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Charlotte, North Carolina — The award-winning, independent film GARIFUNA IN PERIL will be screened in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of The Charlotte Black Film Festival on FRIDAY, February 28th 2014 at 9:30 am.
Founded in 2011 by Tommy Nichols 1, The Charlotte Black Film Festival aims to create economic empowerment for, heighten awareness of, promote the significance and need for African American cinema as an art form, and to be a voice for independent filmmakers of color. 2
The Charlotte Black Film Festival is timed to coincide with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament. Since relocating this basketball tournament to Charlotte, it has drawn over 80,000 people from across the country into the downtown and surrounding areas and will serve as the backdrop for this year’s festival.
I remember being in Charlotte in 2007 while working on the musical stageplay, “If This Hat Could Talk” and while I was unable to attend any basketball games, it was plain to see that that basketball tournament was a MAJOR event as hotels were fully booked all over town.
Goals of the Charlotte Black Film Festival include:
- Promote diversity through cultural expressions, dialogue and understanding.
- Promote and display works that express the African-American experience.
- Attract economic growth and development to the state of North Carolina and the city of Charlotte by bringing all aspects of the film and television industry into the state.
- Create opportunities to sharpen film production and marketing skills through workshops and panel discussions.
- Provide an opportunity to view the vast film industry resources available in the city of Charlotte.
- Provide an opportunity to network with industry professionals and film enthusiasts.
The Garifuna In Peril film will be screened at 9:30am at:
UNCC Center City Building (Uptown)
320 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Movie passes are $30 and can be purchased at the Brown Paper Tickets website.
The plot of the film follows the journey of a Garifuna language teacher Ricardo 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 and personal betrayal pushes him to travel to Honduras and directly confront land issues in tandem with his educational mission. Meanwhile, Ricardo’s son Elijah rehearses a theater play dramatizing an episode from the life of Garifuna Paramount Chief Joseph Satuyé/Chatoyer and his last stand against the British on the island of St. Vincent.
Trailer to the independent film, Garifuna In Peril (with English subtitles).
Garifuna In Peril has screened to large audiences at over 40 film festivals in 10 countries, and attracted media interest due to its status as the first dramatic film primarily in Garifuna, a language proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The film was shot in Honduras and the United States, with a cast of newcomers, and features 19 songs of Garifuna music in its soundtrack. While the film is in Garifuna, English and Spanish; viewers have the option of seeing the film with subtitles in English or Spanish on the DVD.
Awards won by the Garifuna In Peril Film include:
- ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at The 2013 Arizona International Film Festival
- ‘Indie Spirit Special Recognition’ at The 2013 Boston International Film Festival
- ‘Golden Remi for Docu-Drama’ at The 2013 Worldfest Festival in Houston
- ‘Audience Choice’ at The 2013 Festival de Cinema Latino American di Trieste (Italy)
Trailer to the independent film, Garifuna In Peril (with Spanish subtitles).