Caribbean Film Series: A 5th Anniversary Festival

Caribbean cinema is at a highpoint critically and artistically, in the ways its filmmakers thrill, entertain, and inform audiences globally. Our new four-day festival here at BAM, not only marks the five-year anniversary of the Caribbean Film Series, but also provides an unparalleled platform to reflect on the Caribbean and its diasporic experiences, in new and unconventional ways. No ‘Jafaican’ accents here, our selections are the truth.


Nyugen E. Smith is a first generation Caribbean-American interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working in Jersey City, NJ. His work is informed by the conflation of African cultural and spiritual practices and the remnants of colonialism in the African diaspora. His work considers imperialist practices of oppression, violence, and intergenerational trauma. He holds a BA from Seton Hall University and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has conducted public programs, visiting artist lectures, and panel discussions at institutions including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Cooper Union, New York; and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.  Nyugen was a 2016 recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Performing and Visual Arts Fund, 2018 Franklin Furnace Fund awardee, and a 2018 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant awardee.


The Caribbean Film Series: A 5th Anniversary Festival, is produced by:

Series Curators
Romola Lucas and Curtis Caesar John

Artistic Director
Jason Fitzroy Jeffers

Creative Director
Keisha Rae Witherspoon

Programming Director
Jonathan Ali

Events Manager
Alysia Christiani

Tech & Media Coordinator
Justen Blaize