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Director – Justin-Paul Williams

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Duration – 6 minutes 7 seconds

Country – Jamaica

Language – English

Year – 2021

SYNOPSIS : The short film “The 1938 Unrest” is based on the labour disturbances which took place in Jamaica in May 1938. These spontaneous labour riots and strikes spread islandwide from the sugarcane fields of Frome, Westmoreland to the wharves at the waterfront of Kingston.

“The 1938 Unrest” perfectly captures the emotions of the protagonist, an extremely angry and highly frustrated labourer. He is determined to create significant change by advocating on behalf of other workers for the improvement of working conditions, increase wages and the removal of colonial oppression. These riots forever changed the landscape of the Jamaican people. It signaled the birth of modern Jamaica with the formation of the BITU and other trade unions.


Official Selection June 2021

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