master class: Opening night festivities will kick off with the Los Angeles premiere of Dak'Tok Ta no I Am Taino at 7 30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Electric Lodge Theatre, according to NOW Magazine. Written, produced and directed by Alba Garcia, Dak'Tok Ta no is a live-puppet short film about a Puerto Rican family dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The four-day festival runs from May 23-26, 2019 at the Electric Lodge, located at 1416 Electric Ave. in Venice, Calif. Garcia will follow the screening of her film with a master class on how she used the power of film to spark activism and awareness of the Ta no indigenous community. Founded in 2012 by festival director Freda Sideroff, the mission of GIIFF is to provide a platform to preserve the culture of Garifuna as well as Caribbean and other indigenous cultures, showcasing the cuisine, music and art of indigenous people and their communities from around the world. Interestingly, Heather Henson of IBEX Puppetry the daughter of acclaimed puppeteer Jim Henson, the founder of The Muppets served as executive director on the project. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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