Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, prompted by ‘music’s biggest colonialist’ Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell. White Riot blends fresh interviews with queasy archive footage to recreate a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. As neo-Nazis recruited the nation’s youth, RAR’s multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance. As founder Red Saunders explains: ‘We peeled away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika’. The campaign grew from Hoxton fanzine roots to 1978’s huge antifascist carnival in Victoria Park, featuring X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse and of course The Clash, whose rock star charisma and gale-force conviction took RAR’s message to the masses.

We are partnering with Love Music Hate Racism for this special virtual screening through distributors Modern Films.

White Riot will be available between Weds 5 – Sun 16 Aug for a 48 hour rental by clicking ‘Watch at Home’ below. You can preorder now and a personal viewing link will be sent on Weds 5 Aug. We will be hosting a free live online Q&A at 7pm, Thur 13 Aug 2020 via Zoom. Book your free place via our box office link above and Zoom details will be sent on the day. Speakers for the Q&A will be announced soon.

This screening is part of Film FeelsConnected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.  Explore all films and events at  

Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) is a nonpartisan organisation which aims to promote unity through the power of music, musicians, and grassroots movements. The organisation is a not-for-profit anti-racism campaign. LMHR is run almost exclusively by volunteers. The message is simple, there is more that unites us than divides us. Nothing demonstrates this more than the music we listen to. LMHR uses the energy of the music scene to celebrate diversity and promote anti-racism, in the tradition of the Rock Against Racism

Since its founding in 2002, LMHR has put on many hundreds of LMHR events, from large outdoor festivals to local gigs and club nights. Alongside the shows, the campaign has run educational workshops, stalls at music events and panel discussions with the aim of tackling racism.

They support local groups or contacts to put on events to bring communities together. They also go into schools and colleges when possible running workshops, assemblies and music events

Their aim is to use the power of music to bring together individuals and communities in a beautiful resistance against bigotry and hatred.