95 minutes, Color
Franco Rosso's incendiary Babylon premiered at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the United States for "being too controversial and likely to incite racial tension" (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions and battles fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) and shot by two-time Oscar© winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields) with beautifully smoky cinematography that has been compared to Taxi Driver, Babylon is fearless and unsentimental yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall set to a blistering soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more. You've seen The Harder They Come, and maybe you've seen Rockers, but you've never seen anything like Babylon. —Kino Lorber, Inc.
In English and Jamaican Patois with English subtitles
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