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Iff Panama: Maria Govan on Understanding Violence, Trinidad’s Jab Devil Dance and ‘Thriving’ Film Scene (Exclusive)

13 April 2016 5:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A powerful businessman, James, seduces a dirt-poor 18-year-old student, Greg, who dreams of becoming a photographer, but is being pushed by his mother to apply for a medical scholarship which would take him to Europe and into a moneyed career. In another time, another place, their relationship could have been an idyll. In Gregory’s world, however, the mixture of religious conservatism, macho patriarchy and desperate economic need is a perfect storm. As James inveigles himself into Gregory’s life, he pushes the lad – who refuses to accept his homosexuality let alone reveal it – into a desperate corner where he has only one kind power left to him.  Set in a singular Trinidad and Tobagan world, in its humble hills and beaches – whose vistas and customs, caught in a Jab devil dance carnival will be a revelation for many audiences who have never seen Trinidad or Tobago – “Play the Devil »

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