Just 3 People Talking

Not many Black women own a piece of the Amazon rainforest in our protracted age of gendered and racialized extraction. This filmic meditation introduces audiences to one such person, Aunty Joan, whose possession of 357 acres of precious land remains far from settled. Informed by Afro-Indigenous Guyanese Spiritualist or Komfa philosophies and practices, Joan is also Dolly, her ancestor Jumbi thought to be bassidy, or “flighty.” A journalist and novelist now in her eighties, Joan has been working for decades along with her spirit guide Bassidy Dolly to realize her dreams for Yukuriba Heights, a once-self-sustainable farm and projected arts commune.

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Just 3 People Talking (2022)




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Jeremy Peretz | Joan Cambridge

Jeremy Peretz

Jeremy Peretz

Jeremy Jacob Peretz teaches cultural and Caribbean studies at the University of Guyana. He holds a BA in anthropology and PhD in culture and performance, both from UCLA. His scholarship has been widely recognized, most recently with the Caribbean Studies Association’s Best Dissertation Award of 2022.

Joan Cambridge

Jeremy Peretz

Joan Cambridge-Mayfield is an activist, former leading member of Guyana’s press corps, and author of the critically acclaimed novel ”Clarise Cumberbatch Want to Go Home.” In the 1980s Joan walked away from her appointed scholar’s desk at the US Library of Congress to study for two decades in Guyana’s rainforests.

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