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Jamaica is often known for our music, sports icons, beautiful locations, food, and herbs. For many years we have been the “little island that could…and has.” Often missing from that conversation, however, is our cinematic culture. Although there have been various intermittent locally-produced features, shorts, and documentaries for several decades, Jamaica does not yet have an established film industry. However, Jamaica
now has an emerging one, backed by developing talents and visual stories that are helping us to find our own space in the cinematic landscape.
In 2015, the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) was formed to help build a local filmmaking community, with a focus on developmental initiatives, cultural exchange, outreach, and advancing best practices to develop our local film industry. The films chosen for the Jamaica Now! represent the works and voices of emerging talents–some first-time filmmakers–from Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora and their efforts to shine a lens on uncomfortable issues and provoke necessary conversations about abuse, poverty, parenting, and mental illness. Jamaica is beautiful beaches and amazing people, food and culture, and it is also economic imbalance and struggle.
Jamaica, however, has always been creative and rich in stories and, bit by bit, Jamaica is now translating its tales and realities onto the silver screen so the world can not only see us, but hear us as well.
Curator: Analisa Chapman, Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA)
CROSS MY HEART
An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. The film explores the culture of silence amongst women, the kinds of secrets we keep, and who they’re actually protecting.
JAMAICA 2018. 13 min. DIRECTION: Sontenish Myers
LEARNING TO SWIM
A single young mother revisits past secrets and the love for her childhood friends. The film explores issues surrounding co-parenting, homosexuality, and friendship.
JAMAICA 2018. 27 min. DIRECTION/PRODUCTION: Krystal Dawkins
While struggling with his own fears and insecurities, an autistic boy is forced to make a life- or-death decision. The film is intended to bring greater awareness and dispel local myths and misunderstandings about autism.
JAMAICA 2018. 6 min. DIRECTION: Stacey-Ann Sutherland
A young boy lives on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica wiping the windshields of cars at traffic-light intersections. This film depicts a day in the life of this young boy and the hardships he has to endure. Despite the harsh circumstances he faces, he embraces his identity when he makes an unexpected act of kindness.
JAMAICA 2018. 15 min. DIRECTION: Joshua Paul
A Jamaican teenager thought she was applying for a job, but her soon-to-be abuser had other plans. Based on real cases of the many children victimized online.
JAMAICA 2016. 4 min. DIRECTION: Kurt Wright
When a little girl finds solace in-between her mother’s legs, her biggest fears become reality.
JAMAICA 2018. 4 min. DIRECTION: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
From Jamaica, the little island of big dreams, an inner-city youth has the biggest dream of all–to fly to the moon. This feel-good film focuses on the dreams of an inner-city youth and has a positive role model for a father–an example which is not often seen in those communities and which is unfortunately not as prevalent as it should be.
JAMAICA 2018. 13 min. DIRECTION: Kia Moses, Adrian McDonald