Akwantu: the Journey


Check back periodically for upcoming events.

For more information about organizing a screening of the film, see Host A Screening


Special Screening - Celebrating Africans in Atlanta | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Centennial Hall - Atlanta, GA

Roundtable Discussion on the Representation of Slavery in Film | Thursday, September 4, 2014

This roundtable, organized by the UN Programme of Remembrance of the Victim of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade, featured Roy T. Anderson, Academy Award-winning Actor Louis Gossett, Jr, Director Haile Gerima, and other distinguished speakers.

United Nations Headquarters - New York, NY

Caribbean American Heritage Month Screening | Friday, June 13, 2014

Baobab Cultural Center - Rochester, NY

Special Screening – Preston Black History Group | Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jalgos Sports & Social Club - Preston, United Kingdom

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Monday, April 1, 2014

United Nations Information Centre - Harare, Zimbabwe

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Monday, April 1, 2014

United Nations Information Centre - Lagos, Nigeria

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Friday, March 28, 2014

United Nations Information Centre - Yerevan, Armenia

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Friday, March 28, 2014

United Nations Information Centre - Minsk, Belarus

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Monday, March 24, 2014

United Nations Information Centre - Accra, Ghana

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Monday, March 24, 2014

United Nations Information Centre - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Africa History Month Screening | Thursday, February 20, 2014

Whitby Central Library - Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Caribbean Cinematic Festival | Saturday, February 8, 2014

Community Folk Arts Center – Syracuse, NY

Maroon to Rasta: A Jamaica Heritage Week Documentary Film Series | Saturday, October 26, 2013

Medgar Evers College- Brooklyn, NY

Special Screening - Council of Overseas Maroons Annual Celebration | Saturday, October 12, 2013

Brooklyn Christian Times Building - Brooklyn, NY

Special Screening - The Afro-Caribbean Club | Friday, October 11, 2013

Lawrence University - Appleton, WI

UCL Institute of the Americas Seminar Series | Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dr. Harcourt T. Fuller, the Educational Outreach Director for "Akwantu: the Journey," will lead a Seminar on "Filming of the Jamaican Maroons" More info...

UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square - London,UK

Michigan State University Fall 2013 Speaker Series | Friday, October 4, 2013

Special screening of Akwantu: the Journey as part of MSU African American and African Studies' Speaker Series, with Dr. Harcourt T. Fuller presenting. More info...

MSU Audittorium, Room 112, Brody Commons - East Lansing, MI

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Wednesday, August 28, 2013

United Nations - New York City, NY

Dinner and Film Festival | Sunday, August 25, 2013

The New Parkway Theatre - Oakland, CA

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Friday, August 23, 2013

International Slavery Museum - Liverpool, UK

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Friday, August 23, 2013

Innis Town Hall - Toronto, Canada

Slavery Remembrance Day Screening | Friday, August 23, 2013

Institute of Jamaica - Kingston, Jamaica

Official Selection - Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival | Friday, August 2, 2013

Island Village - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Special Screening | Saturday, August 3, 2013

Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 - Los Angeles, CA

Caribbean American Heritage Month Screening | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Houston Community College - Houston, TX

Educational Screening | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moore Town Primary and Junior High School - Moore Town, Jamaica

Caribbean American Heritage Month Screening | Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Frederick Douglass Academy - Harlem, NY

Caribbean Studies Association Screening | Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Grenada Grand Beach Resort - Grand Anse, Saint George, Grenada

Official Selection - DC Caribbean Film Festival | Saturday, June 1, 2013

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center - Silver Spring, MD

Marché du Cannes | May 15 - 24, 2013

Doc Corner - Cannes, France

Special Screening | Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School - Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Official Selection - Black International Film Festival | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Daniels Spectrum - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

African History Month Screening | Thursday, February 28, 2013

United Achievers Community Services Inc. hosts a special African History Month Screening.

PAMA (Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives) - Brampton, Ontario, Canada

African History Month Screening | Tuesday, February 26, 2013

As part of the Action 4 Reel Flimworks global African History Month Screenings, The West African Research Center (WARC) hosts a special premiere screening of Akwantu: the Journey.

West African Research Centre - Dakar, Senegal

African History Month Screening | Friday, February 22, 2013

A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary Commemorating the passing of a great Pan-Africanist, Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois.

W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre - Accra, Ghana

Official Selection - Pan African Film Festival | Friday, February 8, 2013

Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 - Los Angeles, CA
(Additional screening Saturday, February 16)

Premiere Screening | Friday, February 15, 2013

Special screening of Akwantu: the Journey, celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the University of Ghana, Legon and The Institute of African Studies @ 50.

Accra, Ghana

African History Month Screening | Friday, February 15, 2013

The Alliance of Educators for Black Students and Black Foundation of Community Networks in partnership with Inclusive School and Community Services and United Achievers presents "Family Movie Night" at Woodbridge College.

Vaughan, ON, Canada

Telling Our Maroon Story | Saturday, January 5, 2013

Special screening to celeberate the 275th Anniversary of the Accompong Maroons.

Accompong Community Center - Accompong, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

West African Research Association (WARA) screening | Friday, November 30, 2012

Special screening of Akwantu: the Journey during the 55th Annual African Studies Association (ASA) meeting.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel - Philadelphia, PA

Official Selection - Africa in the Picture Film Festival | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Smart Cinema 1 - Amsterdam, NL

Black Cinema Club - Black History Month Presentation | Sunday, October 21, 2012

T Chances Music and Arts Center - London, UK

Jamaica 50th Film Showcase Screening| Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cineplex Odeon Morningside Cinemas - Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Official Selection - Urban MediaMakers Film Festival| Tuesday, October 12, 2012

Hilton Atlanta Northeast Hotel - Norcross, GA

Jamaica 50th Film Showcase screening| Monday, October 8, 2012

Cineplex Odeon Courtneypark Cinemas - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Jamaica 50th Film Showcase screening| Monday, October 8, 2012

Albion Cinemas - Rexdale, Ontario, Canada

Canadian Premiere | Sunday, October 7, 2012

Featured film of the Jamaica 50th Film Showcase, a series that celebrate Jamaica film artists

TIFF Bell Lightbox - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Boston University 2012 Fall Lecture Series | Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Special screening of Akwantu: the Journey as part of BU's celebration of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence

Boston University Photonics Center - Boston, MA

Festival Jamaica 2012 | Sunday, August 5, 2012

A special screening celebrating Jamaica's Golden Jubilee

Maryland School Complex - London, UK

Official Selection - Belize International Film Festival | Saturday, July 14, 2012

Winner - Special Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary

Princess Cinema - Belize City, Belize

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute | Thursday, June 28, 2012

Special screening in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month and the 20th anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Presenter, Dr. Harcourt Fuller

Birmingham, AL

Official Selection - Caribbean Film Festival | Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library - Atlanta, GA

Jamaica Homecoming Screening | Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ridge Pen, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

World Premiere - an Official JAMAICA 50 Event | Friday, June 22, 2012

In celebration of Jamaica's 50th Year of Independence, Action 4 Reel Flimworks in association with The Charles Town Maroon Council, The Institute of Jamaica and Jamaica Social Investment Fund present the World Premiere of Akwantu: the Journey at the 4th Annual Charles Town Maroon Conference and Celebrations

Asafu Yard - Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

Press & Industry Screening | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Redbones Blues Cafe - Kingston, Jamaica

Sneak preview screening | Thursday, June 14, 2012

College of Charleston - Charleston, SC

Preview screening | Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Poet's Den Gallery and Theater - Harlem, NY

Preview screening | Friday, March 16, 2012

Georgia State University - Atlanta, GA


Learn about a people generally regarded as the New World’s first successful freedom fighters – the legendary Maroons of Jamaica. For more than eighty years during the 17th and 18th century, this group of poorly armed former enslaved Africans was able to keep the mighty British military at bay in the rugged hills of Jamaica. Akwantu: the Journey brilliantly documents the struggles for freedom of these successful “Spartacus” of their time.

Since it’s June 2012 World Premiere in Jamaica, Akwantu has garnered impressive accolades, including the much heralded JAMAICA 50 designation by the Government of Jamaica. In July 2012, the film won the Special Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary at the 7th Annual Belize International Film Festival. It was an Official Selection of the prestigious Pan African Film Festival in 2013, and made its debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Doc Corner. Akwantu: the Journey has screened for enthusiastic audiences at film festivals, cinemas, universities, high schools, libraries, living rooms and beyond, in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Many patrons have remarked that “this is history we never knew.” Momentum continues to build for our groundbreaking film. We invite you to share in the power and inspiration that comes from this film by engaging your community with a screening of Akwantu: the Journey.

How to Host a Screening:

When you host a screening of Akwantu: the Journey, you can raise awareness for tolerance, peace, reconciliation, healing, diversity, race, ethnic identity, slavery, resistance, etc.

Showing Akwantu is quite easy. You will need to purchase a license prior to showing our film. To order the film please select from the options below.

 Screening Checklist:  Here's what you need to organize a successful event.

  1. Secure a venue. Ideal space would have ample seating for patrons, DVD projector, screen, and speakers. Consult with A/V technician for other needs.
  2. Venue set-up: seating style may be determined based on the physical location, anticipated attendance, or format of the screening event. Staff and volunteers should arrive well in advance of event start time to facilitate set-up.
  3. Planning and Promotion: Allow sufficient time to effectively plan the screening and get the word out to the community and local press. If you wish we can list your event on our film's website and Facebook events page. Please give us ample notice. We've also create several downloads which you can access on our website which may be helpful in your promotions.
  4. Event Format: Will there be a post screening discussion or a panel discussion. Educational or community organizations may also want to have the film's director Roy T. Anderson, Educational Outreach Director Dr. Harcourt T. Fuller, or another scholar present for a Q & A or panel discussion. For more information on availability, scheduling and fees please email us at edu@akwantuthemovie.com.

Good luck with your event. Please don't forget to let us know how it went.

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  1. This license is strictly intended for Festival and Community Screenings only, and is not intended for commercial purposes, including entities that regularly screen films; such as cinemas and theaters that charge for admission. This license is available for purchase to any individual, group, organization, or entity.
  2. This license allows one public screening, and is good for six months from the date of purchase. It is not refundable or transferable.
  3. You may charge for admission to your screening event, use it as a fundraiser, or have a free screening if you wish.
  4. This license is not intended for theatrical use. If you would like to enquire about theatrical booking please contact us directly.
  5. This license is not intended for educational use, which are ongoing and in perpetuity. If you have questions regarding use, please contact us.
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  7. Akwantu: the Journey is protected by copyright. Unauthorized use of the film may lead to civil liabilities and criminal penalties.

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