Film Screenings to focus on Taino People
Friday, 19 August 2011
Alex Zacarias at the United Nations in 2010

 Filmmaker Alex Zacarias at the United Nations in 2010. Photo Credit: Lost Taino Tribe


MIAMI, FL (UCTP Taino News) - On Monday, August 29, Crystal Parrot Players presents two documentary films focusing on Taino People. The Taino are indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean region and they were the first to be encountered by Columbus in 1492. The two films being showcased are “Full Circle: A Taino Story” and “The Lost Taino Tribe”. This event is open to the public and made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.


“Full Circle: A Taino Story” is a dramatic exploration of the the first encounter of the Lucayan-Taino of the Bahamas with European explorers; and the repercussions of that contact. Based on the poetic novel “The Lucayans” by Sandra Riley, Miami filmmaker Travis Neff merges interviews with scholars from the Bahamas, South Florida, and Puerto Rico with dramatic interpretation to create a compelling story about the lifestyle of the early caretakers of the Caribbean islands.


 “The Lost Taino Tribe” cinematically examines the complex issue of Caribbean identity and Taino history among the present day people of Boriquén (Puerto Rico) and documents the current resurgence of Taino identity throughout the Americas. Wisconsin-based filmmaker Alex Zacharias was honored last year by the United Nations with a “work in progress” screening of the film at UN headquarters as part of its annual celebration of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.


“This film goes beyond the debate of historical accounts; it is also the unrelenting passion for self identity” said Zacharias.


Both filmmakers will be in attendance to discuss their films following an open discussion with local historians and archaeologists and display of Taino artifacts and facsimiles. Tickets can be purchased online at  The film screenings will begin at 6:00pm followed by a panel at 7:30pm-8:30pm at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.


The Crystal Parrot Players (CPP) is a Miami-based not-for-profit performing arts organization that produces and presents quality performances and educational events to national and international audiences that reestablish the historical and cultural connections of South Florida and its Keys, the Bahama Islands and the diverse islands of the Caribbean.


UCTPTN 08.18.2011

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