The Jamaican country motto is “Out of Many, One People” which serves as a reminder of the different cultural minorities on the island. But who outside of Jamaica thinks about the different cultures that make up the island and where these people came from?
As time marches on many stories will be forgotten and buried in history.
“German Town: The Lost Story of Seaford Town Jamaica” is an independent documentary film by David Ritter that explores the barely known history of German heritage and history within Westmoreland Jamaica.
Deep within the isolated undeveloped mountains of Westmoreland lies a village with a history and people unique to Jamaica. It is said that the inhabitants of this village are descendants of German indentured servants who were used to work the Jamaican plantations after the emancipation period to substitute the slave labour that drove the islands economy.
Others think they came under different circumstances as runaway prisoners, former military battered after the Napoleonic wars seeking a better life to escape poverty and hardships in their home lands.
There will be screenings of the documentary in US and Canada but so far there are no dates for screenings elsewhere. Pity, this looks like an interesting slice of Jamaican history.