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FIRE IN BABYLON

Year: 2010
UK: Revolver Entertainment
Cast: Sir Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Colin Croft, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Ian Botham, Jeffrey Dujon, Malcolm Marshall, Desmond Hayes, Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs
Director: Stevan Riley
Country: UK
UK: 86 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate language and discriminatory terms
UK Release Date: 20 May 2011 (Limited Release)


Synopsis

"They brought the world to its knees, and a nation to its feet."

Cricketing legends Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Joel Garner & Colin Croft will bring all of the passion and drama of the West Indies golden years to the Kia Oval cricket ground on Monday May 9, when they discuss their big-screen extravaganza FIRE IN BABYLON.

FIRE IN BABYLON was created by the award-winning team behind the acclaimed 2006 smash, The Last King of Scotland. Charting the glorious supremacy of the West Indies cricket team throughout the late ‘70s and ‘80s FIRE IN BABYLON proves the bat and ball were more effective than gunfire in the battle against racial injustice and struggle for black rights.

In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa; race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers struck a wonderfully defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice world-wide. Told from a West Indian perspective, in their own words, this documentary celebrates the emancipation of a people through sport, whilst painting a fascinating picture of this extraordinary era of sporting dominance and its roots in politics, pride, anti-colonial fury and music.

With Caribbean flair, fearless spirit and a thumping reggae beat, they hijacked the genteel game of the privileged elite and replayed it on their own terms.










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