Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

THIRD WORLD COP

Year: 1999
Country: Jamaica
Run Time: 98 minutes

The mini-renaissance in homegrown West Indian filmmaking, typified by "Dancehall Queen" (22nd CIFF, 1998) continues in another gritty, energetic movie from the same island production company and directed (his feature debut) by the nephew of Perry Hensell, helmer of the legendary "The Harder They Come." It's THIRD WORLD COP ? as opposed to Beverly Hills or Robo, yah got that, mon? The untamed streets of Dongle, a slum of Kingston, and the rhythm of reggae are the twin beats for Capone, a top Jamaican police officer who grew up in this wide-open neighborhood and now has a law-enforcement style as unconventional as his name. With friends and enemies on both sides of the force, Capone tries to halt Dongle's escalating plague of gun violence and bring back to the straight-and-narrow a former homeboy who has fallen in with Oney, mastermind of the weapons black-market. Mixing humor, drama, action, music, and, of course, roots, THIRD WORLD COP can protect and serve with the best of them over here in Babylon.

Screenplay
Suzanne Fenn, Chris Growne, Chris Salewicz.

Director
Chris Browne

Producer
Carolyn Pfeiffer Bradshaw.

Cinematography
Richard Lannaman.

Editing
Suzanne Fenn.

Principal Cast
Paul Campbell, Audrey Reid, Carl Bradshaw, Mark Danvers, Bello.

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