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Rent a Rasta
Rent a Rasta
Actor: Michael Seyfert
Director: J. Michael Seyfert
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2007     0hr 45min


     
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Actor: Michael Seyfert
Director: J. Michael Seyfert
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Studio: Passion River
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/13/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 0hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Sex Tourism, a product of slavery, is not new to the Caribbe
J. M. Seyfert | Baja HA ! | 03/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When white women flock to Jamaica for a little fun in the sun, the R&R they're often looking for is not "Rest and Relaxation" but to "Rent a Rasta" according to director J. Michael Seyfert. His eye-opening expose' of the same name sheds light on a barely acknowledged form of sex tourism, namely, white women who visit the Caribbean Islands to get their groove back with the help of black locals. This documentary claims that, each year, as many as 80,000 females from a variety of relatively-wealthy Western nations descend on Jamaica alone.

Most of those inclined to indulge their Island Fever with wanton abandon are apparently middle-aged and/or overweight spinsters. Ignored by white men, and afraid to date blacks openly due to the social taboo, they look for satisfaction at remote resorts amidst the anonymity offered by a virtual paradise. These decadent dames safely lure their boy toys with money, electronic gadgets, designer clothes, baubles, or whatever material item it takes to get uncomplicated sexual favors in return along with the strict understanding that like in Las Vegas, "What happens in Jamaica, stays in Jamaica." As one satisfied customer, a 45 year-old spinster from the Midwest explains her addiction to her hedonistic getaway, "A girl who no one looks at twice gets hit on all the time here. All these guys are paying her attention, telling her she's really beautiful, and they really want her. It is like a secret, a fantasy, and then you go home." While this glimpse of the lucky ladies' rationale for their no-strings liaisons is certainly informative, the picture is actually far more interesting when chronicling the history of Jamaica, winding its way from the slave days through the rise of the Rastafari to the present. Framed from this perspective, we suddenly see a persistent pattern of utter subjugation and economic inequality, with islanders providing stud service only being the latest form of exploitation.

Perhaps most telling is the desperate summation of a suffering black woman seen begging for an end to the Jamaican people's neverending cycle of poverty. She wants, "the white world to come give us our deliverance, because it was them who take us out of our land and carry us here." Viewed in this light, Rent a Rasta is a clarion call which establishes that sex tourism is not merely the harmless indulgence of horny white women gone wild, but a burgeoning trend which continues to wreak havoc on a Caribbean culture and family structure already in crisis.

[by Kam Willams *** Very good]
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Highly recommend
Christian | 02/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary about Jamaica reveals that men aren't the only ones who indulge in sex tourism. According to RENT A RASTA, each year 80,000 women travel to the island nation to meet a local man for a romantic rendezvous in exchange for cash and gifts from their home countries. This film examines the reaction of the Rastafarian culture to this phenomenon. Great film for Jamaica neophytes, finally someone decides to depict the latest version of slavery, sex tourism in Jamaica, with a twist. It's fat, ugly and old white broads who are the customers. A must see."
Extremely uneven documentary, but with moments of brilliance
Ana E. | Gran Manzana | 03/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The doc is excellent for its exposition of Rastafarianism. For that reason alone, it would be very interesting to watch, and it makes a great teaching tool. Its narration on sex tourism (the purported main subject of the documentary) is much less successful, however. It relies on distant shots of a few couples and interviews of a few folks from a bar. A much more powerful teaching tool on sex tourism would be Heading South (Vers le sur) about such tourism in Haiti in the 1980s, even though it is a fictionalized feature film and thus much harder to excerpt. Still, this doc is really so unsatisfactory on the topic - one which deserves extensive consideration, to be sure! - that I would recommend looking elsewhere. Again, great very basic introduction to populist Rastafarianism, though...."