“It was really good! The documentary is thought provoking and as a Jamaican brought out quite a few emotions.” – Alexis Geoffe director of Jaminn Link, Jamaican cultural organization.
“A documentary and a place that is apart of Jamaican history” Lovena Brown- Ben TV
“A very interesting and thought provoking film” Marva Griffiths Herman- Executive director of the Caribbean heritage organization.
“An interesting slice of Jamaican history.” – Shades of Black
“This is a fascinating story of the last of the Jamaican Germans and their community in Seaford Westmoreland.” – Yard Edge
“A week after watching this documentary and I am still disturbed and thinking about it.”– Media/Video Department, Syracuse University
“This story taps into all immigrant heritages.” – Tara Masih, Merrimack Valley Magazine
“The lost story of the people of Seaford Town, Jamaica was well presented and appreciated the delivery of the multiple reasons that may have contributed to the situation. The thought provoking suggestions are inspiring and took me to various paths of possibilities rather than just one.” – Caribbean Antilles Friends, cultural club
“The film was very educational. As a Jamaican, it was refreshing to learn about a part of the country’s history and heritage that is in the verge of being forgotten.” – Caribbean Antilles Friends, cultural club
“This film by David Ritter, beautifully edited and presented in gleaming high definition, tells the story of a German diaspora to Jamaica in the 1830’s and of their descendants living there and elsewhere today. What followed the screening gave proof that communication – live communication between individuals within a group – was still not only possible, but stimulating, thought provoking and very much a great time.” – Carole Brennan, LA Turner Center
“This is gives brilliant insight into the past. My children have been lucky enough to visit their dad’s roots and to see for themselves but this documentary goes even deeper so you understand their struggles. It is amazing to know our grandchildren can watch this and understand their struggle.” Audrey Brown, Seaford Town descendant
“As a descendant of the Hacker and Groskopf families, I benefited from knowing a little more about my heritage that has been kept secret for so long, for what ever reason. Not many of the older generations are left to ask questions to, and those who do know, never speak of it. And what ever info I did know growing up now makes sense. I also benefitted personally with seeing my grandmothers grave in the video. A grave I have not had the chance to visit.” – Ginette Reynolds,Seaford Town descendant
“A wonderful documentary and a valuable addition to our genealogy records.” Debbie Eldemire ,Seaford Town descendant
“My mother is Evadnie Eldemire from Seaford Town. She is 81 and lives in NJ. We are trying(for 2 years) to get her back for a visit but her birth certificate is lost. She has an old Jamaican passport. She got married at 17 and has been here ever since. Love your video. My mother didn’t even know she was German. Learned so much about her heritage from this video.” James Newell, Seaford Town descendant
“Even now many Jamaicans know nothing of their white brothers and sisters from Seaford Town, all people need opportunity and education and a fair playing field, then they can be judged on their character not the color of their skin and be rewarded by endeavour not inheritance. It is nonsense to suggest racism does not exist in the black community it does as the boy with the poem illustrated and all of us have a responsibility to be realistic about this and work to
Ensure we make sure we are not contributing to it. Denying it did not or does not exist or accusing the film maker of having a racist agenda is a naive contribution to a brave film maker in a taboo area. I applaud him.” – Nigel Greville
“Your film adds to an appreciation of our Jamaican heritage. Thank you for the bit of history of the people who have now melded to become Jamaicans”.-Anthony Hill
“Seaford Town is the ancestral home town of my family. My grandmothers maiden name is Gardner. This is rather touching to see that someone has taken the time to capture what’s left of our heritage. ” – Jonathan Yapp, Seaford Town descendent.
Ginette Reynolds says
As a decendant of Seaford Town I was honoured that someone thought to do this. We have all heard stories growing up, David dove a little deeper in those stories that left many of us decendants wondering why… I now know a little bit more of my heritage… Thankyou!