Pre-Festival Events

A full month of exciting events leading up to the 2017 Festival.
Day 1
26 Mar 2017

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi-Final (Part 1)

One of the best showcases of spoken word poetry in Trinidad and Tobago.  In the two-part semi-final, 36 spoken word artists present their best work in a bid to make...
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Day 2
28 Mar 2017

CLR James Memorial Lecture

This year, in a special tribute to preeminent intellectual CLR James, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest celebrates his works and considers his legacy in a series of events scheduled for...
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Day 3
02 Apr 2017

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi-Final (Part 2)

One of the best showcases of spoken word poetry in Trinidad and Tobago.  In the two-part semi-final, 36 spoken word artists present their best work in a bid to make...
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Day 4
08 Apr 2017

Paper Based Turns 30

An evening of tea and readings to celebrate Paper Based bookshop’s 30th anniversary.
Day 5
18 Apr 2017

CineLit: Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival

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...
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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 6
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 7
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 8
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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Pavement poets

Around town and in malls, from Gulf City to City Hall, our pavement poets will ply their verse and inveigle the public into their own. A select team of spoken...
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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 9
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...
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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...
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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...
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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 10
24 Apr 2017

Energy Without Conscience

The launch of a controversial new study of Trinidad and Tobago’s crucial energy sector, with a discussion between author David Hughes, former government minister Eden Shand, Thackwray “Dax” Driver, CEO...
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David McDermott Hughes
Gabrielle Hosein
Sunity Maharaj
Thackwray “Dax” Driver

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 11
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...
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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: 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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