Central Alabama Caribbean-American Org special screening of Akwantu

Central Alabama Caribbean-American Organization is a social organization whose main purpose is to be a resource for students from the Caribbean who have chosen to pursue their education at one of the many universities in central Alabama. The goal of the organization is to fulfill  its mission while sharing the best of Caribbean culture with the local community.

Special screening of filmmaker Roy Anderson's Akwantu

Akwantu marks Anderson’s debut as a film director, writer, producer and narrator. His knowledge of film making stems from his longstanding career as a Hollywood stuntman.

Roy T. Anderson’s 87-minute cinematic portrayal of the Jamaican Maroons was filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada and the United States over the course of three years. It features interviews with Maroon officials, scholars, Jamaican citizens (Maroon and non-Maroon), as well as African nationals. While capturing the legacy of the Jamaican Maroons, Akwantu also tells of the film director’s journey of self-discovery as a Jamaican Maroon descendent entering North American society.

This is particularly significant because of the location where the film will be shown. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is the repository of the history of the Civil Rights struggle in Alabama. It is located across the street from the infamous Kelly Ingram Park where the police launched brutal attacks against marchers with dogs and fire hoses. It is also cater-corner from the 16th Street Baptist Church which was bombed resulting in the death of 4 little girls. 

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