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Made in Jamaica (2006)

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French writer-director Jérôme Laperrousaz's documentary Made in Jamaica opens with the tragic yet all-too-familiar murder of a reggae superstar - Bogle - and his celebrity-studded funeral, attended by multiple generations of Jamaican musicians. The film then springboards into a broad and enormously ambitious, loosely-knit exploration of the reggae subculture in all of its facets. Laperrousaz intercuts original interviews and live concert footage (often filmed on the shores and streets of Kingston, where reggae was born) with such giants as Third World, Gregory Isaacs (who pays tribute to Bogle), Bunny Wailer, Toots, Beres Hammond and Capleton. The discussions frequently trace and highlight the performers' various influences (from the awareness of centuries-old Jamaican enslavement to on-the-spot enjoyment of the sounds and rhythms); the performances exude these sources in every note. Throughout, Lapperousaz and the featured performers repeatedly define reggae by cutting straight to its emotional core, and pay unbridled tribute to the culture and nation that produced it.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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Written By: Jérôme Laperrousaz
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On DVD: Sep 22, 2009
Runtime:
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Diffuse, but worthwhile.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009
Time Out
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A worthy look at a music born though turmoil with a vision that still resonates globally.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Toronto Star
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An affectionate if largely unsatisfying exploration of the musical genre's evolution.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Time Out
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I'd have preferred Laperrousaz to give more information about the music's history. And fans will probably find the film's performance clips annoyingly short.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Times (UK)

One suspects the film-makers have deliberately excluded numbers of a homophobic nature.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Observer (UK)

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