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United Kingdom, 1976. The far-right National Front is gaining in popularity. Racist attacks are on the rise. Famed guitarist Eric Clapton lets loose with an anti-immigrant tirade while performing in Birmingham. Members of the nascent punk scene are flirting with Nazi imagery. In response, a group of activist and artists launch Rock Against Racism, a new movement to fight extremism and xenophobia.
“Crackles with a raucous energy … weaving together music, politics, animation and history, White Riot carries a punk infused swagger that is infectious.” – Courtney Small, POV Magazine
Their efforts gain momentum when several prominent punk bands from various racial backgrounds – including Steel Pulse, Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex, Tom Robinson Band and The Clash – join the cause. The National Front responds with violence, at concerts and in the streets. In her debut feature-length documentary, British filmmaker Rubika Shah employs a vibrant cut-and-paste visual aesthetic drawn from DIY punk magazines of the era to tell an urgent, inspiring, and still remarkably timely story of committed artists organizing to challenge the status quo, give voice to the voiceless and use their music to change the world. (Dir. by Rubika Shah, 2019, UK, 84 mins., Not Rated)