BME are pleased to once again be chosen to host part of the Doc’n Roll Liverpool Film Festival.
Doc’n Roll are passionate about independent film and music across all genres and provide the audience with the opportunity to watch these films as part of their festivals throughout the UK.
Dir. Rubika Shah, 80 min, UK
Expanding her 2017 short, 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.
The film will be followed by a Q & A panel, details to follow.
Please note there are no ads and trailers.
Museum galleries are closed during film screenings.
Tickets on sale Friday 7th February at 10am
Photographs courtesy of Syd Shelton