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Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2016 showcases documentary ‘Diwali The Gift Of Dance’

Carribean is a magical womb where different types of cultures nurture which we don’t really find anywhere else in the world

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  • The Festival, as usual, is featuring some of the works of a large number of budding filmmakers and fresh new voices are coming out in Caribbean cinema
  • 2015 Documentary Diwali The Gift of Dance was screened at Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2016
  • It is a magical womb where different types of cultures nurture which we don’t really find anywhere else in the world

Sept 24, 2016: Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2016 started on September 20 and will continue till September 27 showcasing talent from different genres. It is taking place at various venues in Port-of-Spain; this Film Festival features some of the works of a large number of budding filmmakers and fresh new voices which are coming out in the Caribbean cinema.

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Steve James, an artist born in Trinidad, a multi-talented person who has experienced in music as well as in the making of films got the golden chance as TTFF decided to present his 15 minutes documentary shot Diwali The Gift of Dance on Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, 2016.

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Steve James is a director who uses various tools to promote the Caribbean around the world. The successful writer/composer, renowned film director, and brilliant sound engineer released his documentary Diwali The Gift of Dance in 2015 and Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival presented it this year.

His documentaries are vibrant and they are more of a tribute to the region’s incredibly rich diversity of cultures. Also, showcasing the historical and natural heritage of the place, and most of all, its people.

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The documentary shows the Caribbean is more than a melting pot. It is a magical womb where different types of cultures nurture which we don’t really find anywhere else in the world. Carribean’s Indian link is quite old and it is a great news for Indian Diaspora living there, to get the opportunity to watch it on the big screen. It tells about the Trinidadian of African descent who can become the master of Indian Dance, as Tassa rhymes with Gwo Ka on the night of Diwali.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Ethnic Indian Jai Sears responds to complaint against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada

Jai Sears wrote in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier

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Mahatama Gandhi, leader of non violence

Jai Sears from Grenada, Caribbean has written a letter to editor in response to complaints against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada. Here is the text:

I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier and published in the Grenada newspaper, The New Today (Nov 3, 2017). In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remove the bust-statue of Gandhi which overlooks Sauteurs Bay in Grenada where East Indians arrived 160 years ago. Rougier’s opinion is based on the false notion that Gandhi was racist because the Mahatma reportedly considered Indians to be superior to black Africans when he referred to the latter as “kaffirs.”

Gandhi was only 27 years old when he made that contextual statement. If Rougier had done his research, he would have found that Nelson Mandela said: “Gandhi must be forgiven for these prejudices in the context of the time and the circumstances.” The quote can be found in “Gandhi the Prisoner” by Nelson Mandela published in 1995. Gandhi was a man; he was not god. And even god made mistakes.

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Rougier must instead focus on the Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest and his belief in satyagraha which inspired rebels and revolutionaries around the world. Gandhi’s ideas influenced leaders of the African National Congress and the struggle by Indians and blacks against white apartheid rule in South Africa. From as early as 1956 when he was 27 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

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Following the success of his boycott, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his understanding of Gandhian principles. The fact is that Gandhi saw people of all races, castes, colours and creeds as equal which led to his assassination by a Hindu fanatic in 1948. So who is this unknown Josiah Rougier? Is he as illustrious as the great Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? And is he disagreeing with his possible heroes?

A friend to all.
Jai Sears
Grenada, Caribbean