The Screening Room: White Riot

The Screening Room: White Riot

On 30th April 1978, The Clash famously took to the stage in front of a crowd of 100,000+ protesters to oppose the growing racial prejudice in the UK, as part of the Rock Against Racism (RAR) concert in London’s Victoria Park. We’ve teamed up with Modern Films  to offer an exclusive preview of White Riot, a new film that recounts the historic political and musical movement.

Rubika Shah’s 80-minute documentary blends fresh interviews with raw archive footage to recreate the hostile environment of Britain in the late 1970s, with its growing anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. From its roots as a Hoxton fanzine, RAR captured the imagination and mood of a generation. RAR’s multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance against facism – showing that people, and music, can truly orchestrate change. Essential viewing for right now.

Winner of Best Documentary at 2019 BFI London Film Festival, White Riot is available to view online from 16th-19th July, with a percentage of each stream going directly to participating organisations and independent cinemas.

And join us at 6.30pm on 19th July for a special live streamed Q&A hosted by Anna Smith with director Rubika Shah.

Cover Photo Credit: Syd Shelton

Once purchased, you will be able to watch the film for the next 48 hours. For more information, please check this FAQ. If you experience any technical issues, please contact

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