Directed By: Roy T Anderson ⎥ 2019 ⎥ 85m
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. Director Roy T. Anderson peels back all the layers in his presentation of this oft-misunderstood and controversial figure, blending live-action and stunning photographs with no-holds-barred interviews and conversations with world-renowned leaders and scholars, including Louis Gossett Jr, Danny Glover and reggae artists Sean Paul and David Hinds.
For all his greatness, Marcus Garvey has often been portrayed as a caricature, and someone marginalized by history. The film artfully blends live action with breathtaking still photography, archival images, and illustrations, providing a window into the life of a man rarely seen in contemporary culture. In its own unique way, this ground-breaking film also highlights Rastafari – a group greatly influenced by Garvey’s teaching; and engage other personalities whose lives have been touched in one way or the other by him. Even after his death Garvey’s philosophy has impacted many social and political movements in Jamaica and around the world. United States’ civil rights leader Malcolm X, once said, “Every time you see another nation on the African continent become independent you know that Marcus Garvey is alive.”