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Issue No. 1923a


Dir: Ken Fero and Tariq Mehmood

Alexandra Palace Cinema, 3.30pm

IN 1969 David Oluwale became the first black person to die in police custody in Britain. Many others have died since.

None of the police officers involved have been convicted of these deaths. In this film the families of these victims ask, “Why not?”It is a blow by blow account of the relentless struggles of the families as they find out how they lost their loved ones in extremely violent deaths at the hands of police officers.

Each family is met with a wall of official secrecy, and the film documents how they unite and challenge this together.

The film asks why an accused killer in a police uniform is not judged by the same standards as the rest of society.

Chavez: Inside the Coup

Dir : Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Brien

Alexandra Palace Cinema, 5.45pm

HUGO CHAVEZ was elected president of Venezuela in 1998. He soon became a focus for hope in the continent and a hate figure for the US administration

Two independent film-makers were inside the presidential palace on 11 April 2002 when he was forcibly removed from office.They were also present 48 hours later when, remarkably, he returned to power.

Their film records what was probably history’s shortest-lived coup d’etat. It’s a unique document about political muscle and the involvement of US forces with the Venezuelan right wing.
Lois Manuel

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