Cinema Antilles: The Flatbush Film Fest Goes Francophone

November 4, 2011

Words by Jesse Serwer

CariBBeing‘s Fl@tbush Film Festival, a month-long series of weekend screenings which launched last Friday at MoCADA in Brooklyn (in Fort Greene, however, not Flatbush), switches locations tonight to the Maysles Cinema in Harlem, for a pair of documentaries from the French Antilles. While Janluk Stanislas’ Nou Yorkers follows a crew of graffiti writers from Guadeloupe who sojourn to New York City to mingle with idols and practice their art in its mecca, Conversation A Une Voixโ€ฆAvec Max Cilla tells the story of traditional flute master Max Cilla, known as โ€œLe Pere de la Fluteโ€ (โ€œThe Father of the Mountain Fluteโ€) in Martinique.

The festival continues at Maysles Cinema the next weekend, before returning to Brooklyn at MoCADA on Nov. 18. Nov. 11’s “Jamaica Night” will include a screening of Man Free, a documentary taking a look into the lives of everyday people in Jamaica. Narrated by the late The Harder they Come director Perry Henzell, it contains some of the last interview footage with him. Apparently, Brushy One-String is featured, too. Watch the trailer:

Nov. 12, “Trinidad Night,” will showcase movies from Yao Ramesar, arguably the country’s best known filmmaker. Things wrap up Nov. 18 with Where Did The Money Go and Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti, on “Haiti Night.” See below for the full schedule.