Brunswick Park Film Festival
9–11 September 2022
Watch online 9—11 September
Directed by Virginia Nimarkoh & Fan Sissoko, 2021
Documentary | 34 min, UK
As part of Curating London, a programme launched by the Museum of London to capture the breadth and depth of 21st century life in the city, We The People explores the present, past and future of activism in Brixton, a neighbourhood where local struggles resonate loudly with international Black, Latinx, queer and working-class liberation movements. It is structured around six intergenerational conversations between young and more seasoned activists, all with a connection to Brixton. The young people are alumni of The Advocacy Academy, the UK’s first campus for youth activism. Each one of them is engaged in campaigns on issues such as gender equality, race, mental health, education and affordable housing. The film centres their voices in conversation with older activists who have dedicated their lives to such causes.
The conversations take us on a journey down Railton Road through the legacy of Brixton’s radical activist history: from the well documented Brixton Uprising to the lesser known histories of local queer activism and squatting. One of the inspirations behind this film is Olive Morris, a British community leader and activist in the feminist, Black, and squatters' rights campaigns of the 1970s in the United Kingdom. The film explores her legacy alongside that of other activists now in their later years.