Reincarnated is a documentary that was featured in the 24 Beats Per Second category of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival in Austin and was screened at the Paramount Theatre Thursday, March 14th. I enjoyed watching this film as one of the many music related films offered during the film and music portions of the festival I attended.
I can honestly say I do not know all of Snoop’s history, good or otherwise, so it was very eye opening to see him make changes to his life as he follows a different path.
Vice Films global editor and director Andy Capper gives the viewer an opportunity to see Snoop in transition in Reincarnated and shows the path Dogg takes to become the lion he feels he was destined to be.
Calvin Broadus, Jr. (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg) is rechristened Berhane (The Light) and adopts the majestic new music-world moniker Snoop Lion. In this close up documentary, viewers follow Snoop on his month-long pilgrimage to Jamaica as he embarks on “a journey of reincarnation of self” that is equal parts career reinvention and spiritual reawakening.
Intending to leave his rap career behind him, Snoop partners with wunderkind producer Diplo to make a reggae record titled Reincarnated. As the elders of the Niyabinghi community share with him the importance of peace, oneness with nature and brotherhood, these experiences are manifested in the recording studio.
Delving into the legacy of Rastafari music culture, Snoop visits Trench Town, the birthplace of reggae and one-time stomping grounds of luminaries Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and the still-living Bunny Wailer.
Reliving his own genesis as a young rapper in Long Beach, California while touring Trench Town’s lively streets, Snoop connects to the community in a profound way. And when Snoop meets (and smokes) with Wailer in his home above the hills above Kingston, the living reggae legend dubs him “a lion!”
Reincarnated opened March 15, 2013 at Violet Crown Cinema in Austin after the festival.
Director Andy Capper
Source: [Truly Indie, VICE Film, and Snoopadelic Films]