9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Moko Jumbie (2018 Feature Film) Nominee

Marisol Gómez Mouakad | Puerto Rico, Mexico | 2016 | color | DCP | 90 min | Spanish, English | e.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

De in de Verenigde Staten geboren Vashti ANDERSON is filmmaker, schrijver en docent. Zij behaalde een Master of Fine Arts in Film aan de New York University. Haar korte film Jeffrey’s Calypso (2005) heeft diverse prijzen gewonnen op nationale en internationale filmfestivals. Momenteel ontwikkelt ze een nieuw project, gebaseerd op haar korte verhaal Bored in Brementown. Anderson werkt ook als docent op meerdere filmscholen. 

 

Filmography

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