Award-Winning Film "Garifuna in Peril" to Screen in Belize

Producers Ali Allie & Ruben Reyes take their film to the Garifuna Communities in Belize, July 12-17.
LOS ANGELES - July 7, 2013 - PRLog -- The award-winning feature film "Garifuna in Peril", produced and directed by Ali Allie and Ruben Reyes, will screen in Belize July 12-17, premiering at the Belize International Film Festival and then moving south to Dangriga, Hopkins, Georgetown, Seine Bight and Punta Gorda.  There will also be a showing in Livingston, Guatemala on July 18th.  The producers will be in attendance.  The tour was made possible by donations from the Garifuna community of Los Angeles and organized by the Gulisi Garifuna Museum in Dangriga.


"Garifuna in Peril" follows the remarkable story of Ricardo, a Garifuna language teacher in Los Angeles, as he embarks on an odyssey to build a school in his native Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras.  Compelling, humorous, and deeply human, the film takes us on a journey with Ricardo as he struggles with being a father, husband, brother and cultural ambassador.  The film truthfully examines family strife and the tensions between tradition and assimilation.  These challenges, along with defending the integrity of ancestral lands from exploitative interests, are the focal point of the film's message, highlighting realities not only for the Garifuna, but all indigenous peoples worldwide.

Praised as “a commendable and heartfelt piece” by Cinema Paradiso, cited as “thoughtful and enlightening” by IndieWire, and suggested as “a film that needs to be seen” by Movie Maven, this award winning film features strong debut performances by Garifuna actors from Honduras, Belize and the USA, and is the first dramatic feature film with a majority of its dialogue in Garifuna (a language proclaimed by UNESCO in 2001 as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity).

The Garifuna are a mix of West African and Carib-Arawak Indian people who originated on the island of St. Vincent in the 17th Century, and are considered indigenous to the Americas.  They were exiled from the island in 1797 by the British and now live in the coastal regions of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the United States.

"Garifuna in Peril" originally premiered at the London Latin American Film Festival in 2012.  Since then, the film has screened to enthusiastic audiences in New York, Santa Fe, San Diego, Los Angeles, Tucson, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Houston, Athens, Berlin and Cannes, winning several awards:  “Best Narrative Feature” at the Arizona International Film Festival; “Indie Spirit Special Recognition Award” at the Boston International Film Festival; and a “Golden Remi Award for Docu-Drama” at Worldfest Houston.

The film features 19 tracks of music by Garifuna artists, including Bootsy Rankin, Emilio Nunez, Aziatic, Nuru, Julito Timbalito, Punta Cartel, Ala Suazo, Isabel Flores, Garifuna Records, Bodoma, Rene Crisanto.

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