META Film Fest: African Redemption
AFRICAN REDEMPTION: THE LIFE & LEGACY OF MARCUS GARVEY The ‘Negro Moses’ arrived on the scene on August 17, 1887 in the tiny seaside town of St. Ann’s Bay on the northern coast of Jamaica, fifty-three years after slavery was abolished in that country. In his short life Marcus Mosiah Garvey, would go on to become the world’s foremost Pan-Africanist and, in some eyes, the greatest civil-rights leader of the twentieth century. He dedicated his life to the project of redeeming Africa, which he saw as the home to civilization. While his brand of talk appealed to millions of ardent followers, it also earned him some powerful enemies around the world, such as W.E.B. Du Bois of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and J. Edgar Hoover, a young government attorney fresh out of law school and working with the United States Bureau of Investigation (later the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]). Award-winning director Roy T. Anderson peels back all the layers in his presentation of this oft- misunderstood and controversial figure in "African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey", a 85-minute feature-length documentary-film. Emmy-award winning actor Keith David (Greenleaf, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Crash) lends his voice as narrator on the film.