Jamaica’s National Heroes Day is around the corner (it is Monday, October 19). Now, appropriately on that same date, a new documentary chronicling the life and exploits of our only woman National Hero (to date) Nanny of the Maroons will be premiered at the United Nations in New York City. The Jamaica Mission to the United Nations played a leading role in the UN’s recognition of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (the Permanent Memorial was unveiled on 25 March 2015), and is one of the sponsors of the World Premiere. NOTE FOR YOUR DIARY: The Jamaican premiere will take place at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 23, at the University of the West Indies. Gloria “Mama G” Simms portrays the redoubtable Nanny in re-enactments, no doubt with energy and a touch of her own humor. Gloria, a Trelawny Town Maroon, heads the Maroon Indigenous Women’s Circle in Jamaica. Other influential Jamaican women will appear in the film to talk about Nanny’s influence and inspiration in their lives.
A very select audience will be privy to a special screening of “Queen Nanny” when the documentary premieres in New York at the United Nations, Vinette K. Pryce reports for Caribbean Life News.
The invitation-only event is slated for Oct. 19 and will herald the world-wide launch of a feature showcasing one of Jamaica’s foremost heroine of Black resistance against white dominance and a spiritual leader and guerilla tactician.
Though many African women were called Nanny, the queen of them all was a maroon who led a band of former enslaved Africans in the rugged mountains of Jamaica to a decisive victory over the British army during the early to mid-18th century.
The evening tribute is being hosted at the center and headquarters of global discussion on democracy in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations and the United Nations Remember Slavery Program.
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