This June, the inaugural Hampton Roads Caribbean Film Festival (HRCFF) will begin the tradition of celebrating vibrant and unique stories from the Caribbean and its diaspora, across the seven cities.

The Hampton Roads region is home to a blended mix of residents from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The Caribbean-American community shares a great part of the region’s history and is positively invested in its continued growth.

Through the power of film, the Hampton Roads Caribbean Film Festival aims to not only entertain, but to create dialogue, generate a cultural appreciation and understanding of Caribbean life and its people through visual storytelling, and to further enrich the expanding and diverse community of Hampton Roads.



June is nationally recognized as Caribbean American Heritage Month (CAHM). Established out of “the need to create and disseminate knowledge about the contributions of Caribbean immigrants to America,” CAHM became a presidential proclamation on June 5, 2006.

The Hampton Roads Caribbean Film Festival will serve as a potent medium to commemorate the legacy of Caribbean people in the United States and to raise a regional and global awareness of their impact.

There are many Caribbean-Americans who have made generous and notable contributions to the United States. Here are a few you may recognize:

  • Alexander Hamilton - Founding Father and the first Secretary of the Treasury; born on the island of Nevis
  • Jean Baptiste Point du Sable - the pioneer settler of Chicago, Illinois
  • Shirley Chisolm - the first African-American Congresswoman and first African-American woman candidate for President
  • Roberto Clemente - the first Latino inducted into the baseball hall of fame
  • Rita Moreno -The only Latina actress and singer to be awarded an EGOT: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony.
  • Claude McKay - a poet of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Colin Powell - the first African-American Secretary of State
  • Al Roker - a meteorologist and television personality
  • Celia Cruz – the world-renowned Queen of Salsa