However, not many people outside of Jamaica know of the legendary “Queen Nanny,” warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons; who led a band of former enslaved Africans from her mountain stronghold in the Blue and John Crow Mountains of Jamaica in their victory over the mighty British army during the early to mid-18th century. Most of what we know about Jamaica’s only female National Heroine comes through Maroon oral tales and folklore, and not much is written about her in historical texts.
Conceived by veteran movie stuntman and award-winning filmmaker Roy T. Anderson and History Professor Harcourt T. Fuller, this landmark one-hour documentary film, will unearth and examine this mysterious figure that is Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess.
Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Jamaica and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, in partnership with the UN Department of Public Information and Action 4 Reel Flimworks; it was announced that Queen Nanny will have its World Premiere on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the United Nations in New York. This date is significant because it a day that Jamaica celebrate its seven National Heroes. This World Premiere screening is part of the 2015 Remember Slavery Programme of Activities; which includes a solemn commemorative meeting of the UN General Assembly, film screenings, roundtable discussions, and an exhibit, among other events.
This year’s theme of Women and Slavery pays tribute to the many enslaved women who endured unbearable hardships, including sexual exploitation, as well as those who fought for freedom from slavery and advocated for its abolition. The theme also celebrates the strength of enslaved women, many of whom succeeded in transmitting their African culture to their descendants despite the many abuses that they had to endure.
Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. This historic day in 2015 marked the unveiling of a Permanent Memorial to Slavery at the UN Headquarters in New York; titled the Ark of Return, designed by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent.
Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess was filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, and the United States over the course of two years, and includes interviews with Maroons and scholars who are experts in Caribbean history and the study of slavery. And as we seek to uncover the history and legacy of Queen Nanny, her intriguing story is told through songs, performances, poetry, and a series of reenactments.
This film also looks at Queen Nanny’s legacy and impact on contemporary women in general, with interviews featuring Jamaica’s current Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, double Olympic sprint champion Shelley Ann Fraser-Pryce, the “Queen of Reggae” Rita Marley, University Professor Verene Shepherd and many others.
Following on the heels of Akwantu: the Journey (Action 4 Reel Flimworks, 2012), Anderson’s award-winning film on the history of the Jamaican Maroons, Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess expands on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom fighters by shedding light on one of the leading figures in that struggle.
About the Director | Roy T. Anderson
Roy T. Anderson is writer, director and producer of the award-winning film Akwantu: the Journey (Action 4 Reel Flimworks, 2012), on the history of the Jamaican Maroons. Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, Roy's sophomore film, will expand on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom fighters by shedding light on one of the leading figures in that struggle. Roy is a veteran movie and television stuntman/stunt coordinator and world record holder. He's doubled for such Hollywood stars as Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx, accumulating more than 400 production credits in the process; working on such hits as; Men in Black 3, The Dark Knight Rises, Spiderman 2, Bourne Ultimatum, American Gangster,the Oscar-nominated Wolf of Wall Street; and top rated TV series Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, Elementary, and Gotham. While continuing his stunt work, Anderson has flipped the script to direct his second film project; a 1-hour documentary on Jamaica’s only female National Heroine – Nanny of the Maroons.