The 25th Annual Bob Marley Lecture will take held on Friday, February 18, at 6:00pm, as part of the 7th Global Reggae Conference (JA time). This year's conference, themed 'Reggae Films, Reggae Icons, Reggae Music,' will feature lectures and film screenings from more than 50 people in honor of the 50th anniversary of the debut of the reggae film The Harder They Come.
The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, will host this year's Bob Marley Lecture, titled 'The Harder They Come: 50 Years of Film Legacy,' in collaboration with The Perry Henzell Estate. It will highlight additional elements of the reggae journey, this time a vital component of Jamaican cinema history, for music fans, students, scholars, and reggae junkies. Justine Henzell, an independent film producer and founding member of the Jamaica Film and Television Association, will present this year's lecture. She is the daughter of director Perry Henzell, who produced The Harder They Come.
The Bob Marley Lecture is an annual event hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Cultural Studies and Applied Cultural Studies, including Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management, as well as Music and Performance Studies. Patricia Chin, Jah 9, Marlon James, Cindy Breakspeare, Frederick Hickling, Jahlani Niaah, Leahcim Semaj, Carolyn Cooper, and Dennis Howard are among the prior speakers in the series, which was created to honor the memory of Bob Marley, the famous Jamaican and international icon of reggae music.