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Garifuna tradition bearers, artists, and technicians collaborated with filmmakers Andrea E. Leland and Kathy Berger to produce The Garifuna Journey, a documentary focused on the story of resistance and continuity of culture. The National Garifuna Council of Belize also worked on the project with the goal of cultural retrieval, as little had been documented and collected for its own archives.

With direction from tradition bearers in Belize, video footage and audio taped oral histories were collected, transcribed, and returned to the Belize community. The documentary was produced from these materials, focused on the Garifuna experience in Belize.

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Leland/Berger Productions


Garifuna, National Garifuna Council, Andrea E. Leland, Kathy L. Berger, Jennifer Rittenberg, Gregory Palacio, Bob Richards, Belize, documentary film, culture, identity

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The Garifuna Journey: Celebrating the Resiliency of the Garifuna People and Their Traditions study guide to the film with project background, facts, resources, bibliographies, poems, and history designed for classroom use.

The Garifuna Journey Study Guide