Calypso Rose. The Lioness of the Jungle – dir. Pascale Obolo, 2011

date: 31/07/2012 time: 20:30 place: PGE Cinema film program: music my love film program: the audience poll artistic program: films

TT, FR | 2011 | 85 min
reż|dir Pascale Obolo prod|pro Philippe Djivas, Jean Michel Gibert, Thierry Planelle scen|wr Pascale Obolo zdj|ph Selwyn Henry, Sylvain Verdet muz|mus  Calypso Rose mon|ed Yannick Coutheron, Mathieu Desport ob|cast Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Peters Winston, Kim Johnson, Destra, Denise Plummer, Adrian Campbell dys|dis Dynamo Production


Calypso Rose is the leading ambassador of Caribbean music, a living legend, a charismatic woman and the diva of Calypso. She started singing as a teenager and has recorded over 800 songs to this day. We accompany her on her journey between three continents: from Paris to New York (where she lives), through Trinidad, Tobago and back to the ancestral continent, Africa. The story becomes a road movie, during which we observe different faces of Calypso. She is a successful artist, defender of women’s rights, a human being with fears and worries, and finally: a person who loves life and music above all. The French-Cameroon director Pascale spent four intimate years with the star. The film had its premiere in the place where Calypso was born, on a small Tobago island.

Pascale Obolo (1967)
Director, born in Cameroon, lives and works in Paris. She studied directing at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris. She discovered the marvel of Trinidad during the carnival; this Caribbean island strongly reminded her of Africa. She wanted to honour the culture of that place, in her own words: “I realised that I will return there to make a film about Calypso music. It is now my turn to contribute to sharing this music which is an important part of Caribbean heritage.”