Barbara Blake Hannah
The Founder of the Reggae Film Festival, Barbara Blake Hannah was always been a trail blazer. Barbara Hannah left her island home of Jamaica and moved to London in 1964, where she gained public attention in 1968 as the first Black journalist on British TV (THAMES, ATV, BBC). Barbara Blake Hannah returned to Jamaica in 1972 she began living according to the Rastafari faith and in 1981 she wrote the first book on the religion written by a practicing member – RASTAFARI – THE NEW CREATION. Barbara has organized several film festivals in Jamaica since 1974, and been a guest of film festivals in the USA, Cuba, Iraq and Leipzig, East Germany. In 2008 she initiated an annual Jamaica Reggae Film Festival screening films that include or document Jamaica’s reggae music culture.