Director Steve McQueen will produce two documentaries for the BBC in which he will continue to delve into race and racism in the UK. It is the same theme that gives unity to the five independent films that make up her series Small ax (In Spain, at Movistar +). One of the titles will examine the development of the black power movement in the UK; The other would investigate the number of black children in the 1960s and 1970s, four times higher than white students, who were dismissed in education and sent to special education schools after being assigned an “abnormal” category, which limited their educational and professional development possibilities. . This is actually the topic of the final chapter in the series Small ax, teach.
It was precisely during the filming of the blockbuster series – selected by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association as Best Film of 2020 and highlighted among the best of the year by numerous professional media lists – McQueen created these two documentaries. The one who will focus on Black Power will be directed by director George Ambonsa and will delve into the movement and its emergence at the end of the 1960s through the struggle against police brutality and racism, an issue that has also been taken up by another extradition from Small ax, mangrove. The film will include unknown material from American icons of this struggle such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Stocley Carmichael on various visits to the United Kingdom, as well as recordings of other leaders of the movement in that country, such as Altheia Jones-LeCointe (physician, researcher, and leader of the Black Panther Movement) British in the 1960s and 1970s), Darkus Howe (journalist and political activist) and Roy Sowh (a spokesperson for the movement at the time).
from Abnormal Newcomer Letania Shannon will take over and delve into the educational scandal from the perspective of parents, teachers and activists who have fought to make the situation visible, which the BBC has described as “one of the biggest scandals in British education history”. BBC Studios will deal with the distribution of documentaries films internationally. “Looking back it shows us what we have achieved today. These two documentaries illustrate how far we still have to travel to achieve freedom and justice,” said a director. Twelve years of slavery It is a statement. It also provides that many of the participants in these documentaries will “tell their stories for the first time.”