Welcome to a ttff/12 special post-Olympics screening of Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast, a film we proudly screened way back in 2010. We have been given permission to screen this to all our viewers—completely free! The film will be available from 7pm on Friday 17th August, over the weekend until midnight on Sunday 19th August. We hope you like it as much as we did! Enjoy!
trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 screening
Jamaica’s sweep of the men’s sprint events at the just-concluded London Olympics cemented that country’s status as one of the great powerhouses in athletics of all time. But it was at the last Games, in 2008, when Usain Bolt and company first shot to world prominence.
This winning film follows Jamaica’s athletes in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, and documents the extraordinary reception they received on their triumphant return home, six gold medals in hand. It also engages some of the more controversial issues surrounding their success, including allegations of drug use. In the end, what starts out as a search for the key to athletic prowess becomes so much more—a joyful, uplifting tribute to a nation and its people.
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Originally from Spain, Miquel Galofré made his first documentary feature, Why Do Jamaicans Run so Fast?, in 2009. His second film, Hit Me with Music, won the jury and audience prizes for best documentary at the trinidad+tobago film festival/11. He is currently at work on several new film projects both in Trinidad and Jamaica.
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This film has now finished – we hope you enjoyed it!