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Babylon
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Babylon

1981 / 95min / DCP

DIRECTOR: FRANCO ROSSO

CAST: BRINSLEY FORDE, DAVID N. HAINES, TREVOR LAIRD

Brinsley Forde in person

In Brixton at the outset of the Thatcher years, Black reggae DJ Brinsley Forde (frontman of UK reggae outfit Aswad) fights to make his way in the music business, while beset on all sides by the racism of the police, the National Front, and his London neighbors. Never released in the US, Rosso’s hard-nosed, indignant, and utterly compelling sound system drama, driven along by a pulsing dub-infused soundtrack, gradually became a cult item in the UK, surpassing screenwriter Martin Stellman’s stated ambition to produce “A British reggae version of Mean Streets” to become a great film in its own right and a singular document of South London immigrant life. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with star Brinsley Forde, moderated by Reshma B.