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Doubles With Slight Pepper - Short Film Shot in Trinidad - Executive Produced by Spike Lee

Written & Directed by Ian Harnarine
Executive Produced by Spike Lee
Starring: Errol Sitahal, Sanjiv Boodhu, Susan Hannays-Abraham
Best Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2011
Best Live Action Short Drama at the Genie Awards 2012 (the Canadian Academy Awards)
Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film:
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Full Credits:
Jason Harnarine
Ian Harnarine
Ryan Silbert
Mariel Brown
Doug Lenox
Spencer Kiernan
Sohail Bastani
Spike Lee
Spencer Kiernan
Brooke Pepion Swaney
Errol Sitahal
Sanjiv Boodhu
Susan Hannays - Abraham
Ken Boodhu
Karen Saban
Selvon Ramlal
Doug Lenox
Kimberly Parker
Perry Blackshear
Leroy Smart
Elizabeth Harnarine
Cedric Smart
Richard Gobin
Sean Dunckley
Paul Bercovitch
Kenyatta Beasley
Linda Harnarine

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Comment by Lynette Laveau on August 10, 2015 at 1:08am

Hi Ian :

I have seen this movie before and enjoyed  the artistry, and creativity being a  Trinbagonian. As a media Arts journalist/entrepreneur and theatre practitioner,  I use my platforms  of Radio and TV to share T&T culture whenever I have the opportunity.

My audience  looks forward to seeing gems like yours would love to see your movie and know how to order. Please respond and let me know if I can have  a radio interview with you and also extend permission for showing an excerpt.

Lynette Laveau,

TV/Radio producer

Transformational Success coach


Comment by Noel on June 12, 2014 at 3:12am

I just came across this movie. Eventually!

And I saw it shortly after a spate of negative mews coming out of T&T. 

I was moved. By the story, by the acting, by the general creativity and professionalism -- even if on review one recognized it as a low budget short movie. It was excellent

And moving.


and thank you

Comment by Ian Harnarine on October 24, 2013 at 12:06am

Hi Brenda,

Thanks a lot for your support. I'm working on a feature film adaptation of the short film. It's essentially the same characters and "world", but going in much more detail about their history and stories. Really can't wait for everyone to see it.

Comment by Ian Harnarine on October 23, 2013 at 5:35pm

Hi Glenroy,

Glad to hear Errol's been seen as a real talent for that long. 

There actually is Indian music in the film - specifically a Babla & Kanchan track that's used in the scene in the kitchen. It's meant to sound as if they are listening to it on the radio. It might be a bit low in the mix, but it's definitely there if you listen to it at a decent level.

However, you are right, there's not too much Indian music in the film. The reason is because of Parang. The film is set around Christmas time, and to me the sounds of Christmas in Trinidad is Parang. I'm currently working on a longer version of the film, shooting next year. In that version there will definitely be more Indian music featured. 

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on October 23, 2013 at 12:54pm

Hi, Ian happy to have you on our forum. I bet you're a Naps man like myself :). Errol Sitahal was a star, even back in high school, he was a few years ahead of me.

Culture lover that I am, I enjoyed the movie and the score but I couldn't help wondering, how come no Indian music? At least I didn't notice any.

There was pan and parang, though, which was nice.

Comment by Ian Harnarine on October 23, 2013 at 12:50pm

Oh one last thing, really glad that people know and appreciate Errol Sitahal. The man is a true genius - a rare gem of a human being and performer. I will continue to work with him.

Comment by Ian Harnarine on October 23, 2013 at 12:46pm

Hi Everyone...I'm the filmmaker that made Doubles With Slight Pepper. I'd like to thank you all for watching the film and all of the kind comments you've made - you all have a wonderful community here.

I just wanted to address a comment from MakeItPlain with regards to the performers on the musical score. Because of budget reasons, we couldn't afford to pay a large group of performers. So the composer, Kenyatta Beasley (who is an absolute genius), composed and performed all tracks. That's why he's credited as "Original Score", because he really did do EVERYTHING.

We worked together to come up with a dynamic score, one that paid homage to the music and instruments of Trinidad. One of the toughest problems with the process was trying to create music from Pan that would have a more downcast feeling to it. Pan has an inherently happy/positive feeling to it, which goes against the atmosphere that I was trying to create. It took some time, but I'm really happy and proud of Kenyatta's work and how much it helps the film.

Thanks again for all of the wonderful comments - I'm really happy that aficionados like yourselves appreciated the music, as it was really important to me. 

Comment by david de castro on October 17, 2013 at 10:48pm

very nicely done-- enjoyed it.it exploded my memory with thoughts of my home land Trinidad--if only we could get back to what Trinidad was in the old days--- when it was one love and very little crime."bandit"

Comment by Bryan Parris on October 17, 2013 at 12:48pm


Comment by MakeItPlain on October 16, 2013 at 8:32pm

Hmmm, nice film. 

I liked it. And I also loved the Pan, especially where it featured solo on the soundtrack background.  Absolutely beautiful, and haunting.   What was that, a four pan? However sadly there is no credit for who the player is.

How predictable. Guess he/she was not important enough (unless they're bashful)

I went through the credits at the end of the film screen by screen, did not see any info for that. How consistent.

And of course, the Trinidad and Tobago film company has as part of its logo, the PAN as the circular part of the 'film reel'. Isn't it interesting how the instrument held in such high contempt by a percentage of people in the land of its birth, features prominently as an identifier at times.  Hmmm.

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