Written, Produced and Directed by Alí Allié and Ruben Reyes
Synopsis: A Garifuna language teacher, Ricardo, struggles to preserve his endangered Afro-Amerindian culture by building a language school back in his home village in Honduras, Central America.
A business venture with his brother designed to raise money for the school’s construction becomes complicated by the expansion plans of a nearby tourist resort into indigenous territory.
Historical parallels are invoked as Ricardo’s son rehearses a stage play about the Garifuna people’s last stand against British colonialism over 200 years ago in their motherland, the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean.
Who are the Garinagu (plural of Garifuna)?
The Garinagu are descendants of Carib, Arawak and West African people who live in the coastal regions of Central America. Since they refused to submit to slavery, the Garifuna managed to preserve both their African roots and their Amerindian heritage, a fusion resulting in a unique ethnicity considered indigenous to the Americas.
In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed the language, dance and music of the Garifuna as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. (Garifuna Trilingual Dictionary released in 2012 by producer Ruben Reyes»)
However, even with this acknowledgement in intellectual and educational circles, the survival of the culture is at risk due to globalization, poverty, AIDS, discriminatory land measures, and lack of educational opportunities.
NEW YORK: Friday, January 18, 2013, 6:30 PM
Best of the New York African Diaspora Film Festival
@ COWIN CENTER, TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
525 W. 120th Street, NY 10027
(Enter on Broadway between 120th and 121st; take 1 train to 116th Street. You must have I.D. to enter the building.)
For tickets ($13) call (212) 864-1760 or buy online:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/303949
SAN DIEGO: Sunday, February 3, 2013, 11 AM
San Diego Black Film Festival
@ READING CINEMAS – GASLAMP 15
701 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101