This short is inspired by the true story of two Ugandan AIDS orphans who go on an extraordinary journey and take with them a mysterious box on wheels.


Michael Landon Jr.


Brian Bird (screenplay), Brian Bird (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Benjamin Abemigisha Benjamin Abemigisha ... Derick
Joel Atiku Prynce Joel Atiku Prynce ... Lucky
Joanitta Bewulira-Wandera Joanitta Bewulira-Wandera ... Headmistress
Ben Greathead Ben Greathead ... Ben Thomas
Emily Greathead Emily Greathead ... Emily Thomas
Hugh Greathead Hugh Greathead ... Mr. Thomas
Lillian Greathead Lillian Greathead ... Lillian Thomas
Stefanie Greathead Stefanie Greathead ... Mrs. Thomas
Samuel Ibanda Samuel Ibanda ... Mosquito net salesman
Kaya Kagimu Kaya Kagimu ... Auntie Christine
Abu Kawenja Abu Kawenja ... Rebel Leader
Isaac Kuddzu Isaac Kuddzu ... Man in Taxi
Maureen Kulany Maureen Kulany ... Rural School Teacher
Miecke Lawino Miecke Lawino ... Brenda
Edwin Mukalazi Edwin Mukalazi ... Drunk man No. 2


JOURNEY TO JAMAA is the true and deeply moving account of the difficult and often dangerous journey two orphaned children are forced to make to find their only remaining family. With their mother's last dying wish to guide them and nowhere else to turn young Margaret and Derick set out on a journey across Africa that will touch your heart. Produced by World Vision and directed by award winning producer Michael Landon Jr., Journey to Jamaa is a poignant and inspiring story where tragedy and hardship ultimately lead to the discovery of hope, family...and the very heart of God Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama | Family



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Uganda | USA



Release Date:

16 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Believe Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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An emotive, authentic story about AIDS orphans in Africa.
25 January 2013 | by Nancy SchalmSee all my reviews

Jamaa resonates with authenticity which I can attest to because I lived in Africa for 11 years. I also continue to be involved with two orphanages in Lesotho. The settings and characters in Jamaa ring true and unfortunately, the story is all too representative of reality for thousands of orphans. The film is a poignant representation of the challenges faced by young orphans and child-headed households when the oldest sibling is forced to take on responsibilities we can hardly imagine in the West. Jamaa also addresses their grief which is often overlooked. Another well-presented reality is the challenge to extended family members. Overall, this is an excellent film dealing with a subject many of us would rather not have brought home to us in such an emotional fashion. But it also offers the audience an opportunity for response through World Vision, one of the most effective and reputable organizations of its kind. Thank you for making this film.

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