Plot twists. Rhythmic drumming. Powerful graphics. Non-stop action. Jamaican history comes to life through digital animation on August 26 as Night Vision Media Ltd. premieres its latest creative project, Abeeku and the Maroons at Annex 2, CARIMAC, University of the West Indies.
The premiere event which showcases the first of the 13-episode, digital media series will also feature the launch of a related game designed for further engagement with the content while providing a fun cultural educational experience.
“This project has been long in the making and we are elated to finally bring it to the screen. We had developed the concept at a time when Jap Anime was trending, but there was a woeful lack of truly Jamaican projects. You watched Jap Anime and though it is fictional, you were learning so much about the culture. So we wanted to change that by creating an anime series that would make Jamaicans fanatical about their own culture, ”Chevonnese Chevers Whyte, Director of Night Vision Media explained.
Abeeku and the Maroons chronicles the story of a reluctant leader who escapes the slave plantation then finds himself among the maroons - a group of fearless freedom fighters. But his joy is short-lived when he realises his pregnant sister failed to make the getaway. He is determined to free her from captivity but at what cost. Meanwhile, lost and alone, Abina must find a way to quickly reunite with her brother. Yet adversities are not unique to the blacks. The whites have their own struggles as they grapple with a persistent foe, cling to business profitability and wrestle their own demons. “Yes, Jap Amine is cool, I love it, but we too have exciting stories to tell.
This series is guaranteed to rival any animated production and keep you on the edge of your seat,” Kevin Jackson, Animation Director said.
The event is free to the public. Showtime is 2 pm.