‘White Riot is an inspiring story about youth culture making a difference.’

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 Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival; Special Mention for the

Generation 14+ Crystal Bear, Berlin Film Festival

Also voted top film at the ICO Spring Screening Days – March 2020

White Riot

Dir. Rubika Shah | 80 mins | UK | 2019

Writers: Ed Gibbs & Rubika Shah (Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under 2015)

Featuring: Red Saunders; Roger Huddle; Kate Webb; The Clash; Steel Pulse; Tom Robinson; Poly Styrene; Sham 69; Alien Kulture

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