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Blood Ah Go run and JUS SOLI

The Department of Sociology are pleased to announce the screening of ‘Blood Ah Go Run’ and ‘JUS SOLI’; two films that reflect and document the aftermath of the New Cross Massacre.  Following the film screening will be a Q&A with one of the Directors of JUS SOLI.

The films are being shown in conjunction with the ‘13 Dead, Nothing Said’ Exhibition currently being shown in the Kingsway Corridor, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths University of London.

Click on the following link for details of the exhibition 13 Dead, Nothing Said’

Blood Ah Go Run

This short film looks back at 1981, an important year in the annals of Black British history.

A year that began so tragically, with the death of 13 young black people in a fire during a birthday party in New Cross, London.  This incident shook up the black community and caused a national outrage.  Many people were convinced that it was a racist attack – continually denied by the police.  No one was ever arrested or charged with this crime – till this day.

The anger in the Black community led to the greatest march of Black people on the streets of London.  This march of anger and solidarity was called Black People Day of Action.

This film captures exclusive footage of this march that went from Deptford, South London through the centre of London.

During this march came the warning ‘Blood Ah Go Run… Unless justice come’!

This warning became prophecy, as within months uprisings set the streets of Brixton aflame as Black youth fought the police and attacked buildings set off by a small incident of injustice.   Similar uprising exploded across London, spreading all across the UK, never fiercer than in Liverpool when police used tear gas – the first time in mainland Britain.

This is an uncompromising film that records a significant year in Black history.

Director/Producer:  Menelik Shabazz

Running time:  20 minutes/colour/1981


JUST SOLI opens up a discourse on the Black British experience; interrupting the emotional transition between generations and questioning what ti means to be British.

A poetic journey charting the changing emotions of Britain’s Black population, from a Caribbean on the SS Windrush:  full of hope and love for the ‘motherland’ to a disaffected British youth angry, alienated and marginalised in British society.  Splicing together archive footage, filmed scenes, sounds and images to build a picture of Britain struggling to relinquish its colonial powers.

This film shines light on the underrepresented tragedy of 13 British youths killed in ‘The New Cross House Fire, 18 January 1981.

Directors:  somebody nobody

Running time:  16 minutes/2015


GO1 Professor Stuart Hall Building

Goldsmith University, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Date and Time

26 April 2017

5.00.p.m. – 8.00.p.m



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