Africadelic 2023: African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey
On 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟰 𝗠𝗮𝘆, the 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 opens in 𝗥𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗼 with the Dutch premiere of 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗰𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘆. This groundbreaking documentary about the life of the great, if not the greatest, pan-Africanist of the early twentieth century, Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940), is screened once on the big screen this evening. With a welcome and introduction.
𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗰𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝘅 𝗥𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗼: 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗰𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘆
Date: Wednesday May 24, 2023
Venue: Rialto De Pijp (Ceintuurbaan 338, Amsterdam)
Title: 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗰𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘆
Director: Roy T. Anderson
Country: Jamaica and United States
Duration: 85 min
Host: 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮 𝗩𝗮𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗻 (Femmetastic)
Introduction: 𝗠𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗘𝘀𝗮𝗷𝗮𝘀 (The Black Archives)
Born on August 17, 1887 on the north coast of Jamaica, in his short life Marcus Mosiah Garvey would become one of the world’s foremost Pan-Africanists, and in the eyes of some the greatest civil rights leader of the twentieth century. In 1914 Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica, which from 1917 also became active in the United States. He brought his message of Black pride to the US during the height of the Harlem Renaissance (1918-1940) and became a pioneer in the fight for civil rights for Black Americans. After his untimely death, Garvey’s teachings and philosophy have impacted many social and political movements around the world, including the Rastafarian, Black Power, and current Black Lives Matter movements. His improbable life story, taken to the big screen by award-winning Jamaican-American filmmaker Roy T. Anderson, is narrated by multiple Emmy Award-winner Keith David and features interviews with, among others, African-American actors Louis Gossett Jr and Danny Glover, Jamaican(-British) reggae artists Sean Paul and David Hinds (Steel Pulse), and Julius Garvey, youngest son of Marcus Garvey.
𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗼𝘆 𝗧. 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻
Having worked in Hollywood as a stunt man and coordinator for over forty years, accumulating more than 500 production film credits, in the 2010s Roy T. Anderson decided to bring more underrepresented stories to the big screen through his production company Action 4 Reel Flimworks. He became the writer, director and producer of two award-winning documentaries about the Jamaican Maroons, Akwantu: The Journey (2012) and Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (2015). Then, while continuing his stunt work (earlier this year he served as the stunt double for Morgan Freeman in A Good Person), about five years ago Anderson embarked on the production of African Redemption, a docu-drama on the life of Jamaican, pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey: ‘Like my two previous films about the Maroons, my third film is another labor of love, with an aim towards completing a trilogy and documenting the resistance history of African-descended people in the Americas.’
Africadelic is an annual festival on and around International Africa Day (May 25) celebrating the cultural creativity, diversity and community from Africa and the African diaspora. The Africadelic Festival is an ode to the motherland, its cultural riches, and the impact that Afrodescendants, i.e. people of African descent, have on global culture and society. From May 24-31, 2023, the festival offers another week full of concerts, films, talks and other engaging events, including this premiere screening of African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey in Rialto.