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May 26th ,2019


Proclaimed by the City of Los Angeles & State of California issued since 2011

GIIFF INT’L ART Exhibition


“Garifuna Loops “ Artist Nazim in Memoriam to Celeste Yarnall

May 26th , 2019

10:30 – 11:25

The American South as we Know it


Trailer http://storage.googleapis.com/ff-storage-p01/press_kits/trailers/001/081/618/original/e749ce8b-American_South_as_We_Know_It_Trailer_.mp4?GoogleAccessId=GOOG2M4PJ64TEC4POW5U&Signature=0G6Gj1TnkbTj2WWIByQ9CuE4wW0%3D&Expires=1554862710

Runtime 55.43 minutes

Synopsis The American South As We Know It explores the lives and experiences of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. This film depicts a time when racial tension was at its peak. The educators, historians and brave "everyday" people featured in this documentary, express their vested interest in creating a comprehensive narrative of what life was like for African- Americans in the south.

Director Biography - Frederick Murphy In 2016, Frederick founded The History Before Us Project (historybeforeus.com) to capture, preserve, and advocate for voices traditionally silenced or unheard. Fredericks training and years of experience as a licensed counselor helps him create a comfortable environment and unique bond of trust with participants of his documentaries.


11:40 – 1:10


Runtime 24.01

A documentary film which discusses the importance of place names (toponyms) in the preservation of Alaska Native languages. The burning of Douglas Indian Village in 1962, and construction of Gastineau Elementary School over Tlingit graves in 1953.

Luke Holton


Runtime 10 minutes

Two dancers express their passion and love for pre-Hispanic dance, a centuries-old tradition that represents the social and spiritual union of the Valtierrilla community in Salamanca, Guanajuato

Liliana Baeza


Mann & Quinn

Runtime 9.20 minutes

Director Statement

Mann & Quinn brought a group of film students together from various countries of the world. We want to continue this unity and promote an ideal world where people can live peacefully together. That everything does happen for a reason and magical moments happen if you just open your eyes.

Troy Cruger

First Medicine the Long Man

Runtime 14.26

Synopsis :Cherokee waters and todays issues with pollution.

Joseph Lewis Erb is a computer animator,film producer, educator, language technologist and artist enrolled in the Cherokee Nation. He earned his MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Erb created the first Cherokee animation in the Cherokee language, “The Beginning They Told”. He used his artistic skills to teach Muscogee Creek and Cherokee students how to animate traditional stories. Most of this work is created in the Cherokee Language. He has spent many years working on projects that will expand the use of Cherokee language in technology and the Arts. Erb teaches at University of Missouri teaching Digital Storytelling and Animation.

Home Beyond the Water

Trailer https://vimeo.com/265214658

Runtime 14.45 minutes

Standing in the long grass on the land where he was born, with the sea now lapping just meters away, Chief Albert Naquin remembers Isle de Jean Charles as a wonderful place to grow up.

"It's like night and day - we were totally self-sufficient here. Now you have to go off the island to survive," he said of his community in southeast Louisiana - one that is being dispersed by the encroaching waves of the Gulf of Mexico. the 1950s, the small strip of land - once 11 miles (18 km) by 5 miles (8 km) - has lost 98 percent of its mass, according to the U.S. Land Remote Sensing Program. It is linked to the mainland by a road flanked by water on either side.

The fear is that the "island", as it is known, could wash away in the next big storm.
This is the story of the 'islander's fight to find a new home beyond the water, and they are winning a U.S. Federal resilience grant which may help dreams become a reality.

Nicky Milne

Wild Whispers New Mexico

Runtime 5 minutes

A poetry video with Navajo voice-over and American Sign Language that highlights the beauty and resilience of Native Americans despite centuries of oppression and hardship.

Sabrina England Q &A

Shorts 2 – 70 minutes – Q &A

1:20 – 2:30

Back in the Water House

Runtime 14:03

Trailer : https://vimeo.com/316955016

Synopsis: A story about motherhood, Back in the Water House follows mother-daughter artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies as their relationship is further strengthened by tapa - a Tongan traditional cloth made from the inner bark of a mulberry tree.

Director Biography - Pauline Adalid Pauline Adalid is a first-time filmmaker born in Cuyo Island, Palawan, Philippines. She started doing photography and video as a hobby but found greater interest in it when she got involved in film and photography organizations in her University. After finishing a degree in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines last 2016, she decided to pursue a career track that would best suit her goals and interests. Later, she moved to study in New Zealand at South Seas Film and Television School - specializing in Documentary Directing, to learn more about the craft of documentary filmmaking. While at film school, she directed and produced short documentaries of varying length (including Back in the Water House) and worked with the diverse crew. She hopes to broaden her experience in the field of documentary through working in the media and film industry.


Runtime 13.08 minutes

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J5qTkutyWM

Antonio Coello

Synopsis ( Comedy )

A mythical love story between a girl and a fish. A cinematic adaptation of a traditional oral tale from San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia. A town declared as "Master Piece of the World's Non-tangible Heritage" by UNESCO.

Refugee Voices in Film | Official UNHCR programme


I Am Divine (music video)

StephAnn Cayetano

2:45 – 4:20

Tiwahe Tour de Ute Fitness Zones.

Runtime 10 minutes


UMUT Tiwahe Film Synopsis

The average life expectancy for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe people is only 55 years of age and the median age of their small Tribe in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico is only 26 years. The leading causes of premature death are diabetes, alcoholism, substance abuse, heart disease and suicide. In 2015 the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe held a Native National Partnership retreat with over 40 federal agencies and national partners to find solutions to improve the quality of life and life expectancy for its 2,100 members. Out of that retreat the idea for Tour de Ute – a Journey of Wellness emerged, along with the idea to create hiking and biking trails where members could get healthy on their 600,000 acres of land, as well as connect with their culture, history, native plants, and traditional ways of healing. One of the projects completed this year was the Tour de Ute Fitness Zone project funded by the Colorado Health Foundation. This Tour de Ute film documents how the Tribe engaged Native youth in an Ancestral Lands program in partnership with the National Parks Service and Southwest Conservation Corps to construct the fitness zones and how members are reducing their A1C levels for Type 2 diabetes and getting healthy on their lands.

The Boxers of Brule

Runtime 39 minutes

Devastated by her friend's suicide, young Lakota woman Shaionna forms a girls boxing team in a desperate hope of leading them down a safer path.
Though struggling with the same factors that drove her best friend to suicide, Shaionna leads the squad of sassy pre-teens to face the challenges of the reservation with relentless humor and slushy-stained smiles. But patterns of self-sabotage taunt Shaionna all the while.

Jessica Adler

MASTER CLASS 45 minutes

“SUICIDE PREVENTION” DMH LA County Department of Mental Health #5

Dr. Stephen Sideroff author of The Path Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience & Success , Yvette Ruben and UTE Mountain UTE.

4:30 – 6:25




Runtime 87 minutes



Short Synopsis:

Director Biography - Micki Dickoff, Tony Pagano

“Neshoba: The Price of Freedom,” tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice 40 years after the murders three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, known as the Mississippi Burning murders. Although Klansmen bragged openly about what they did, no one was held accountable until 2005, when the state indicted Baptist preacher Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old notorious racist, and mastermind of the murders. Through exclusive interviews with Killen, intimate interviews with the victims’ families, and candid interviews with black and white Neshoba County Citizens still struggling with their violent, racist past, ”Neshoba” explores whether the prosecution of an 80-year old unrepentant Klansman equals justice and whether healing and reconciliation are possible without telling the unvarnished truth.

Director's Bio: Micki Dickoff is an Emmy Award-winning director Micki Dickoff has been an independent filmmaker and social activist for four decades. Her production company, Pro Bono Productions, produces social justice dramatic and documentary films. Her highly acclaimed work has been released theatrically, broadcast on national and international television, and honored at film festivals worldwide. Her films have received outstanding reviews by top critics and many prestigious awards.

Micki’s directing, writing and producing credits include documentaries “Neshoba: The Price of Freedom,” about justice and racial healing; “Step By Step” and “Bush’s Deadly Ambition” about the death penalty; and, “Too Little, Too Late,” about AIDS and families for which she won an Emmy. Her dramatic films include “In the Blink of an Eye,” starring Mimi Rogers and Veronica Hamel, about injustice and the power of friendship; and AIDS films “Mother, Mother,” starring Polly Bergen, Piper Laurie, Bess Armstrong and John Dye, and “Our Sons,” starring Julie Andrews, Ann-Margret and Hugh Grant, based on Micki’s documentary, “Too Little, Too Late.”

7:00P – 8:00P


Health , Economic, political, and social equity in USA, Central America, and Caribbean

Panelist:Egbert Higinio: Belize ,Rony Figuroa: Labuga, Pablo Blanco: Honduras and Nicaragua
Dr Cadril Gill: Yurumein and Sylvia Sampson Cayetano ,Bill Flores and Leighann Hahn



Patricia Arana


Master Class

Josh Arana Presenting on Drumming for healing, and Garifuna Oral traditions and Spirituality.

Joshua Arana born to Josephine, and Simon Arana. As a child I was always passionate about my drums, I loved my drums so much that it got me in trouble many days, from primary school to high school for playing on the desk. I took this passion and made a career out of it. A career that landed me in over 20 countries all over the world, places like Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland etc. It also influences my scholarship at Galen where I did my Bachelors Degree in Anthropology; it also landed me in the job where I am now as the Coordinator of the Stann Creek House of Culture.


Steeno Aranda Recording artist son of fame Junior Aranda

Music Video Namule Steeno Aranda and Producer Juni Mar

Music video


James Love

Producer Eugene Medina

KAHYLA MARIN Ambassador of Music

Billboard recording artist


Music director keyboard for Beres Hammond, Etana ,Sanchez, Luciano , Marsha Griffiths , Producer , Mixer engineer for Sony Records , Atlantic and Capitol Records


Iseiri Isanigu Cultural Group

Presentation will consist of singing some traditional songs and dancing to the rhythm of the Garifuna drums

Iseiri Isanigu Cultural Group’s mission is to preserve the Garifuna culture by means of singing traditional Garifuna songs, dancing to the rhythm of the drums and to sharing our culture with others. The words “Iseiri Isanigu” means “New Generation” in the Garifuna language. As our elders get older it is only fitting that the new generation carries on the traditions that have been laid out for us. We believe that we too can pass on our traditional song and dance to the younger generations. Recent performances include the Annual Belize Independence celebration at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, The annual Garifuna Settlement Day Mass in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Martin Luther King parade, also performing at the Los Angeles Culture Festival’s Pre New Year’s Eve event “Live on the Green” in Pasadena. Iseiri Isanigu has also performed at several of the Belizean consulate of Los Angeles events and performed at events given by the consul general of S. Vincent of the Grenadines.

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