Jamaica: Film industry takes spotlight

CHALLENGES facing the film industry took centre stage at a panel discussion, dubbed Caribbean Filmmakers — Breaking the Regional Barriers, held at the Multi-Functional Library, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, on Tuesday evening.

The panellists were: Bahamian director Kareem Mortimer, whose credits include Cargo (2017) and Passage (2013); Alexander Younis, producer of Cargo and Little Ideas; Jimmy Jean-Louis, Haitian-French actor; and Sky Nicole Grey, Jamaican model-cum-actor. Filmmaker Kurt Wright ( Origins) and Rae-Ann Smith from Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) were also on the panel.

The event was moderated by Rachel Mosely-Wood, UWI’s head of the Department of Literatures in English.

The discussion began after the screening of the short film Passage, and a trailer of Cargo. The latter was premiered at Carib 5 in St Andrew last night.

Younis highlighted some of his personal experiences.



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