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The UK premier of the Bahamian film "RAIN"

The UK premier of the Bahamian film "Rain"was shown on the closing night of the 6th Annual Images of Black Women Film Festival, which celebrates and promotes women of African Descent in cinema, both on screen and behind the camera. The screening took place on Sunday 11 April 2010 from 17:50 to 19:45 at the Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR.

Rain

A very beautiful and poetic film with stunning cinematography, is one of the first films produced indigenously in the Bahamas to receive international recognition.

When her grandmother dies, 14 year-old Rain leaves her tiny Ragged Island to travel to Nassau to seek out the mother who abandoned her as a child. Rain is devastated to discover that Glory lives in a desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged neighborhood called "The Graveyard," and that she resorts to prostitution to support her drug habit. With no strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running.

Maria Govan's film shows a different side to Nassau where, in the shadows of luxury resorts and ocean liners, lives a subset of islanders battling the ravages of drugs, HIV infection and extreme poverty.

The film was introduced by Mr. Frank Davis, First Secretary and Consul, and Ms. Julie Angove, a representative of the Bahamas Tourist Office,  took part in a Question and Answer session immediately following the screening.  Regretably Ms. Govan was not able to travel to London for the screening.