Words by Jesse Serwer—
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, a milestone being celebrated in various ways not just across Jamaica, but across all of the diaspora capitals, and around the world. One of the many events celebrating the milestone is the world premiere of One People, a public-sourced documentary (meaning regular people, as well as some professionals, were asked to film and submit their own footage in the spirit of inclusiveness) premised around the simple question (as asked to Jamaicans and “friends of Jamaica locally and oversea), “What does Jamaica mean to you?”
Produced by Justine Henzell, daughter of the late The Harder They Come director Perry Henzell, and Zachary Harding the film premieres simultaneously today in Kingston (at the Jamaica 50 Jubilee Village at the National Stadium, at 4p.m. local time), London (at the O2 arena, at 4 p.m. local time) and in New York (at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m., local time). For more information on the movie and screenings, visit the One People website here.