Join us for a screening of a new digital restoration of "Babylon" (UK/Italy, 1980, 95 min.) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, co-presented with Boston Hassle and Roxbury International Film Festival.
Franco Rosso’s incendiary "Babylon" had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension” (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). 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 and lovers rock soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.
University Members and Pozen Community College Access Program student participants can purchase $5 same-day tickets in person for regularly priced screenings. Valid student ID required, limit of one ticket per ID.