Roy T. ANDERSON, Alison G. ANDERSON, Edward WASHINGTON
Akwantu: the Journey explores an important part of Jamaican culture that has long fascinated observers. Through this 87-minute film audiences will learn about a people – the Maroons, who are often referred to as the Spartacus of their time, except these enslaved Africans were victorious in their fight for freedom. Poorly armed and outgunned, these brave warriors engaged the mighty British super power over an 80- year period and were victorious. As a result, two peace treaties were signed in 1738-39 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 has set out to weave 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 its historic 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations in 2012.