Like a River. The Ska faces

Germany 2015 – 35′

Ska is a musical genre loved by many but ignored by most.

For real aficionados this is not a problem, but a mark of distinction. Because mods, skinheads and rudeboys are united by something more than music: the refusal to conform to the society in which they live, where wealth, appearance and always being fashionable are important.

Instead they have their own distinctive style: polo shirt with collar, sunglasses and drainpipe trousers for the mods; the original skins wear more ‘threatening' clothing: heavy boots on their feet, braces, shaved heads and tattoos. They are often mistaken for unruly and violent racists. But is that actually the case?

In a journey that starts in Piazza Statuto in Turin and ends in Trieste, the short film Like a river, directed and produced by Alessandro Melazzini, founder of SkabadiP (1999-2005) the first italian web magazine dedicated to Ska and Rocksteady, propels us into the lives of Oskar, singer in the group Statuto, Torino FC supporter and spokesman for the Italian Mod scene; Tommaso the rudeboy double-bassist in the band The One Droppers; Sergio, a lawyer and devotee from Milan; and the young skinhead Emilano and his mod friends from Trieste.

Like a Riverpresents a remarkable musical journey into the world of youth culture linked to Jamaican beats that will surprise the audience by breaking down the barriers of stereotypes and prejudices.

Watch the movie

Since this documentary is a gift to all fans of jamaican music, it is available to be watched and spread for free on the Internet (italian language with english subtitles), here:

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The premiere of Like a Rivertook place at the UNERHÖRT! Festival Hamburg in 2015.