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Dread Beat and Blood
Vibrant documentary portrait of dub poet and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson, fighting racism with the spoken word on the streets of 1970s Brixton.
Director: Franco Rosso
This vibrant portrait of dub poet and political activist Linton Kwesi Johnson transports us back to the turbulent streets of Brixton in the late 1970s. Jamaican-born Johnson explains with precise and powerful eloquence the violence and racism meted out to Black and Asian communities in London and beyond - and how his poetry acts as a weapon in the struggle for justice.
Dread Beat and Blood, funded by the Arts Council, takes its title from Johnson's 1975 book of poetry and seminal 1978 album, recorded under the moniker Poet and the Roots. Director Franco Rossi revisited South London's sound system culture in his 1980 feature film debut, Babylon.
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Documentary 2018 101 mins Director: Steve Sullivan
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Romance 2018 110 mins Director: Chanya Button
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Biopic 1974 109 mins Director: Werner Herzog
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Comedy 1975 98 mins Director: Walerian Borowczyk
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Drama 1981 131 mins Director: Uli Edel
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Comedy 1983 90 mins Director: Rosa von Praunheim
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Drama 2010 92 mins Director: Michael Rowe
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Comedy 2023 103 mins Director: Christian Petzold
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