Director: Karen Marks Mafundikwe
Year of Production: 2014
Total Running Time: 83 min
ABOUT THE FILM
When Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002, she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. This has been a long-standing issue for many descendants of slaves throughout the world and specifically in Jamaica, from as early as the 1960s. The cost benefit analysis of the suffering of the slaves and their descendants vs the benefits reaped by the British slave-owners is brought to light as the film follows Ras Lion a mystic Rasta farmer who petitioned the Queen; Michael Lorne, the attorney who brought a lawsuit against the Queen for reparations; as well as the stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s.
Filmed over a decade, the film explores the enduring legacies of slavery in a bold look at the fight for reparations in Jamaica during the past 50 years while focusing on the most recent case in 2002. Rastafari continue to be at the helm of the struggle to secure payment for the debt owed to the descendants of slaves in Jamaica, and have pushed other notable academics, and lawmakers to join the cause.
Karen Marks Mafundikwe is a Jamaican filmmaker who originates from Montego Bay. The Price of Memory (2014) is her first film as director. Previously, she produced and co-wrote the feature documentary, Shungu: The Resilience of a People (2009), which won the Ousmane Sembene Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival 2010 and Best Documentary, Kenya International Film Festival 2010. She holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and Anthropology from New York University and an MSc in International Development from the Tulane University School of Law.