After the multi-award winning feature Injustice, documenting the struggles of families who lost loved ones at the hands of the police, comes a powerful and poetic cinema documentary about resistance to state brutality. Its makers, Migrant Media, are now fundraising to complete post-production on the film and initial distribution. Please support this effort, donate as much as you can, and spread the word.
by Ken Fero
Some films just need to be made. We are now going to complete the edit of a cinematic feature documentary on the struggles for justice by families of those who have died in state custody in the UK. We are looking for backers for the follow up to Injustice called The Resistance of Others.
Migrant Media is a group of radical film-makers with a focus on work about resistance, race and class. We function as a creative collective and have been visually documenting experiences in various communities since 1989 in television and cinema production. We have a strong community grounding with an international reputation for challenging and innovative work. Our prize-winning films have been recognised by many national and international awards at major film festivals. We produced ‘Injustice’ a feature length documentary about deaths in state custody that we spent seven years making and the past ten years screening across the world. A recent article by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian is here. Injustice directly challenged the those responsible for these deaths and helped to force reform of the Police Complaints Authority and the review of the Crown Prosecution Service. We also recently produced Who Polices The Police.
The time has come to complete The Resistance of Others. Since records began in 1969, there have been over 2000 police custody deaths. The film will be a creative exploration of why there has never been a successful prosecution of police officers and why these human rights abuses continue despite overwhelming evidence. The Resistance of Others will include updates on the cases featured in Injustice and will also cover strategic new cases and current developments. It will use narrative poetry and intimate Cinéma vérité filmed over the past decade to make a moving and compelling film.
Current status: Injustice took 7 years to make and The Resistance of Others has also taken 7 years. Research and production of the film began in 2005 and was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Churches Commission for Racial Justice, the Lipman Miliband Trust and private donations. The film has now been shot and is in need of post-production finance. Completion date will be September 2013.
Budget: Funds are required to complete post-production on the film and initial distribution. Migrant Media is run on a non-profit basis and does not receive any form of regular funding. All our work is supported through appeals and
project specific grants allowing us to retain a high level of creative and cultural independence.
What people said about ‘Injustice':
“One of the most powerful films ever made” The Guardian
“Moving and militant” The Gleaner
“A rousing hymn to united struggle” Time Out – Critic’s Choice
Interested in becoming a backer on the film ‘The Resistance of Others’ ?
Check out the site here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2059798538/the-resistance-of-others
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