Meet The Author Of Jamaica Land Of Film Tour: Peter Polack
Peter Polack was born in Jamaica in 1958 where he attended various schools including Jamaica College until 1972 when he went to Denstone College boarding school in England. He is a proud graduate of the University of the West Indies and Norman Manley Law School.
Whilst at UWI he was co-founder of the Amnesty International campus group and a member of the Union of Democratic Students. A criminal lawyer in the Cayman Islands since 1983, he resides there with his family.
He was a former rapporteur of the International Bar Association, Co-Founder and first Treasurer Caymanian Bar Association. His only hobby but not a current interest is practical pistol shooting.
In July 2005 he organized a Cuba relief shipment after Hurricane Dennis from generous donors of the Cayman Islands.
In August 2008 after a four year legal battle he compelled local telecom Digicel to take down a cell tower believed to be the first time in the Caribbean.
In August 2012 he compelled the Cayman Islands Police Financial Crime Unit to return nearly ten thousand dollars in seized drug related cash for the first time in the Cayman Islands as a result of a judge's error.
Research on The Last Hot Battle of the Cold War: South Africa vs. Cuba in the Angolan Civil War, published by Casemate in December 2013 led to the first international release of Cuban casualties of the Angola War published in the Miami Herald on 20 February 2010.
Voice of America Portuguese Service interviewed him about the book on 25 February 2010.
His Op-Ed: Remember Cuito’s fallen was published by the South Africa Times on 28 March 2010.
Africa Monitor interviewed him about the book on 3 April 2013.
Inspired by the book and experiences with youthful offenders the exhibit of his first work as an artist entitled The Confinement Assemblage was displayed at the Cayman Islands National Gallery in May 2013.The exhibit is on permanent display at HM Prison Northward in the Cayman Islands.
He was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Warfare published by Amber Books in 2013.
In February 2014 he became a part time reporter for Reuters News Agency reporting on the Cuban refugee crisis in the Cayman Islands.
In June 2014 he co-founded the Northward Prison Legal Clinic with his daughter Olivia.
His most recent article, Syria: The Evolution Revolution was published in the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center magazine June 2014.
The South African rights to his book were acquired by 30 Degrees of Durban South Africa in May 2015.
A limited edition compendium of published and unpublished letters entitled Letters From Within edited by his daughter Vanessa was released in June 2015.
In September 2016 Cambridge Scholars Publishing acquired the rights to publish the definitive reference book Jamaica: Land of Film by Peter Polack that will provide a historical record for a century of film production in Jamaica starting with the epic 1916 production, A Daughter of the Gods.
On 13 November 2016 the Jamaica Observer published an article entitled: New book drives introspection in the Jamaican film industry featuring Jamaica Land of Film.
For more information visit his website here