BLACK CINEMA CLUB presents AKWANTU THE JOURNEY

AKWANTU THE JOURNEY The Maroons

Jamaica’s untouched African History

Akwantu The Journey (2012), PG 13, 90 min.

Written By: Roy T Anderson
Directed By: Roy T Anderson


Nowhere else in the New World had Africans attained such a degree of autonomy coming almost sixty years before the Haitian Revolution (1791), and almost one hundred years before the abolition of the slave trade (1834) in the former British colonies.

Akwantu The Journey chronicles the Africans transported to Jamaica freeing themselves from enslavement and strategically relocated themselves into the hardest parts of the island for enslavers to reach. They became known as the Maroons of Jamaica.


Like Alex Haley’s ancestrial biography, Toy T Anderson traces the steps of his ancestors who amongst them would’ve experienced facing down the mighty British Empire led by such brave warriors as Cudjoe and Nanny.


Akwantu is the first known film of its kind to bring to light the significance of such great warriors to the big screen.


A must watch for your Black Cinema weekend.

Please share amongst your friends

Admission: FREE!!!!


Doors open @ 6pm, you mix n mingle and then movie starts at 7pm.
Date: Sunday 21st October 2012
Venue: T.Chances, 399 High Road, Tottenham, London,N17 6QN
Nearest Tubes Stn: Seven Sisters, or Tottenham Hale
Buses: 123,149, 243, 259, 279, 318, 341, 349, 476, and W4.

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  • Jide

    Wonderful balanced mix of generations, gender and cultural backgrounds.

    October 24, 2012

    • Paradigmz

      gutted I missed this i am supposedly a maroon descendant with family from saint elizabeth. Very much interested in the culture in particular their dances as that aspect is much hidden from the west any chance of it being shown again in the UK? just heard it's about to be shown in jamaica tonight to mark the annual maroon celebrations

      January 6, 2013

  • Natalie

    So pleased I had the opportunity to see this film, everyone should know about Maroons, the great warriors (Cudjoe and Nanny).
    One love Natty

    October 23, 2012

  • Majeena

    I found the film very insightful and enlightening. I realised that the author focused on the Maroon compound of which he is a descendant, but it would have been nice to present also some more detail about the other Maroon compound.

    October 22, 2012

  • Mike P.

    Presentation a little messy. Can easily be fixed with practice. The music of Gregory Porter smoothed over the bumps. ;-)

    October 21, 2012

  • Angel

    Can you bring more than 2 guests, lets say five guests??

    October 16, 2012

    • Jide

      Angela, your welcome to bring as many like minded people as you wish.

      October 16, 2012

  • Sheila

    Always been fascinated with Maroon history, so hopefully I can make this

    1 · October 16, 2012

  • Majeena

    This should be very interesting, from a personal point of view.....always wanted to know more about my people

    October 15, 2012

    • Jide

      Are you a Maroon or descendent of Maroons Majeena?

      October 15, 2012

    • Majeena

      Yes, I am a descendent of the 'Maroons' which I know very little about. I have been planning for ages to look into this more deeply. So this showing will be a good start....

      1 · October 16, 2012

  • Chris

    I've been following the making of this film with family in Jamaica, so pleased it's reaching our shores.

    October 15, 2012

    • Jide

      We've a couple of guests coming that are Maroons or very knowledgable about the Maroons. Should be enlightening.

      October 15, 2012

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