Director: Rubika Shah | Scenario: Rubika Shah and Edward Gibbs | Tossing: Red Saunders, Roger Huddle, Joe Warford, Tom Robinson, Sham 69, The Clash, Mist at the Roots, Steel Pulse (als zichzelf) ea | game time: 80 minutes | Year: 2019
The emergence of a new movement that flirts with fascism, speaks against immigrants, revives racist traditions, spreads lies and goes to politics. The (multi-ethnic) movement is rebelling against this despite the threats, cynicism and the authorities it faces along its way. White riot It’s about the United Kingdom in the late 1970s, but it could be about the United Kingdom or the Netherlands today. White riot As a picture of the time alone, it is a solid documentary full of great music, but also a sore spot.
In 1976, drunken Eric Clapton supported Enoch Powell, a right-wing racist politician. The rock player, who ended his career playing blues and his biggest success was covering reggae, himself said blacks are the biggest problem facing Britain. Meanwhile, between coke snorting, David Bowie expressed admiration for fascism and Hitler (although he later apologized for it and pulled everything off), and the newly relocated British Rod Stewart said immigrants should be sent from the UK.
Enough with the Red Saunders and a group of women and men around him to form Rock Against Racism, after their former heroes fell from their rules. They did not want emerging parties like the National Front to dominate British society. This white movement turned all the problems of the British to the immigrants (especially non-whites). In addition to the demonstrations filled with Nazi symbolism, they formed fighting groups to harass anyone of different skin color or worse. From regularly throwing feces through the mailbox to being killed.
In the eyes of Saunders & Co. Music was exactly what binds us and unites us as people. Anti-racism rock began in the form of Zen (fan), but soon concerts were organized. If applicable, with black and white stripes on the program. From reggae bands like Steel Pulse and Misty in Roots to punk bands like The Clash, Tom Robinson Band and Sham ’69. From small shows in bars they worked for larger concerts. This led to a march in April 1978, which began as a protest march in London to Victoria Park, and ended with a crowd of one hundred thousand people watching these bands.
The concert sounds like a triumph of protest and music around racism and brutality. This gives hope after eighty minutes the amount of physical and mental misery overcame non-whites has been carefully revealed. Not only right-wing racists and hypocritical rock stars, but also the police, who stand by the National Front during confrontations and make it safe for non-whites to get out on the streets without being arrested. Although the National Front lost the political battle at that time and the music was for the most part, White riot At the same time very objective. Beginning with the credits: The battle is far from over.