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Directed by Volker Schander

Germany 2015 100 mins.

A visionary record producer and pioneer in both reggae and dub music, Lee Scratch Perry’s life has been an ongoing quest for spiritual liberation through sound. Schander followed Lee Perry for 15 years to fashion this intimate “fairytale documentary,” an almost impossible-to-believe portrait of “The Prophet” of the international Rastafari movement, one of the icons of the Black Power movement, and arguably the inventor of Jamaican music as we know it. From Perry’s legendary Black Ark studio in Kingston, where he recorded Bob Marley and The Wailers, to his home today in the Swiss Alps, Visions of Paradise is a comprehensive guide for how to change the world through music—one positive “vibration” at a time.

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