FREE SCREENING OF JAB: The Blue Devils of Paramin

10 Apr

CARIBBEAN STUDIES, NEW COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and A DIFFERENT BOOKLIST
YOU’RE INVITE YOU TO A SPECIAL SCREENING OF JAB: The Blue Devils of Paramin
Followed by a Q & A with Director/Producer Alex de Verteuil and Co-Producer Elizabeth Topp

WHERE: WILLIAM DOO AUDITORIUM, 45 WILLCOCKS STREET (SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SPADINA AND WILLCOCKS, ONE BLOCK SOUTH OF HARBORD AND SPADINA)
DATE: FRIDAY APRIL 11TH, 2008
TIME: 6:30 P.M.
ADMISSION: FREE
Isolated in the mountains of Trinidad, the district of Paramin once a year at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of blue-painted ‘jabs’ or devils. This 46-minute documentary, filmed in the two weeks leading up to Carnival, follows Kootoo, King Devil, as he prepares with his three brothers to once again win the village competition for the most convincing devil band. Known for his athletic prowess, and given to extraordinary feats like ripping up trees and scaling tall buildings, the charismatic Kootoo must still work hard with his band of devils to win the prize in the face of serious competition from a new generation of ‘jabs’. Will the brothers’ scheme to add a new twist to the masquerade be enough for them to win?

Told by the villagers themselves, in their own dialect, this entertaining story highlights the joyous heart of Paramin. With its CD-worthy background music of folk-songs and calypsos, JAB sheds light on a Caribbean culture that few visitors ever get to see.

Official selection: Inaugural Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase (Cuba), Cambridge Film Festival (U.K.), Africa World Festival of Documentary Films (U.S.A.)
“..A spectacular success. Some shots will take your breath away” (B.C. Pires, The Daily Express, Port of Spain)
“Alex de Verteuil’s direction is serenely unobstrusive, letting the fascinating micro-culture unfold before our eyes. I was captivated…” (Tim Harding, Cambridge Film Festival )

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