12 July 2016
The Reggae University Camp Film Festival has prepared a very special program that will present eight screenings including world, international and national premieres. Indeed, two of the Reggae University sessions will concentrate on a theme that is linked to several of the films. So, on Sunday August 14 there will be the screening of ‘Bruk out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary’, Cori McKenna (US), which speaks of the dancehall dance universe through the eyes of its dancers and that includes scenes recorded in Spain. The controversy related to the role of women in this type of dance will be addressed that same evening in one of the sessions at the Reggae University.
Another of the films featuring in the program will be screened on Thursday 18, is ‘Shashamane. On the Trail of Promised Land’ by Giulia Amatia (IT), filmed in collaboration with the Italian RAI, in a block that will also talk about the reality of the Rastafarian communities in Ethiopia, Jamaica and other parts of the world in a talk entitled ‘From Sashamane to Bobo Hill’ and with the short film ‘10 Milles Bull Bay’ by Stephen Rudder (UK), dedicated to the teachings, philosophy, and lifestyle of Bobo Ashanti (one of foremost groups in the Rastafarian movement).
This very theme will begin to be addressed on Wednesday 17 with the world premiere of the short ‘A Paradise Stolen. Life in Pinnacle’, directed by Linda Ainouche (US), which tells of what childhood was like, for the children who lived in what was the first Jamaican Rastafarian community, along with ‘Negus’, de Invernomuto (IT), based on the historic events that go back to the Italian occupation of Ethiopia to analyse the convergence between the history, myth and magic of Haile Selassie I’s legacy; the film’s first ever screening in Spain.
The international premiere of ‘United for Jamaica’ (Monday 15), by Blackstone Productions (FR) that sheds light on the work of the Kabba Roots association building a community centre in the Rockfort ghetto (Kingston) and the screening, for the first time in Spain, of ‘Jah Rastafari. The Roots of Reggae’ (Tuesday16), directed by Tim Gorbauch (DE) and produced by Arte TV, due to be screened for the first time in English, complete the program. All of the films will be shown on a giant LED screen.