#106. I’ve only been to Jamaica once. It was for a wedding. The beaches were beautiful. The people were friendly. The locale was postcard perfect. Jamaica IS an enchanting place to visit. But getting out of there?! It was a nightmare, man! Our Apple vacation was overbooked. The airport shut down by 9. We were *put up* in a seedy motel. When all you want to do is set foot on USA soil, the allure of the tropical paradise becomes a distant memory.
Meadowbrook Entertainment presentsJamaica, Farewell. Debbie Phillips is a yankee doodle dandy. Or at least, she grew up wanting to be one. As a kid, Debbie dreamed of leaving the devastating poverty and tumultuous politics of her Jamaican home. She wanted the fame and fortune of the American dream. She wanted to be a U.S. citizen. So, what’s stopping her? Both governments, a rental car, a whore house and a man with red eyes and dreadlocks. Debbie must overcome multiple obstacles to get to Miami. Jamaica, Farewell is the amusing coming-of-age story of a young girl’s coming-to-America journey.
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