The Journey of the Lion

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Title: The Journey of the Lion
Director: Fritz Baumann
Year: 1992
Country: Jamaica and Germany
Runtime: 87′
Language: (Jamaican) English
Subtitles: English


Brother Howie is a Jamaican Rastifari who dreams of the land of his ancestors: Africa. On a journey in search of his roots and his identity he travels through three continents and (with great humor and sensitivity) discovers the world and Africa. The Journey of the Lion is a rare docudrama starring Rastafarian musician Brother Howie, who dreams of the land of his ancestors – Africa. On a journey in search of his roots and his identity he travels across three continents with his humor and sensitivity intact.

‘Howard A. Trott, the subject of Fritz Baumann’s film The Journey of the Lion, is a Jamaican Rastafarian who lives an impoverished existence with his two children in a shack on the outskirts of Kingston. Disgusted with modern civilization, Brother Howie, as he is known, dreams of repatriation in Africa. Out of the blue one day, he receives a letter from the sister he hasn’t seen in 30 years inviting him to visit her in London. Leaving Jamaica for the first time in this life, he embarks on a journey that takes him to England and eventually to Egypt and Ghana. In the final scene of this eloquently simple film, Brother Howie stands on the remains of a coastal fortress and reflects on his ancestors who were carried off as slaves…’ – Stephen Holden – The New York Times.

‘If you’ve not yet seen this beautiful film – The Journey of the Lion – we can highly recommend this. It’s the best film we’ve ever seen on the subject of repatriation and Rasta living. The film gives an accurate view of the self-sufficient rasta lifestyle which many other filmmakers have attempted to document but have failed to accurately portray this. The Journey of The Lion gives real insight into the life of a single parent rasta family living in the countryside and also follows brother Howie on his journey to Africa which is fulfilling his life long dream.’ – Reggae Films UK

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