Monday, November 30, 2009

Ras Kassa's new drama gets UK premiere at BFM's film club......

Jamaican film maker Ras Kassa who is well known for his high quality music videos in Jamaica has been busy filming a feature length drama in Trinidad for the past several months as part of MTV's Staying Alive campaign in Trinidad+Tobago, the new drama titled 'Tribes' will get it's UK premiere at the BFM film club next week.
The screening will take place at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall (just off Trafalgar Square) 4pm, Sunday 6th December 2009

Tickets: £8 non-members / £7 concession / £6 members

Book: 0207 930 3647 or online at

By Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus

By Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 176

BFM: or contact Film Club Co-ordinator Nadia Denton at


"Set in Trinidad and Tobago, Tribes takes viewers on a rollercoaster of love, life and lessons learned. Centred around Jamahl, an undefeated stick-fighter and popular radio DJ, he finds that an unexpected twist in his personal life threatens to destroy everything. With support from his best friend and family, Jamahl realises it’s not how hard you fall, but how you get up that counts.

Tribes is the feature length directoral debut from Ras Kassa ‘The Guru’, one of Jamaica’s most talented filmmakers. Famed for Damian Marley's Welcome to Jamrock video, to date Kassa has directed over 100 music videos, many of which have been Marley family projects. His short feature Not To Me was screened as part if the recent 11th bfm International Film Festival."
Screening will be followed by a Q & A with Producers Yasmin Sammelin and Cathy Phiri from MTV’s social responsibility department.

About the MTV Staying Alive Campaign
Since it launched in 1998, MTV’s award winning Staying Alive campaign has become the world’s largest, youth focused, HIV and AIDS prevention campaign. The multi-media campaign consists of documentaries, public service announcements, youth forums and web content produced for young audiences worldwide and available to third party broadcasters rights-free.

The success of Staying Alive is owing to its retained set of core beliefs and values – that change lies in the hands of young people. If the dynamics of the HIV epidemic are really to alter, then it is imperative that this generation be informed and empowered.

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