Archival Resistance: Rastafari Women in Britain (Screening + Panel)

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Omega Rising Women of Rastafari is streaming from 19 Aug–2 Sept. The online film screening is part of Archival Resistance: Rastafari Women in Britain which will also include a live discussion at 7pm on 26th Aug with the event's curator Aleema Gray, author Sister Rasheda Malcolm and renowned curator June Givanni.

A groundbreaking documentary, Omega Rising Women of Rastafari (1988) was the first film to explore and challenge myths and stereotypes about the Rastafarian movement and give voice to women of Rastafari, who speak for themselves about their relationship to the movement and its development.

A self-taught camerawoman who began her career documenting community issues in Tottenham, D. Elmina Davis was a Rastafarian herself and had travelled extensively in Africa and the Caribbean. Poetry, mythology, archive footage, interviews, music and dance are skilfully folded into her film’s narrative, revealing the journey to higher consciousness for Jamaican and British Rastafarian women. Interviewees include Judy Mowatt, reggae solo artist and a member of Bob Marley’s backing trio, The I Three.

Davis was a founder member of the Ceddo Film and Video Workshop, an important grouping of filmmakers whose work through the 1980s was characterised by a radical left-wing critique of British society’s treatment of Black British people, and an interest in African and Caribbean politics and history.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    52 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Rating
  • Director
    D. Elmina Davis
  • Producer
    Imruh Bakari
  • Cinematographer
    Philip Chavannes
  • Editor
    Keith Lakhan
  • Sound Design
    Glenn Ujebe Masoko & Richard Phillips