YURUMEIN (your-o-main) is an important UNTOLD STORY of Carib/Garifuna resistance against slavery that deserves its place in the annals of the African Diaspora.
Mayme Clayton Library and Museum in association with the BADWest St. Clair Bourne 4th Monday Documentary Series Presents: YURMEIN HOMELAND: The Caribs of St. Vincent Produced and Directed by Andrea E. Leland
The film recounts the painful past of the Caribs on St Vincent and the extermination of scores of their ancestors at the hands of the British, while building an intimate portrait of Garifuna culture in-transition today. We are given firsthand accounts from both Carib descendants who remain on the island of St Vincent and voices of returning descendants whose ancestors were exiled to Central America-where Garifuna traditional culture was able to survive and flourish.
When members of the Diaspora are first reunited and make a collective pilgrimage to the sacred site of Balliceaux (where the genocide occurred) the film reveals the beginnings of a movement among Garifuna people to revitalize traditional language, music, dance, and ritual. This scene features the Garifuna National Folkloric Ballet of Honduras.
As Garifuna from around the world come together to remember and celebrate the lives and resilience of their shared ancestors, they also begin to discover possibility and hope for the future of Garifuna culture and a greater worldwide community. The film includes original music by Garifuna artists: Andy Palacio and Rhodel Castillo. Additional music by Abuza from St. Vincent. Original artwork by Garifuna artist Greg Palacio.
Andrea E. Leland - Director, Producer, Camera
Andrea Leland is an independent filmmaker and artist. She has produced and directed award winning documentaries focusing on Caribbean and Latin American cultures. In Haiti, Belize, Chiapas, and several Caribbean islands, she works collaboratively with community members providing a forum to voice their untold stories, personal challenges and compelling triumphs. Social, artistic or political actions are placed within context of their culture, imploring the viewer to confront old myths and discover a new perspective. These documentaries are successful tools for cultural preservation.
Titles include: Jamesie, King of Scratch (2006), The Garifuna Journey (1998), The Long Road Home (1991), and Voodoo and the Church in Haiti (1989).
These films have won numerous awards and have screened at museums, conferences and festivals throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. Selected invitational screenings include: American Museum of Natural History, New York; 18th Bilan du Film Ethnographique, Paris, France; Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles; and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, New York.
Andrea is a member of Newday Films. She is the co-founder of the St. John Film Society which presents independent films free to the public on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands.
Q&A with director Andrea A. Leland after the screening.
The 4th Monday Canon Filmmaker Screenings is a free documentary film event to be held Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm at Canon Hollywood, 6060 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Q&A with director Edward Landler after the screening.
This event is FREE.
Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 7pm
Mayme Clayton Library and Museum
4130 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
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The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West is a project of Fulcrum Arts' Emerge fiscal sponsorship program. www.fulcrumarts.org
The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BAD West) is a professional organization providing people of African descent working in documentary film, video or other media the opportunity to network professionally, share resources, exchange ideas and meet socially in order to enhance the development, production, promotion and exhibition of documentaries. The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West also advocates the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers.