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Fire in Babylon

The Guardian
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They brought the world to its knees and a nation to its feet

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Director: Stevan Riley
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2010
Runtime: 87 mins

A potent mix of music, politics and sporting prowess, Stevan Riley's exuberant documentary charts the rise of one of the most successful sporting teams in history.
After a series of humiliating defeats in the mid 1970s, the West Indian cricket team underwent an astonishing transformation from 'Calypso Cricketers' to an unbeatable force. Against the back drop of Caribbean civil unrest, apartheid-era South Africa and race riots in the UK, the team found inspiration from the Black Power movement and took their politics directly to the pitch.
Led by the great Clive Lloyd (and later the legendary Viv Richards), the 'Windies' assembled an explosive athletic attack on the pudgy colonial game and... More »

Special Features
  • Facing the West Indie's Attack
  • Revolutionary Bowling - A critic's response
  • Interview with a Rebel - The South African tour
  • A song for Malcolm Marshal
  • bunny Wailer on Bob Marley & Viv Richards

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