Babylon, more accurately ‘Mystery Babylon’, is a central theme in reggae music, but what exactly is it? Some people think it’s the police, others say it’s the Vatican, and others say it’s a state of mind – a mental slavery, so to speak. But is ‘Mystery Babylon’ a symbol of something else, or does it actually exist? The signs are all around us that ‘Mystery Babylon’ does indeed exist, and the mass media is its biggest and most successful project.
Reggae music and Rastafari seem to be such a rich vein of stories for filmmakers, yet there have hardly been any mainstream movies about reggae, and even the few well-known films such as Rockers, Countryman, or The Harder They Come were produced in Jamaica rather than Hollywood, and remain cult movies.