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Fire In Babylon review

This rousing doc from director Stevan Riley (Blue Blood) celebrates the all-conquering West Indies cricket teams of the late ’70s and ’80s who, under Clive Lloyd’s leadership, shook off their ‘calypso cricketers’ reputation and became ruthless world-beaters. 

Drawing on interviews with charismatic players and evocative archival footage, the reggae-scored Fire In Babylon is partisan in its approach. 

Yet it powerfully demonstrates how the successes of these sportsmen, in a game associated with white colonial superiority, proved inspirational in the global struggle for black equality. 

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