Tottenham filmmaker hopes to spark debate with French riot film

17:03 21 April 2012

A scene from La Haine

A scene from La Haine


A Tottenham filmmaker hopes to reopen debate about the riots and inspire young residents to make their own films by screening a gritty black-and-white French film.

Isaac Densu, 26, has teamed up with The Other Cinema project to put on a free showing of La Haine – a 1995 film which follows the lives of three young men in suburban Paris just after a riot – at Broadwater Farm Community Centre, Adams Road, on Wednesday, May 2.

The film – the title of which translates as “hatred” – clearly deals with a subject which local residents will no doubt be familiar, and Mr Densu, who grew up on the estate, hopes it will spark a debate.

He said: “This is all about getting people talking again. I want young people here to see how this film is similar to our lives and motivate them to express themselves through their own films.”

He has already got residents involved by organising local film enthusiasts to create two-minute films about their own lives and particular topics which affect them, with the winning entry being shown just before the screening.

The Other Cinema project also hopes to bring Tottenham rapper Wretch 32 or Plan B, who wrote a song about the riots called Ill Manors, to perform on the night of the screening.

Clasford Stirling, a Haringey Council officer who works at Broadwater Farm, said: “This is a fantastic idea. It brings variation and something different to the local community. Broadwater Farm will relate to the film, the message is we have got to go forward.”

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