Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China documents media entrepreneur Paula Williams Madison and her two brothers Elrick and Howard Williams' humble beginnings in Harlem with their Chinese-Jamaican mother.
They embark on a quest to discover their heritage while searching for clues about their long-lost grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Their emotional journey spans from Toronto to Jamaica to China, finally reuniting them with hundreds of Chinese relatives they never imagined existed.
PAULA WILLIAMS MADISON
ANTHONY 'HARRY' HARRISON
CHOW WOO LOWE
ANTHONY 'TONY' LOWE
DR. KEITH LOWE
SETH GEORGE RAMOCAN
English and Hakka Chinese with English subtitles
Director's Cut approx. 88 mins. / Feature length approx. 58 mins
Visit the official website at www.findingsamuellowe.com
Former NBC broadcast executive and Afro-Jamaican entrepreneur Paula Madison recalls that her mother Nell Vera Lowe spoke of her sad childhood. Born in Jamaica in 1918 to a Chinese shopkeeper Samuel Lowe and a young Jamaican woman Albertha Campbell, Nell at three was separated from her father and never saw him again. After Nell died in 2006, Paula determined she would find the other descendants of her Chinese grandfather in China.
Having experienced poverty and hardship from growing up in a single-parent household in Harlem, Paula and her brother Elrick Williams built the family fortune, making them majority shareholders in The Africa Channel and owners of the WNBA Basketball Team The Los Angeles Sparks as well as other investments.
Embarking on a journey that would take her and brothers Elrick and Howard first to Toronto where they would be introduced to the Chinese-Jamaican community and remember clues to their family’s history, which in turn would lead them to Jamaica. There, they discover Samuel Lowe’s humble beginnings in Mocho, Clarendon and then his successful store in St. Ann’s Bay.
Having been told by their mother Nell that her father Samuel Lowe left Jamaica for China around 1934, never to return to Jamaica, through research and family connections, they trace their relatives to Shenzhen, China. A trip to China with their entire family culminates into an unforgettable family reunion.
At its heart, this is a story about familial love and devotion that transcends race, space, and time.
Reprinted with permission from © 2013 Williams Group Holdings LLC. All rights reserved.