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Small Axe - Series 1: Red, White and Blue (on BBC iPlayer)

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One of several fantastic films from Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) described as “Love letters to black resilience and triumph in London's West Indian community. Vivid stories of hard-won victories in the face of racism.”

This one tells the story of Leroy Logan, a young black man who joins the police in an attempt to effect change “from the inside” as a consequence of seeing his father assaulted by police officers. He is faced with both his father’s disapproval and institutional racism within the police ranks.

A brilliant and powerful film which left its mark on me.

The others in the series – especially Education, Lovers Rock (don’t miss if you love reggae) and Mangrove are also highly recommended. Wonderful soundtracks, too.

via @mrtomchurchill

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