Maria Govan 2008 /93 minutes/Bahamas /English Director
Screenplay: When Rain’s beloved grandmother dies she is forced to trade her simple but happy life on Ragged Island for the uncertainties of living in the capital with her mother, Glory, who abandoned her while a baby. Home becomes a two-room Nassau shack and Glory proves unfit for parental duties, being a drug addict, a prostitute, and quite possibly HIV positive. Rain seems destined for a bleak future, but for one thing: she is a promising sprinter. Her school’s track teacher, Trinidadian Ms. Adams, becomes coach and mother figure to Rain, who is determined, almost literally, to outrun her fate. Shot in an unvarnished yet accomplished quasi-neorealist style, unsentimental yet humane in tone, and featuring a soulful pan-Caribbean music soundtrack (which includes Isaac Blackman’s “To the Ceiling”), Rain is one of the first indigenous feature films to come out of the Bahamas. It seeks to go beyond stereotypical and reductive notions of the region as simply either a postcard paradise or a cauldron of social and economic problems, instead taking a more nuanced, complex view of the realities of contemporary Caribbean life. In facing up to these realities, Rain is at times a dark and disturbing film, yet ultimately one of uplift and hope.
Awards: Audience Award, Bahamas International Film Festival 2008; Special Mention, New Voices, New Visions Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2008; Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2008.
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