ABOUT THE FILM
Holding On To Jah details the history of Jamaica, Reggae music, and the Rasta movement, bringing into focus the critical roles played by Marcus Garvey, and the 225th Emperor of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie.
Reggae is the sound track that sets the history and struggle of the Rasta people, and of all Jamaicans, to music. Candid interviews with some of Reggae's greatest singers and musicians (some of whom are no longer with us) tell a collective story of hard times that were endured and overcome because of their great faith. The Rastafarian story is one of police brutality, long jail sentences, deprivation and physical abuse. The film is a testament to their faith, which for them often meant being disowned by family, shunned by friends and dispossessed by society.
The Rastafarians share with us their personal stories of the merging of the Rasta ideology with music that combined island and African rhythms, and how songs from people like Bob Marley, The Congos, Isreal Vibration, Culture, and others, have brought forth a positive message and spread the "Rastaman vibration" throughout the world.
The film takes viewers on a journey to the heart of the Rasta movement and shows us how, against great odds, a message of salvation and redemption was born. With courage, tenacity, and faith, the Rastafarian movement emerged, struggled, and continues to thrive. Through all their tribulations they continue to stand firm in their convictions, HOLDING ON TO JAH.
Holding on to Jah is a collaborative effort by two childhood friends Roger Landon Hall and Harrison Stafford.
In 1999 Harrison called on Roger's skills to document and record
several key Rastafarian guest lecturers that participated in his
course. Those guest lecturers included Rasta Elder Rocky Allen
Bailey, and legendary Reggae vocalist Joseph Hill of the group
Sadly, Joseph Hill passed away in 2006 but it was Hill's magical
spirit that captivated Harrison and Roger and made them realize
the importance and value of filming the Rasta story and its
inseparable connection with Reggae music. It was the inspiration
for a ten year project that would become
WHAT WE NEED
The Producers of the film need your support. We need your help
in getting this film released. Each contribution will go toward that
goal and all funds will be used to for printing and manufacturing
of DVD’s, tshirts, processing and handling, administrative costs,
and licensing fees.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
First and most important, is by making a contribution. Anything
helps. We have set up a very nice incentive program where we
give you something for your money. For the first time you will be
able to watch and own this wonderful, historic film.
Second you can help spread the word. Blog about our campaign,
post it on Facebook, twitter it, tell you friends, tell anyone who is
interested in the movement and would like to take part in what we
believe is the most comprehensive film on the History of Roots
Reggae music and the Rastafarian movement ever made!
Be a part of history! JOIN THE MOVEMENT
that is "HOLDING ON TO JAH"!!!
"Holding on is so very beautiful. it is so deeply infused with rasta, the film comes forth with tremendous confidence, respect, trust, love, commitment to truth and transcendent spirituality. and i love your film as much for what it doesn't do as for what it is - - no excuses, no desperate apologies, no capitalization or cultural colonizations or thievery, no effort at cool by association, no easy sensationalism, no rage. just rasta, in all it's power and true glory.
Cinematically, i am all thumbs up! every creative aspect shines in full effect. there are editorial passages and hallucinatory stylistic techniques that i have never seen before. I watched it, fell in love with it, and delighted to a second viewing"
- Jonathan Demme, Academy Award Winning Director
"The musical selections used as the foreground for this documentary are, in a word, outstanding (because the music forms the entire basis for the film, I wouldn't call it background music). Holding On To Jah weaves together poignant interviews, excellent cinematography, captivating narration and incredible music to give vibrancy and life to the rastafari way of life."
-Daniel Frankston, Ireggae
Risks and challenges
This project is complete. The final step in releasing this film is acquiring the licensing for the music. We are close, but we need your help. Please contribute today so that this film may finally see the light of day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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