Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China


Saturday, August 9 @ 4:00pm

Former NBC broadcast executive and Afro-Jamaican entrepreneur Paula Madison recalls that her mother, Nell Vera Lowe, spoke of her sad childhood. Born in Jamaica in 1918 to a Chinese shopkeeper, Samuel Lowe, and a young Jamaican woman, Albertha Campbell, Nell at three was separated from her father and never saw him again. After Nell died in 2006, Paula determined she would find the other descendants of her Chinese grandfather in China. Having experienced poverty and hardship from growing up in a single-parent household in Harlem, Paula and her brother Elrick Williams built the family fortune, making them majority shareholders in The Africa Channel and owners of the WNBA Basketball Team the Los Angeles Sparks as well as other investments. Embarking on a journey that would take her and brothers Elrick and Howard first to Toronto where they would be introduced to the Chinese-Jamaican community and remember clues to their family’s history, which in turn would lead them to Jamaica. There, they discover Samuel Lowe’s humble beginnings in Mocho, Clarendon and then his successful store in St. Ann’s Bay. Having been told by their mother Nell that her father Samuel Lowe left Jamaica for China around 1934, never to return to Jamaica, through research and family connections, they trace their relatives to Shenzhen, China. A trip to China with their entire family culminates into an unforgettable family reunion. At its heart, this is a story about familial love and devotion that transcends race, space, and time.

Film Info

Runtime 88 minutes Country Canada/US
Directed by Jeanette Kong Cinematographer Martin Proctor
Screenplay by Jeanette Kong Editing by Jane MacRae


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