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One People - The Sneak Peek
1962 Productions presented a ‘sneakpeek’ of the upcoming documentary One People which is slated for release on August 6, 2012. Co-produced by Justine Henzell and Zachary Harding, the full-length documentary is being created to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence and will be premiered in three locations, Kingston, London and Miami.
The preview event was held at the Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies Mona, on Tuesday night.The centre was given a coat of glitz and glamour for the event.
One People attempts to pattern the groundbreaking 2011 user-generated documentary film Life in a Day created by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland and Marley). Macdonald also acts as executive producer on the One People project. The documentary combines user generated content and interviews conducted with Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans at home, in key Diaspora areas as well as from other disparate locations around the world.
The screened footage included interviews with notable personalities such as Colin Powell, Malcolm Gladwell, Jean Binta Breeze, Sean Paul, Yohan Blake, Aston Cooke and numerous others. The snippets revealed showed the interviewees speaking about their favourite Jamaican expressions and foods. Harding explained that they currently have over 300 interviews and over 3000 hours of footage. The result is that the editing team is working around the clock to complete the film in time for its August premiere.
In a combination live and recorded address, Harding and Henzell (who was absent from the event) explained that they felt compelled to make the film as a part of their contribution to the commemoration of Jamaica 50. Henzell explained that One People aims to explore the international impact of Jamaica that has far outstripped its size
The previewed segments of the film suggests a documentary project which promises to be engaging and provide a good vehicle to reflect on what Jamaica means and what it means to be Jamaican, assuming that the filmmakers have the courage to ditch much of the sponsor generated footage which significantly weighs it down.
One People is a timely film and whether we smile or wince at what is said, it will be good to hear what Jamaicans and others around the globe have to say about and to us.