The Truth Shall
From the moment cavemen and women were in caves, after they built a fire they wrote on the wall to tell their story. History has always been passed down through ritualistic storytelling. Today, this ritual is still the popular method of storytelling in the Caribbean.
In the modern innovative age of contemporary digital technology that permits the construction of narratives to film, the Caribbean is last to advance but the filmmaking industry is as vibrant as ever.
Authentic filmmakers of the Caribbean rescues the truth of its people and give voice to many of the stories and cultural manifestations that have been suppressed, erased or forgotten by Eurocentric and normative versions of the region’s history. The Caribbean is the largest progressive group of countries that have helped shaped the face of western free world. Without the antiquity of the Caribbean, there would only be twenty-states of the United States of America.
The Caribbean contains some of the most fascinating stories yet to be captured on film. Pirates of the Caribbean with a $1.2 billion budget to shoot five films generated revenue of $4.56 billion – a testament that the available film resources of the Caribbean is authentic, ripe, and available.
Today, the first free black republic is only 215 years old where the world’s most powerful-unprecedented-undefeated historic Napoleon army of 685,000 men were defeated by 20,000 salves forming the first independent black republic in 1804, the republic of Haiti. Once the crown jewel of the world where all kings and queens vacationed, it is now the poorest country in the western hemisphere located just one hour south of the world’s most powerful and richest country, the United States.
At the end of the 15th century, three million indigenous Caribbean people vanished in just 50 years, the Taino people.
Collectively, the Caribbean changed the massive foothold of France in the entire world, removed Spain’s aggressive-dominant influence in over 50 countries, and ensured the western expansion of the world’s richest economy.
These are the historical stories that exist but yet to be narrated on film. Vulnerability is the essence of storytelling – to show weakness, failue and confession is to reveal courage, strength, and the truth of ones voice. If we can tell a story and show our vulnberability, our acceptance will need no introduction and the mirror of humanity will be correct.
TILFA encourages the filmmakers of the Caribbean to continue the passionate dedication to the art of filmmaking. We are excited to invite the world’s most historical-influential people of the Caribbean to submit their film projects for a chance to win a Legacy Award and title Best in the World of Film.
The Founder and CEO of the TILFA global enterprise is a proud decedent and Executive Director of the Caribbean.
One National Director and three Regional Directors are assigned to the Caribbean to oversee the following regions:
Greater Antilles Islands
Lesser Antiles Islands
Shelf Antilles Islands