ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antiguan and Barbudan feature film, “The Sweetest Mango” is now a part of the TIFF Bell Lightbox Film Reference Library in Toronto, Canada.
The Film Reference Library maintains the world’s largest resource of English-language Canadian film and film-related materials as well as a wide range of local, national and international film resources.
It is a growing resource for fans and filmmakers and the destination for the study and appreciation of film and is devoted to the preservation of Canada’s cinematic history.
The producer of The Sweetest Mango Mitzi Allen, who is Antiguan-born, is also a Canadian.
The Sweetest Mango was selected for donation to the Film Reference Library by film critic and entertainment journalist Anne Brodie.
Brodie is chairperson of the Film Festival Committee of the Los Angeles-based Broadcast Films Critics’ Association, the largest film critics’ group in North America. She is a member of the Toronto Film Critics’ Association, FIPRESC, the International Federation of Film Critics, and frequently covers international film festivals.
“I recently donated my copy of HAMAFilms The Sweetest Mango to the library in hopes of having it seen by a new audience,” Brodie said.
“I think it’s essential that Bell Lightbox Film Reference Library features a copy of The Sweetest Mango. Not only is it the first feature film in Antigua, it’s also a beautifully executed film that reflects local life, climate and colour wrapped around an inspiring romance that actually happened. It has a human scale and intimacy that is so often lacking in modern romance films.”
Produced and directed by the husband and wife team of Howard and Mitzi Allen, The Sweetest Mango was released in February 2001. HAMA produced the film as a millennium project to mark Antigua’s entry into the 21st century.
The film, which has been screened at film festivals across the Caribbean and North America, is a romantic comedy based on how a couple met and fell in love. It is not only the first feature film for Antigua & Barbuda but it is also the first indigenous film for the Eastern Caribbean.
The Film Reference Library is housed in the newly built “Lightbox” in downtown Toronto, home of the Toronto International Film Festival.
The library is free to the public and holds 19,000 volumes; 65,000 film production files; more than 100 current magazines; 12,000 DVD, video and laserdisc titles and 6,000 soundtracks, which can be viewed, experienced and enjoyed on site.