Hosay Cedros – Uniting a Diaspora

On the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago every year since 1880 the fishing village of Cedros observes the Shia Muslim ritual of Muharram, known locally as Hosay. Through a collage of beautiful images, revealing interviews and poetic narration, this film documents the history of Hosay in Cedros. In particular, it tells of the unity among the early Indian laborers who lived on coconut plantations and who transcended religion, caste and gender to come together to commemorate this sacred event.

  • Dion Samsoondar
  • AnnMarie Samsoondar
  • AnnMarie Samsoondar
  • Prof.Frank Korom
    Key Cast
  • Dr. Kumar Mahabir
    Key Cast
  • Dr. R. Rampaul
    Key Cast
  • Bonasse Hosay Camp
    Key Cast
  • Fullerton Hosay Camp
    Key Cast
  • D'hole Hosay Camp
    Key Cast
  • St.Marie Hosay Camp
    Key Cast
  • Bois Bough Hosay Camp
    Key Cast
  • Errol Sitahal
    Key Cast
    Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Country of Filming:
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
    MovieTowne, Port of Spain
    September 22, 2012
    World Premiere
  • MIcgénero 2015 4a Edición: Movilidad humana y migración
    Mexico City, Mexico
    September 15, 2015
    North America Premiere
    First Feature Award nominee
Director Biography - Dion Samsoondar

Dion Samsoondar is an award-winning Trinidad and Tobago filmmaker. His films include the short doc Ganga Dashara, the feature documentary Hosay Cedros, a ttff/12 world premiere, and the series Down South a 30 minute television talk show. He was the cinematographer on the short fiction film Malini (2011), directed by Errol Sitahal, and was Chief Editor at CCN TV6 television station in Trinidad.

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