Published on January 16th, 2013 | by PAFF Staff
Akwantu: The Journey
Akwantu: The Journey
An exploration of an important part of Jamaican culture that has long fascinated observers. The Maroons were often referred to as the Spartacus of their time except that these enslaved Africans won their fight for freedom. Poorly armed and outgunned, these brave warriors engaged the mighty British superpower over an 80-year period and were victorious. As a result, two peace treaties were signed in 1739 that established Maroon self-government for the first time in the New World. This fact is not lost on modern day Maroons like Jamaican-born, New Jersey-based director Roy T. Anderson, who with this film weaves his own personal, ancestral sojourn with a more significant historical journey that tells the tale of his heroic ancestors. Because of its significance, the Jamaican Government officially selected this film to participate in the historic 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations in 2012.
Screening Times: Fri, Feb 8@2:25p; Sat, Feb 16@12:20p
Director Bio: Roy T. Anderson is writer, director and producer of his first feature-length documentary Akwantu: the Journey. A veteran stuntman/stunt coordinator, Anderson is a world record holder and an award winning stuntman. For more than twenty-five years he has performed stunts for such Hollywood stars as Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx, accumulating more than 400 production credits in the process. He’s worked on such hits as; “Men in Black 3,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Spiderman 2,” “Bourne Ultimatum,” “American Gangster,” and top-rated TV shows; “Law & Order,” “Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Person of Interest.” While continuing his stunt work, Anderson has flipped the script to direct his first feature film. During his storied career Roy has shown the ability to be very creative in his performance and coordination of difficult stunts, and he brings this same imagination to the table as a first time director who has observed some of the top filmmakers in the world.
Official Website: www.akwantuthemovie.com
Cast & Crew
|Directed by||Roy T. Anderson|
|Editing by||Mike Alston-Nero|
|Running time||87 minutes|