Film Series

Do the Reggae

 
 
Aug 2—Aug 6, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, BAMcinématek presents this 14-film series dedicated to the country's unique and widely influential musical tradition. Throughout decades of political unrest in Jamaica and racial violence against Caribbean immigrants in Europe and North America, reggae in all its forms has endured as an essential conduit for social protest, individual expression, and spiritual exploration.  It has also single-handedly paved the way for rap/hip-hop, the remix (invented in the early 70s in Jamaica), not to mention later cross-pollinated genres like drum and bass, reggaeton, and dubstep.

The series includes films starring or featuring priceless footage of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, and many more!


 
PAST EVENTS
Film
Rockers
 

A revelatory document of the hand-to-mouth life of musicians in a shantytown.

Thu, Aug 2, 2012
 
 
Film
Land of Look Behind
 

A document of Jamaica in flux after the death of Bob Marley.

Fri, Aug 3, 2012
 
 
Film
The Harder They Come
 

Before Bob Marley made it big stateside, this pulp tale unveiled reggae to US audiences.

Fri, Aug 3, 2012
 
 
Film
Buck and the Preacher
 

An antebellum black western starring Sidney Poitier in his directorial debut.

Sat, Aug 4, 2012
 
 
Film
Reggae
 

Horace Ové’s remarkably prescient documentary examines the societal impact of reggae .

Sat, Aug 4, 2012
 
 
Film
Countryman
 

Tourists crash their plane and get nursed back to life by a Rasta superhero.

Sat, Aug 4, 2012
 
 
Film
Babylon
 

A Rasta sound system leader fights racial inequality to defend his musical ambitions.

Sat, Aug 4, 2012
 
 
Film
Deep Roots Music: "Revival" + "Ranking Sounds"
 

A comprehensive history of reggae, with narration by The Clash producer Mikey Dread.

Sun, Aug 5, 2012
 
 
Film
Deep Roots Music: "Black Ark" + Word, Sound and Power
 

A Rastafarian-themed episode of Deep Roots Music, plus a Soul Syndicate documentary.

Sun, Aug 5, 2012
 
 
Film
Roots Rock Reggae
 

Famed music documentary producer Jeremy Marre's snapshot of the reggae scene at its peak.

Sun, Aug 5, 2012
 
 
Film
Heartland Reggae
 

A documentary about one of the most important live reggae events ever.

Sun, Aug 5, 2012
 
 
Film
OnePeople: The Celebration
 

A documentary comprised of submissions from people sharing what Jamaica means to them.

Mon, Aug 6, 2012
 
 
Free