a Linda Aïnouche film
Nobody escapes from blood and thunder in Colombia, and definitely not those in the department of the archipelago of San Andres, situated closer to Managua and Kingston than to Bogota.
MAROONED IN THE CARIBBEAN is a new documentary project launched and directed by Award-winning Director, Producer, and Anthropologist Linda Aïnouche. It aims to document the awful, desolate living conditions endured by the Raizal people, the native inhabitants of San Andres. Sons of slaves, English speakers, mainly Baptists with definite habits and customs, these islanders have unmercifully fallen prey to Colombianization. This is a process which kills the Raizal culture through the killing of Raizal individual souls. Colombianization subjugates the Afro-descendants of San Andres to an ethnocide.
In recent months, Linda went several times to San Andres to meet islanders and record their voices, that have been wrecked by the depths of despair and tears. Going back and forth on a scooter with a small camera on her backpack to meet one Raizal after another, all of whom were active combatants in their struggle for existence, Linda has captured harsh slices of life under oppression, full of pangs of emotion.
The documentary will exhibit how San Andres Islanders cry out their pains and fears of disappearing, the violations of their human rights, the loss of their culture and territory, and the unfairness they are subjected to in the name of geopolitical and political strategies.
At the present moment, their abandoned and isolated Caribbean islands to the rest of the world hold the worst of a bunch of miseries (drug trafficking, gun smuggling, prostitution, robbery, bribery, kidnapping, repression…) where inexorably police are thieves in the streets.
MAROONED IN THE CARIBBEAN calls awareness to the reality that Raizal people are fiercely mistreated whilst their identity is ceaselessly perishing.