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Voice Magazine No. 7 : Kingston through Afflicted Eyes

The pictures below are from Millennium Countdown 9, a large annual event thrown in Nassau, Bahamas by my longtime friend Josef Bogdanovich. Every year he does this show; rain or shine, war or peacetime, he’s there for the last NINE years. This time around the main headliner was Vybs Kartel who as you can see below, actually made it to the event despite missing two planes, and, as Joe put it: “…setting new trends in time management.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hard to believe its been ten years since I started stealing Internet from the Post-graduate department at UWI, but there you have it. Not bad, I think, for a website that was never designed to do anything but make noise and give me and my friends something to laugh at.

That said, it hasn’t been all fun and games, especially when that PJ picture made its way around Jamaica and strange cars started showing up outside my dorm. So, what can I say to everyone who has supported me, hired me, published me and called me ‘Afflicted’ in public except – thanks.

To those who fought me, tried to shut me down, called the cops on me, and took off when things got a little too hot – thanks to you too for making the journey all the more interesting, but you can all suck it. 🙂

PDR – The Afflicted Yard (est. Oct.27, 1999)

http://www.afflictedyard.com/brooklyn_september.htm

…and wash people’s clothes, just to live here?

Saw a very interesting article about this film and decided to check it out. Glad I did.

This one is still strictly word-of-mouth…but for those of you wondering if Jamaican TV  landscape had already dried out into an abominable wasteland of shit,  here’s a couple small murmurs from the underbelly.

– The Last Don, KOTE Part II (interview) : Active Voice
– The Last Don Screening (review): Eve Mann

How great would it be to throw a piano out a tall building?

This is probably the most violent non-documentary film I have ever seen.

Directed by French Director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Johnny Mad Dog is an ultra-realistic portrayal of the gruesome life experienced by child soldiers during the Liberian civil wars (although the identity of the country is not made explicit in the film). While the story itself is based on a fictional novel of the same name by Emmanuel Dongala, many of the the actors in the film are actually former child soldiers who witnessed and committed some of the worst atrocities.

To me, Johnny Mad Dog was the long awaited answer to Fernando Meirelles’ City of God which set the bar very high in 2002. The cinematography is first class, and the acting seems anything but fictional, particularly the conflict scenes which draw those who can stomach it into a hyper-psychotic, coked-up nightmare.

Despite its strong themes, Johnny Mad Dog was initially heralded by the Liberian Information Minister Lawrence Bropleh as a film that would put Liberia on the map as a hub for movie making and even as boost for tourism. But on 25 June 2009, the film was banned in Liberia. When questioned about the decision to ban the film, Minister Bropleh said:

“…This movie is not allowed to be shown in public places. You can play it in your private residence but cannot display this movie publicly. We believe that at this point in time, we need not have the remembrance of our conflictual circumstances. And so while we agreed that Liberia be used as a place to film the movie, that you can now come to Liberia to film your movie…the movie is an excellent movie. Excellent acting on the part of the actors. But it is a movie that we agreed upon from day one when we got the scripts that Liberia will not be a distribution point. There was only one of the CDs that we understand came to Liberia. The French ambassador, myself, the Foreign Minister and few others watched the movie. We said excellent acting, not for Liberia.”

How’s that for some well-deserved hype?

Looks even better than Nanuet! Read more about it HERE.

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