I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not #17: I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not meets Speisekino
Sign and More Sign
Host: Jason Fitzroy Jeffers
Dinner and film screening, subtitles in English
The people of the Caribbean live at the crossroads of world history and culture, alchemizing the detritus of colonial empires with the promise and burden of everything thereafter. For this reason, the region is more than just a place. It is a process—a remapping of the traumatic sagas and legacies of the old world before it, and a roadmap to all that lies at the end of the new world born from it.
Programmed by Third Horizon Film Festival cofounder and festival director Jason Fitzroy Jeffers and taking its name from the classic dancehall song Lots of Sign (1985) by Tenor Saw, Sign and More Sign showcases the work of emerging Caribbean filmmakers who are connecting the dots between the stories and spirits that live in this liminal space beyond the exotic visions of paradise that have both sold it and sold it short.
Jonathan David Kane
Papa Machete, 2014
USA/Haiti, 11 minutes
Papa Machete is a glimpse into the life of Alfred Avril, an aging subsistence farmer who lives in the hills of Jacmel in Haiti. He also happens to be a master of the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing, also known as Tire Machèt. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete—which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival—Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present.
Fever Dream, 2017
Jamaica, 15 minutes
A solitary scrap metal collector must navigate his way back to the path of promise after disaster strikes. Meanwhile, he is plagued by dreams of a beautiful life once lived—or yet to come.
Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic, 14 minutes
A single mother struggles to raise her children in the outskirts of Santo Domingo. Tired of hustling, she decides to risk it all and immigrate to Puerto Rico, aboard an overcrowded wooden vessel—a “yola.”
Field Notes, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago, 18 minutes
Field Notes is an experimental documentary about the ghosts embedded in the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. The film is structured as a visual and aural field guide to the “soucouyants,” “lagahoos,” and “jumbies” found throughout the islands.
The Book of Jasmine, 2017
Barbados, 14 minutes
Jasmine is a young Spiritual Baptist who must choose between her faith and her sexuality. As she undergoes the mourning ritual to seek guidance to suppress her desires for the woman she loves, she is taken on a spiritual journey, where she finds the answer she has been looking for.
Haiti/France, 21 minutes
A restless daughter meets a spirit fish that gives her pure water. As her family devours the delicious water, they become suspicious about the origin of its taste.
ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics’ regular Speisekino format combines films and food around a particular topic. Sometimes the relation is obvious, and food from the region where the film is set is served. Sometimes the link between the two is more subtle, when for example the film is accompanied by a dish that also appears in the plot. Throughout its running time, the 10th Berlin Biennale collaborates with ZK/U for I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not meets Speisekino and invites various hosts to select and present food and footage around aspects of the 10th Berlin Biennale.