June ’19 Caribbean American Heritage Events

Friday, June 14, 2019 – Sunday, June 16, 2019

Caribbean Film Festival – Fulton Public Library
Film Festival
In recognition of Caribbean American Heritage Month, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in collaboration with the African American Film Critics Association will host the 2019 Fulton County Caribbean Film Festival. This three-day film festival will provide a powerful cinematic platform that captures the scope and breadth of the Caribbean and its diasporic experiences.

6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14

Second Fridays at AARL Kicks Off the 2019 Fulton County Caribbean Film Festival

Poetry is an Island, Derek Walcott (St. Lucia) 79 minutes | Documentary
The Auburn Avenue Research Library’s (AARL), Second Fridays at Auburn is a quarterly informal social networking mixer for local creatives, cultural enthusiasts, and devoted Afrophiles to communally experience Africana art and culture in a relaxed interactive atmosphere . In observance of Caribbean American Heritage Month (2019, this Second Friday at Auburn event will Kicks Off the 2019 Fulton County Caribbean Film Festival with a taste of the Caribbean reception followed by a screening of Poetry is an Island, Derek Walcott. This documentary presents an intimate portrait of poet/playwright and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, set in his beloved native island St. Lucia.

2:00 p.m.Saturday, June 15 

Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora (Caribbean Diaspora) 50 minutes | Documentary
A documentary film, shot in 9 countries, revealing the economic power of the people of the Caribbean Diaspora living in global cities; the significance of their contribution to their homeland, as travelers and entrepreneurs. Locations: London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Suriname, New York, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago.

3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15 

Diggers: The Men Who Built the Panama Canal (Panama) 90 min | Documentary
This documentary film examines the lives of black men who came from the West Indies (primarily Barbados and Jamaica) to work on the construction of the Panama Canal from 1881 to 1914.

5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15  

Havana Time Machine 

3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16 

The Merikins: America, Trinidad, and Canada’s Forgotten History
This powerful documentary unveils the hidden history of the Merikins, enslaved Africans who secured their freedom by fighting for the British Army in the Corps of Colonial Marines during the War of 1812. At the war’s conclusion, these soldiers would emigrate from the United States to Trinidad establishing prosperous Black expatriate communities where some of their direct descendants  continue to live.  This event will include a post-screening community dialogue with renowned artist Tina Dunkley whose multimedia solo exhibition, Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy: An Ancestral Odyssey presented at the Auburn Avenue Research Library responds to uncanny discovery of Trinidadian ancestry in the War of 1812.

4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16. 

Green Days by the River (Trinidad) 102 minutes | Drama
Trinidadian film, directed by Michael Mooleedhar based on the novel of the same name by the Trinidadian author Michael Anthony. Set in 1952 Trinidad, the film follows Shell an ambitious African village boy struggling with poverty and his sick father finds solace in a wealthy Indian farmer, Mr. Gidharee, and his captivating daughter, until he falls for a city girl, and discovers the scheming entrapment of his solace that would shatter his love life and manhood.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta Black Music Month Summer Concert 
Live Performance 
In recognition of Black Music Month and Juneteenth, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Black Music Month Summer Concert. Named in honor of William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 – December3, 1978) the African American composer of more than 150 works, including five symphonies and eight operas, often referred to as “the Dean” of African American composers, the dean of Black composers, the still waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta (Sinfo-Nia) provides premiere music and dance students instruction. Sinfo-Nia is led by the artistic direction of David E. Robinson, III, a 5th generation, string teacher of the Dekalb County School System. In 1979 Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright and Dyana Williams established June as a month-long celebration honoring Black music.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.