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Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, has endorsed the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase(TCFS) as a project that will help the region to foster a greater sense of cooperation and identity.
In a speech read by the Ministry’s Advisor on Tangible Heritage, Dr. Jonathan Greenland, at the opening ceremony of the TCFS, Sunday (March 8), at the Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI), Kingston, Minister Grange said that films by Caribbean people about their struggles and victories were too important to be stored on shelves to gather dust.
“Along with the economic imperatives that underscore the value of film, its most important attribute is its role in creating a sense of identity, both as Jamaicans and as Caribbean people,” she said.
“This film showcase captures the lives and languages of the Caribbean. It is for this reason that I endorse this initiative, as it allows films made by Caribbean Filmmakers to gain an audience in their homelands, and in those of their neighbours,” she added.
She also pointed out that Jamaica’s staging of the TCFS was an indication of the government’s commitment to developing the film industry to help stimulate the economy in the current economic crisis.
“Jamaica has a wellspring of creative imagination and film is an important part of the cultural industries and, to take Jamaica forward, we must tap into its power for telling stories, as well as providing a much needed economic boost and job opportunities”, she advised.
The TCFS runs March 10 – 13, with daily screenings 9:00am- 3:00pm at Harrison House, Montego Bay; the Cove Cinema, Ocho Rios; and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ), Kingston. The showcase closes on Saturday, March 14, at Red Bones Caf

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