The Electric Lodge: Garifuna Film Festival
Begins Friday, May 12th
Runs through Saturday, May 27th
The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Every year, the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival 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. That includes a large Garifuna community in Southern California.
Celebrating its sixth annual edition in 2017, GIIFF will kick off and run through in Venice, California.
This year’s theme is "Remembering the Garifuna Holocaust" in memory of those freedom warriors who perished in the Garifuna Holocaust in the Americas 220 years ago. 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 . There will also be a symposium titled "Immigration and Its Emotional and Social Impact.”
Garifuna is a unique culture descended from the only black Africans who fought and succeeded against being enslaved in the American Continent, 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. Garifuna 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.