Post-Film Moderators, Caribbean Cinematic Festival: February 23- 26, 2017

The four day festival will highlight cultural contributions as well as address polarizing issues in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora. These highlights will be explored through film, dance, post film discussion, spoken word, and food.

The Caribbean Cinematic Festival includes, Post-Film Moderators, per the following schedule:



  • David Knapp | Legends of Ska | February 24 @ 6pm
  • Cecilia Green | Songs of Redemption | February 25 @ 11am
  • Ynesse Abdul-Malak | Murder in Pacot | February 25 @ 1pm
  • Shinichi Takahashi | Cu-bop | February 26 @ 12pm

Caribbean Cinematic Festival Post-Film Moderators


David Knapp | Legends of Ska | February 24 @ 6pm 

Caribbean Cinematic Festival 2017 Legends of Ska

David Knapp is an assistant professor of music education at the Setnor School of Music, with a dual appointment in Syracuse University’s School of Education. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, including elementary and general music education methods, assessment in music, special topics in music education, and foundations of music education.His work has been published in the International Journal of Community Music, General Music Today, and The World of Music. He also regularly presents at national and international conferences for the National Association for Music Education, among others on topics related to community music and multicultural music education.


Cecilia GreenSongs of Redemption | February 25 @ 11am

Caribbean Cinematic Festival 2017 Songs of Redemption

Cecilia Green is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Syracuse University. She researches and writes on the historical sociology of race, class, gender, and generation in the Anglophone Caribbean, as well as on contemporary issues of development in the sub-region. She is a member of the Board of Directors of CFAC. This is the fourth year of her involvement in the annual Caribbean Film Festival put on by the Center.


Ynesse Abdul-Malak | Murder in Pacot | February 25 @ 1pm

Caribbean Cinematic Festival 2017 PACOT

Ynesse was born in Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 13. She is a Registered Nurse and received a BS in Environmental Health and MPH at the American University of Beirut and has an MA in Sociology from Syracuse University where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology. Her work focuses on understanding how social structures impact the aging processes of individuals over the life course with a special emphasis on U.S Caribbean immigrants. Ynesse is the  co-editor Grandparenting in the U.S. (2016), with Baywood Publishing and is currently co-authoring a book manuscript, Grandparenting Children with Disabilities.  To date, she has presented her research nationally and internationally. In addition to researching and publishing, Ynesse enjoys teaching courses on race, aging, gender, immigration, and research methodology.


Shinichi TakahashiCu-bop | February 26 @ 12pm

Caribbean Cinematic Festival 2017 Cu Bop

Takahashi has recorded Cuba’s culture and people for about 20 years as a photographer. He has also produced CDs of Cuban music.

The film, Cu-Bop is his directorial debut. He spent three years submerged in the culture in order to create the film; putting his love and passion for Afro Cuban music into this project.



The film has been screened during:
– PanAfrican Film Fest 2015 Los Angeles.
– The 15th   D.C. Caribbean Film Festival of AFI.
– African Diaspora International Film Festival 2015.


2007 – CUBA Trip – (SHC-Publishing department)
2009 – MONDO CUBA – (Tokyo kirara sha- Publishing)
2011 – Lifestyle of CUBA – (Senken Shinbun Company)

Perfomances By:

Thursday Feb.23, 6pm SU Dance Troupe Raices
Friday Feb.24, 6pm SU Dance Troupe Kalabash
Saturday Feb.25, 1pm – Local Poet Rae Sunshine