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Roy T. Anderson's 'Journey' rings in 2012

MISANI Special to the AmNews | 1/11/2012, 12:21 p.m.

In turn, Anderson shared the extremely emotional process of tracing his family tree and discovering that his ancestors were Maroons. The discovery made him even more determined to make the film, driving him to not only write, direct and produce "Akwantu," but to fund the film himself.

"The film was independently funded because I wanted to tell the story freely...I aimed for objectivity and telling it as it is." Speaking candidly, Anderson added, "It would be a plus to have members of corporate Jamaica coming on board to push the film onwards."

Reflecting on the reaction to the film at the preview, Anderson said, "The response at the preview was overwhelming. People wanted to see more-people felt 'Akwantu' should be in the schools as part of a curriculum."

Which takes us back to Anderson's 2012 resolution. "I hope to show the film at more than 25 international festivals, including the Toronto, Tribeca and Cannes film festivals as well as several on the African continent."

Through "Akwantu," Anderson wants to introduce audiences to the noble Maroons of Jamaica; people who are often referred to as the Spartacus of their time-except that these enslaved Africans were victorious in their fight for freedom."

Note: On Dec. 29, the same day of my interview with Roy T. Anderson, Jamaica held its general election with the People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) vying for the coveted position to lead the country. Later that evening it was announced that former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and her PNP had won the highly publicized, closely watched election.

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