The campaign pitted Manley's vision of economic socialism (aligned with Cuba) versus Labor Party's Edward Seaga and his alliance with the United States. The US did not want another communist nation in its backyard, and thus began proxy wars throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with disastrous results for frontline communities.
Other Jamaican movies such as Rockers and Countryman have taken place during this time period, but none have probed the political underpinnings of Jamaica's crime and poverty issues with such raw authority. Expect more coverage as new clips and information about the film becomes available. For now...
From the Jamaica Observer:
THE highly anticipated Jamaican movie, Better Mus' Come — a coming of age drama set in Jamaica's turbulent 1970's, against the backdrop of the Cold War — is scheduled to debut on local cinema screens on October 13.
This movie is a dramatic telling of the Green Bay Massacre, ghetto life and political deception of that time. The first major film written and directed by infamous Storm Saulter, and the producers indicate that it should provide social commentary about the 1970's and the 2010 political atmosphere in Jamaica.
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From the Better Mus' Come Facebook summary:
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.Better Mus' Come Official Trailer: