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Friday will be the night of great celebration when Paradiso's Outdoor Cinema will present Belize's first motion picture - Kurse a Di Xtabai!

This movie was not only filmed in Belize, by an all Belizean cast and crew but it is also in Kriol!! The film is a supernatural thriller that is set to impress and along with the fact that the screening will also have the cast making an appearance, it sure is something that we should not miss!!

So come on out and support Belize's first motion picture - showings are on Friday 7th September at 6.30pm and 8.30pm and tickets can be bought in advance from Paradiso Cafe!

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This is a great film, it has been showing across Belize since the Film Festival in July. It is a shame that the cost of $15. will prevent most local families from seeing it. The films debut in Cayo, Benque etc only charged $3.00, $1.00 for children. I think sometimes we try to do good but we close doors for our neighborhood families that would truly appriciate this film. It just dosnt seem right. Cayo and Benque had great turnouts by locals. I will go..$15 is a great deal for me, but I would love to be sitting next to my Belizean neighbors and watch them enjoy...


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I am not a movie critic by any means, but I do know when I love a film and when it leaves me hanging. I finally got a chance to catch a showing of the film "Di Kurse a di Xtabai" directed by Matthiew Klinck. Filmed in Creole/Kriol and featuring all first-time actors, the movie was shot in my home village of San Antonio, Cayo. San Antonio was the place where I grew up, listening to my tiny, wizened grandmother speak of the various folktales of our history. Told in Mayan, those stories always brought chills to my cousins and I, and when told right before bedtime, when all of us had to line up and go to the outhouse one last time before bed, the mere sound of the wind rustling in the trees had to mean the Tata Duende, or the Xtabai or Sisimito were lurking just waiting to snatch one of us.

So, I know a little bit about the story of the Xtabai. I know that the stories I was told always involved men in some drunken form or another, stumbling down the dark roads trying to find their way home. Legend has it that they are suddenly charmed by the apparition of a beautiful woman, so beautiful she is irresistible, and men walk up to her in a trance, embracing her. And there, it gets ugly, as she folds them in her arms, and turns into a prickly tree, piercing the men's skin, and causing great agony and high fever that can only be cured by the bush doctor.

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