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The Garifuna International Film Festival takes place May 26 - 30, 2016

May 25, 2016


The Garifuna International Film Festival takes place May 26 - 30, 2016 at the Electric Lodge in Venice CA.
For the full schedule below and tickets go to http://garifunafilmfestival.com/

GIIFF Program Schedule

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

GIIFF Opening Night VIP Event

Location:  424 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90210

 

6:00 - 10:30pm

 

 

Keynote speaker Nicolas Alvarez

 

Live performances by Aziatic , Kaylah Marin Atecca Ravuvu

Celebrity guests GIIFF Ambassador Celeste Yarnall ,Academy Award Winner Victoria Mudd, Emmy Winner actress Rolanda Mendelle , Emmy Winner  filmmaker Duc Nguyen, Tien Pham , Minh Hang  ,Marcello Thedford , Alex Munoz , Sam Gollob, Peter Janov ,Sanelle Sibanda ,Trina McGee, Bilal Morris, Janice Collins , Laila Delmonte and Rare Hick the Aborigines actress , who stars in CLEVERMAN will be at the opening night gala , AND at the Sat Screening.  Can you please mention her as a VIP guest? And give her an opportunity to promote the TV show? It's the first SCI FI tv series to include Indigenous actors!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

GIIFF - Day 2

Location:  Electric Lodge Theater 1416 Electric Ave- Venice, CA

Doors Open: 9:00am

 

10:00 - 11:00am:    

Short Film Showcase

"Bohemian Blood" (Horror Short) ( Canada )

 

"The Life Gamble" (Action/Drama Short)

Q & A:  Peter Janov

 

11:30 - 1:30pm:  

"Zola" (Dramatic Feature-Length)  (South Africa )

Q & A:  Sanelle Sibanda

 

 

2:00pm - 4:00pm: 

Short Film Showcase feat. the Work of Filmmakers Bilal Morris and Ihuoma Ofordire

 

Worldwide Film Festival Premieres

"Lions of the South" (Documentary Short)  (  Belize )

"Bert Tucker International:  The Legend, The Man, & His Work for Belize!"

 (Documentary Short)

Q & A:  Director Bilal Morris

 

 

 

Worldwide Festival Premiere

"Furtive"  (Dramatic/Family Short) Director Ihuoma Ofordire

 Q & A:  Alexander Arzu (star of the film) and his parents, Alex and Candice Arzu

 

4:30 - 6:00pm: 

Worldwide Film Festival Premiere

"A Taste of Gullah" (Documentary Feature-length)  (South Carolina)

Q & A:   Dr. Janice Collins

 

 

6:30 - 8:00pm: 

"Lubaraun"  (Documentary Feature-length)    (Nicaragua and Honduras)

Q&A:  Maria Jose Alvarez (and/or Martha Clarissa Hernandez) will call via Skype

 

8:30 - 10:30pm  

Worldwide Film Festival Premiere

"Confessions of Isabella" (Dramatic Feature-Length)

Q & A:  Director Trina McGee

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

GIIFF - Day 3

Location:  Electric Lodge - Venice, CA

Doors Open: 9:00am

 

10:00 - 10:35pm: 

Worldwide Film Festival Premiere

"West Papua:  A Journey to Freedom" (Documentary Short)   (West Papua)

 Q & A  filmmaker Sam Gollob and Herman Wainggai

 

10:38 - 10:50pm:

Trailer for "Garifuna in Peril"    (Honduras)

Ruben Reyes speaks about the film afterwards

 

11:00 - 12:00pm:

Worldwide Film Festival Premiere

"Rebirth:  Call Of Our Mother To Renewal" (Documentary Feature-length)  (Fiji)

 Q & A Atecca Ravuvu

 

12:00 - 12:30pm

"Escape" (Experimental Short)   (Guam)

 Q &A Alex Munoz & UTE Mountain youth cast members

12:45 - 2:00pm

 

 

 

International Symposium

Topic:  Human Right Violations Against Indigenous Cultures 

 

Introductions by Dr. Stephen Sideroff

Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics

Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA

 

Moderated by Mr. Egbert Higinio

Philosophy Professor at San Jose State University, San Jose, California

 

Mr. Ruben Reyes

Garifuna Scholar/Educator/Linguistic Expert and Filmmaker

 

Mr. Herman Wainggai

Former political prisoner from West Papau and SKP, living in exile

 

Mr. Arnie Saiki

Research Director, Statehood Hawai’i /’Imipono Projects, Coordinator, Moana Nui

 

Mr. Bilal Morris

LAUSD Educator, Filmmaker

 

Mr. Duc Nguyen

Emmy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker

 

Mr. Sam Gollob

Documentary Filmmaker - "Herman Wainggai: The Hidden Genocide”

President of Sophomore Class - McLean High School, Mclean, VA

Nationally Ranked Swimmer

 

Rev. Francois Pihaataem

General Secretary of the Pacific Council of Churches

 

Mr. Damiano Logaivau

Music Director, Composer and Producer, 'Utei Productions for Rebirth, Fiji

 

Ms. Ateca Ravuvu

Actress, Stage Director, Co - Scriptwriter of "Rebirth"

 

Mr. Alex Munoz

Founder and Artistic Director of Films By Youth Inside, Filmmaker

 

(Possibly an Ute tribe elder thru Alex Munoz)

 

Mr. Rony Figueroa

Vice President of the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United

 

Ms. Cheryl Noralez

President and Founder of the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United

 

Dr. Mai-Phương Nguyễn, M.D.

Physician | Minority Healthcare & Refugee Rights Advocate | Ethnic-language Film, Radio & TV Producer

 

 

Panel ends at 2:00pm

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2:30 - 5:15pm:

Documentary Showcase featuring the work of Emmy Award Winning Director Duc Nguyen

"Bolinao 52" (Documentary Feature-length)  (Vietnam)

"Stateless" (Documentary Feature-length)

 

5:45 - 7:45pm:  

GIIFF Special Film - Back by Popular Demand

"Red Passage" (Dramatic Feature-length)     (China)

Q & A:   Director Ho Yi and Associate Vivian Chow

 

8:15 - 10:15pm:

Los Angeles Premiere

"Kung Fu Pho" (Action Comedy Feature-length)    (Vietnam)

Q&A:  Hollywood Actor Tien Pham and Minh Hang

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

GIIFF - Day 4

Location:  Electric Lodge - Venice, CA

Doors Open: 9:00am

 

10:00am - 11:15am:  

Documentary Short Film Showcase featuring the work of Filmmaker Cheryl Quintana.

"Purapecha: Poor of the Poorest" (Documentary Short)

"Tanto Tiempo" (Dramatic/Family Short)

Q&A:  Cheryl Quintana

 

11:30am -12:45pm: 

"The  Presence of Arnost Lustig" (Documentary)  (Czech Republic)

 

 

1:00 - 1:45pm:

Short Film Showcase featuring Director Alex Munoz

"Escape " (Experimental Short)

Worldwide Film Festival Premiere

"Duendes Gone Bad" (Horror Short)

 

2:15 - 3:30pm:  

Los Angeles Premiere

"Crossing Bhutan" (Documentary Feature-length)  BHUTAN

Q & A Introduction by Emmanuel Litier Director of Femme

 

 

 

3:45-5:15

If I Give My Soul  ( Brazil )

Q & A  Co Director Andrew Johnson

 

5:30pm - 6:00pm:

Worldwide Film Festival Premiere    (Iran)

"The Ground Is Breathing" (Dramatic Short)

 

6:15- 7:55pm:

"Final Picture:  Death is in the Air" (Dramatic Documentary)  (Germany)

Q & A:  Libbe Halevy   Radio talk show host and producer of Nuclear Hot seat 

 

8:15 - 10:00pm: 

"Resistencia: The Fight For the Aquan Valley"  ( Honduras)

Q & A: Director Jesse Freeston to call in from Argentina via Skype. And Aaron Montenegro

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Monday, May 30, 2016

GIIFF - Day 5

Location:  Electric Lodge - Venice, CA

Doors Open: 9:00am

 

10:00am - 11:00am: 

"Spring Of The Reindeer" (Documentary Feature-length)  (Norway)

 

11:15am - 12:30pm:

Showcasing Indigenous Spirituality:     (Mexico)

 "Teokari: Companion on the Path"  (Documentary Feature-length)

 

12:45pm - 1:45pm:

"Goayza" (Documentary Short)   (Dominican Republic )

Q & A:  Milton Sanchez

 

2:00pm - 2:15pm:

Animal Film Showcase

Los Angeles Premiere

"Save The Bees"  (Short - Promotional Animation Video) DVD

 Q & A: Director Marta Topolska for platform

 

 

2:20pm - 3:30pm: 

Animal Film Showcase

Worldwide Film Festival Premiere

"Animal Communication: Connecting With Animals"    ( France )

(Documentary Feature-length)

Q & A:  Laila Del Monte (subject of the film)

 

4:00pm - 6:15pm:    (Tibet)

Cry of the Snow Lion  A film Directed  by Maria Florio, Victoria Mudd, Sue Peosay, Tom Peosay  presents the history of Tibet under Chinese occupation. While the film depicts life at Buddhist monasteries that are closely associated with the mountainous region, it also shows other sides of the country capturing poverty found in the city of Lhasa, as well as sweeping shots of expansive Tibetan wilderness. Many notable actors contribute their voices to the production, including Martin Sheen, Ed Harris and Susan Sarandon.

 

6:30pm - 9:00pm: 

"She Sings To The Stars" (Dramatic Feature-length)  (Native American )

Film intro by Academy Winner filmmaker Victoria Mudd

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Closing Night 6:30pm -10:30

GIIFF - Day 6

 

GIIFF Celebrity Ambassador Celeste Yarnall

 

LIVE Entertainment :

 Lidan Aban Belizean and Garifuna cultural Band Featuring Ms Marie Santino Garifuna artist , Preachaman ,Glen Garcia

Drums with Turtle Shells

 

 

7:00pm-8:00pm

SCREENING  :Flight of the Refugees   (Syria )

Elias Matar filmmaker of Syrian American ,born in California ,but lived in Syria for 15 years.

40 mins Documentary Flight of the refugees’ document six days of the refugees’ journey as they cross from Greece through Macedonia, Serbian and Croatia in the hopes of crossing through Slovenia and Austria to their final destination Germany.Over seven thousand refugees start this journey everyday seeking asylum in Western Europe.

Q & A  Elias Matar and special guest Sabine Freij

 

8:00-10:00pm

SCREENING  :Dali Lama Awakening Narrated by Harrison Ford

Director: Khashyar Darvich 2hr Documentary

Dalai Lama Awakening,' which was a 15 year realization of a cinematic dream, presents the profound and life-changing journey of innovative Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve many of the world's problems. The result was an inner transformation of the participants, as well as what audiences report is a personal transformational experience for those who watch the film. Narrated by Harrison Ford and featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama.- Written by Khashyar Darvich

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

GIIFF - Day 7

Location:  Garifuna Museum - Los Angeles, CA

Doors Open: 1:00pm 

 

2:00-2:35pm

"I Had To Do It"  (Short Drama)   (Belize)

 

2:50pm-4:00pm "Lubaraun" (Documentary Feature-Length)

 

4:10pm - 5:10pm "Cobra Gypsies" (Documentary Feature-Length)  (India)

 

5:20- 6:20pm:   Worldwide Film Festival Premiere 

"Menu On The Silk Road" (Documentary Feature-Length) 

 

6:30-7:00pm:  "The Story of Friends" (Dramatic Short)    (Egypt)

 

 

 


  January 21, 2019

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