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Messenger: journeyman Sent: 8/18/2006 7:36:15 PM

New film that just dropped, there's quite the buzz over this "rent a

documentary dealing in part with them wolves or "rastatues", it's a

flick, interesting, good ital roots dub, see some clip at
and lemme know what you tink, dem king of BAMBOO...LOL,

Maybe it's the roots
tonic that makes it possible :)

one love
........ ....Trucha

Messenger: Bro Dominiq Yehyah Anbesa Sent: 8/20/2006 11:52:04 AM

filmclub : direct link

Messenger: Bro Dominiq Yehyah Anbesa Sent: 8/21/2006 5:07:34 AM


seems to be a must-see. Where is it to get it?


Messenger: journeyman Sent: 8/23/2006 10:25:54 PM

film's offcial site it's wicked alright, leaves you with good vibes

Messenger: penny Sent: 9/4/2006 10:01:10 AM

Why should they call this documentary Rent A Rasta. I know a middle aged woman who has a 25 year old man in Jamaica but he is not rasta. R these people insulting Rastafari? r these jamaicans posing as rastas or should I say "rasta-tutes"

Messenger: journeyman Sent: 9/16/2006 2:11:20 PM

that's exactly the point of the film

Although most of Black history is suppressed, distorted and ignored by an ungrateful modern world, some African traditions are so persistent that all of the power and deception of the blond and blue-eyed establishment has failed to stamp them out.

Rastafari have been greatly underestimated by the outside world. The classical Rastas were sophisticated theological and philosophical thinkers, not cultists worshiping newspaper photos of an African King. They discovered many sophisticated theological concepts for themselves and had retraced many of the Christological and other debates of the early Church. They brought forth a rich cultural and artistic legacy, including some of the twentieth century's most moving hymnography.

Every year over 80,000 middle-aged women flock to Jamaica in search of the "big bamboo." They are not necessarily into long-term relationships, but many return regularly to their island boy who sport Rastafarian-style dreadlocks, bringing money and gifts like jewelry and designer sneakers, a practice called "rent a rasta."

RENT a RASTA is a controversial glimpse into a paradise laced with cultural misunderstandings and socioeconomic inequities. is the site where you can get the film on DVD

Messenger: journeyman Sent: 11/4/2006 11:16:53 PM

Here a copy of an interview with the filmmaker of "Rent a Rasta"
with the Jamaican American Club in Chicago", Nov. 1, 2006

Prior to going to Jamaica, what was your perception of Jamaican culture?

JMS: As for most Caucasian males my basic association with Jamaica was reggae, sun and sand.

How did your perception of Rastafarians change when you began your documentary? Did you think that the majority of the populations were Rastafarians?

JMS: I had no idea that over 95% of Jamaicans did not have dreadlocks and never imagined Rastas would be looked down upon or discriminated against in the birthplace of their movement.

Historically, Africans, African Americans, Afro Hispanics and Afro Caribbean men are stereotyped as being hung studs, which is a carry over from slavery. Why do you feel this myth is still perpetrated?

JMS: In many Third World tourist resorts like Jamaica, female sex tourists find themselves presented with opportunities to attract men, and so to personify the ideal of femininity and heterosexuality that they are taught to aspire to, or more importantly, this way they can find a real man to sex them, thereby publicly affirming their femininity without losing control and being rejected and humiliated. On some occasions I've heard white women playfully warn each other: "Once you go black, you'll never go back". Black bodies are increasingly used as props in advertising and media and younger white North Americans and Europeans, are constantly exposed to eroticizing racisms through the film, music and fashion industries. These industries retain the old- school racist emphasis on blackness as physicality, but repackage and commoditize this "animalism", so that black men and women become the ultimate icons of sporting prowess, 'untamed' rebelliousness, 'raw' musical talent, exotic beauty, sexual power and so on. As a consequence, many young and some old or ugly white Westerners view blackness as a marker of something both 'cool' and 'hot'. In certain contexts the black body is not feared but fetish-ized. Thus some female sex tourists want black boyfriends in order to live out certain fantasies, whether they be 'educating and helping the noble savage', being the focus of 'cool' black men's adoring gaze or wanting to have "sunshine babies".

Marginalized people are often commoditized and are expendable; AIDS is a global problem. Based on your findings, how can economically depressed communities empower themselves and limit this type of abuse?

JMS: As one Rasta in my film put it: "How can you stop a man from being greedy? People make money from bullets and if they're killing Africans it's no problem". I personally find these show-biz charitable campaigns like "Make Poverty History" appalling. Just as the "War on Poverty". If you want to reduce poverty, stop "combating" poverty and start sharing the wealth. It's that simple. It is absurd that Bechtel Corporation for instance should control the tap water in Bolivia or that Mexicans pay as much for gasoline as New Yorkers, who earn many multiples per minute of what most Mexicans earn in a cruel day. "Free stuff" is not a remedy either. People need to learn the value of their labor and get a fair wage for it. Since that is not nearly the case, Nike and JP Morgan for example are posting record profits year after year. Poverty is a perpetual state of crisis. For many years now I have been studying a small community at the very bottom of the food chain in Western Mexico., not far from the glossy world class resort of Cabo San Lucas. Here, craziest and most interesting is the problem of incentive. Many of the people of El Centenario, for instance don't want anything. To talk to a man about tripling his income is to fill him with confusion; he gets nervous; he starts to laugh; he wants to go and get drunk. This poor man from the moment of birth has been so inundated with problems, so deprived since childhood, that to end up wanting things is a sort of insanity. What he wants is to stay alive another day to tell jokes and visit with his friends in the balmy night air. He wants a few pesos from time to time to buy cheap tequila and beer and dance and feel cleansed of life. Ironically, when you ask "Why is there so much poverty in countries of such tremendous wealth", people will say "good question" and maybe even give you the "deep thinker" civic award. And a few years later, if you ask the same people the same question; they will call you a communist.

Messenger: sis benjamin 12 Sent: 11/5/2006 2:05:10 AM

Greetings, very interesting InI as a Black women and live a way of life and truely respect Rasta and HMH would like to know who are these men in Jamaica who call themselves Rasta and and sell out for material items and true Rasta would not have to do that. Let's not get it twisted!

Messenger: Empress Nzingha Sent: 11/5/2006 1:54:07 PM

Two things.
1. How can you, sitting in front of a computer (whomever you may be), pass judgment on the plight of a man in a third world country? It is not a new thing for Jamaican men to go in search of a white woman to pay for their livelyhood. If some of these men have figured out that locking their hair gives them an advantage in this area, then that is what they have figured out. At what point do we are haves applaud the genius of the have nots for figuring out a suvival mechanism? Or more importantly, when do we focus the blame on the white women who make light of poverty and Black manhood by refering to it as "the big bamboo"? Yes, a Black man will lay pipe to feed himself, why shouldn't he? What have you done in your life to ensure that he does not have to? The blatant degredation of my people is a tragedy. The fact that in the West Indies Black men are still viewed as studs should break your heart. What resource is there to change this ideal? What has been put in place to change the slave mentality? I am disgusted not at these men but at the blatant disregaurd for the mentality that upholds the dynamic that allows tourists to visit a third world country without ever seeing an impoverished child. But allows for a Black man to find a sponsor buy having animalistic sex with a white woman of means.
2. The majority of the planet calls anyone with locks a Rasta. You can get over it or you can change the world.

Messenger: Sis Irijah Sent: 11/6/2006 3:27:42 PM

Selassie I truth sis nzingha, Selassie I truth

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