Nzingha Kendall Presents: Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle
ABOUT NZINGHA KENDALL
Nzingha Kendall is a is a film educator and programmer from the Washington, DC area with a deep commitment to promoting the work of independent women filmmakersespecially those of color. She programmed films at the Black Film Center/Archive and the Indiana University Cinema. She also makes experimental films that explore black women's relationships to nature.
ABOUT CALYPSO ROSE: THE LIONESS OF THE JUNGLE
An exuberant and inspiring ambassador for the Caribbean, Calypso Rose is the uncontested and much decorated diva of Calypso music. With more than 800 recorded songs, she continues to be a pioneer and champion of womens rights, as she travels the world making music. French-Cameroonian filmmaker Pascale Obolo spends four years with Calypso Rose on a very personal journey. Traveling to Paris, New York, Trinidad and Tobago and to her ancestral home in Africa, we learn more about Calypso Rose in each place, and the many faces and facets of her life. The daughter of an illiterate Trinidadian fisherman, Calypso Rose was one of ten children, who at the age of 9 was sent to live with relatives in Tobago. At 15 she wrote her first song and launched a career that took her to the top of the male-dominated calypso world. This creative film is not only about memory and the exchange and discovery of world cultures, but also about the journey of a remarkable woman, an Afro-Caribbean soul and an exemplary artist.
Trinidad & Tobago/France/US, 2011, 85 minutes, Color, DVD, English, Subtitled (French)
Directed by Pascale Obolo
AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS
Festival International du Film de Ourdah, Jury Mention
DC International Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
International Black Womens Film Festival
Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)
Sierra Leone International Film Festival
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