National Gallery of Jamaica: Featuring “A Hand Full of Dirt” and the New Roots Exhibition


The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays program continues on Sunday, October 27, 2013, with a screening of Russell Watson’s first feature length film, A Hand Full of Dirt (2005) and a Q&A session with the director. Visitors will also get the opportunity to view the New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists exhibition, which has been extended to November 2. Doors will open from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The gallery is located at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica.

Description: New Roots features work in a variety of new and conventional media by 10 artists under 40 years old, namely Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter, Ikem Smith, and The Girl and the Magpie.

Screening: As a special feature for Sunday, A Hand Full of Dirt will be screened at 1:30pm. The film tells the story of what happens when each of the men in the Redman family – father, grandson and son – is faced with the choice of securing his own future or repeating the betrayals of the family’s past. Archie Redman is a middle aged man burdened by the weight of an unfulfilled life. He rises reluctantly each day to face a large, empty house, his wife, having left him and his son away at university. Thousands of miles away, Archie’s son Jay faces worries of his own. He is stuck in immigration limbo, essentially penniless in a cold, unforgiving city but unable to legally work until his father pays off his substantial debt with the school. As the year ends and the holiday season arrives, Archie and Jay will find the walls closing in on them. The key to their salvation seems to lie with one man, family patriarch Ben Redman, and his plot of hard–won plantation land.

Russell Watson was born and raised in Barbados, where he got his start in theatre and was a protégé of the late Earl Warner. He is a graduate of the Edna Manley School of Drama, Jamaica and holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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