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May 25th Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival

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The Electric Lodge



VENICE, California 90291

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May 25th

11:00 11:45 AM


Antonio Coello

From oral tradition to cinematic action: a path to story metamorphosis

This master class is intended to introduce the attendants to a methodology to adapt and create screenplays. The participants will acquire tools to structure stories and to administer the conflict within them. The workshop aims to rediscover native storytelling tradition as a primary source for the creation of films that can contribute to the revitalization of indigenous cultures and languages.

Includes Creation of the World

Runtime 10 minutes

Duration: 1.5 hours; Screenplay development


12 – 1:20



A short documentary about the Indigenous architects and collaborators behind the new Indigenous public space built in Collingwood, Canada.

Director Biography - Tracey Strnad

Worth Dying for Bertha Caceras

Runtime 25.26

Trailer https://vimeo.com/220826482

Berta Cáceres, Honduras’ most well-known land and environmental campaigner, and winner of the International Goldman Prize for the Environment was brutally murdered in her home over a year ago.
More people in Honduras are killed per capita than anywhere else in the world for defending the land and over 80% of cases go unsolved.
“Worth Dying For?” explores the aftermath of the murder of Berta Caceres and the extraordinary epidemic of death sweeping land rights activists in Honduras; we interview the Caceres family, carrying on the legacy of Berta and COPINH, Miriam Miranda, leader of the Black Fraternal Organisation of Honduras, (OFRANEH), Juan Jimenez, the head of the new anti-corruption agency MACCIH, and the Human Rights Ministry of the Honduran Government.

Nikola Mine


Runtime 30 minutes

Trailer https://vimeo.com/259714964

Wai : fish, Maha : people.

Both an ethnographic study and an artistic meditation, this film presents the life and rituals of the Waimaha people through their myths. Shot in the Columbian Vaupès, a region which has attracted anthropologists since the 1970s, the film relates three ancestral Amazonian legends told by shamans. It foregrounds the spoken word of learned men and women who keep this culture alive and adapt it to the 21st century. The musicality of their language and their non-linear narration of this culture's thought meld with contemplative tableaux, rendering a double and renewed reality for the spectator.

Director Biography François Fleury



RUNTIME 01:04:25

Trailer https://vimeo.com/289316453

A group of women, led by a Kontomble Voice Diviner, pilgrimage into Northern Mongolia to heal the wounds created between modernity and our ancestors. Woven together by interviews and dreamlike vignettes, it's a story of grief in being lost and forgotten, and how remembering our sacred relationship with the Little People, we truly can heal the world.

Director Emmy WU


Shattered Dreams Sex Trafficking in America

Runtime 55 minutes


Trailer: https://vimeo.com/269676418

Synopsis Shattered Dreams is a comprehensive documentary that examines the pervasive, dark underworld of sex trafficking in America. Heart wrenching personal stories from survivors of the illicit sex trade and leading experts reveal how vastly misunderstood and disregarded this important human rights issue has been.

As hundreds of thousands of victims’ lives are destroyed by this multi-billion-dollar industry, the complex challenge of targeting the cause of this deeply embedded problem is exposed. Will increased awareness finally drive real solutions to save lives or will we continue to let this underground industry thrive in America?

Director Biography - Bill Wisneski

4:00 – 5:30


Filmmakers Q &A


Runtime 10:51

Synopsis :In this fast-paced thriller, a resistance soldier in the near future, must travel back in time to prevent a future genocide. Catch is, only his mind can jump through time, not his body, and the teenage host he must take control of is not exactly the ideal candidate.

Ctsenmew’sctem re Stsmemelt

(Showing the way for the children)

Runtime 36:55

From the Front Line

Trailer : https://vimeo.com/314553243

Runtime 30 min

Every young adult we give a chance to at our Manara center to learn a trade, we are together giving them a chance at a better life no matter where they live.

Lighthouse Peace Initiative Corp. (LPI Corp) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the quality of life for the Syrians and a vulnerable population living in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.

Film by Syrian Youth


7 minutes Synopsis A women is questioned over the spearing of a man. Q &A

5:45 P– 7:45 P



Trailer : https://vimeo.com/287471792

SYNOPSIS : In December 2015, the political rhetoric against Muslims was escalating. Dr. Larycia Hawkins, an African-American political science professor at Wheaton College—a prestigious evangelical school outside of Chicago—wanted to show support for Muslim women. She posted a photo of herself in a hijab on Facebook. “I love my Muslim neighbor,” she wrote, “because s/he deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity….we worship the Same God.”

Within days, Wheaton’s Provost suspended Dr. Hawkins, eventually moving to terminate her tenure. Were the school’s actions a move to protect its Christian theological purity, as it insisted? Or was it, as some suggested, the result of racism and Islamophobia? “Same God,” directed by Wheaton alumna Linda Midgett, follows the journey of Dr. Hawkins while exploring the polarization taking place within the evangelical community over issues of race, Islam, religious freedom…and Donald Trump.



LINDA MIDGETT is an independent documentary filmmaker, TV producer and screenwriter with writing, producing and directing credits on many major networks, including NBC-Universal, The History Channel, A&E, Discovery, PBS, National Geographic and LMN (Lifetime Movie Network). Her work has won numerous awards, including two Emmys.

Linda’s documentary credits includes Hometown Stories: The Greek-Americans of Charlotte for PBS, which won a regional Emmy for best cultural documentary; Through My Eyes, a documentary about teens struggling with suicide, depression and eating disorders. Through My Eyes was nominated for a regional Emmy, and was awarded the national Voice Award for excellence in mental health programming; The Line, a film about people living below the poverty line, commissioned by social justice organization Sojourners; and The Stranger, a film on immigration reform commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table.

Linda lives in Baton Rouge, LA with her husband, John, and two children.



Master Class


Piper Dellums – Drama therapy, Emancipation of the Human Spirit


Genre: Music Video






When we come from a place of true repentance; When we feel as if we deserve no grace; When we are at our lowest point and find ourselves in our darkest moments; that is when Gods presence, which is always there, manifests in heaven, on earth, in family, and in the care of strangers-Angels unaware. It is then when GRATITUDE changes everything.


Piper Dellums


Piper Dellums is a public and inspirational speaker, host, advocate, author, survivor, and drama, arts and writing therapist specializing in issues of aging, child, domestic and sexual violence, abuse, addiction and trauma.She is the 2018 INSPIRIQUE Circle of Light recipient, along with Oprah Winfrey, for her dedication to victims and women's rights international advocacy work. She was the Senior Vice President of HMP (Helping Mankind on Purpose, EGTVN Productions and Television DISH network, and the creator, director and producer of 8 original content shows for the ACTS DIVISION of the network, and the Ambassador of Communication for SNTF (Shop now to fund non profits). Piper is the founder of EAG Essential Artist Group Talent Agency, an accomplished writer, producer, inspirational speaker and entertainment executive.Mrs. Dellums is an ordained and collared Pastor and Minister. Her mission’s ministry focuses on human dignities, human trafficking, rape, trauma and sexual abuses, substance abuse, advancement and implementation of the 30 universal human & civil rights, freedom from depression, the past, and grief counseling. She is a powerful inspirational speaker with 20 years of experience; speaking at social and political activists’ conferences and events, women’s prisons, women's rights and empowerment conferences, myriad synagogues, churches, schools, and human rights forums all over the United States, and South, East and West Africa. She was the keynote speaker at Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday celebration at the Spielberg/Capshaw auditorium in Los Angeles, Nelson Mandela’s LA vigil, International Day of Peace Celebration of Vietnam Vet and Peace Activist, Safe children of Belarus Help the children-Belarus, International Day of the Girl in American Samoa, American Samoan domestic and victims advocacy summit, The American Samoan Women’s Prison in-house drama therapy advocate, Super Woman Summit of Beverly Hills, INSPIRIQUE USA, NAPSA Summit and Award recipient (National Adult Protective Services Association), UHURU 400 African Americans journey to freedom, Senior Day Elder rights and Abuse Advocacy of Austin Texas, Ron Kovic for the MYHERO FOUNDATION, United Nations USA San Diego Annual Conference, and was chosen to be one of the United Nations USA Delegates at the CSW58- (Commission on the Status of Women).

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