This event will look at the role of archival videos that document and bear witness to past protests and demonstrations in London. We will include videos made in the 1970s and 1980s, held by the London Community Video Archive and MayDay Rooms. A panel discussion following the screening will be framed around how this material circulates and can be mobilised in a contemporary context.
We will start by screening August 13th (1977), a documentary about the now infamous Battle of Lewisham, made by a community film unit based in New Cross. This was recently rediscovered by the London Community Video Archive and challenges the version of events put forward at the time the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
We will then show excerpts from the following two video projects:
The Dividing Line (1986) a short film made by Newham Monitoring Project (NMP), which was first broadcast on BBC2 in January 1986. The film publicises “this country’s intrinsic racism” and NMP’s long-term work in campaigning against racism, fascism and police harassment.
Who Killed Colin Roach (1983), a video made by Isaac Julien about the campaign around the controversial death of a young black man while in police custody.
A panel discussion with Wail Qasim and other speakers to be confirmed.