Four Corners is excited to host a screening of White Riot, followed by a Q&A with director Rubika Shah.
The film will be available to watch on demand between 20 - 22 June.
Then join us at 4pm on 22 June for the director's Q&A.
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.
Winner of Best Documentary BFI London Film Festival 2019.
This event is part of our Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point project, exploring the history of anti-racist protest organised by Brick Lane's Bengali community.
It is a collaborative project run by Four Corners and Swadhinata Trust, in partnership with Paul Trevor, and has been made possible by the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.