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Voodoo and the Church in Haiti
Western and African cultures collide in Haiti resulting in religious conflict between Christianity and Voodoo. Despite centuries of vigilant opposition from the Christian Church, Voodoo has flourished in Haiti and continues to be one of the strongest elements underlying Haitian…
Yurumein (Homeland) - The Caribs / Garifuna of St. Vincent in the Caribbean
An untold history of the indigenous Caribs on St. Vincent: their near extermination and exile by the British 200 years ago; and return of some in the Diaspora to reconnect with those left behind. A postcolonial story of re-identification. The…
The Garifuna Journey - Celebrating the Resiliency of the Indigenous People of Belize
A celebratory documentary, with engaging scenes of fishing, cooking, dancing, cassava preparation, thatching a temple, spiritual ritual, music and dance all demonstrating the Garifuna link to the Carib-African past. Descendants of African and Carib-Indian ancestors, the Garifuna fought to maintain…
The Long Road Home: The Odyssey of a Young Guatemalan Maya Refugee
During the 1980's, the CIA backed the Guatemalan government's efforts to destroy the resistance movement that was growing among the indigenous Maya peoples. Human rights organizations around the world condemned the army's "scorch and burn" policy, whereby the government backed…
DEAD WHEN I GOT HERE - Asylum from the Madness
Compassion, pathos and life affirming redemption are discovered by a man as he manages a mental asylum run by its own patients in Juarez, Mexico. The seeds of hope profoundly brought to life by his daughter in LA who thought…
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Jamesie, King of Scratch - A Spirited Musical Journey to the U. S. Virgin Islands
79-year old James Brewster is an uncompromising musician from the Caribbean island of St. Croix known for his humorous, provocative and playful compositions and lively performances. Scratch band music, also known as Quelbe, is an indigenous, grass-roots form of folk…