Tuesday, October 18, 2016
"Founded by runaway slaves who wanted better lives for themselves, Kemet has been a shining beacon of hope to the citizens within, and perhaps one day it will be for the world."
Opening for A Look at Kemet with Queen Diana
A Look at Kemet with Queen Diana was a television special conducted by the Queen Consort of Kemet Diana Adam; the film featured a tour of the Palace of Adam, Kemet villages, cities, towns, and unique attractions. The film also featured King Michael, the royal family's children, including an 8 months old Princess Victoria.
In 1976, Adam had been approached by various television networks to broadcast the restored Palace of Adam, and she agreed that the three major Kemet networks would jointly fund and broadcast the resulting documentary. Starville's own HJ Kali produced the film while director Zuberi Yaw dealt with the film's direction. Yaw shot cutaway segments for the television special in advance and taped King Michael's parts in an eight-hour recording session.
A Look at Kemet with Queen Diana broadcasted on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1977. The program was the first ever televised tour of the Palace of Adam and has since been considered the first prime-time documentary specifically designed to appeal to a female audience, and an international audience.
The film showed Adam on a tour of her home with the KNC News correspondent Dejen Bongani. The filmed tour was the first glimpse the global public had of the Palace of Adam. Following Queen Diana's wishes, Kali produced A Look at Kemet with Queen Diana in color with no advertisements. Besides the palace tour, the film included a visit to Kings Zoo with Queen Diana and her family, Diana and Michael going to the beach on Emem's Shore, Diana attending black tie parties, Diana visiting an orphanage, and Diana and Michael attending Mass at the House of Simba in Adam.
The program was viewed by 56 million viewers and globally syndicated in 54 countries. Throughout the years, critics and historians analyzed the success and impact of A Look at Kemet with Queen Diana; all agree the film brought forth, the peak of Kemet Romanticism, and the fantasy and fanfare of the Adam Royal Family.