The First Rasta
U25 & Students
Disabled or Unwaged
Director: Hélenè Lee
Duration: 85 mins
At the beginning of the last century, the young Leonard Percival Howell (1893-1981) left Jamaica, became a sailor and travelled the world. On his way, he chanced upon all the ideas that stirred his time: from Bolshevism to New Thought, from Gandhi to Anarchism, from Garveyism to psychoanalysis, he sought to find his promised land.
With this cocktail of ideas Leonard Howell returned to Jamaica and founded Pinnacle, the first Rasta community, heralded by the coronation of Haile Selassie. Going far beyond the stereotypes, this cultural history offers an uncensored vision of a movement with complex roots and the exceptional journey of a man who sought Black liberation and unity.
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