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19 October 2022 - 19 October 2022

5:00PM - 6:00PM


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Musician Jimmy Cliff brings charisma and a knockout soundtrack to Perry Henzell’s classic crime drama The Harder They Come which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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The Harder They Come

Credited with introducing reggae and the roots movement to the world as a serious cultural proposition, join the BFI and Dr. Kenny Monrose for a Black History Month discussion on how the sights and sounds of the underbelly of Jamaican ghetto life went on to transform British culture.

Participants will be invited to contribute their thoughts, questions and experiences while we consider the film’s key messages and impacts, touching on the post-Windrush generation, music and film, independence and identity.

Playing a pivotal role in his growing up, Dr Kenny Monrose professes he still watches the film numerous times every year! His interests lie in the areas of criminal justice, race and the impact of Afro-descendent music in and around the Black Atlantic.

Dr Kenny Monrose is lead researcher on the Black British Voices Project and author of Black men in Britain: an ethnographic portrait of the post-Windrush generation. He is an affiliate at The Centre for Screen & Film and a member of Centre for the study of Global Human Movement at the University of Cambridge.