Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Caribbean Films

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September 22, 2016

Countryman (1982)
Dickie Jobson, Jamaica


Every Caribbean film lover loves this film, which offers a loving, mystical view of Jamaica’s beautiful coastline and lesser-seen country areas. And then there’s the soundtrack โ€“ the Jamaicans did it again โ€“ full of songs by Bob Marley and other reggae icons of the day. As with Rockers and The Harder They Come, Countryman was based a little bit in reality, as the lead actor, known simply as Countryman, played a dramatized version of himself. In the film, his life of solitude as a fisherman is disrupted when he rescues two Americans involved in a plane crash, and has to use his wiles to break free of a plot by scheming politicians.