Fire in Babylon (2011)
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Fire In Babylon is the breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa; race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisputed skill, combined with a fearless spirit, allowed them to dominate the
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It all adds up to an entertaining 88 minutes, despite the film's ramshackle construction and its once-over-lightly approach to political, cultural and athletic history.
Riley shrewdly maintains focus on how the players co-opted the merciless tactics of their invective-hurling adversaries for their own, and the region's, self-actualization.
So much fun that you don't really have to understand much about the nuances of cricketing to get the point.
A sparkling - if perhaps somewhat nostalgic - documentary about the transformation of the West Indies "calypso" style of cricket in the 1970s, resulting in a team that dominated the game around the world
Like all great documentaries, Fire in Babylon transcends its immediate subject matter to be a film with universal appeal.
An invaluable lesson that there can be social consequences attached to playing a sport without a conscience even if you're the best around at throwing, whacking or catching a ball. Just ask Muhammad Ali.
Director Stevan Riley perhaps pushes the team's wider political significance a little too hard, but his film's well-chosen mix of talking heads and match footage allows the team's sporting achievement to speak for itself.
Through the breathless intercutting of stunning still photography and wince-inducing TV replays, the film perfectly captures the aggression and grace of Lloyd's men.
It's a rousing film about ex-colonials uniting to assert their pride and to recover a dignity that continued to be denied them by the English and Australians.
This absorbing documentary, using interviews and contemporary footage, sets their ascendancy within the wider context of black consciousness and the emancipation from colonial rule.
Not so much triumphalist as upbeat, saucy rather than slick, Fire in Babylon is the kind of film that makes you proud to be a human being.
Though hampered a little by a paucity of match footage, forthright interviews with the key performers - Viv Richards, Colin Croft, Andy Roberts, Lloyd himself - provide detailed insight...
You don't need to know your silly mid off from your square leg to enjoy Fire in Babylon, a riveting account of the glory days of West Indian cricket.
This documentary about the 1970s-1980s West Indies cricket team may seem like it would be specific for fans of the sport. But by looking at the bigger picture, the film finds a lot to say about the world beyond the sport.
Cricket fans of recent vintage may question whether any side could match the dominance of the Australian team from the late 1990s onwards, but this engrossing documentary may change that view.
No one could watch this without being struck by the intensity of the way these men played. Here they recall those times with striking charm and wit. These are happy men.
It powerfully demonstrates how the successes of these sportsmen, in a game associated with white colonial superiority, proved inspirational in the global struggle for black equality.
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