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Handsworth Songs (cert 18) + panel discussion

Handsworth Songs + panel discussion

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Presented in partnership with Origins Untold. A film essay on race and civil disorder in 1980s Britain and the inner-city riots of 1985, Handsworth Songs takes as its point of departure the civil disturbances of September and October 1985 in the Birmingham district of Handsworth and in the urban centres of London.

This film will close the first Folkestone Documentary Festival

Running throughout the film is the idea that the riots were the outcome of a protracted suppression by British society of black presence. The film portrays civil disorder as an opening onto a secret history of dissatisfaction that is connected to the national drama of industrial decline.

Released 35 years ago, this classic documentary is still eerily relevant.

Director : John Akomfrah, Black Audio Film Collective

Running Time : 61 minutes

(Cert 18)


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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