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Record: Celebration! A Caribbean Festival


Celebration! A Caribbean Festival

Video Call Number: Location:
677 Biddle Law Library

Production Company

Filmakers Library

Year: Running Time: Format:
1988 0:30 VHS


This joyous upbeat film explodes with the color, music, an dpride of Carnival in Americans largest Caribbean community. Modeled after the one held "back home" in the islands, this has become an annual event in New York, bringing together Caribbean immigrants from virtually every island in the West Indes. It is filled with striking visual displays of costumed performers, infectious calypso music, steel bands, a mosaic of tropical food, and rocking and jumping of the crowds. But the film shows more than simply the Caribbean capacity for celebration. It captures the thoughts and feelings of expatriate West Indians as they are interviewed during preparations leading up to the Carnival. As we go behind the scenes to watch the sstep-by-step making of the elaborate (and enormous) sculpture like costumes, we learn how the Carnival is a way of maintaining a sense of identity and continuity of cultural tradition.


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