St John Film – and Filmmaker – Presents Original Film Yurumein: Homeland

 

St John Film Society presents and original film tonight! TUESDAY, April 1, 2014
St John School of the Arts
Cruz Bay – 7:30 pm
Yurumein: Homeland 2014 Documentary / 50-minutes
What happens when a dislocated people begin to reckon with a past laden with trauma and repression?  YURUMEIN follows this journey as members of the Black Carib / Garifuna Diaspora attempt to rekindle a disappeared culture and revitalize its language, dance and music. The film reveals signs of resilience as local Vincentians (some with Carib ancestry, some without) come together to honor their ancestors and celebrate their Garifuna past, and in doing so, begin the journey of healing, rebuilding, and preserving the homeland.  YURUMEIN is a post-colonial story of re-identification and cultural retrieval among the indigenous Caribs in the Caribbean.
Andrea Leland is an independent filmmaker and artist who calls St John home. She has produced and directed award winning documentaries focusing on Caribbean and Latin American cultures. In Haiti, Belize, Chiapas, and several Caribbean islands, she works collaboratively with community members providing a forum to voice their untold stories, personal challenges and compelling triumphs. Social, artistic or political actions are placed within context of their culture, imploring the viewer to confront old myths and discover a new perspective. These documentaries are successful tools for cultural preservation.
The April 1st screening will also include two short films directed by St John residents:
Janet Cook-Rutnik & Bill Setlzer
OTHER UPCOMING ST JOHN FIMS: 
May 6, 2014: ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT
June 3, 2014:  BLACKFISH

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