Handsworth Songs

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An invigorating and thoughtful documentary from the London-based Black Audio Film Collective that examines elements of the Black experience in Britain from the perspective of the tragic events of 1985: the Handsworth riots, the death and funeral of Cynthia Jarrett, and the - seemingly - ever downward path of race relations, brought to a head by the deteriorating economic plight of Britain in the '80s. What is in evidence here is a fertile and imaginative cinematic intelligence which, in waging 'the war of naming the problem', musters a range of archive material, interviews, and filmed records of the disturbances in such a way as to provide an essay that is as full of subtle, rich and allusive argument as it is devoid of empty didacticism and stridency.

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Director: John Akomfrah
Screenwriter: Black Audio Collective
Cast: Handsworth and Aston Welfare Association
Asian Youth Movement Birmingham
Sachkhand Nanak Dham
Pervais Khan
Meera Syal
Yvonne Weekes