“Garifuna in Peril” movie will World Premiere in London on 25th November 2012 at the London Latin American Film Festival.
The event will take place at 5:30 pm at Yaa Centre – 1, Chippenham Mews, Maida Vale, London W9 2AN.
The movie was naturalistically shot in Los Angeles, California and Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras, with debut performances by nearly the entire cast of Honduran and Belizean actors.
“Garifuna in Peril” confronts historical and contemporary issues facing the Garifuna community such as education, health and land rights, and is the first feature film with a majority of its dialogue in Garifuna (a language proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity).
The Garifuna people are descendants of Carib, Arawak and West African people who live in the coastal regions of Central America and are considered indigenous to the Americas.
The plot of the film follows a Garifuna language teacher, Ricardo (played by Reyes), as he struggles to preserve his fading culture by building a language school back in his home village in Honduras.
A business venture with his brother Miguel (Julian Castillo) designed to raise money for the school’s construction becomes complicated by the expansion plans of a nearby tourist resort, prompting Ricardo to confront land rights issues in tandem with his educational mission.
Family tensions heighten when Miguel waivers in the face of pressure from the resort, and Ricardo’s wife Becky (Gloria Garnett) objects to her daughter Helena’s (Yessica Alvarez) new boyfriend Gabriel (Luis Martinez).
Historical parallels to the contemporary land struggle are invoked as Ricardo’s son Elijah (E.J. Mejia, Jr.) rehearses a stage play about Garifuna hero and Paramount Chief Joseph Satuyé and his last stand against British colonialism on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean over 200 years ago.
“Garifuna in Peril” World Premiere
London Latin American Film Festival
Sunday, 25th November 2012
1, CHIPPENHAM MEWS
LONDON W9 2AN
“Garifuna in Peril” Technical Information
Year of Production: 2012
Countries of Production: USA/Honduras
Running Time: 100 minutes
Languages: 55% Garífuna, 30% English, 15% Spanish
Subtitled in: English (Spanish subtitled version available)
For more information, please visit www.garifunainperilmovie.com and www.latinamericanfilmfestival.com.