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.
Trailer for a short essay documentary about the death of Jason McPherson whilst in the custody of police officers from Notting Hill Police Station and the subsequent 'investigation' by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the incident. The struggle of his family for justice and the film makers search for light both end in resistance.
Film showing on vimeo.com/73925091
Po Po (25minutes/UK/2013/Director: Ken Fero/Migrant Media) Release date: 18th January 2014
Habib 'Paps' Ullah died during a stop & search in a car park in High Wycombe in July 2008. Every year we mark his birthday in December and the anniversary of his death in July by holding a vigil outside the police station in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. We are often joined by other families and individuals who have lost their loved ones and are fighting the police
The family continue to fight for answers and justice, five & a half years after his death and a failed inquest
where police officers confessed that they had changed their statements on the advice of seniors officers, solicitors and Police Federation representatives.
Every year dozens of people die in custody or after contact with the police, in immigration
detention centres and in Prisons & YOI's. Locally in Thames Valley we have had 3 deaths
in a four year period of Asian & African-Caribbean men and many other incidents. We are now demanding a public inquiry into policing in High Wycombe and justice for those who have experienced police negligence,
harassment and incompetence.
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FILMED ON LOCATION
High Wycombe Police Station
Until there is JUSTICE there will be no PEACE!
Dedicated to all the families that have lost their loved ones at the hands of the police &
authorities - we are proud to stand with you
JUSTICE DENIED(50 minutes/l995/Director Ken Fero/Migrant Media)
On the 28th July 1993 Joy Gardner died when police and deportation officers used force to restrain her, tying her with a body belt and ankle straps and gagging her mouth with thirteen feet of tape. There was a national outcry when people heard how Joy had died. 'Justice Denied ' hears from members of her family about Joy's death, reports on the reactions to it in the Black community, examines two other deaths related to immigration control, that of Kwanele Siziba and Joseph Nnalue, and asks what are the political circumstances that allow these deaths to happen.
The film follows the struggle of Joy's family in their fight for justice and for the truth to be exposed. The film examines how the media carried out a character assassination of Joy in order to justify the way in which she was killed and how this fed into a widespread cover-up.
The highly controversial programme asks why senior police officers and the immigration service did not face charges for their involvement in this controversial incident. Throughout 'Justice Denied' the families speak out to keep the memory of their loved ones alive, to demand justice and to challenge the climate of fear created by Britain's enforcement of immigration controls.
"fresh and angry" - The Guardian "heartfelt" - The Independent
Update: 28th July 2013
It has now been 20 years since the death of Joy Gardner. Deaths during deportation have not stopped and only a week ago, at the time of writing, an inquest jury found that Jimmy Mubenga had been 'Unlawfully Killed' during deportation. Time will tell if anybody is held to account for his death. Family run campaign against custody deaths continue also and to mark the release of this film on Vimeo a launch event will be held in Tottenham, North London on 3rd August 2013 for all those who have died at the hands of the state in Tottenham.