Inaugural Reggae Film Festival impressive

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By: Joseph Cunningham

logo_reggaefilmfestival.jpgThe first-ever Reggae Film Festival was launched with the showing of three films at Emancipation Park.

Appropriately, the Film Festival opened with the screening of a
documentary about one of Jamaica's legendary musicians, entitled "The
Legacy of Rico Rodriques," by director Jep Jorba from Spain. Among the other flicks was the German feature film on Jamaica, "Almost Heaven," directed by Ed Herzog and featuring a number of Jamaican actors, including Carl Bradshaw, who was in attendance and Oliver Samuels. The final one was the Wayne Jobson-produced Stepping Razor documentary on reggae icon Peter Tosh.

In response to the question of why he chose to feature Peter Tosh, Jobson said, "I was lucky enough to meet Peter, Bob and Bunny – the Wailers - back in the 1970s. And of the three of them, it was Peter who most impressed me with his brilliant intellect and his brilliant mind and also sense of humour.

"And in the early 1990s when I realised that the whole world was only focusing on Bob Marley and everybody had forgotten about Peter, I decided to put together this film so the world could understand the mind of this great poet."

Carl Bradshaw also expressed pleasure in the standard of the films that were featured and noted that it "will grow from strength to strength."

"This film festival is of a difference. This is not the first film festival to be held in Jamaica, but one of this nature, a reggae film festival with the kind of films being shown, really presents a different perspective to the culture."