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Drama | 1980 | NR. 1hr 35min
CAST: David N. Haynes, Trevor Laird, Victor Romero Evans DIRECTOR: Franco Rosso TUESDAY FILM SERIES

Franco Rosso's incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. 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, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front.

Hi-Voltage Records will be on site at the 6:20pm showing with a selection of reggae and dub LPs for purchase, and will also host a special raffle.

...revealing and raw in its political and sociological spectrum. Unapologetically radical, intrusive and emotionally gripping...a blistering commentary...
Frank Ochieng, ScreenAnarchy
Assertive and ebullient, "Babylon" is as alive as a movie can be to the everyday mesh of liberating art, humorous camaraderie and hazardous political reality.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
Babylon is a hidden gem worth seeking out if it comes to your city.
Lee Jutton, Film Inquiry
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