The legendary Nanny of the Maroons, Jamaica’s only female National Hero stands out as an unparalleled trailblazer in the abolition struggle in the New World. According to Jacqueline DjeDje, Professor Emeritus at UCLA; “her position is confirmed as the first black female freedom fighter in the Americas – coming before Harriet Tubman, and even Sojourner Truth.” This eighteenth-century warrior queen led a band of former enslaved Africans in the mountains of Jamaica to a decisive victory over the mighty British army. Despite all the acclaim, Queen Nanny remains a mystery.
Conceived by veteran Hollywood stuntman and award-winning filmmaker, Roy T. Anderson and History Professor Harcourt T. Fuller, this landmark one-hour documentary film unearths and examines this mysterious figure that is Queen of the Maroons.
Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess was filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, and the United States over the course of two years, and include interviews with Maroons and scholars who are experts in Caribbean history and the study of slavery. Following on the heels of Akwantu: the Journey (2012), Anderson’s award-winning film on the history of the Jamaican Maroons, Queen Nanny expands on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom-fighters by shedding light on to one of the leading figures in that struggle.
This film features appearances by the “Queen of Reggae” Rita Marley, the widow of Bob Marley; Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller; double Olympic and World Champion sprinter Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce; U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; historians Verene Shepherd, Linda Heywood, Afua Cooper and others. View YouTube trailer at http://bit.ly/1TIiuUk.
Queen Nanny kicks off the 16th Annual DC Caribbean Film Festival with a gala event on June 10th at the AFI Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. The United Nations Information Center in Washington, DC in co-presenting this events with its director Mr. Robert Skinner set to deliver opening remarks. There will also be DVD signing at the post-screening reception.
On June 10th Queen Nanny will be available through digital download on Vimeo on Demand at www.vimeo.com/ondemand; on DVD at www.createspace.com and at Amazon. For more information about the film, visit www.nannythemovie.com.