In collaboration with Penn Law
The Price of Memory
Held in the Michael A. Fitts Auditorium
Golkin Hall, Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom Street
In collaboration with University of Penn Law.
It’s 2002 and Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. While there, she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations is linked to a desire to return to Africa, the homeland of their African ancestors who were enslaved in Jamaica during British colonial rule. The film traces this petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit against the Queen. We follow Ras Lion a mystic Rasta farmer who petitioned the Queen, and Michael Lorne; the attorney who brought the lawsuit. In the background are the stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s, and who undertook a historic mission to Africa to organize official repatriation. The film explores the impact of slavery on independent Jamaica, following the filmmaker on a journey, during which the question of reparations reaches Parliament in both Jamaica and the UK. Filmed over a decade, The Price of Memory is a compelling exploration of the enduring legacies of slavery and the case for reparations.
The film will serve as a preliminary event for the 37th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium on January 19, 2019 at Penn Law. The symposium, entitled “Reparations. Now.” will examine reparations claims against a variety of actors, ranging from institutions to national governments.
The film is free. Registration through PennLaw is required.