Previously at the ICA - Films

Still: Queens of Sound

Rent-A-Rasta + Queens of Sound

4 Nov 2007

Rent-A-Rasta

Three flights are due into Montego Bay, one from Toronto, one from Fort Lauderdale, the other from London. When white women flock to Jamaica for a little fun in the sun, the R&R they're often looking for is not 'rest and relaxation' but to 'rent a Rasta', according to director J Michael Seyfert. His eye-opening exposé sheds light on a barely acknowledged form of sex tourism: white women who visit the Caribbean to sleep with black locals - as many as 80,000 such women from a variety of relatively wealthy Western nations come to Jamaica every year according to this film. Framed from the perspective of the history of Jamaica, from slavery through the rise of the Rastafari to the present, we are shown a pattern of utter subjugation and economic inequality, with islanders providing stud service only being the latest form of exploitation. Seyfert is also known for Bye Bye Havana, his award-winning first feature documentary, Waorani and Opposite Land.

Dir J Michael Seyfert, USA/Jamaica 2006, 45 mins

 

Queens of Sound: A Herstory of Reggae and Dancehall

The first feature-length documentary to explore the long-neglected female side of reggae and dancehall music in Jamaica. Three generations of women in the Jamaican music business tell us about their role in past and present, their first steps into the career, their struggle for acceptance in a male-dominated business, their life paths and their big successes. Musicians including Marcia Griffiths, Tanya Stephens, Sasha, Cecile, Chevelle Franklyn, Queen Ifrica, Macka Diamond and Lady G, plus characters from behind the scenes give us an understanding of Jamaica's music scene from a female point of view.

Director Sandra Krampelhuber will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

Dir Sandra Krampelhuber, Austria/ Jamaica, 2006, 60 mins

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