BASHMENT is one of the most gripping films depicting the street life of ‘yard’ people in the United States. Written and Directed by Tehut-9 Bashment is an action-drama that offers much more than shoot-’em-up fare. It parades complex characters woven into multiple story-lines of relationships, tragedy, corruption, greed and redemption, spiced with reggae and dancehall music, plus injections of humour, all of which make Bashment an enjoyable tale. To top it off, there is no profanity. An occasional ‘sh’ and ‘pp’ are as hard-core as the language gets. Yet, the film is crafted well enough that the absence of ‘bad wud cussin” is barely noticed. Bashment outpaces many Jamaican-made films that have come before. The drama and intrigue make it take a back seat to none, not even the classic The Harder They Come. It compares more favourably with films by black American Spike Lee, such as Clockers, which also focused on aspects of New York’s inner-city life often ignored by big budget films. Above all, Bashment is a stark reminder to Jamaicans that the streets of America are paved more with struggle than gold.
–Jamaica Sunday Gleaner
Starring: Nohard Grant, Narada Campbell, Rupert Cummings, Shawn Cummings and Melesia Thomas.
Produced by: Sunrason Films