No, not merely a Biblically derived slang term for the police, or home of some rivers sung about Boney M. Also - a corking film by Franco Rossi, which has at last had a British DVD release.
Anyone here a fan? The lead is Aswad's Brinsley Forde, as deejay for Brixton sound Jah Lion. The film's follows the build up to a clash with Jah Shaka who makes a cameo appearence. Possibly the best bloody soundtrack ever.
It features a lot of Aswad's killer early output - "Warrior Charge" makes an appearence as a dubplate!
One of the best things about the film for me is the killer mise en scene of 70s London - all burnt out wastegrounds and scruffy streets. You can sense Thatcher the Milk Snatcher presiding over the dole queues in the background.
Also, as a small budget British film it seemed to go the extra inch in portraying the kind of alienation that racism produces. Trying not to spoil the end but the main character ends up so cut-off, disenfranchised and alienated - the last scenes of him staring out white people on the tube are truly chilling.
Essential piece of early 80s culture.
Nice fan site here dedicated to the film.
(and Filthy Rich - got a copy with your name on it).