19 August 2017
More Than Twenty Reloaded, a new cut of Tommaso D’elia and Silvia Bonnani’s documentary on the history of Rototom, gets its National premiere
Instead, the University screened a new cut of Tommaso D’Elia and Silvia Bonnani’s Rototom documentary ‘More Than Twenty’. Featuring updated footage, the film delved into the emotive and eventful history of the Rototom organisation and festival. The screening began with a round of applause for the film director Tommaso and Rototom Sunsplash director Filippo Giunta – both present.More Than Twenty documented the festival’s rise from humble beginnings promoting club nights in a bar in Gaio to becoming Italy’s pre-eminent reggae destination, until its government-led persecution, exile and re-establishment in Spain. The result was a reminder of how easy it is to enjoy the fruits of the festival without appreciating the cultural and political struggles of its history. The enormous cheer during the credits showed the depth of feeling in the tent.
As a bonus, to make up for the missed discussion, an extra film was announced to be screened in the University the next day. ‘Weapon Is My Mouth’, is Brazilian academic Dr Leo Vidigal’s poetic documentary on sound system, featuring interviews with Ras Kayleb, Askala Selassie, Aba Shanti and Gregory Fabulous.