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7th edition: 11 April - 15 April 2018

Moko Jumbie (2018 Feature Film) Nominee

Vashti ANDERSON | Trinidad and Tobago, USA | 2017 | color | DCP | 93' | English | n.s.

Romantic drama about roots and tolerance by Trinidadian-American filmmaker Vashti Anderson. Whilst visiting her aunt in Trinidad, the young Englishwoman Asha meets her aunt’s mysterious neighbour Roger. This starts a romantic, magical search for identity and love. Intense debut film delicately navigates taboos, superstition, and spirituality. 

English Asha visits her aunty in Trinidad hoping to find out more about her roots. Passion is ignited the minute she meets the boy from across the road, Roger. Most Trinidadians have African or Indian roots and the mix of cultures, folklore and mythologies doesn’t always play well together. The blossoming relationship between Indo-Caribbean Asha and Afro-Caribbean Roger is scrutinized by all.

Asha’s journey is portrayed by the various faces of the playful, irascible, and sometimes downright terrifying African figure of Moko Jumbie. Amid rising political tensions, this folkloric character loses its way. Anderson’s debut film had its global premiere at the 2017 Los Angeles film festival and was one of the ‘10 Festival Picks’. In her search for actors for Moko Jumbie, Anderson found her lead Jeremy Thomas in the catalogue of the Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival.

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 16:15

Duration: 1:11

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 15:45

Duration: 1:11

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:11

Year in Festival
2018
Director
Vashti ANDERSON
Camera
Shlomo Godder
Cast
Vanna Vee Girod
Jeremy Thomas
Dino Maharaj
Sharda Maharaj
Nickolai Salcedo
Aryana Mohammed
Melvina Hazard
Country
Trinidad and Tobago
USA
Editor
Vashti Anderson
Eduardo Wong
Language
English
Length
93'
Music
Rob Rusli
Producer
Vashti Anderson
Shlomo Godder
Patricia Ramdeen
Richard Kim
Maite Artieda
Production Company
Vashti Anderson
Sales
Vashti Anderson
Year of Production
2017
Vashti ANDERSON

Born in the U.S.A., Vashti ANDERSON is a filmmaker, author and lecturer. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Film from New York University. Her short Jeffrey’s Calypso (2005) won various prizes at national and international film festivals. She is currently developing a new project based on her short story Bored in Brementown. Anderson also lectures at a number of film schools.

Filmography

Zara Mirage (2002, short), Jeffrey’s Calypso (2005, short), Moko Jumbie (2017)