Flashpoint Film Festival invades Port Royal

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On Tuesday, May 20 the 2008 Flashpoint Film Festval was launched at the Ashanti Restaurant in Hope Gardens. Audiences were treated with a viewing of selected films as well as original performances from characters of the film, "Better Mus Come", by director Storm, which is set against the background of the political upheaval of 1970's Jamaica.

The release of the teen comedy "Candy Shop" by director Joel Burke is also highly anticipated.

Port Royal will be the new venue for the 2008 Festival, scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 5 - Sunday 7, at the historical sites such as Fort Charles and the Naval Hospital. Coleen Douglas, Communcation's Director of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, who has fully supported the Festival commented that, "Port Royal's history is a major economic point for Jamaica and with the Flashpoint Film Festival there, it will draw peoples' attention to the earthquake of 1692 and the novelty of the pirates and the role they played in Jamaica's history...after the festival the centre will be available for private screenings and conferences."

There will be a Multimedia Centre at the Naval Hospital which will have the capacity to screen videos and multimedia projections. Short films can also be viewed during the day for the duration of the festival.

Mutabaruka has committed himself to air public screenings of films such as; Sankofa, Rockers, One Love, Africa Unite among others, in Port Royal's public square and for free on the Moble Movie Network.