Tony Hall

Tony Hall, left, records and directs an

interview with Black Stalin, second from right, as Dawad Philip, right, looks on.

Photo: LORD STREET THEATRE COMPANY

Last week Tuesday, film enthusiasts came out in full support for the films that were screened at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain (NAPA). One such film was A Mural by the Sea, directed by Tony Hall.

Hall’s 20-minute film was screened along with a series of other shorts, however, some were left disappointed after the promise of a panel discussion on the film didn’t materialise.

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