DREADLOCKS STORY – Documentary trailer: Director and Producer Linda Aïnouche

26 Nov


The history of dreadlocks is interesting and complex. The video above is a trailer for a documentary that is in the works.

Here is a wonderful article by Linda Aïnouche “Reggae, A Force for Dialogue”.


Linda Aïnouche with friends


5 Responses to “DREADLOCKS STORY – Documentary trailer: Director and Producer Linda Aïnouche”

  1. Nat Turner February 4, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Sad to see once again any achievement of Black African people being regarded as influenced by others.
    Rastafari wearing of locks was not influenced by the Indian indentured laborers of Jamaica.
    “Dreadlocks” has a long and widely distributed history with the African masses both at home and abroad.
    Locks from the standpoint of Ethiopia from whence Rastafari spiritually hails, are grown and worn at time of war. The Bahitawi, or holy man, quite often, also wears locks.
    Downstream in Kenya the MauMau in the war of independence against Britain wore locks. This also greatly contributed to Jamaicans adorning this ancient African tradition of locks.
    Many slaves were captives from west African where children in say Nigeria and Ghana will go locked until about aged 4.
    In the ancient world, many of the original Black Greek people wore locks, this can be seen on the so called Black pottery as well as various statutes. It is worth noting that the earliest of the Greek gods are Black Africans and even Apollo can be seen wearing “Dreadlocks”.
    Long before the Greeks, sculptured works are available which show that the ancient African Egyptians were locked, as witnessed in the princes of Tanis.
    Locks spread worldwide anciently and can even be found amongst the original Australians.
    All the above mentioned is available visually, if any need to see I will provide them.
    Speaking of influence it would be far more uplifting to show the African influence on India which itself a colony of the ancient Ethiopians, this would throw much needed light on the fact that many cultural traits are shared in both Asia and Africa.

    • livelocs February 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Nat…Thank you so much for your comment. I have found that one of the difficult things to understand about the history of dreadlocks is that the history is diverse and at times convoluted.It seems to me that there is no one right story of dreadlocks origins. It seems that the influences are seen throughout many different cultures. I guess that is one reason I find it fascinating, Your take was very insightful.

      • Nat Turner February 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

        Thanks for debating and not fighting,
        I and others can add much more to what is said above, however consider two other matters.
        The British had a habit of cutting all hair be it slaves or indentured laborers (prisoners) on arrival.
        Also to this day there are still largely, Indian and African zones in Jamaica.
        Still the many who are one, but not actually one, although there is next to no racial antagonism.
        The struggle of Africans was taking place not only in the Caribbean, but throughout North America and “Latin” America.
        Rastafari Bahitawi is the driving force to say otherwise is like saying mangos come off of apple trees since they’re both sweet.


        (“Out of Many, We are One”, is the national motto of Jamaica)

      • livelocs February 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

        Nat If you would be interested you can write a blog, or even a couple and I will post them on this site, all credited to you. You can email them to goodinklings@gmail.com. I think that what you have to say is very interesting and should be shared. Just a thought.

  2. Nat Turner February 7, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Linda Ainouche, Thanks for replying.
    You have indeed opened a debate, with your film “Dreadlocks Story”,
    a very serious debate,
    however as a film maker I believe you all thrive on critics.
    As an anthropologist you seem to follow the usual pattern of western academia,
    which is to denude the African of all worthwhile attributes.
    From what I’ve seen of the trailer you started with a foregone conclusion and
    have continued to cement that view.
    Had you really known anything about Rastafari then you would know that as far as the Jamaican “founders” of the faith are concerned
    the inspiration is directly through the revelation of the personage of
    His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia and
    that locks have been a part of that culture for countless millennia.
    As for India, which was first peopled by Africans there are indeed many similarities,
    but no one would dare to suggest, even in these times of madness,
    that Indian culture is older than that of Africa.
    The first and second waves of Indians were Africans,
    long before any rude “Aryan”, Turanian or Scythian was even out of the caves.
    In fact the sacred river still bears the name of the Ethiopian general Ganga / Ganges.
    Ind / Indi means Black
    this word provides the name of the two ancient founder sons hIND & sIND.
    One of the former names of India was Cusha Dwipa,
    the Cush coming from an ancient name of Ethiopia which was Cush.
    Like China with it’s Kunlan (African) Shan mountain range,
    so is India with it’s Hindu Cush mountain range.
    I suggest you read some books not on the usual western reading list
    and gain some hidden knowledge.
    Personally I cannot be in any film, good or bad, but
    if I can contribute to you making a great film, I will.
    Here are some leads, for starters.
    African Presence in Early Asia – 1985
    (+ A.P. in Early Europe & A.P. in E. America)
    Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire – Ms. Drusilla Dunjee Houston 1926 (re- 1985)
    Ethiopia & the Origin of Civilization – John G. Jackson 1939

    (Below is a copy of the letter being replied to)

    Linda Aïnouche ·
    Follow · New York, New York
    Instead of answering your objection to my film on Facebook,
    I would like to interview you for it …
    You would be able to express whatever you want in front of the camera.
    You should know that the purpose of making a documentary is to open a debate.
    Every point of view is valid and interesting therefore, if you are around NYC,
    we can set up a meeting, let me know…
    In any case,
    your objection will not stop me doing my work.

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