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Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 80 minutes
In 1970s Britain, the world recession brought about an economic crisis. This left the country vulnerable to a rise in radical nationalism led by a far-right, fascist political party reminiscent of Hitler’s Nazis. Rooted in white supremacy, the National Front party used minorities and immigrants as scapegoats for the country’s economic hardships. Party members led campaigns that promised forced deportation of all minorities from the United Kingdom. However, the rhetoric wasn’t limited to the political landscape. A xenophobic rant during a concert by famed English guitarist, Eric Clapton, drove activist and photographer, Red Saunders, to create Rock Against Racism. A political and cultural movement emerged through diverse concerts and carnivals planned throughout the UK. Saunders sought to unite fans of all races through their love of punk rock. The movement was an answer to the National Front’s aggressive recruitment of the nation’s youth by focusing on loving music and rejecting hate. The documentary WHITE RIOT chronicles a troubling period of UK history while reminding us that ordinary people can change the world. — R.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:20 PM ET
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:55 AM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles