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Rock 13/10/2020

The Clash, Sham 69, Steel Pulse And More In Rock Against Racism "White Riot" Doc

The Clash, Sham 69, Steel Pulse And More In Rock Against Racism "White Riot" Doc

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Britain, late-1970s. The country is deeply divided over immigration. The National Front, a far-right and fascist political party, is gaining strength. And countering this was Rock Against Racism (RAR), a movement that swept across the U.K. and Europe and culminated in a 100,000+ person march and a legendary concert event - Woodstock meets the March on Washington, punk-style. Capturing this incredible moment in time when music changed the world is the award-winning documentary WHITE RIOT from director Rubika Shah.

Expanding on her documentary short White Riot: London, Shah's energizing film charts the rise of Rock Against Racism (RAR), formed in 1976, prompted by "music's biggest colonialist" Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell. The brisk, informative WHITE RIOT blends fresh, engaging interviews with RAR staff and musicians with archival 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. The campaign grew from "Temporary Hoarding," the movement's fanzine to 1978's huge antifascist concert in Victoria Park, featuring X-Ray Spex, Tom Robinson, Steel Pulse and, of course, The Clash, whose rock star charisma and gale-force conviction took RAR's message to the masses. WHITE RIOT chronicles this "extraordinary fusion of culture and politics that changed society for the better." (Jackson Caines, Glass Magazine).

WHITE RIOT (2019)

Written by: Rubikah Shah, Ed Gibbs
Produced by: Ed Gibbs
Bands Appearing: The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson,
Poly Styrene, Sham 69, Alien Kulture
Genre: Documentary
RT: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound:Stereo 2.0 and 5.1. Surround Sound






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