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White Riot

White Riot
Documentary, Music | 2019 | NR. 1hr 24min
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.⁣


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Presented by the (mostly virtual) 15th Tacoma Film Festival, November 6–15, 2020. Explore the lineup and more at tacomafilmfestival.com.

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Reviews
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
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