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The Electric Lodge: Garifuna Film Festival

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Name: The Electric Lodge: Garifuna Film Festival
Date: May 12, 2017 - May 27, 2017
Event Description:
Garifuna International 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 May 12th and run through May 27th 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 May 12th. 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.



The Electric Lodge 
1416 Electric Avenue 
Venice, CA 90291

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Friday, May 12th 
Runs through Saturday, May 27th 
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