Sunday, December 13, 2020

White Riot DVD and Frau Stern DVD Unboxing Thanks To Film Movement!

Unboxing two fantastic films sent to me by my friends at Film Movement: the DVD releases of White Riot and Frau Stern. White Riot is an amazing and sadly relevant documentary about how the punk scene fought racism during its inception. And Frau Stern is a unique looking dark comedy; a coming of age film for someone who is over the hill! Check out the video to see what you get in each of these physical releases! 

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White Riot: Britain, late-1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration. The National Front, a far-right and fascist political party, is gaining strength as politicians like Enoch Powell push a xenophobic agenda. Outraged by a racist speech from Eric Clapton, music photographer Red Saunders writes a letter to the music press, calling for rock to be a force against racism. NME, Melody Maker, and Sounds all publish the letter. Flooded with responses, Red discovers many share his views. Teaming up with like-minded creatives Roger Huddle, Kate Webb, Syd Shelton and Australian graphic designer Ruth Gregory, the team bands together to create Rock Against Racism (RAR) and a fanzine, Temporary Hoarding. Speaking directly to the youth, Temporary Hoarding reports stories and issues that the mainstream British media ignores, like immigration, the Catholic side of the Northern Ireland conflict, and the police’s controversial “suspected persons” (sus) powers. They give a voice to the voiceless. The National Front begins to strike back, committing acts of violence against RAR supporters and petrol-bombing their HQ. Despite this, RAR spreads virally across the UK and into Europe, becoming a grassroots youth movement. The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson and other top bands of the day jump on board. White Riot is a moment in time when music changed the world. When a generation challenged the status quo. It’s Woodstock meets the March on Washington, punk-style. Director: Rubika Shah Starring: Red Saunders, Roger Huddle, Kate Webb, The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson, Poly Styrene, Sham 69, Alien Kulture Frau Stern: 90-year-old Frau Stern is in remarkable shape for a woman her age. Her physical health is excellent, her daughter and granddaughter are doting on her, her hairdresser supplies her with recreational drugs and she is surrounded by friends who are still in their 20s. But the Holocaust survivor from Berlin has had enough: she desperately wants to die. With a wonderful performance from the late Ahuva Sommerfeld, Frau Stern is a sad yet funny meditation on life, death and everything in between. Director: Anatol Schuster Starring: Ahuva Sommerfeld, Kara Schröder, Pit Bukowski

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