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Who Shot the Sheriff? — filming the anti-nazi movement

Issue No. 1967

Who Shot the Sheriff?
Directed by Alan Miles
London Launch, 7.30pm,
Thursday 15 September
The Scala, London, £15

Who Shot the Sheriff? tells the story of one of the most exciting mass movements in British history.

The London launch party includes performances from the new bands Hard-Fi and Roll Deep. There will also be DJ sets from Jerry Dammers (The Specials) and DJ Scratchy among others.

The film itself features interviews and unseen footage of artists from the Rock Against Racism (RAR) movement of the 1970s and the Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) movement today including The Clash, The Libertines, The Specials, Ms Dynamite and Pete Doherty.

The film tracks the rise of racism and the National Front in Britain during the 1970s—and how a generation, black and white, fought back against the Nazi threat. It includes lots of rarely seen archive footage from the punk and RAR era.This includes the famous 1978 Carnival in east London’s Victoria Park where 100,000 marched to the show headlined by The Clash and Tom Robinson Band.

As well as documenting a great political and musical movement, Who Shot the Sheriff? links the struggle to stop the National Front in the 1970s with campaigns like Unite Against Fascism aiming to stop the likes of the fascist British National Party gaining ground in Britain today.

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Sat 10 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1967
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