Black History Studies Productions presents the award winning documentary “JAMAICA FOR SALE” on Wednesday 23rd June 2010.
Jamaica For Sale is a powerful documentary about the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism and unsustainable development in Jamaica.
Though the Caribbean receives about five percent of the global tourist trade, it is the region most economically dependent on tourism. Heavily promoted since 1891 as the way to modernization and prosperity, tourism has tragically failed in its promises, as Jamaica is one of the most indebted countries in the world and the third poorest country in the Caribbean. Lively, hard hitting, with powerful voices, arresting visuals and iconic music, Jamaica For Sale documents the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of unsustainable tourism development. Filled with wit and penetrating observations from the street wise to highly acclaimed academics, Jamaica For Sale engages with a cross section of Jamaicans: workers, small hoteliers, fishermen, community members, and environmentalists. As Jamaica is irreversibly transformed by massive hotel and luxury condominium development, Jamaica For Sale both documents this transformation and is trying to turn the tide. It is a cautionary tale not just for Jamaica, but all islands in the Caribbean, and all places around the world who are dependent on tourism and/or participating in unsustainable development practices.
Winner of the Audience Award at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival, the Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, and the Rising Star Award at the Canada Film Festival. Special Mention: Commfest Community Film Festival, Gone With the Film Festival, Indiefest
"Jamaica for Sale is a powerful critique of the persistent neocolonial structures of ownership in the Jamaican tourism industry, and the resulting environmental degradation, exploitative and dangerous labour conditions, and loss of communities' autonomy or participation in the development processes that most affect their livelihoods. Through a combination of interviews, archival footage, and coverage of tourism-related events such as work stoppages and communities' meetings with resort developers, Jamaica for Sale presents a compelling portrayal of an industry in crisis, one that is perpetuating a radically uneven distribution of tourism benefits." Jenny Burman, Assistant Professor of Communications, McGill University. Author of "Transnational Yearnings: Tourism, Migration and Diasporic Culture" 2010
Running time: 84 minutes
Director: Esther Figueroa, PhD, (Vagabond Media, Juniroa Productions, Inc.) is a Jamaican independent filmmaker, writer, educator and linguist. She has over 25 years of experience in media production including documentaries, oral histories, educational videos, television programming, music videos, multi-media, web content, and feature film. An activist filmmaker, her work focuses on local knowledge, indigenous cultures, social injustice, community empowerment, and the environment. Her work gives voice to those outside of mainstream media, and aims to counter the dominant values, information and worldviews portrayed in commercial media.
There will be a discussion and debate after the screening.
The film screening will take place on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 from 7pm to 9pm at the PCS LEARNING CENTRE (Victoria), 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH. Nearest Train/Tube Station: Victoria (for map to the venue please click here). Doors open at 6.30pm. The screening will start at 7pm sharp!!! Hot food will be on sale.
There will be an entry fee of £4 per person.
Places for the film screenings are limited (ONLY 40 PLACES AVAILABLE), so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.
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