DVD Roots Daughters: The Women of Rastafari
4 stars out of 5 -- "The drumming and chanting of the Nyahbinghi provides an enthralling soundtrack as does Mowatt, who adds a personal touch..."
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| Roots Daughters The Women of Rastafari
|Reviewed by: Bianca Brynda Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Would you recommend the Roots Daughters: The Women of Rastafari to a friend? YES
||I wish it was longer
||Had to edit to 60 min
Purchased From: In Canada
Review: ROOTS DAUGHTERS, The Women of Rastafari is a powerful, unique and touching documentary staring Judy Mowatt. The film focuses on the Rastafari movement from the woman's point of view. Roots Daughters not only traces the origings of Rastafari roots from Africa, but it also examines various groups of Rasta women from Jamaica, Guyana, South America and Canada and their diverse social, political and economic reality. The film focuses on the Rasta women's fight for equality in the male dominated culture. Nyahbinghi the central ritual of Rastafari, which includes drumming, chanting and reasoning is featured for the first time. Also critical Rastafari figures are profiled, including Emperor Haile Selassie(the spiritual leader of Rastafari), Marcus garvey(Jamaica's black freedom fighter), and musical prophet/reggare superstar Bob Marley, who helped spread the movement around the world throughhis music. Rastafari offers viewer rare opportunity to experience a modern living myth:Rastafari world, an organic and complex culture.
Bianca Nyaving Brynda who is the producer and director of this film was born in Czech Republic and came to Canada after the Russian invasion in 1968. She has dedicated ten years of her life to produce this film against all the adversity that she faced. Not just from the people in the white community who condamned her, but also from the back community who consistently rejected her. It was difficult to be making a film about black people's culture and being caucasian herself. But she believed strongly in what H.I.M. Haile Selassie once said" Until the color of your eye will have no more importance then the color of your skin there shall be not be peace. So, she just kept going.
FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Black Int. Cinema Festival-INDIANA, GERMANY, NEW YORK -Nominated for the Best Film Award
Berlin Int. Film Fest- WORLD PREMIERE - Germany
Leeds Int. Film Festival-ENGLAND
Wine Country Film Festival- California
National Educationa Film Festival- California
Roots Daughters has been invited to a number of international conferences for screening
Third Int. Congress of Society for Caribbean Research-Amsterdam
Second Int. Congress of Society for Caribbean Research- Vienna
Forging Identitie-CALAC Int. Conference-Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies & Education - Toronto
University of Calgary - Black History Month
African Festival &Presentation Society of Calgary
National Black Herstory Conference-Emory University -Atlanta
International Student Centre-University of Toronto
ROOTS DAUGHTERS The Women of Rastafari has been also used as a educational tool in a number of prestigious universities throughout USA and Canada. To name a few: Smithsonian Institution Museum, UCLA, Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, Berkley University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Maryland University, Dr. Martin Luther King Library, University Of The West Indies, Douglas College, Florida Int. University, York University,Toronto, Indiana University ,Occidental College, Atlanta University, University of Toronto
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