Resisting Police Abuse from San Diego to England: Film & Discussion Sept. 18

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM PDT
Southeast CommUnity Spot, 6443 Imperial Ave

Come meet Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville. Kurtis and Marcus were longtime friends of Mark Duggan, who was slain by London Police in 2011. They now share their stories of their neighborhood and its long history of resisting colonial violence.

In our public discussion, we will discuss the similar oppressions and forms of collective resistance experienced by African people globally, from the US/Mexico Border to the UK and beyond. We understand that what we call police brutality is a form of colonial violence that African people experience globally. We will view the documentary The Hard Stop and have a discussion with organizers from the UK and San Diego.

The Hard Stop is an intimate documentary revealing the story, away from all press coverage, of Mark Duggan’s friends and family following his death. He was shot and killed in a ‘Hard Stop’ police procedure in 2011, sparking the most violent riots in British history. For 28 months, director George Amponsah (The Fighting Spirit) filmed around Broadwater Farm in Tottenham, where Duggan grew up, capturing his family’s distress and focusing on two of his best friends, Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville. We follow the men closely as they attempt to get on with their lives, look for a job, talk about the discrimination they experience on a daily basis and the impact Duggan’s death has had on the community. Duggan is present throughout, in peoples’ testimonies and news broadcasts. What emerges is a profoundly humane, thought-provoking and topical testament, which gives a voice to people who are rarely heard.

Refreshments will be served.

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