by Jodee Brown
A popular Dancehall film, which has already made waves in North America and Europe, will look to make a similar impact in the Caribbean as Trinidad and Tobago prepares to unveil it in the coming days at a popular film festival.
Hit Me With Music, a film featuring many of Dancehall’s pioneers, will be featured at the annual WeBeat Festival, which will take place between June 2 and June 7 in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, the film hails as a part of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival as well as the BPTT Community Cinergy series of film screenings.
Directed by Spanish filmmaker, Miquel Galofre, Hit Me With Music features a plethora of elite Dancehall acts credited with making the genre a global phenomenon while highlighting elements of Jamaica’s music that form an integral part of the island’s nightlife.
Additionally, the Dancehall documentary, which was originally screened last year, takes notice of many controversial trends that have greatly impacted Jamaican culture including skin bleaching, feuds between prominent Dancehall acts as well as the ‘Daggering’ dance which became popular between 2007 and 2009.
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall acts that feature in the film include Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, pioneering deejay, Yellow Man and late great dancing sensation, Bogle.
Hit Me With Music has been screened at North American and European film festivals to positive responses. However, it remains unknown when the movie will be screened in Jamaica.
This isn’t the first documentary featuring Jamaicans for Galofre, as he’s also renowned for the award-winning film,Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast which took an in-depth look into the ‘formula’ that develops Jamaican runners into world class, record-breaking athletes.