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Marooned in the Caribbean

Marooned in the Caribbean

a Linda Aïnouche film

 

 

Nobody escapes from blood and thunder in Colombia, and definitely not those in the department of the archipelago of San Andres, situated closer to Managua and Kingston than to Bogota.

MAROONED IN THE CARIBBEAN is a new documentary project launched and directed by Award-winning Director, Producer, and Anthropologist Linda Aïnouche. It aims to document the awful, desolate living conditions endured by the Raizal people, the native inhabitants of San Andres. Sons of slaves, English speakers, mainly Baptists with definite habits and customs, these islanders have unmercifully fallen prey to Colombianization. This is a process which kills the Raizal culture through the killing of Raizal individual souls. Colombianization subjugates the Afro-descendants of San Andres to an ethnocide.

In recent months, Linda went several times to San Andres to meet islanders and record their voices, that have been wrecked by the depths of despair and tears. Going back and forth on a scooter with a small camera on her backpack to meet one Raizal after another, all of whom were active combatants in their struggle for existence, Linda has captured harsh slices of life under oppression, full of pangs of emotion.

The documentary will exhibit how San Andres Islanders cry out their pains and fears of disappearing, the violations of their human rights, the loss of their culture and territory, and the unfairness they are subjected to in the name of geopolitical and political strategies.

At the present moment, their abandoned and isolated Caribbean islands to the rest of the world hold the worst of a bunch of miseries (drug trafficking, gun smuggling, prostitution, robbery, bribery, kidnapping, repression…) where inexorably police are thieves in the streets.

MAROONED IN THE CARIBBEAN calls awareness to the reality that Raizal people are fiercely mistreated whilst their identity is ceaselessly perishing.

 

Although in development, the aim of this film is to document the dramatic unknown situation of a hidden Colombian colony.  Neither documentary nor anthropologic research has been recently made on the current reality that the Raizal people –sons of slave descendants, arrived with the first settlers on the island – must bear in suffering, which gets worse day after day.
 
Marooned in the Caribbean not only reminds audiences of the rich heritage of Caribbean’s people but above all speaks to the mistreatment a government is able to operate on its people in the name of their difference.
Marooned in the Caribbean tackles a social justice issue (mistreatment of the Raizal community) that is highly unknown in Colombia, and around the world. It brings to life the issue of ethnocide by giving voice to the first activists-victims of their sad lot. The film also mobilizes socially conscious Raizal who are committed to using their power for the social, cultural, economic and politic good of their fate. The film project also denounces the stirring disparity between Black and White descent people in Colombia. Whereas Black communities have been recognized in the Constitution in 1991, their lives remain examples of discrimination, inequality, corruption, and unfairness.
Born in a lost paradise, Raizal people today have to overcome incredible challenges to become life-saving forces in their own territory and community as human beings in the quest for dignity.  Through a diverse mix of affecting interviews, Marooned in the Caribbean honors Raizal culture, Caribbean History, and global impacts on human rights.

 

Linda Aïnouche is also the head behind Dreadlocks Story, rewarded many times, screened more than 200 times in 40 countries in 3 years. (www.dreadlockstory.com)
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