The Journey of the Lion

At the top of this 1992 travelogue, Jamaican sculptor Howard Anthony Trott ruminates on the meaning of his English “slave name,” phonetically translating it into “How hard and stony I trod”; it's an appropriate beginning for the story of a man searching for himself through language. From a hardscrabble life raising two teenagers, Trott travels to wintry London to visit a half-sister who emigrated there decades earlier, and he sees how his life might have turned out had he been willing to assimilate into the white world. But he's always dreamed of Africa, and a sudden opportunity brings him to Ghana, his ancestral “land of the lions.” Fritz Baumann directed this German video about an indomitable man whose openness and intuition are greatly attractive. In English patois with subtitles. 90 min.

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