Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Make use of the cinema to promote regional culture
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Title: Make use of the cinema to promote regional culture
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Sunday Graphic
Publication Date: 9/17/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199627
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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'Make use of the cinema to


ST. Luclan dramatist and
author of "Banjo Man", Mr.
Roderick Watott, feels that
the cinema medium offers
maximum potential for pro-
moting cultural ties in the
"And I do not mean the
vulgar commercial cinema,"
he explained& "There is a
wealth of regional material
which can be used as the
basis for relevant films,
many Caribbean novels
which can be adapted and
made into highly artistic
And now, more than ever,
the market for such a region.
l industry is very much
there in the Caribbean, the
twin brother of dramatist
Derek Walcott claims.
Roderick Walcott's "Ban-
jo Man" had been acclaimed
by Carifesta critics when it
played in Georgetown re-
cently, and Trinidad drama-
tist Dr. Errol Hill has spok-
en of it as being unsurpassed
as a theatrical presentation
during the three-week festi-
The author has always
liked his "Banjo Man" from
a "personal standpoint" and
he never had any fears about
it succeeding at Carifesta.
"But what did surprise
me was the degree of that
success. I never thought it
would have been so popu-
He is taking "Banjo Man"
to Trinidad shortly and there
expects to meet his brother
"I have not seen Derek
for four years and as much
as I would like to offer some
explanation, I cannot say
why he did not come to Ca-
erata. I know that he is very
busy with his poetry and he
'on the brink of publish-
9 an anthology that is
rgely autobiographical. He

is also working on a film
scrip about the life of a
black Christ, commissioned
by the De Laurentiis studios
in Rome."
Roderick Walcott has been
in Canada for just over four
years on a degree course in
drama and he expects to go
on to the United States to
read for his masters degree.
"Then I intend to go home
and take up where I tett off
in the theatre," he said.
His involvement in the
St. Lucia theatre dates back
to 1950 when he and his
brother took over what bad
formerly been a middle-class

Says Roderick

choral group based at St.
Mary's College.
And it was in 1958 when
Derek took up a University
of the West Indies appoint.
ment that Roderick really
took the reins and helped to
mould the group into what
it is today.
"I have just completed
the second draft of "Chan-
son Marguerite", a full
length musical which will
serve as a counter point to
"Banjo Man".
The leading role in Wal*
cott's new musical is played
by a girl, the piece stressing
her "evergreeness" and the
main musical motifs providI
ed by the violin in direct con-
trast to those-offered in the
earlier Banjo Man".
As for the. physical ar-
rangements at Carifesta
Roderick is most pleased
with the management of
the cultural exposition.
There were some minor
hitches, but al inu al, he
spoke of a marvellous job
of catering and trnporta-

tion and other facilities. for
which the organizers must
be complimented, especially
when the scope of the show
is considered.
"I am sorry' that I was
not here to catch all the
shows. I am particularly put
out at having missed the Ja-
maica National Dance Thea-
tre Company and Guyana's
"Couvade" which I have
been told Is a fine pla.
"I expected to see much
larger efforts from Brazil
and Haiti. I had looked for-
ward to seeing something of
Brazi's carnival music with
its heavy brass.
"I was very impressed by
the musical forms presented
by Haiti and Guadeloupe,
which are really very close
to those found in my home.
"And as for your Guyan-
ese art, this is most exciting.
Your artists have a strong
tendency towards the Amer-
indian past and there is a
South American flavour in

their feel for cour VhM '
is not evident in other parst
of the Caribbean."
As far as he is caneemd,
the noticeable sawei
which plagued the fok se.
quences at Carifesta ha
stemmed from a "lack of
creative artists in the ea
There is an endless stha
of folklore just waitng to
be explored and devekpad
into scintillating stage per-
formances. There are ta-
lented players and coIae.
tent producers in the regi-
but it is the writers who
must come forward and do
their thing.
With this in mind be fs
the view that Carifesta
should be a biennial affair,
allowing those states whose
contributions wee not as
glowing as others to catch
up in some degree and show
off a new excellence the
next time round.

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