CHILD-PLAY




Writer/Director/Producer: Michelle Mohabeer
Innovative Narrative, 16mm Film,
Canada/Tobago. 14 min, 1996


Set in an imaginary nameless space that closely resembles the Caribbean, Child-Play is an allegorical Dream Tale paralleling the "innocence" of childhood and the elder phases of existence.

Ateesha Mansara, a woman in her early seventies has lived a life colonized by her own fears about the threat of usurpation of her identity by the Dutchman Spirit of a child molester, whom she previously encountered when she was ten years old. The spirit of Georgie De Root revisits Ateesha fifty years later in a final attempt to lay "claim" to her soul. Or does he?

--M.M.


*AWARD:

Honourable Mention Certificate for Best Direction of CHILD-PLAY at 11th IMAGES International Film & Video Festival 1998, Toronto

CAST

Young Ateesha Mandisa......................... Sade Taylor
Elder Ateesha .....................................Julie Roberts

Georgie de Root...................................Jocem Juurlink

Ramona (Ateesha's Mother) .................... Sonia Dhillon
Miss Monica....................................... Anila Soje

Playmates...........................................Ashley Chung & Zachery Polius

KEY PRODUCTION CREDITS
Writer/Director/Producer/Production Designer: Michelle Mohabeer
Toronto & Studio Cinematographer: Kwoi Gin
Tobago Cinematographer: Alina Martiros
Editor: Miume Jan [Sound Editor: Michael Werth
Composer: Donald Quan
Bata drums: Rick Lazar, Ravi Naimpally, Marcus Chonsky
Yoruba Vocals: Eliane Abolicao
Art Director: Alina Martiros



Festival Screenings to Date (1998-99)


*Women In The Director's Chair, Chicago, 1999

*Selected for Competition at The 1st Hollywood Black Film Festival, at University of Southern California 1999.

*Official Selection 17th VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Canada, 1998

*San Juan Cinemafest, Puerto Rico, 1998 (In Caribbean Competition)

*The 5th Annual Victoria Independent Film Festival, British Columbia, 1999

*2nd SHORTS International Film Fest., New York, 1998 (In Drama Competition)

*11th IMAGES International Film Festival, Toronto {Award: Honourable Mention, BEST DIRECTION, 1998}

*2nd Urban World Film Festival, New York, 199 8

*21st Asian American International Film Festival, New York, 1998

*6th International Caribbean Women's Writers. Scholar's Conference. Grenada, 1998 (Attended as a Panelist & Screened Work)

*7th Desh Pardesh Festival Toronto, 1998



BROADCAST & PURCHASES--CHILD-PLAY

Women's Television Network
purchase for Broadcast on Shameless Shorts January 2nd & 3rd 1999 (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)

DVTV-Cable 54 Philadelphia Purchase for: Unquote Television, June 1999 Broadcast date

Manhattan-Public Access Television. New, York

-Arizona State University Purchase, US
-University of Victoria Library Purchase, Canada
-Claremont University Library Purchase, California

Distributors:

USR: Third World Newsreel (New York
Phone: (212)947-9277 Ext# 308 /Fax: (212)594-6417

Canada: CFMDC Phone: (416) 588-0725 / Fax: (416) 588-7956

RECENT PUBLICATIONS 1997-1998
(Featuring Michelle Mohabeer and films)


Jackson, Claire & Peter Tapp, eds. (1997). The Bent Lens. Australian Catalogue Company.

Redding, Judith & Victoria Brownworth , eds(1998). Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors. Seal Press.


Contact: Michelle Mohabeer @ Third Eye Productions 90 SPENCER AVENUE, #2. TORONTO, ONTARIO M6K 2J6 /CANADA PH: (416) 539-0076 / FAX: (416) 539-9181 Email: thirdeye@interlog.com

c. Third Eye Productions 1997.

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