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1972, International Films, 120 min, Jamaica, Dir: Perry Henzell

The world’s first contact with Jamaica and reggae music, before Bob Marley broke big and England fell in love with the sound. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan, a country boy who travels to the big city with dreams of recording a song. Turning to a life of crime in desperation, Ivan does achieve his dream of being famous when he becomes Jamaica's most wanted man - and his song becomes a big hit. Director Perry Henzell’s masterpiece uses this odyssey as the basis for a forceful study of corruption of all kinds, all set to a fantastic soundtrack, feeling at times like a musical TAXI DRIVER. Originally released by Roger Corman, THE HARDER THEY COME became a midnight movie sensation and inspired The Clash’s "The Guns of Brixton."

2006, IFM, 95 min, USA/Jamaica, Dir: Perry Henzell

Following the success of THE HARDER THEY COME, Perry Henzell directed part two of his Jamaican trilogy, which follows New York producer Susan as she ventures into the Jamaican countryside (reversing the country-to-city trajectory of the first film) in search of a runaway actress. After working on the film throughout the 1970s, Henzell discovered that the footage had been lost; fortunately, it was found 30 years later, and now Henzell's follow-up to his breakthrough classic can be seen on the big screen! With music by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals and Peter Tosh and introducing Grace Jones and P.J. Soles.

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