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BAMcinématek dedicates film series to Jamaica 50

Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 1:30 AM

Do The Reggae, a BAMcinématek film series dedicated to one the most influential art forms from Jamaica. The 14-film series, which runs from August 2nd through August 6th—the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence—will feature classic and rare reggae films ranging from Ted Bafaloukos’ seminal film Rockers to Alan Greenberg’s outstanding documentary Land of Look Behind.

The series, the first of its kind in New York aslo includes films starring or featuring priceless footage of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, and many more!

BAMcinématek is dedicating this 14-film series dedicated to the country's unique and widely influential musical tradition. Throughout decades of political unrest in Jamaica and racial violence against Caribbean immigrants in Europe and North America, reggae in all its forms has endured as an essential conduit for social protest, individual expression, and spiritual exploration.  It has also single-handedly paved the way for rap/hip-hop, the remix (invented in the early 70s in Jamaica), not to mention later cross-pollinated genres like drum and bass, reggaeton, and dubstep

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