Film Critic KAM WILLIAMS Names The Independent Film GARIFUNA IN PERIL, One of The Best Films of 2013

Film Critic KAM WILLIAMS.  Photo courtesy of foreverdc.com

Film Critic KAM WILLIAMS. Photo courtesy of foreverdc.com

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New York, New York — Syndicated Film Critic, Kam Williams, named the new, independent film, GARIFUNA IN PERIL, one of the top films of 2013.

Directed by Ali Allie and Ruben Reyes, the Garifuna In Peril film was included as an honorable mention in the category of best foreign films.  Specifically, it was named number 24 out of the top 25 foreign films of 2013.  I have not been able to find a review of the Garifuna In Peril film from Mr. Kam Williams.  Perhaps a review of the film will be published in the future.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, Mr. Kam Williams is syndicated in over 100 black newspapers, blogs and websites in the United States and Canada.  He is a journalist largely known for being a film critic.

aalbc.com, a website that he contributes to, explains that Mr. Kam Williams was “voted Best Male Entertainment Journalist of the Decade by the Disilgold Soul Literary Review in 2006, Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications around the U.S. and Canada. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the African-American Film Critics Association, the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee, and Rotten Tomatoes.”

The website also notes that, “In addition to a BA in Black Studies from Cornell, he has an MA in English from Brown, an MBA from The Wharton School, and a JD from Boston University.”

Garifuna In Peril Film.

Garifuna In Peril Film.

 

The plot of film, GARIFUNA IN PERIL follows the journey of a Garifuna language teacher Ricardo (played by co-director Ruben Reyes) in Los Angeles as he struggles to be a good father, husband and brother while taking responsibility to preserve his native language, traditional culture and community lands against the expansion of tourism.  Ricardo’s plans to build a Garifuna language school on the north coast of Honduras become complicated by the expansion plans of a tourist resort in the area.  Personal betrayal pushes him to travel to Honduras and directly confront land issues in tandem with his educational mission.

Meanwhile, Ricardo’s son Elijah (played by E.J. Mejia, Jr.) rehearses a theater play dramatizing an episode from the life of Garifuna Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer / Satuyé and his last stand against the British on the island of St. Vincent, the same historical events dramatized in William A. Brown’s now-lost play The Drama of King Shotaway, a play that is credited as being the first ‘black’ play in the United States.  Below is the trailer to Garifuna In Peril, which is in Garifuna, Spanish and English (with English subtitles).

Below is the trailer to Garifuna In Peril with subtitles in Spanish.

The GARIFUNA IN PERIL film originally premiered at the London Latin American Film Festival in 2012 and since then, it has been shown all over the United States and at film festivals in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Tanzania, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia, winning several awards.  The producers recently toured the film in Belize, Honduras and Guatemala.  It has also screened before enthusiastic audiences in New York City, Miami, San Francisco and Atlanta via the on-demand theatrical distributor TUGG.

“Garifuna in Peril” is the first feature film with the majority of dialogue in Garifuna, a language proclaimed by UNESCO in 2001 as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.  The Garinagu (plural of Garifuna) are considered indigenous to the Americas, their culture and language arising from the mixture of African and indigenous Caribs and Awaraks on the island of St Vincent, located north of Venezuela.  After successfully thwarting British attempts to colonize the island for over 150 years, they were finally defeated and forcibly removed from the island in 1797 and now live in the coastal regions of the Central American countries of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Other options for those interested in updates and other news regarding the new independent film, Garifuna In Peril; are to visit the website for Garifuna in Peril or the Facebook page for Garifuna In Peril.

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