In conjunction with the current exhibition En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, Musuem of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and the SF Latino Film Festival present Jump Up: The En Mas’ Film Series, six weeks of documentaries and features portraying the magical impact of Carnival in various places in the African Diaspora (Trinidad, Brazil, Guadeloupe, New Orleans, Cape Verde and New York). Each program has a strong focus on the music, performers and the flamboyant attire so central to the celebrations including calypso and soca of Trinidad, Salvador’s blocos afros, Guadeloupe’s zouk, Mardi Gras’ Black Indian clubs, the transgender paraders on São Vicente island and Brooklyn’s Caribbean saturated Labor Day festivities.
Siméon (Euzhan Palcy, 115 minutes, in French with English subtitles, 1992)
Siméon is the third feature film by legendary director Euzhan Palcy (Sugar Cane Alley and A Dry White Season) . Set in a small village in Guadeloupe a little girl and a musician join forces to accomplish their dream — putting their island’s music on the world stage. It is a spirited, joyful , mystical and highly danceable extravaganza of color featuring the music and performances of Kassav’, the leading stars of zouk music.
Co-Presented by the San Francisco Latino Film Festival