Maroons to shine at Reggae Film Festival with Akwantu documentary Image

by Biko Kennedy

Long considered the first and most successful freedom-fighters of the New World, the story of the fierce and defiant Maroons of Jamaica will get their story told at the upcoming Reggae Film Festival

Titled Akwantu: the Journey, the feature documentary is directed by Roy T. Anderson, award-winning Hollywood stuntman to the stars including Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx and has garnered critics' praises whom have dubbed it a "groundbreaking, bold and timely" take on this storied piece of history.

Full description of the film, which centres on the history of the Maroons of Jamaica, follows:

"They were considered the "Spartacus" of their time; except these enslaved Africans were victorious in their fight for freedom. This fact is not lost on Jamaican-born New Jersey-based filmmaker and stuntman Roy T. Anderson. After years of research and dozens of interviews that took him from remote regions of Jamaica's Blue Mountains to the coastal environs of Ghana and its interior, then finally to the mysterious and isolated community of Accompong, St. Elizabeth, he has conceived Akwantu: the Journey, which documents the struggles for freedom of the Jamaican Maroons, rebel slaves of West African origin who defeated the mighty British army and formed independent communities in the rugged and remote regions of Jamaica in the early-mid 18th century. The descendants of these communities still maintain their proud heritage today. Yet so little is known about the Maroons whose very rich culture and heritage is threatened to now become a thing of the past.

The film is said to have been shot over 3 years, in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada and the USA, featuring interviews with world renowned scholars, African nationals, Maroon officials and present-day Jamaican citizens (both Maroon and non-Maroon), while simultaneously capturing Roy's personal journey of self-discovery from Maroon society to North America.

To keep up-to-date with the latest news on the film and it's DVD release date, you can browse their official website and Facebook page.

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