Calypso at Dirty Jim’s

Year

2005

Realised by

Pascale Obolo

Written by

Pascale Obolo

Length

2005

Resume

Calypso is the soul of Trinidad. For the past three centuries the storytellers are the « chantwell » of the Creole world. Improvising and « extempo-ing », revolted through their poetry against any kind of censorship, the calypsonians tell stories of slavery, freedom, war and everyday life… emphasising of course for love, with a high dose of humour and sex.

Captivating melodies and timeless hits, their rhythms free the bodies of the audience who sings with them the joy and drama of the journey of these Caribbean nations.

In Port of Spain, the Calypsonians are getting older and older but their energy is intact. As their voices, « golden voices », full of « soul » and tropical heat!

In a studio, the last grand master came back to sing Calypso classics such as « Rhum and Coca Cola », « Jean & Dinah », « Shame & Scandal in the Family », backed by the musicians of the era of the Dirty Jim. During these exceptional sessions, the singers talk about the beginning of their career, their bohemian life, and the harsh competition to become the King.

Filmed around the Carnival ceremonies, which take over the street with Soca sound-systems, this musical documentary – colourful and moving – is a sensible and original evocation of the Golden age of Calypso.

  • Planète
  • Canal Antilles-Prodom
  • France Télévisions/France 2/France O
  • Canal+ Overseas
  • RFO Martinique
  • NDR (Allemagne)
  • SKY Italia
  • SSR Sheizer (Suisse)
  • CRTV (Cameroun)
  • TV5 Monde Afrique
  • Télésur (Venezuela)
  • Procirep/Angoa
  • CNC
  • Planète
  • Maturity Productions (Trinidad)
  • Canal Antilles-Prodom
  • Dynamo Production
  • Maturity Productions (Trinidad)
  • Festival Vues d’Afrique 2006 (Montréal, Canada) : Mention spéciale du Jury
  • Festival Panafricain de Cannes (Cannes, France) : Prix Dikalo d’or (préciser l’année)
  • Quintessence – Festival International du Film de Ouidah (Ouidah, Bénin) : Prix du Python Papou (préciser l’année)
  • Festival International du Film Insulaire (Ile de Groix, France) (préciser l’année et la sélection) 
  • ACP Festival (Saint-Domingue) (année et sélection) 
  • Festival Africa in the Picture (Amsterdam, Pays-Bas) (préciser l’année et la sélection) 
  • Festival JCC (Carthage, Tunisie) (année et sélection) 

African Diaspora Film Festival (New York, USA) (préciser l’année et la sélection)

  • Dynamo Production
  • Maturity Productions (Trinidad)
  • Europe Images International
  • IMZ
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