Yurumein (DVD)

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Director: Andrea E. Leland – Genre: documentary – Release year: 2014 – Duration: 50 minutes

Yurumein (your-o-main) tells the powerful, untold story of Carib-Garifuna resistance against slavery that deserves its place in the annals of the African Diaspora. The film recounts the painful past of the Caribs on St. Vincent and the extermination of scores of their ancestors at the hands of the British, while building an intimate portrait of Garifuna culture-in-transition today. Yurumein gives firsthand accounts from both Carib descendents who remain on the island of St. Vincent and voices of returning descendents whose ancestors were exiled to Central America — where Garifuna traditional culture was able to survive and flourish.

When members of the Diaspora are first reunited and make a collective pilgrimage to the sacred site of Balliceaux (where the genocide occurred), the film reveals the beginnings of a movement among Garifuna people to revitalize traditional language, music, dance, and ritual. As Garifuna from around the world come together to remember and celebrate the lives and resilience of their shared ancestors, they also begin to discover possibility and hope for the future of Garifuna culture and a greater worldwide community.

“The film considers the effects of colonization, slavery, genocide, and exile as they continue to reverberate across generations, but also beautifully highlights the central role of dance, drumming, and food ways in diasporal survival and revival. This film will be a great resource for any student of Caribbean history or culture.”

MonicaHairston O’Connell, Ph.D., Executive Director(Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago)