Opening Night Gala + Screening: Pan! Our Musical Odyssey (F) | Dubois (S)

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Opening Night Gala + Screening: Pan! Our Musical Odyssey (F) | Dubois (S) says

TIME: 6-7:45pm

Capitol Restaurant,
597 College Street (corner of Clinton and College), Toronto.
6:00pm - 7:45pm

Following the reception and special steelband performance by Gemini Pan Groove, you are invited to a screening of the opening films.



Dubois (s) dir: Kaz Ove
Trinidad & Tobago/UK | 2014 | 31 min | English | PG

“Du Bois” is a disturbingly haunting film… its title character ,who lives in a world of his own,vagrant and possessed.

This street character exerts a fascination with a female returnee to Trinidad. She offers him the milk of human kindness even as she is dealing with her own haunting, after the bloody and unexplained death of her partner in England. She has returned to the island to grieve and to heal, yet she is forced into more confrontations both with Dubois and preconceived notions of who is the saviour and who needs saving.

This film highlights class and race while having an overall presence of the spiritual in all it’s mystery.



Pan! Our Musical Odyssey
Jérôme Guiot & Thierry Teston, Trinidad & Tobago/France, 2014, 90 min, English, Rating PG

Between 1939 and 1945, during World War II, developed nations savaged one another: the planet was on fire; meanwhile in Trinidad & Tobago (the Caribbean) underprivileged urban gangs forged a new musical instrument, and perfected it by the 1950s. Pan is born!

Since then, steelbands have mushroomed in every corner of the planet. Still, Trinidad remains the Mecca, where each year philharmonic orchestras of over 100 musicians, many coming from all countries of the world, compete for the greatest Pan event: Panorama.

This film is the story of men and women who staked all on their art, from France, Japan, from the Americas and from Trinidad and Tobago itself; whose passion and daring has drawn them to this epic event. It is an extraordinary global human adventure. Their stories are interlaced with re-enactments of the rags-to-riches tale of the steelband movement, which was born into poverty and violence but climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic acceptance without losing its life-or-death urgency.

The dramatizations constitute a continuous narrative thread, which focuses on a pivotal moment in the history of Pan, between 1947 and 1951. In this story a 19-year-old man nicknamed Goldteeth and his brother Roy, steal two 55-gallon oil drums to make their instruments, rather than the traditionally smaller paint cans. Their flight from the police and battles with the ferocious rival band, Red Army, lead them to finally sublimate warfare into a peaceful musical battle.

AWARDS: Special Mention at FEMI, Outstanding Documentary Feature at ReelWorld Film Festival
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By: CaribbeanTales International Film Festival