Omega Rising Women of Rastafari// D. Elmina Davis

Omega Rising Women of Rastafari, dir. D. Elmina Davis, UK, 1988. Credit Monika Baker
Omega Rising Women of Rastafari, dir. D. Elmina Davis, UK, 1988. Credit Monika Baker

About Omega Rising Women of Rastafari

A ground-breaking documentary, Omega Rising Women of Rastafari was the first film to explore and challenge myths and stereotypes about the Rastafarian movement; and give voice to women of Rastafari, who speak for themselves about their relationship to the movement and its development.

NB: The historical record shows that there are two titles for the film: Omega Rising Women of Rastafari and Queen Omega. Within the Rastafari tradition, Queen usually precedes Omega as it represents the feminine realm.

About D. Elmina Davis

A self-taught camerawoman who began her career documenting community issues in Tottenham, D. Elmina Davis was a Rastafarian herself and had travelled extensively in Africa and the Caribbean. Poetry, mythology, archive footage, interviews, music and dance are skilfully folded into her film’s narrative, revealing the journey to higher consciousness for Jamaican and British Rastafarian women. Interviewees include Judy Mowatt, reggae solo artist and a member of Bob Marley’s backing trio, The I Three.

Davis was a member of the Ceddo Film and Video Workshop, set up in the 1980s with support from Channel 4, ACTT and the GLC. From 1982-1989 Ceddo’s members were Menelik Shabazz, Milton Bryan, Imruh Bakari, Lazell Daley, Chuma Ukpadi, June Reid, D. Elmina Davis, Glenn Ujebe Masokonane, Vusi Challenger, Sukai Eccleston and Dada Imarogbe. Their work was characterised by a radical left-wing critique of British society’s treatment of Black British people, and an interest in African and Caribbean politics and history.