“The Roots of Reggae” Film To Screen

September 12, 2012

A documentary film about the golden age of Jamaican music, and a romantic comedy love triangle starring Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt, are the featured films at the ‘Weekend Film Series’ on Sunday, September 16.

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae will screen at 3 p.m., while Your Sister’s Sister will screen at 5.15 p.m.

“Reggae music put Jamaica on the musical map, internationally, but it was slow and soulful rocksteady that developed the buoyant rhythms, prominent base pulse, soulful vocals and socially conscious lyrics that gave reggae its power,” says Weekend Film Series film programmer Duncan Hall. “Often referred to as Jamaica’s golden age of music, the 1966-69 era of rocksteady should be seen in the context of Jamaica’s development as a nation.”

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae trailer:

The film features artists like Stranger Cole, Hopeton Lewis, Leroy Sibbles, Marcia Griffiths, Derrick Morgan, Judy Mowatt, Dawn Penn, U-Roy, Rita Marley, and more. In this film, they reunite in Kingston to record an album of their greatest hits, prepare for a reunion concert, and tell their story. Featuring personal and group reminiscences, interviews, live and in-studio music, and colourful images of contemporary Jamaica, this rich and rewarding music documentary is a treat.

“Your Sister’s Sister is a tender, deeply satisfying romantic comedy by Sundance award-winning director Lynn Shelton, who showcases her extraordinary ability to portray human stories with remarkable humour, sensitivity and warmth,” Mr Hall says.

“With raw, funny and emotional performances from the all-star cast of Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, this delightful film explores the complexities of interpersonal relationships while gently poking fun at the characters’ predicaments.”

In the film, when Jack (Duplass) makes a scene at a memorial party for his late brother Tom, Iris (Blunt, Tom’s ex-girlfriend) offers the family cabin in the Pacific Northwest so that Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. When he arrives, he finds Hannah (Iris’ sister), who is reeling from the end of a seven-year relationship. They bond over a long night, but things get complicated when Iris’ sudden presence at the cabin the next morning sets into motion a twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships.

Your Sisters Sister Trailer:

Tickets, $15, can be purchased in the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 297-7314.  The ‘Weekend Film Series’, sponsored by Gosling’s, is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival director Duncan Hall and the BUEI.

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