Finding Samuel Lowe premiered during the final days of the 2014 UrbanWorld Film Festival.*** The festival featured an array of indie films by African American filmmakers in The film about three siblings--two brothers and a sister's (Paula Williams Madison a former Sr. VP at NBC Universal) search for their Chinese grandfather. The Harlem siblings uncover their chinese heritage over a relatively a short period of time after years of sharing their mother's memories of life in Jamaica--pre her coming to America and of her family bloodline in general.
Finding Samuel Lowe, is an eye opening look at not only the chinese culture but both the Jamaican and the Chinese Jamaican cultures. The journey as told by Paula Williams Madsion with the participation of her brother Elrick and Howard Williams are honest and poignant. Madison Williams' pride at being a quarter Chinese and her determination at reaching her family's truth is empowering and inspiring.
The film is directed by Jeanette Kong (“Half” and “The Chiney Shop”) and co-presented by Urbanworld promotional partner National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC),
An insightful Q &A with Paula Williams Madison and Jeanette Kong moderated by immediately followed the movie. The UrbanWorld Film Festivl began on September 17th and ended on September 21st.
***the UrbanWorld Film Festival's Founding Sponsor is HBO with presenting sponsor of BET Networks