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Fifteen Years and Counting

Fourteen Years and Counting

Fourteen Years and Counting

Reimagining Nanny Documentary Global Premieres

Press Release

For immediate release

Montego Bay, Jamaica.   June 19, 2023: The documentary dubbed “Reimagining Nanny:  Her Sword – A Seed” premieres on Saturday June 24th, 2023 – at the 15th Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival, in Portland, Jamaica. 
This documentary produced by Jamaican Professor at NYU Leo Douglas seeks to retell the story of Queen Nanny of the Maroons, national heroine of Jamaica.  Traditionally Nanny has been portrayed through a lens of mountain guerrilla warfare, but here she is represented in what some Maroon scholars believe to be a more accurate and broader reality – as a healer, an early Jamaican ecologist, a protector of the springs, forests and watersheds, and as the quintessential wise woman of all that lived and grew in the Blue & John Crow Mountains of Jamaica.

According to Professor Douglas, “the documentary highlights the untold herstories of Queen Nanny as a fundamental means of deepening our appreciation of the contribution of the Jamaican black women on whose shoulders we stand as farmers or as members of the environmental movement.” The documentary is positioned as a fresh and informational retelling of community and ancestral cultural preservation on Jamaica, including a description of a rich pantheon of West African knowledge and traditional practices about birds, plants, herbal healing and the conservation of the natural world.   

Leo R Douglas   Telephone: 9178470718    Email: LRD8@NYU.EDU

Marline Stephenson Dalley    Telephone: (876)770-4107      E-mail:


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