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Akwantu: The Journey*

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. 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. (Courtesy of Pan African Film Festival.) Winner, Special Jury Award, 2012 Belize International Film Festival.

*Part of the 13th Annual DC Caribbean Film Fest - http://transafrica.org/events/2013/5/31/thirteenth-annual-dc-caribbean-filmfest.html

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  • Jason B.

    Another great event. Met some good people, learned alot from the film. The meetups from this group has yet to disappoint.

    3 · June 2, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Great documentary!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • mic

    If you enjoy African food, roger miller restaurant 941 Bonifant in silver spring has a tasty menu with plenty of vegetarian options. It's a 10 min walk from theatre and food is freshly prepared so it takes 30 min or so to arrive.

    1 · June 1, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      Big thanks for the recommendation mic. We went after the Between Friends film and the food was great. The manager also sat with us for a few minutes to chat; very friendly guy. You should've/could'­ve joined us but maybe next time.

      June 2, 2013

  • James A.

    Well done Doc. I glad this meetup made information about this film available. Thanks!

    June 1, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I'm here (sitting at a table by concessions). Anybody else here yet?

    June 1, 2013

  • victoria G.

    Yes I'm bringing Jason Brown

    May 29, 2013

    • Jason B.

      No, Jason is bringing you, lol.

      May 29, 2013

  • Jason B.

    Great film, can't wait to see it, hope I can make it out. Now we need hollywood make a movie about Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (won't hold my breath though). What are the ticket going for?

    May 29, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      There is one at the same location the following day. I didn't post it because I can't go. Feel free to post it in the suggested meet-up and I will announce it. I believe the tickets are $11.

      May 29, 2013

  • taha ( Tom )

    ............. the only blacks I know who were NEVER ENSLAVED . How you like 'dem apples .

    May 24, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      tell 'em bruh. Haile Garima was working on a documentary about the Maroons a few years ago but he never finished it and I've been awaiting something on the subject ever since. The time has finally come.

      1 · May 24, 2013

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