DIRECTOR: Rubika Shah TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL | IN-THEATER SCREENING
Britain, late-1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration. The National Front, a far-right and fascist political party, is gaining strength as politicians like Enoch Powell push a xenophobic agenda. Outraged by a racist speech from Eric Clapton, music photographer Red Saunders writes a letter to the music press, calling for rock to be a force against racism. NME, Melody Maker, and Sounds all publish the letter. Flooded with responses, Red discovers many share his views. Teaming up with like-minded creatives Roger Huddle, Kate Webb, Syd Shelton and Australian graphic designer Ruth Gregory, the team bands together to create Rock Against Racism (RAR) and a fanzine, Temporary Hoarding.
A superb music documentary that has resonance with the current political moment: leftists organizing against fascists. Music features excellent footage of late-70s UK punk, including: The Clash, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex, and Tom Robinson.
An excellent brief documentary about a heroic grassroots political movement whose importance reveals itself more clearly in retrospect with every year that passes.Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Shah presents a highly relevant reminder of what can be achieved when people unite against the forces of division.Linda Marric, NME