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Miami’s first-ever Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival announces its lineup

‘Ayiti Mon Amour,’ the story of a Haitian teenager obsessed with learning Japanese, opens the Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.
‘Ayiti Mon Amour,’ the story of a Haitian teenager obsessed with learning Japanese, opens the Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

A magical neorealist fable set in post-earthquake Haiti (“Ayiti Mon Amour”), a young woman’s exploration of her late uncle’s past in Puerto Rico (“Memories of a Penitent Heart”) and a drama about a young man living in a crime-infested town in Trinidad and Tobago (“God Loves the Fighter”) are among the highlights of the Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival, to be held in Miami Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St.

Eight feature-length and nine short films will be screened at the inaugural edition of the event, which is presented by Third Horizon, the Miami-based collective of Caribbean artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers, in association with the Caribbean Film Academy, the Brooklyn-based non-profit organization.

The festival is a passion project for Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, whose 2014 short film “Papa Machete” screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world. Part of Third Horizon’s mission is to reframe the public’s impression of the Caribbean and its diaspora as more than a vacation destination.

“There is so much more to the Caribbean than what is often conjured up in the popular imagination,” said Jeffers, co-founder and artistic director of Third Horizon. “The Caribbean is history’s greatest unintentional experiment in cultural diversity, and the stories, sounds and visions that have emerged from this in many ways serve as examples of where so much of the world is heading.”

The festival was made possible by a $50,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant. Among the lineup are three films — “The Stuart Hall Project,” “Generation Revolution” and “Pressure” — that center on the lives of Caribbean people living in Britain, one of the first major sites of Caribbean migration in the 20th century.

Workshops, musical performances, DJs, parties and art exhibits will also take place during the festival.

“We’re excited to be bringing the best new and recent films from the Caribbean and its diaspora to Miami audiences,” said Jonathan Ali, director of programming of Third Horizon. “There’s a world of stories by fresh, eager voices just waiting to be discovered, and we can’t wait to present them to an audience that we know appreciates great cinema. Every film in our slate—whether it’s personal or political or both—is a revelation.”

Tickets are $12 per screening (a festival pass that grants entry to every event is $85). For a complete festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit www.thirdhorizonfilmfestival.com or email info@thirdhorizonfilmfestival.com

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