In 1976, underground theatre activist Red Saunders co-founded Rock Against Racism to mount demonstrations and concerts against the growing influence of the far-right National Front. RAR brought together punk, ska, reggae and the new wave, joining and harnessing their creative energies in protest against racism, xenophobia and bigotry. Involving numerous RAR key players, Shah’s award-winning documentary relives the movement and its exhilarating music.
” ‘White Riot’ uses archive footage and stills brilliantly. It dispenses with expositional voiceover and clocks in at a lean 80 mins. But all of that pales beside its central message.” Chris Waywell, Time Out