Better Mus’ Come, a film out of Jamaica during The Cold War era in the mid 70’s informs people of a devastating and dangerous time period. This film shed some light on a moment in time during the mid 1970s, when Kingston was dominated by gang violence which was said to be politically motivated. Better Mus’ Come, written and directed by Storm Saulter a trained film maker who happens to be Jamaican.
Better Mus’ Come starring Sheldon Shepherd as Ricky, did a great job with his character as a single dad and a gang leader. He was caught up in the gang war that was motivated by Jamaica’s leading political parties. Ricky’s passionate love for his co-star, Nicole “Sky” Grey as Kemala, came to a cross road of gang warfare vs. non-violence. He seeks advice from the Rastafarians and was told, “You cannot fight the righteous battle with weapons of war.”
However, as the gang war increased, Ricky was pulled further into more violence. Mr. Saulter’s vision of the film focused on Kingston. Better Mus’ Come, exposed a crucial era in Jamaica’s History. As a result of the 1970’s the country developed a violent reputation leading up to the “Green Bay Massacre” and beyond.
As of March 2013, the movie is currently showing in various cities in the USA. I had a chance to see “Better Mus’ Come” screening in Harlem New York on March 22, 2013 and walked away with a much better understanding of that time period. To learn how you can get the screening in your community, logon to Affrm
For all the folks who love Jamaica, or just would like to get a better understanding on this crucial period in Jamaica’s history, I urge everyone to go see this movie. Congratulations to actor Sheldon Shepherd and director Storm Saulter; Sheldon won “Best Actor Award” at the American Black Film Festival in Miami Florida for his outstanding role as Ricky in Better Mus’ Come and Storm film “Better Mus’ Come” was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Director. Read more