Producer / Director:
Andrea Leland has produced / directed award winning documentaries focusing on Caribbean and Latin American cultures. In Haiti, Belize, Chiapas, and several Caribbean islands, she works collaboratively with community members providing a forum to voice their untold stories, personal challenges and compelling triumphs. Social, artistic or political actions are placed within context of their culture, imploring the viewer to confront old myths and discover a new perspective. These documentaries are successful tools for cultural preservation.
Titles include: JAMESIE KING OF Scratch (US Virgin Islands), THE GARIFUNA JOURNEY (Belize), THE LONG ROAD HOME (Chiapas, Mexico) and VOODOO AND THE CHURCH IN HAITI. These films have won numerous awards and have screened at museums, conferences and festivals throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Through Ms. Leland’s collaborative approach to documentary filmmaking, she has gained the respect and confidence of members of the Haitian, Mayan, and Garifuna communities. In addition, Leland’s documentaries have proved to be successful tools for cultural preservation. THE GARIFUNA JOURNEY, produced in collaboration with Garifuna elders in Belize, was instrumental in gaining United Nations recognition as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” for the Garifuna community.
Recounts the painful past of the Caribs; the extermination of their ancestors by the British; and builds an intimate portrait of Garifuna culture in transition today.