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 DON’T CLAP trace the evolution of a musical style whose infectious rhythms and exhilarating irreverence have found their way to ever-broadening audiences worldwide.
Award-winning director Kavery Kaul’s 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 Critic’s Pick LONG WAY FROM HOME, the Maysles-Cinema theatrically released BACK WALKING FORWARD, and the National Latino Broadcasting/PBS-TV broadcast FIRST LOOK.