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Jouney to Jah is the story of a spiritual quest in a foreign culture that focuses on two people who share the same passion: music. The directors spent seven years shadowing two unique reggae artists, Gentleman and Alborosie, on their search for authenticity away from their societies in the land of Rastafari and reggae: Jamaica. Together with the protagonists, we delve into a world where music is used as an instrument to confront poverty, criminality and a lack of prospects, but also a world characterized by a deep and uplifting spiritual bond.
2013. International documentary film festival Amsterdam. Netherlands. (official selection)
2013. Zurich Film Festival. Suisse. (Audience Award)
Noël Dernesch was born and bred in Zurich. He now lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the School of Art and Media Design in Zurich, where he specialized in Film/Video. Since then he works as an independent movie director and video artist. He directed several music videos and commercials and realized a number of short and documentary movies. Much of his work received particular recognition and got awards.
After first acting experiences (advertising and cinema), Moritz Springer completed several internships and worked as an assistant director in Germany and the USA, among others for Die Wilden Kerle 3 (Joachim Masannek) and Gozilla (Roland Emmerich) in the years from 1997 until 2005. Back in Germany he started implementing his own documentaries. Back then, Moritz Springer, who never went to a film school, acquired his own cinematographic language.