Cinema Rediscovered: One Hand Don’t Clap

3:00 PM 01st October 2023 Queen's Film Theatre

Cinema Rediscovered presents One Hand Don't Clap (1991), an acclaimed documentary about calypso music.

Calypso music is celebrated in all its beauty in this restored documentary taking a bright and energising look at Calypso’s importance.

Kavery Dutta Kaul’s documentary features insightful interviews from genre legends such as Calypso Rose and Lord Kitchener as they put their careers into perspective. The film gives us an insider’s look at the music’s presence and origins on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, where it emerged in the early 19th century.

Alongside this, One Hand Don’t Clap puts us straight in the lead-up to coronation of the Calypso Monarch in Trinidad in 1986, a first-hand account of its role in the community and the celebrations that surround it, featuring beautiful live performances of songs such as ‘Pan in A Minor’ and ‘Solomon’.

“Shake your Sugar Bum Bum! The return of the classic film capturing calypso’s riotous brilliance” Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian

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