Archival Resistance is an online event exploring the moving, living and visual archives of Rastafari women in Britain. The live event has been curated by Aleema Gray and will feature discussions with Sister Rasheda Malcolm and June Givanni. The live event will run alongside the film Omega Rising Women of Rastafari which will be available to stream on the Cinema of Ideas platform from 19 Aug – 2 Sep.

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From roots-reggae to calls for reparatory justice, the Rastafari movement has significantly shaped Britain’s social and cultural fabric. Since their emergence in Jamaica, Rastafari has pioneered a critical mode of analysis that centred the historically oppressed. While the movement at large has been subject to a number of false caricatures, the experiences of Rastafari women remains significantly under-researched.

Drawing on the work of Elmina Davis in her film, Omega Rising Women of Rastafari, which will screen alongside the discussion, this event spotlights the overlooked lived dimension of Rastafari for women in Britain. It calls into question the possibilities of the archive as a radical space, while foregrounding new ways of approaching community histories on the margins.

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