Watch Rubika Shah’s award-winning film which charts the national protest movement that is Rock Against Racism.
On the anniversary of the remarkable Carnival Against the Nazis, featured in the film White Riot, and in anticipation of the exhibition Rock Against Racism: Militant Entertainment 1976 – 82, opening at DLWP in September 2021, Ammo Talwar MBE, CEO of Punch Records and Chairman of The UK Music Diversity Taskforce will be in conversation with Mykaell Riley one of the founding members of British roots reggae group Steele Pulse and Director of the Black Music Research Unit, at the University of Westminster. They will share their perspective on themes relating to the film White Riot, namely rebel music, diversity, anti-racism and accountability in the UK in 2021.
Buy a virtual screening room ticket to watch the film on Friday 30 April. You will be provided with a link to the film and a password that you can access for 24 hours between midnight and 23:59 on that day .
Rock Against Racism was formed in 1976, in reaction to Eric Clapton’s racist rant and his declaration of support for Conservative MP Enoch Powell. White Riot blends fresh interviews with queasy archive footage to reveal a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. As neo-nazi’s recruited the nation’s youth, Rock Against Racism’s multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance.
Rock Against Racism was a political and cultural movement which combated the racist attacks that occurred on the streets. They empowered grassroots groups to organise carnivals, tours, gigs and clubs throughout the country that united people of different ethnic backgrounds through a collective love of music. Musicians of all genres were a part of the movement.
This event is a collaboration between the De La Warr Pavilion and Izzard Theatre’s Young Film Programmers supported by Film Hub South East.
Images by students of the First year Art Extended Diploma at Bexhill College.