11/20/2020 10:00 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater

United Kingdom 2019 81 min English original version

by Rubika Shah

Script: Rubika Shah, Ed Gibbs, DoP: Susanne Salavati, Editor: Rubika Shah, Producer: Ed Gibbs, with: Red Saunders, Roger Huddle, Kate Webb, The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson, Poly Styrene, Sham 69, Alien Kulture

Britain, late-1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration. The National Front, a far-right and fascist political party, is gaining strength as politicians like Enoch Powell push a xenophobic agenda. Outraged by a racist speech from Eric Clapton, music photographer Red Saunders writes a letter to the music press, calling for rock to be a force against racism. Flooded with responses, he discovers many share his views. Teaming up with like-minded creatives, the team bands together to create “Rock Against Racism (RAR)” and a fanzine, “Temporary Hoarding”. RAR spreads virally across the UK and into continental Europe, becoming a grassroots youth movement. The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson and other top bands of the day jump on board.
WHITE RIOT is a moment in time when music changed the world. When a generation challenged the status quo. It’s Woodstock meets the March on Washington, punk-style.

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Rubika Shah is a writer/director and Screen International Star of Tomorrow, whose films have screened at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Hot Docs. Her mini-doc about David Bowie screened in UK cinemas through Picturehouse and was featured in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and i-D Vice. Her debut feature, White Riot, was showcased at the Great 8 at Cannes 2018, and she is also working on an expanded version of her David Bowie doc.

Filmography (selection): 2014 LIBERTY DE LIBERTY, 2015 LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER, 2017 WHITE RIOT: LONDON (all short films), 2019 WHITE RIOT

Awards: Special Mention of the “Generation 14plus” Jury (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany 2020), Indiemusic Schweppes Award (IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival, Portugal 2020)

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