ABOUT THE FILM
SHOUTERS & THE ‘CONTROL FREAK’ EMPIRE
This thought provoking documentary produced jointly by emerging Trinidadian-Nigerian filmmaker Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade and Nigerian criminologist Professor Onwubiko Agozino questions power and social control through exposing the central conflict between Euro-centric and Afro-centric religions.
This film exposes the schisms inherent in the unhappy marriage between the secular and the sacred, first offering a socio-historical context as it re-visits the 1917 - 1951 Prohibition Ordinance on the “Shouter” Baptist religion of Trinidad & Tobago but it goes further by daring to challenge laws that legislates against a belief system, questioning the real causes and the effects of such legislation both on members of the faith and the general public.
This film intertwines Christianity with African cultural practices, it juxtaposes Euro-centricism with Afro-centricism and it restores a voice to the voiceless in a film that is compellingly visual and profoundly enlightening.
Sharon Syriac is
currently a Communications lecturer at the University
of Trinidad and Tobago and a Cultural
Studies postgraduate student at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She has twice
won scriptwriting awards from the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company for The Madonna Murti (2008)
and From Adam’s Rib (2011).
In the 1980’s, Sharon attended Holy Faith Convent, Couva, where She excelled at English Language and English Literature. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, then a Master of Arts in Literatures in English and another Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) all at the University of the West Indies, She discovered that her interest in writing led her almost naturally towards scriptwriting. Sharon's education taught her how to channel her passion. This led her to ‘how’ to create.
Episkopus Archbishop Barbara Burke
Archbishop Mother Monica Randoo
Director of Photography