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Reel Roots: Babymother – 35mm (15)

18 June

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Anita is a young mother struggling to raise two children with the help of her mother Edith, on a rundown estate in London. Anita nurses dreams of becoming a singer but finds opposition from her children's father, Byron.

Babymother is widely considered to be the first truly Black British musical. Grounded in the vibrant, raw energy of the Black dancehall scene at the heart of late-1990s Harlesden, the hard core of British reggae, it’s an authentic portrayal of the era’s youth culture.

Stylish, self-confident, aspirational, entrepreneurial and replete with attitude, these ragga singers and ragga girls express themselves freely through their music, distinctive sense of style and dramatic fashions.

Screening in 35mm

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  • Director Julian Henriques
  • Cast Anjela Lauren Smith, Wil Johnson, Caroline Chikezie
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 1998
  • Running Time 1h22m
  • Language 15
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