Guyana Folk Festival, through its parent organization, Guyana Cultural Association, announces the Guyana Folk Festival Film and Video Festival II, which showcases films and videos made in, on and about Guyana. Guyana Cultural Association, a not- for- profit entity is committed to the preservation, propagation and promotion of the cultural heritage of the people of Guyana.
The festival is Guyana’s premier international film and video festival dedicated to exhibiting films and videos by Guyanese or anyone of Guyanese heritage. Film categories include drama, comedy, documentary, animation, music video and student works. New York film festival goers will have a chance to view the work of some of the finest pioneers, emerging and established filmmakers of Guyanese heritage.
This year, 2007, is the bicentennial of the abolition of the trade in African captives and the theme of the Festival is “Oii” (Origins, Identity, and Influence). Using the bicentennial as a starting point, the goal of the Film & Video Festival will be to reflect on the multiple expressions of “Oii” in all aspects of Guyanese life–the arts, church and religion, commerce and industry, the diaspora, education, science and technology, politics, religion, language, literature, music, history, and interracial relations.
To commemorate the bicentennial of the abolition of the trade in African captives and its effects on Guyanese society, the theme for this year’s Film & Video Festival is “MontageGY – Guyana in Film & Video.” A main focus will be video and film that celebrate Guyanese themes, filmmakers, writers and actors.