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Posted by Sophia Feuer at 4:37PM

Blog posting written by Sophia Feuer, Cinema and Photography, '18, FLEFF Intern, Briarcliff Manor, NY. 

On the final days of FLEFF, film-goers gathered to watch the screening of Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan. Needless to say, it was more than just a screening.

The feature-length documentary provided a special insight into the history of the steelpan. It explored how the steelpan came about, as well as its global influence, in a colorful way that revealed much about the culture in Trinidad & Tobago.

We were very lucky to welcome the director Charysse Tia Harper to the screening. We all had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the promising young filmmaker, who shared with us her inspiring vision.

The Q&A that followed was moderated by Jairo Geronymo, an international musician and guest of FLEFF. I felt that the dynamic between Geronymo and Harper made for one of the best duos and discussions that I experienced out of all the events that I attended at Cinemapolis. Geronymo’s enthusiasm and engaging questions paired with Harper’s wealth of knowledge and articulate answers created an open and intriguing dialogue. Even though the film had ended, my Panomundo experience continued.

Earlier in the week I had the pleasure of hearing Charysse Tia Harper engage as a panelist at the FLEFF lab event titled, The Political Landscapes of Cinema: Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean.

On interesting topic that Harper discussed was her view on the United States, and how regulated the the industry is. She explain that creating an international documentary was a lot easier for an independent filmmaker, such as herself, to get recognition outside of the US. She said that from her exeriences people seem to be humbled that she is coming to their country to showcase who they are. Overall, she stated that working internationally has been amazing for her.

Panomundo Part 2: Pan Worldwide is estimated to be finished at some point this year, which will explore the steelpan’s influence in countries such as the UK, US, Canada, Switzerland, Nigeria and Japan. I am looking forward to the next part in Charysse Tia Harper’s journey! 

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