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synopsis

 

FORMED IN 1945, the Lara Brothers are Trinidad and Tobago’s oldest existing parang group. This loving film is a tribute to the band, and tells their story in their own words and music. In particular, the film follows the gregarious, extroverted Willy and his elder brother, the more reserved Tito. Tito’s death (his moving funeral is recorded here) underscores how endangered traditional parang has become, and what an important work La Gaita is.

About the director

Director

Trinidad-born Janine Fung’s first feature, The Doctor’s Daughter, or The Secret and the Lie (2005) had its world premiere at the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Fung has also recently completed two short documentaries. La Gaita is her first feature-length documentary.

 

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Screening Times

Sat 22 Sept, 5.30pm, Little Carib Theatre, Q&A
Thu 27 Sept, 3.30pm, MovieTowne POS