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"GUIANA 1838" to open 3rd Belize International Film Festival


Thursday 1 January 1970

"GUIANA 1838" to open 3rd Belize International Film Festival

The Historic docu-drama "GUIANA 1838," which sold out virtually every screening since its premiere in Sept., 2004 - and breaking US box office records in the process - has been selected to open the Third Edition of the Belize International Film Festival on Monday, February 21st, 2005 at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City.

"Incredible is the only word that can be used to describe the preview of 'GUIANA 1838,' the Rohit Jagessar film that focuses on the abolition of slavery and the arrival of Indians in the British West Indies during the 19th century. The vivid cinematography on 'GUIANA 1838' sucks the viewer in immediately and takes one through the journey of indentured laborers arriving on the ship, the Hesperus, and the conflict that initially ensues between the black slaves and the new arriving Indian ones."

- Online West Indian Times (July 18th 2004)

When the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean in 1834 prompted The Gillanders, Arbuthnot & Company in Calcutta, a part of the East India Company, to recruit Coolies from India to fill the resulting labor void, the company hires Sinha, a fierce small timer to sell dreams of El Dorado to the unsuspecting, impoverished Coolies. They are signed to five-year contracts as indentured servants. Upon the Coolies' arrival in British Guiana in 1838, the British planters promptly enslaves them to ensure that the growth of sugar in the British West Indies will continue uninterrupted. John Scoble of the British and Foreign Anti Slavery Society arrives on the colony a year later to discover a new form of slavery; this time on the backs of Indians. (The film's trailer can be viewed at www.guiana1838.com)

On hand to present his mesmerizing tale of Caribbean History on Opening Night to Belizean Audiences will be its Guyanese born, writer/director Rohit Jagessar. Jagessar, who is self-distributing the film internationally, will also be participating in the Filmmakers Roundtable with other invited filmmakers the Tuesday morning after at the Bliss and is expected to be in Belize for the entire duration of the Festival.

The Belize International Film Festival is an annual week-long event that showcases an exciting diverse mix of recent films from Belize, the Caribbean, Southern Mexico and Central American regions as well as the rest of the world. A key element of the festival is the presence of invited filmmakers who are on hand to present their films as well as to host productions workshops and seminars and to dialogue with festival-goers. The Third Edition of the Festival is scheduled to take place Feb. 21 - Feb. 28 entirely at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City.

For more information on the festival, how to purchase tickets or to participate in the production workshop and seminars please email

belizefilmfestival@yahoo.com

call the Festival Secretariat at (501) 223-5797. A complete list of selected films will be posted on the official website www.belizefilmfestival.com within the next few weeks.

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call the Festival Secretariat at (501) 223-5797.
A complete list of selected films will be posted on the official website
www.belizefilmfestival.com within the next few weeks.


Helen Dobrensky,





Helen

Manager International Press Relations
Email:helen@digitfilms.com    


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