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Neeta and her crew rise to dancehall fame in North West London's Caribbean community, in the first Black British musical.
Musical 1998 77 mins
Director: Julian Henriques
Babymother is a feminist triumph and widely considered the first Black British musical. Anjela Lauren Smith gives an outstanding performance as Neeta, a young mother who nurtures dreams of becoming a dancehall star with her two rude gyal friends. The pageantry of the cast's outlandish style and rich soundscapes - captured on location in Harlesden - make the film an iconic capsule of 90s British Caribbean dancehall culture.
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