“Joseph”, the movie produced by Step By Step Productions (SBS), and Directed by Jamaican Marcia Weekes, will premiere in Kingston at 1pm on Sunday February 16, 2020 at the Carib Cinemas, Cross Roads.
“Joseph” tells the story of a Jamaican doctor’s search for identity and his struggle to overcome family conflict and self-doubt to discover his African roots. Filmed in Jamaica, Barbados and Ghana, the film stars Jamaican actor Kevoy Burton (G’hetta Life), Bajan Soca Queen Alison Hinds and Ghanian actor Mawuli Gavor. Other Jamaicans in the cast include Christopher McFarlane, Glen Campbell, Shantol Jackson, Crystal Fletcher, Ms. Kitty and Gabriel Warren.
Rated PG-13, and currently enjoying rave reviews in Ghana, Nigeria and Barbados, part-proceeds of the Kingston premiere of “Joseph”, SBS’ seventh movie, will benefit the St. Andrew High School Foundation to support their efforts to build a school hostel on campus. Director Marcia Weekes (nee Bryan) is a past student of the school.
SBS is also keen to recognize the contributions made by the late Minnie Phillips who worked tirelessly to see the repatriation of slave remains handed over to the Ghanian government and was enthroned Queen Mother in the Assin Manso Kingdom in 2000. Sister Minnie paved the way for Africans in the Diaspora to claim the “Right to Return” which today enables Caribbean descendants of slavery to enter Ghana without a Visa.
In February, “Joseph” will also celebrate its American premiere at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in LA, the Stonecrest Library in Atlanta, and a major agreement was recently negotiated between Step by Step Productions and AMC Theatres, to screen the movie in select cinemas across the USA, a ground-breaking achievement for an independent Caribbean film.