Presented in partnership with Taller Puertorriqueño, Scribe Video Center’s Producers’ Forum Series presents the feature-length video documentary, Garifuna Nation, directed by Carlos de Jesus, 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.
The screening will be held on March 20 at 7:00pm at Scribe Video Center (4212 Chestnut St 3 floor). Cost: $10 general admission, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe members and Taller Puertorriqueño affiliates.
Carlos de Jesus is an award-winning producer-director of documentaries and drama in film and video whose film and video work has been exhibited in New York City at the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, International Center of Photography, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and in California and Washington, D.C. De Jesus directed and co-produced The Performed Word, a National Endowment for the Humanities docudrama on the African-American preacher; New Voice (PBS), WGBH, Boston; Watch Your Mouth!, a PBS/NBC series for WNET/Thirteen, New York. He direted Sonrisas (PBS), KLRN, Austin and executive produced and directed Imágenes, for NJN, Trenton. He is a key participant in the First World Order Project, a long-term telecommunications project that will focus on traditional as well as contemporary expressions of African cultural practice throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, India, and the Pacific Islands. De Jesus is currently an Associate Professor of Film and Television at New York University.