Every Thursday in July, At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean will present a selection of videos and films that challenge conventional notions of the region through images and stories inspired by the cultural, social, and political complexities of the Caribbean. This evening, the program will be introduced by Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor of English, University of Miami, and PAMM will screen A Natural History 5 Sequence 2 (2014) by Oneika Russell and Rockers (1978) directed by Theodoros Bafaloukos.
A Natural History 5 Sequence 2 (2014)
Oneika Russell (Jamaica). Digital color video. 5 min.
A Natural History is a series of short video animations that presents a contemporary perspective on Jamaican culture and its diaspora. Oneika Russell, a young Jamaican artist, draws from art history and literature to create digital animations rooted in Jamaica’s colonial past and pop culture. For example, in one of the videos the figure of a man is situated against a green landscape and his appearance is constantly being modified through clashing references, almost like a collage, while in another video, Snow White interacts with an eclectic dancing figure.
Rockers (1978) (Jamaica)
Directed by Theodoros Bafaloukos. 100 min.
With a significant amount of its actors being real life popular reggae artists, Rockers is a Jamaican film, that along with The Harder They Come (1972), introduced reggae music to the world. The movie tells the story of Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, a drummer living in a ghetto of Kingston, who decides to make extra money by selling and distributing records to help his fellow musicians, but is confronted by local gangsters. Starting with a subtle reference to the film The Bicycle Thief (1949) by Vittorio de Sica, Rockers is known for a Robin Hood narrative with a reggae style.