In Conversation with Ken Fero

Ken fero image(1)Screening, Q&A and Discussion
Time: 5pm - 7:30pm
Date: Sunday 25th October
Venue: Pagoda Arts Centre, Henry Street, Liverpool, L1 5BU
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2015 has seen a sharp rise in public awareness of police militarisation and brutality. Tonight renowned activist and filmmaker, Ken Fero, joins us for a screening of three of his films dealing with the deaths of black men in police custody over the past fifteen years. FREE EVENT.

Fero is an uncompromising filmmaker who has dedicated the last twenty-five years to making political films examining the realities of communities at the butt end of racist policing.

BURN (2014)

In August 2011 Britain was on fire – what was the spark that led to the crisis? When Mark Duggan was shot by the police the scene was set for a confrontation but it was not the first time. In this grass-roots documentary we hear why Tottenham burned, show how the flames spread and look at the deep-rooted reasons that have set fires blazing in the last three decades. Four people in this small community, all black and working class, have died at the hands of the police and this film retraces their story. Powerful witness testimonies are balanced against police reaction to the violence that exploded and the film offers a fresh political analysis of the cause of the uprising. Exploring ideas of collective memory Burn is poetry for the people. This radical film bears witness that only justice for those that have died at the hands of the police can put out the fires.

PO PO (2013)

The story always begins with death. Jason McPherson loses his life in shocking circumstances after being taken to Notting Hill Police Station – the Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) begin an internal investigation into the ‘incident’. Jason’s family is devastated and then angered when they discover what happened. Using exclusive CCTV footage and rare access to an IPCC Commissioner the film lays bare the impact of a death in police custody.

The search for the truth by Jason’s sister runs parallel to the filmmaker’s investigation of light. This radical documentary film combines moving testimonies, poetry and a political analysis of state violence. Emotional and disturbing, Po Po is more evidence that the IPCC are complicit in the lack of successful prosecutions of police officers for deaths in their custody. In the end, what emerges in the light is the need for resistance.

WHO POLICES THE POLICE (2012)

Sean Rigg dies in a caged area in Brixton Police Station in August 2008 and the Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) are called in to investigate. Sean’s family are shocked at the death and this soon turns to anger when the government appointed IPCC begin to make error after error in its inquiry – is it incompetence or collusion? Sean’s family begin a four year struggle to investigate the death themselves and in the process ask Who Polices The Police?

The film is a blow-by-blow account of their journey as they question the police officers accounts, visit the crime scene, speak to witnesses, examine evidence. Harrowing footage emerges that show the last moments of Sean’s life. The family watch in horror. The conclusion they come to – Sean died at the hands of the police.

Using powerful testimonies, poetry and a political analysis of police violence the film explores the tactics of the IPCC and, through the family of Sean Rigg, challenge its claim that it is independent of the police. Meanwhile the deaths the IPCC oversees continue. The might of the state is challenged by one family.

 

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