Into The Light

Jermaine and all his seven children made a trip to The Gambia in 2010 to visit his and meet their ancestral roots. Jermaine not only made the documentary Into The Light, he also made the documentary as a Tribute to Michael Jackson for VIBE and he participated in the documentary Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles. Besides doing the documentaries talking about his experiences in The Gambia and his ancestral roots, Jermaine performed the show Celebrating 40 Years of Jackson Family Music at the 5th Kanilai International Festival on May 29th, 2010 at Independence Stadium in The Gambia. His band band included three keyboards, three guitars (one of the guitar players was his son Jeremy), four background singers, eight dancers, a drummer, a percussionist and a programmer. 

Jermaine Jackson Into The Light Documentary (2010)

Jermaine Jackson meeting president Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia and performing at the 5th Kanilai International Festival (2010)

Jermaine Jackson arriving in The Gambia (2010)

Jermaine Jackson Tribute To Michael Jackson (2010)

Jermaine Jackson in Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles Trailer (2010)

The documentary Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles is a powerful intersection of African and American history. Elvin Ross makes his directorial debut as he shines a light on this fascinating story that celebrates the strength and spirit of the Gambian people, and introduces this important part of history to a new generation. Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles chronicles the pride, strength and journey of the most celebrated captive African, Kunta Kinteh. The saga of Kunta Kinteh's life was characterized and featured in an American made-for-TV movie and book entitled Roots, created by his descendent Alex Haley. The book and film highlighted the life of an African warrior-in-training who was enslaved and brought to the New World, the Americas, during the West African Slave Trade.

During this forced exodus, Kunta Kinteh was captured and transported to James Island where he was held captive for 15 days before being shipped as cargo to the Americas.  Recently, Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia, reclaimed and renamed the old British Fortress from James Island to KUNTA KINTEH ISLAND to honor his legacy. Although Kunta Kinteh was captured, shackled and abducted from his homeland, his legacy returns home to Jufferreh, The Gambia, West Africa, without shackles.

Filmmaker, Elvin Ross, makes his debut as writer and director for this epic documentary feature. Elvin and his production company, e. ross studios, captured the spirit and essence of the Gambian people during the Roots Festival in February 2011 whereby the island is renamed. The ruins of the fortress, which were restored through grants from both the Netherlands and the USA, serve as a backdrop to this film. As a means of introducing the subject matter to a younger audience, veteran actor Ben Vereen offers a dramatic rendering of a grandfather re-telling his family's history to his young grandson. Vereen brilliantly introduces a past, which includes present-day interviews with Kinteh family members that still reside in Juffureh. This documentary highlights the pride of a people that were so strong that they were known as some of the greatest hunters and warriors on the continent. This movie focuses on the lessons taught by Kunta Kinteh's grandmother, Yaisa, which rang as truths in his spirit, freeing his mind even when he lost his physical freedom. Because of the lessons he learned, today's African American may return to the Mother Land with heads held high, knowing that they can survive any obstacle and flourish in any environment as long as they stay true to their inner convictions.