The African Diaspora Film Series begins Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. in Lecture Center 100 with the campus screening of the film, Better Mus’ Come, and discussion with acclaimed film director Storm Saulter. The event is free and open to the public.
Better Mus’ Come is a coming of age drama set in Jamaica’s turbulent 1970s, against the backdrop of the Cold War, a national water crisis, an energy crisis, corruption, and numerous murder scandals that gave birth to the polarized violence gripping the streets of Kingston both then and now.
After months of incarceration as a suspected political agitator, Ricky is released. Haunted by the tragic death of his devoted young wife and paralyzed by conflicting feelings of guilt and loyalty to his political tribe, he tries to navigate his way through the minefields created by the constant social upheaval that seems to be ubiquitous in his community, while providing a better life for his 5-year-old son.
At his homecoming party, Ricky meets Kemala, a book smart country girl, who lives in the opposing neighborhood, enemy territory. In many ways they are opposites, but what starts as antagonism quickly turns into burning passion.
Kemala encourages Ricky to convince his old friends in the community to adopt a more passive approach. To defy the status quo of confrontation, this leads to the inevitable cycle of violence. The big question is, can Ricky and his crew beat the odds and ensure that Better Mus’ Come?” ( Excerpted from http://www.affrm.com/bmc-press/better-mus-come-production-notes/)
About the Filmmaker
Saulter is a visual artist and filmmaker. Born in Negril, Jamaica, he received formal film training at The Los Angeles Film School graduating in 2001 with a focus in Cinematography and Editing. His commercial clients include companies such as: ROOTS Canada, Red Bull, Nestle, Red Stripe Beer, Atlantic Records, Warner Music Canada, Sandals Resorts International, Martha Stewart, and The Hilton. His images have appeared in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and Trace magazine. Saulter has also directed several music videos for popular Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall artists.
Critics have recognized his award winning film Better Mus’ Come as heralding a new movement of independent filmmaking throughout the Caribbean. Saulter is the co-founder of New Caribbean Cinema (www.newcaribbeancineam.com), a pioneering effort to showcase the next generation of talented Caribbean filmmakers through the use of “communal filmmaking” as a means of creating world-class documentary and narrative works. He recently produced New Caribbean Cinema’s RING DI ALARM! alongside co-founder Michelle Serieux.
Saulter received the 2011 Jamaica Gleaner Honour Award for his work in developing Jamaica’s Film Industry. The Jamaica Observer has named him one of his country’s most influential people, and in 2012 he was identified by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica as one of the 50 Under Fifty business leaders shaping Jamaica’s future.