Film: BAMcinématek Presents “Do the Reggae” Film Series

BAMcinématek presents Do the Reggae, a 14-film series celebrating Jamaica’s unique and widely influential musical tradition and the 50th anniversary of the nation’s independence. The film series will take place on August 2-6, 2012. BAM is located at the Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

Focusing on vintage films from 1971 to 1983, the series opens with the Trenchtown-set Rockers (1978), Ted Bafaloukos’ rousing Rasta adaptation of De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief. Also screening are seminal nonfiction exploration Land of Look Behind by Alan Greenberg, three parts of the British series Deep Roots Music, Jeremy Marre’s Roots Rock Reggae, and possibly the earliest feature film on reggae, Horace Ové’s Reggae. The series is named after Toots and the Maytals’ eponymous song—the first to use the word “reggae.”

The series closes on Jamaican Independence Day (August 6) with OnePeople, the country’s official 50th anniversary doc, premiering simultaneously in Kingston and London. There will be a live performance by Deadly Dragon Sound System, featuring legendary DJ Ranking Joe and special guests.

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