Following in the footsteps of the Rt. Excellent Nanny of the Maroons, who waged a successful campaign against the British, and The Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, The Rt. Excellent George William Gordon, The Rt. Excellent Paul Bogle who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Excellent the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey emerged as a renowned Black Nationalist.
While it is Trinidadian lawyer Henry Sylvester-Williams who first coined the term “Pan-Africanism”, Marcus Garvey is regarded globally as the world’s foremost Pan Africanist.
Spearheading the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) which united Jamaicans and other West Indians, Africans, African-American, Black Canadians, and Black in Britain under one umbrella during the Harlem Renaissance(1918-1930s), Garvey dedicated his life to redeeming Africa.
American civil rights leaders he influenced included America’s Martin Luther King Jr, Louis Farrakhan, whose parents were from Jamaica and St. Kitts, Malcolm X (née Malcolm Little ) who was of Grenadian heritage. Malcolm X’s parents were Garveyites.
Roy T. Anderson, the award-winning Jamaican-born filmmaker, U.S. based stunt coordinator turned filmmaker, is about to bring Marcus Garvey’s story to the screen. In African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey, a ground-breaking film chronicling his journey, political leaders and celebrities in the TV, music and film industry share their perspectives on this iconic yet controversial leader.
Multiple Emmy-award winning actor Keith David (Greenleaf, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Crash) lent his voice as the narrator of this 85-minute feature-length documentary-film.
Discussing the impact of Garvey’s philosophy on their life and work are internationally acclaimed reggae artists Sean Paul; David Hinds, lead singer for Steel Pulse; award-winning American actors Louis Gossett, Jr. and Danny Glover; Grammy Award-winning reggae singer, Charles Rangel, retired United States Congressman, and Ms. Samia Nkrumah, daughter of Kwame Nkrumah. Multiple gold medal award-wining Olympian , Usain Bolt, makes a cameo appearance. So does American White supremist Jared Taylor who, surprisingly, is an admirer of Garvey.
Filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, USA, UK, and Central America, this docu-drama blends live action sequences and stunning still photographs with no-holds barred interviews and conversations with world-renowned leaders, scholars, and personalities. Multiple Emmy-award winning actor Keith David (Greenleaf, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Crash)
African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey
- Sunday October 17, 2021 5:00 PM – TVJ – Jamaica Part 1: African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey
- Monday, October 18, 2021 5:30 PM – TVJ – Jamaica Part 2: African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey
- Monday, October 18, 2021 8:00 PM – PBCJ – African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey (Full Broadcast)
- Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival (October 20- 24, 2021) – Date to be Announced
- Monday, October 25, 2021 7:30 PM Reelworld Film Festival – Paradise Cinemas 1006 Bloor St. W. (Q& A with filmmaker Roy T. Anderson to follow)
- More to be announced