Dir. Leroy Mcloughlin (Belize, 2019) 22 min / Rated G

A young girl, named Tecuani, encounters the mythical ‘Tata Duende’ in a cave she discovered in the forest. The Duende proceeds to tell her the real, but long forgotten, history of her people. She discovers her ancestors, once part of a great ancient civilisation fell victim to a greedy few who destroyed their only islands life-supporting forests, rivers and reefs. As their people descended into starvation and conflict the greedy few denied responsibility instead pointing the finger of blame at the majestic yet voiceless jaguar. A small group managed to escape across the stormy Arawak Sea hopelessly seeking a new beginning on an island which exists only in stories. Join us to discover how their fate and Tecuani’s are entwined!

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About the Director

Leroy Mcloughlin Born in England in 1981, Lee travelled a strange and wide pathway before reaching his spiritual home of Belize in 2010 to contribute to ongoing work for the conservation of Belize’s natural resources. In the 10 years since arriving in the southern town of Punta Gorda he has lived in many places climbed many hills, swam in many rivers and reefs and met many wild and wonderful characters on the way, most notably including his wife Janí whom he married in 2018. Though a conservationist by ‘trade’ Lee’s creative interests in writing eventually sparked a serious interest in filmmaking.

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