US student produces pimento documentary
Jamaica’s rich history has attracted people from all over the world to visit the island, whether to experience the culture or to carry out research. Currently in the island to conduct research is a final-year student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States.
For 21-year-old Madrid Smith, it was an easy decision to do his research in Jamaica and to focus the documentary he is working on, on the pimento plant.
“I'm currently in Jamaica to do an experiential project through the Burch Fellowship Programme. It is a programme founded by my university, the University of North Carolina,” Smith told The Gleaner.
Smith, whose father and grandparents are Jamaican, said he became familiar with pimento through his grandmother. "My grandmother used it in her cooking. Growing up I would help her cook big Sunday dinners very often,” Smith said.
While in Jamaica, Smith said, he will be interviewing as many persons as possible. “I will be talking to regular civilians, farmers, and corporate individuals in agriculture and the food industry.”
Smith said the documentary will be used to showcase Jamaican culture through agriculture and food (specifically the pimento). He said he hoped that the documentary will increase awareness of Jamaica and its culture.
He noted that the documentary will be about 20 to 30 minutes long.