. The result is a moving meditation on both mental illness and a nation’s as-yet unassuaged inner turmoil.  

Presented with the short film:

The Crying Conch
Directed by Vincent Toi
Canada / 20 minutes / 2017 / Haitian Creole with English Subtitles
Florida Premiere!
In this modern fable, a man is drawn into following in the footsteps of the historic Haitian slave leader Mackandal, who is trapped in a curse which started centuries ago.


Azougue Nazaré – Fri, Sept. 28th @ 9:30pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! A brilliantly boisterous mix of music, dance and the supernatural, Azougue Nazaré drops us into the sugarcane fields of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, where the villagers of Nazaré da Mata are preparing for Maracatu, the annual carnival. Tiao, an average working guy, flamboyantly disappears into a transgender alter ego every year for the celebrations, which doesn’t sit well with his wife, Darlene. She’s under the influence of an evangelical Christian preacher, a former Maracatu master who fulminates in his sermons against the carnival’s Africa-derived rituals, and is determined to end them. Featuring a non-professional cast of actual Maracatu practitioners, this is an endlessly entertaining—and supremely funny—clash between the sacred and the profane.  

Presented with the short film:

The Book of Jasmine
Directed by Melanie Grant
Barbados / 14 minutes / 2017 / English
U.S. Premiere!
A young Spiritual Baptist  undergoes the mourning ritual to seek guidance to suppress her desires for the woman she loves.


Marked for Death – Fri, Sept. 28th @ 11:45pm

Following on from the extraordinary success of Marlon James’ epic Jamaican novel (and soon-to-be miniseries) A Brief History of Seven Killings, which in part charts the rise of a gang called the Storm Posse, and with Steven Seagal’s recent appointment by Russia as a “special envoy” to the United States, THFF takes the opportunity to revisit this classic Seagal action flick. In Marked for Death he plays John Hatcher, a retired DEA agent who sets out to hunt down and take out a gang, the Jamaican Posse, that killed his former partner and whose leader, a drug kingpin named Screwface, has vowed to also kill Hatcher and his family. The screening will be followed by a discussion.


1950: The Nationalist Uprising – Sat, Sept. 29th @ 12:00pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! Electrifying, revealing and timely, this documentary revisits a seminal event in Puerto Rico’s history: the ten days in October 1950 when one hundred people, members of the island’s Nationalist Party, took up arms to overthrow the rule of the United States and establish Puerto Rican sovereignty. The insurgents, outnumbered and ill-equipped, were crushed by the police and the National Guard, and either killed or imprisoned. Buttressed by archival film and photographs and animated reenactments, 1950: The Nationalist Uprising presents the testimonies of five Puerto Ricans who participated in this almost forgotten struggle. They speak about the consequences of the uprising on their lives, and the ideal of freedom that burns within them still.

Presented with the short film:

An Excavation of Us
Directed by Shirley Bruno
Haiti / 11 minutes / 2017 / English
Florida Premiere!
The shadows of Napoleon’s army fall upon their boat traveling through the mysterious cave named after Marie Jeanne, a female soldier who fought in the Haitian Revolution. It is this battle inside her cave that will become the most successful slave revolution in history.


Caribbean Shorts – Sat, Sept. 29th @ 3:00pm

Our Shorts Program features a selection of short films by directors from the Caribbean and its seemingly never-ending diaspora. (Runtime: 92 mins)

La Ruta (The Route)
Directed by Natalia Lassalle Morillo
Puerto Rico / 30 minutes / 2018 / Spanish with English subtitles
La Ruta is an immersive, experimental work that documents the now abandoned recreational infrastructure,  uncontrolled natural landscapes and off-road sites of Puerto Rico’s Panoramic Route. Built in 1974 as the government’s alternative to bring tourism and progress to the central-mountain range of the island, the route is known for its poor road infrastructure and disconnection from the more densely populated metropolitan areas. This has resulted in a loss of the historical sites on the route.

Lalo’s House
Directed by Kelley Kali
USA, Haiti / 25 minutes / 2018 / Haitian Creole with English subtitles
After being taken from their home in Jacmel, Haiti, two young sisters must escape a child sex trafficking ring, disguised as a Catholic orphanage, in this film inspired by true events.

Directed by Ian Harnarine
USA, Trinidad and Tobago / 7 minutes / 2018 / English
In New York City, Rajni is a homesick nanny to an upper-middle-class family. She keeps in touch with her own daughter, Mosaic, back in Trinidad by video-chatting with her. When Mosaic realizes that her mother will not be there for her birthday party, Rajni obsesses over how she can join her.

Fever Dream
Directed by Nile Saulter
Jamaica / 13 minutes / 2017 / English
Plagued by dreams of a beautiful life once lived or yet to come, a scrap metal collector living on the edge of a landfill travels out of town for a job which promises to provide a spark of hope.

For Gregorio
Directed by Cristobal Guerra
USA, Puerto Rico / 9 minutes / 2017 / English
Gregorio Guerra migrated from Puerto Rico to New York in 1964. More than 40 years later, we catch a glimpse of his current life in Queens and his coping with a bad health diagnosis.

Fucked Like A Star
Directed by Stefani Saintonge
Haiti, USA / 8 minutes / 2018 / English
A meditation on the dream-life of ants, women, and fucking, set to the words of Toni Morrison.


Being Blacker – Sat, Sept. 29th @ 5:45pm

U.S. PREMIERE!  Made with intimacy and insight, this is the story of Blacker Dread, a renowned reggae producer and record shop owner from Brixton, the traditional home of London’s Jamaican migrants. Focused on a tumultuous time in Blacker’s life—the death of his mother and the prospect of his first prison sentence—the documentary widens to become an affecting portrait of Blacker’s family and friends. The film then makes its way to Jamaica, where Blacker’s partner, Maureen, is ensuring their young son maintains exceptional grades, having been excluded from school in the UK. With boundless empathy for its subjects, Being Blacker offers an excellent understanding of the challenges that Britain’s Caribbean community continues to face.

Presented with the short film:

Cross My Heart
Directed by: Sontenish Myers
USA, Jamaica / 14 minutes / 2017 / English
Florida Premiere!
A teenage girl from the US visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves.


Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag) – Sat, Sept. 29th @ 8:30pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! Welcome to the world of Linn da Quebrada! A black trans woman from São Paulo, Linn is also a pop performer who raises her voice for queers of color from the favelas. Accompanied by her childhood friend Jup do Bairro, her mesmerizing concerts are onslaughts of electro against Brazil’s white heteronormative gender order and its machismo. Private moments reveal her gentler side, while home videos show her in hospital during cancer treatment. Using radical nudity as a means to undermine accepted gender roles, Linn also espouses her convictions about feminism and transsexuality: not for her the role of a cis woman; she’d rather be a woman with a penis whose gender identity is in a permanent state of flux.

Presented with the short film:

Directed by: Campbell X
United Kingdom / 10 minutes / 2017 / English
Florida Premiere!
Exploring the intense attraction to masculine-of-center people assigned female at birth, DES!RE is a meditation on desire for queer masculinity, including transgender and female masculinity.


Guyanese Roti Brunch + Retrospective Screening – Sun, Sept. 30th @ 11:00am

In celebration of the works of The Victor Jara Collective and Walter Rodney, THFF is starting your Sunday off with a roti brunch from B&M Market! Enjoy delicious curries and stews before heading inside for a Guyanese film retrospective.

$33 for brunch & admission to The Victor Jara Collective Retrospective.


Dreaming to Change the World: The Films of The Victor Jara Collective – Sun, Sept. 30th @ 11:45am

THFF is proud this year to feature a retrospective of the films of Guyana’s Victor Jara Collective, marking the 40th anniversary of the release of their feature-length documentary The Terror and the Time (1978). Named in honor of the Chilean musician and dissident Victor Jara, who was murdered by the Pinochet regime in 1973, and influenced by the politically committed New Latin American cinema of the 1960s, the collective formed with the intention of making formally daring films that explored Guyana’s own political, social and economic struggles as an emergent postcolonial nation.

The Terror and the Time, their first film, focused on the upheavals in 1953 in what was then British Guiana. The documentary was essentially banned by the Guyanese government, and it would be five years before the collective made their second and final film, In the Sky’s Wild Noise (1983), featuring the late historian, writer and activist Walter Rodney, author of the seminal book How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, who had been assassinated by a car bomb in Guyana in 1980.

Screening in conjunction with the retrospective will be a new documentary film, The Past Is Not Our Future: The Student Years of Walter Rodney (2017), which retraces the time Rodney spent as an undergraduate at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica in the early 1960s. The film’s director, Matthew Smith, will be present.

Retrospective: $20
Retrospective + Guyanese Roti Brunch: $33

The Terror and the Time
Directed by The Victor Jara Collective
Guyana / 75 minutes / 1978 / English
In 1953, what was then known as British Guiana elected its first “internal self government” under colonial rule. Nervous about the government’s progressive programs and supposed Soviet influence, the British suspended the constitution, jailed the democratically elected leaders, and staged a military invasion. Made in 1978, The Terror and the Time is an incendiary piece of agitprop documentary filmmaking that revisits the events of that seminal year in Guyanese history. Set to a series of poems by the great poet Martin Carter and against the backdrop of the Cold War and events of 1953 in such places as Iran, Guatemala, Kenya and the US, this film—the first of only two works by the Victor Jara Collective—was banned by Guyana’s government, and has rarely screened since it was made.

In the Sky’s Wild Noise
Directed by The Victor Jara Collective
Guyana / 29 minutes / 1983 / English
In the Sky’s Wild Noise is based around an interview with Walter Rodney, the renowned Guyanese historian, author and political activist, who was assassinated in 1980. The interview—which was filmed in 1976, when the Victor Jara Collective were shooting their first documentary, The Terror and The Time—is intercut with archival footage, and explores the political, social and economic conditions of the working class in Guyana in the 1970s.

The Past Is Not Our Future: The Student Years of Walter Rodney
Directed by Matthew Smith
Jamaica / 45 minutes / 2018 / English
Exactly 50 years ago, the Jamaican government banned the late Guyanese writer and academic Walter Rodney from re-entering the country, where he was employed at the University of the West Indies, due to his political activism. In this absorbing  documentary, rare film footage and photographs of Rodney combine with personal testimonies to form a revealing portrait of the “guerrilla intellectual” during his university years at the selfsame Jamaica campus.


Petit Frère – Sun, Sept. 30th @ 3:30pm

U.S. PREMIERE! A Martian rover explores the streets of Santiago de Chile. A dog, born in Haiti and called Courage, works detecting bombs at La Moneda, the governmental palace. Meanwhile, Petit-Frère Wilner, a Haitian immigrant, is being interviewed in a makeshift television studio. To interrogate exile and identity—in this case, that of the Haitian community in Chile—Petit-Frère uses a fragmented form, full of surprises and u-turns, that proceeds via displacement and free association. Guided by a Creole voiceover—the language that Petit-Frère uses for the news bulletin he publishes for his community—we thus enter into a dialogue, between the collective and the personal, the dreams and the reality of these first-generation immigrants, visions of the future and ghosts of the past.

Presented with the short film:

Directed by Shabier Kirchner
Antigua & Barbuda / 14 minutes / 2018 / English
World Premiere!

Tiquan, A 13-year-old Antiguan, recounts bits of his daily life in his small village and


Voices of the Sea – Sun, Sept. 30th @ 6:00pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! A couple’s love for each other and their island home is put to the test in this unforgettable and intimately observed documentary about ordinary Cuban lives. Mariela’s first husband drowned trying to flee Cuba on a raft. Her second husband is the wise and witty Orlando, a fisherman. Together with their four children they subsist, often lacking the basics, caught in a Cold War time warp of hardship. While Mariela weighs leaving the family and risking her life escaping, the aging Orlando devotes himself to fishing on the open sea, and passing on his craft to their teenage son—a craft integral to his own identity as a proud Cuban, his code of behavior as a man, and nature’s order.

Presented with the short film:

Directed by Juan Pablo Daranas Molina
USA / 12 minutes / 2018 / Spanish and English with English subtitles
Florida Premiere!

A Cuban immigrant tries to find her place in New York City.


Sprinter – Sun, Sept. 30th @ 8:30pm

Akeem Sharp is set to be the next big thing in Jamaican athletics—not for nothing are they calling the dreadlocked teenage runner the Rasta Rocket. His older brother Germaine, once a promising track-and-field athlete himself and now involved in various shady schemes, is soon on the scene, looking to insinuate himself into Akeem’s life and manipulate his career. With the added burden of an unstable father at home, Akeem is hoping his meteoric rise will take him out of Jamaica and to the United States, where his mother has lived as an illegal migrant for over a decade. Storm Saulter’s follow-up to Better Mus’ Come, his acclaimed debut feature, Sprinter does not disappoint: this is a highly accomplished, supremely entertaining drama.  

Presented with the short film:

Habana Boxing Club
Directed by Danniel Rodríguez
Cuba / 10 minutes / 2018 / Spanish with English subtitles
World Premiere!

A closeted young boxer in rural Cuba must face off with his best friend and rival for a chance to escape his hyper-masculine society.