Short Film

Synopsis

“Auntie” is a middle­-aged seamstress and respected caregiver in her rural Barbadian community. Twelve­ year ­old Kera is her latest ward, left in Auntie’s care when her mother migrated to England in search of a better life. Seven years later, the two have grown close and Auntie is confronted with the day she has long dreaded when the plane ticket arrives that will reunite Kera with her mother.

Development

Auntie selected for development by the Commonwealth Foundation under its Commonwealth Shorts programme, a capacity building scheme which gave emerging writers/directors the opportunity to make a film which highlighted issues affecting them and their communities. The theme was inter-generational relationships. Over 900 submissions were received from 54 countries and five short films were selected from Barbados, the Bahamas, Canada, New Zealand and Kenya.

Reception

Auntie had its first screening in New Zealand in February 2013 as part of the Pacific Voices exchange programme and was incredibly well-received by immigrant communities there who found similarities in their own experiences. It went on to its festival premiere at Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol and has played somewhere in the world nearly every month since then.

The film was acquired by Black Public Media in the US for its Afropop web series and is distributed by the Public Media Alliance to public broadcast outlets in the Commonwealth. It has also been purchased by several universities who have added the film to their syllabus. Since 2014, the film has been freely available for non-commercial community screenings.

Selected screenings and media coverage

Media coverage

Screenings

  • Caribbean Women Telling Stories For Social Good, New York
  • Guyana Cultural Association, New York
  • Weeksville Heritage Centre, New York
  • Virgin Islands Literary Festival, St Croix
  • CaFA Caribbean Film Series, BAM Rose Cinemas, New York
  • St John’s University, New York
  • NYU Black Portraitures Conference, Italy
  • Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles
  • Pan African Film Festival, Atlanta
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Women’s International Film Festival, Miami
  • Muestra Joven Youth Film Festival, Cuba
  • Black Harvest Film Festival, Chicago
  • Belize International Film Festival
  • Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
  • University of Indiana Cinema
  • Embassy of Barbados reception, Beijing
  • Groundation Grenada Community Film Series
  • Cine Caraibes Community Film Series, Brooklyn
  • Global Studies Association Conference, Glasgow
  • Caribbean Studies Association Conference, Mexico
  • NYU-Abu Dhabi Migration Conference
  • Government Industrial School (facility for at-risk teen girls)
  • National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, Barbados