Finding Samuel Lowe premieres nationally on May 14, 2017 World Channel’s Doc World! Check local listings. Finding Samuel Lowe will stream online for free from May 15-June 13, 2017.
Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage by searching for clues about their long-lost Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe.
Retired NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison and her brothers, Elrick and Howard Williams, were raised in Harlem by their Chinese Jamaican mother, Nell Vera Lowe. Nell encouraged them to realize the rags-to-riches American dream, resulting in their growth from welfare recipients to wealthy entrepreneurs. In order to fulfill a promise to their mother to connect to her estranged father’s people, they embark on a journey to uncover their ancestral roots.
The three travel to the Toronto Hakka Chinese Conference where they connect to members of the Chinese Jamaican community. As the mystery of their grandfather’s life unfolds, the trio travels to Jamaica, learning that their grandfather had a life there similar to their own, starting with humble beginnings in Mocho, Clarendon Parish, and ending with successful business ownership in the affluent St. Ann’s Bay. But in 1933, he left Jamaica, returning to China for good.
Taking family tree research to an epic proportion, the siblings and 16 of their family members travel to two Chinese cities, ShenZhen and GuangZhou. Together, they visit their family’s ancestral village, finding documented lineage that dates their family back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. The trip culminates in an emotional and unforgettable family reunion with 300 of their grandfather’s Chinese descendants.
At its heart, this is a story about familial love and devotion that transcends race, space and time.
JEANETTE KONG Director
PAULA WILLIAMS MADISON Executive Producer
JEANETTE KONG Producer
MARTIN PROCTOR Assistant Producer
TRANSITION MUSIC Music
JANE MACRAE Editor
AIDA YOHANNES Visual Research and Rights Clearance Supervisor
GAVENESH PATEL Graphic Animation Designer
JUAN WOODBURY Visual Effects and Art Direction Producer
MARTIN PROCTOR Director of Photography
Additional photos available upon request.
“Finding Samuel Lowe” (PRI)
“Family Secrets” (Essence)
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