Film Screening & grooves
Different Rhythm is back in the Dock for another great night for your dancing pleasure. This time we are going to start a little earlier as Mick and Dónal will be screening a documentary film as well. Come early to enjoy that and then get dancing!!
The film in question is the 1988 documentary film Crossing Over by Christopher Laird and Bampoe Ado
Trinidadian calypso musician, Lancelot Layne, visits Ghana in Africa, the land of his ancestors, for the first time. Together with Ghanaian highlife musician Koo Nimo, they explore the roots of Highlife. The rhythms of the people, of Koo Nimo and his musicians, the music, the markets, brass bands and masqueraders set up reverberations for the Trinidadian that reach far back into his New World experience. This segment is directed by Trinidadian Christopher Laird.
When Koo Nimo visits Lance in Trinidad to experience the music of Trinidad and particularly the Calypso, he meets the legendary Lord Kitchener, Grand master of the Calypso, is welcomed by practitioners of the ancient West African Orisha religion, plays with the world's greatest steelpan player and explores the influence of East Indian music on modern Trinidadian music. This segment is directed by Ghanaian Nii Bampoe Ado.
This was a unique South-South co-production, Crossing Over began to bridge a gap of history between Africa and the Caribbean which was never before explored by television. It was awarded Best Documentary in the National Media Awards for Excellence in Trinidad in 1989 and Best Documentary and Best Environmental Documentary at Images Caraibes, Second Caribbean Film Festival in Martinique in 1990. It was selected for showing at numerous film festivals including the INPUT festival in Stockholm in 1989, the Tam Tam festival in Rome 1989, the Rienna Festival in Paris 1992.
Runtime: 58 min
Christopher Laird has been a teacher, published the arts journal Kairi and ran a theatre in Port of Spain during the 1970s. He has produced over 300 documentaries, dramas and other video productions with Banyan Ltd. over the past 35 years garnering a score of national, regional and international awards. He has overseen the establishment of what is arguably the world’s largest collection of Caribbean culture on video in the Caribbean Film and Video Archive. In 2003 he founded, with Errol Fabien, the region’s first all Caribbean free to air television station, Gayelle. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the West Indies and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company.