The Cutlass: cutting through barriers | Caribbean Beat

Written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine (July/August 2017) If making films in countries with established industries is gruelling, imagine trying to make them in the Caribbean — where, more often than not, the infrastructure doesn’t exist. Still, auteurs eager to tell Caribbean stories on screen soldier on, often getting boosts from regional festivals like the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), where stronger local … Continue reading The Cutlass: cutting through barriers | Caribbean Beat

Tobago therapy | Caribbean Beat

Written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine (January/February 2017) You may be forgiven for thinking that Carnival is an ever-present phenomenon in both Trinidad and Tobago at this time of year. But what if you’re a local or an international visitor who’s not really into Carnival? What if you’d much prefer to escape and recharge on the open water, under a waterfall, on a beach, … Continue reading Tobago therapy | Caribbean Beat

Take Back the Night. Image via Kent State University

Taking back more than the night

It stopped being “take back the night” a long time ago, didn’t it? It’s take back the day, the night, the street, the mall, the workplace, the classroom, the home, the church/mosque/mandir/etc, the community, and so many hearts and minds… We’re almost like a society walking around with chronic PTSD, where the symptoms only get more and more acute the closer and more directly we’ve come to … Continue reading Taking back more than the night

Machel Montano performs at CIC Fete. Photo by Jermaine Cruickshank, courtesy Machel Montano, via discovertnt.com

Carnival 2017: the who, what, where, when, why | Discover Trinidad & Tobago

Originally written for and published in the 2017 edition of Discover Trinidad & Tobago. The Carnival season is like one large buffet. You can sample all of it over multiple courses; just some of it, by confining yourself to a few things which appeal to you; or none at all (which means leaving the restaurant altogether, to keep the analogy going). But the point is, there’s … Continue reading Carnival 2017: the who, what, where, when, why | Discover Trinidad & Tobago