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Babylon (1980)

1h 35m Drama, Cult, Music 1980

Franco Rosso’s raw and incendiary drama follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark reggae group Aswad) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front.

Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) and beautifully shot by Chris Menges, the film is fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall set to a blistering reggae and “lovers rock” soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.

“A new restoration of this 1980 British cult classic makes plain that its themes of disaffection and racial discord in south London are still relevant nearly four decades later.”~Chicago Reader

“Assertive and ebullient, BABYLON is as alive as a movie can be to the everyday mesh of liberating art, humorous camaraderie and hazardous political reality.”~LA Times

“Powerful and shocking, BABYLON is possibly one of the most important films you’ll see this year.” ~Black Girl Nerds


Franco Rosso


English, Jamaican patois




United Kingdom



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