Babylon is part of our Face The Music Film Festival.
You’ve seen The Harder They Come, maybe you’ve seen Rockers, but you’ve never seen anything like Babylon. Franco Rosso’s incendiary film had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. until this year for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension.” Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British 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 shot by two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields) with beautifully smoky cinematography that has been compared to Taxi Driver, Babylon is fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall set to a blistering reggae soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more. (95 min) WATCH THE TRAILER
Tickets: Single Film: $8 Festival Pass (4 films) $15
Friday, August 2
Apollo 11 – 7pm IU Fine Arts Theater
High Life – 7:45 IU Global & International Theater
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church – 8:45 IU Fine Arts Theater – Last Chance!
Saturday, August 3
High Life – 7:45 Global & International Theater
Echo in the Canyon – 4pm – IU Fine Arts Theater
Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace – 6pm – IU Fine Arts Theater – Last Chance!
Apollo 11 – 8:15 – IU Fine Arts Theater – Last Chance!
Sunday, August 4 at Bear’s Place
Echo in the Canyon 5:15 – Last Chance!
Babylon 7:45 – Last Chance