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This month’s film-watching picks.

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Richard Fung: no easy readings

Born in Trinidad, based in Canada, navigating between identities — gay, Chinese-descended, Caribbean diaspora — filmmaker Richard Fung was “intersectional” before the term even existed, writes Jonathan Ali, and his complicated background informs his pioneering, innovative work.

Shakirah Bourne, writer and director of A Caribbean Dream, with Robin Whenary, director of photography. Photo by Neil Marshall, courtesy A Caribbean Dream

Barbadian Shakirah Bourne — living the Dream

Barbadian Shakirah Bourne became a filmmaker by accident — and learned her craft the hard way, through “guerilla-style” productions with minimal resources. Then a “dream” project came along: the chance to adapt and direct Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a Bajan setting. Naila Folami Imoja tells the story of how A Caribbean Dream came true.

Laura Guzmàn and Israel Càdenas met at film school in Cuba. Images courtesy Laura Guzmàn and Israel Càdenas

No money, no love

Laura Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, partners in life and in filmmaking, tell intimate stories with a lyrical touch. Their latest film, exploring sex tourism in the Dominican Republic, is a step towards something even more ambitious, writes Jonathan Ali.

Photograph courtesy Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2015)

Events around the Caribbean in September and October — from Young Talent at Jamaica’s National Gallery to St Lucia’s Jounen Kwéyòl.

Kerry Washington. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Caribbean Hollywood: 40+ actors of Caribbean heritage

Caribbean actors have been lighting up Hollywood screens for decades — even if you don’t recognise their accents. Caroline Taylor looks back at the first generation of Caribbean movie and TV stars, and profiles some of today’s headliners who can claim Caribbean roots.

John Wayne (second from right) and his wife (seated, right) at a reception in 1951 at Roodal's Palace with Timothy Roodal (standing between chairs), Mrs Roodal (seated), family and friends. Photograph courtesy Adrian Camp-Campins

The cinema glory days are coming back

Now that cinema-goers have become tired of staying at home and watching cable and video, they are returning to the cinema. Mark Wilson reports.

Actor/musician Ron Reid in Banyan's first television series Callaloo; 1975. Photograph by Bruce Paddington

Caribbean Eye

Georgia Popplewell on the priceless archives of independent TV production house Bayan.

Lord Superior (left) and the Mighty Sparrow (right), with Brigo and Conqueror, engaging in a picong battle during the 1960s. Courtesy ‘Calypso Dreams’, hand-coloured by Michael Horne

Forever young: “Glamour Boyz Again”

Calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow may be pushing eighty, but he’s still the “calypso king of the world” — as the new documentary The Glamour Boyz Again more than proves. Garry Steckles previews the film.

Shooting in the real-life barrio of Cristo Rey gives Leticia Tonos’s film its authentic feel. Photograph courtesy Leticia Tonos

Leticia Tonos: love story

With her second feature film, the romantic tale Cristo Rey, director Leticia Tonos tackles the long, fraught relationship between the Domincan Republic and its neighbour Haiti. As Jonathan Ali explains, the filmmaker is no stranger to tough subjects.