Coconut/Cane & Cutlass

1994
30.0'
CA
Synopsis

Neither an “official historical document” nor a “persona history”, Coconut/Cane & Cutlass is a poetic meditation on exile, displacement and nationhood from the perspective of a queer Indo-Caribbean woman who migrated to Canada twenty years ago. The film is a combination of autobiographical, historical and experiential accounts and is told through a selection of printed imagery, re-created archival images, oral narratives, dance, and stylized dramatic scenes. Moreover, fragmentation is used as a narrative device throughout the film to represent the internal struggle felt by the filmmaker as she tries to “reconstitute” her own sense of self in relation to her ancestry, her history and her personal memory.