This Sunday, the National Gallery of Jamaica will host another digital Last Sunday’s program on their channel on YouTube. The screening of Children of Babylon, which will be made public online at 1:30pm, accompanied by a question and answer YouTube dialogue at 3:45pm with production group member Cheryl Ryman.
A Jamaican-made movie, Children of Babylon is mostly about tragedy, life, and love. It explores Jamaica as a metaphorical Babylon that is not the same old international perceptions of the rastaman, rum, reggae and ganja. It is so much more. The tale follows a cast of characters from a variety of racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
“The vortex is Penny, a young college graduate student; Rick, an artist; Luke, a dreadlocks farmhand; Dorcas, the housekeeper; and Laura, the rich American proprietor of the plantation and great house, which silently represents the proverbial residence divided in opposition to itself,” as stated from the National Gallery.
Children of Babylon was directed by Lennie Little-White, and as the cinematographer, Franklyn ‘Chappie’ St Juste. Among the group are deceased reggae artiste Bob Andy, Tobi Phillips, Don Parchment, Leonie Forbes and Elizabeth De Lisser.
As a special note, there is a parental advisory that states, “This movie consists of specific themes and is not suitable for children under the age of 17.”