While the sport of Cricket is a mystery to most Americans, it’s loved by most in throughout the Caribbean. In his new film, Fire In Babylon, British director Stevan Riley gives some insight into why exactly this is. Check out the details below…
Charting the glorious supremacy of the West Indies cricket team throughout the late 70s and 80s, this film describes how the bat and ball was more effective than gunfire in the battle against racial injustice and struggle for black rights.
In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa; race-riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers struck a wonderfully defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice world-wide. With Caribbean flair, fearless spirit and a thumping reggae beat, they hijacked the genteel game of the privileged elite and replayed it on their own terms. By dominating at the highest level – longer than any team in the history of sport – their symbolic declaration was clear: people of colour will not be dictated to – on a cricket ground or in any other field of life.
‘Fire in Babylon’ boasts dynamic archive, classic music by the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Gregory Issacs and Burning Spear, and is a story that celebrates the emancipation of a people through the sport of cricket.
The film will open in select markets this May, and a DVD release will follow on Jun 6th. For more info on the project, be sure to check the official site or follow their page on Facebook.
Also, after the jump check out the first part of a similar documentary, Empire Of Cricket….
For those who might need a primer on the sport, or at least the uniforms, click here.
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