Marley - directed by Kevin McDonald
The whole of August is set to be littered with events to mark the occasion and as part of a huge array of events up and down the country Broadway Cinema has organised a series of screenings celebrating Jamaican life.
After over 300 years of British rule Jamaica was finally liberated on 6 August 1962, with a large Jamaican presence in Britain it is sure to be a period of huge celebration amongst Caribbean communities and how better to explore Jamaican culture than with a season of documentaries featuring the island and its most famous inhabitants. Kicking off with Kevin McDonald’s brilliant Bob Marley biopic Marley on Sunday 5 August there will be four screenings of a variety of different Jamaican themed films. The following Sunday sees Sing Your Song, a film about 1950s singer Harry Belafonte covering both his achievements in music and his role in the American civil rights movement.
The final two screenings on Friday 17 and Sunday 26 are two films more focused on Jamaican culture and its history. A Charmed Life looks at Jamaica during colonisation through the life of Eddie Martin Noble, who is most widely known for providing inspiration for Andrea Levy’s novel A Small Island. This screening is accompanied by a Q&A session with director Patrick Vernon who is one of leading experts on African and Caribbean genealogy in the UK. Finally we take a look at modern Jamaica through the 2011 film Ghett’a Life. An “against all odds” documentary following an aspiring boxer trying to realise his dream of becoming a champion set against a backdrop of inner city life of Kingston.
Each documentary offers a different example of Jamaica and its culture and hopefully the variety within the programming will provide a rich view of Jamaica to those within and outside of Nottingham’s Caribbean community.