A group of British Asian protestors walk across a road with their arms punching the air.

About Defiance: Fighting The Far Right + Q&A

Join us for this special screening of the first episode from Channel 4’s ground-breaking documentary series Defiance, followed by a live panel Q&A. Defiance tells the epic story of how the British Asian community fought back against racist violence between 1976 and 1981, from Southall to Brick Lane to Bradford.

Episode 1: One Down, One Million To Go

1976. Attitudes against immigration across the UK reach boiling point with daily attacks on British Asians and calls for them to be ‘sent home.’ When an 18-year-old Sikh, Gurdip Singh Chaggar, is killed on the streets of Southall in West London, Far Right politician John Kingsley Read celebrates the killing with the slogan: ‘One Down, One Million To Go!’. Young Asians, furious that the police won’t protect them, form the Southall Youth Movement to defend themselves.

On the other side of London in Bethnal Green, the National Front threatens to become a political force. The brutal murder of Altab Ali on election day sends shockwaves through Brick Lane’s Bengali community. Altab's funeral becomes a rallying point, with thousands marching the coffin to 10 Downing Street to demand an end to the attacks - but the police response leads some to question which side they are on.

The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with Suresh Grover (Southall Youth Movement), Pritpal Sahota (Southall resident), Rajonuddin Jalal (Bangladeshi Youth Movement), Mukhtar Dar (Sheffield Youth Movement), Masud Malik (Bradford 12) and Rajesh Thind (producer/director of Defiance). Hosted by former BBC journalist Ruchi Tandon.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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