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Directed by Franco Rosso

United Kingdom 1980 95 mins. In English

After premiering at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival, Babylon was a controversial film upon initial release in the UK, receiving an X rating, essentially banning it from view, and never receiving a release in the US—until now. This hard-hitting, unflinching drama is one of Rosso’s only directing credits, perhaps owing to its raw, honest portrayal of the depths of UK racism and white supremacy. A group of young Jamaican immigrants (led by Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British reggae group Aswad) produce reggae parties in Brixton warehouses, but are harassed (sometimes violently) by cops, neighbors, bosses, and the National Front. Fighting for a life free from racism, these young men continue to push forward through their entrancing music—a battle set to a fiery soundtrack featuring songs by Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and many others.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Weekend Engagements