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On Sunday, November 10th at 7:00 PM, legendary reggae performer and actor, Brinsley Forde MBE, will attend Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre for a special screening of the controversial reggae film, Babylon. After the film Brinsley Forde will discuss his time as the guitarist of acclaimed reggae group, Aswad, and his experience starring in Babylon.
Reggae royalty Brinsley Forde MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is front man of legendary British reggae group, Aswad. A two-time Grammy Award nominee, he has also appeared in the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever.
Babylon premiered at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the US for "being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension" (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). It follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling against the racism and xenophobia of employers (Mel Smith), police, and the National Front. Its soundtrack features Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more. (UK/Italy, 1980, 95 min., English, | Dir. Franco Rosso)
Program Event Fees: $12 Cinema Arts Centre Members | $17 Public