LOS ANGELES - Feb. 10, 2014 - PRLog -- The award-winning feature film "Garifuna in Peril" will be released on DVD April 1st. Cited as "thoughtful, enlightening" by Tambay A. Obenson of Shadow & Act, and "unique and distinct" by Mark Bell of Film Threat, "Garifuna in Peril" is a family drama that offers an educational look at the Garifuna culture and history, while also evoking the themes and challenges that all indigenous groups face: that of retaining their land, culture, language and identity. The film has screened to large audiences at over 40 film festivals in 10 countries, and attracted media interest due to its status as the first dramatic film primarily in Garifuna, a language proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The film was shot in Honduras and the United States, with a cast of newcomers, and features 19 tracks of Garifuna music in its soundtrack. Subtitles in English or Spanish are selectable on the DVD.
The plot of the film follows the journey of a Garifuna language teacher Ricardo 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 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.