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The 11th edition of the D.C. Caribbean Filmfest is stocked with more great jams than a steel pan orchestra. Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, Rise Up, and The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee “Scratch” Perry groove to Jamaica’s gift to the world, and each is a must-see for lovers of Jah-Jah music. The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn profiles how a street ensemble fueled by voodoo, politics, and percussion fits into a New York City borough. If great music is one Caribbean characteristic, volatile politics is another: ’70: Remembering a Revolution surveys Trinidad and Tobago’s Black Power uprising, and Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work chronicles the Martinique-born psychiatrist who helped Algerians revolt against French colonialism. Two dramas and three more docs up the film count to 11, each one as essential as reggae’s one-drop rhythm.
The D.C. Caribbean Filmfest runs through June 6 at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $11 per film.