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Babylon

Directed by Franco Rosso

Release: 1980
Runtime: 95
Country: U.K.
Language: English
Director: Franco Rosso
Writer: Franco Rosso
Writer: Martin Stellman
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. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) and shot by two-time Oscar® winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields) with beautifully smoky cinematography that has been compared to Taxi DriverBabylon is fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall set to a blistering reggae and lovers rock soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.
 
You've seen The Harder They Come, maybe you've seen Rockers, but you've never seen anything like Babylon.

 

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Venue City State Date
Ambler Theater Ambler 1613019600February 11 - March 1, 2021
County Theater Doylestown 1613019600February 11 - March 1, 2021
Fox Theatre Toronto 1612414800February 4 - March 6, 2021
Hiway Theater Jenkintown 1613019600February 11 - March 1, 2021
Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center Patchogue 1612760400February 8 - March 12, 2021
Princeton Garden Theatre Princeton 1613019600February 11 - March 1, 2021