The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center began celebrating Reggae artist Jimmy Cliff’s birthday four years ago. We are continuing the tradition in 2019 with the American Premiere of the 1980 Reggae themed movie Babylon.
Join us for a special night of good vibes, irie music, Red Stripe beer and authentic Jamaican delicacies from Vineyard Caribbean.
Never-before released in the U.S., Franco Rosso's Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but was deemed "too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension" (Time Out) by the New York Film Festival that same year. Raw and smoldering, it follows a young reggae DJ (Brinsley Forde, of British group Aswad) as he pursues his musical ambitions, while battling against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors and the police. Babylon was co-written by Martin Stellman and shot by two-time Oscar® winner Chris Menges with beautiful, smoky cinematography that's been compared to Taxi Driver. It's fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall set to a blistering reggae and rock soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.
Sunday, March 31 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568