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The two directors Noël Dernesch and Moritz Springer, as well as cameraman Marcus Winterbauer (“Rhythm is it“), spent seven years shadowing two unique reggae artists – the German GENTLEMAN and Italian ALBOROSIE – on their search for authenticity away from western consumerist societies in the land of Rastafari and reggae: JAMAICA.

People they meet along the way include RICHIE STEPHENS, DAMIAN MARLEY and also NATTY – driver and friend of Gentleman, who offers them an uncluttered look into the daily struggle for survival, far removed from the picture-book image of the Caribbean island. Professor CAROLYN COOPER provides a contrasting intellectual insight into Jamaican politics and culture, while reggae stalwart JACK RADICS reveals some astonishing truths.

Finally, Dernesch and Springer run across upcoming Jamaican singer TERRY LYNN and follow her everyday life walking the streets of the ghettos of Kingston and also inside Berlin’s club scene.

Together with the protagonists we delve into a world where music is used as an outlet to confront poverty, criminality and a lack of prospects, but also one that is characterized by a deep and uplifting spiritual bond. A world about which Alborosie says, “God lives here. But Satan too.“ Welcome aboard the JOURNEY TO JAH!

JOURNEY TO JAH is a German-Swiss co-production from Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion and PiXiU Films in cooperation with Karol Martesko-Fenster of Thought Engine.

  • DIRECTOR Noël Dernesch, Moritz Springer
  • PRODUCER René Römert, Jan Krüger
  • CO-PRODUCER Laurin Merz
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Karol Martesko-Fenster
  • ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS Oliver Rihs, Melanie Möglich, Noël Dernesch
  • SCRIPT Moritz Springer, Noël Dernesch
  • SCRIPT EDITOR Melanie Rohde
  • SCRIPT CONSULTANT Melanie Möglich
  • DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Marcus Winterbauer
  • ADDITIONAL CAMERA Simon Guy Fässler, Felix Leiberg
  • SOUND Moritz Springer
  • EDITORS Michelle Barbin, Christoph Senn
  • ADDITIONAL EDITOR Andreas Menn
  • ASSISTANT EDITOR Steve Leonhardt
  • MUSIC Beat Solèr
  • SOUND DESIGN Patrick Böhler
  • TITLE GRAPHIC Tim Jockel
  • TITLE SEQUENCE DESIGN Ole Peters
  • PRODUCTION COORDINATION Alexandra Kret
  • PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT Caroline Euler
  • SERVICE PRODUCER JAMAICA Natalie Thompson
  • SERVICE PRODUCTION Cinecom Productions Limited
  • DRIVER JAMAICA Devon Gayle
  • POSTPRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Christian Wegehenkel
  • COLORIST Benedict Hugendubel
  • SOUND MIX Michael Kaczmarek
  • MIX STUDIO K13
  • INSURANCE Caninenberg & Shouten
  • LEGAL Gregor Schmid, Taylor Wessing
  • PRODUCTION COMPANY Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion
  • CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY Pixiu Films