Paradise Lost shows what happens when carnival, catholicism, and coming out collide.
Paradise Lost was screened in Image, Memory and Representation: The Work of Inge Blackman at the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2007.
Trinidad and Tobago is seen as a paradise holiday destination full of fun loving people. When gay visitors go to the island at carnival time they are surprised at the warmth and openness of the people. However when the music stops and the gay Trnidadians are left to live their lives what is it like for them?
In Paradise Lost, the filmmaker domiciled in the UK, returns to Trinidad to find out what it really is like to be a queer Trinidadian. She interviews her parents, and Trinidadians.
What you discover is a complex country mixing tolerance and censure, religion and ritual, forming an uneasy relationship with queer folk.
Each interviewee shares their story to produce a powerful testament to the flexibilty of the Caribbean culture and the universal survival of the human spirit.
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