Next Monday! rare screening of Bim (dir. Hugh A. Robertson, 1974) – with Ian Harnarine & Joshua Jelly-Schapiro


BIM (dir. Hugh A. Robertson, 1974), 104 min – presented by Ian Harnarine and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

WHEN: Monday 13 February 2017, 6:45pm
WHERE: 721 Broadway, Room 674 [at Waverly Place]
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Those in the know may know about Bim, but very few of them have seen Bim. Imagine that The Godfather hooked up with The Harder They Come in early-1970s Trinidad. The bastard child would be Bim – the film that Hugh Robertson (who edited Midnight Cowboy) made on this island in the southern Caribbean in 1974. Working in a country with little support for filmmakers, Robertson created a fierce piece of cinema whose style evokes the American New Wave, but whose rhythms and whose story – Bim charts the rise and fall of an Indo-Trinidadian man who gets into a life of crime, only to end up in politics and as part of his island’s movement for Independence – are 100% Trini.
There are said to be only two prints of the film surviving. And a few scratchy DVD copies made from film-to-VHS dirty-transfers. Yet what still remains is a landmark of Caribbean film: a raw vision off Trinidad’s Indo-Caribbean culture that doubles as a vital portrait of how conflicts over identity – in a New World nation that V.S. Naipaul infamously dubbed “a half-made society” – play out on the ground.

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