EN - David Verhaeghe seeks to uncover the truth behind the big family secret: was his Italian grandmother the lovechild of legendary Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, born Ras Tafari Makkonen and still religiously admired today?

My Ras Tafari Roots is the fascinating and intensive quest of a young European who searches for his African roots via forgotten family members in Italy and Cyprus. In the end, it is the natural mysticism of the Jamaican Rastas that seems to point David towards the imperial family. Will he succeed in discovering the truth about his ancestry?

NL - David Verhaeghe gaat op zoek naar de waarheid achter het grote familieraadsel: is hij een achterkleinzoon van de legendarische keizer Haile Selassie van Ethiopië, geboren Ras Tafari Makkonen, goddelijk middelpunt van een religie die naar hem genoemd is?

My Ras Tafari Roots is een fascinerende en intensieve speurtocht van een jonge Europenaan die via vergeten familieleden in Italië en Cyprus op zoek gaat naar zijn Afrikaanse roots. Uiteindelijk lijkt de natuurlijke mystiek van de Jamaicaanse rasta’s David nog het meest op het spoor te zetten van de keizerlijke familie zelf. Zal hij de waarheid over zijn afkomst zo alsnog kunnen achterhalen?

FR - David Verhaeghe part à la recherche de la vérité qui se cache derrière le grand mystère familial: est-il l’arrière-petit-fils du légendaire empereur d’Ethiopie, Hailé Sélassié, né Ras Tafari Makkonen, centre divin d’une religion qui porte son nom?

My Ras Tafari Roots est une quête fascinante et intensive d’un jeune Européen qui, par le biais de membres de famille oubliés en Italie et à Chypre, part à la recherche de ses racines africaines. C’est en fin de compte la mystique naturelle des rastas jamaïcains qui semble mettre le plus efficacement David sur la trace de la famille impériale elle-même. Pourra-t-il ainsi encore découvrir la vérité concernant ses origines?

Info

Title My Ras Tafari Roots
Original title My Ras Tafari Roots
Original language Dutch, English, Italian
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre documentary
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-01-19

Credits

Photography Tom Vantorre
Editing Jochen Verstraete
Sound Yves Bosschaerts
Music Skip McDonald

Technical specs

Running time film 80'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, dvd
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format 5.1 stereo
Colour Colour and black-white
Available in 2D

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Festivals

2016: Addis International Film Festival (ET)

June support round showcases Flemish diversity

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has greenlit five very different projects in its June support round. Grid Film’s animation short Drift, a team productions’ The Pond, indie game developer Tale of Tales’ Luxuria Superbia and Off World’s documentaries My Ras Tafari Roots and The Age of Death were confirmed for production support. In total, more than €375,000 was awarded.

Visual from David Verhaeghe's documentary My Ras Tafari RootsBrussels-based production outfit Off World leads the pack with no fewer than two greenlit projects. In the medium-length documentary My Ras Tafari Roots, director David Verhaeghe goes off to find the truth behind an age-old family mystery: was his Italian grandmother the lovechild of legendary Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie?

Published on Thursday 7 June 2012

VAF supports 11 in doc round

Eleven new documentary projects are to receive funding from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). The projects are in different stages of production. Three of them received support via the Fund's Filmlab scheme.

Still from Grande Hotel, Lotte Stoops' previous projectProduction support went to Begijnen beginnen vanbinnen by Lotte Stoops, whose Grande Hotel premiered at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam. The script is by Joachim Kurz and Ute Mügge-Lauterbach. Production company is Serendipity.

Published on Monday 21 February 2011

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Short info

Director David Verhaeghe
Producers Eric Goossens
Writers David Verhaeghe, Karel Michiels
Contact

Off World
Eric Goossens

Deschampheleerstraat 24-26

1081, Brussels
Belgium
T +32 2 412 40 40
T +32 2 412 40 41
F +32 2 412 40 49
eric.goossens@offworld.be
www.offworld.be

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