In 1796, after the Second Maroon War against the British, 600 Maroons were deported from Jamaica to Nova Scotia. Prince Edward Augustus (later known as the Duke of Kent) interviewed some of the male Maroons as they sailed to Canada and he employed some of them as workers on the Halifax Citadel’s third fortification and Government House.
Inspired by the Maroons, 120 years later, during the height of the Harlem Renaissance (1918 – 1930s), Marcus Garvey, united Black people throughout the diaspora under one umbrella: Black Canadians, West Indians, African-Americans, and Africans. Spearheading the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Pan-Africanist Garvey, dedicated his life to the project of redeeming Africa. By 1922, from Sidney, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia, there were 32 UNIA chapters in Canada.
Roy T. Anderson, an award-winning Jamaican-born filmmaker is about to bring Marcus Garvey’s story to the screen. In African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey, ground-breaking film chronicling his journey, his modern disciples including Rastafari give their perspectives concerning this iconic yet controversial leader.
Filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, USA, UK, and Central America, this docu-film 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) lent his voice as the narrator of this 85-minute feature-length documentary-film.
Also sharing the influence of Garvey’s philosophy on their work are internationally acclaimed reggae artists Sean Paul and David Hinds, lead singer for Steel Pulse; award-winning American actors Louis Gossett, Jr. and Danny Glover, Charles Rangel, a retired United States Congressman, and White supremacist Jared Taylor.