Rockers (Ted Bafaloukos, 1978)

Sunday 26 September 2021, movie night: Rockers (Ted Bafaloukos, 1978). 100 minutes. Free admission. Doors open at 20:00, Film starts at 20:30

Horsemouth, a drummer living in a ghetto of Kingston, plans to make money selling records. After his prized motorcycle is stolen, his plans fall through and he’s forced to adapt.
Theodoros Bafaloukos’ 1978 film “Rockers” is arguably one of the most authentic and of-the-moment pieces of cinema made in Jamaica during the halcyon days of reggae. When the film screened at Cannes on the same night as Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” a crowd of thousands bum-rushed the theater to the point where the riot police had to be called in. A review in Le Monde read: “‘Rockers’ is not a film, it is a work of art. So good it is difficult to believe, yet it is real.”
A native of Andros, Greece, Ted first traveled to Jamaica in 1975 as a freelance photographer and got arrested when he was mistaken for a CIA spy. Shortly after, he moved to the island and lived with the musicians, including his friend Augustus Pablo, who he would eventually cast for “Rockers.” The film’s stars were basically on the frontlines of reggae during a peak moment in the history of the music. “Rockers” is considered a canonical archive of the grass roots of reggae.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to screen a movie, let us know: joe [at] lists [dot] squat [dot] net

The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972)

Sunday 9 May 2010, Movie night: The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, Jamaica, 1972) – May’s theme of the Joe’s Garage film nights: OUTLAWS

Today a portrait of a Jamaican reggae outlaw. The Harder They Come, cult film from Perry Henzell, realized in 1972, starring music legend Jimmy Cliff, who plays Ivan O. Martin, a character inspired by a legendary 1950s Jamaican outlaw named Ivanhoe Martin, better known as Rhygin. Famous for its groovy soundtrack, the film is certainly no musical. It’s an unvarnished snapshot of life in post colonial Jamaica, religion, corruption, marijuana, misery. Henzell: “I consider myself a real filmmaker the way Ken Loach or Cassevettes is.”

Starting at 20:00. Free entrance