The Story

The Roots and Evolution of Rastafari

Donisha and an Elder

RasTa: A Soul’s Journey

SYNOPSIS

RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, tells the story of the journey of Rita and Bob Marley’s granddaughter’s, Donisha Prendergast, to eight (8) countries — United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Israel, Canada and Jamaica — to explore the roots, evolution and impact of Rastafari. Donisha acts as the irrepressible and charming guide, educating viewers about a way of life that many know little about beyond the dreadlocks, ganja, and the red, gold, and green. Along the way she encounters Rastafarian elders, musicians, poets, professors and individuals who share personal stories of the influence of Donisha’s iconic grandfather, Bob Marley, on their lives. Moving away from the standing approaches to Rastafari and Jamaica, RasTa: A Soul’s Journey focuses on the international presence of Rastafari and the friendly people and places where the uplifting spirit of the movement can be found. In wanting to carry the torch of her famous family, Donisha uses this film to re-affirm the classic statement of her grandfather that indeed ‘Rasta is the future’. At it’s heart, RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, is a film that follows and celebrates a young woman’s quest as she comes into her own as a Rasta Empress.

With appearances by Rita Marley, Damien Marley, Dr. Benjamin Zephaniah, Ras Levi Roots, RasTa: A Soul’s Journey is a contemporary examination of this fascinating movement. This documentary was Executive Produced and Produced by Patricia Scarlett, Produced by Marilyn Gray, and Directed by Stuart Samuels, along with the help of a team committed to the project and the support of family and friends. This film is now ready for the world to see.

REASONING

“The vision for the film is to look at Rastafari from a global perspective, moving out from the more familiar images of Jamaica to the scope in which this religion and this movement has moved out beyond the tiny Caribbean Island, …”

~ Stuart Samuels, Director/Producer, CANADA