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Grace Jones

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival.** Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the **Washington DC Filmfest.** *"If you want a rock-n-roll, sexy, feel-good, empowering film, pull up to the theater in your most audacious outfit and get ready for the Grace Jones experience." - [...]
Online
2019; 2017
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I Am Bolt

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Documentary on the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt. With archive footage of his youth in Jamaica. Will reveal the man and define the legacy of this incredible athlete.
DVD
2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Caribbean With Simon Reeve: Part 3 [electronic resource]

Simon Reeve begins this final episode the remote Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, a country facing monumental change with the construction of a new transoceanic waterway set to rival the Panama Canal. Reeve then travels to the Honduran island of Roatán, a haven for marine life and tourists - as well as for people fleeing unimaginable violence on mainland Honduras. He ends his Caribbean journey on the iconic island of Jamaica, discovering a country confronting its violent reputation head-on as its police force cracks down on corruption. He spends time with young people who have rejected gang life and who offer a model of hope for future generations.
Online
2015
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Holding on to Jah [electronic resource]: Roots Reggae Music and the Rastafarian Movement

Holding on to Jah is a film about the history and culture of Reggae music and the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica, as told by Reggae musicians and historians. The Rastafarians share personal stories of the merging of the Rasta ideology with music that combined island and African rhythms, and how songs from people like Bob Marley, The Congos, Israel Vibration, Culture, and others, have brought forth a positive message. The film takes viewers on a journey to the heart of the Rasta movement and shows us how a message of salvation and redemption was born.
Online
2015; 2011
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The Abominable Crime

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Explored is the religious-based culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives. Included are personal accounts from Jamaica's leading human-rights activist, Maurice Tomlinson, and a lesbian single mother who survived a brutal anti-gay shooting. Offered is an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Marley

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Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens

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"Bad Friday focuses on a community of Rastafarians in western Jamaica who annually commemorate the 1963 Coral Gardens 'incident,' a moment just after independence when the Jamaican government rounded up, jailed and tortured hundreds of Rastafarians. It chronicles the history of violence in Jamaica through the eyes of its most iconic community, and shows how people use their recollections of past traumas to imagine new possibilities for a collective future."--Container.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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A heartwarming comedy about a woman who resists falling in love with a 20-year-old man, until her best friend urges her to rediscover herself and get in the groove.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

Jamaica for Sale

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Jamaica for sale counters the dominant view that tourism is the savior of the Jamaican people. Lively and hard hitting, with powerful voices, arresting visuals and iconic music, Jamaica for sale documents the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of unsustainable tourism development. As Jamaica is irreversibly transformed by massive hotel and luxury condominium development, Jamaica for sale both documents this transformation and tries to turn the tide.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Miss Lou: Then and Now

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Louise Bennett-Covelly, a Jamaican icon, is an ebullient performer, folklorist, playwright and poet. She has spent her life furthering Jamaican language, raising the patois dialect to an art level. This short portrait of "Miss Lou"goes back and forth between her later years in Canada and her early days in Jamaica, then a British colony. With a wink, she tosses off the cultural condescension experienced by Jamaicans from their colonizers. What makes the English language superior to the language of her native island, she asks. Singing and a shrugging her shoulders, she asserts the vitality and relevance of Jamaican culture before a Caribbean audience in Canada, whose hearts she has clearly touched. Her words in patois may not always be clear to an English-speaking audience, but her mea [...]
Online
2009
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Die Reise des Löwen: The Journey of the Lion

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Brother Howie (Howard A. Trott), is a Jamaican Rastafari who feels disconnected from his ancestral birthplace of Africa. Following his need to find connection with his roots, Brother Howie returns to his homeland, travelling first through England, then to the Northern coast of Africa, and eventually to Ghana, making observations and unexpected discoveries along the way. As a follow-up to the director's earlier 1983 film, "So frei wie der Löwe [As free as the lion]", this docudrama represents an ongoing effort by the director to present questions of place and identity via the lives and beliefs of a Jamaican family.
DVD
2008; 1992
Clemons (Stacks)
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Shottas

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This is an unapologetic raw urban drama about two friends raised on the dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Biggs and Wayne take on the "shotta" (Jamaican term for gangster) way of life to survive. As young boys, they begin a ruthless climb from the bottom to the glittering top of a criminal enterprise in a Miami filled with fast cars and gorgeous women. The two men remain fiercely bound by their shottas loyalty as they aggressively take control of the Jamaican underworld.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

Ms Dynamite--in Search of Nanny Maroon

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Ms Dynamite travels to Jamaica to research Nanny of the Maroons who was the leader of the freedom fighters to victory over the British.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

Rent a Rasta

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This documentary explores the Rastafari movement in Jamaica, examining the roots of the movement and showing the economic hardships that currently plague poor blacks in Jamaica, causing some to turn to the sex trade.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Capital of Earth: The Maroons of Moore Town

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A historical documentary, filmed in Jamaica, which focuses on the Maroons, direct descendants of escaped African slaves who formed rebel communities in the Blue Mountains. Illustrates the traditional culture and the threats of urban social forces and economic pressures.
DVD
2006; 1979
Clemons (Stacks)
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Made in Jamaica

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A musical documentary that presents an overview of the reggae music movement past and present, from the crime and violence of the ghetto to political responsibility, showcasing performances and interviews with such artists as Capleton, Elephant Man, Bunny Wailer, Toots & the Maytals, Bounty Killer, Gregory Isaacs, Tanya Stephens, Beres Hammond, Third World, Lady Saw, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, Joseph Current, Vybz Kartel, Shiah Coore, Koolant, Alaine, Doc Marshall, Brick & Lace, Blessed and Bogle.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Treasures of Black Cinema: Volume 1

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The devil's daughter: Isabelle Walton returns to claim her late father's Jamaican plantation. She encounters voodoo and and a jealous half-sister in the process. Comic relief is provided by Hamtree Harrington who thinks his soul has been put into the body of a pig.; Gang war: Classic battle between two gangs for control of the juke box machines in Harlem.; The bronze buckaroo: Bob Blake and his boys arrive at Joe Jackson's ranch to find him missing. While Slim cheats Dusty out of his money using ventriloquism and marked cards, Blake tries to find Jackson. Learning that Thorne and his gang are holding him prisoner, he and his men trail them. When Thorne's gang gets the drop on them, Slim puts his ventriloquism to work.; Up in the air: A radio singer is murdered while singing on the ai [...]
DVD
2005; 1938
Clemons (Stacks)
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Rockers

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Offers a funny, complex picture of life among poor Jamaican Rastafarians, including cogent commentary about the music business. A raggae celebration woven into a comedy about Rastafarian drummer Wallace's efforts to crack open the Jamaican music establishment backed by the expansive rhythm of reggae.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Life and Debt

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Jamaica became an independent country from Great Britain in 1962. It is the land of sea, sand and sun ... but it is also a prime example of the complexities of economic globalization on the world's developing countries. Effectively portrays the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of international lending agencies while driving home the devasting consequences of globalization.
VHS
2003; 2001
Ivy (By Request)