Film: ALLEN REPORT—RETRACING TRANSNATIONAL AFRICAN METHODISM

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ALLEN REPORT: RETRACING TRANSNATIONAL AFRICAN METHODISM (2016; 76 mins.), a documentary film-project written, directed and produced by Alanna Lockward will be screened on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 7:00pm, at the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) Bethel [Iglesia Africana Metodista Episcopal (AME) Bethel] located at #1 Coronel Andrés Díaz Street in Samaná, Dominican Republic.

With cinematography by Peyi Guzmán; music by Jorge Lockward and the AME Churches on location; and edited by Karim López (additional cinematography by Lanchel Brutus, William Córdova, Alanna Lockward, and Tatiana Magloire) the film was shot on location in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Germany, Namibia, and the United States.

Description: As the first Dominican-Haitian documentary co-production, this film retraces the liberation legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Namibia and the United States, its place of origin. These common narratives on struggles against enslavement and apartheid is told in three different languages (English, French, and Spanish) in the voices of 19 interviewees. The AME Mother Bethel Church was founded by Bishop Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1794, as the first protestant church ministered exclusively by former enslaved people. It became a legally incorporated denomination in 1816. Upon the request of the Haitian government, The AME sent 6,000 individuals to the island of Saint-Domingue between 1824 and 1826, two decades after this first Black Republic in the world came into being. The Haitian Revolution is an integral part of the history of the AME in the island and it is also crucial to note that Richard Allen was deeply involved in the logistics of this immigration, the most important one of the XIX Century in Dominican history.

In 1946, Marcus Witbooi, a descendant of anti-colonial Namibian national hero, Hendrik Witbooi, deserted the German Rhenish Mission and affiliated his congregation to the AME inspired by the historical liberation narratives and practices of this church. Later, AME members were instrumental in the liberation and independence of Namibia from South Africa.

The role of African Methodism in the Caribbean and the African continent is approached from the perspective of de-colonial theory, presenting South-South narratives of liberation in the voices of its own protagonist. This reflection is extremely valuable since until today neither the AME in Haiti, the Dominican Republic or Namibia has a physical archive where church members and historians could consult their amazing legacies. The oral archive perspective of this film is meant to motivate Africana and international experts on Protestant church histories, among others, to join forces with the AME Connectional Church in providing a safe place for these histories to be preserved in a dynamic way.

For related photos, see https://www.flickr.com/photos/55443738@N08/sets/72157667411924944

For more information, see https://allenreportdocumentary.wordpress.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/AllenReportAJourneyOnTransnationalAfricanMethodism/

Trailer (Spanish) https://vimeo.com/178706868; Trailer (English): https://vimeo.com/178698503; Trailer (French): https://vimeo.com/178700595

For reviews, see Lesley-Ann Brown at http://www.blackgirlonmars.com/2016/06/the-emanuel-9-allen-report-and_23.html?spref=fb; Rubén Lamarche (Spanish) at http://do.municipiosaldia.com/opinion/item/26310-reporte-allen-un-recorrido-por-el-metodismo-africano-transnacional; Quisqueya Lora Hugi (Spanish) at http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2016/08/13/ldquoreporte-allenrdquo-fenomeno-del-atlantico-negro; Félix Manuel Lora (Spanish) at http://acento.com.do/2016/cultura/cine/criticas-de-cine/8371157-allen-report/; and Robbie Shilliam at http://www.blackgirlonmars.com/2016/06/the-emanuel-9-allen-report-and_23.html?spref=fb

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