Kunta Kinteh Island Screening – 3/31/15

KintehIslanChicago“Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles”

Documentary Screening
Tuesday, March 31
7 to 9 pm

Film Row Cinema
Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL

Filmmaker Elvin Ross in attendance!  Elvin is a filmmaker and composer for Tyler Perry Studios


Kunta Kinteh Island: “Coming Home Without Shackles” chronicles the pride, strength and journey of the most celebrated captive African, Kunta Kinteh. The saga of Kunta Kinteh’s life was characterized and featured in an American made-for-TV movie and book entitled Roots, created by his descendent Alex Haley. The book and film highlighted the life of an African warrior-in-training who was enslaved and brought to the New World, the Americas, during the West African Slave Trade.

“I felt the heart and emotion of our rich history in this brilliantly made and powerful documentary, Kunta Kinteh Island,” said Tyler Perry, owner of Tyler Perry Studios. “I am very proud of my long time friend and composer for recognizing the importance of retelling this story to this generation. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!”

During this forced exodus, Kunta Kinteh was captured and transported to James Island where he was held captive for 15 days before being shipped as cargo to the Americas. Recently, Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia, reclaimed and renamed the old British Fortress from James Island to KUNTA KINTEH ISLAND to honor his legacy. Although Kunta Kinteh was captured, shackled and abducted from his homeland, his legacy returns home to Jufferreh, The Gambia, West Africa, without shackles.

Co-Sponsored by ASCAP and the NABJ Chicago Chapter.