INNA DE YARD

FRANCE I 2019 I COLOR I 99 MIN. I FRANCÉS

REVIEW —

 

In the green heights of Kingston, the legends of reggae are about to record an album. More than 30 years after  the peak of their fame, they prepare to tour the world. Inna de Yard, the new documentary by British director Peter Webber, tells the story of these singers who, in addition to embodying a mythical and universal musical genre, make Jamaica’s soul vibrate. The history of reggae is not just about the expression of a musical movement, it is a lifestyle, a culture, a source of national and international pride, a transcendent expression; this is shown by Webber, who is also responsible for Girl with a Pearl Earring and for Earth: One Amazing Day, a BBC documentary. Under the watchful eye of the various protagonists who participated in the renaissance of the Jamaican rhythm, Inna de Yardis an epic film, in which the singers attempt to overcome poverty and misery through music. A documentary that contains echoes of the dark and overwhelming past of Jamaican slavery.

Review by:   Carlos Rodríguez

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DIRECTOR —

Peter Webber | United Kigdom, 1968

He studied film and television production studies, during which he shot his first short film The Zebra Man (1992). Once he graduated, he worked as a film editor. After a couple of films for British television, in 2003 he debuted on the big screen with the drama Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. He recently directed the ecologically themed documentary 10 Billion (2015) and a television miniseries called Tutankhamun (2016), about the discovery of the tomb of the boy king in the 1920s, starring Sam Neill.

Screenplay: Peter Webber
Producer: Laurent Baudens, Laurent Flahault, Gaël Nouaille
Production Company: Borsalino Productions, Wag Prod, Wagram Films, Charades, Valdés
Cinematography: Bernard Benant
Edition: Giles Gardner
Music:
Sound: Delroy Johnson
Cast: Ken Boothe, Derajah, Kiddus I.