Revisiting the Riots – Riots Reframed film screening

Three years have passed since the ‘riots’ that shook England following the shooting of Mark Duggan at the hands of the Metropolitan police. But as Ferguson burns across the Atlantic following the shooting of Michael Brown and yet another inquiry exposes the  endemic corruption within the Metropolitan Police force here in the UK, it is perhaps an appropriate moment to revisit the legacy of the 2011 UK riots.

The Sociology Department at the University of Manchester, in association with the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centreand the Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies (REPS) network is delighted to invite you to a screening of Fahim Alam’s documentary,Riots Reframed. (

The film pieces together the stories of those involved, whose voices all but disappeared amongst the moral panic in the media and amongst politicians and policy makers in the immediate aftermath of the uprisings.  Furthermore, the film also looks at the experiences of those who experienced the sharp end of the UK ‘justice’ system afterwards.

Following the film there will be a panel discussion


> Fahim Alam – Director of Riots Reframed

> Dr Malcolm James – Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Sussex University editor of Behind the Riots series for the Guardian and author of “Mark Duggan and Britain’s post colonial politics of death”

> Professor Lou Kushnick – Emeritus Professor University of Manchester, founder and director of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and author of Race, class & struggle: essays on racism and inequality in Britain, the US, and Western Europe

> Elisa Pieri – PhD researcher at the University of Manchester (in Sociology and at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre), whereshe studies security and the city centre.

> Dr Sivamohan Valluvan – Lecturer in Sociology, University of Manchester – contributor to The Guardian’s Behind the Riots series and co author of Critical Consumers Run Riot in Manchester

The event will start at 5.00 at Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester on Wednesday 17 September 2014.

Refreshments will be provided.
Please circulate widely.

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