Kindah Still Frame

Thursday, October 25, National Gallery of Art
Runtime: 12 min

The fourth film in “The Diaspora Suite,” an ongoing series of 16mm films exploring Ephraim Asili’s relationship to the African diaspora, this one was shot in Hudson, NY and Accompong, Jamaica. Accompong was founded in 1739 after rebel slaves and their descendants fought a protracted war with the British, leading to the establishment of a treaty between the two sides. Cudjoe, a leader of the Maroons, is said to have united the Maroons in their fight for autonomy under the Kindah Tree—a large, ancient mango tree that is still standing. The tree symbolizes the kinship of the community on its common land.

Part of “The Diaspora Suite” Screening