2018, Fri, Aug 10

The Story of Lover’s Rock | Jemima & Johnny

D: Menelik Shabazz, GB 2011, HD File, 96 min, OV engl. | D: Lionel Ngakane, GB 1966, 35 mm, b/w, 29 min, OV engl.

The Story of Lovers Rock (film still) | © Promo

The Story of Lovers Rock (film still) | © Promo

Documentary about the eponimous UK reggae style. | Children playfully overcome the racist prejudices of their parents.

The Story of Lover’s Rock
D: Menelik Shabazz, GB 2011, HD File, 96 min, OV engl.

The lyrics are mostly about love, and the dancing is done closely intertwined: Lover’s rock is a sensual reggae style, marked by the music of London’s Caribbean immigrants. The film, composed from interviews, archival images, and fictional scenes, emanates both emotions and political power: Above all the music genre gives Black British women an audible voice.

Jemima & Johnny (film still) | Courtesy Estate of Lionel Ngakane

Jemima & Johnny (film still) | Courtesy Estate of Lionel Ngakane

Jemima & Johnny
D: Lionel Ngakane, GB 1966, 35mm, b/w, 29 min, OV engl.

A boy and a girl go hand in hand investigating their neighborhood. Their different skin colors play no role for them, but they do for the inhabitants of their area of London. A film ignited by the Race Riots of 1958.