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still from Small Axe: Alex Wheatle (Steve McQueen, GB 2020)

Small Axe - Alex Wheatle

Steve McQueen / GB, 2020 / 66 min.

After a childhood mostly spent in juvenile homes, young Alex Wheatle for the first time experiences a sense of belonging when he moves to Brixton, London.

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In 1981, social unrest and confrontations between the police and members of the African-Caribbean community led to an uprising. Wheatle, who joins in the protests, is arrested and sentenced to prison. He later became an acclaimed writer.

Small Axe is a series of five feature films by British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen (1969). The films are set between the 1960s and 1980s and tell the personal stories of members from London’s West Indian community, who constantly struggle against racism and discrimination. A one-off screening by Eye as part of the Amsterdam Art Week.

The entrance ticket of €12.50 entitles you to free admission to the screening and a DVD box of the Small Axe series.

Details

Director

Steve McQueen

Production year

2020

Country

GB

Original title

Small Axe - Alex Wheatle

Length

66 min.

Language

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Amsterdam Art Week 2021

Eye is screening Small Axe as part of Amsterdam Art Week. Small Axe is a collection of five films by the British artist and director Steve McQueen (1969). The films are set in the period from the late 1960s to the 1980s and tell the personal stories of members of the West Indian community in London, who faced rampant racism and discrimination in their daily lives.

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still from Small Axe: Alex Wheatle (Steve McQueen, GB 2020)

still from Small Axe: Alex Wheatle (Steve McQueen, GB 2020)

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