Franco Rosso’s ‘Babylon’ hits US theaters

The 95 min drama is in English and Jamaican patois with subtitles.

Left to Right  Victor Romero Evans as Lover, Brinsley Forde as Blue, and David N. Haynes as Errol in Franco Rosso’s Babylon

Never before released in the US, Franco Rosso’s incendiary “Babylon” follows a young reggae DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British group Aswad) in Thatcher-era Brixton as he pursues his musical ambitions, while battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front.Cosmo Laidlaw as the Rastaman in Franco Rosso’s Babylon

Written by Martin Stellman and shot by two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges, the film  dancehall, reggae, dub, and lovers rock soundtrack which Aswad, Johnny Clark, anchored by Dennis Bovell’s (The Slits).

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(photos courtesy of Kino Lorber Repertory/Seventy-Seven)

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