Rockers is a film starring many well known roots reggae performers namely the lead character Leroy “Horse-mouth” Wallace, Gregory Isaacs (R.I.P), Jacob Miller(R.I.P.), Robbie Shakespeare,Kiddus I, Big Youth, Burning Spear, Dr. Alimantado and bands such as the Abyssinians and the Mighty Diamonds.Plus Producer Jack Ruby. It gives insight into the trials and tribulations of the difficult world of the reggae music business.The story feel is of a ghetto style robin-hood(“rob from the rich and give to the poor”) mentality,which the characters pursue as their only option to get their just reward.
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“The Harder they come” starring well known reggae performer, Jimmy Cliff plays the character of Ivan a youth from the country who quickly discovers what life in the big city is like and through his resilience finds solace as a Rudeboy (gangster) in the ghettos of Kingston,this path eventually leads him to retribution in this unjust society. Look out for the music scene in the studio with Toots and the Maytals performance.
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Countryman is a film about a young couple Bobby Lloyd and Beau Porter who take her fathers light aircraft for a spin over Jamaican airspace and are shot down by the army who are anxious to discover its occupants and embroil them in a web of conspiracy with actual reference to political propaganda of the time. The crash is witnessed by a Rasta fisherman called Country,who quickly rescues them from the burning plane and helps them escape the approaching army,providing a temporary sanctuary while he plans to get them safely home and away from the propaganda.
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One Love( the movie) is a film starring Kymani Marley son of the late great Robert “Nesta” Marley,Cherine Anderson who plays Serena, his love interest and Mutabaruka who plays an elder in their Rasta Camp. Kymani plays Kassa the central figure in the story;which is about a young band of reggae musicians who are struggling to find a break personally and professionally, when they discover a competition and become involved with a crooked producer who plans to manipulate the band for personal gains,when his plan backfires and the gang recover their mix c.d. and application for the event.The band alongside the choir group struggle to see eye to eye but quickly realise the collaboration can win the event.
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Shottas ( the movie) is an extremely violent film that gives insight into the Gangster Life which many youths now face in places like Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida.Starring Kymani Marley who plays Biggs a “Rudeboy” (Gangster) from a Kingston Ghetto; after being extradited from a Miami Jail and evicted back to Jamaica,he become acquainted with his old friend Wayne who re-introduces him to the Gangster -Life once more,only to be left the last man standing. This film does not promote violence it portrays the lives lived by these kinds of people and the definitive final outcome.
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