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Sports Film of the Week: Fire in Babylon

Grab the popcorn and stick the feet up for a film about the team that united a nation.

Image: ImpAwards

Title: Fire in Babylon

Tagline: They brought the world to its knees, and a nation to its feet

Plot: Remember when the West Indies were the kings of cricket? Dealing with the issues of culture, race and nationality, Fire in Babylon tells the story of the majestic team which dominated cricket for a large part of the 1970s and 1980s. Made from archival footage cut together with interviews with greats like Holding and Richards, this is one of the best cricket documentaries out there (if only because we can’t remember too many others)

What the critics said: “This was the most vivid and culturally vital of sporting success stories: the notion of “the West Indies”, a conglomeration of island nations that only truly exists within cricket, became a rallying point for a sense of cricketing Caribbean nationhood.” — Barney Ronay, the Guardian

YouTube Credit: anointedproductions

Random YouTube comment: “How I miss those days when the Windies scared all the other teams shitless whenever they faced them.” — boneywasa

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Niall Kelly

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