Acclaimed dancehall film to take centre stage at We Beat

A multiple-award-winning documentary about Jamaica’s vibrant and fascinating dancehall scene is set to enthrall audiences as part of the annual We Beat festival in St James.

The screening of Hit Me With Music, which takes place at the St James Amphitheatre on Saturday 2 June from 7pm, is part of the trinidad + tobago film festival (ttff) and bpTT Community Cinergy series of film screenings. Presented in association with the St James Improvement Committee, the screening is free of charge, and open to all persons sixteen years and over.

Released in 2011 and directed by Miquel Galofré, Hit Me With Music is a brilliant exploration of the various facets of dancehall culture, including feuds between rival musicians, skin bleaching, and the “daggering” phenomenon. Dancehall pioneers Yellowman and the late Bogle make appearances in the film, as well as more recent stars Elephant Man, Mavado and Vybz Kartel.

The film—which has been playing to enthusiastic audiences in North America and Europe—won both the jury and audience awards for best documentary at the ttff/11.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with the director.

The ttff is held annually in September and is presented by Flow, given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT, and supported by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the National Gas Company, the Tourism Development Company, the Tobago House of Assembly and the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism. For more information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

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