Film and video producers in Dominica now have a new venue for the premiering and screening of films and videos.
Thanks to equipment donated by ALBA Cultural, the Arawak House of Culture is launching its new Film and Video Screening Equipment and Services at a ceremony on Friday March 11, 2016.
The launching ceremony, to be held at the Arawak from 6.00 p.m., will be attended by the Minister for Youth, Sports, Culture and Constituency Empowerment Honourable Justina Charles and other officials, representatives of the media and various institutions, local film and video producers as well as film producers from the region who are in Dominica for an OECS-sponsored Audio-Visual Workshop.
The ceremony will also feature the screening of three short videos and a feature film. The videos being shown are Screw Pine produced by the Division of Culture, Are You Breathing produced by the Discover Dominica Authority and Pappy produced by Film Producer Sandra Vivas. The feature film is Forward Ever, a film on the Grenada Revolution produced by Bruce Paddington of Trinidad & Tobago.
The new film and video screening service forms part of the restructuring of the operations of the Arawak House of Culture currently being carried out by the National Cultural Council and the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture and Constituency Empowerment. ALBA Cultural, the cultural arm of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA), is supporting this process through the donation of film projection equipment and the facilitation of training in film and video production.
As part of this new service, the Arawak House of Culture will partner with local producers and other stakeholders to host film festivals featuring films and videos from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and elsewhere.
It is expected that local audiences will develop a greater interest, awareness and appreciation for films and videos produced here in Dominica, the Caribbean region and developing countries around the world