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A Right to Matter, Jamaican Style

  • The Luminal Theater 405 Tompkins Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11221 United States (map)
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A series of films that represent the power of the people of Jamaica and their continuous struggle to right the wrongs of the effects of past and present Western colonization on modern Caribbean culture. 


Directed by Morenike Olabunmi
The documentary story of a select group of Jamaicans living in the western parishes whose Yoruba/Nago ancestors arrived in Jamaica as indentured servants during the 1840’s.

Directed by nabil elderkin
A short film inspired by the words of the late Nelson Mandela, and the hit single ‘Capture Land’ by reggae superstar Chronixx’s from his Dread and Terrible Project, CaptureLand brings a philosophical view to the life of a Rastafarian Jamaican longing for a change to his life, while showcasing the beauty of Jamaica through its landscape and culture. 

The film was shot in early November 2014 in the very welcoming and historic community or Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica.


Directed by Karen Mafundikwa   

In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. While there she was petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations, dues linked to a desire to move back to the homeland of their African ancestors who were brought to Jamaica as slaves. The film traces this petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit filed against the Queen, amidst stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s, and who undertook a historic mission to Africa to organize official repatriation.   (83 min)


Directed by Stephanie Black

Featuring interviews of former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund Stanley Fischer, and short commentary by Jean-Bertrand Aristide (former President of Haiti) and Jerry Rawlings (former President of Ghana)

An intense focus on the impact of current economic globalization polices on the developing country of Jamaica by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank.   Life and Debt takes an unapologetic look at the "new world order" from the voices of Jamaican workers, farmers, government and policy official who see the reality and who are impacted. (81 min)

Earlier Event: September 18