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!

This is the third CineLit: The Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival, now an integral part of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

Again this year, CineLit celebrates the remarkably rich heritage of both literature and film from Spanish-speaking America, and showcases groundbreaking work by Anglophone filmmakers.

From Monday 16 April to Sunday 29 April, you can enjoy a programme of feature films and documentaries, including adaptations of beloved literary classics. Amongst them are award-winning films, and most of them are making their T&T debut. This year we have added a full programme of animated films for children.

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, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain and Venezuela, was proud to host the 2018 CineLit.

All screenings are free and open to the public!

*All non-English films are screened with English subtitles

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, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI St. Augustine

 

Day 1
16 Apr 2018

Film: Don’t forget tomorrow (Mañana no te olvides)

Widowed Roberto, suffering from Alzheimer’s, goes to live with his daughter’s family and unexpectedly he and his grandson, 22 year old Jan who has Downs Syndrome, find a new closeness and solace in each other.

Film: Guamá – Between the sea and the mountain (Guamá – Entre el mar y la montaña)

Drama ∙ 2015 ∙ 21 mins ∙ Cuba ∙ All Ages. A film about a multi-layered community project designed to protect the special Guamá coastal region in southern Cuba, vulnerable...
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Film: Ferguson, the Troubador of Cahuita (Ferguson, El Trovador de Cahuita)

Documentary ∙ 2010 ∙ 25 mins ∙ Costa Rica ∙ All Ages. A documentary on the life and career of the greatest exponent of calypso from Limón, Walter Ferguson, “Calypso...
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Day 2
17 Apr 2018

Film: Matamoros (La Matamoros)

1940s factory worker Marta Matamoros became a pioneering unionist fighting for the rights of Panamanians. Incorruptible and unbending despite imprisonment, she achieved the minimum wage and maternity leave for workers.  Her former sister-in-arms recounts her inspiring life story with love and admiration.

Film: The Feast of the Goat (La Fiesta del Chivo)

Film version of Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s best-selling novel, telling the story of Urania Cabral an independent-minded Manhattan lawyer who, after 30 years, returns to the Dominican Republic to face the ghosts of her earlier life there under the ruthless dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, aka El Chivo (The Goat).

Film: The Bride (La Novia)

Two men, one woman, one wedding and one desire. The story of a passion that destroys the lives of those who suffer the tragedy of a forbidden love. A film full of poetry and cinematic beauty based on Federico García Lorca’s famous drama, Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding).
Day 3
18 Apr 2018

Film: The Feast of the Goat (La Fiesta del Chivo)

Film version of Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s best-selling novel, telling the story of Urania Cabral an independent-minded Manhattan lawyer who, after 30 years, returns to the Dominican Republic to...
Read More

Film: Land and Shade (La tierra y la sombra)

Battling illness, poverty and family breakdown, Alfonso and his family reunite to face one of their worst struggles to survive the drudgery and hardship of the sugarcane workers’ daily life.

Film: Dr. Funes’ Formula (La Fórmula del Doctor Funes)

Film version of Francisco Hinojosa’s novel about Dr. Funes, who discovers a formula to achieve eternal youth, and when he tests it on himself he becomes a 12-year-old who embarks on new adventures with his friend Martín Poyo.
Day 4
19 Apr 2018

Film: Books and the night (Los Libros y la Noche)

A film on the life of one of Argentina’s greatest writers, Jorge Luis Borges, based on his thoughts, ideology and literary works.

Film: The Life and Times of Benny Moré (El Benny)

The dramatic life of Cuba’s great musician Benny Moré during the 1950s is captured in this fictional account that includes new versions of his songs performed by Chucho Valdes, Juan...
Read More
Day 5
20 Apr 2018

Film: Mutum

This adaptation of the novella General Field by celebrated writer João Guimarāes Rosa is a moving story of loss and innocence told through Thiago, a sensitive and hopeful boy growing up in Brazil’s rugged and arid sertão region of Minas Gerais in the 1930s.

Film: Eternal Ashes (Cenizas Eternas)

An accident in the 1950s on the mythical Orinoco River in Venezuela destines Ana to live with the Yanomami tribe. Her daughter Elena cannot accept her disappearance and ventures into...
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Day 6
21 Apr 2018

Film: The Happets (a Tropa de Trapo)

Based on a popular Spanish cartoon, a merry band of stuffed animals set out to defeat the effects of pollution and save the rainforest, restoring its vibrant colours.

Film: Anancy’s Gift (El Regalo de Anancy)

Animation ∙ 2010 ∙ 50 mins ∙ Costa Rica ∙ All Ages. Director: César Augusto Acevedo. Anancy is the legendary mischievous spider known for tricking others to get his way....
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Selkirk, The real Robinson Crusoe (Selkirk, El Verdadero Robinson Crusoe)

Selkirk, a selfish and unruly pirate, is abandoned by his ship’s captain on an uninhabited island in the South Seas and has to learn how to survive alone, becoming the real Robinson Crusoe in the process.

Film: Land and Shade (La tierra y la sombra)

Battling illness, poverty and family breakdown, Alfonso and his family reunite to face one of their worst struggles to survive the drudgery and hardship of the sugarcane workers’ daily life.

Film: The Life and Times of Benny Moré (El Benny)

The dramatic life of Cuba’s great musician Benny Moré during the 1950s is captured in this fictional account that includes new versions of his songs performed by Chucho Valdes, Juan...
Read More

Film: Guamá – Between the sea and the mountain (Guamá – Entre el mar y la montaña)

Drama ∙ 2015 ∙ 21 mins ∙ Cuba ∙ All Ages. A film about a multi-layered community project designed to protect the special Guamá coastal region in southern Cuba, vulnerable...
Read More

Film: Mutum

This adaptation of the novella General Field by celebrated writer João Guimarāes Rosa is a moving story of loss and innocence told through Thiago, a sensitive and hopeful boy growing up in Brazil’s rugged and arid sertão region of Minas Gerais in the 1930s.
Day 7
22 Apr 2018

Film: Capture the flag (Atrapa la Bandera)

Mike Goldwing stows away on a rocket bound for the moon to fulfill his grandfather’s lost dream of being an astronaut; meanwhile, a Texas billionaire is also racing to the...
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Film: Dr. Funes’ Formula (La Fórmula del Doctor Funes)

Film version of Francisco Hinojosa’s novel about Dr. Funes, who discovers a formula to achieve eternal youth, and when he tests it on himself he becomes a 12-year-old who embarks on new adventures with his friend Martín Poyo.

Film: Don’t forget tomorrow (Mañana no te olvides)

Widowed Roberto, suffering from Alzheimer’s, goes to live with his daughter’s family and unexpectedly he and his grandson, 22 year old Jan who has Downs Syndrome, find a new closeness and solace in each other.

Film: The Feast of the Goat (La Fiesta del Chivo)

Film version of Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s best-selling novel, telling the story of Urania Cabral an independent-minded Manhattan lawyer who, after 30 years, returns to the Dominican Republic to...
Read More

Film: The Bride (La Novia)

Two men, one woman, one wedding and one desire. The story of a passion that destroys the lives of those who suffer the tragedy of a forbidden love. A film full of poetry and cinematic beauty based on Federico García Lorca’s famous drama, Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding). 
Day 8
23 Apr 2018

Film: Capture the flag (Atrapa la Bandera)

Based on a popular Spanish cartoon, a merry band of stuffed animals set out to defeat the effects of pollution and save the rainforest, restoring its vibrant colours.

Film: The Rain in Your Eyes/ The Vampire Returns/ What is War?/ A Family Day

Children’s animation / Shorts ∙ México ∙ All Ages Lluvia en los ojos / Rain in the eyes ∙ 2012 ∙ 7 mins Directed by Rita Basulto, it tells the story...
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Film: Anancy’s Gift (El Regalo de Anancy)

Anancy is the legendary mischievous spider known for tricking others to get his way. Four short stories explore the historical and cultural significance within the Afro-Caribbean community in Costa Rica...
Read More

Selkirk, The real Robinson Crusoe (Selkirk, El Verdadero Robinson Crusoe)

Selkirk, a selfish and unruly pirate, is abandoned by his ship’s captain on an uninhabited island in the South Seas and has to learn how to survive alone, becoming the real Robinson Crusoe in the process.

Film: Dr. Funes’ Formula (La Fórmula del Doctor Funes)

Children’s comedy ∙ 2014 ∙ 82 mins ∙ México ∙ All Ages Director:  José Buil Film version of Francisco Hinojosa’s novel about Dr. Funes, who discovers a formula to achieve...
Read More

Film: Guamá – Between the sea and the mountain (Guamá – Entre el mar y la montaña)

Drama ∙ 2015 ∙ 21 mins ∙ Cuba ∙ All Ages. A film about a multi-layered community project designed to protect the special Guamá coastal region in southern Cuba, vulnerable...
Read More

Film: Ferguson, the Troubador of Cahuita (Ferguson, El Trovador de Cahuita)

Documentary ∙ 2010 ∙ 25 mins ∙ Costa Rica ∙ All Ages. A documentary on the life and career of the greatest exponent of calypso from Limón, Walter Ferguson, “Calypso...
Read More

Film: The Bride (La Novia)

Two men, one woman, one wedding and one desire. The story of a passion that destroys the lives of those who suffer the tragedy of a forbidden love. A film full of poetry and cinematic beauty based on Federico García Lorca’s famous drama, Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding). 

Film: Mutum

This adaptation of the novella General Field by celebrated writer João Guimarāes Rosa is a moving story of loss and innocence told through Thiago, a sensitive and hopeful boy growing up in Brazil’s rugged and arid sertão region of Minas Gerais in the 1930s.
Day 9
24 Apr 2018

Film: Anancy’s Gift (El Regalo de Anancy)

Anancy is the legendary mischievous spider known for tricking others to get his way. Four short stories explore the historical and cultural significance within the Afro-Caribbean community in Costa Rica...
Read More

Film: Don’t forget tomorrow (Mañana no te olvides)

Widowed Roberto, suffering from Alzheimer’s, goes to live with his daughter’s family and unexpectedly he and his grandson, 22 year old Jan who has Downs Syndrome, find a new closeness and solace in each other.

Film: Matamoros (La Matamoros)

1940s factory worker Marta Matamoros became a pioneering unionist fighting for the rights of Panamanians. Incorruptible and unbending despite imprisonment, she achieved the minimum wage and maternity leave for workers.  Her former sister-in-arms recounts her inspiring life story with love and admiration.
Day 10
25 Apr 2018

Film: Books and the night (Los Libros y la Noche)

A film on the life of one of Argentina’s greatest writers, Jorge Luis Borges, based on his thoughts, ideology and literary works.

Film: Land and Shade (La tierra y la sombra)

Battling illness, poverty and family breakdown, Alfonso and his family reunite to face one of their worst struggles to survive the drudgery and hardship of the sugarcane workers’ daily life.

Film: Eternal Ashes (Cenizas Eternas)

An accident in the 1950s on the mythical Orinoco River in Venezuela destines Ana to live with the Yanomami tribe. Her daughter Elena cannot accept her disappearance and ventures into...
Read More
Day 11
26 Apr 2018

Film: Pacific Voices

Six short films tell the stories of young people in Papua New Guinea and Tonga. In partnership with Commonwealth Writers.

Film: Don’t forget tomorrow (Mañana no te olvides)

Widowed Roberto, suffering from Alzheimer’s, goes to live with his daughter’s family and unexpectedly he and his grandson, 22 year old Jan who has Downs Syndrome, find a new closeness and solace in each other.

Film: Matamoros (La Matamoros)

1940s factory worker Marta Matamoros became a pioneering unionist fighting for the rights of Panamanians. Incorruptible and unbending despite imprisonment, she achieved the minimum wage and maternity leave for workers.  Her former sister-in-arms recounts her inspiring life story with love and admiration.

Film: Unfinished Sentences

The Trinidad and Tobago premiere of Mariel Brown’s feature film about her late father, writer Wayne Brown.

Film: The Feast of the Goat (La Fiesta del Chivo)

Film version of Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s best-selling novel, telling the story of Urania Cabral an independent-minded Manhattan lawyer who, after 30 years, returns to the Dominican Republic to...
Read More
Day 12
27 Apr 2018

Film: Ferguson, the Troubador of Cahuita (Ferguson, El Trovador de Cahuita)

A documentary on the life and career of the greatest exponent of calypso from Limón, Walter Ferguson, “Calypso King” of Costa Rica’s Caribbean region. Panel Discussion to follow the screening...
Read More

Film: The Life and Times of Benny Moré (El Benny)

The dramatic life of Cuba’s great musician Benny Moré during the 1950s is captured in this fictional account that includes new versions of his songs performed by Chucho Valdes, Juan...
Read More

Film/ World Premiere: Moving pictures and borders

World Premiere: six poets and 6 filmmakers in 6 countries pair up for a series of new poetry films on the theme of “inheritance”, matching words and images across borders.
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Film: Death by a Thousand Cuts

The brutal murder of a Dominican park-ranger, Eligio Eloy Varga, becomes the metaphor for increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation. In...
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Film: The Bride (La Novia)

Two men, one woman, one wedding and one desire. The story of a passion that destroys the lives of those who suffer the tragedy of a forbidden love. A film full of poetry and cinematic beauty based on Federico García Lorca’s famous drama, Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding). 
Day 13
28 Apr 2018

Film: Green Days by the River

Adaptation of the popular 1950s coming-of-age novel by T&T writer Michael Anthony in which 15-year old Shell, growing up in rural Trinidad falls into a love triangle, despite his failing...
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Film: Dr. Funes’ Formula (La Fórmula del Doctor Funes)

Film version of Francisco Hinojosa’s novel about Dr. Funes, who discovers a formula to achieve eternal youth, and when he tests it on himself he becomes a 12-year-old who embarks on new adventures with his friend Martín Poyo.

Film: Mutum

This adaptation of the novella General Field by celebrated writer João Guimarāes Rosa is a moving story of loss and innocence told through Thiago, a sensitive and hopeful boy growing up in Brazil’s rugged and arid sertão region of Minas Gerais in the 1930s.

Film: Matamoros (La Matamoros)

1940s factory worker Marta Matamoros became a pioneering unionist fighting for the rights of Panamanians. Incorruptible and unbending despite imprisonment, she achieved the minimum wage and maternity leave for workers.  Her former sister-in-arms recounts her inspiring life story with love and admiration.

Film: Books and the night (Los Libros y la Noche)

A film on the life of one of Argentina’s greatest writers, Jorge Luis Borges, based on his thoughts, ideology and literary works.

Film: Land and Shade (La tierra y la sombra)

Battling illness, poverty and family breakdown, Alfonso and his family reunite to face one of their worst struggles to survive the drudgery and hardship of the sugarcane workers’ daily life.
Day 14
29 Apr 2018

Film: The Happets (a Tropa de Trapo)

Based on a popular Spanish cartoon, a merry band of stuffed animals set out to defeat the effects of pollution and save the rainforest, restoring its vibrant colours.

Film: Anancy’s Gift (El Regalo de Anancy)

Anancy is the legendary mischievous spider known for tricking others to get his way. Four short stories explore the historical and cultural significance within the Afro-Caribbean community in Costa Rica...
Read More

Selkirk, The real Robinson Crusoe (Selkirk, El Verdadero Robinson Crusoe)

Selkirk, a selfish and unruly pirate, is abandoned by his ship’s captain on an uninhabited island in the South Seas and has to learn how to survive alone, becoming the real Robinson Crusoe in the process.

Film: Pacific Voices

Six short films tell the stories of young people in Papua New Guinea and Tonga. In partnership with Commonwealth Writers.

Film: Eternal Ashes (Cenizas Eternas)

An accident in the 1950s on the mythical Orinoco River in Venezuela destines Ana to live with the Yanomami tribe. Her daughter Elena cannot accept her disappearance and ventures into...
Read More

Film: Guamá – Between the sea and the mountain (Guamá – Entre el mar y la montaña)

Drama ∙ 2015 ∙ 21 mins ∙ Cuba ∙ All Ages. A film about a multi-layered community project designed to protect the special Guamá coastal region in southern Cuba, vulnerable...
Read More

Film: The Life and Times of Benny Moré (El Benny)

The dramatic life of Cuba’s great musician Benny Moré during the 1950s is captured in this fictional account that includes new versions of his songs performed by Chucho Valdes, Juan...
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