gollywood Garifuna Afro-Latino Entertainment, LLC recently annouced the launch of Gollywood.

Registered under International Class 041 for Cinema Studios, "Gollywood",  is an amalgamation of Garifuna and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry. The objective is to provide an active market, including Distribution and Marketing for Garifuna and Afro-Latino filmmakers beyond the Film Festival Circuit.  Unlike Hollywood, Gollywood does not exist as a physical place but across the Garifuna and Afro-Latino Diaspora, with its epicenter in New York City.The City of New York is home to the most innovative creators in the world. 

 

As the Cultural Capital of the World, New York City is privileged to be home to one of the original "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangibles Heritage of Humanity. On May 18th, 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Garífuna Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage has enriched New York City's cultural landscape for over 190 years!

 

New York was home to the first known Black Theatre Troupe, The African Company organized by William Henry Brown in 1816. Brown also wrote and staged the first African American play, The Drama of King Shotaway in 1823, a historical drama based on the Black Caribs (Garifunas)  defense of the island of St. Vincent in 1795 against British colonization, led  by the Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer.

 

"It is fitting that "Gollywood" be located the Cultural Capital of the world, as we plan to participate in the fastest growing segment of the global cultural industries by creating empowering, engaging and culturally relevant Digital Garifuna and Afro-Latino content." said Jose Francisco Avila, Managing partner of Garifuna Afro-Latino Entertainment, LLC.

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