Rawlins was a husband, father, grandfather and public servant. He lived inside the proverbial box. Obedient and a man of service, Rawlins came alive in the small workshop he maintained beneath his Caribbean home. It was there where Rawlings used found materials he re-purposed, re-imagined and reconfigured into 1/16th-scaled works of art and interest.
So in the end, is death funny? Well, we all process the aftermath of death differently, and we’re all children of cultures that have struggled with the question of how to honor the dead for eons, but the message of this wonderfully moving short is this – while we might all be strangers from the Internet to each other, we all understand the loss of death, even when we can’t explain it.
Produced and shot in Guadeloupe and Martinique, the film represents Caribbean storytelling at its best; however, it is set far from the usual tropical clichés and white-sand beaches picture post-cards often depict. Rather, the story unfolds in a contrasted urban and social realm in which the character travels through time.
Should we be looking for new ways to be with each other? Has the human race evolved past “binary relationships”?
Our friends over at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking are doing some great work. They’ve been supporting emerging media makers for years and now they are taking advantage of the crowd-source funding model to essentially make a crowd-sourced feature film – ambitious and wonderful! Here is what one of the young filmmakers had to say about… Read more »
Someone once said there’s a thin line between love and hate. (I think it was Martin Lawrence? Right? Yeah, let’s go with that.) Roger Ross Williams paints a riveting picture of that thin line in his beautiful, lyrical documentary “God Loves Uganda” – also known as how I spent my Sunday afternoon. It’s great to… Read more »
Lisa Harewood is a socially motivated artist whose short film, “Auntie,” invites contemplation of Caribbean life, immigration, extended matriarchal families and those left behind. Her debut effort as a writer and director, Harewood’s film is the result of a last- minute decision to enter the Commonwealth Foundation’s development scheme. More than a lark, Harewood said… Read more »
Bodies washed ashore on white sand beaches. Immigrants’ corpses littering the shores of paradise. These are images Bahamian Filmmaker Kareem Mortimer recalls of his youth. “I had always known about this” Mortimer said in a recent interview for NBPC’s AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. Mortimer said he remembers hearing, night after night, the reports as… Read more »
“I believe that words are things, and I live on them.” ~ Maya Angelou It is extremely difficult to narrow down the impact of a world-class artist like Maya Angelou, evident in the fact her Twitter hashtag #MayaAngelou is going strong already and will predictably break some records. (When your death is powerful enough to… Read more »