Journey of the Lion

Director: Fritz Baumann
Country: Jamaica and Germany
Year: 1992
Running Time: 87 min
Language: English

 

A Jamaican Rastafarian who lives an impoverished existence with his two children in a shack on the outskirts of Kingston. Disgusted with modern civilization, Brother Howie, as he is known, dreams of repatriation in Africa. Out of the blue one day, he receives a letter from the sister he hasn’t seen in 30 years inviting him to visit her in London. Leaving Jamaica for the first time in his life, he embarks on a journey that takes him to England and eventually to Egypt and Ghana.

About the Director

Fritz Baumann

Biography: Fritz Baumann was born in 1950 in Brannenburg, Germany. From 1973-1977, he studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. Since 1976, he has been working as an independent producer, director, recording supervisor and film editor. His films include: Mord (1974), Die Pensionierung (1975), Die Begegnungen (1976), co-direction on Let’s Not Talk About It (1978) and Dein Kopf ist ein schlafendes Auto (1981) with Werner Penzel, So frei wie der Loewe (1984), D’jubel Wies’n (documentary, 1985), Woman (documentary, 1989), The Journey of the Lion (Die Reise des Loewen, 1992) – winner of the Silver Plaque at Chicago in 1993 and the New York Times Film Critics’ Award in 1994, Eisen (1996), six documentary episodes of Bonn packt (1999) and Anansi (2002), among others.

(Source: http://www.german-films.de/filmarchive/browse-archive/view/person/person/baumann-4/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Journey of the Lion [Die Reise des Loewen] (2001).

Filmography:
Mord (1974);
Die Pensionierung (1975);
Die Begegnungen (1976);
Let’s Not Talk About It (1978);
Dein Kopf ist ein schlafendes Auto (1981);
So frei wie der Loewe (1984);
D’jubel Wies’n (1985);
Woman (1989);
The Journey of the Lion [Die Reise des Loewen] (1992);
Eisen (1996);
Spell of the North (1998);
Bonn packt (1999);
Anansi (2002);
Deutsche in Amerika (2005).