The original "midnight movie!" Billed as "Jamaica's very first feature-length film," THE HARDER THEY COME introduced world audiences to Jamaican music, one year before Bob Marley and the Wailers' debut album would become an international smash. Pop star Jimmy Cliff plays Ivan, a rural Jamaican musician who journeys to Kingston in search of fame and fortune as a reggae singer. Pushed to desperate circumstances by shady record producers, he instead starts selling ganja, achieving notoriety after he shoots and kills a corrupt cop-becoming public enemy number one at the same time that his single starts climbing the charts.
DIR/SCR/PROD Perry Henzell; SCR Trevor D. Rhone. Jamaica, 1973, color, 103 min, DCP. RATED R
AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD @7:20pm