Thursday 17 October, 2019

Taromi Lourdes takes the lead at Worldwide Women's Film Festival

Scene from the award-winning film, Hush-a-bye, in which Taromi Lourdes won Best Actress at the Worldwide Women's Film Festival

Scene from the award-winning film, Hush-a-bye, in which Taromi Lourdes won Best Actress at the Worldwide Women's Film Festival

Trinidad and Tobago continues to stamp its name on the world of film, as actress Taromi Lourdes wins big at the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival.

Lourdes won Best Actor for her film ‘Hush-a-bye’, a short film which she also wrote, directed and produced. The festival was hosted in Phoenix, Arizona from February 8-10. 

The film, which premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in 2018 takes a deep look at post-partum depression and how it affects not just the new mother but the family unit.

She was moved to create such a film following a few incidences, including a young mother committing suicide as a result of post-partum. “I told myself this story needs to be told,” she told Loop. “I wrote 10 pages in a weekend.

“It felt really good, I’ve been doing this for over a decade so it feels amazing to have won.”

'Hush-a-bye' was entered into several other festivals including the Canada Shorts International Film Festival where it won an award of merit and most recently selected to at the GATFFEST Film Festival in Jamaica which is carded for June 21-30.

Lourdes has quite an extensive portfolio in the industry spanning film and theatre, television, radio, commercials including 'The G Spot', 'Locked Up Abroad', 'The Vagina Monologues', and as the lead in Kes the Band's 2014 music video 'Stress Away', to name a few. "Even though I started this in 2005, it was only much, later on, I realized I could really do this on a bigger scale," she said.

At the moment, Lourdes is gearing up to move abroad to pursue acting full time. Although she'll be attending castings and maintaining her presence in front of the camera, she plans to use it as leverage to continue to build her name as a director and producer. 

Looking to the future, Lourdes intends to pay it forward and share her wealth of knowledge with the next generation of actors.

"I want to reach a point where I can give back whether it be internships for students at a studio, scholarships...because we have the talent here but the question always arises 'How do we make a living from it?'

"Locally, it's still not accepted as a viable career and that whole mental shift needs to take place. I think that budding actors and actresses need to see that there is value, there is a life you can build from it and you can dream big."

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