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Fire in Babylon

Documentary, Sport 1h 23m 2010

The West Indies’ late rise from happy-go-lucky ‘calypso cricketers’ to world beaters in the late 70s is the subject of this exuberant sports documentary.

Fire In Babylon is the breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa, race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisputed skill, combined with a fearless spirit, allowed them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, replaying it on their own terms. This is their story, told in their own words.

“Joyous and uplifting… a celebration of a sporting triumph and all its implications for black politics and culture.” ~ Marc Lee, Daily Telegraph.


Stevan Riley







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