Rebel Dread

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Title: Rebel Dread
Director William E. Badgley
Year: 2020
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 87 min
Language: English
Subtitles: no subtitles
Extra: Shelly Belly Inna Real Life (2020, ’24, Cecilia Bengolea)
Available: Friday April 16, 2021, at 7pm (until Sunday April 18, 2021, at 7pm), in the Netherlands only
Tickets: €7,50 via (pre-order now!)


Synopsis Rebel Dread
Rebel Dread (2020, 87’) is a fascinating documentary about Don Letts, the British-Jamaican music and film producer who played an often overlooked pacemaker in pop history. Letts injected black music into the early punk scene and made more than 300 video clips. His clients included Public Image Ltd. and Bob Marley, but also the roguish children’s band Musical Youth with their reggae hit ‘Pass The Dutchie’. In addition to his long relationship with The Clash, the constant in Letts’s eventful career as a DJ, manager, film director, musician and radio producer has been that he has continuously drawn attention to racial issues from the 1970s to the present day, including through his BBC 6 radio show, Culture Clash Radio. As a young man, the charismatic and smart Letts switched effortlessly between soul, reggae and the virulent guitar rock of the first punk bands. Inspired by Jimmy Cliff’s movie The Harder They Come (1972), he started filming his friends with a Super8 camera and soon became a director of music videos and later documentaries. His film Dancehall Queen (1997) broke all records in his ancestral country, Jamaica.

Synopsis Shelly Belly inna Real Life
When renting this film, you will also get access to Shelly Belly inna Real Life, a short film recorded in Jamaica from 2015 and 2019. The production is a collaboration between Argentinian artist and choreographer Cecilia Bengolea and the dancehall communities of Kingston and Bog Walk. The film explores the influences of culture and nature within the art community on the Caribbean island. It follows the language of dancehall, told through music and movement, from the intricate rhythms of the forest landscapes to the choreography and dance steps of the people whose passion it follows. Shelly Belly inna Real Life provides a unique glimpse into the lives of Jamaican dancers whose vitality and influence has shaped a view of movement and life that extends well beyond its Jamaican founders. Featuring Major Mission, Erika Miyauchi, Kissy McKoy, Craig, Nick, Jay, Shaky and Prince Blackeagle, Shelly Belly, Overload Skankaz Oshane, Overload Skankaz Teroy, Giddy Elite Team, Alii and Lee Twinstarzz, Shanky, Winkyy and Larry Equanoxx.

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