Directed by Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi, starring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – godfather of dub music and of the foundational sounds of reggae – Negus explores the convergence of history, myth and magic through the complex and competing legacies of Ethiopia’s last emperor Haile Selassie I. In Italy during the fascist rule of Mussolini, Selassie was portrayed as a black devil, justifying Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia. During the same period the religion of Rastafarianism was emerging in Jamaica and claiming Selassie as their living God and the black Christ resurrected. Negus is powered from the void between these two irreconcilable realities.
Negus is part of the series of screening at Reggia di Venaria curated with 4:3 by Boiler Room.