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Land of Look Behind
Land of Look Behind
Actors: Gregory Isaacs, Louis Lepke, Mutabaruka
Director: Alan Greenberg
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Cult Movies, Documentary
NR     2007     1hr 30min

The lush sensuality of Jamaica the Rastafarian faith and the mystical fervor of reggae are the subjects of this impressionistic documentary/fantasy. Director Greenberg journeys into the hearts and minds of the island peopl...  more »


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Actors: Gregory Isaacs, Louis Lepke, Mutabaruka
Director: Alan Greenberg
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Cult Movies, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Other Music, Subversive Cinema, Documentary
Studio: Subversive Cinema
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/30/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

(5 out of 5 stars)

"Growing up in a culture where the names Bob Marley and rastafaria typically represent only Popstardom and illegal ganja use, I went into viewing this movie expecting to see, once again, that portayal. I came out refreshed, with a different and more far-reaching understanding of the Rastafarian culture and the essence of Marley's music. To view LAND OF LOOK BEHIND is to peer into the depths of Look Behind's (Jamaica's) interior, to bypass the facades of tourism and pop, to see a people, their history, their prospects of a future. The message, wisdom and influence of Marley's music has never been so profoundly captured on film as it has in LAND OF LOOK BEHIND. It is a must for any Marley fan, as well as anyone at all interested in filmed documentaries. Indeed, it is a gem among stones."
An undiscovered masterwork that redefines documentary film
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This feature film, made for $9200 (including kidnapping ransom paid to the crew's Castro-backed captors), is the finest non-fiction film to be found on the subject of Rastafarianism and reggae, and a monument in the history of documentary filmmaking. First-time director Alan Greenberg, a Werner Herzog protege, has invented an amalgam of dramatic and field technique with breathtaking results--the master documentarian Herzog, in fact, has called "Land of Look Behind" the documentary film that has influenced him more than any other over the last 20 years. The images and characters are unforgettable, the reggae performances by Gregory Issaacs and Lui Lepki genuinely hypnotic, the original non-reggae scoring sublime. Winner of the Chicago International Film Festival's Gold Hugo Award. An essential film for any serious filmgoer, filmmaker, musician, musicologist and anthropologist, as well as for fans of reggae and pop culture. Do not miss this film."
Excellent film,
Mr. Peter Gittins | 09/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a great film this is, one of my favourite reggae related films, but if it's reggae your after then this isn't a documentary about reggae, it's basically a view of local people in JA, giving interviews with local rastas and some special interviews with Mutabaruka + Gregory Isaacs. A really spiritual film, a meditation.
Nice one Ryko for re-releasing this one......"
Mr. Peter Gittins | 01/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An excellent documentary style film, starts off in an area in Jamaica called "Look Behind" and "Cockpit" basically Jamaica's countryside/jungle, interviews the locals there who seem to be mainly rastafarian, gives a great insight into the local culture and how much of an influence Bob Marley has had upon them. Then moves onto the city and interviews Gregory Isaacs in his office, then u get to see him perform, wicked act. Some great scenes of Bob Marleys funeral showing the huge amount of people that turned out that day. Lui Lepke performs to the huge crowd a great song dedicated to Bob Marley.
A Must have film for any collector of JA/Carribean film, or any Reggae collectors, a real gem capturing the spirit of the times on film."