RED CARPET – OPENING NIGHT GALA
TUESDAY, Jan 14, 2020
5:30 PM RED CARPET GALA -RECEPTION
7:00 PM CARIBBEAN PREMIERE OF JOSEPH (Special Guests: Marcia and Dave Weekes, Stars: Kevoy Burton, Mawuli Gavor, Alison Hinds, Christopher McFarland, Shontelle Layne)
Joseph King is a successful, young doctor in Jamaica, being groomed by his parents, also doctors, to take over the family’s private hospital. He is hardworking and popular with everyone; however, he is haunted by childhood memories of his beloved grandfather in Accompong, the Maroon village from which his family originated. While for him, these stories remain a nagging memory in the back of his mind, it is not so for his immediate family, whose success has long moved them far away from their ancestry and heritage.
Joseph’s father, Christopher King, is dismissive of any idea that connects Jamaicans with Africa. He tries to steer Joseph away from ideas of going ‘back to Africa’, because he considers it a backward step for modern, successful people like his family. Christopher doesn’t share his son’s affection for his own father and wants nothing to do with the ‘bush medicine’ he was famous for amongst the Maroons.
A serious tragedy, a chance meeting and an unfulfilled promise drive Joseph towards an uncertain destiny. Will Joseph find what he’s searching for? Or, were his grandfather’s dreams based on myths and fables that have no place in present-day Africa? And, will a trip to the motherland be enough to satisfy his longing for an identity that has so far eluded him?
Follow Joseph as he leaves “the good life behind” in discovery of his own truths?
Marcia Weekes is a Jamaican filmmaker who lives in Barbados. She is Artistic Director of Praise Academy of Dance, a company that has toured the Caribbean and abroad with its successful musical productions. In addition to Joseph, she has produced, HUSH I, II and III, Chrissy and Vigilante – The Crossing and Barrow – Freedom Fighter.
She is married to Barbadian Dave Weekes and together they have three boys Dan-Jamal, Marc-Ari and Josh-Dayo.