[D]ancehall and the church have always been inextricably connected. As an exploration of how we find intimacy in community and what worship really is, Canadian journalist – best known for his conflict reporting for The New Yorker – Jeremy Relph, has teamed up with Kingston-based director Nile Saulter to create a short film that draws the similarities between church and dancehall culture in Jamaica.
Opening with the speech “church and dancehall both revolve around the body. How do we use this body, how do we live in this body, how do we enjoy this body, how do we escape this body?”, the six minute film, Everblessed, premiered on NOWNESS, captures how despite being at opposite ends of the spectrum, both scenes are expressive and religion-like. “Everblessed is a meditation on the sacred and the profane and the thin line between them,” Relph explained to the video channel. Watch it above.