Riots Reframed is a feature-length documentary which reframes England’s 2011 riots through voices of resistance — threading these perspectives together using moody instrumentals, dramatic monologue and raw spoken word. This hard-hitting film is unique both in its scope and the journey that produced it.
The idea was conceived soon after the producer, Fahim Alam, was released from prison on bail, after being arrested for taking part in riots. With virtually no knowledge of filming and editing, he set out to make an independent and complex documentary. Most of it was filmed whilst Fahim wore an ankle tag and was subject to a strict curfew as he awaited trial for the charge of ‘violent disorder’.
The documentary takes the viewer through a journey that begins in Tottenham and spirals out to a detailed look at the role of police, power, racism, government, prison, war, resistance and more.
Although the voices base their analysis around the riots, the scope of Riots Reframed is much wider and stands in its own right as a poetic but fierce challenge to the system we live under and the suffering it produces. The result is a radical social commentary grounded in knowledge and art, that synthesises a number of voices, from prominent social, cultural and political analysts, to prisoners still recovering from time inside.
VoiceOver | Riots Reframed is simultaneously engaging, informative, thought-provoking, emotion-stirring, and importantly, a challenge to the media institutions that serve the narrative of the power structure. This film is a historical document not to be missed.
Before and after the Knoxville, Tennessee Race Riots, African American robust communities were destroyed by their neighboring Whites. There is always speculation as to why the African community dispersed across the Diaspora faces progressive challenges. We work but we are envied.
Knoxville, Tennessee Race Riots (1919)
In August 1919, a race riot in Knoxville, Tenn., broke out after a white mob mobilized in response to a Black man accused of murdering a white woman. The 5,000-strong mob stormed the county jail searching for the prisoner. They freed 16 white prisoners, including suspected murderers.
After looting the jail and sheriff’s house, the mob moved on and attacked the African-American business district. Many of the city’s Black residents, aware of the race riots that had occurred across the country that summer, had armed themselves, and barricaded the intersection of Vine and Central to defend their businesses.
Ryan Coogler, director of Fruitvale and winner of two 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants, talks with SFFS about the filmmaking process. Fruitvale will have its world premiere at Sundance 2013.
“In 2010, a jury cleared Mehserle or all charges save for involuntary manslaughter and sentenced him to two years in prison, minus time served. He was released on parole last year.
Many in Oakland’s African American community believed the punishment was insufficient, and the initially peaceful protests that followed the verdict devolved into a riot during which 80 people were arrested.” ~’Fruitvale,’ Oscar Grant Movie, To Premiere At Sundance (PHOTOS), Huffington Post – San Francisco. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/23/fruitvale-oscar-grant_n_2356484.html