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Carnival’s cultural regression

While everyone and their granny was at Pan on Sunday, I was at home,,watching this documentary on “The Other Side of Carnival.” In the first few minutes of the documentary, a woman takes to the streets – asking people about the historical roots of Carnival. Their answers are nothing short of appalling.

“I don’t know how it came about and what it is. To me it’s just people in the road, jumping up, wining, gyrating themselves listening to soca music.”

“I don’t know, I wasn’t there. The message today is that the women are becoming more nudist and stuff. I can’t tell you the message long ago.”

The documentary then goes on to discuss some of the side-effects of carnival that many people overlook – unplanned pregnancies, STD’s, Carnival’s effect on workforce productivity..and how Carnival as we know it today has completely forsaken most of its cultural/historical roots..in favor of commercialization.

“Costumes (for women) keep getting smaller, while prices keep getting higher. In the future, I see women playing Carnival topless.” – one UWI Lecturer remarks.

“The Other Side of Carnival” is a fantastic documentary well worth the watch.


“The Other Side of Carnival is a 45-minute documentary (by Charyesse Harper) that explores Carnival’s social and economic impact on Trinidad & Tobago.

With more than 60 interviews from professors, medical staff, police officers, government officials, students, tourists, every day locals and more, The Other Side of Carnival is able to highlight that while Carnival is an exciting occasion, it is a festival that creates turmoil, which is not widely visible…or is it just simply ignored?

Known as “The Greatest Show on Earth” by the citizens, this documentary captures the roots of Carnival and how far some go to keep the original idea alive, and how others attempt to integrate change.

Consummating over two years of research and interviews and with the coordination of a multi-national crew (Trinidad & Tobago, US and UK), The Other Side of Carnival does not pass judgment on Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago, but aims to bring an awareness of the type of influence that Carnival has on the population.”

Credit to dbandwagonist for posting this documentary first. 🙂


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