A post by Peter Jordens.
Kindah (2016) is a new short film (12 minutes) by Ephraim Asili which provides a cinematographic link between two African diaspora communities: one in Hudson, New York and one in the Maroon village of Accompong in Jamaica. Symbolic of this link is the kindah tree, under the branches of which the slave rebellion was settled in 1739. Slave leader Cudjoe (aka Cojo, Kodjo) united different African tribes into one: the Maroons, enslaved Africans who liberated themselves.
Kindah means “one family” for the Maroons in Jamaica and is also the name of a legendary mango tree that stands in the historical village of Accompong as a symbol of unity and independence from the British Empire. Asili visited Accompong during the anniversary of the peace treaty with Britain, and filmed the pilgrimage to the kindah tree. The landscape of the area, the festivities, and the music reconnect once again all the tribes with one another, while creating a larger connection with distant images of Hudson, New York, where Asili lives.
Ephraim Asili is a New York-based filmmaker, DJ, radio host, and traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force.
Photo shows a movie still from Kindah with the kindah tree, from http://vsw.org/afterimage/2017/01/12/report54th-new-york-film-festivals-projections