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11 January 2022

Rhythms of Life

by Syd Briscoe

Duppy White: “A Blessed Place” - 11 mins 09s

Rapper Kano and filmmaker Aneil Karia explore the unique rhythms of Jamaica in this enthralling short film. It's a subtle piece of branded content (promoting the artist's white rum blend) and it doesn't feel forced, as the action moves from the hectic hustle of the city to more relaxed countryside climes.

Karia's observational style is well-suited to this piece, as the people of Jamaica become the stars of the show. The musician muses about the harsh realities of eking out an existence and the importance of creative inspiration while remaining mainly off-screen, allowing the country and the small details captured by Karia to take the spotlight.

Music is at the heart of Jamaican life and takes a major role here, with a bonding moment between Kano and a record store owner being a highlight of the whole film.

This is an absorbing look at the artist's roots, and the sort of branded content project we imagine many filmmakers would love to get their hands on.

Film Production: Somesuch Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Aneil Karia
Producer: Nat Baring
Executive Producer: Scott O'Donnell
Cinematographer: Korsshan Schlauer
Editor: James Forbes-Robertson
Colourist: Simone Grattarola @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ

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