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Still from Black Mother (2018), courtesy of BAM.

During March 14 – 17, BAM presents “Caribbean Film Series: A 5th Anniversary Festival,” marking the five-year anniversary of the Caribbean Film Series, a platform for great contemporary films from the Caribbean and the diaspora. Through shorts, narrative feature films, and documentaries from the UK, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and more, the series explores the thematic and aesthetic diversity of Caribbean cinema.

The series begins with Opening Night film Yardie” (2018), Idris Elba’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Victor Headley’s novel of the same name set in 70s Kingston and 80s London. The Closing Night selection is Khalik Allah’s transcendent documentary portrait of Jamaica, Black Mother” (2018), with Allah in attendance at the screening. Other films include Haitian filmmaker and actress Gessica Généus’ documentary on mental illness and the fraught divide between Vodou and Christianity, “Douvan Jou Ka Leve” (2017), screening with Vincent Toi’s short “The Crying Conch” (2017); “Being Blacker”(2018), a documentary about renowned reggae producer and record shop owner from Brixton, Blacker Dread, screening with the short “For Gregorio” (Guerra, 2017); “1950: The Nationalist Uprising”(Dávila Marichal,2017), on the attempted overthrow of U.S. rule in Puerto Rico, screening with the short “An Excavation of Us” (Bruno, 2017); “Panorama: Jamming to the Top” (Shaw, 2018), a documentary on a vibrant steel pan community in Brooklyn, screening with the short “Lifted” (Galofré, 2019); the aesthetically daring Dominican crime fable “Cocote” (De Los Santos Aria, 2017); and a program of shorts.