The first outreach screening of the T&T Film Festival
premiered on September 20, at the Vistabella Regional Complex,
San Fernando with Mandy.
Directed by Roger Alexis, Mandy is one of six memorable
and outrageously funny episodes of Hermans Tales;
a collection of adventure stories told by Herman the puppet
and village star-boy focused on the quirky yet endearing
characters in his villagea mysterious place in which
the worlds of puppets and humans intertwine.
The 25-minute film which was locally produced in 2007 and
airs exclusively on Gayelle The Channel, tells the
story of Hermans cousin, Mandy (also a puppet and
the prettiest girl in the village) who is in
love with Claudius, her human beau for the past three yearsmuch
to the chagrin of Jadoo, Mandys father, who doesnt
approve the courtship.
Mandy and Claudiuss deep passion for each other is
expressed in an unabashedly silly Bollywood dance sequence
complete with lip-synching, male back-up dancersafter
which Claudius proposes elopement to Mandy if her father
doesnt give his blessing following a final attempt
on his part.
Determined, Claudius ventures to the Jadoos and asks
for Mandys hand. He is refused by a furious Jadoo
who informs Claudius (a farmer with five acres) that he
couldnt possibly provide sufficiently for Mandy and
that she would fare better marrying a wealthy doctor or
The quarrel erupts into a grossly exaggerated kung-fu fight
scene which ends in Jadoo crumbling unconsciously to the
ground. Mandy rushes to her fathers side, who upon
his recovery, sends her away to Tantie Mildreds house
in the Northern Range.
The next day, a contrite Claudius returns to the Jadoo house
to make amends but is told by the cunning and unforgiving
Jadoo, that Mandy has eloped with a mysterious doctor. Distraught,
Claudius drowns his sorrows in a bottle for the next few
days until Herman (who has an uncanny way of showing up
exactly when he is needed), insouciantly unveils the truth.
Claudius literally heads to the hills in search of his true
love and encounters several unlikely yet familiar characters;
including a persistent and impeccably dressed salesman and
a couple of blood-thirsty cannibals while traversing though
The journey is perilous but Claudius persists, coming within
inches of losing his life. Upon arriving at the spring bridgethe
final obstacle between his death or his happinesshe
meets Jadoo and saves the other man from the head-hunters
A grateful Jadoo exclaims that theres more to
you than meets the eye and the men decide to put their
differences aside, resulting in a cheesy, happy-ever-after
ending as Mandy and Claudius reunite.
Brought to the T&T audience by ABF and Dorodigital products,
Mandyoriginally a lighthearted tale of love surprisingly
brings to light several of our societys most profound
ailments; our disdain for agriculture or the people who
make an honest living off the land; and the prejudices that
have become so much a part of our landscape that we commit
them without a second thought.
more of Hermans Tales this week as the T&T Film
Festival continues at MovieTowne.