4th Annual Garifuna Film Festival Welcomes a Century of Change for Indigenous Cultures


4th Annual Garifuna Film Festival Welcomes a Century of Change for Indigenous Cultures


WHERE:   Electric Lodge Performing Arts

                          1416 Electric Avenue

                          Venice CA,

WHEN:    May 22 to May 25 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

                        May 26 Proclaimed Official “Garifuna Film Day”

                      by the City of Los  Angeles and the State of California

There’s something about the critically acclaimed Garifuna Film Festival that’s capturing attention from filmmakers, musicians and artists from all over the world.  By now,  the 4TH  Annual Garifuna Film Festival is  considered an international tower of strength and a major galvanizing force for unity amongst nations.   The festival’s focus has always been to give a message of hope and solidarity with conflicting countries and cultures proving  they could work together both productively and creatively. International creators  are crediting Garifuna as a multi-sensory, multi-modal, multi-literate experience to give new voice to native literacy, pride  and identity.

The goal is to heal the divide between nations thereby transcending  petty politics and borders .

Garifuna’s child, Founder and Director Freda Sideroff, is to her heritage born and bred, She is well known for cracking the pavement, making new ground for her Garifuna International film festival.  Realizing what it it means to be stripped of her native culture, heritage, and language–because of the colonialist’s need to assimilate native Indigenous cultures and deny them their  priceless facets of heritage, she forged the Garifuna Foundation to help children   academically  as research shows that those who are immersed in their cultures perform better, have higher self-esteem, and lead more productive and happy lives.

Guest Speaker: Marianne  Williamson Marianne Williamson


is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published ten books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area, and the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. She serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, which works to end poverty in the United States and around the world. Williamson is also the force behind Sister Giant, a series of seminars and teaching sessions that provides women with the information and tools needed to be political candidates. Through these seminars,[3] she encourages women to run for office and align their politics with their spiritual values.

Hostess  Helena Cardona is a citizen of the world, calling the United States, France and Spain home. Fluent in five languages she is a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Actor’s Studio in New York. With over 55 films to her credit, Sydney Pollack  was so impressed with Helena, he based the Nicole Kidman character in The Interpreter (2005) in part on Cardona‘s life by making her a Sorbonne linguist and a musician. For Serendipity (2001), she  co-wrote with director Peter Chelsom and composer Alan Silvestri the song Lucienne, which she also sang.

 Host Police Chief  Joseph Paulino San Bernardino City Schools and VectorUSA made SBC schools safer, more secure and saved money His strong ties in the San Bernardino community, his problem-solving skills, and his passion for making a positive difference in the lives of students  is making him a role model throughout California. As police chief ,he oversees a department of 26 sworn police officers, 55 campus security officers, and more than 10 support staff. The department is responsible for ensuring the safety of the district’s 53,000 students and protecting district property.


Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl is the resident Aztec dance group for Tia Chucha’s Centro, a cultural arts center located in the North East San Fernando Valley. Beginning in September 2006, Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has worked to learn, apply and share the indigenous Mexika teachings of their ancestors through dance, drum, song and community workshops.  We dance each Monday night at Tia Chucha’s Centro and every Sundayafternoon at our local community college, Los Angeles Mission College; all practices are free to the community and open to people of all ages. We host Equinox/ Solstice ceremonies every year and present a 4-day Dia de los Muertos workshop each November, all free to the community.

Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has participated in annual local events such as the City of San Fernando Cesar Chavez March and the Pacoima Christmas Parade, has brought dances of blessing to local schools such as Head Start in San Fernando, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima and Canterbury Elementary in Arleta.  Temachtia Quetzalcoatl has had the honor of participating in annual Mexika ceremonies from San Jose, Ca., to Tijuana, Mex., and have been invited- to our great honor- to dance in American Indian pow- wows.

Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl is dedicated to the physical, social, emotional and cultural well- being of our dancers and community, viewing our dedication to the Red Road and its ceremonies as a way to bring peace and harmony into this world.



             Head Dancer:  Monique MacGregor

             Segunda Palarba:  Cristina Tacata

            Head Fire Keeper:  Citlamina Tezcacoatl

                         Concha:  Luis Linares




Garifuna International Film Festival 2015


Official Selections



Film ,Documentaries ,web series , music videos.




Languages Matters by David Grubin with Bob Holman

This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin 


The new documentary “Language Matters” explores threats to languages around the world. Jeffrey Brown recently sat down with poet and host Bob Holman to discuss the film and what’s truly lost when a language disappears.



We Still Live Here by Anne Makepeace 


Tells the amazing story of the return of the Wampanoag language, a language that was silenced for more than a century.




documentary, “Persistence of Vision,” the untold story of the greatest animated film never made…


VOODOO IN THE CHURCH IN HAITI by Andrea Leland and Richard


Cultural spirituality.


 ” The Successor of Katunga”.by Jason Mohan




Three Kings of Belize by Katia Paradis


Excerpt of the documentary film ‘Three Kings of Belize’, a movingly personal film merging three unique cultures- the Creole, the Maya and the Garifuna into an inspiring testament of hope and love in music.


RED PASSAGE by Directed by Ho Yi and based on a true story.




ALUNA by  Alan Ereira  & Aluna Movie Ltd.

Assoc. with Organisacion Gonavindua Tairona




The Time is Now by Peter Jack Arzu



The Fight to Forgive From Child Soldiers to Peace Builders by Everyday Gandhis







Revolutionary Medicine by Beth Geglia  & Jesse Elliot



 Children of War by Bryan Single 


Filmed in northern Uganda over a period of three years, “Children Of War” is a unique and incandescent documentary which follows a group of former child soldiers as they escape the battlefield, enter the sanctuary of a rehabilitation center, and undergo a remarkable process of trauma therapy and emotional healing. 


Arise documentary a film by Lori Joyce and Candice Orlando Narrated by Daryl Hannah 


Mother and daughter directors Lori Joyce and Candice Orlando come together to create the award-winning documentary Arise, narrated by Daryl Hannah, which captures the portraits and stories of the amazing women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices being perpetrated against the earth. The film weaves poetry throughout, blending stunning art, visuals, and scenery together to make a heartfelt and moving film which shares the hopefully collective story that inspires us to work for, care for, and cherish the world we call home. Featuring music by Elephant Revival and Michael Franti.


Espiritu de Mi Mama by Ali Allie’  


A Garifuna woman’s journey back to Honduras to honor her mother.

Q & A





A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, ¡Salud!looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ From the shores of Africa to the Americas, !Salud!hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba — now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone’s birth right. ¡Salud, 93 minutes,is produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Connie Field (The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter; Freedom on My Mind) and co-produced by Gail Reed


“Through A Lens Darkly



and has accompanied the film at Sundance last year, as well as to over 30 cities since 2009. We have been using this transmedia community engagement platform as a diversity & inclusion intervention tool that encourages participants to see each other as members of one family, to change hearts & minds about how we see “the other,” and as a way of building new communal relationships around shared values and experiences. We invite the community to bring their family photographs and present their story and family history, which essentially makes people realize that they are not that different from each other as we all share the same values and stories (hence the term 1World1Family).


Digital Diaspora Family Reunion


Digital Diaspora Family Reunion is a touring Roadshow that travels across the African Diaspora to uncover the hidden treasures in family photographic archive. Individuals are invited to explore the rich and revealing historical narratives found within their own family photograph albums and share their stories with the world.


Pablo Neruda the poets calling



Velo Love by Robert Corsini


Full lengh doucmentary film focusing on contemporary Caribbean Art and featuring three artists, Jose Maria Capricorne, Nelson Carrilho and Philippe Zanolino. Art and Culture from heart of the Caribbean.


Mount Everest ICE FALL  by Theodore Fairhurst

There were 16 Sherpa deaths in the The best Mount Everest Ice Fall video footage you will see. Shot with a GoPro helmet-mounted camera in the perpective of the climber. Powerful video images of the extraordinary Khumbu Glacier as it breaks up descending from the Western Cwm to Base camp. Voted top 10 at Killarney 2011 Adventure Film Festival. For more photos & videos of Everest and other high-altitude mountains that I have climbed visit: www.DareToReach.ca.ICE FALL last year.






Yurumein by Andrea Le Land


documentary about the Caribs of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.



Kilimanjaro – African Safari Masai by Theodore Fairhurst

Climbing Kilimanjaro (Kibo) and a safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Amazing footage o

f lions mating, hippos interacting, Maasai warriors jumping, the Snows of Kilimanjaro, Kibo ravens, an infant baboon protected by its parents, spotted hyenas, black rhino, giraffes, elephants, wildebeasts, etc., etc. Great African music by Kevin MacLeod. A joy to experience the extraordinary nature and beauty of mountain and plains of Tanzania.


Holy Man by


HOLY MAN: THE USA vs. DOUGLAS WHITE, narrated by Martin Sheen


Garifuna In Peril by Ali Allie’ and Ruben Reyes


A Garifuna language teacher fights to keep his endangered language alive in the face of personal betrayal and tourism’s encroachment in Honduras


Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams by


To The Bone


Garifuna Heritage by Garifuna National Council


A CLEAR VISION by Interfaith Communities United For Justice and Peace (ICUJP)



Life choices through interactive drama by the Rauol Wallenberg Institute of Ethics






BETTER by John Cantu





Griot’s Lament by Aleks Munoz







Tree Iron Cloud Oglala La Kota

a young Lakota Traditional singer/rapper.


Tie Me Up with Your Dreadlocks Performed by Bella Carib and Directed by Ross Jordan 


Guantanamo by Interfaith Community



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