The CARICOM Ambassadors in Brazil have come together in a show of unity to enter the film Fire in Babylon as their joint entry in this year’s virtual Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) Film Festival, which will be held via Youtube from July 1, 2020.
Word of this has come from Barbados’ Ambassador to Brazil, Tonika Sealy-Thompson, who initiated this joint regional approach, and whose Embassy in Brasilia led on coordination.
Fire in Babylon tells the story of the rise of the legendary West Indies side against the social and political background of the times.
“It is as much a film about the character, the courage, and the history of the people of the Caribbean as it is the story of one team overcoming the odds to make history,” Ms. Sealy-Thompson said.
Significantly, the CARICOM entry will be screened on the GRULAC BRASIL Youtube Channel at 18:00 EST on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
This year’s GRULAC Film Festival will be held online because of the global coronavirus pandemic. All of the films in the festival can be watched free of charge online at the GRULAC BRASIL Youtube Channel.
Ambassador Sealy-Thompson added that she envisioned this new online platform would not only allow for more access, but would also provide a forum for conversations across the Caribbean Community and dialogue with the larger GRULAC family.
Those CARICOM Ambassadors in Brazil joining Ambassador Sealy-Thompson for this programme are the Ambassador of Suriname, Marlon Mohamed Hoesein; Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Amery Browne; Ambassador of Guyana, George Talbot; Ambassador of Jamaica, Sharon Miller; and Head of the Haiti Mission in Brazil, Mario Chouloutte.