White Riot

White Riot


Directed by: Rubikah Shah
Release date: 2020
Language: French
Rating: 15-very strong language, racist behaviour
Duration: 80 mins



Winner: Best Documentary - BFI London Film Festival 2019

Special Mention: Crystal Bear -Berlin International Film Festival 2020


“Rubika Shah’s spirited documentary about the Rock Against Racism movement still resonates more than 40 years later”- ★★★★ - The Observer


Rubika Shah’s energising film charts a vital London protest movement. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, prompted by ‘music’s biggest colonialist’ Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell. White Riot blends fresh interviews with queasy archive footage to recreate a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. As neo-Nazis recruited the nation’s youth, RAR’s multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance. As founder Red Saunders explains: ‘We peeled away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika’. The campaign grew from Hoxton fanzine roots to 1978’s huge antifascist carnival in Victoria Park, featuring X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse and of course The Clash, whose rock star charisma and gale-force conviction took RAR’s message to the masses.

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