As part of Black History Month we would love to share our recent short film ‘Resonances of 1981’ and accompanying films made by local young people about their views of the 1981 Brixton Uprisings and wider issues of Black British history, education and institutional racism.
We Rise Brixton has worked closely with 7 local young people on a series of self made and group film projects as part of the 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance programme that marks the 40th anniversary of the Brixton uprisings in April 2021.
Throughout February, March and April 2021 the young people involved in the We Rise project learnt about what happened before, during and after the Brixton uprisings in 1981, creating a series of short films that are born out of their personal responses to what they discovered.
The young people involved were from The Elmgreen School, Lambeth College, Saint Gabriel’s College, La Retraite and St Martins in the Fields High School.
They wanted the issues they raised in ‘Resonances of 1981’ to be shared with as many other young people as possible in order to educate and inspire them to talk about it.
This is what they told us:
They didn’t know about the 1981 Uprisings before this project – they’re not taught about them at school.
On our project they learned about what happened and why by speaking to people who were there at the time like Tony Cealy and the photographer Kim Aldis, who shared his amazing photos with us.
They created, filmed and edited their own personal films explaining why they thought it was important to take part in the 81 Acts programme and to also inform other young people about what actually happened and why
The history in the curriculum is white washed.
They researched the Scarman Report, the Government’s responses to the 1981 Uprisings and the various reports produced in response to the subsequent racially motivated incidents affecting the national discourse since, such as the Macpherson Report, the Lammy Review and the recent report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities in response to the BLM protests last summer.
We give young people a platform to have their voices heard and what they say it’s like to be a young Black person in Brixton today is incredibly important to listen to, especially if you aren’t one yourself.
Racism is now more covert rather than overt.
There should be more listening and understanding
Please share our film.
You can find the full set of short films here on our We Rise Brixton 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance Youtube Playlist.