In tandem with the Black Lives Matter movement, Wood Street’s architectural gem, FACT, will be hosting a showing of Generation Revolution on 22nd November followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker. This resonating documentary was first broadcast at the Sheffield Doc Fest and was formally released earlier this month to be shown at select Picturehouse cinemas, putting a British slant on a global campaign revolving around an international activist campaign.
The plot of the film focuses on two activist groups in London, the ‘Black Revs’ and the ‘R Movement’, with their leaders and members evolving through the onslaught of battling for personal, social and political salvation. The Black Revolutionaries, or ‘Black Revs’, and their man-at-the-helm, Arnie, bring fire to the film with their penchant for cooking up a storm and tackling injustice head on with raucous sabotages and dramatic ‘die-in’ protests. Fighting on the same battlefield, ‘R movement’ and their uncertain leader Tey take to social media to fuel their political action. A mish-mash of driven, fiery and passionate characters are the driving force behind some seriously creative campaigns for liberation.
The #BlackLivesMatter movement came to life on the internet in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin when uproar ensued. See its influence continue to spread at FACT on November 22nd for some gripping cinematography with this one off airing of Generation Revolution.