Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Arguably the premiere African female vocalist of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, Dolly Rathebe justly wrought comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. She emerged as a star under the threatening and subjugating shadow of apartheid, which inspired her to begin a crusade for social justice alongside her career in song. In 2004, Rathebe netted the coveted Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for both her social efforts and cultural contributions made through her music. Travels with Dolly constitutes neither a performance film nor a biographical portrait of Rathebe, but instead a filmed record of an event that transpired in 1998, when documentarist Peter Davis took Rathebe to Vancouver for a festival of black African films from the 1950s.