Belfast Premiere: On Resistance Street + Q&A

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CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Richard David
Running Time1HR 56MINS
Extra InfoRec 15+
SeasonBlack History Month 2023

With contributions from a host of renowned musicians, bands and commentators, On Resistance Street is an in-depth examination of the role music plays in the fight against fascism, racism and bigotry.

Shot in England, Northern Ireland and New York over 2 years, a section of the film centres on Belfast and the spirit of Punk Rock as a unifying energy that straddled the sectarian barriers during the 1970s and 1980s.

Terri Hooley and members of Stiff Little Fingers, The Defects and The Outcasts speak powerfully about the influence of Good Vibrations and punk in general on the city's youthful community of the era. Further Belfast contributions come from world renowned 'Silent Testimony' artist Colin Davidson, journalist and author Henry McDonald, historian Joe Baker, cultural commentator Kim-Marie Spence of Queen's University and original mural artists.

Historical perspectives on 'Rock Against Racism' and the Notting Hill riots of 1958, combine with comprehensive analysis of the western political drift to the Right today and the musical world of contemporary social media groups. On Resistance Street shows how such elements can evolve into real-life anti-racism organisations, with particular emphasis on one which has its international headquarters in Belfast.

This screening is dedicated to Henry McDonald.

Screening followed by a panel discussion with director Richard David and contributors Terri Hooley, Kim-Marie Spence, Robin Banks and Helen McCourt.

"Politicians couldn't unite the kids, paramilitaries couldn't unite them, punk rock brought the kids of Belfast together.'' Jim Reilly, Stiff Little Fingers

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