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music documentary film
december 2 19:00
PAGLEJ! a series of movies about music
thursday, december 2, at 7 pm
Filmsko gledališče Idrija; free admission
Director: Rubika Shah. Screenplay: Rubika Shah, Ed Gibbs. Performers: Red Saunders, Roger Huddle, Kate Webb, The Clash, Steel Pulse, Dennis Bovell, Tom Robinson, Poly Styrene, Sham 69, Alien Kulture. Production: Creative England, Visit Films, Smoking Bear, Great Britain, 2019. Duration: 80 min.
White Riot tells the story about the response of the British punk and other alternative scene to the rise of English nationalism in the 1970s, when musicians, media and activists reacted to the National Front and its outspoken calls to stop non-European immigration, as well as attacks on such immigrants, and launched the Rock Against Racism movement. The initiative for the movement was given by music photographer Red Saunders, who, outraged by Eric Clapton’s racist address at one of his concerts, sent an open letter to music magazines calling for rock music to become a weapon against racism. Reputable magazines New Musical Express, Melody Maker, and Sounds published the letter, and when Saunders received many positive responses, he teamed up with like-minded people and co-founded the Rock Against Racism movement and the Temporary Hoarding fanzine. The latter not only addressed the then burning problem of racism, but also reported on the Anglo-Irish conflict, police violence and similar issues, and gave a voice to other marginalized groups, such as the LGBT community. One of the peaks of the movement was the giant protest march in London in 1978, attended by 100,000 people; they walked seven miles from Trafalgar Square to Victoria Park, where a concert then took place. Concerts were also held at other events of the movement, where punk, new wave and reggae artists such as The Clash, Steel Pulse or Tom Robinson shared the stage. The film, which borrowed the title from the eponymous song by The Clash, is the feature debut of director Rubika Shah. It was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and received the Best Documentary Award at the BFI London Film Festival in 2019.
The movie series is prepared in co-production with Idrija City Library.
Photo: Syd Shelton