Green Days By The River
A Caribbean coming-of-age classic in the tradition of Sugar Cane Alley, Mooleedhar’s first feature is adapted from Michael Anthony’s acclaimed 1967 novel. Set in 1952, the story centers on the 15-year-old boy Shellie, whose poor but the close-knit family has recently relocated to a village in Mayaro, Trinidad. With his father seriously ill, Shellie acquires a surrogate father-figure in the wealthy plantation owner Mr Gidharee. He finds himself torn between Gidharee’s seductive half-Indian daughter Rosalie and the more down-to-earth charms of out-of-town girl Joan. But does Shellie really have a choice, or has a trap been laid for him from the very beginning? “Green Days By The River” is a rich sensory experience, featuring a lush sense of place, a superb music-laced soundtrack, and vividly colored, beautifully composed cinematography.
Followed by post-screening Q&A with director Michael Mooleedhar.