World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

God Loves the Fighter

DAMIAN MARCANO | TRINIDAD & TOBAGO | 2013 | 96' | ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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Life in Port-of-Spain, capital of Trinidad & Tobago, is tough and dangerous, especially if you live in the Laventille ward, a neighbourhood where crime rates are going through the roof and someone is murdered every day of the year. Director Damian Marcano's first feature film God Loves the Fighter offers a realistic take on life in this part of town and shows how one man's choice can have a decisive impact on another person's life.

Young Charlie is determined to lead an honest and decent life, however earning money fair and square in Port-of-Spain turns out to be impossible and Charlie inevitably ends up in a life of crime. One day, he meets professional streetwalker Dinah who urgently needs his help. Charlie must make an important decision.

The narrator of Charlie's story is King Curtis, a vagrant and poet who shouts the truth about the stories behind the newspaper headlines at passers-by. Everybody ignores him.

Marcano not only directed this film reminiscent of films such as City of God and Slumdog Millionaire but also was responsible for the script, filming and production. The dub reggae soundtrack by Freetown Collective, Q. Major and Redman give this crime drama its own unmistakable style.

Screenings:
Venue: Rialto
THU 20 AUG 17:00 (preceded by short Giantsget your tickets
SAT 22 AUG 18:30 (preceded by short Giantsget your tickets