Green Days by the River

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Trinidad and Tobago | 2017 | 102 minutes | Michael Mooleedhar

A young teen in 1950s coastal Trinidad learns bittersweet lessons of life, love, loss when he is forced to choose between an attractive city girl or the daughter of a wealthy Indian plantation owner in this melodrama based on the beloved 1967 novel by Michael Anthony.

It's 1952 in the coastal village of Mayaro, Trinidad, and although he doesn't know it, young Shellie's (Sudai Tafari) life is on the verge of change. Due to his father's worsening illness, he and his mother are on the verge of poverty, leaving this shy, worry-stricken 15-year-old little time to be with his peers, getting in trouble and courting young "janes." Luck arrives in the form of Mr. Gidharee, a local wealthy Indian farmer who takes a shine to Shellie and trains him to pick fruit and cocoa on his plantation. Even luckier, Shellie is quite fond of Gidharee's daughter Rosalie and is ecstatic to find that she returns his affection. All seems well until Shellie meets city girl Joan at a local dance, and what seems like an innocuous love triangle turns more complicated and sinister with each passing day, forcing Shellie to learn bittersweet lessons of life and love that will define his future forever. Based on the beloved 1967 novel by Michael Anthony, Green Days by the River artfully handles weighty issues of race, class, servitude, and lost innocence, giving SIFF audiences a vision of Trinidad and its history they'll not soon forget.

Director Biography
Green Days by the River' (2017) is the first feature film of rising film director Michael Mooleedhar. This probing look at Trinidadian culture is the culmination of his journey into understanding the forces of culture & race. His previous successes were short films which he collaborated with his mentor Professor Patricia Mohammed gaining acclaim locally and as far afield as New Dehli. 'Coolie Pink & Green' (2009) not only won People's Choice at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival but opened the Parvasi Film Festival in New Delhi. 'The Cool Boys'(2012) and 'City on the Hill' (2015), explored inner city struggles in a tasteful thought-provoking way. 'City On The Hill' Went on to win People's Choice Award at Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Michael has traveled widely, seeking to understand the world in which he lives and to translate it into film, creating a truly unique voice in world cinema.

Sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UW

  • Director: Michael Mooleedhar
  • Principal Cast: Sudai Tafari, Anand Lawkaran, Nadia Kandhai, Vanessa Bartholomew, Che Rodriguez
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Trinidad and Tobago
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Producer: Christian James
  • Screenplay: Dawn Cumberbatch
  • Cinematographers: Andressa Cor
  • Editors: Michael Mooleedhar, Christian James
  • Music: Laura Karpman
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2017 (Best Trinidad & Tobago Feature Film Award, People's Choice Award), Barbados Independent Film Festival 2018 (The Carmichael Award for Exceptional Storytelling)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English-Creole (Trinidadian Creole) & French-Creol
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP