Other Cinema confronts aftermath of London riots

The founder of The Other Cinema, Fabien Riggall, hopes his latest event will reach "every council estate in Britain" on the night of the London mayoral election.

A scene from 1995 film La Haine. Credit Le Pacte
A scene from 1995 film La Haine. Credit Le Pacte

The Other Cinema is a film network set up by Future Cinema, the organisation behind Secret Cinema. It aims to encourage communities to set up their own cinemas in unusual venues, to take part in simultaneous screenings of the same film on the same day.

Its second production is a free screening of French black-and-white film La Haine, which will take place on a council estate in Tottenham on 2 May, the eve of the London mayoral elections.

The premiere screening will be held on Tottenham’s Broadwater Farm council estate, where a policeman was killed in riots in 1985. It will be followed by a screening at East London’s Troxy on 4 May and a screening in Paris on the eve of France’s presidential election on 5 May.

The film was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and is set in the Parisian suburbs, in the aftermath of a riot. Fabien Riggall, founder of Future Cinema said: "This is a powerful film that talks truthfully about the difficulties that young people find themselves in. Our mission is to get more people to connect and be inspired by films that may give them a little zest for something. There’s a part of society that is isolated and I don’t think that what happened in the riots last year has been dealt with."

Riggall told Event he expected at least 50 London venues to screen La Haine simultaneously for the May event. "We are hoping for 50 screenings on the night, and have had about 300 enquiries from people interesting in setting up screenings. I think this is hitting a nerve and people see it as an important film to screen. We’re trying to do reach different community projects and to mirror what we’re doing in Tottenham across every council estate in Britain."

As well as council estates, the event has received interest from arts centres, music venues and schools.

Five thousand people attended The Other Cinema’s first event, a simultaneous screening of David Lean’s Brief Encounter in six UK cities.

The La Haine screening will be set to a live score by Asian Dub Foundation amd young people from Broadwater Farm will be employed to work on the show. The Other Cinema will support them to continue running screenings in their communities after the event.

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