Bianca Nyavingi Brynda's powerful and unique documentary stars Judy Mowatt and focuses on the Rastafari movement from the woman's perspective. Roots Daughters not only traces the origins of Rastafari roots from Africa, but it also examines various groups of Rasta-women from Jamaica, Guyana, South America, and Canada and their diverse social, political, and economic reality.
Beautifully shot on location by the award winning cinematographer Derek Rogers, the film focuses on the Rasta-women's fight for equality in a male dominated culture. Nyahbinghi, the central ritual of Rastafari, which includes drumming, chanting, and reasoning, is featured for the first time. Also, critical Rastafarian figures are profiled, including Emperor Haile Selassie (the spiritual leader of Rastafari), Marcus Garvey (Jamaica's Black Freedom fighter), and musical prophet/reggae superstar Bob Marley, who helped spread the movement around the world through his music.