Yurumein

Andrea Leland’s YURUMEIN Launching Outreach Campaign!

Official website: www.yurumeinproject.com

Visit on Facebook: facebook.com/Yurumeinthemovie 

YURUMEIN: film trailer from Andrea Leland on Vimeo.

Yurumein has been screened in many film festivals and conferences related to the study of African Diaspora. In addition, people in Belize, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other urban centers have presented the film to their Garifuna and Caribbean Diaspora communities.  For the most part, those who are not Garifuna and from the Caribbean are learning an aspect of their history that has been hidden since colonial times.

Here is what people are saying about the film:

 The screening of your film was a pioneering moment for indigenous issues being taken up in a new kind of way at the festival, which attracts a lot of Caribbean people from across the city. ( Caribbean Tales film festival). 

 Through memory, reconstructing history, and reconnecting with others in the Garifuna diaspora, this doc- umentary makes a significant contribution to understanding the history of black and indigenous people in this region of the world. (Kwame Dixon: Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

The film is most appropriate for a people struggling to throw away a shameful past as they rediscover their true history. This applies to indigenous peoples, afro-descendants, and any other people to whom cultural revitalization is a painful process. ( J. Palacio, PH. D and Garifuna tradition bearer) 

The film is an excellent teaching tool! The editorial touch is light, providing enough information to orient the viewer unfamiliar with Garifuna history while letting the voices of the Garifuna protagonists to proliferate and leaving room for multiple interpretations.  ( Mark Anderson: American Anthropologist)

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 Our outreach strategy for YURUMEIN involves four major components: 1) Writing and publishing a high school/college-level study guide for use in Garifuna communities and educational settings; 2) Translating the film and accompanying materials into Spanish; 3) Launching outreach campaigns in the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking North America & Latin America; 4) Creating online video modules / archives, accessible to the public. Creating these video modules will involve identifying and editing raw footage that will be valuable to the transnational Garifuna Nation for personal, educational, and cultural purposes. Modules will include footage of the oral histories as told by Garifuna culture-bearers, cultural practices, and memorial services for the Garifuna ancestors on the island of Balliceaux.

Currently all unedited materials, video, transcripts etc. are located in the Center for Black Music Research library archives in Chicago, Illinois. By digitizing the materials and making them available online, there will be a much wider access to this valuable information. Access to these materials will enable Garinagu to claim and take pride in a history and heritage that has been obscured by dominant European colonial narratives. The film raises awareness of activists, artists and scholars currently working to promote Garifuna culture. Knowledge of this empowers individuals, sparks cultural and historical inquiries, and encourages cultural pride in Garifuna communities worldwide.

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