This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
Presented by the Georgia State University's School of Music, Rialto Center for the Arts, Office of Student Life and Leadership/Intercultural Relations, and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History
Garifuna Film Series
Tuesday, April 15 - Thursday, April 17
Tuesday, 12 PM - The Garifuna Journey
The Garifuna Journey is a voice testimony of the history, the language, food, music, dance, spirituality, and resiliency of the Garifuna people. The Garifuna are descendants of African and Arawak-Carib ancestors who fought to resist slavery and to maintain their homeland on St. Vincent Island in the eastern Caribbean. For this love of freedom, they were exiled by the British in 1797 to Central America. Shot entirely in Belize, the filmmakers worked closely with Garifuna tradition bearers, anthropologists, and cultural activists during the research, scripting, production, and editing phases of this project.
For additional information see: www.newday.com/films/GarifunaJourney.html
Wednesday, 12 PM - Play, Jankuna, Play: The Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual...
One of the most popular Garifuna rituals is wanaragua, a three-fold system of masked Christmas processionals called Jankunú that is a unique blend of African, European, and Arawak and Carib art traditions. As dancers adorn themselves in colorful regalia to mimic past foreign oppressors they symbolically affirm their identity. In Play, Jankunu Play, descriptions of the three processions and dance styles are interspersed with interviews by Garifuna singers, drummers, dancers, cultural advocates, and scholars on the significance of rituals. Images of similar processionals in other locations include masquerade traditions in the Caribbean, North America, and England, and West Africa.
For additional linformation see: www.der.org/films/play-jankunu-play.html
Thursday, 12 PM - The Garifuna -- An Enduring Spirit
Set to the rhythm of traditional paranda music, this intimate documentary reveals Garifuna culture through the daily lives of these charismatic people of southern Belize. The Garifuna are the descendants of shipwrecked Africans and the Arawak-Carib of St. Vincent Island. With the voices of their ancestors and the eternal rhythm of the drums to guide them, the Garifuna continue an unbroken and unique heritage with their own language, religion and
Saturday, April 19
11 AM - Punta in Office: The "Politics" of Garifuna Popular Music
11:30 AM - Garifuna Global Groove
12:15 PM - UNESCO Proclamations & Popular Identity
1 PM - Lunch Provided
Saturday, April 19
Moderator - Leslie Gordon
Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University
Haas Howell Building, Room 150
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History