`Someday I'll See You Again':
Guyana to feature in movie on slavery By Neil Marks
Guyana Chronicle
January 23, 2002

UNITED States-based Guyanese, Mr. Rohit Jagessar is in his home country on a recruitment drive for local actors to feature in his first ever motion picture.

`Someday I'll See You Again' tells the story of the abolition of slavery in the colony of British Guiana and the arrival of indentured Indian labourers who were contracted to work on sugar plantations.

The movie picks up the eventful episode of Guyana's history from 1831 (slavery was abolished by law in 1834) to 1845, seven years after Indians began arriving in Guyana.

Jagessar, President and Chief Executive Officer of RBC Radio and Film Works, emphasised that he is not making a "documentary" but rather, capturing the events described in a story of an Indian and African couple.

He said the lead Indian character will play the part of an indentured labourer coming from Calcutta to British Guiana, but the story becomes interesting when his girlfriend wants to come along.

The other lead role is that of Cabi, an African slave who ran away from the harsh conditions of slavery.

Jagessar's RBC Radio and Film Works operates a group of nine South Asian-Indian radio stations in more than 100 countries worldwide, with the widest concentration being in the U.S. The company's first station went on air on March 15, 1989, making RBC America's first Indian radio station, according to its website.

RBC has offices in New York and in Bangalore and New Delhi, India.

The station transmits from atop the world famous skyscraper, the Empire State Building, on 92 khz. Outside America, RBC Radio broadcasts on the World Space Satellites.

`Someday I'll see you Again' will feature scenes from the Indian state of Calcutta. In Guyana, shooting will be done extensively on the Corentyne Coast, mainly because of the extent to which sugar cultivation is done there, Jagessar told the Chronicle.

The making of the movie involves a reconstruction of the Whitby and Hesperus ships, which brought the first set of indentured Indians to Guyana.

The film will feature 15 British, 15 American and nine Indian actors. Those who will come from Guyana were determined at an audition held at the studios of STVS Channel Four in Georgetown late Monday. Fifteen persons were selected.

However, Jagessar said his team will be back in Guyana in February in search of more actors. He said auditions will be held February 10-12 in Linden, Georgetown, Essequibo and on the Corentyne.

He said the movie is scheduled for completion around April-May and for release in mid-August.

Jagessar, who is directing the film, is originally from Black Bush Polder, Berbice and left Guyana in 1976.