“The film festival is part of efforts by the delegation to create a better understanding of Europe and European culture among Jamaicans, with whom the EU shares a long and strong partnership”
Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska
Finally, a brief respite from Avengers: Infinity Wars, which is what everyone is talking about!!!
There is a free film show being hosted by European Union. Dubbed the 2018 European Union Film Festival (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2018, May 12), the free event is set to take place in Kingston between May 14 and 20.
Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, dropped the free invites on Europe Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday May 8th 2018.
The ambassador, who made the announcement from her residence, is looking forward to a greater cultural exchange with the week-long festival, which is to be hosted by the European Union and its member states.
So, what kinds of films are trending in the EU?
2018 European Union Film Festival – Fortuna favours bold Jamaican view of the EU
2018 European Union Film Festival will see Jamaicans being able to view 10 films free of cost during the weeklong festival. The festival will take place in the context of the observance of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, providing a platform to celebrate the diversity and creativity of Europe.
Venues for the showings will include:
- The Mico College University
- Campion College
- Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town
Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, like Barack Obama, is most likely a huge fan of Bob Marley, as they’ve included locations that represent the three Jamaicans: “We made a great effort to reach out to different communities so there would be different locations to showcase the films this year. Being able to have a screening in the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town was very important to us as we feel the community does not have many opportunities to see films for free, and this is something we hope to replicate in the future”.
Quite a fitting honour, given that not only is Trench Town the home of Bob Marley, but the birthplace of Reggae Music and other the stomping grounds of many other Jamaican artiste.
This has caused some 32000 foreigners to visit Jamaica via AirBnB (Deer, 2017, March 3) since November 2016 just to get a taste of the Jamaican culture and experience the place for themselves.
The festival will open on Monday, May 14, at the Spanish Court Hotel with a free screening of the Italian film Fortunata. Fortunata follows an entrepreneurial young mother who overcomes problems on her way to achieving her lifelong desire of owning her own business. Here’s a preview:
Yes, for those of you who hate subtitles, most of these films are not in English. So prepared to either learn French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian or German to watch these films as they’ll be shown to the public over the period in their native languages, with English subtitles.
2018 European Union Film Festival – European Year of Cultural Heritage Diversity on show
The festival is aimed at encouraging more people to discover and engage with the European culture. As such the films represent the 28 European Union Member states. Participating countries include:
- The Netherlands
The other films will cover the following genre:
It’ll be not only interesting to see how Jamaicans respond to this, but how much official Press coverage from the Gleaner as well as from the Observer and other new media this event will receive, given the low key nature of the EU High Commission in Jamaica.
As more Jamaicans realize that Europe exists and French is on the rise in Africa (Deer, 2016, September 10), the desire to travel, work and study in Europe will only increase, as the only barrier is language and culture.
- Deer, L. (2016, September 10). Why French for Jamaicans at Primary Schools as Africa and Europe go Francophone. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/09/10/french-for-jamaicans-at-primary-schools/
- Deer, L. (2017, March 3). Ministry of Tourism says Airbnb brings 32,000 to Jamaica to Bob Marley’s Trench Town. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2017/03/Ministry-of-Tourism-Airbnb-Trench-Town-bob-marley.html
- The Jamaica Gleaner (2018, May 12). EU Celebrates Year Of Cultural Heritage With Free Film Festival. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20180512/eu-celebrates-year-cultural-heritage-free-film-festival