13 Apr, 19:00 – 14 Apr, 22:00
London, Arch 504 Ridgway Rd, London SW9 7EX, UK
An extremely rare screening of Franco Rosso's Mangrove Nine (1973) documentary, which includes interviews with black community leaders who were defendants in the 1971 Mangrove Nine trial. The procedure marked an extremely significant moment in Black history and civil rights in the UK, as the judge in the trial made the first official acknowledgement of ‘racial hatred’ in the Metropolitan Police. Recorded before the final verdicts were announced, the Babylon (1980) director's early film employs both satirical wit and sobering interviews to provide a vivid insight into the experiences of the defendants.
Following the screening, poet, broadcaster, and DJ Haseeb Iqbal will be discussing the film's context and themes.
The film screening is taking place courtesy of the Estates of Franco Rosso and John La Rose.