Giulia Amati | Documentary | 80 mins | 2016 | Barbados/Italy/Ethiopia/Jamaica/UK | English | PG



Bob Marley’s 1977 hit Exodus tells about the return of Jah people to Africa. This documentary records the unique experience of Caribbean, French, American and British Rastafari who made the journey to Ethiopia and settled in Shashamane. Shot in London, Kingston and Shashamane, this film explores the legacies of colonial slavery and offers an outstanding testimony of the joy and the pain of returning back to Africa. For the first time, the faces, the voices and the challenging environment of the “returnees” are presented to the world.


Born in Barbados, Giulia Amati gained a degree in philosophy and continues her studies at The New York University. In 2010, in collaboration with Stephen Natanson, she directed the documentary This is my land… Hebron, which won more than twenty awards, including the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, the Festival International du Film des Droits de l’Homme de Paris, and the Italian foreign press association’s Golden Globe. The film also earned a special mention at the Nastri D’Argento and was a finalist for the David di Donatello Award. “Shashamane” is Amati’s second feature-length film.