One Hand Don’t Clap (1988)

A vibrant documentary on calypso and the emergence of soca, or soul calypso, through the eyes of two legendary artists, Lord Kitchener the Grandmaster of the music and Calypso Rose, the first woman to break through in a traditionally male arena.  Forging onscreen the connections between American communities and where families come from, the documentary leads audiences from New York recording studies to the awesome magic of Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago. Calypso is an avenue for political expression which reflects regional and global themes that continue to resonate. Featuring artists across the 20th century, the many generations in ONE HAND DONT CLAP trace the evolution of a musical style whose infectious rhythms and exhilarating irreverence have found their way to ever-broadening audiences worldwide.

Filmmaker Bio
Award-winning director Kavery Kauls films have been screened in theaters, on television, and in all media worldwide. They have been featured at Telluride, DOC NYC, FESPACO, India, London, Rotterdam, and Sydney Festivals; at the Kennedy Center (DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Cleveland Museum, and High Museum (Atlanta).  Kavery has garnered the Best Cultural Film Award. Her credits include the Imagen Award Nominee CUBAN CANVAS, Film Threat and Time Out Critics Pick LONG WAY FROM HOME, the Maysles-Cinema theatrically released BACK WALKING FORWARD, and the National Latino Broadcasting/PBS-TV broadcast FIRST LOOK.