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In 1948, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie donated 500 acres of his own private lands “for the black people of the world” to encourage displaced Africans to repatriate. Since the ‘60s, many have left Jamaica for Ethiopia to establish the oldest Rastafari settlement in the world – Shashamane. But now their spiritual home is under threat. Much of the land is lost and many Ethiopians view them as outsiders, leaving these men and women, descendents of slaves who were taken from Africa by force, in limbo. A compelling look at the lesser explored and ever increasing migration of the African diaspora back to the continent in search of a lost identity.
Followed by a discussion on the relationship between Africa and its diaspora, exploring issues like identity, politics and reparations, with Giulia Amati, Esther Roniyah Stanford-Xosei, Derek Bishton and Professor Hakim Adi.
Italian-French filmmaker, Giulia Amati, has worked as an editor for documentaries and advertising campaigns for more than 10 years. In 2010 she co-directed with Stephen Natanson the documentary This Is My Land… Hebron which won more than twenty international awards. Shashamane is Amati’s second feature-length film.
Esther Stanford-Xosei is a Jurisconsult dynamic Community Advocate, specialising in the critical legal praxis of ‘law as resistance’ and internationally acclaimed Reparationist. In this regard. Esther serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe and the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee. She is a co-founder of the Global Afrikan Peoples Parliament and is currently completing PhD action research in history at the University of Chichester on the history of the UK contingent of the International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations.
Hakim Adi is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester . He has written widely on the history of Pan-Africanism and the African Diaspora, including: West Africans in Britain 1900-60: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism, The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited (co-authored with Marika Sherwood) and Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787. His most recent book is Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939. He is currently working on a history of Pan-Africanism.
Derek Bishton is a journalist, writer, publisher and photographer. He worked for many years in Handsworth, Birmingham where he was instrumental in publishing Movement of Jah People in 1978, one of the first UK publications about Rastafari. His book Black Heart Man (1986) describes his first encounters with Rastafari in England, Jamaica and Ethiopia where he spent six weeks living with the pioneer settlers in Shashemene in 1981. He regularly visits Jamaica and, thanks to social media, is in regular communication with Rastafari all over the world.