ST. JOHN (June 12, 2013) — Award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrea Leland has just launched a crowdfunding campaign for her upcoming film YURUMEIN (Homeland) — a documentary about the revival of Garifuna culture on the island of St. Vincent. Through her fiscal sponsor, the Center for Independent Documentary, Leland is trying to raise $20,000 by August 16th to complete post-production on the film. Leland is requesting help to finish graphics and animation, sound design and color correction for the film. Any remaining funds will be used towards outreach and distribution efforts.
When Leland began to film YURUMEIN, Garifuna culture had been all but lost on the island of St. Vincent for the last two hundred years. The Garifuna people, descendants of the native Carib and Arawak people and West Africans, once lived freely on the island of St. Vincent. Forced into hiding and exile by British colonial forces during the 18th century, St. Vincent’s Garifuna descendants knew little of their ancestral language, rituals, dance, music or food. While traditions may have been lost on St. Vincent, Garifuna culture flourished in the exiled communities of Central America. In the film, Leland captures the efforts of St. Vincent’s Garifuna descended population to recover their cultural traditions by connecting with their brothers and sisters in the larger Garifuna disapora.
Leland has worked with and filmed the Garifuna diaspora for the past twenty years. Her 1998 documentary, THE GARIFUNA JOURNEY, focuses on the culture of the exiled Garifuna in Belize. The idea behind YURUMEIN came to Leland during a 2005 screening of THE GARIFUNA JOURNEY in St. Vincent. Locals learned that where Garifuna culture had been suppressed on St. Vincent, it flourished in the diaspora. The Garifuna community in St. Vincent expressed a desire to reconnect with the larger diaspora, and Leland says, “the story of YURUMEIN began that very day.”
Leland has completed shooting the footage for YURUMEIN in both St. Vincent in Los Angeles. She is now in the critical stage of post-production. She hopes to raise the funds to complete the film and screen it at film festivals, community groups, classrooms and widely within the Garifuna diaspora. Also in the works is an interactive website where Garifuna worldwide can upload their own video stories.
A trailer and more detailed description of the film are available on the campaign page.
Contact: Andrea Leland, Director, Yurumein Film Project
St. John and Virgin Islands News
Sahara Dust Air Pollution Alert
By Source Staff — June 12, 2013
The territory is under an air pollution alert for ongoing high levels of wind-blown dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
The dust causes the skies around the U.S. Virgin Islands to be hazy, which reduces visibility and results in poor air quality. As a result of the dust storms and a rise in warm air, the sand rises above the desert and these sandy dust particles are transported from the North African desert westward over the Atlantic Ocean across the Caribbean….
With the summer camp season just around the corner, the Friends of V.I. National Park lined up a roster of camps at the V.I. Environmental Resource Station on St. John to suit campers from ages 7 to 17. Camps are free for Virgin Islands residents.
“We’re creating future stewards of the island,” Friends program manager Karen Jarvis said. “They’re learning about underwater marine-based ecology.”
Camp kicks off July 8 with the first of the eco-camps for youths ages 7 to 12. That three-day, two-night camp wraps up July 10.
Subsequent eco-camps run July 11 – 13, July 15 – 17 and July 18 – 20.
“Our focus is on the land-sea interaction zone in the mangroves,” said Randy Fish, resource station operations manager…
St. John Weather
Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind 18 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%
St. John Live Music Schedule Thursday June 13
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
7:00 – 9:00
John Gazi of West Lindy
Jazz with Rich and Greg
5:00 – 9:00
6:00 – 9:30
6:30 – 9:00
7:00 – 10:00
Lauren Jones Magnie
5:00 – 8:00