Bad Friday

Bad Friday focuses on a community of Rastafarians in the Montego Bay area of Jamaica who annually commemorate the 1963 Coral Gardens “incident”, when the Jamaican government rounded up, jailed and tortured hundreds of Rastafarians. Using the testimony of survivors, the film chronicles the history of violence in Jamaica through the eyes of its most iconic community, and shows how people use their recollections of past traumas to imagine new possibilities for the future.

Bad Friday (2011)




English, Jamaican Creole with English Subtitles




Deborah A. Thomas | John L. Jackson

Deborah A. Thomas

Deborah A. Thomas

Deborah A. Thomas is Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the author of Modern Blackness:  Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica, and co-editor of the volume Globalization and Race:  Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Thomas was also a professional dancer with the New York-based Urban Bush Women.


John L. Jackson

John L. Jackson, Jr is Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has produced several fiction and non-fiction films, features and shorts.  He is the author of Harlemworld:  Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black AmericaReal Black:  Adventures in Racial Sincerity, and Racial Paranoia:  The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.

The Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival would like to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors.

Signature Sponsor

Leading Sponsors

Festival Partners

Join Our Mailinglist

* indicates required

Contact Us

22 Jerningham Ave,
Belmont, Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago, WI

1 (868) 227-8458 or
1 (868) 277-3456 (FILM)