I saw the film last year, and also reviewed it on S&A, and it’s recommended for you folks up north; so give it a look when it makes its Canadian premiere in less than a month.
Call it a history lesson, but an entertaining one, a fusion documentary, which includes dance, live performances, archive footage and comedy sketches that were improvised; a 90-minute trip down memory lane, Menelik Shabazz’s The Story Of Lovers Rock plays like a love letter to a style of music, the era in which it was born, those who were responsible for its creation, and those who embraced it, ensuring its longevity.
Details of its Canadian premiere follow below (full trailer underneath):
TORONTO – The 7th CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase opens on Wednesday September 5, 2012, with a Gala Launch and the Canadian Premiere of the internationally celebrated Black British music documentary, The Story of Lover’s Rock.
The event kicks off with a reception at Harbourfront’s Lakeshore Terrace, sponsored by the Toronto Consulate of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, and featuring a live performance by Kobo Town a young “ole time kaiso” band led by Trinidadian Drew Gonzalez.
The Story of Lover’s Rock has already screened to sold out audiences in Great Britain, as well as to full houses at New York’s African Diaspora International Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and earlier this year at the 3rd annual CaribbeanTales in Barbados.
The film’s director, Barbadian-born Menelik Shabazz, was raised in London and began his filmmaking career during the tumultous 70’s. His break-through first feature, “Burning An Illusion”, now a classic of Black British cinema, traces the political awakening of a young Jamaican woman in the racially charged environment of Britain at the time.