by Tambay A. Obenson
March 5, 2013 3:26 PM 0 Comments
The premiere screening of a feature documentary I'm only just learning about, was held at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, in January, and was attended by the likes of Tyler Perry, and Soledad O'Brien.
The film, titled Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles, is directed by Elvin Ross, making his debut as writer and director.
Made to honor and celebrate Kunta Kinteh, a character from the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley, which would also be adapted for the small screen, the Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles story reads:
More than 6 million people lost their lives…. for 300 years. One man’s story has become legend. Elvin Ross Studios invites you to return to St. James Island---now ‘Kunta Kinteh Island’
The island, on the Gambia River, was an important site in the West African slave trade, and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island itself has been gradually eroding, and is said to be a small fraction of the site it was during the time when the fort was active.
Descendants of Kunta Kinteh still live in Gambia, and are featured in the documentary, which screened at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles last month, and continues to screen throughout the country.
According to its Facebook page, screenings are scheduled for the following cities: Nashville, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans.