Archive of films REW–FFWD / REW–FFWD

Canada
1994, 31 min

Section: Tribute to Denis Villeneuve
Year: 2011

A photographer from fictitious Periscope magazine comes to Kingston, Jamaica, to meet Miss World 1976. Why does the cover of the magazine show a dead dog instead of the celebrity? An experimental documentary in the form of a psychodrama about life in Trench Town, where people live as one extended family and life follows the rhythms of reggae.


Synopsis

A photographer from the fictitious Periscope magazine comes to Kingston, Jamaica, to meet Miss World 1976. His boss warns him before the trip that he is going to a country where danger lurks around every corner and human life has no value for the local inhabitants. When the photographer’s car breaks down right in the middle of a ghetto, he soon finds out that the people, while appearing somewhat lazy, have an extraordinary sense of community, a desire for education, and, in particular, want to export reggae music. Although he gradually casts aside his prejudices, he still feels as if he is at the center of a storm. This experimental documentary about life in Trench Town, a poor quarter of Kingston, takes the form of a psychodrama; the viewer can see and hear excerpts from scenes and memories recorded by a "black box” monitoring the whole journey. The film received a New York Film Academy Award.

Contacts

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About the film

Color, DIGIBETA

Section: Tribute to Denis Villeneuve
   
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Screenplay: Denis Villeneuve
Dir. of Photography: Martin Leclerc, Pierre Landry
Music: Michel Smith
Editor: Suzanne Allard
Producer: Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol
Production: National Film Board of Canada
Cast: Lorne Brass (vypravěčka / Narrator)
Contact: Telefilm Canada, National Film Board of Canada

Guests

Denis Villeneuve

Film Director

Brigitte Hubmann

Film Institution Rep.


Carolle Brabant

Film Institution Rep.

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