CHARYSSE TIA HARPER + KEITH MUSAMAN MORTON
Trinidad & Tobago | 2010 | 45 mins
“THE OTHER SIDE OF CARNIVAL,” is a 45-minute documentary exploring Carnival’s social and economic impact on Trinidad & Tobago.
With more than 60 interviews from professors, medical staff, police officers, government officials, students, tourists, every day locals and more, the film is able to highlight Carnival is an exciting occasion.
Is it a festival which creates turmoil, and which is not widely visible…or is it just simply ignored? This documentary captures the roots of Carnival, how far some go to keep the original idea alive, and how others attempt to integrate change.
The film is a consummation of over two years of research and interviews and with the coordination of a multi-national crew (T&T, US and UK). It does not pass judgment on Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago, but aims to bring an awareness of the type of influence Carnival has on the population.
Charysse Tia Harper, was born and raised in Oxnard, California. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Cinema & Television Production and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California. She also earned a Master’s in Management & Leadership (May 2009) at Regent’s University London in the United Kingdom.
Charysse is of Trinidadian descent. She has focused on her culture in three of her projects. The award-winning film, The Other Side of Carnival (2010) that looks at the social and economic impact Carnival has on the Trinidad & Tobago society. T&T 50 in Fifteen (2012), a look at important events that have occurred during Trinidad & Tobago’s 50 years of independence. Panomundo, which examines the history of Trinidad & Tobago’s steelpan and its influence around the world.