BBC documentary Black Power: A British Story of Resistance

The George Padmore Institute (GPI) has been involved in an upcoming BBC documentary Black Power: A British Story of Resistance. The idea for the documentary originated from director Steve McQueen while he was working on the Small Axe anthology. He is executive producer on this film, which is directed by George Amponsah. It is an examination of the Black Power movement in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s and looks at the black people who challenged racism and the British establishment, as well as the cultural forces that defined the era.

One of the many stories the Black Power film discusses is the police harassment suffered by black activists who convened regularly at the Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill, London. A subsequent protest by the community led to the trial of 9 people in an historic moment for black civil rights in the UK. Footage from Mangrove Nine, a documentary produced by the GPI co-founder John La Rose and filmmaker Franco Rosso in 1973, is included in the BBC programme.

There is also powerful testimony from activists including GPI Trustee and poet Linton Kwesi Johnson as well as archive footage of other leading members of the movement such as Darcus Howe, Altheia Jones-LeCointe and Frank Crichlow.

Watch Black Power: A British Story of Resistance on Thursday 25 March at 9pm on BBC 2. It is available on BBC iPlayer afterwards.

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