JM | Aug 5, 2022

OT BINGE | Celebrate Independence with some Jamaican films

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today


Ah yes! It’s finally Friday, which means the weekend is here! But, this is not just any weekend.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must know by now that Jamaica is celebrating its 60th anniversary of Independence tomorrow (August 6).

There will be plenty of celebratory activities this week.

But, just in case you want to stay in, here are some Jamaican films that you can watch to mark the occasion.

One Love

Where to watch: YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV

Genre: Romance/ Drama

Cast: Ky-Mani Marley, Idris Elba, Winston Stona and Cherine Anderson

Synopsis: A gospel singer falls in love with a Rastafarian musician, but her religious father tries to keep them apart.

The Harder They Come

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime Video

Genre: Crime/Drama

Cast: Jimmy Cliff, Winston Stona, Janet Bartley and Carl Bradshaw

Synopsis: Ivanhoe Martin leaves the rural Jamaica and heads to Kingston for work. At first, he struggles to find a job but then he has the idea to write a song called ‘The Harder they Come’. He brings the song to a producer who refuses to pay him, leaving him struggling to make ends meet. While his song tops the music charts, Ivanhoe engages in petty crimes to pay the bills.


Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

Genre: Drama/Sport

Cast: Dale Elliott, Shantol Jackson, Lorraine Toussaint and David Alan Grier

Synopsis: A Jamaican teen sprinter hopes his rise in track and field will reunite him with his mother who has been living in the United States for over a decade. He lives with his unstable father in Jamaica but finds himself in trouble when he moves out to live with his brother.

Cool Runnings

Where to watch: YouTube, Disney plus, Amazon Prime Video

Genre: Sport/Comedy

Cast: John Candy, Leon, Rawle D. Lewis, Doug E. Doug and Malik Yoba

Synopsis: A Jamaican bobsleigh team fights many odds as they prepare to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics. They train in hot temperature but will compete in low temperatures that will chill their bones.


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