When we think about inner-turmoil and rebellion in developing countries, Africa and the Middle East often come to mind, not Jamaica. I mean people honeymoon there, right? But the island nation has had one of the world’s highest murder rates for years, and nation-rocking stories like Christopher “Dudus” Coke’s are more of an effect than a cause. Rewind back to the ‘70s with Better Mus’ Come, and you’ll find yourself treading some of Kingston’s murkiest waters.
Writer and director Storm Saulter set out to capture a time when leaderships and loyalties were even more uncertain than today, while introducing a relatable protagonist unsure of his own purpose amidst all the violence and corruption. It all culminates in a crisp visual that mirrors Belly in cinematography, but looks to exceed it in character development and raw emotion.
Better Mus’ Come drops in the U.S. in April. Please, people, how about we bypass the Scream 4 for a weekend and get educated?