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Seminar: 'Filming the History of the Jamaican Maroons'

Publication date: Sep 2, 2013 10:11:51 AM

Start: Oct 9, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 9, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


Filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada and the United States, Akwantu: The Journey is an award-winning documentary on the Jamaican Maroons, rebel slaves of West African origin who defeated the mighty British military and formed autonomous communities in the rugged and remote interiors of Jamaica in the early to mid-18th century. The descendants of these communities still maintain their proud heritage today.

In this seminar, Harcourt Fuller, Educational Outreach Director for the film, will screen extracts from the documentary, discussing its making and the complex history, contemporary legacies and challenges of Jamaica's maroon communities.  Dr Harcourt Fuller, Educational Outreach Director, and Roy T. Anderson, Producer and Director of Akwantu, collaborated on producing a Discussion Guide for the film, a free download of which is available at http://www.akwantuthemovie.com/Educational.html. They are also working on a forthcoming book, Slavery, Marronage and the Legacy of the Jamaican Maroons, to complement the film. For more on the film, please visit its website.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.