Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

Roy Anderson
Country: Jamaica
Year: 2015
Running Time: 59 min.
Language: Jamaican Patois and English with English subtitles


Nanny was a queen captured in her homeland and forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean in the belly of a slave ship. In the New World, she rose up to become the leader of a new nation—of free Africans. However, not many people outside of Jamaica know about the legendary warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons. She is the only female among Jamaica’s seven national heroes, and her likeness appears on the country’s $500 bill, yet little is known about her. This landmark documentary, conceived by award-winning Jamaican-born, New Jersey–based filmmaker Roy T. Anderson and history professor Harcourt T. Fuller, unearths and examines this mysterious figure, who led a band of former enslaved Africans in the rugged and remote interiors of Jamaica in their victory over the British army during the early to mid-18th century.

About the Director

Roy Anderson

Biography: Roy T. Anderson is writer, director and producer of the award-winning film Akwantu: the Journey (Action 4 Reel Flimworks, 2012), on the history of the Jamaican Maroons. Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, Roy’s sophomore film, expands on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom fighters by shedding light on one of the leading figures in that struggle. Roy is a veteran movie and television stuntman/stunt coordinator and world record holder. He’s doubled for such Hollywood stars as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, and Morgan Freeman; accumulating more than 400 production credits in the process, working on such hits as: Men in Black 3The Dark Knight RisesSpiderman 2, Bourne Ultimatum, American Gangster, the Oscar-nominated Wolf of Wall Street; and top rated TV series Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, Elementary, and Gotham. While continuing his stunt work, Anderson has flipped the script to direct his second film project; a one-hour documentary on Jamaica’s only female National Heroine – Nanny of the Maroons.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (2016)

Akwantu: the Journey (2012)
Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (2015)