Oscar nods for Caribbean producers and directors?

Photo Courtesy Google (Sugar Cane Alley the 1983 film by Euzhan Palcy set in 1930s Martinique)

Caribbean actors have done it, so it is not impossible.

So I will like to see Caricom member states and other Caribbean film makers receive Oscar nods.

There is so much artistic talent in this region.

So instead of continuing to be a strong consumer of film content, why not begin to be a strong distributor.

In the Oscar short film and documentary categories, I believe there is room to compete.

Just imagine the body of history and culture we can share with the world.

It is also a way to document the region, for future generations.

This year foreign film Oscar Winner was Amour. This Austrian film depicted the life of an elderly couple, one sick and the other aging. This film is one for the achieves of social scientist.

A record 71 countries submitted entries in the Best Foreign Language Film Category. The coverage of topics were indeed wide. For example, War Witch (Canada), Kon-Tiki (Norway), No (Chile) and A Royal Affair (Denmark).

So Caribbean film makers and producers, what do you say?

Let us double up our efforts and make it an Oscar carnival.


Nora Chipaumire sensualizes African Dance

(Photo Courtesy Google Images)

Nora Chipaumire and  Okwui Okpokwasili  in Miriam 

 Nora Chipaumire body contorted, wine, bent and flowed to the spirit of Africa in pure eroticism.

It was quite an evening September 13 at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Fisher.

As a first time viewer of Chipaumire, I honestly did not know what to expect. It was quite different from your normal African dance, it was raw and dark. It was more than a dance. It was an expression of what the African continent has overcome and suffered over the years. Miriam, composed by Omar Sosa and perform by Chipaumire and Okpokwasili essentially was based on Miriam Makeba the singer but also Miriam of the Bible. It certainly was one of those performances that challenges you to see things differently. I did not expect the raw sexuality in the dance. Nor the several references to the “White man” during the portrayal of a police raid in apartheid South Africa. I felt the pain, the jubilation, the insecurity and revolt in the dance. And the sound of stones, water and speech that calm or jolt the senses. In a post show interview, Chipaumire said there is nothing the body cannot say that words can say – the body is stronger and can express more quickly.

Africa, the whole continent of Africa was a crime scene she said. And in Miriam she decided to address that. And even though her power is limited in the changes that she can bring. Chipaumire said, “I can try and change the very intimate space around.”

Well done Chipaumire and I look forward to more.