“The Garifuna Nation” Screening At The Bronx Museum
“The Garifuna Nation” (2011, 82 min.)
Screening of documentary film
by Carlos de Jesus
Where: Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street, Bronx.
Date: Friday, October 28
A feature-length video documentary, “The Garifuna Nation,” presents a cultural encounter between two distinct Afro-Caribbean experiences: Afro-Puerto Rican and Garinagu (also called Garifuna).
Through these two parallel perspectives, the video looks into how the slave experience has historically played itself out in different ways and how circumstances determine who we are today. Having escaped the ravages of slavery in the Americas, a group of West Africans joined with Carib Indians to form the Garifuna culture that has survived for over 212 years — on self-reliance, sacred spirit-possession practices and dance moves.
Now, the Garinagu people must face the challenge of interfacing western lifestyles and modern technology with the long-held values regarding their community.
Q&A will follow film.