CineLit

Literature brought to life on screen though our Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival. All non-English films are shown with English subtitles.

A Festival within a festival – because the best films are from books!

Again this year CineLit celebrates the remarkably rich heritage of both literature and film from our hemispheric neighbours and commemorates the life and work of the Nobel Laureate, poet Sir Derek Walcott.

From Tuesday 18 April to Sunday 30 April, you can enjoy a programme of dozens of feature films and documentaries, including adaptations of beloved literary classics from across Latin America and the Caribbean — many of them award-winning films, and most of them making their T&T debut.

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, in partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain and Venezuela, is proud to host the 2017 CineLit.

*All non-English films are screened with English subtitles, with the exception of the film La ciudad y los perros (The Time of the Hero).

Venues:

  • AV Room, lower ground floor, National Library, Port of Spain
  • Auditorium, Centre for Language Learning (CLL), UWI, St. Augustine
  • Film Unit, Carmody Street, UWI St. Augustine
  • AV Room, Alma Jordan Library, UWI St. Augustine
Day 1
18 Apr 2017

Film: Asleep in the Sun (Dormir al sol)

Fantasy ∙ 2010 ∙ 84 mins ∙ Argentina. Director: Alejandro Chomski. Rating: 12+. Lucio and Diana live a normal life as a couple, except for Diana’s mental issues. When a...
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Film: Panama Canal Stories (Historias del canal)

The Ambassadors of Panama and Chile, and Professor Emerita Barbara Lalla, discuss the Panama Canal and its effect on the people, geography, politics  and economics of the region. Followed by the...
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Film: Hello Hemingway

Drama ∙ 1990 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Cuba. Director: Fernando Pérez. Rating: PG. Larita, Ernest Hemingway’s young neighbour in Havana in 1956, trying to escape poverty through education, finds in...
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Day 2
19 Apr 2017

Film: The Mountain (La montaña)

Documentary ∙ 2013 ∙ 80 mins ∙ Dominican Republic. Director: Taba Blanchard. Rating: PG. A parallel portrait of the first adventurous expedition by Dominicans to Mount Everest that inspires three...
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Film: Magallanes: We all have unfinished business (Magallanes: Todos tenemos un asunto pendiente)

Drama ∙ 2015 ∙ 109 mins ∙ Peru. Director: Salvador del Solar. Rating: 18+. Magallanes is a taxi driver who comes across Celina, a young woman from his past who...
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Film: Obaba

Drama ∙ 2005 ∙ 112 mins ∙ Spain. Director: Montxo Armendáriz. Rating: 12+. Lourdes returns to Obaba with a small video camera to record life in her native Basque town....
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Day 3
20 Apr 2017

Film: Vinicius

Documenatry ∙ 2005 ∙ 124 mins ∙ Brazil. Director: Niguel Faria. Rating: 12+. Vinicius uses a collage of rarely seen images, poetic analyses and interviews to create an enticing biography...
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Film: The Zone (La zona)

Drama/ Thriller ∙ 2007 ∙ 97 mins ∙ Mexico/Spain/Argentina. Director: Rodrigo Plá. Rating: 18 +. The supposed peace of this gated community, somewhere in Mexico protected by a strong security...
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Film: City in Red (Ciudad en rojo)

Drama ∙ 2009 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Cuba. Director: Rebeca Chávez. Rating: 12+. A thrilling reflection on violence from the perspective of those not given to violence but who when...
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Day 4
21 Apr 2017

Film: The Commitment (El Compromiso)

Drama ∙ 2011 ∙ 96 mins ∙ Costa Rica. Director: Oscar Castillo. Rating: 12+. Federico may be a successful member of society but he never left the revolution behind, forgoing...
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Film: Teresa crucified for love (Teresa crucificada por amar)

Drama ∙ 2009 ∙ 85 mins ∙ Chile. Director: Tatiana Gaviola. Rating: 18+. An adaptation of Teresa Wilms Montt’s autobiography, recounting the dramatic life of a rebellious and passionate, young...
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Film: Gabo – Magic of Reality (Gabo – La creación de Gabriel García Márquez)

Documentary ∙ 2015 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Justin Webster. Rating: PG. How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a popular writer who...
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Film: The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motorcicleta)

Drama ∙ 2004 ∙ 128 mins ∙ USA. Director: Walter Salles. Rating: R. An inspiring dramatization of a thrilling 1952 motorcycle road trip the young Che Guevara made from Brazil...
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Day 5
22 Apr 2017

Film: Under Ground (Subterra)

Drama ∙ 2003 ∙ 112 mins ∙ Chile. Director: Marcelo Ferrari. Rating: PG. A period drama set in 1897 Chile where the inhumane, exploitative working conditions in the largest coal...
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Film: Sofía and The Stubborn (Sofía y el terco)

Drama ∙ 2012 ∙ 84 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Andres Burgos. Rating: PG. It is years since an older, sedentary  couple in the Colombian countryside planned a trip to the...
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Film: Teresa crucified for love (Teresa crucificada por amar)

Drama ∙ 2009 ∙ 85 mins ∙ Chile. Director: Tatiana Gaviola. Rating: 18+. An adaptation of Teresa Wilms Montt’s autobiography, recounting the dramatic life of a rebellious and passionate, young...
Read More

Film: The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motorcicleta) – Screening #2

Drama ∙ 2004 ∙ 128 mins ∙ USA. Director: Walter Salles. Rating: R. An inspiring dramatization of a thrilling 1952 motorcycle road trip the young Che Guevara made from Brazil...
Read More

Film: The Wind Journeys (Los viajes del viento)

Drama ∙ 2009 ∙ 116 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Ciro Guerra. Rating: PG. The film follows the long journey across nothern Colombia of accordianist Ignacio Carrillo to return his instrument...
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Film: Gabo – Magic of Reality (Gabo – La creación de Gabriel García Márquez)

Documentary ∙ 2015 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Justin Webster. Rating: PG. How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a popular writer who...
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Film: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (La revolución no será transmitida)

Documentary ∙ 2003 ∙ 74 mins ∙ Venezuela. Directors: Kim Bartley and Donnacha Ó Briain. Rating: 12+ . A riveting narrative focusing on events in Venezuela leading up to and during the...
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Day 6
24 Apr 2017

Film: The Mountain (La montaña)

Documentary ∙ 2013 ∙ 80 mins ∙ Dominican Republic. Director: Taba Blanchard. Rating: PG. A parallel portrait of the first adventurous expedition by Dominicans to Mount Everest that inspires three...
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Day 7
25 Apr 2017

Film: Optical Illusion (Espejísmo)

Drama ∙ 2015 ∙ 80 mins ∙ Costa Rica. Director: José Miguel González Bolaños. Rating: 12+. For three years Daniel witnesses his grandmother fight against cancer. When she dies he...
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Film: The Wind Journeys (Los viajes del viento)

Drama ∙ 2009 ∙ 116 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Ciro Guerra. Rating: PG. The film follows the long journey across nothern Colombia of accordianist Ignacio Carrillo to return his instrument...
Read More

Film: The Zone (La zona)

Drama/ Thriller ∙ 2007 ∙ 97 mins ∙ Mexico/Spain/Argentina. Director: Rodrigo Plá. Rating: 18 +. The supposed peace of this gated community, somewhere in Mexico protected by a strong security...
Read More

Film: Sugar Fields (Flor de azúcar)

Drama ∙ 2016 ∙ 110 mins ∙ Dominican Republic. Director: Fernando Baez. Rating: 12+. In the punitive 1940s of the Trujillo regime, a young sugar-cane farmer accidentally kills an abusive...
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Day 8
26 Apr 2017

Film: Dream on Monkey Mountain

Drama ∙ 1970 ∙ 90mins ∙ Trinidad and Tobago. Director: Hugh A. Robertson. Rating: 12+. The original cast of Derek Walcott’s landmark stage play, filmed by Hugh A. Robertson for...
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Film: Under Ground (Subterra)

Drama ∙ 2003 ∙ 112 mins ∙ Chile. Director: Marcelo Ferrari. Rating: PG. A period drama set in 1897 Chile where the inhumane, exploitative working conditions in the largest coal...
Read More
Day 9
27 Apr 2017

Film: The Saddhu of Couva

Short∙ 2017 ∙ 5 mins ∙ Trinidad & Tobago. Director: Yao Ramesar Rating: All Ages. A lyrical adaptation of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s eponymous poem, narrated by the poet himself...
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Film: Walcott as Poet and Seer

Documentary ∙ 2014 ∙ 63 mins ∙ Trinidad & Tobago. Director: Jean Antoine-Dunne. Rating: All Ages. A penetrating documentary on the language and ideas of Derek Walcott and an investigation...
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Film: Hello Hemingway

Drama ∙ 1990 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Cuba. Director: Fernando Pérez. Rating: PG. Larita, Ernest Hemingway’s young neighbour in Havana in 1956, trying to escape poverty through education, finds in...
Read More

Film: Every Cook Can Govern – the life, impact & work of CLR James

Documentary ∙ 2016 ∙ 121 mins ∙ United Kingdom Directors: Ceri Dingle and Rob Harris This historical tour-de-force interweaves never-before-seen footage of C.L.R. James himself with personal contributions from those who...
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Film: Children’s Stories (Cuentos de Cipotes)

Animation ∙ 2008 ∙ 20 mins ∙ El Salvador. Director: Ricardo Barahona. Rating: All Ages. A cartoon adaptation of Salvador Salazar Arrué’s (Salarrué’s) 1920’s regular short stories in the newspaper...
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Film: The Commitment (El Compromiso)

Drama ∙ 2011 ∙ 96 mins ∙ Costa Rica. Director: Oscar Castillo. Rating: 12+. Federico may be a successful member of society but he never left the revolution behind, forgoing...
Read More

Film: Obaba

Drama ∙ 2005 ∙ 112 mins ∙ Spain. Director: Montxo Armendáriz. Rating: 12+. Lourdes returns to Obaba with a small video camera to record life in her native Basque town....
Read More
Day 10
28 Apr 2017

Film: City in Red (Ciudad en rojo)

Drama ∙ 2009 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Cuba. Director: Rebeca Chávez. Rating: 12+. A thrilling reflection on violence from the perspective of those not given to violence but who when...
Read More

Film: Vinicius

Documenatry ∙ 2005 ∙ 124 mins ∙ Brazil. Director: Niguel Faria. Rating: 12+. Vinicius uses a collage of rarely seen images, poetic analyses and interviews to create an enticing biography...
Read More

Film: Asleep in the Sun (Dormir al sol)

Fantasy ∙ 2010 ∙ 84 mins ∙ Argentina. Director: Alejandro Chomski. Rating: 12+. Lucio and Diana live a normal life as a couple, except for Diana’s mental issues. When a...
Read More

Film: Magallanes: We all have unfinished business (Magallanes: Todos tenemos un asunto pendiente)

Drama ∙ 2015 ∙ 109 mins ∙ Peru. Director: Salvador del Solar. Rating: 18+. Magallanes is a taxi driver who comes across Celina, a young woman from his past who...
Read More
Day 11
29 Apr 2017

Film: Gabo – Magic of Reality (Gabo – La creación de Gabriel García Márquez)

Documentary ∙ 2015 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Justin Webster. Rating: PG. How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a popular writer who...
Read More

Film: The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Fantasy ∙ 2014 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Brazil. Director: Guilherme Fiúza Zenha. Rating: Ages 7+. For 10 year old Fernando, it seems a dream come true when his mirror reflection...
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Film: Don’t Tell Anyone (No se lo digas a nadie)

Drama ∙ 1998 ∙ 120 mins ∙ Peru. Director: Francisco Lombardi. Rating: 18+. Joaquin is a young, high-class Peruvian man struggling with his sexual identity. The film traces his development...
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Film: The Time of the Hero (La ciudad y los perros)

Drama ∙ 1985 ∙ 135 mins ∙ Peru. Director: Carlos García. Rating: 18+. An exploration of the daily lives and rituals of the cadets and training officers at the Leoncio...
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Day 12
30 Apr 2017

Film: Sofía and The Stubborn (Sofía y el terco)

Drama ∙ 2012 ∙ 84 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Andres Burgos. Rating: PG. It is years since an older, sedentary  couple in the Colombian countryside planned a trip to the...
Read More

Film: Children’s Stories (Cuentos de Cipotes)

Animation ∙ 2008 ∙ 20 mins ∙ El Salvador. Director: Ricardo Barahona. Rating: All Ages. A cartoon adaptation of Salvador Salazar Arrué’s (Salarrué’s) 1920’s regular short stories in the newspaper...
Read More

Film: The Saddhu of Couva

Short∙ 2017 ∙ 5 mins ∙ Trinidad & Tobago. Director: Yao Ramesar. Rating: All Ages. A lyrical adaptation of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s eponymous poem, narrated by the poet himself...
Read More

Film: Walcott as Poet and Seer

Documentary ∙ 2014 ∙ 63 mins ∙ Trinidad & Tobago. Director: Jean Antoine-Dunne. Rating: All Ages. A penetrating documentary on the language and ideas of Derek Walcott and an investigation...
Read More

Film: Dream on Monkey Mountain

Drama ∙ 1970 ∙ 90mins ∙ Trinidad and Tobago. Director: Hugh A. Robertson. Rating: 12+. The original cast of Derek Walcott’s landmark stage play, filmed by Hugh A. Robertson for...
Read More

Film: Panama Canal Stories (Historias del canal)

Drama ∙ 2014 ∙ 106 mins ∙ Panama. Directors: Abner Benaim (1977), Carolina Borrero (1913), Luis Franco Brantley (1964), Pinky Mon (1950), Pituga Ortega-Heilbron (2013). Rating: PG. The Panama Canal...
Read More

Film: The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motorcicleta) – Screening #3

Drama ∙ 2004 ∙ 128 mins ∙ USA. Director: Walter Salles. Rating: R. An inspiring dramatization of a thrilling 1952 motorcycle road trip the young Che Guevara made from Brazil...
Read More

Venues:

  • AV Room, lower ground floor, National Library, Port of Spain
  • Auditorium, Centre for Language Learning (CLL), UWI, St. Augustine
  • Film Unit, Carmody Street, UWI St. Augustine
  • AV Room, Alma Jordan Library, UWI St. Augustine