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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.


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  • 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.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The movie is more interested in what feels real than what seems right.

    Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Deserves acclaim for highlighting the stories of marginalized young black men in a city still predominantly depicted through a white male gaze.

    Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An English cousin to the earlier Jamaica-set films The Harder They Come and Rockers that is vastly superior in cinematic terms and just as valuable as a cultural document.

    Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Babylon is rich, rough and real. And like the streetlife of the young black Londoners it portrays, it's threatening, touching, violent and funny.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Full Review…

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  • Although the script runs out of steam by the end, the sharp use of location, the meticulous detailing of black culture, the uniformly excellent performances and stimulating soundtrack command attention.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Full Review…

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If The Harder They Come was made in Brixton in Thatcher's early years (1980) with Brinsley Forde from Aswad & Double Deckers, then it might look something like this. Excellent film.

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