Join the East End Film Festival on Tuesday 9th July for the UK Premiere of the phenomenal Songs of Redemption, which recounts the power of music to reform the lives of prisoners in a Kingston jail; followed by a free party in the RichMix bar with music from Steve Bedlam and Ben Millar.
An ex-holding area for African slaves, an almost uninhabitable jail in Kingston is the home of some of Jamaica’s most serious violent offenders. This “reality of unimaginable consequence” is made more profound by its transformation into a place of creative healing, as the superintendent and local activists work to help prisoners find new beginnings through education, and often music. A moving portrait of the potential for rebirth in the worst circumstances; where prisoners repent for their crimes when they rediscover their pride, and in one very clear moment, move from darkness into light.
The East End Film Festival, in association with Nice Time Productions and The Irregular Film Club, are proud to announce a fantastic DJ line up for the Songs of Redemption after party. Steve Bedlam and Ben Millar will bring their knowledge of all things reggae, dub and dancehall to help celebrate the occasion, with their decades worth of experience and quality sounds guaranteed to set the room alight.
The Songs of Redemption party will take place in the downstairs bar at Rich Mix directly after the screening. Beginning at 8pm, this event is free to attend.
Steve Bedlam has been tearing up dancehalls across the world for years with his mighty sound system. His killer tracks and incredible control of sound are sure to get you rocking, and Steve also works with Fairtunes, a music and radio charity that helps people from disadvantaged communities around the world and UK develop self esteem and build confidence through creative endeavours.
Ben Millar was long a part of Chiba City Sound System, who were a fixture on the free party scene. As well as organising his own events, he has DJ’ed at concerts from the likes of Aswad, Steel Pulse and Gary Clail, as well as on the On U Sound System.