Shea Best is a filmmaker from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a graduate of the UWI film programme with a double major in Film Production and Film Studies. His entry into film comes with his prior experience in the performing arts as well as his love for technology and its use for storytelling. His most noted film works are Darkie (2012) ,a short which premiered at the trinidad + tobago film festival 2012 and toured the region, the latest festival showing being at 2017 edition of the Timehri Film Festival in Guyana ; as well as El Cast (2013) a spanish language short in the Dominican Republic under Vin Diesel's and the government of the Dominican Republic's organisation One Race Film Foundation. His most memorable film experience to date is his personal internship with Will Smith and M.Night Shymalan during the pre-production of After Earth (2013). He hopes to be a contributor with his work to the emerging voice of the contemporary Caribbean and the wider region.
No Bois Man No Fraid
"Keegan Taylor is in his 20s. He has been a frontline soca singer in the biggest soca bands from Trinidad & Tobago, worked in the oil industry graduated from university and won multiple medals internationally in karate. Benjamin Rondel is in his 30s, has trained and achieved rank in over 19 martial arts, worked in the oil industry in South and Central America and travelled the world as a certified instructor in martial arts and weapons training. He is the National Coach of one of the most successful Mixed Martial Arts & SAMBO teams in the Caribbean.
These two re-discovered their roots in the unique Trinidadian martial art of stickfighting or Kalinda and were accepted for mentorship by living legends of the art.
This film is their story and the contemporary retelling of what Benji describes as: “This maybe over 2000 year old art, handed down generation by generation to ensure the survival and protection of the village... for me, the greatest living martial artists I have ever met, who understand tactics, strategy, doctrine, improvised weapons, weaponised combat, blades, stick... Trinidad does have its own martial art.”
Follow Keegan and Benji as they enter the potentially lethal arena of the Gayelle, which to them, is a ring of liberation, “where I am a human being and I deserve to be alive and anybody in this circle I respect because they understand the value of life.”