29/07/2019 | Le Bureau Export Paris

World | Inna de Yard’s documentary intrigues international press

Peter Webber’s documentary about the reggae band Inna de Yard was released in France on July 10, after being screened at various international festivals. The film project has caught international media attention and has received positive reviews.

The project Inna de Yard (Chapter Two Records / Wagram Music) brings together four great Jamaican reggae artists: Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Cedric Myton and Kiddus I. They are also accompanied by artists of different generations including the trio The Viceroys, Horace Andy, Judy Mowatt, Var, Jah9 and Derajah.
In 2017, the band released its album The Soul of Jamaica, which met unexpected success. On April 12, 2019, the reggae artists released their eponymous album Inna de Yard with reinterpretations of old reggae classics. The album was recorded in an old house on a hill in Kingston.

The documentary “Inna de Yard : The Soul of Jamaica”

British director Peter Webber is a reggae fan and has been immersed in this musical genre while growing up in London as a teenager. Following his visit to Jamaica, the idea of creating a documentary for legendary reggae artists was born. This film project retraces the recording of Inna de Yard’s latest album and tells  the artists’ life stories.

The world premiere of the film was presented on April 29, 2019 at Tribeca Festival in New York. The documentary was also screened at other international film festivals, including  Krakow Film Festival (PL), Sydney Film Festival (AU) and Film4 Summer Screen (UK).
The documentary is availble in French cinemas since July 10 and will be released in the UK on August 30.

Following its various screenings, the film has received a warm welcome and considerable international media attention.

After Tribeca Festival, the American critic Dwight Brown wrote in his column that the documentary was moving and sincere and will remain anchored in the audience’s memory (… that’s what the audience will remember about this rousing, heartfelt documentary).
British critic Wendy Ide also dedicated an article to the film in the critic media Screendaily. She considered the film as a touching love letter to the artists who shaped reggae and believed the film has an “infectious groove” (But for a warm, engaging love to the veteran an infectious groove).
Inter Press Service dedicated a long article to explain several remarkable scenes of the film and put forward the artists’ and the director’s messages, for exemple, love and cure.
In an article published by Los Angeles Sentinel – an independent weekly newspaper created in 1933 and owned by the African-American community in the US – journalist Lapacazo Sandoval compared the documentary with Buena Vista Social Club, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Cuban music. Indeed, these two documentaries are shedding light on the hidden culture that contributed to shaping music. In addition, the film about Jamaican legends tells the intimate stories of the artists while highlighting reggae music (… it does not forget to give the credit and the attention to the reggae music).

References:

Dwight Brown Ink, “Black Films and Artists Thrive at 2019 Tribeca Film Festival”
Screendaily, “‘Inna De Yard: The Soul Of Jamaica’: Tribeca Review”
Inter Press Services, “‘Inna de Yard’ Delves into the ‘Soul’ of Jamaica”
Los Angeles Sentinel, “INNA DE YARD: THE SOUL OF JAMAICA a winning doc, not to be missed!”