Joseph King is a successful, young doctor in Jamaica, being groomed by his parents, also doctors, to
take over the family’s private hospital. He is hardworking and popular with everyone; however, he is
haunted by childhood memories of his beloved grandfather in Accompong, the Maroon village from
which his family originated.
Joseph’s father, Christopher King, is dismissive of any idea that connects Jamaicans with Africa. He tries to steer Joseph away from ideas of going ‘back to Africa’, because he considers it a backward step for modern, successful people like his family. Christopher doesn’t share his son’s affection for his own father and wants nothing to do with the ‘bush medicine’ he was famous for amongst the Maroons.
Joseph’s yearning for Africa creates family conflict, further exacerbated by his plastic surgeon sister Dahlia’s jealousy over his position as sole heir to the family's medical empire. Joseph’s curiosity about Africa is fuelled even more by Kweku, his friend from medical school, who would boast about his homeland Ghana. Kweku’s stories contradict what Joseph hears and sees about Africa in the media, making him even more determined to make his own sojourn to Africa.
A serious tragedy, a chance meeting and an unfulfilled promise drive Joseph towards an uncertain destiny. Will Joseph find what he’s searching for? Or, were his grandfather’s dreams based on myths and fables that have no place in present-day Africa? And, will a trip to the motherland be enough to satisfy his longing for an identity that has so far eluded him?
A STEP BY STEP Production Starring KEVOY BURTON MAWULI GAVOR GLEN CAMPBELL ALISON HINDS CHRISTOPHER MCFARLANE SHONTELLE LAYNE STOGIE KENYATTA SHANTOL JACKSON SIKA OSEI MIRIAM OWUSU-POKU Director of photography RAY WONGCHINDA Edited by GUSTAVO DIAS DASILVA Original screenplay MARCIA WEEKES DELPHINE ITAMBI Production design ANDREW BRODBER ANTHONY TOMETY Casting MARCIA WEEKES MARIETTA CARTER-NARCISSE MAWULI GAVOR MAWUKO KUADZI Line producer DANIEL DAMAH Co-producer MAWULI GAVOR Producers DAVE WEEKES MARIETTA CARTER-NARCISSE MARCIA WEEKES NADIA SARMOVA Executive Producers DAVE WEEKES MARCIA WEEKES MAXINE MCCLEAN Associate Producers BARBADOS MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND CREATIVE ECONOMY JAMAICA MINISTRY OF CULTURE, GENDER, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY BARBADOS SPORTS & ARTS FUND BARBADOS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Directed by MARCIA WEEKES
Kevoy is best known as an actor for the movies Ghett’a Life, Destiny and Hang ‘em High, and TV series like Real Friends. A popular stage actor in his native Jamaica, Kevoy just completed a run of several weeks starring in the play Right Girl, Wrong Address. He also appears in television commercials for well-known brands such as Victoria Mutual.
Mawuli is a Ghanaian-born TV presenter, actor, producer and entrepreneur. He started modelling while studying accounting in the USA and became an ambassador for Martini. He launched his acting career in the telenovela series Hush, has appeared recently in hit movies, such as Chief Daddy and the upcoming Sugar Rush. His own production Entangled, was released in 2017.
Alison is one of the most popular soca singers in the world. Known as the Queen of Soca, she began her career as lead singer of the popular Barbadian band Square One, before launching her solo career. In 2007, she had a massive worldwide hit with Roll it Gal, which became an anthem for female empowerment. Alison continues to tour internationally and appear at various carnivals.
Shontelle is a Barbadian singer who released her debut album Shontelligence in 2008. Her second album, No Gravity, was released in September 2010. The songs, T-Shirt and Impossible were international hits. Shontelle was also Beyoncé's opening act for her I Am... tour. As a songwriter, she has tasted global success with Man Down for childhood friend Rihanna and Roll It Gal for Alison Hinds. Shontelle received the International Music Icon award at the Harper's Bazaar Star Awards 2019 in Vietnam and graced the magazine’s cover in October.
Chris is a veteran, award-winning stage actor with a long list of theatre credits, including Dream on Monkey Mountain, Judgement, Toy Boy, To the Finish and Concubine. His films include Almost Heaven and Banged Up Abroad.
Jamaican-born Stogie is known for his acclaimed touring one-man, Broadway-style solo show on Paul Robeson, which has toured museums, theatres and over 300 universities worldwide. His film credits include Batman & Robin, Species, Half Past Dead 2 and JAG. Television appearances include Murder One, The Bernie Mac Show and The Bold & the Beautiful.
Harold is a pupular television and film actor, MC and TV presenter, based in Accra, Ghana.
Who would you be if you were truly free?
Step By Step Productions Inc. (SBS) was formed by Dave and Marcia Weekes in Barbados in 2010, to develop wholesome content and uplifting, impactful and moral avenues of artistic expression in the Caribbean and beyond.
To date, SBS has produced six feature-length films, comprising Hush 1, Hush 2, Hush 3, Chrissy, Vigilante – The Crossing and Barrow – Freedom Fighter. This latest film, produced in 2017, won the 2018 African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) in Rwanda for Best Diaspora Documentary.
These films were produced in a relatively short period, between 2008 and 2017. Their latest film, Joseph, will be released in January 2020. On all films, Marcia is the writer and director, while her husband Dave is the Executive Producer. The company believes that there are great possibilities for film in the Caribbean, with many stories yet to be told to the world.