Franco Rosso’s incendiary BABYLON had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980, but went unreleased in the U.S. for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension.” Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) and shot by Academy-Award winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields), BABYLON is fearless and unsentimental, set to a blistering reggae and rock soundtrack.

1980, UK, 95 minutes, Directed by Franco Rosso
Cast: Brinsley Forde, Karl Howman, Trevor Laird