• Journey to Jah
  • Journey to Jah
  • Journey to Jah

Journey to Jah

by N. Dernesch, M. Springer Documentary Film Germany, Austria, Switzerland / Competition

“Gentleman" from Cologne and “Alborosie” from Sicily are two of Europe’s most renowned reggae musicians. They turned their back on Europe years ago and set off in search of a new spiritual home and musical inspiration in Jamaica – and have since met with broad approval in the Caribbean. In JOURNEY TO JAH, the pair takes us on a trip to Jamaica and the very roots of reggae, introducing us to such friends as Luciano and the socially critical female rapper Terry Lynn along the way. Music acts as a link between cultures, facilitating changes in the fabric of Jamaica, a poor, corrupt and politically divided country. Music equals politics and spirituality – but it also perpetuates discrimination and antagonism. Carolyn Cooper, a Jamaican professor of literature, provides background information on the Rastafarian culture. This documentary by Noël Dernesch and Moritz Springer presents an unadulterated view of a Jamaica far removed from the Caribbean dream and holiday haven.


  • Genre: DOC: Faith & Religion
  • Country, Year: Germany, Switzerland, 2013
  • Runtime: 87 Min
  • Languages: German, English
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: N. Dernesch, M. Springer
  • Cast: Tilmann "Gentleman" Otto, Alberto D’Ascola aka "Alborosie", Richard Stephenson aka "Richie Stephens", Devon Gayle aka "Natty", Theresa Williams aka "Terry Lynn", Carolyn Cooper, Balfour Constantin Bailey aka "Jack Radicks"
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  • Screenplay: Moritz Springer, Noël Dernesch
  • Cinematography: Marcus Winterbauer
  • Editors: Michelle Barbin, Christoph Senn
  • Music: Beat Solèr
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  • Producers: Jan Krüger, René Römert, Laurin Merz
  • Executive Producer: Karol Martesko-Fenster
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  • Production Companies: Port-Au-Prince Film & Kultur Produktion GmbH, Pixiu Films GmbH
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