Port of Spain in Trinidad is the murder capital of the Caribbean. Someone is murdered every 17 hours, and most of the victims are under 25. God Loves the Fighter realistically portrays what it is like to live in Laventille, one of the most dangerous slums in the world.
Although the subject and style are reminiscent of other slum films such as City of God and Slumdog Millionaire, the grim narrative and the dub reggae soundtrack by Freetown Collective, Q. Major and Redman give the film its own unmistakable style.
Homeless street poet King Curtis is the prophetic, omniscient narrator. He tells the raw, tragic story of Charlie, a young man growing up in Laventille. What he wants most is a good life with an honest job, but his hopeless circumstances nevertheless lead him into a life of crime. When prostitute Dinah crosses his path and desperately needs help, Charlie reaches a crossroads in his life. Prize winner in Curaçao, IFFR 2014.

Filmmaker
Damian Marcano
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Trinidad and Tobago
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
96’
Language
English
Producer
Alexa Bailey, Paul Morgan
Production Company
Blue Cinamon Group
Sales
Stray Dogs
Writer
Alexa Bailey, Damian Marcano
Cinematography
Damian Marcano
Editor
Damian Marcano
Production Design
Alexa Bailey
Cast
Lou Lyons, Muhammad Muwakil