The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival returns to Venice for 8th annual event

Founded in 2012 by festival director Freda Sideroff, the mission of GIIFF is to provide a platform to preserve the culture of Garifuna as well as Caribbean and other indigenous cultures.

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The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIIFF) will celebrate its 8th anniversary with a four-day festival, which runs from May 23-26, 2019 at the Electric Lodge in Venice, Calif.

Opening night festivities will kick off with the Los Angeles premiere of “Dak’Toká Taíno” (I Am Taino) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. Written, produced and directed by Alba Garcia,  it is a live-puppet short film about a Puerto Rican family dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

This year, GIIFF has selected approximately 40 films, representing more than 50 indigenous communities from around the world. In the spirit of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the festival’s roster of films and workshops will tackle topics on the subject of sexual assault and sex trafficking; as well as Islamophobia, racism and inequity; civil right, environmental and social injustice.download

Founded in 2012 by festival director Freda Sideroff, the mission of GIIFF is to provide a platform to preserve the culture of Garifuna as well as Caribbean and other indigenous cultures, showcasing the cuisine, music and art of indigenous people and their communities from around the world.

“As a member of an indigenous community, I am excited to provide a platform to not only preserve, but celebrate the historical and cultural traditions of indigenous people worldwide,” shares Sideroff. “Indigenous people are integral to cultural diversity, globally, and recognizing these cultural traditions educates the majority community about the richness of traditional art forms and indigenous wisdom.”

One Response to “The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival returns to Venice for 8th annual event”

  1. Raymond Gordon says:

    I have been to this specific festival and had a truly amazing experience. I learned a lot about the garifuna culture and enjoyed each and every film shown opening my eyes to events that have or are still going on in our world. Being a foodie i also must say that the food was delicious. Overall a great experience

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