The films focus on peoples like the Garifuna-Central Americans of combined African, Carib and Arawak descent.
Filmmaker and actor Ruben Reyes is Garifuna and co-produced the movie Garifuna in Peril.
“We come to the United State and other countries,then our children want to be American.
But when we teach them the importance of being Garifuna, then they start to show interest in the language.”
A story from the Pine Ridge reservation of Lakota people, called The Holy Man:The USA vs Douglas White,looks at a spiritual leader accused of a crime and imprisoned.
The filmmakers found flaws in the case and had it reopened,against a backdrop of neglect and poverty,and a rich culture.
The film was made by husband and wife team Simon Joseph and Jennifer Jessum.
“It is kind of a small story that takes on some bigger issues.”
Dancer Olu Yemisi documents her dance troupe with roots in Latin, Caribbean and American jazz in the film Rhythm and Body Language.
“This film actually follows some years of us actually performing in different venues.”