kunte Plaque20closeup1“Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles” is a documentary produced by Elvin Ross Studios. And from the shores of The Gambia, West Africa Director, Writer, Composer Elvin Ross has literally brought the message home to the youth of the United States. Ross’ educational film tells the story of the legendary African Mandinka Warrior Kunta Kinteh captured and imprisoned on James Island before being shipped as cargo to Americas. The renaming of James Island to Kunta Kinteh Island on February 6, 2011 is documented in the film and brings the legendary story of Roots the television miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which first aired in 1977, full circle.

Ross’ purpose of the film is to educate the youth of today about the legacy of Kunta Kinteh. His wishes are to assist Albreda Juffureh Primary School in the Gambian village once home to Kunta Kinteh in funding by the sales of the documentary.

While on the set of “Kunta Kinteh Island” in The Gambia, West Africa I got a chance to speak to the film documentarian. “There are some people who don’t believe the story of Kunta Kinteh. Everyone especially the youth need to know what happened” he adds. The positive potential of Ross’
documentary is enormous. He and There was a scream in me raging to get out during the capture scene that took place in Bijilo Forest. Everyone on the set not acting, directing or filming at the time felt the pain of the characters from Kunta Kinteh to his capturers.

Ascendants of Kunta Kinteh, the Kinteh family who live in Juffureh Kunta Kinteh's family village; His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A. J.J. Jammeh President of the Republic of The Gambia; Ben Vereen, who played 'Chicken George' in the original "Roots"; and Singer Jermaine Jackson of the legendary Jackson Five, Jacksons, Jackson Family appear and are interviewed in Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles.

Tyler Perry Director/Producer of “Madea” fame and Latin American Journalist Soledad O’ Brien hosted a Red Carpet affair at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. There were and are many screenings to come. We will post it here as we get details. Do check out Kunta Kinteh Island Movie Trailer: http://www.kuntakintehislandmovie.com/ .

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