Rastamentary

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A feature length 2012 documentary exploring the Rastafarian belief and the culture of Rastafari people, a subject which had not really previously been broached by documentary filmmakers. It is made up of a series of interviews with followers of the religion from its heartland in Jamaica. The film explores the fundamental principles of the Rastafarian religion and looks at how it has evolved over the years and spread throughout the world, partly due to the global fame of Rastafarian reggae artist Bob Marley.

Rastafarian belief is based on same biblical scriptures which form the foundation of other Judeo-Christian religions, the major difference between Rastafarian belief and mainstream Christian belief is that Rastafarian’s believe that Jesus Christ returned to earth in the form of Emperor Haile Selassie, who was coronated in Ethiopia in 1930. There are estimated to be around 1 million people in the world who identify as Rastafari, with a 2010 census finding that around 5,000 of them live in England & Wales. Only around 25,000 people living in Jamaica identify as Rastafarians according to US Department of State figures.

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