"Babylon" [Keeling's Caribbean Showcase]
(Dir. Franco Rosso, 1980, 91 min.)
Babylon is set in South London at the start of the 80s, a time when reggae music was at its peak, along with a distinctively British brand of xenophobia and racism that saw American boxer Marvin Hagler pelted with bottles at Wembley after beating Alan Ill never lose to a black man Minter. The plot concerns Blue, lead chanter for Ital Lion Sound (played by Aswad singer and former Double Decker Brinsley Forde), in the run-up to a competition with a rival crew led by Jah Shaka (who appears as himself). Over the course of the film Blue socialises with his friends and clashes with his family, employer, and a local clan of racists, before going on a spiritual and physical journey through small hours London where he encounters a series of trials and temptations that set up the films violent climax.
About "Keeling's Caribbean Showcase": Two Sundays each month, Keeling Beckford of Keeling's Reggae Music and Video presents films that deal with various aspects of Carribean culture at home and in diaspora.
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