As an artist, film and video maker, Andrea Leland is involved in the creative process while exploring, celebrating and documenting distinct cultures. The goal of her film and video work is to enrich, enlighten, increase tolerance and decrease fear and tension between cultures. She says; “I work collaboratively with members of these individual communities providing a forum to voice their untold stories, personal challenges and compelling triumphs. Through my collaborative approach to documentary filmmaking, I have gained the respect and confidence of members of the Haitian, Mayan, Carib and Garifuna communities. In addition, the documentaries have proven to be successful tools for cultural preservation”.