Review: Riots Reframed @VoiceOverTV1


On Sat­urday 16th March ‘Riots Reframed’ had its premi­er screen­ing at Beth­nal Green York Hall. As the hall filled up you got the feel­ing that you were in for a spe­cial night. To wel­come every­one rap group Rebel Lions per­formed a small but power­ful set on stage. Then as the lights came down and the film star­ted to play the audi­ence were fixed on the screen and there was com­plete silence.

The film covered the riots from many dif­fer­ent angles from the murder of Mark Dug­gan by the police, the loot­ing that took place in Lon­don, to this gov­ern­ment’s con­tinu­ous bomb­ing, killing, inva­sion of coun­tries across the world and their use of the pris­on sys­tem and the sense of com­munity that people felt. All of theses issues were giv­en voice by a num­ber of people with­in our soci­ety includ­ing rap­pers, poets, aca­dem­ics, com­munity work­ers, former pris­on­ers and the gen­er­al public.

As the doc­u­ment­ary came to a close it was time for the Q and A with the dir­ect­or Fahim Alam and a num­ber of people that were inter­viewed such as Akala, Zena Edwards, Sara El Sheekh, Paul Gil­roy, Imran Khan and DJ Steaz. Both the pan­el­ists and audi­ence were very pas­sion­ate about the top­ics that the doc­u­ment­ary covered. The ques­tions and state­ments covered sub­jects about the riots; from the gov­ern­ment and police’s use of force, to racism and colonization.

So for those of you that did not get a chance to come down to the open­ing night make sure you keep an eye on the web­site Riots Reframed for fur­ther inform­a­tion about future screen­ing dates.













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Arash Sharifi

Arash has been pas­sion­ate about Hip hop for many years. He believes through hip hop you can teach, edu­cate and empower people to become bet­ter ver­sions of them­selves and help and sup­port their com­munity and oth­ers. Hip hop is more than just music, it can be a teach­er to us all.

About Arash Sharifi

Arash has been passionate about Hip hop for many years. He believes through hip hop you can teach, educate and empower people to become better versions of themselves and help and support their community and others. Hip hop is more than just music, it can be a teacher to us all.

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