Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Opens Thursday, April 19
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2hr 01mins // directed by:Sophie Fiennes // featuring:Grace Jones, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare // assisted listening

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic.

In Jamaican patois, ‘Bloodlight’ is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and ‘Bami’ means bread, the substance of daily life. Director Sophie Fiennes creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting breathtaking musical sequences with intimate personal footage, ultimately reaching beyond the iconic mask. The film also features renowned photographer and Jones’ frequent creative collaborator Jean-Paul Goude, as well as Jamaican duo Sly and Robbie.

"[Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami] is a lightly experimental, purposefully rambling portrait of the Jamaican singer and fashion icon Grace Jones formulated over 10 years by the filmmaker Sophie Fiennes. It is discreet and disarming, jerking suddenly between scenes of almost deadpan comic torpor and terrifying flamboyance." — David Jenkins, Little White Lies

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