White Riot

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    White Riot

    Directed by

    United Kingdom

    2019

    81 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Expanding her WHITE RIOT: LONDON (2017) short documentary film, Rubika Shah's energizing 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.

    Awards

    • Grierson Award (Documentary Competition) - BFI London FF
    • Special Mention for the Crystal Bear for Best Film (Youth Jury) - Berlinale Generation

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Red Saunders
    Roger Huddle
    Kate Webb
    Dennis Bovell
    Mykaell Riley
    Pauline Black
    Topper Headon
    Tom Robinson
    Lucy Whitman
    Ruth Gregory
    Screenplay
    Ed Gibbs
    Rubika Shah
    Cinematography
    Susanne Salavati
    Editing
    Rubika Shah
    Music
    Aisling Brouwer
    Production
    SMOKING BEAR PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
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    Rubika Shah

    Rubika Shah

    United Kingdom

    The British-Australian journalist and filmmaker produces television programmes on the arts and culture for BBC News. Her first short film, the satire LIBERTY DE LIBERTY, screened at festivals including Byron Bay and St Kilda in Australia. Her film LET'S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER featured in the 2015 Berlinale Generation programme where she also presented her short film WHITE RIOT: LONDON in 2017 and the feature-length film WHITE RIOT (2019) at Generation 14plus programme.