Film Chronicling Development of Reggae Music to be screened in New York

NEW YORK – ‘Made In Jamaica’, a feature film chronicling the development of reggae music, will enjoy special billing during the 16th annual African Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF), in New York from November 28 to December 16.

The 108-minute feature, which was shot in Jamaica and France by filmmaker Jerome Laperouz, explores reggae’s powerful path to worldwide recognition.

“Made in Jamaica is a powerful portrait of the leaders of Jamaican music that explores how reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon. Reggae is Jamaica’s blues, a music of both desperation and hope,” noted Co-Director of the ADFF, Diarah N’Daw-Spech.

Featured are reggae giants such as Grammy Award winner Toots Hibbert, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer, the Third World Band, Shia and Cat Coore, Beres Hammond, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Alaine Laughton, Tanya Stephens, Bounty Killer, Blessed, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Joseph Current, Vybz Kartel, Brick And Lace, Dr. Marshall, Capleton, Koolant, Left Side & Esco, among others.

The film traces the story of how a small island nation in the Caribbean, with a population of less than three million people, took its human experience and turned it into songs full of emotion that resonate around the world.

Never before has a single feature film presented the leaders of the reggae music genre with the intensity that ‘Made In Jamaica’ does, said an ADFF release.

The film will be screened five times over two days exclusively at the Thalia Theatre (Symphony Space), 2537 Broadway, 95th Street, Manhattan. Show dates and times are Sunday, December 14 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and on Tuesday, December 16, at 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

The annual ADFF festival aims to present films about the global black experience and to expose a diverse audience to a movement that continues to enhance the cultural scenario of New York City. A total of 90 films will be shown at six venues this year.

General information on the festival, including special rates for students and groups, is available online at: www.nyadff.com, or telephone: 212-678-7438

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