Director & Writer: Wondwossen D. Dikran
Executive Producer: Nebiyou Essayas
Producer: Jake Deptula
Co-Producer: Olumide Odebunmi
Cinematography: Yasu Tanida
Editor: Gabrielle Thorbourn
Duration: 124 minutes
The journey begins when Tsegaye, a driven and passionate musician leaves his two children and family and embarks on a search of his childhood friend, Kirubel. Kirubel embraces his friend's presence and brings along a shy, yet talented drummer named Teferi. These three embark on a journey of a musical mission that could bring modern Ethiopian music to the World.
Falls, triumphs, and rude awakenings ultimately test their faith, friendship, and honor as they begin the journey of a lifetime. Filled with rhythm and colorful characters, Journey to Lasta brings an inspiring story of the "underdog" and vividly paints an honest and vibrant portrayal of the immigrant experience.
The film also features the amazing sounds of Lasta Sound, Quinto Sol, Chakra, Upground and the legendary Ras Michael.
This is a cinematic experience that you will never forget!
Lasta is a small peaceful village in Ethiopia where once great civilization flourished, where Saint Lalibela created magnificent rock hewed churches and where one can hear sweet melodies from the secluded mountains of Lasta Lalibela.
In this film, the word "lasta" is used as a "state of mind" where the band uses the spirit of Lasta to ultimatley create unique, new world music where they fuse the old traditional arrangements with the beats of the west.