Jamaican Theme

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012

Sat 10 November – 16.40

Life and Debt

80 min Dir: Stephanie Black, 2001, USA/ Jamaica, Cert: 18

Jamaica: land of sea, sand and sun, and a prime example of the complexities of economic globalisation on the world’s developing countries. This searing documentary takes a bold look at the impact globalisation policies – including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank – have had on Jamaica’s economic and social wellbeing. An unapologetic look at the ‘new world order’ from the point of view of Jamaican workers, farmers, government and policy officials, who see the reality of globalisation – from the ground up.

Fee: £5.50 / £4.00 concs.

Sat 10 November – 18:30

Better Has Come – Jamaican Creative Industries (Seminar)

A stunning line up of artists will discuss the state of Jamaican creative industries today with the audience. Graeme Evelyn (visual artist); Ripton Lindsay (music and dnace) Andy Mundy-Castle (film director), Paul Bucknor (music and film producer BETTER MUS’ COME and THE FULL MONTY). Afrika Eye Festival patron Lord Paul Boateng will moderate.

Fee: £5.50 / £4.00 concs.


Sat 10 November – 21.00

Better Mus’ Come

104 min Dir: Storm Saulter, 2011, Jamaica, Cert: 18 (subtitled)

Passion, politics and poverty collide as this stunning love story, one of the most important films from Jamaica today, unfolds against a backdrop of political turmoil in 70s Kingston. We follow Ricky (Sheldon Shepherd), recently released from jail as a political prisoner, as he tries to find peace among warring gangs in Kingston. When he meets Kemala (Nicole Sky Grey), a beautiful young woman who lives on the opposite side of town where a gang leader rules, Ricky’s choices soon become both clearer, and more difficult. Followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer Paul Bucknor.

Fee: £8.00 full / £6.50 concs.


Sun 11 November – 14:30

The Fade + Director Q & A

4 barbers, 4 lives, 1 story. The Fade is an intimate portrait of four Afro barbers across the world over seven days. This observational documentary reveals exactly what this profession means to society in the 21st century. Set in Ghana, Jamaica, the USA and the UK, the film interweaves their stories and examines the polarised opposites of the locations; creating an international dialogue of the colourful lives of four men who do the same thing, in different time zones, with very different realities. It’s more than just a haircut!


All tickets available from Watershed.