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Garifuna International Film Fest 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017 to Saturday, May 27, 2017
All day




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The Garifuna International Film Festival is an annual event based in Southern California that connects the Garifuna diaspora from all over the world as well as indigenous communities from across the globe via one of the most powerful art forms: film.

Garifunas are a unique culture descendant from the only black Africans who fought and succeeded against being enslaved in the Americas, and who also mixed with Carib and Arawak people of the Caribbean. They speak their own language, Garifuna, as well as Spanish, Belizean Kriol and English. Garifunas gave the world the gift of the beautiful music and dance called "punta" and have significant populations in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States.

This year's sixth annual edition of the festival pays tribute to those Garifunas who paid the ultimate price in their struggle and determination to always remain a free people. The theme of GIFF 2017 is "Remembering the Garifuna Holocaust," in memory of every single soul who perished in the Garifuna Holocaust from the coast of West Africa to the Honduran island of Roatán, especially the resilient ancestors who were exiled from Yurumein (present day Saint Vincent in the Caribbean) 220 years ago to Roatán, Honduras.

GIFF features independent films by, for and about Garifunas as well as other indigenous people from all over the planet. The film festival has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles, the State of California and members of Congress for its contributions to America and the preservation of Garifuna culture.

The sixth annual edition will present over 20 U.S. and international films, including features and shorts. Opening the fest will be "Wayunagu" (Our Ancestors) by directors Angel Valerio and Christopher R. Miles on May 12th, and "Walking While Black - L.O.V.E. Is the Answer" by director A.J. Ali. will close the fest on May 26th.

There will also be a symposium titled "Immigration and Its Emotional and Social Impact," sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health # 5.

Sponsored by: MoneyGram, Wallenberg Institute of Ethics, Dr. Stephen Sideroff, Roy Turner, Garifuna American Heritage United, Garifuna Veterans, Lmbradio, Karuna Healthcare, Imagine Website, KPFK, 30 Miles North P.R., Belize Runway, Clyde Gillett, Immigrant Magazine
Category Culture
When Friday, May 12, 2017
   to Saturday, May 27, 2017
All day
Where The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice,, CA 90291
Admission Ages: All ages, all films appropriate
Price: $15-$20
Contact (310) 663-5813
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