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Handsworth Songs

Synopsis
A film essay on the concepts of race and civil disorder in contemporary Britain. Filmed in Handsworth and London during the riots of 1985 and using extensive archive footage, the film attempts to examines painful experiences of race in both historical and contemporary situation. The footage ranges from shots of colonial labour through to images of Caribbean/Asian settlement. These are used to produce new meanings and inflections to each succeeding historical moments.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1986
Notes
Broadcast on Channel 4 on 6/7/1987.
Subjects
Sociology
Keywords
black and Asian people; black communities; race relations; racial identity; racial violence

Credits

Director
John Akomfrah

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
PAL
Price
£120.00
Availability
Hire Sale
Duration/Size
59 minutes
Year
2017

Type
Film
Format
16mm
Availability
Hire

Production Company

Name

Black Audio Film Collective

Distributor

Name

Lux

Email
info@lux.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 31412960
Address
Waterlow Park Centre
Dartmouth Park Hill
London
N19 5JF
Notes
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