After The Exodus: Price Of Memory (F) | Human Traffic: Past And Present (S)

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CaribbeanTales International Film Festival says
Host: d'bi.young anitafrika (dub poet, arts educator, actor and playwright)

Talk-back with: Karen Mafundikwa interviewed by Min Sook Lee (Filmmaker, Asst Professor at OCAD)

Co-presented with: HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Festival, JAMPRO, the Consulate General for Jamaica, The Watah School, the Ontario Black History Society, The Harriet Tubman Institute

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Human Traffic: Past and Present – directed by Frances Anne Solomon | 30 min | 2013 | Trinidad & Tobago | English | PG

Human Traffic- Past and Present documents the 2011 Conference on Human Trafficking, organized by the Duke Center of African and African American Research, where difficult questions about this issue are tackled. Slavery is defined as an “economic crime… it is about maximizing profit by minimizing or eliminating the cost of labor” (Siddharth Kara); even as modern slavery is revealed through the phenomenon of migrant workers and even sweat shops in the fashion districts of New York and Los Angeles. Artists also show recorded testimonies of human trafficking victims and an art exhibition “Transporter” adds to the visual and verbal conversation.

The concept of the ‘good’ victim is raised. The victim who has not been kidnapped but who has entered into an illegal activity to escape to a better life and has got more than (s)he bargained for.

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FEATURED PRESENTATION:
Price of Memory – directed by Karen Marks Mafundikwa
Feature Documentary | 83 min | 2014 | Jamaica | English | PG

Feature – Documentary

When Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002, she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. This has been a long-standing issue for many descendants of slaves throughout the world and specifically in Jamaica, from as early as the 1960s. The cost benefit analysis of the suffering of the slaves and their descendants vs the benefits reaped by the British slave-owners is brought to light as the film follows Ras Lion a mystic Rasta farmer who petitioned the Queen; Michael Lorne, the attorney who brought a lawsuit against the Queen for reparations; as well as the stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s.

Filmed over a decade, the film explores the enduring legacies of slavery in a bold look at the fight for reparations in Jamaica during the past 50 years while focusing on the most recent case in 2002. Rastafari continue to be at the helm of the struggle to secure payment for the debt owed to the descendants of slaves in Jamaica, and have pushed other notable academics, and lawmakers to join the cause.
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By: CaribbeanTales International Film Festival