Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The First 70s:A Look at Kemet with Queen Diana

"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 special attractions. The film also featured King Michael, the royal family's children, including an eight 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. The finished documentary was produced by Starville's own HJ Kali and directed by renowned director Zuberi Yaw. Cutaway segments for the film were shot in advance, and Yaw 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. Adam stipulated that the film would be produced in color and no advertisements.  Besides the tour, the film included a visit to the 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. The success and impact of the film have been analyzed throughout the years; one thing is sure the film brought forth, the peak of Kemet Romanticism, and the fantasy and fanfare of the Adam Royal Family.