Every year, thousands of white women from wealthy nations flock to the Caribbean Islands in search of a unique experience – to “Rent a Rasta”. This controversial phenomenon, which has recently been brought to light by director J. Michael Seyfert in his documentary of the same name, is an eye-opening expose’ into the world of sex tourism. It involves white women looking for something other than rest and relaxation when they visit Jamaica – they are looking for romance with local black men.
The documentary estimates that approximately 80,000 women partake in this form of tourism each year and reveals how its popularity has grown despite being largely hidden from mainstream society. It delves into the motivations behind why these women choose to “rent” a rasta in order to feel young and desirable again. Through intimate interviews with both parties involved, it offers us insight into a complex relationship between two very different cultures and backgrounds.
This gripping film not only educates viewers about this previously taboo topic but also serves as a cautionary tale about the potential dangers that can arise when two people enter such an arrangement without proper understanding or preparation. The consequences for both parties are often devastating and heartbreaking.
If you are interested in learning more about this fascinating topic, then Rent a Rasta is one documentary you should definitely watch. Not only will it open your eyes to a world you never knew existed but it will also raise important questions about relationships between tourists and locals, wealth disparities across cultures and even challenge some of our long held assumptions about interracial relationships. By watching this movie you can make an informed decision on whether this type of tourism is moral or immoral- something that ultimately lies in your own judgement