Not To Me

In this cautionary tale, best friends Keisha and Charmaine try to make the best of life in the tough Kingston district of Tivoli Gardens. Keisha is the more polished of the pair—conventionally beautiful and more conservative in her lifestyle. She is involved with an ambitious “uptown” man who is about to leave the island to pursue his studies. Charmaine, on the other hand, is more flamboyant, a passa passa queen who engages in risky behaviour that gets her into serious trouble.

Around the two girls the everyday routine of life in these notorious streets goes on, with the beat of Jamaica’s popular dancehall accompanying the story. When Charmaine begins to feel ill, Keisha fears the worst and insists she gets tested for HIV and pregnancy. Keisha agrees to go with her as support and gets tested as well. The results would lead to drastic changes in attitudes for the women.

Not To Me (2009)




Jamaican creole (with English subtitles)




Ras Kassa

Ras Kassa

Born in 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica, Ras Kassa is a leading music video “guru”. He received no formal training in filmmaking but after more than 10 years experience, has over 100 music videos to his credit. His most celebrated work is the 2005 video of Damian Marley’s “Welcome to Jamrock”, which was an international hit for both Marley and Ras Kassa. He formed his own company, The Guru Films in 2007. Ras Kassa is also an editor, writer, producer, cinematographer, musician and painter. Not to Me is his first feature film.

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