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Directed by: Rubkiah Shah

Runtime: 84 min

Year: 2019

Country: United Kingdom

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Film Type: Documentary

Format: Digital

Midvale Drive-In: WHITE RIOT

About the Drive-In

  • Tickets now on sale! Space is limited and tickets must be bought in advance – only 1 ticket is required per vehicle
  • Drive-in located in the parking lot behind the Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn.
  • Gates open at 7:00pm
  • The film will start at 8:00pm
  • The audio for the movie is broadcast through an FM transmitter (radio). If you don’t have an FM transmitter in your car you can bring a battery-operated stereo with speakers to hear the movie.
  • Large vehicles will be parked in the back. Sorry, no passenger vans or diesel engine trucks permitted, and lift gates/hatches cannot be raised if the view of other guests is blocked.
  • The movie is to be watched from inside your car or within your designated parking stall.
  • Masks are required upon leaving your designated area. Social distancing and mask-wearing will be enforced in all public areas.
  • Port-a-potties are available.

About the Film
Rubika Shah’s energizing film charts a vital national 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.
– Hot Docs

Picked as one of the “Nine films to watch this September” according to BBC

White Riot

White British rock stars may have pinched their ideas from black musicians, but that didn’t stop David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton spouting anti-immigrant rhetoric in 1976, at a time when the fascistic National Front was on the march. In response, a protest movement named Rock Against Racism was born in east London, and grew from printing fanzines to organising a punk and reggae festival featuring The Clash in 1978. Rubika Shah splices new interviews with archive footage to make a documentary as energised and confrontational as its subject. Alistair Harkness of The Scotsman says that this “blistering, highly entertaining” film is “sadly, as relevant today as it was then.

Released on 18 September in the UK and the Netherlands

-Read the full article here.

Official Selection:

2020 Hot Docs

2020 CPH:DOX

2020 Berlin Film Festival

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