Last night I had the amazing opportunity to meet Donisha Prendergast, the eldest granddaughter of the legend Bob Marley. I joined a group of curious minds and freethinkers to watch her documentary, RasTa – A Soul’s Journey. We gathered at the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus in New York City in support Congo Week 2013.
The film highlighted a story of struggle and triumph, straight from the mouths of the people who endured them. We laughed; we cried (well… ok… I cried) and we quickly saw the connection between the journey of Rasta and the challenges we face in present day Congo.
From Ethiopia, to Israel; England, to South Africa; and Canada to Jamaica, we came to learn that the Rastafari experience has resonated on a variety of deep personal levels for each individual and culture. It is a message of love and liberation interwoven with a history of oppression and carried on the wings of reggae music.
Solidarity was the theme of the night. Sealed in a simple statement, “One Love.”
It shocked the room when we learned that less than 1% of the population in the Congo have access to the technology that we take for granted. Most lack this simple luxury to be able to share their story and know that someone is listening. So it is up to us to be that unified voice.
What our brothers and sisters in the Congo need from us is solidarity. To stand together and share their stories. To let them know that they are not alone. We are here and we care.
The conversation was thought provoking and it was a pleasure to be in presence of passionate like-minded people. But of course the highlight of my night was the chance to embrace the beautiful Donisha Prendergast.
This is the only way I can explain encountering her. It is like a beam of light meeting the coastline, warm and comforting but yet cool and refreshing all at the same time. She has what I call a rejuvenating spirit. The type of person who you encounter and with her every word, every movement and a simple smile you can feel your own spirit being replenished.
To say the least, it was an empowering experience. I encourage all of you to support the film RasTa: A Soul’s Journey and the mission of Friends of the Congo.
See below an interview by Kevin September with the Filmmakers Patricia September and Donisha Prendergast
The offical trailer for the film RasTa- A Soul’s Journey