Three Kings of Belize

  • Trois rois (Tres Reyes)
© Katia Paradis, 2007
Genre : Musical
Type : Documentary
Original title : Trois rois de Bélize
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2007
Format : Feature
Running time : 88 (in minutes)

In a small Central American country (Belize) with a population of 285,000, three veteran musicians share moments of their daily lives with us.

Paul Nabor, 79 year old fisherman and legendary Garifuna composer has played the same guitar for 53 years. Even though he has forgotten most of his songs, his spirit remains strong.

Florencio Mess, a Maya harp player, spends his solitude making traditional violins, guitars and harps while he awaits his next trip outside his small village.

Creole accordionist, Wilfred Peters, is proud to have played for the Queen of England, his ineffable charm and humor is his ideal antidote for the old age.

As time goes by and progress settles in, we are reminded that nothing is eternal. Despite the lack of interest by the younger generation, these three extraordinary men offer us a glimpse of hope, freedom and humanity.

A film by Katia Paradis

Canada (2007) - BETACAM - 88 min. - English, Creole with English subtitles

Direction and photography: Katia Paradis
Editing: Natalie Lamoureux
Sound: Hugo Brochu, Martin Allard


Tres músicos ancianos de Belice nos hablan de su vida cotidiana. Paul Nabor, pescador y legendario compositor de música garifuna ha tocado con la misma guitarra durante 53 años. Florencio Mess, arpista maya, aborda su soledad fabricando violines tradicionales en espera del próximo viaje. Wilfred Peters, acordeonista criollo, se enorgullece de haber tocado para la Reina de Inglaterra. Los tres tienen en común el sentido del humor y la poesía con que resisten la pérdida de sus tradiciones musicales.

Titulo Original: Tres Reyes
Dirección: Katia Paradis
Guión: Katia Paradis
Edición: Natalie Lamoureux
Sonido: Hugo Brochu, Martin Allard

País: Belice
Idioma Original: Inglés
Categoría: Documental
Tipo: Color
Duración: 88 min.
Año de producción: 2007


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  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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