Garifuna Movie Wins Audience Award in Italy, Tours Central America

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LOS ANGELES - Oct. 29, 2013 - PRLog -- The feature film "Garifuna in Peril" produced and directed by Alí Allié and Rubén Reyes screened in Italy this month at the Festival del Cinema Latino Americano di Trieste, winning the audience choice award.  This news came while producer Reyes was on a ten city screening tour in northern Honduras where the movie was filmed, and where the majority of the Garifuna live in Central America.  "The film has now been delivered to the Garifuna community," Mr. Reyes remarked at a packed screening in Punta Gorda, Roatán, where the Garifuna people originally landed in Honduras after being exiled by the British from their homeland, the island of St. Vincent, in 1797.

Earlier in the year, Allié and Reyes toured the film in southern Belize, another Garifuna population center, and also participated in the Muestra Internacional de Cine y Video en Defensa de la Vida y el Territorio in Guatemala.

The film is scheduled to screen in the U.S. cities of Atlanta, Detroit and Houston in November, and will have its Caribbean premiere at the Bahamas International Film Festival in December, winding down its year long film festival run which included showings in 12 countries and multiple awards.  The producers are now weighing distribution options for a DVD/VOD release early next year.


The plot of the film follows the journey of a Garifuna language teacher Ricardo (played by co-director Ruben Reyes) in Los Angeles as he struggles to be a good father, husband and brother while taking responsibility to preserve his native language, traditional culture and community lands against the expansion of tourism.  Ricardo’s plans to build a Garifuna language school on the north coast of Honduras become complicated by the expansion plans of a tourist resort in the area and personal betrayal by a family member pushes him to travel to Honduras and directly confront land issues in tandem with his educational mission.  Meanwhile, Ricardo’s son Elijah (played by E.J. Mejia, Jr.) rehearses a theater play dramatizing an episode from the life of Garifuna Paramount Chief Joseph Satuyé and his last stand against the British on the island of St. Vincent, the same historical events dramatized in William A. Brown's now-lost play The Drama of King Shotaway.

"Garifuna in Peril” is the first feature film in the Garifuna language, a language proclaimed by UNESCO in 2001 as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.


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