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Dead End Drive-in: a clever and political genre movie

Brian Trenchard-Smith’s film Dead End Drive-in is a low-budget action movie centred on a teenage couple trapped in a drive-in cinema – but it is much more than that. It’s one of the most political films I’ve ever seen.

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On 3 November 1979 members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party attacked a demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. They shot dead five protestors and wounded 11 others. This is the story of the largely forgotten Greensboro Massacre.

On the sixth day, the kids set up barricades blocking the main road north out of the City of London for nearly seven hours, because Rashan Charles is dead and they want justice.

In 1968, the year of the Tet Offensive, the assassination of Martin Luther King and the stand of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Olympic Games in Mexico, a little-known filmmaker from Pittsburgh made a movie The Night of the Living Dead. Its central theme was of a smart, assertive, compassionate black man surviving the zombie apocalypse, only to be murdered by nervous whites the next morning.

When I was in prison, I read an article – don’t be shocked when I say I was in prison. You’re still in prison. That’s what America means: prison.
–– Malcolm X

Includes our eyewitness report from the FLA march
Up to 5,000 assorted Islamophobes, racists and fascists marched through central London today, mobilised by a rightwing coalition of football hooligan firms called the Football Lads Alliance. It is the second time in a fortnight that such a sizeable march of this type has taken place.