Caribbean in Motion: A Film Series

With a combined population of 45 million making up .6% of the earth’s population, the Caribbean has an impact well beyond those numbers. It is far more than a tourist destination. This film series –  a combination of documentaries and fiction narratives – examines the various legacies of a region known for its history of slavery, colonialism and migration but the films also reveal the beauty, fierce resistance, regional interconnections, its internationalism, dexterity of its language(s) and its vibrant music.

This series is curated by Cornelius Moore, and presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox, on view May 8—August 11, 2019.

Caribbean in Motion is made possible by the generous support of

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A Special Screening of


Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross

When: July 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 General | $5 Students/Seniors | Free MoAD Members

(Frances-Anne Solomon, Canada/Ghana/Trinidad & Tobago, UK, 2018, 94 minutes)

HERO skillfully mixes drama and elements of documentary to tell the fascinating and untold story of Trinidadian war hero, lawyer and diplomat Ulric Cross. His life intersected with the great 20th Century movements and leaders of Caribbean and African independence such as C.L.R.  James, George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere revealing the key roles played by Caribbean activists in developing Pan Africanist ideas and practice.

This is the West Coast premiere of HERO.


When: July 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 General | $5 Students/Seniors | Free MoAD Members

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and Maison Noire Américaine present JOCELYNE BEROARD, AT HEART

(Maharaki, Martinique, 2018, 90 minutes)
In French and Martinican Creole with English subtitles

As a member of the iconic Kassav’ and as a solo performer and songwriter, Jocelyne Béroard is a leading purveyor of zouk music from the French Antilles. Selling multiple gold albums, the group has brought recognition and respect all over the world to Martinican and Guadeloupean Creole and cultures. In addition to being a sympathetic biography of Béroard, the documentary offers exuberant performances by her and Kassav’ before huge audiences in Martinique, France and Africa.

This is the US premiere of JOCELYNE BEROARD, AT HEART. This program is co-presented by





When: July 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 General | $5 Students/Seniors | Free MoAD Members

(Ernest Dickerson, 2017,  130 minutes)

Museum of the African Diaspora and the Consulate General of the Netherlands present DOUBLE PLAY:

After many years living in Amsterdam, Ostrik, a middle aged doctor, returns to his birthplace, the formerly Dutch colony of Curaçao. Picturesque childhood memories flood back about his irresponsible, if charming, taxi driver father Bubu, Bubu’s domino playing friends (thus the title “double play”) and the women who endure them. An international cast (including Louis Gossett, Jr. and Isaach de Bankolé), gorgeous imagery of the luscious island,  and upbeat music bring this sensuous comedy/drama of Curaçaoan identity and social reality to life.  This Bay Area premiere is for mature audiences.

This is the Bay Area premiere of Double Play. Filmmaker Lisa Cortés will be present for an audience discussion following the screening.

This program is Co-Presented by the Consulate General of the Netherlands




When: July 31, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 General | $5 Students/Seniors | Free MoAD Members

(Stephanie Black, 2001, 80 minutes)

This now-classic documentary addresses the impact that the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other such financial entitles have on Jamaica and other countries in the global South. Their “globalization” policies are in essence the new form of colonialism.  The film combines traditional documentary while also utilizing text written by Jamaica Kincaid as a voice over narrative to help viewers understand the country’s colonial past and its current economic challenges.

Larry Ossei-Mensah, co-curator of Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

This program is co-presented by Global Exchange.


When: August 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 General | $5 Students/Seniors | Free MoAD Members

(Lyka Sethi and Geoffrey Iwata, 2018, 65 minutes)

Puerto Rico has been in a colonial relationship with the U.S. since 1898.  The documentary MOVING IN PLACE examines the current problems facing the island (high poverty, the recent debt/economic crisis and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria). We come to know several “millennials” torn between their commitment to the island and its culture or leaving to pursue opportunities on the mainland.

This is the Bay Area premiere of MOVING IN PLACE.

This program is co-hosted by Cine+Mas SF, presenters of the 11th annual SF Latino Film Festival taking place September 14-30.

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