9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Dreadlocks Story (2016 Feature Film)

Linda Aïnouche | USA, France, India, Jamaica | 2014 | 83 min | Hindi, French, English | e.s.

There is more to Rastafari than reggae music and smoking weed. This anthropological research documentary shines unique, far-reaching light on the meaning and historical background of Rastafarians: free thinkers who shaped their spiritual life after slavery, influenced by the Black Power movement and Indian sadhus.

“You don’t interfere with nature!”, says a Rastafarian about his dreadlocks. He is not the only interviewee who is a fan of a spiritual life close to nature. In this documentary, various Jamaican Rastafarians and their female counterparts, musicians and cultural historians explain the meaning of ‘the locks’, the history of Rastafari that developed in Jamaica and is now a global phenomenon. And about British colonial Jamaica, slavery, the dispossessed population, the arrival of Indian laborers and the Black Power movement’s influence. A unique film about self-expression, music, prejudices and spirituality, filmed in a variety of countries from France and India to Jamaica and America. Never before was this specific history covered in such depth on film using interviews and unique archival material, and especially not from a female perspective on this generally male-dominated culture.

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 7 April 2016

Time: 16:00

Duration: 1:15

Place: CINEMA 3

Date: 9 April 2016

Time: 22:15

Duration: 1:15

Place: CINEMA 3

Date: 10 April 2016

Time: 11:00

Duration: 1:15

Year in
Festival

2016

Director

Linda Aïnouche

Camera

Bastien Sabarros
Anand Shankar
Garth Daley
Ignacio Díaz-Guerra

Country

USA
France
India
Jamaica

Editor

Ananya Sundararajan

Language

Hindi
French
English

Length

83 min

Producer

Linda Aïnouche

Scenario

Linda Aïnouche

Sound Design

Will Whatley

Year of Production

2014

Website

French filmmaker and anthropologist Linda AÏNOUCHE travels the world in search of new cultures and exceptional people. The ethnographer, who currently resides in New York, has published on a variety of socio-cultural issues. Dreadlocks Story (2014) was her first documentary, followed in 2015 by her short documentary A Paradise Stolen. Life in Pinnacle, Jamaica.

 

Filmography

Dreadlocks Story (2014, doc), A Paradise Stolen. Life in Pinnacle, Jamaica (2015, short doc)