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Are you the Caribbean’s biggest movie buff? Let our trivia column put you to the test

  • A scene from Ava and Gabriel — see question 6 below. Courtesy Ava and Gabriel

Our Round Trip travel feature, starting on page 20, takes you to some of the Caribbean locations made famous in the movies — now test your knowledge of Caribbean-related cinema history with our trivia quiz! Check your score in the answers below. And if you’re stuck, look for hints in our Round Trip.

1. The very first movie in the James Bond series was set mostly in Jamaica, where Ian Fleming, author of the Bond novels, had a vacation house. What was the title of the film?
2. Bim (1974), which tells the story of an Indo-Trinidadian boy who turns first to a life of crime then to politics, is considered a Caribbean classic. Who was the lead actor, who later turned to politics himself, serving as a T&T government minister?
3. What is the title of the 1994 Cuban film, exploring sexuality, friendship, homophobia, and censorship, named for two flavours of ice cream at Havana’s Coppelia ice cream parlour?
4. In the 1957 Hollywood film Heaven Knows, Mr Allison, Tobago stood in for an island in what part of the world?
5. What is the name of the Haitian filmmaker renowned for his feature and documentary films on historical figures such as Patrice Lumumba, James Baldwin, and Karl Marx?
6. The 1990 film Ava and Gabriel: A Love Story, a tale of forbidden romance and social intolerance, is set in what Caribbean island?
7. Who was the first Caribbean actor ever to win an Oscar?
8. The Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther included Caribbean-born actors in two major roles — who are they, and where are they from?
9. A question for longtime Caribbean Beat readers — check our online archive for the answer! The very first issue of the magazine, back in 1992, featured a Caribbean filmmaker on the cover — who was it?

Answers:

  1. Dr No
  2. Ralph Maraj
  3. Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate)
  4. The South Pacific
  5. Raoul Peck
  6. Curaçao
  7. Puerto Rican José Ferrer, in 1950, in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac
  8. Letitia Wright (who plays Shuri), born in Guyana, and Winston Duke (M’Baku), born in Tobago
  9. Euzhan Palcy of Martinique, director of the 1983 film La Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley)