The Price of Memory

© Mafundikwa
83 minutes / Colour / 2014
Directed by
Karen Marks Mafundikwa

Country of production Jamaica

In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica for her Golden Julibee Celebrations. While there she was petitioned by a group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations are linked to a desire to return to Africa, the homeland of their African ancestors, brought to Jamaica as slaves. The film traces this petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit filed against the Queen. It explores the stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s, and who undertook a historic mission to Africa. Filmed over a decade, it explores the impact of slavery and the movement for reparations led by Jamaica’s Rastafari.

In the 2015 RAI Film Fest

Language and subtitles English and Jamaican Patois with English Subtitles

Region Caribbean Islands British-Irish Isles

Country Jamaica United Kingdom

Keywords Colonialism / Postcolonialism Political Activists