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BABYLON (1980) - Blood on Earth: Films from the African and Caribbean Diaspora

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  • DIR. Franco Rosso

  • YEAR. 1980

  • COUNTRY. UK

  • RUN-TIME. 95 mins

  • RATING. X

    £6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

    Doors 7.00PM

    Film 7.30PM

A cultural classic in Britain and beyond that dwells on the pioneering working-class children of the Windrush Generation. Filmed on the streets of Deptford and Brixton, Babylon captures the seminal instances of a distinctive and exuberant Black British youth culture in 1980s London. Blue, played by Brinsley Forde (the frontman of reggae group Aswad), attempts to follow his musical aspirations within sound system culture, against the dour tide of racism and social strife rampant in British society. Music is provided by Aswad, Johnny Clarke and others.

[I]t’s got an episodic vividness and blanket-load of warmth, but also a harsh view of day-to-day life for black people in South London
— The New York Times

Blood on Earth comprises a series of films embracing work which explores the human condition through stories from the African and Caribbean diaspora. The films showcased will cover feminist, LGBTQ+, class, and postcolonial dialogues, and in doing so bring a broad range of perspectives to the screen on a monthly basis.

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