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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.

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.

“Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroons Chieftainess” is the title of the documentary by Roy T. Anderson and Harcourt T. Fuller, both descendants of maroons.

According to reports, “Nanny was born in about 1686 in what is now Ghana, West Africa, into the Ashanti tribe, and was brought to Jamaica as a slave. It is believed that some of her family members were involved in intertribal conflict and her village was captured. Nanny and several relatives were sold as slaves and sent to Jamaica. Upon arrival in Jamaica, Nanny was likely sold to a plantation in the parish of Saint Thomas. Such plantations grew sugarcane as the main crop, and the slaves toiled under extremely harsh conditions.

The film will be screened at the UN with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in ECOSOC Chamber.

The intention of the organizers is to highlight the heroine and pay tribute to the “warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons.”

A free, public screening will be held at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture the following evening at 6:30 p.m.


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