‘Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality’
– Bob Marley

August 2022 marks 60 years of Jamaican independence from Great Britain, a period in which the new nation remade itself culturally and creatively as well as politically. From the moment the Union Flag was lowered for the final time original Jamaican music blossomed as ska gripped Jamaica to define this proud new era. Luckily for us, so much of what was created on the island was captured on film – either by the burgeoning Jamaican industry or interested outsiders keen to investigate wha’ g’wan. This season covers all aspects of that culture, from sprinting, political unrest and the life of Marcus Garvery to a wealth of films and music, including the 50th anniversary re-release of The Harder They Come.

Lloyd Bradley, curator

Releases

The Harder They Come

Jimmy Cliff brings a knockout soundtrack and charisma aplenty to this classic crime drama.

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Marketplace for Black British creators

This season is presented by African Odysseys, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2022.