How a Rastafarian village gave Hollywood Peter Pan

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Gemma Handy

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Wendy director Benh Zeitlin went a extensive way to obtain his Peter Pan – initially-time actor Yashua Mack

A crater-pocked street foremost to a cluster of uncomplicated plywood homes ringed with vegetable fields may well appear to be unlikely territory to obtain a Hollywood movie star.

But when New York director Benh Zeitlin was on the hunt for a youngster to engage in a wild-eyed Peter Pan in his new movie, Wendy, this little Rastafarian village in Antigua is in which his search bore fruit.

Not only has the Searchlight Pictures manufacturing propelled 10-12 months-old Yashua Mack into the limelight, it has taken this most non-public group alongside for the ride.

‘Exciting moment’

For almost 4 decades, the village’s two dozen followers of the Nyabinghi get, the oldest of all the Rastafarian subgroups, have lived mainly shielded from culture in the Caribbean island.


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