Trinidad & Toabago | 2012 | 16 mins
Starring Errol Sitahal, Sanjiv Boodhu, Susan Hannays-Abraham, “DOUBLES” is set in rural Trinidad. The film tells the story of Dhani, who struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles. Doubles, is Trinidad’s quintessential street food. When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life.
Written and directed by Ian Harnarine, it was shot in March 2011 at various locations in Trinidad. The shoot lasted 7 days with an entirely local cast.
Generous contributions from The Spike Lee Production Fund and The Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, made the film possible.
“DOUBLES,” won the 2012 GENIE AWARD (The Canadian Academy Awards) for “BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA.” It also won the 2011 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL award for “BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM.” The film was selected for the 2012 Cannes Short Film Corner. Most recently, it won the award for the “Best Short Film,” at the Bushwick Film Festival, in Brooklyn.
Ian Harnarine was born in Toronto and studied physics at York University and the University of Illinois. He has an MFA from NYU’s Film School where he now teaches along with the Physics Department. His short film Doubles With Slight Pepper, won the Best Short Film Award at TIFF. It also won the Canadian Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
Ian is co-writing Time Traveler with Spike Lee. He is also writing an adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel Soucouyant, and a feature adaptation of Doubles With Slight Pepper. Recently, Ian was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He has been profiled in the New York Times.